September 12th, 2019


I Am A Lake Of Burning Orchids - Innocence

It seems redundant to say there was something a bit dark about I Am A Lake Of Burning Orchids. I mean, that's the whole point of the power electronics part of the noise music spectrum, surely? The band channelled raw emotional pain, screaming in rage at the breakup of relationships, and that would have been fine in itself. It's just that at times there seemed to be something of the incel about them.

You can hear some of that on the title track from the 2011 release Innocence. It goes from wall of noise and inchoate vocalisations into something particularly bleak and lonely. It's the sound of self-imposed isolation, drifting helplessly on a sea of nostalgic synth tones, with just the occasional crunching wave. It's quietly intense, but with a vast rage hidden beneath. Really impressive music, but mostly I just hope whoever made it is better now.

I Am A Lake Of Burning Orchids - Innocence