The first of our striking collab between Faux Amis and Smikkelbaard label. They deliver the analogue tapes, we take care of the digital part.

The first of a tremendous series of avant-garde experiments on Smikkelbaard! Rarefied and sonorous blarings with plenty of loops, nobs, pedals and distortion as a welcome side dish come courtesy of sound artist and poet Niels Terhalle and “Free-improvised brass and string noise” duo, Lärmschutz. They must be driving their nice Utrecht neighbours to chew their expensively collated ethnic cushion collection with this kind of heady racket. Forty minutes of atonal freak out with trombone and frantic whisperings and mutterings for company. It’s enough to curdle your hummus. The second twenty minute slab of noise sounds like a (brilliant) long-lost offcut from the Apollo Huis. Remco Schama would be proud. So are we!

Niels Terhalle vs Lärmschutz [FA#09}: Words break a heart as easily as it mends it. Skin-texture changes and facial muscles get a workout. The poetry of Niels Terhalle is just as much an assault on the listeners physique as Lärmschutz’s noise. However, the attack of words, guitar and trombone is not just directed at the listener: Niels, Stef and Rutger also wrestle each other on this release. Sentences gets smashed against a wall of wailing guitar feedback, while the trombone tears down the same wall as a sonic sledgehammer. Words see their chance to creep trough the new frequency-hole. Niels and Lärmschutz wear each other down to the raw, bare bones of the matter remain: poetry. And noise.

Tapes available here: https://fauxamisrecords.bandcamp.com/album/noise-poetry

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