Mr. Alien Brain Vs. the Skinwalkers
(Sweet Nothing/Cargo Records)
Reviewed By: Izzy Cihak
The latest release from Psychic TV/PTV3 is an erotically morbid pastiche of Industrial Psychedelica and GlamCore – something along the lines of …Trail of Dead as a tribute to Bowie. The album is a culmination of all the sounds that Genesis Breyer P-Orridge has indulged in in recent years, from the hiply simplistic to the darkly avant-garde. “Papal Breakdance” is a glittering of phat beats, “Pickles and Jam” is the daunting and beautiful sound of Apocalyptic hopelessness, and “I Love You, I Know” is the sweetly mechanical love song of a musical documentarian. Even P-Orridge’s irritatingly predictable covers can’t produce scoffing: Syd Barrett’s “No Good Trying” remains surprisingly traditional and Velvet Underground rarity “Foggy Notion” is even more sonically satisfying than the original. The album’s highlight, however, is Michael Gira’s mix of “New York Story,” a NYC devotional as aesthetically astonishing as those of Mr. Reed himself. On Mr. Alien Brain P-Orridge finds a sound that is both radically listenable and perfectly pretentious – possibly something that only someone with thorough exposure to both Aleister Crowley’s The Book of the Law and the Toilet Boys’ debut could fully appreciate.