of The Sister:-
An awesome work! It's difficult to classify, but
to give you an idea this can be described as a dark and frightening
soundtrack, doom minimalist, experimental goth and athmospheric,...
which what prevail are the slow and hypnotics rhythms. This is the
interesting record I have heard lately, as it just steps out of the
routine of dark music. It also must be said that it just sounds great
and that each of the 5 tracks maintain quality and originality.Well,
actually they are 6 tracks, including the a very short intro which
title is masked by stains on the credits. Meanwhile the booklet and
cover gives a feeling that this the work of some extreme
(experimental) musician specially because of the font. But you couldn't
farther from the truth. It's a disturbing music close to terrifying
without using the instrumental agressivity to obtain this result.
doesn't need to. If you fancy discovering something new and interesting
do not miss this album, it's a little jewel.
One of the most
bizarre releases that I have laid my eyes on to date. The Sister more
or less paints a picture of a multi-talented musician on one hell
of a dosage of
either shrooms or LSD. The Squid Boy, for instance, shows the untimely
and suffering of a young human-squid hybrid who not only feels unloved
dieing because the lack of our medical capacities in this day and
The most memorable track on this album is "There's an Earl on
Mars", which while
incredibly beautifully written musically and completely depressing,
is about as
off the wall as its following track, "Sssix Foot Albino Penguins".
Each of these
stories seems to have a moral, or tell a familiar story, however they
in the most seemingly drug-induced ways possible.
I honestly found The Sister to be a highly enjoyable experience. While
could easily just pop in the album and get confused and quit half
it causes one to think if you actually bother to read the lyrics.This
is really one of those
"acquired tastes", but fans of drug-induced weird music
should find this either
incredibly funny and bizarre, or unique and intelligent.
Wow, this EP
was a bit of a neat surprise. What from the artwork looks like a
Scandinavian Black Metal import turns out to be a pretty crazy sounding
OK, let's start from the beginning: Onethirtyeight are from London
playful yet dark music, mainly with synths and piano tracks and the
odd bits of
acoustic guitars. It's reminiscent of a macabre and fucked up scenario
of one of Tim Burton's better films, really. As a matter of fact,
the guys from
Onethirtyeight should start composing film-scores professionally because
sound-scapes are in bits so full of bizarre ideas that Danny Elfman
dare to come up with, not even in his worst nightmares. You can literally
dry ice wreaking around cardboard gravestones. 'The Waldensian' reminds
synth sounds of Goblin's Suspiria & Co. Add to that the strangely
altered sounds of
singing children & 'SSSix Foot Albino Penguins' excitingly send
shivers down your spine. The highlight though must be 'The Sister',
a song with a very familiar sounding
theme. It's the only song that contains actual singing or rather ghostly
whimpers, well played piano parts and static noises. I'd describe
the music of
Onethirtyeight as arty goth music although not in the sense of Fields
Nephilim or Lacrimosa but more in the style of an old gothic novel,
The third release from London solo artist Onethirtyeight combines
atmospheric ambience with percussive guitar riffs and chilling piano
Coming in at just over 25 minutes, The Sister still feels relatively
even for an EP. Yet with just four full-length compositions, the epic
all individually satisfying. The songs are almost categorically instrumental
compositions, with vocals being added for effect. The notable exception
Squid Boy," which reveals a story detailing the limitations of
with regards to those who are marginalized. The biting, sporadic acoustic
riffs would almost certainly be the most memorable part of the song
if not for
the vocal oddities of the track. Beginning as a deep, narrative growl,
soon becomes that of what is assumed to be the 'Squid Boy,' employing
pitch-shifted vocal effect giving a sound reminiscent of an infant.
organ-driven "Waldensian" takes a similar turn, using the
cries of a baby to
coincide with an unsettling progression. The closer "Alexandra
(1864-1932)," a touching instrumental eulogy, employs a lead
voice that is
comparable to a combination of a muted horn and a talkbox-affected
While, for the most part, The Sister is more atmospheric than melodic,
ominous mood of the album will continue to fascinate through multiple
a deathmetal or –rock release: this is well-done, experimental
music. All the six tracks on the EP “The Sister” are well
performed and if one is looking for some kind of
reference, I would call this project the little retarded brother of
Dresden Dolls, Cocorosie or Bellmer Dolls. But one can also hear influences
Mr. Bungle, the weird project of Mike Patton.
After abusing some kind of xylophone for half a minute – on
the album sleeve
presented as a lot of scrambling – ‘The Squid Boy’
sets in. This is a nicely,
freaky song that could be defined as somewhat folky, due to the use
acoustic guitar and the dark drum sounds. With church organs the following
‘Waldensian’ is introduced. This is a spherical track
that really gets under
your skin. The sleeve text: ‘The Witches’ Disease: God
grant this may not harm
you or cast an evil spell’ contributes to this creepy feeling.
The horror theme
is pushed somewhat further in ‘There’s An Earl On Mars’.
Alien sounds and
vibrato’s accompany the subtle piano playing.‘Sssix Foot
Albino Penguins’ could have been a track by Mr. Bungle, with
the funny bass and the old-man-voices. The last seven minutes of “The
Sister”are reserved for ‘Alexandra Elsbeth (1864-1932)’.
This track also has a folky mood, which ends in a dark ambient piece.
If you’re in for a funny, experimental EP and you are familiar
and found of the
stated references, than you should definitely try Onethiryeight!
Strange is a
good word to describe the work of solo artist Dan133 but good as well
needs to be mentioned.The man has a cool / dreamy / nightmarish sound
and a soundtrack feel in his writing which got him to work with the
indie movie industry. By using acoustic guitars, bass, keyboards,
electronic sounds, samplings and some crazy vocals, Dan has created
his own darkened universe but this doesn't mean the songs are
not melodic for it; even a sense of weirdness is omnipresent. My favorite
are : The Squid Boy (acoustic guitars, crazy voice & unusual composition),
There's an Earl on Mars (piano, strange keys, spaced out & psychedelic
) and the
closer Alexandra Elsbeth (1864-1932) being one of the most experimental
made of sad vocals and acoustic guitar parts.
8 / 10
of Bring Out Your Living:-
The premise of
Onethirtyeight appears to be to evoke imagery in the mind of the listener,
this three track EP being a collection of ethereal samples and textured
musical movements that would be better suited to the soundtrack of
a movie than to an extreme release. However, there's no denying that
project mastermind Dan 138's abilities in creating an uncomfortable
mood, the title track an especially warped piece of groaning and whispering
that conjures up graphic images of plague-era London. Stuff to scare
you mother with. (6) LG
Halloween Special 2004
With ten minutes
of soft piano, acoustic guitar and mechanical noise, London's Onethirtyeight
offer evil ambience in the context of a soundtrack. Hungry zombies
surround the title track, while The Crooked Song carries an eerie
echo reminiscent of Chris Alexander's Blood of Django project and
the final cut (Ourang-Outang) features a man making monkey noises.
Soft and sedate, the three sequences on Bring Out Your Living don't
really amount to much on their own, but if you're into arbitary sounds
of surrealist horror you can lock yourself away at www.onethirtyeight.co.uk
Issue 17 Spring 2004:
effects & fuzzed up guitars make up the core of this three-track
release. Onethirtyeight is more of an experimental project than something
you would be likely to hear on a dancefloor.
The title track is very much the type of thing you might hear on a
horror film with its whistling winds and droning vocals. 'The Crooked
Song' relies on sparse acoustic guitars and, pianos & haunting
female vocals with background sobs. Given it's simplicity it works
a lot better as a disturbing piece of music. The final track is a
lighter affair that reminds me a little of the Tiger Lillies with
its erratic, slightly whimsical guitars and keyboards. However, instead
of the Lillies' falsetto lyrics, it has choral harmonies and monkey
This is a bizarre CD, it's refreshing to hear someone making the music
they want without worrying whether it will be a dancefloor smash.
Natasha Scharf, 3 Skulls
- Issue 4 Sept/Oct 2004:
A spooky EP which
comes wrapped in a cobweb and sounds like a compilation of horror
soundtracks. The title track is all scary noises and chants of 'Bring
out your relatives
your lovers'. 'Crooked
Song' features a creepy whispered vocal, a la Goblin's Suspiria soundtrack
and 'Ourang-Outang' is a sinister 'Wicker Man' -style folk song. Should
do well with the Goth market (the purple and black pound, if you will).
- Vol. 21, No. 9, Nov 2004:
Here we have
another instalment from London's one-man-band Onethirtyeight. I reviewed
the last one about a year ago & it was not what I'd expected at
all (Misfits worship), so this time I had a grasp on where Mr Dan
138 is going. Along with the cobwebs, I could easily utilise this
next time I deck a place pout for some kind of haunted house Halloween
Party, or just feel like being creepy. Like the last EP, this is a
short three-song demo, undoubtedly inspired by horror soundtracks,
and easily usable as such. Dark acoustic guitar tones, haunting background
voacl chants, zombies running rampant, light percussion used as sparingly
as possible and bone-chilling bass sluggishly sodomise each other
in a minimalist fashion, and leave you hiding in a dark corner in
just a few minutes.
Review - Nov 2004:
and performed by Dan138, this is an interesting ten minute voyage
into the darkest depths. The three tracks here are that of a horror
movie sound track. Maybe more of a morbid radio show. Very cool. Dark
and creepy to say the least. If your into something a little off the
beaten path, check out One Thirty Eight. A soundscape into the gloomy
unknown. This guy needs to be scoring some flicks.
What we have
here is not Goth, or Metal, or even Punk, but something that might
appeal to the fringes of all those scenes. This disc contains three,
horror-themed soundscapes, it's like a movie score to some forgotten
70s horror flick. The first cut, which is the title track, is my favorite,
which has the walking dead calling for you to bring them the living.
This creepy little cut will probably make it to my personal Halloween
disc that I make each year. It's all very dark, and atmospheric in
a subtle kind of way.
Very interesting stuff, if you need something for you next Halloween
party, or have a horror film to score, you should check this out!
It even comes encased in fake cobwebs! Nice touch! Too bad you have
to remove them to get to the disc inside! 8/10
the creepy "Bring out your living" this trilogy of soundtracks
paints a vivid picture in the minds eye - this is straight out of
a Hammer Horror flick - complete with moaning and wailing. "Crooked
song" does actually employ the use of music, but is still 100%
soundtrack - here the ghoulish proceedings are surely well under way...
"Ourang Outang" brings the grisly journey to a close. Definitely
not appearing at a venue near you but maybe at your local multiplex!
of Case #6:
'I couldn't help thinking about Alain Resnais's 'L'Annee Derniere
a Marienbad' while listening to the first 'track'. Man spots woman
in a bar, then approaches to chat her up. Except here it's a bit of
a Dahmer-esque, twisty turn. Three short pieces in this demo, all
of which are very cinematic, thematically scene-fitting - such as
the rather appropriate test-tube-on-Bunsen-burner, bubble-infused
Laboratory Scene of 'Dr Sepis Cleaver', a sort of cross between Bjork
and Danny Elfman. This guy genuinely belongs in movie scoring. He
should be Hans Zimmer's assistant by now. 8/10'
- Lina Hakansson
'It's always refreshing to hear something different'
- Director, 'Cradle of Fear'
'Very interesting and nicely dark, your style is up my street!'
Its dark, its creepy and its very, very avant
garde.This is a fascinating little demo of dark experimental soundscapes,
for want of a classification. This isnt ambient as such, but
138 use different sounds, instrumental elements and samples to build
up three short tracks of evocative aural montages. Where they go next
is anybodys guess! Amplifythis.co.uk
'There comes a point when listening to 138 that you begin to question
your own sanity. For me it was the opening track ''Some Kinda Love'
where a man is heard saying 'No, don't worry, I won't fucking hurt
you' amid a party background and some beautiful but sick electronica
is stirring in my ears.
Yes, it was at that point that I realised I was listening to the soundtrack
of one of my on nightmares, which is a neat trick that 138 manage
to pull off twice more in the following tracks.
The sweetly titled 'Dr Sepis Cleaver' doesn't last much more than
a minute, yet still has you reaching for the light switch, and the
fantastic 'Artaud's Ballet' sounds like the sort of music a serial
killer would play to you, just to really screw with your brain, before
beating you to death with your own plunger.
138 are electronica
music. Not the sort you can dance to, not the sort you can play at
8,000 decibels down the M5. No, 138 specialise in 'sicktronica' which
is a genre I just made up. Now when you have make up genres to make
a band fit, your surely onto a good thing.
A reference? Think Aphex Twin at his most wonderfully retarded, think
Autchere doing the soundtrack to a hammer horror film.
To be honest both those comparisons don't do 138 justice, this is
the sort of music that will REALLY scare your parents and have them
calling the men in white coats. Isn't that what rock n' roll is all
Some people think that the likes of Slipknot are making menacing music
by banging the same tune out time and time again while screaming about
nothing in particular, whereas 138 have gone the subtle way. They
have gone round the back door and are now quietly sneaking up your
stairs with a sharpened knife and a blunt hammer.
By the way, that's an endorsement - this is one of the most innovative,
haunting, and downright sickest pieces of music I've heard in years.
If you are a fan of electronica at it's weirdest and wonderful, this
is for you.'
'One Thirty Eight is a solo project paying homage to generations of
B-list horror movies through samples, sound effects, and a backing
score. Latest release, Case#6, comes wonderfully packaged in a labeled
evidence bag, along with bloodstained press release and well-presented
The demo itself,
while short, follows a classic horror plot track one Some
Kinda Love charts the seduction, a one-sided conversation. The
backing music is fitting - slightly jerky, discordant guitar and plodding
bass under the sounds of an every-day bar. Recording two, titled Dr.
Sepis Cleaver follows the preparation with laboratory sounds,
a haunting child-like music box and eerie wailing behind, while the
finale, Artauds Ballet is distinctly harsher with
white noise, disjointed guitars and distorted vox an apt conclusion.
As the press
release states, these tracks are not meant to be formal songs
- they were designed to try to create a picture in the listeners
mind, a goal which Dan, the man behind One Thirty Eight, has
achieved to perfection. These three short recordings not only create
great atmosphere, they manage to capture perfectly the kitsch fun
of a low budget horror movie. After listening to Case#6, it seems
no surprise that Dan is working on scores for two films; it is an
accomplished and well written demo my only complaint is that
it should be longer!'
'This is a very strange and intriguing affair - firstly, there are
three tracks on here but they are not songs - rather musical soundscapes
that are designed to aid the listener in picturing the story that
is told - the story of a serial killer. Beginning with the listener
overhearing some conversation, things quickly move on to a more gruesome
affair. It is uncanny how a bubbling noise makes one think of dismembered
body parts, boiling away on the stove in someone's seedy bed sit.
We found this genuinely disturbing.'
n' Roll #204
'138 is ethereal, more like soundtrack music than a band you'd go
out to see. I like the layered music and collage stuff that's going