Wrack with Ruin

by magicicada

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    'Wrack with Ruin' is a collaged journey through my fevered brain, (my then) damaged body and yearning spirit. It moves from industrial destruction, half formed beats, pure noise, almost pop, emotionally malformed voice and moments of serenity.

    'Wrack with Ruin' offers no easy answers.

    The sound sources vary. Live performances, back-room tune ups, drums, guitar, feedback, field recordings, late night audio journals, composed pieces, raw sine wave, synth, tuba, horns, violin, musique concrète, tape/cdj experimentation all piled up, pieced together and torn apart to form this album.

    In my mind this album is one long piece.

    In your mind it may be something else entirely and that is fine.

    It’s not for everyone, but might just be for you


    Christopher White

    July 6, 2014
    Tulsa International Airport

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..trying to define Magicicada and explain what’s going on in Wrack With Ruin is quite difficult. At times the album is glitchy, at others it’s melodic, and at others it’s just plain confusing. There are harrowing vocal samples and sounds that couldn’t possibly have been orchestrated; here, mastermind Chris White proves himself to be a master of the printer sound. One thing is certain: Wrack With Ruin is heavy and dark in a way that makes it difficult to listen to fully. It’s really good, but just like Death Grip’s LP No Love Deep Web, it’s so hard-hitting that it might be tough to go from start to finish. However, the farther in you get, the easier it is to take in.

The 15 tracks on the record are all so different, it’s impossible to just sum the album up with a few of them. “Glancing Off The Edges” seems to take inspiration from sci-fi alarm sound clips. “Pardon You” features an almost laugh-inducing accordion. The strings on “Homeopathic Processor” and “Livewater” give me the mental image of a giant many-legged organism playing a bunch of poorly tuned violins. “Blossoming Snares Of The Earth” is a spaceship banging on drums. If that doesn’t convey what’s going on, literally nothing can.

Projects like Magicicada are what truly reveal genius. For a lot of people, defining this as “music” would be difficult, but there’s something really challenging about making music out of sounds like what are present here that conventional composers lack. I don’t mean to make writing music sound easy, but the world is full of people who can sit down with a piano or a guitar and bang out a song, but I’m not sure if they could take all these zany bangs and blips and make them into something that’s listenable. A tip of my hat to people who can, like Chris White.

In A Word: Bold

—by Matt Garrison, June 18, 2014


released July 11, 2014

all songs by magicicada the album is one whole piece - in my mind.
Max Brand - bass on "Glancing Off the Edges'
Adam Babar - guitar on 'Except Sioux'
Nathan Brown mono synth on 'Once I was a Little Light'
Daniel Bailey -alto clarinet -- Ryan Gregory- violin Julian Hinshaw - tuba on 'HomeopathicProcessor'



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magicicada Atlanta, Georgia

Hello. I make music with microchips, magnetics, hardware and brokeware,
in the southern US city of Atlanta, Ga.

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