The Eyes of Stanley Pain and Sidewinder

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Review by Nolan Webb

* 36-second excerpt from "suni c" (various formats)

These two brand-spanking new discs come courtesy of Skinny Puppy co-founder cEvin Key and Soviet France's mark Spybey. The band's bio sums up this modern cohesion perfectly by describing Download as "straddling the axis where industrial, ambient, electronic and improvised noise meet." Quite simply put, this is the future of electronic music in the twenty-first century.

cover of 'Sidewinder' EP This project falls along the same path once walked by the likes of Skinny Puppy, but this ride is altogether fresh, with its ambient noises and morphing beats. If you close your eyes while listening to download, you can almost transport yourself to another realm, a post-modern dancehall for your mind. "This is the time we make noises/Playing the game of mixing," states a sampled voice during one of the timeless tracks. Download not only plays the game of mixing well, they have re-written the rules of the game altogether.

*[ed. How do you take a representative sample from CDs like these? So, we provide the first 35-or-so seconds from the CD The Eyes of Stanley Pain.]

First published in Drop-D Magazine on June 20, 1996

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