Bulimic Orgy & Mile | Claustro Planet EP

Restored 05 June 2017, originally published 02 September 2014

Sweet is not sweet without bitter. Light is not bright without dark.

The new EP Claustro Planet by Bulimic Orgy & Mile impressed me. I’ll admit I hesitated after reading the name “Bulimic Orgy”, if only for a moment. That’s not the sort of phrase one utters to make people comfortable. Notwithstanding, if Claustro Planet is any indication of what they — this Latvian duo, in collaboration with their friend Mile — are capable of producing, it’s safe to say they have a good grip on their craft.

To be frank, this album moved me. It’s poignantly dark and stands in stark contrast with most of what I’ve heard in recent memory. Certainly I’ve described other acts as dark, but Bulimic Orgy & Mile take it a step further.

The first track “Entrance” succinctly illustrates in its 1 minute and 41 seconds what they’re all about. A warm, swaddling oscillation immediately loops through the soundscape. Soon it’s joined by an almost-jarring dissonance. The third part of this track is a sample. During my first listen, I wasn’t expecting it so all I heard was the first few words “The truth is…” It wasn’t until I sat down and actively listened to the album that I realized the man was saying “The truth is…no one can escape depression.” I was hit by a wave of feelings, as though I were Data and my emotion chip were suddenly and unexpected switched on.

I won’t go on about the seriousness of depression and the crippling effect it has on people. I’ll just give you a moment to acknowledge the fact.

The track goes on to repeat itself, but in the second iteration the other elements are touched by a light piano. The presence of this piano represents a sense of hope, however faint.

Bulimic Orgy & Mile have taken something usually relegated to silence and brought it into the conversation. That takes courage. And the skill required to do it so artfully speaks well to their quality as artists.

Throughout Claustro Planet, they embrace a harmonic dissonance. Except for brief instances, it never feels like too much. Yet even in those moments, or shortly thereafter, something appears, to smooth the edges. Be it a steady beat, or a mellifluous piano note, or simply a bit of peace and quiet, there’s always something to soften the harshness, if you’re willing to look for it. By the end, I felt like I had been to the abyss and back. And I gained a greater appreciation for my life and the lives of others.

I would not recommend anyone listen casually to this album. It’s entirely too serious for that. Claustro Planet is a profound work of art, and it deserves your complete attention.


Bulimic Orgy & Mile – “Entrance”

Links

Claustro Planet (EP) Bandcamp download page, at Dusted Wax Kingdom

Bulimic Orgy Soundcloud

Mile Myspace

chris Written by:

Chris hails from the east coast of the United States. With help from Netlabelism.com, he discovered the netlabel phenomenon in 2012. Since then he’s been hooked, listening to netlabel music almost exclusively. He enjoys jazzy hip-hop, psychedelic chill out, and bass-heavy tunes. In addition to listening to and sharing music, he loves to read and write (he’s even written a book!). Chris reviews North Carolina beers at www.PorchDrinking.com.

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