The experimental music group Radio Europa has released their fourth album Community Is Revolution—a release with the radical message that in a time of universal division, collaboration is a revolutionary act.
The ever-prolific Whettman Chelmets has just released a synth and sample-laden smorgasbord of atmospheric and vapor-riffic goodness. Doesn’t Remember takes the listener back to a time both eerily familiar and perplexingly unfamiliar.
Whettman Chelmets - “Infant Eyes and Baby Steps”
(Girly Girl Musik)
The indefatigable Whettman Chelmets drops his first release for 2019 in the form of a tight, little EP that communicates the travails and triumphs of raising a newborn but in a style that only Whettman can deliver.
The droning, ambient post-rock of the tracks certainly convey the surreal, sleep-deprived state that all parents have experienced. Indeed, track titles such as TFW it’s 400 am and you’ve been up 3 times already and MRW I Drop the Passie in the Dark express a verisimilitude of lived experience, and the field recordings of life in the Chelmetts’ household further amplify the authenticity.
Fans of Whettman’s previous work such as Annihilate your Masters and Alas The Sun is Shining and You are Still Alive will recognize the expansive soundscapes he can create with with reverb-drenched shoe-gaze guitar work and ambient synth. However, where Annihilate Your Masters stayed gritty and nihilistic, this latest EP goes to uplifting and hopeful places. Likewise, where Alas The Sun is Shining and You are Still Alive could be overly giddy, Infant Eyes and Baby Steps is touchingly heartfelt.
All in all, another solid release for the Whettman discography and the soundtrack for sleep-deprived new parents everywhere.
QOHELETH - “Ape Dog Wars Chide the Stem Toil”
(Philip K. Discs)
Experimental noise-rockers QOHELETH teamed up with composer/multi-instrumentalist Whettman Chelmets for a complete makeover of their debut album God is the Warmest Place to Hide.
The musical mashup spawned the sonic abomination of Ape Dog Wars Chide the Stem Toil-a bleak amalgamation of industrial sprawl that warps the original source material into bold and demented new forms.
The idea for the musical collaboration came about through social media. On Twitter, Whettman saw Jeremy Hunt-one of the members of QOHELETH-expressing the desire to do a noise rock remix album.
“Jeremy said something in a tweet...regarding all these different styles and sounds he wanted to do with the band but he didn't have the technological wherewithal. I told him I'd be interested,” Whettman recalled.
QOHELETH and Whettman tested the water with a single track, and they were so pleased with the results that they decided to go ahead and remix the entire album.
“It started with just one of the tracks, to see if he would have fun with it and then it just expanded from there,” said Hunt.
“I figured I'd just do a remix or two but ended up doing every song and a couple of other ideas too,” said Whettman.
The band was so pleased with Whettman’s work that they wanted him to take complete artistic license with no inhibitions.
“He would send ideas back to get our feedback, but basically we wanted him to feel the freedom to go crazy with it,” Hunt said.
“They gave me free reign to do whatever…” agreed Whettman.
The ethos of unbounded sonic experimentation shows off in spades. While enjoyable as a standalone, the work can only fully be appreciated as a companion piece to the original.
You then take on the role of an audio archaeologist, uncovering artifacts that point back to the original source material.
On Bombardier, the fuzzed-out and distorted bass loop will point you to Tombs of White.
The melody on Sikorsky will allow you to uncover Heaviness of Presence as the source track.
To give any more clues would totally ruin the listening experience, so go ahead and pick up both albums to revel in the noise and sonic anarchy.
Whettman Chelmets - “Alas… The Sun is Shining and You are Still Alive”
(Submarine Broadcasting Company)
The eclectic and electrifying Whettman Chelmets worms his way back into your auditory canal by dropping a shortish EP with a longish title and shoe-gazerish feel.
Alas… The Sun is Shining and You are Still Alive canters out of the gate with the The Sun is Shining -a merry little dream-pop ditty with a toe-tapping bass and drum section driving the melodic interplay between sparkling guitars and arpeggiating synthesizers.
The interlacing layers of guitar and synth take a pensive and darker tone on the second track Alas -an organic ebb and flow of sound and emotion with the dynamics dictated by a throbbing low end.
Not to leave any part of the album title unused as a track name, the EP ends with You are Still Alive -an ambient dronescape where reverb and delay-saturated guitars clash notes with a celestial drone that rises to a cacophonous yet transcendent crescendo before echoing off into infinity.
Whettman Chelmets never disappoints and his latest release upholds his reputation as a fun but serious composer who can pack a wallop in 20 minutes or less.
Check out the link below to add this gem to your collection.
WHETTMAN CHELMETS - "Annihilate Your Masters"
With the title and cover, you would expect a screeching, noisy diatribe against the powers that be, exhorting the proletariat to rise up and slay their exploitative masters.
Indeed, the opening track Preparation (Thesis) sets you up for the riotous screed as the foreboding noise and music builds with intensity along with the sampled monologue about job cuts and barely scraping by.
The title track keeps building before delivering the rowdy goods by breaking into a dirty guitar riff and drum beat. However, just when you expect the shrieking rants against the capitalist overlords to drop, the next cut New Masters, Same as the Old explodes into a post-rock, shoegaze smorgasbord of effects-drenched instrumentation and ambient splendor.
Like all of Whettman Chelmets’ work, Annihilate your Masters defies expectations and challenges assumptions about genre and style. Although this EP takes an ambient turn about midway through, it still subverts the status quo and stays true to its Marxist theme.
Both proles and the bourgeois alike can enjoy.
P.S. Check out our review of some of Whettman Chelmets’ other work by clicking below.
Whettman Chelmets- “Miniforms 1: Movements” and “Miniforms 2: Ten Pin Alley”
Like many of us in the independent/DIY music world, Matt Clement is a busy adult with a full-time job and a multitudinous host of other obligations and responsibilities. Nevertheless, after the kids are put to bed and the dishes washed and put away, Matt Clement becomes Whettman Chelmets-a multi-instrumentalist maestro and active netizen of the underground music community.
His latest two EP releases are two selections of carefully curated and lovingly remastered tracks from his 2014 Forms, and each EP displays a different aspect of his multi-faceted musical mind:
Miniforms 1: Movements displays his compositional chops and programming prowess. Tracks such as Fugue in C Major and Fall of Frigia demonstrate his advanced knowledge of such sophisticated musical concepts as contrapuntal melody and 12 tone theory.
Miniforms 2: Ten Pin Alley does an about-face in style moving from classical composition to pop. However, “pop” is a term that just doesn’t do justice to this tight and punchy release.
Songs such as I Just Wanna Play and That Man Just Stole That Old Lady’s Purse! again demonstrate a profound eclecticism in style ranging from autotune electropop to gypsy jazz.
So with these two EPs, we see a fun and creative exploration of the many different forms that the world of music has to offer.
Chelmets sums it up succinctly by saying, “I love form.”
In addition to his love of musical forms, Whettman Chelmets has a big place in his heart for you the listener, and as a demonstration of his love and generosity, he has given away free download codes as a special Houdini Mansions exclusive!
So what are you waiting for? Grab the codes and click the links below to enjoy some great tunes!
Miniforms 1: Movements
Miniforms 2: Ten Pin Alley