DISARM Magazine Premiere:
Legendary 4AD Producer John Fryer, who has shaped the sounds of This Mortal Coil, Cocteau Twins, Love and Rockets, Depeche Mode, Nine Inch Nails, Peter Murphy and many other artists is back with the second installment of his own project: Black Needle Noise. Lost in Reflections is available now for streaming and download exclusively via Bandcamp (and will be available on additional digital platforms on July 13th.)
The man who was integral to game-changing releases such as Nine Inch Nails’ Pretty Hate Machine has continued to innovate and work with both emerging talents and established artists in Industrial, Alternative, Post-punk and Ambient music for 25 years.
2010 saw Fryer form his own band, Dark Drive Clinic, a collaboration with Rebecca Coseboom (of Stripmall Architecture) entitled Noise in my Head.
Lost in Reflections continues the winning combination of Fryer’s Industrial / cinematic soundscapes overlaid with guest vocals from many musical talents including: Bill Leeb (Front Line Assembly, Delirium), Mimi Page (Delirium), Jennie Vee, Ana Breton (Dead Leaf Echo) and Omniflux (Puscifer).
Each track on Lost in Reflections delivers an intimate capsule of mood and story that moves cohesively while bringing a singular feeling and unique weight to each song. It truly is “music for movies you haven’t seen yet” – from the artist who produced music for the indelible, iconic, film Seven. There is hope, there is despair, there is seduction, there is reflection, there is sleek prowling through the steamy alleys of the imagination.
Lead single “Neon Noir” is not only a nice bit of wordplay but a movie montage full of urgency with new era synth hit potential. As many younger bands are forming in homage to the 80s pioneers we still celebrate, here is one of them with an injection of cold (and cool) Berlin beckoning.
The collaborative expertise and flexibility, the guiding hand of an uncommonly prolific producer, the networks that run deep and underground and in the coolest private rooms and the spaces that only music people can ever meet in and form art from (with a knack that listeners can only marvel at but cannot fathom) mean that creativity and art can spark anywhere. Trust is assured, established. The producer, a figure whose role the public has only lately begun to understand as rock music has evolved and earned some serious study over its later decades, can work with almost a dozen different singers and create unity while showcasing individual gifts. He’s a magician, to those of us who can only sit and gape.
Music is cyclical and the time is ripe for a deep dive into Alternative, Industrial and all those glorious cinematic, operatic, depths it was once celebrated for. At the top of the charts we now just endure. We are past due, more than 20 years on from Nine Inch Nails 1995 peak where they entered the chart at number two. Exciting music like Black Needle Noise is happening worldwide. It’s a beacon. It’s a canary in a coal mine. Music needs a revolution. A “Warning Sign”. A stylish soundtrack. An army. A legion of voices. “A Shiver of Want”. Black Needle Noise is a damn good start to get all of us waiting in the darkness dancing again.
By Jacqueline Howlett
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