Blistering, BDSM-inspired power electronics and transgressive industrial dance from Mykki Blanco-collaborators NAKED, ripping lyrics from Salò over a nailbed of sex sounds and anti-peristaltic convulsions for spine-busting effect. We’d wager even William Bennett or Prurient might be impressed with their efforts here.
The emo, shoegazy tropes of previous NAKED releases are swiped away this time in favour of proper stare-down sonics and eviscerating vocals, coughed up in four tarry black lumps of gristly, hi-pitched noise and ramrod beats designed to leave nobody on the fence.
Taking its title from a masochistic practice where the submissive gives to the dominant partner power and authority over the submissive’s body in exchange for the submissive’s happiness and health - which can also be taken as metaphor for socio-political control - NAKED live up to every letter of that premise, subjecting the listener to a barrage of unpleasantries/ecstasies in the destructive maul of Unleash Me, then drowning them like Yellow Tears in the cistern with the paso-doble flashcore battery of Spit, before sousing ears with incendiary sonics in Disease, and obliterating the senses via tirade of blastbeats and unrepentant squall in Whip.
We promise they aren’t messing about; my ears are seriously ringing right now. Approach with caution/abandon; find your limits.
RIYL Pan Daijing, Croww, Rabit, Whitehouse
released October 6, 2017
NAKED are Agnes Gryczkowska and Alexander Johnston
supported by 7 fans who also own “Total Power Exchange”
This project really needs to be experienced live, where it’s like some twisted AI trying to rape your brain through your senses. So intense, alien and hostile. I won’t even describe the thoughts left in my head after their late night performance @ Berlin Atonal 2019. Definitely one of the highlights there. Hitting the Pavement