TAHNZZ Merchants of Labor (Parts One and Two) (Sicksicksick Distro)
Here are two volumes of noise—ambient, re-created, supposed, inflected, et cetera—that aim to create a minimalist narrative through the passage of time and with the constraints of the perceived world around us forming discrete boundaries. Upon first listen, the work seems to be concerned with space, its limits, its reflection in other materials—so that volume really becomes an illusion. There are buildings in this sonic vision, but they are cruel edifices that block the passage of light and sound. Helicopters hover and bags of ice break open in the desert heat. The crackle of dust from the end of record, transposed here and there through the recording—maybe signifying individual experience, even the unreliable narrator in all their glitchy glory—presents itself repeatedly, but is sometimes submerged in the sounds that come from outside its rattling ken. Certainly this is difficult listen. TAHNZZ’s work is demanding, discursive and disturbing. And your interpretation—given the state of post-structuralism that generally exists in the discourse community associated with art music—is just as good as mine. That said, listening to these two records is a delicate, absorbing and ultimately affirmative experience. The first track, “Bracero Border Odyssey” recreates a place that is all at once fascinating and foreboding, much like the world it refers to obliquely and with dreamlike precision.