No Age - People Helping People
No Age - People Helping People

No Age - People Helping People

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LA based noise-rock specialists return for their third record on Drag City.

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No Age’s ethos sings to us from beyond the clouds, with words and without, a conceptual boost to everyone helping everyone. Ensconced in Randy’s Garage without a clock to spit on ‘em, Dean and Randy composted drums and guitar and life on planet earth into a stream of miniatures, vignettes and reembodied images – an infinity of hits.

First thought, best thought. Until the next thought: a guiding principle for No Age in the 16ish years they’ve been around. Constantly responding to their own streams of consciousness with reductive flexibility, they’ve taken the basic duo of guitar and drums with vocals WAY farther than anyone listening in halcyon Weirdo Rippers days could have guessed. Expounding on those larval possibilities, they’ve zig-zagged in serpentine precision, in and out of the teeth of the wringer — ranging outside and back in again, as befits the present thought. And now, six albums into it, these principles have led them to make People Helping People. Composed in their studio of ten years in the “pre pandemic” times, then an eviction from said space, and finished deep in the midst at their new basecamp: Randy’s Garage. 

It starts with an instrumental, too. First counter-intuition, best counter intuition! Nearly five minutes prelude Dean’s debut vocal interjection — a zoom in from the upper atmosphere, Randy’s guitar clouds pulsing with radiation, paced by spare, percussive accents. When the first song with singing (“Compact Flashes”) bounces in on an insane synthetic beat, the only recognisable sound of No Age is a sputtering of enchanted clicks and creaks — muted guitar strings and drumkit rattlings that cycle for a full minute before voice song and snare fall into place.

This is the sound of People Helping People: No Age, deep in the lab, scraping available nuclii together to see what new compound they find next. Erasing the starting points, reordering the pieces and beginning anew. It’s an everyday mindset — and as the first No Age album recorded entirely by No Agee, People Helping People is a broadcast of entirely lived-in proportions.

Tracklisting

1. You’re Cooked
2. Compact Flashes
3. Fruit Bat Blunder
4. Plastic (You Want It)
5. Interdependence
6. Violence
7. Flutter Freer
8. Rush To The Pond
9. Slow Motion Shadow
10. Blueberry Barefoot
11. Tripped Out Before Scott
12. Heavenly
13. Andy Helping Andy

Artist: No Age
Label: Drag City
Catalogue: DC853
Barcode: 781484085614
Format: LP, CD or Tape
Release Date: 16th September 2022
                               

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