The Japanese NRYY and Endometrium Cuntplow from The United States have both been active in the experimental noise scene for only for a couple of years, but have used the time creatively and thus both of them have vast discographies.
The split opens up with NRYY. Aki-hare begins with some delayed and nicely plump electronic sounds and beats, and despite the minimalism it manages to create quite an appealing feel. It soon takes a turn for other directions, though, as a loud wall of electronic distortion takes up the soundscape and the bassy notes are pushed to the background. The distortion is pretty thin but pleasantly sharp and layered, and creates a curious contrast with the slowed-down bassy sounds in the far back - especially so as the white noise makes a lot of breaks to let them push through as well. The track end to some electronic bleeps and whirrs, giving it a pleasing end. The follow-up begins with a short and looped electronic pattern topped with some thin screeches, giving it a bizarre feel. The track continues with some improvised analogue synth screeching that's backed by calm drumming, after which the track turns to an improvised collage of electronic sounds. This music surely keeps the listener on his/her toes.
I really liked how bizarre and uncontrolled these two songs sound, and how they still manage to create an appealing and even twisted atmosphere without anything sounding forced. They're not perfect, simply because their experimental nature and free flow would've needed more space and time to really deliver their full impact and to show their purpose, but they're pretty damn good anyway. Despite lasting for mere eleven minutes, the songs make me want to hear a full-lenght album by the project. 8+ / 10
E.C. Starts off with some soft screeches and a steady electronic bass drum beat, and the first song only grows through some slight mutation and by adding some distorted white noise on top of it. The follow-up is similar, although with a faster pace and sharper screeches. The two songs are very minimal and flow by easily due to their lack of content and clearer changes; the drums push the songs onward , but don't make them stop. The final song doesn't have any drums in it, and while it, too, is based on some analogue synth screeches, it's a lot more appealing and easier to focus on. It sounds stronger and fleshier as well, due to the gritty and grainy wall of distortion that slowly takes up and devours the whole track. It's a simplistic tune, but it's logical progress and strong soundscape make it very enjoyable, and easily the best of his three tunes on the split.
The two first songs are decent, but they already lose a lot of power due to being placed right after NRYY's madness, and they plain don't deliver their mix of noise and electro in a way that would be up to par with the other songs. These songs were not ready for this amount of attention, they would've needed a stronger structure to back them up. The third song shows that the artist knows what he's doing and actually has some skills, but it isn't enough to save his side of the split. I just hope the other songs would've been of as high quality. E.C. gets an average of 6+ / 10
The split is visually a bore, but has three great songs and 15 minutes' worth of quality noise on it. I still think that both the artists, especially the latter one, would've been capable of well higher-quality material. The overall lenght should've been longer as well for both the artists to really have the time to unleash their powers. Maybe a longer and more well-though split between these two would be in place?