Edition: Limited to 20 hand-numbered copies
"Well, Hello Sailor" is the greeting that awaits the purchaser of this curious item from the German Catgirl Records label, and rather a risque release it is too. Inside your resealable bag you'll not only receive a plain CDr with the two tracks of music on it, but a selection of pornographic photographs and a large single piece of what Nazgul suspects to be an equally pornographic jigsaw puzzle, the remaining 23 pieces scattered amongst the other releases in the "Music For Catgirl Lovers" series. Anyone who is tempted to purchase all 24 parts to see the overall picture should seek medical attention immediately.
The Catgirl label is the brainchild of one Daniel Szymiczek, who also is the inspiration behind Kaelteeninbruch. This band produce some terrifying power electronic/drone effects on their track on this split release. To quote the label owner in respect of the modus operandi of Catgirl:
"...nasty and fluffy noise, speedcore and electronical crap-label, born in 2003. Located somewhere in Germany. It tries to combine sweet pussycats and aggressive music with a touch of perversion and carnal varieties. The artwork looks sweet... you will hate the music..."
As Hugin so eloquently and appropriately dedicated on the rear of this release (lucky #13 of the 20 produced) - "and now something completely different!"
So, giving consideration to the lengthy track 'So Nicht!' on this release (literally 'So Not!'), what are B-Machina up to in 2010, you might reasonably ask? Interestingly, on this song it's a step back into the thundering pseudo-mechanised soundscapes of circa 2007/2008, with not a jot of Max's acoustic guitar to be heard. Given that Max has a number of other irons in the fire in terms of day to day business this may simply a reflection of the lack of free time he had to contribute to this particular track. In many respects it's a pleasant return to the early days of repetitious industrial rhythm and apocalyptic rumblings that the then Bonemachine project were best known for.
Once again an impossible to describe overall sound hits the listener squarely on the jaw, albeit after a very atmospheric synthesiser sequence in the opening two minutes of the song which manages to be both eerie and poignant simultaneously. At well over twenty minutes in length, and thus not really suited to being part of an albums worth of material, this sort of very limited split release is exactly where some of the gems in Hugin's musical works turn up and so if you can find one of the remaining copies of this release I'd urge you to do so. As a helpful starter, you might try the SkullLine distro as they had a few for sale recently (www.skullline.de) or if you're feeling brave you could try Daniel directly via firstname.lastname@example.org.