Gomddam Memory - Pandora's Omelette
Released off label 2022
In the last review I wrote for Gomddam Memory I found that a proper introduction was not given to the experimental and industrial duo. So, here it is. This is a joint effort between two musicians across the North Sea attempting a combination of industrial and hip-hop. Through their music they hope to “express the pressure of the current times”. Like so many others, it seems as if Gomddam Memory uses their music more or less as a positive relief from life. Influenced by the likes of NIN and ohGr, Gomddam Memory has released two EPs and a single to date. The single, ‘Pandora’s Omelette’, is the subject of today’s review. While my last outing with Gomddam Memory was less than appealing, ‘Pandora’s Omelette’ sees this odd pair find a better flow and mix.
A single synth line that raises in volume introduces us to the lo-fi essence of ‘Pandora’s Omelette’. There are light percussion elements that form a rhythm and other electronic samples that find their way into the beat. Best described as an industrial version of lo-fi music. The vocals are much improved this time around; a slow beat calls for dragged out vocals and that’s what the single gives us. They are almost whispered and sound like something coming from a fever dream. The only part of the song that makes me wince is around the thirty-nine second mark where Gomddam Memory repeats the phrase ‘The voices’ four times in a row before moving on. I also wasn’t a huge fan of the electronics around the three-minute and twenty-seven second mark. To put it bluntly, it sounds like someone’s shitting their pants. And I’m not a fan of listening to someone shit their pants.
‘Pandora’s Omelette’ also comes attached with ‘Contract Live Convulse (refinancing mix)’. It’s a combination of sleazy industrial and dirty drum’n’bass elements. At five-minutes and fifty-one seconds, I also feel as if the remix overstays its welcome; there’s not enough meat to this song that keeps it interesting for that long.
So, Gomddam Memory’s latest outing is much improved from time last spent with them. I’m not going to go into depth with this conclusion and restate opinions that were summed up two paragraphs before, but what I will say is that I’m interested in seeing where Gomddam Memory goes next. Six-and-a-half out of ten.
This review was commissioned through our Ko-fi page.Feb 07 2022
I've been writing for Brutal Resonance since November of 2012 and now serve as the editor-in-chief. I love the dark electronic underground and usually have too much to listen to at once but I love it. I am also an editor at Aggressive Deprivation, a digital/physical magazine since March of 2016. I support the scene as much as I can from my humble laptop.
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