Artist....: White Noise
Title.....: An Electric Storm
Rel. Date.: 1969
Size......: 33.6 MB
1. Love Without Sound
2. My Game of Loving
3. Here Come the Fleas
5. Your Hidden Dreams
6. The Visitations
7. The Black Mass: An Electric Storm in Hell
The legendary debut White Noise album was released in 1969 by Island Records featuring Delia Derbyshire and Brian Hodgson, who had worked for the BBC Radiophonic Workshop, and David Vorhaus, who had studied classical orchestral bass playing and electronics.
The instrumentation had all sorts of early electronic instruments and a huge amount of tape manipulation, the standard techniques of the Radiophonic Workshop in those days.
An Electric Storm is considered to be one of the most (if not the greatest) experimental albums that island ever had, but for a weird reason ..... the company doesn't seem to care as much as the people who try to find it!
The songs in "An Electric Storm" create a peculiar and sometimes dark atmospere... unfortunately words can say only very little about the new music. Back in 1969....The album was so ahead of its time then, so today it sounds as fresh as can be...
"Love without sound" the first song of the album grabs the listener from the start! Twirling and echoing sounds, little hunny electronic noises, which don't read funny in the context though and very spontanious vocalisations create an alice in wonderland by NIGHT effect, at least to my ears!
"My game of loving" .. is an erotic game baroque song spoken in two languages (this has a meaning people!) and with orgasm sound interloudes.... very serious very dark and fatal...only to end up in and series of snores! unique!love it! I remember when I first heard this song on the radio the radio producer kept talking on the orgasm parts! wow, talking about censorship!
"Your hidden dreams" is a cosmogonic fantastic song with very nice lyrics. Generally the lyrics are not just sung, they are spoken, sceamed, whispered, cried out, the words are living!
"Here come the flies"... well as the title implies we have a lot of humour, or sarcasm if you prefer in this song... again not describing a funny condition but the rather opposite i guess...
"Black mass: an electric storm in hell"....well I think that I've only heard the introduction of that song (very nice and baroquish indeed...) but the title describes the song better than i can ......i mean: MY GOD! I WISH I NEVER HAVE TO GO TO HELL IF ELECTRIC STORMS IN HELL SOUND LIKE THIS!
However in my opinion the most striking moment is the epic..."Visitations"...male and female vocalisations endless vigorus sobing sounds mixing with speedway echoes, obsesivenes and repeativeness (of music= sounds=voices)one time and fading away the other create an enormous emotional awakening.... but it can be a haunting trip....I was just left speachless.....there are few times where you cannot believe what you actually hear....and this was one of them