On his 2011 demo, here completed, remastered and re-designed, Oyaarss already expressed all that made of his "Bads" album such a widely praised work: the intense analog noise, the bass-heavy droning, and most of all the implacable, misanthropic atmospheres. "Smaida Greizi Nakamiba": "The Future Smiles Wryly", but also very loud, as Oyaarss's music (here supported by three other Latvian musicians) sings the tune of decay and rust. Exigent, massive and calling the deepest pits of its listener's ears and soul, this album underlines Oyaarss's talent, while displaying another side of his vast repertoire.Get this on LP+CD / on CD / as digital files.
Originally recorded as a demo in 2011, "Smaida Greizi Nakamiba" was initially passed around to demonstrate Oyaarss's ability to write a long-player, and contains the tracks that landed this act on Ad Noiseam, leading to the release in early 2012 of his highly remarked and praised "Bads" album (adn159). Listeners were not satiated, though, which lead to this new version of "Smaida Greizi Nakamiba", improved, completely remastered (once again by Mobthrow's Angelos Liaros) and presented with a new artwork.
"Bads" was the "Hunger", a desolate place without any trace of life, "Smaida Greizi Nakamiba" means "The future smiling wryly" and presents a more humanly twisted side of Oyaarss's music. If the core of this artist's material, his love for merciless analog distortion, claustrophobic atmospheres and rust-filled drones, is still the focus of these nine tracks, a more palpable melancholy (or would it be misanthropy) pervade through his collaborations with three other musicians. The piano and strings of such tracks as "Vienaldzigo parmainu muzika" ("Music of irrelevant changes"), "Nazabeistis" ("Be not afraid") and "Skrandas" ("Scrap") add a sense of urgency, of flight and threat to the otherwise more monolithic and bleak sonic architecture which is Oyarss. There is trace of humanity here, but it is for all of us to decide whether it makes this album friendlier or, on the other hand, even more menacing.
Finally: a note about this album's artwork: the front and the back photographs show the same spot of Oyaarss's native Riga but the massive, towering build shown on the front was destroyed before the back image was taken. A very fitting metaphor for Oyaarss's own words about this album: "This album is a compilation of nine "tales" from the future, largely inspired by the works of George Orwell, Stanislav Lem, Aldous Huxley, Jean-Paul Sartre, Knut Hamsun and Maynard James Keenan. It is an attempt to pay a tribute to the inevitable realization that eventually all things are to pass, perish and rot, as well as appreciation to the people who strive daily to make the smile of the future less wry."