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Wreck & Reference - Absolute Still Life
Wreck & Reference
Absolute Still Life
LP | 2019 | US | Original (Flenser)
19,99 €*
Release:2019 / US – Original
Genre:Rock / Indie
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Absolute Still Life is the fourth full-length album by the experimental duo Wreck And Reference. The album marks a radical departure from the band’s heavy and noise rock origins and finds them driving toward a more electronic and abstract dimension. Like past albums, warped synthesizers and pillaged samples build up the harmonic elements of the songs, but the absence of acoustic drums gives this release a colder, more alien aesthetic. With fewer screams and stranger textures than before, the band find themselves alone again in uncharted and uncategorizable territory.

The album cover depicts a sickly still life in which edible and inedible elements mix in an unnatural and unappetizing collage of bright colors. The title reflects the absurdist version of reality that one find oneself in, unable to escape.

To date, Wreck And Reference have released four EPs and three full-length albums. Their first work, an EP titled Black Cassette, showcased distorted fragments and synthesizers in angular, heavy songs, with themes of determinism and Cormac McCarthy-esque isolation. Their debut full-length No Youth (2012) and their sophomore release Want (2014), described by Pitchfork as having “radical vision” and “boundless experimentation,” represented dramatic expansions of their sonic palette. In 2016, the band released their third album, Indifferent Rivers Romance End, perfecting their song craft and pushing their noisy, sample-based instrumentation to its limits.
Wreck & Reference - Black Cassette
Wreck & Reference
Black Cassette
LP | 2017 | US | Original (Flenser)
13,64 €* 20,99 € -35%
Release:2017 / US – Original
Genre:Rock / Indie
Back in 2011, experimental upstarts Wreck And Reference self-released their debut EP, Black Cassette. Drawing on the blown-out intensity of black metal and the angularity of noise rock, their radical vision captivated the underground music scene, including The Flenser. It was immediately apparent that the band’s intriguing realm of heavy music represented an existential challenge to genre orthodoxy. Their crashing riffs and abrasive noise, fraught with themes of determinism and Cormac McCarthy-esque isolation, were a breath of apocalyptic air in an often stagnant world. But the most surprising aspect of their artfully constructed sound was that the duo utilized only samples and live drums to create it.

Recorded in a garage in the “howling wastelands” of California, this was originally self-released by the band as a limited cassette in 2011, then as a limited CDr on Music Ruins Lives. Later that year it was remastered for a vinyl release by The Flenser. That version is long sold out and has become a sought-after collector’s item. Now it has been re-pressed on vinyl from the original master for the first time since its initial run with brand new artwork.
Wreck & Reference - Indifferent Rivers Romance End
Wreck & Reference
Indifferent Rivers Romance End
LP | 2016 | US | Original (Flenser)
21,99 €*
Release:2016 / US – Original
Genre:Rock / Indie
Formed in 2011 by multi-instrumentalists Ignat Frege and Felix Skinner, California’s Wreck and Reference use computers, drums, and voice to create. Their latest full-length, Indifferent Rivers Romance End, is a composition of ballads interrogating the endurance of purpose, love, and change, against the backdrop of disillusionment into nihilism.
Wreck & Reference - No Youth
Wreck & Reference
No Youth
LP | 2012 | US | Reissue (Flenser)
18,99 €*
Release:2012 / US – Reissue
Genre:Rock / Indie
The Flenser Is Proud To Present Genre Defying Heavy Experimental Duo Wreck And Reference’s Latest And Most Complex Work No Youth. Formed By Drummer Ignat Frege And Multi-instrumentalist Felix Danbold, The Band Creates A Sound That Synthesizes Traditional Heavy Guitar-driven Doom With Frenzied Electronic Samples. Often Filed Under “Metal,” Wreck And Reference Is Ultimately Hostile To Genre Classifications. The Band Proves To Be An Affront To The Tired And Trite Conformity Found Within The Metal Hegemony, Instead Using Synths, Live Drums And Vocals To Craft A Sound That Is Melancholic, Fierce And Catchy. Calling On Influences Ranging From Industrial To Doom Metal To Noise Rock, The Resulting Music Is A Trainwreck Of Contradictions Yet Devastatingly Heavy, Somber And Addictive. Think Nick Cave Introducing The Body To Blast Beats.
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