Prurient – “A Meal Can Be Made” (Stereogum Premiere)

Prurient’s Bermuda Drain finds Dominick Fernow, now a full-time Cold Cave member, taking his longtime noise project into new territories. A few purists will probably get antsy, but if you’ve paid attention, he’s always been willing to shift his project’s sounds and the experiences they offer. Sure, I think of Dennis Cooper’s books as romantic, and am moved by Peter Sotos, but I’ve always considered 2006’s Pleasure Ground standout “Apple Tree Victim” an especially affective love song. One of the biggies. Which is maybe why Bermuda Drain’s my favorite Prurient album (or cassette, or limited-edition whatever) to date: Its nine songs construct an even darker, deeper, violent, emotionally charged edifice to love, lust, and wanting to rip someone apart. (Or to “give life to those who hate you / ask death for yourself…”) You’ve heard non-album versions of opener “Many Jewels Surround The Crown.” Here’s “A Meal Can Be Made,” the blistering, unhinged, super precise dance track that follows it. (In some ways it’s the album’s curve ball, but just one of many.) Prurient’s suggestion for experiencing Bermuda: “Listen on headphones at night while driving through tunnels in Europe.” From experience, it also works through tunnels in NYC.

Prurient – “A Meal Can Be Made”

Bermuda Drain tracklist:

01 “Many Jewels Surround The Crown”
02 “A Meal Can Be Made”
03 “Bermuda Drain”
04 “Watch Silently”
05 “Palm Tree Corpse”
06 “There Are Still Secrets”
07 “Let’s Make A Slave”
08 “Myth Of Sex”
09 “Sugar Cane Chapel”

Bermuda Drain is out officially (CD/LP/digital) 7/19 via Hydra Head. It rules on multiple levels. Some dates to note: Tomorrow’s co-headlining Public Assembly showcase with Iceage is the Bermuda Drain cassette release party. (Look for him to play “A Meal Can Be Made.”) If you can’t make it, the cassette will be available the next day (6/18) at Fernow’s Hospital Productions record shop (East Coast) and Hydra Head’s Vacation Vinyl (West Coast). 7/6 is the cassette version’s official release date.

Prurient 2011

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