SOLAR RETURN – 2Rats&4stars – 2017 new album available now


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By Vital Weeklyh

SOLAR RETURN – 2RATS&4STARS (CD by Noizmutation)

Something that was noted before: Julien Ottavi is someone who loves a concept and I be damned if I didn’t hear of Solar Return before. When I reviewed his ‘Electromagnetic Collective’ double CD (see Vital Weekly 1020), I noticed it was a work with Jenny Pickett, with whom he now works under the banner of Solar Return, but it seems more or less along similar lines. I read on the cover that Solar Return started in 2009 “taking electromagnetic phenomena as a starting point for their audio creations; they have produced various scores for dual audio synths/oscillators/DIY electronics etc.… which reflect patterns and electromagnetic events such as solar flares and inner city mobile masts, as well as the infathomable audio world of kitchen appliances”; as Electromagnetic Collective they investigated ‘inaudible sounds’, through VLF devices and hydrophones but also to capture
electric currents. You might not be surprised if I say that their music is not easy to digest and that it owes quite a bit to the world of noise music. But I say ‘quite a bit’ and that means ‘not exclusively’. Solar Return may scan their environment, searching for electro magnetic phenomena’, of which they find plenty around the house, and here’s what I think: they go ahead with ultrasound devices, electro magnetic pick-ups and what have you, and tape these sounds onto whatever it is they are using to record their music and then create the compositions you find on this disc. These pieces are not so much a registration of sounds, but they are very much a collage of sounds, which sometimes appear to be very loud and nasty, but as ‘ZoomInOpticalHair’ proofs can start with sheer
silence for four minutes, before entering some very high frequency and some very low frequency, ripping your speakers almost apart; that is almost how all of these piece seem to work. Each of them has an amount of tranquillity in there, near silence but when there is something to hear it becomes very loud, and yet it’s not over the top. The frequencies Solar Return uses are just very extreme, I guess. This is not music for the weak-hearted, I think; not some easy listening musique concrete, but well-made, intelligent noise music. At fifty-one minutes quite a sit through, but it is worth every bit of it. (FdW)

By Yes I know it sucks
Artist: Solar Return
Title: 2Rats&4Stars
Keywords: electronic contemporary electronics experimental electronic noise Kitakyushu

Solar Return will start nibbling away under your skin as soon as you dare to put this release on. With nifty little tools it nibbles away the skin, soft and fluffy with sharp teeth like a cute looking hungry squirrel and you as a gigantic nut. Half way in, it will start to urinate while making squeaky cute high pitched dentist noises. I know what you are thinking; what the hell is going on & that’s exactly what I had been thinking when it all happened within my own ears.

The noises soft and fluffy become at the same time loud and hissy & then flip back into the calm mode; for a work that sounds like a hungry squirrel who is dying for the end of your hearing abilities in order to break it off for it to eat your ears like a hungry consumer, it for sure can feel like a tiny bit of a tormenting scene. The high pitched sounds aren’t really there to please anyone, more available to piss someone off by making ones ears rot off for a cute squirrel to nibble on then pampering it with care.

Although there is definitely something pampering about the whole nibbling effect, it’s like little soft teeth made out of cotton that for a large part do the nibbling. In the end it might be fatal, but the process is not unkind or terrifying; after all it can be good fun to be nibbled upon. In fact I know some people who even pay to be nibbled, perhaps not by humans but by small fishes, yet nibbling is nibbling. Sometimes the soft teeth are even out, making the whole nibbling process even more smooth and gentle; a bit like an endless blowjob by a teeth less elderly.

But endless sucking and endless nibbling even with the softest teeth or no teeth at all; it will come at a price. Slowly but surely the process might get uncomfortable, an endless satisfaction might become overwhelming and the pleasure once received from sucking and nibbling might become an overload. Especially when the moment comes when the realization pops in that your comfort isn’t a priority; you’ll be consumed by the endless nibbles and toothless sucking until not only the ears will fall off, but all life had been nibbled (and sucked) out of you…