Penny Rimbaud’s Kernschmelze II | Cantata For Improvised Voice
Kernschmelze: ‘the dying gasps of the Age of Enlightenment’. ‘Kernschmelze II’ is a cantata for voices, in this case the voice of CRASS songstress EVE LIBERTINE, processed by CHARLES WEBBER to almost choral proportions. Working on Kernschmelze II alongside Eve Libertine, PENNY RIMBAUD has been able to produce a classic album on a par with their ‘Acts of Love’ of 1984 (Crass Records). Libertine’s sparse, vulnerable poetics counter the almost Wagnerian scale of the work, challenging preconceptions of what music should be and making strong suggestions as to what it might yet become. Extreme electronics sourced solely from vocal sounds to create noise music of an intense and highly demanding nature. Ecopak with artwork by GEE VAUCHER.
“Moments here of pure sensitive beauty, hinting at calm and even silence, soporific dream state sounds, at other times there are end of the world howls, disconcerting violent noise, still beautiful but in a different space… Those that have enjoyed ‘Acts of Love’ are sure to love this album” (Louder Than War)
“It’s powerful and poetic, and the way the choral voices merge together with the spoken parts work really well, along with those time-stretched sounds; it’s almost modern classical, but in a way it is probably not at all… This is an excellent work” (Vital Weekly)
“Crass vocalist Eve Libertine accompanies his haunting, cavernous noise onslaught while having her voice treated by experimentalist Charles Webber. The result is truly intense and somewhat horrifying.” (Big Takeover)
“…once the last track had played out I felt a tension drain from me, a tension that I was not really aware of that had built up over the course of the album. The emotional impact of the listening experience can not be denied” (Midlands Metalheads)