Sissy Spacek – Ways of Confusion


Brain-bleeding brutality in 6 to 66 seconds…

Pondered upon (very quickly) by Jason Guest

Released by Nuclear War Now! Productions (Website, Facebook) on 1 August 2018

Nuclear War Now!’s usual bile is of the black and death metal variety with the odd bit of thrash and doom mixed into the murky mucus. Along come noise destroying duo Sissy Spacek with album number too-many-to-mention (seriously, check their discography here and here!) and NWN wisely sign ‘em up for the release of Ways of Confusion.

39 tracks – only one of which goes over the one-minute mark – of grind-blasted noise, prepare to be pummelled into oblivion. I would wager that this duo make bets with each other as to how much they can pack into such short a space of time. At the one end of the extreme, tracks 7, 12 and 13 – ‘Sleeping Assistant’, ‘Usain Bolt’, and ‘Braking’, respectively – are 6-second bursts of grunts, growls, feedback, electronic noise and drum pummelling. Track 35, ‘All Walks’ is 1-second longer only because of the 1, 2 count. Track 39, ‘Alphabets’, at 1-minute and 10-seconds sits at the other end and is stuttered blast after stuttered blast of brain-bleeding brutality.

I wouldn’t dare call this music. I don’t know what the fuck it is. But it’s fucking good. It’s taken you longer to read this than listen to the whole thing. Stop wasting your time and give it a blast. Then you’ll see what all the confusion’s about.

Sissy Spacek – Ways of ConfusionTrack List:

  1. Encircled
  2. Globe
  3. Leaving
  4. Alienator / Distancing
  5. Corner
  6. Mock Bewilderment
  7. Sleeping Assistant
  8. Atrophy
  9. None of the Above
  10. Storm
  11. Beset
  12. Usain Bolt
  13. Braking
  14. Series of Teeth
  15. Outer Dialogue
  16. Body Premise
  17. Trauma Level
  18. Balloon Assassins
  19. Color
  20. Familiar
  21. Bread Hook
  22. Numbing Solution
  23. Simulcast
  24. Victory
  25. Evidence of Others
  26. Permanent Contradiction
  27. A Priori
  28. Cosmetic Fog
  29. No Return
  30. Slant
  31. Relay
  32. Time Killer
  33. Simulation
  34. Surrounding
  35. All Walks
  36. Variation on Labyrinth
  37. Filth Slate
  38. Entropic
  39. Alphabets