Meg Lee Chin
Pigface is the unusual musical beast reigned in by
percussionist Martin Atkins. A mainly Industrial band, Pigface
albums have a penchant for delving into new territories on
a whim. Previous albums have managed to take less than serious
lyrical anthems and run them over well conceived musical pieces.
When you listen to a Pigface album, you'll soon discover
it's all about the beat.
Each track has a firm, solid beat with any variety of sound
laid over it. With numerous guest vocalists and musicians,
each song sounds diffeent from the next. A New High in Low
is similar to previous efforts in that Martin Atkins doesn't
change the above formula in anyway. It's just that this time,
the songs are the strongest written, yet. Nutopia and
Kiss King are charging songs with wonderful female
vocals. Methylated is Pigface's own take on heavy-ended
techno and First Taken Third Found is as haunting as
it is intriguing with its repetitve, looping sounds and vocals.
The second disc is an unusual, slow moving soundtrack to
an odd British movie we'll probably never see. In itself,
the second album is an experience. Most listeners will never
actually listen to it on its own, but it is something nice
as an addition to the already excellent album. If you are
at all interested in trying out Pigface or their style of
music, this is the album to start with.