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Five songs in five minutes
Carl Kruger - Sexist Tranny Carl Kruger - Sexist Tranny
MP3 EP 2013 | Silber 146
5 tracks, 5 minutes
$1 download
Carl Kruger brings caustic noise & soothing noise built from layered field recordings for the 5 in 5 challenge.

: Press Release
: Digital Booklet


Track Listing:
Death Biz Novelle
Bead Hell Oven Zit
Ball Zoned Thieve
Able Dozenth Evil
Venalize the Bold

Reviews:
This release forms part of Silber Records’ 5 in 5 series – a group of cheaply-priced EPs that present five tracks in five minutes. On Sexist Tranny, Carl Kruger – half of the band Caucasians – presents what amount to field recording amuse-bouches. The tracks aren’t long enough to tell a story, but there’s plenty of room to whet your appetite.
The prevailing feeling of the recordings – and their provenance is unknown, buried in multiple layerings and laptop manipulations – is that of deep space, or of machinery talking to itself. Opener ‘Dead Biz Novelle’ is the sound of gigantic terrestrial radios, tuning from bogs to the vistas of cold space. ‘Bead Hell Oven Zit’ is a record of someone dropping their keys down the back of a DEC PDP-9 while it complains, loudly.
Elsewhere, ‘Ball Zoned Thieve’ is a portrait of days spent in a futuristic photocopy joint, while hovercars whip past outside, with a departing squelch. ‘Able Dozenth Evil’ brings us back to earth, the subterranean gods calling through some kind of farty bog in a way that brings to mind a drum machine stuck in tar, gummed up yet still somehow kicking out its message.
The most human sounds on the EP come in closer ‘Venalize the Bold’; there’s the sound of someone clearing their throat, almost, as if they’re keen to enter the digital conversations dominant thus far. A worrisome drone and a flight of digital bees provide a backdrop, as a deep bass note makes its presence known – before fading out just as the piece ends. It certainly gives a more personal note to the proceedings than the other four tracks can offer.
This isn’t a release for everyone. The length is obviously a hindrance, as the tracks are never really allowed to stretch out. But in their brevity is a cracked-window view of another world, and it’s worth hearing the tracks to see what an artist does with such tight confinement. With a minute to work with, it’s difficult to describe the effect of pieces. They foist snatches of imagery upon you, rather than convey a story. Have a listen, and you’ll have weird dreams of your own.
~ Luke Martin, Cyclic Defrost

US artist Carl KRUGER has been releasing a fair amount of music as a standalone artist, and has a penchant for noise music of the more experimental kind. “Sexist Tranny” was released in 2013, and is his contribution to US label Silber Records ongoing “5 in 5″ series of EPs.
This 5 minute long EP won’t be to everybody’s taste, that is most certain. Silber Records is a home to many artists with a fairly narrow scope from what I have experienced so far, and Kruger’s creation is no exception here.
Surging noises, electronic clicks, nervous drones, static interruptions, hisses, dramatic noise surges and ominous, futuristic effects combine in a fairly challenging manner on this EP. The dominant feature are noises without any strong relation to music, melodies or conventional note structures as such, nor can they be said to be of a cinematic nature. These are electronic  noisescapes, where any melodic or cinematic tendencies may be more accidental than intended.
Personally I found the opening and concluding constellations to be mildly intriguing in this case, the former a dark, futuristic construction with a subtle industrial touch and a distinct ominous atmosphere, the latter a nervous pulsating affair with clicks and hisses that grows an unnerving undercurrent, intrusive effects and dark ominous pulses towards the end. The trio in the middle became too noise oriented for my taste though. Still, this is a fine production of it’s kind, and those with a keen interest in electronic noisescapes should seek this one out.
~ Olav Martin Bjørnsen, House of Prog

Again appearing as part of the aforementioned 5 in 5 series – this being the 24th instalment in case your counting, Carl Kruger steps up to the plate with ’Sexist Tranny’ described in passing as ripe for admirers of John Weise and Daniel Menche all of which is fine by us and created by way of the looping of manipulated field recordings that by our ears collectively gather a strangely trippy aural voyage with opener ’death biz novelle’ appearing to peep sleepy eyed from some strangely cavernous exotic neverland like lair and something which descends evermore into stranger and weirder landscapes the further you go with ‘bead hell oven zit’ sounding not unlike the breeding hatch of some super A.I. hive collective. Somewhere else ‘ball zoned thieve’ serves up the kind of deconstructed glitch funk more commonly found at one time or another on the tigerbeat6 imprint while ‘able dozenth evil’ with its disturbing insectoid clicks, skree scowls and strangled white noise communications is reason enough to seek the assistance of a passing sofa to hide behind leaving ’venalize the bold’ to merrily send you off into dark wondering to yourself what the buggering hell was that – file under deranged bad trip.
~ The Sunday Experience

Carl Kruger indulges in silly noise experiments on ‘Sexist Tranny’. Without any template the main goal appears to be adding in as many sonic elements as possible. A sonic soup emerges lacking any sort of coherence whatsoever. Playfully throwing these sounds together to see what sticks the output comes across as extremely digital in nature with little to indicate otherwise. Humor permeates the entire outing giving the sounds new life. Brought together the sounds appear to reference other noise makers at their most intense with references to the uneasy constructions of Farmers Manual coming to mind.
‘Death Biz Novelle’ goes for a sound similar to that of Pimmon at his absolute strangest, with textures constantly shifting searching for steady ground. ‘Bead Hell Oven Zit’ uses digital processes far more blatantly. Sudden jolts mark the piece getting shut down as soon as they start up. On ‘Ball Zoned Thieve’ the frustration is quite strong with the piece trying to move forward only Carl Kruger does everything possible to avoid any semblance of evolution. Pieces appear to fall onto the ground with a nonchalant attitude. ‘Able Dozenth Evil’ is one of the more rhythm-orientated pieces almost forming itself into a groove with deeper bass noises than what precedes it.
Anxiety ends the collection with ‘Venalize the Bold’ which moves up and down unaware of where to go next. Stuck in this rut it refuses to improve upon itself rather choosing to unsettle the listener. ‘Sexist Tranny’ is a strange jarring listen.
~ Beach Sloth

Again appearing as part of the aforementioned 5 in 5 series – this being the 24th instalment in case your counting, Carl Kruger steps up to the plate with ’Sexist Tranny’ described in passing as ripe for admirers of John Weise and Daniel Menche all of which is fine by us and created by way of the looping of manipulated field recordings that by our ears collectively gather a strangely trippy aural voyage with opener ’death biz novelle’ appearing to peep sleepy eyed from some strangely cavernous exotic neverland like lair and something which descends evermore into stranger and weirder landscapes the further you go with ‘bead hell oven zit’ sounding not unlike the breeding hatch of some super A.I. hive collective. Somewhere else ‘ball zoned thieve’ serves up the kind of deconstructed glitch funk more commonly found at one time or another on the tigerbeat6 imprint while ‘able dozenth evil’ with its disturbing insectoid clicks, skree scowls and strangled white noise communications is reason enough to seek the assistance of a passing sofa to hide behind leaving ’venalize the bold’ to merrily send you off into dark wondering to yourself what the buggering hell was that – file under deranged bad trip.
~ The Sunday Experience