British sound art pioneer Lustmord has spent 25 years on ambient music’s depressive, barnacle-scraping, void-staring, shadow-lurking underbelly. If Eno is a pillowy cumulous cloud, Lustmord is a foreboding dusk on the grayest of days—a stomach-twisting murmur of ghost rattles and uneasy hums and field recordings of actual crypts. No wonder heavy metal loves him (he’s collaboed with Tool, the Melvins, and Jarboe, and currently releases records on art-metal staple Hydra Head). Closing out the Unsound Festival’s 10-day celebration of electronic music’s bleeding edge, this marks the elusive abyss-maker’s second American show ever—complete with likely haunting visuals by the man himself. Tonight, he joins Void Ov Voices (better known as Atilla Csihar, vocalist of notorious black metal pioneers Mayhem) and Polish signal-torturer Robert Piotrowicz.
Sun., April 10, 8 p.m., 2011
This article from the Village Voice Archive was posted on March 30, 2011