Temperatures – S/T 7″

a: Too Hot to Handle
b: Too Cold to Hold
4th Harmonic Records
Cheapest at Smallfish Records

I ordered this on a whim a month or so ago, after reading Thurston Moore’s guest list thing on Pitchfork, calling UK act Temperatures his favourite new band. Intrigued I hunted this down and then forgot all about it until it arrived yesterday.

Musically, this is experimental noise at its finest. Really off the wall, and after a few listens, I am starting to pull it all together in my head, but the effect of the noise and the randomness is really jarring at first. Of limited appeal to most music fans, but for those who are looking for a nice detour into the noise genre, this is a great place to find that.

The sleeve is amazing – one one side you get this glittery snowflake, and on the other, it looks as if the band heated up an element and individually burned each sleeve. I am a sucker for that kind of DIY treatment, and combined with the ultra-low release number (219 copies), this is a winner for me.