Life Death Indifference
The Paranoid Foundation: a collaborative music/multimedia project aiming to explore the darker elements of the human psyche. PF was formed in London, UK during 2003 by Crispin Lee (narration, audio artefacts) and Andrew Walker (electronics, communications): 2 sonic explorers with a shared interest in dark, experimental sounds. Taking influence from a variety of musical sources including krautrock, industrial and punk through to dub, electronica and ambient/noise, the duo aim to provide an intoxicating soundtrack to the more uneasy aspects of modern circumstance. The project's visual identity is formulated by silent third member, Japanese graphic designer, Tetsu Okada. Tetsu's graphics provide an accurate visual counterpart to Crispin and Andrew's musical themes. Life Death Indifference is PF's fourth and perhaps most visceral album to date. Review from Side-Line Magazine: The UK-duo Paranoid foundation consists out of Crispin Lee and Andrew Walker. Moving in the dark ambient corner, this duo is really experienced in the search of very different elements that could fit to their cold ambient creation. Icy atmospheres mixed with slow tempo rhythms or other and more space-like tones merged with spooky vocals are alternating each other during the "Life Death Indifference". One of the most particular tracks on this album -and still my absolute favourite one- is "Say It's Too Late". This track sounds like Leftfield going cold ambient. It's really original and the typical, somewhat dubby Leftfield style mixed in a darker mood sounds maybe as a new path to explore for Paranoid Foundation. That's also true for the last cut entitled "Submission". This track is more into astral spheres, but the monotonous slow rhythmic is an essential part of this song. Paranoid Foundation for sure has this kind of ambient touch that brings the listener in imaginary visions. They're for sure aware of this strength, which has lead them to collaborate with a so-called 'silent' third member. This is a Japanese graphic designer (Tetsu Okada) who provides a visual side to the enigmatic and haunting music of the duo. I really enjoyed this ambient experience and this band definitely deserves to get more recognition! Review from Re: gen Magazine: Coldly minimal atmospheres and grim vocal presences guide listeners through a chimerical heath.Paranoid Foundation is an electronic music project that straddles the line somewhere between noise and ambient. The band has it's own independent label but is also associated with Northern Star Records for this release. While this generally fits the offbeat electronic nature of Paranoid Foundation's sound, the material on Life Death Indifference is much darker and more pessimistic than most of the psychedelic music on that label. There isn't much to distinguish this act's overall sound from that of it's contemporaries, but it does manage to pull something unique from the world of magic and ritual. The band actually defines it's genre as 'Hermetic Fusion Musick.' The CD opens with a single, heavenly tone in the intro track, 'Perfect.' 'Life Death Indifference' has a very basic double beat, with short supporting beats sounding almost like echoes, while the simple vocal additions offer the chant 'Empty shells looking for a fill / Empty shells looking for a fix / Life, Death, Indifference.' 'Three Directives' features two tones that diverge and then re-converge, all the while undergoing changes in modulation that create a cavernous, underwater atmosphere. 'Sureshot' opens with a very deep, low, and vibratory tone that almost seems like percussion, with lighter beats and rattles accenting the higher range until everything is shattered by a wild blast of discordant synths. 'The Showroom' is about as minimal as electronic music gets, with a turgid, metallic undertone balanced by a high, almost playful tap of a beat, while the bleak vocal presence intones 'We never thought it would come to this.' Though short, 'The Undiscovered Country' is possibly the most intense track on this release; the long, whining background tones are occasionally interrupted by sharp gusts of hard synth as the hollow vocal additions nearly complete the dark and mysterious picture. 'Submission' ends the album and is actually a really great track with a solid electronic beat and some addictive, crystal clear, smooth synth tones that spin an entrancing melody. Life Death Indifference is chaotic, weird, and yet strangely relaxing, like the calm prelude to a great catastrophe. Fans of dark ambient music will likely find at least one or two of these tracks to be worth checking out.