The Free Noise Ensemble – Bollocks


Artist : The Free Noise Ensemble
Album Title : Bollocks
Label : Self released
Release Date : March 2016
Keywords: experimental improvised music noise Dordrecht
Link – https://thefreenoiseensemble.bandcamp.com/album/bollocks
Reviewer: Wayne Rex

I like Holland, it’s a beautiful country, with a progressive stance on most things, friendly natives, gorgeous scenery and equally beautiful towns and cities. Now I have another reason to dig the Netherlands, the rather wonderful Free Noise Ensemble.

Now, I’ve heard of these guys before but this is the first time I’ve actually listened to them, as in, properly listened to them. Scanning down the list of potential reviews, this immediately caught my eye as even the name of the act is literally everything I look for in music. Total expressional freedom in your art is the way forward.

This is a four track album with the longest track a hefty 36 mins long. The album also sports a rather ironic title ‘Bollocks,’ Ironic because this is far from being bollocks. This is a record that is delving deep inside the spontaneous thoughts of the splendid musicians who have improvised this whole recording. It’s a psychedelic journey into chaos and beauty. A story with no words as words would only taint what you, the listener can conjure up as you kick back, listen, absorb and ultimately travel to realms your mind has probably never explored before.

1: PSYCHOACTIVE PT1 – is the opening track. I would describe it as progressive classical noise music. It’s a modern day piece and uses all the sound making machinery and instruments that the ensemble uses but performed in a way not akin to traditional classical music. It’s really very interesting and I found it quite a spiritual piece too. One of those undiscovered tracks that really should get more attention, not just because it’s interesting to listen to but because people could learn from it and question everything that they think they already know.

2: CROSSROADS – An ambient and interspersed piece of electronic noise and soundscape with what sounds like Bill and Ted narrating the story of Robert Johnson and when he sold his soul to the devil at the crossroads. How I have described it doesn’t do it justice. It’s a 6 minute piece that flies by because it’s all rather enthralling and kinda fits the story too.

3: BOLLOCKS – Now we have the title track of the album and as I stated earlier, it’s anything but bollocks. Again this is totally a noise track. Improvised and completely from the heart and soul of it’s creatures but it’s like a magnificent composition from someone that could have spent a decade at a music conservatoire, honing their theory and skill and then when they left and spent a year in the real world they decided to take acid, realise that life isn’t like they said it was at Uni and in fact, pretty hard, dull and grim at times. Then, after six months locked in a room with only their instruments for company, they unleash this rather splendid piece of music to the world. Beautiful chaos, dark but light hearted, sinister but sincere, it’s just a fabulous piece of music and art.

4: PSYCHOACTIVE PT2 – Last but by no means least, we have 12 mins of noise paranoia, sci-fi soundscapes and schizophrenic musical beauty. Building and creating ever changing moods like a musical kaleidoscope.

If you, the good readers of yikis want something to expand your minds with and at the same time, take you away from it all for an hour then download of stream this little beauty of a record. You won’t regret it.
https://thefreenoiseensemble.bandcamp.com/album/bollocks

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