RMFTM (Radar Men from The Moon) is a Dutch art collective who approach music as avant-garde exploration. The second LP in the Subversive trilogy is almost upon us. Throughout the series the group is looking to explore, deconstruct and subvert their creative process and themselves as a band. In doing so the immense head-on collision between psych and acid house stretches the definitions of noise, space and time. “Masked Disobedience” is the first single from the album and gives you an insight into the limitless and abrasive experimental properties of Subversive II: Splendor of the Wicked.
“Masked Disobedience” begins and ends with harsh celestial static, underpinned by pounding drums and screeching synths. A hypnotising bass-line roils as the song races to its otherworldly climax forged by the industrial landscape of Eindhoven - it may send you deep into an introspective trance now but live it will get you moving.
Following on from their recent split single with White Hills, RMFTM have been ceaselessly affirming themselves as figures of psychedelic re-invention amongst their contemporaries. The band co-curate Eindhoven Psych Lab and this year they’ll be performing in collaboration with Gnod to coincide with the release of the new album. They’re known for their prolific live show, one they’ve taken on several European tours, appearing on numerous psych festivals including Liverpool Psych Fest, Eindhoven Psych Lab, Desertfest Berlin and Cosmosis Festival.
Teutonic beats provide the foundation for Subversive II, RMFTM then build on their sound by looking inwards at themselves to rip it up and start again by breaking down and rebuilding their artistic process. Snatches of guitar, swathes of synths and stabs of bass are all sampled and reconstructed. Imagine La Dusseldorf headlining an eighties acid house all-nighter.
But this is no soulless experiment, Subversive II has a beating, bleeding heart behind the incessant beat. It’s a relentless aural assault, each note a sand grain, mercilessly shifting, an idea mutating.
- Sean MacRae and Jack Palfrey
White Hills and RMFTM (Radar Men From The Moon) are the latest additions to the Fuzz Club Split Single series, which already boasts leviathans like The Black Angels, A Place to Bury Stranger, The Telescopes and Alan Vega. Their offerings for Split Single No. 8 are now available to stream in full below.
Stoner/psych/space duo White Hills has a catalogue spanning 40 releases over the past decade, gaining them a cult following and an appearance in the Jim Jarmusch psych-inspired vampire film Only Lovers Left Alive.
They contribute their space-rock epic “As You Pass By”, which is a climactic otherworldly mix of swirling electronics building up as deep bass roils beneath singer Dave W’s gravelly vocals until the song erupts into a whirlwind of bluesy distorted guitars and hammering bass by his partner Ego Sensation, underpinned by a chilling spoken word sample.
White Hills are paired with Fuzz Club's Dutch instrumentalists RMFTM, who have released three sold-out albums since their debut in 2013, and the single ‘Decadence’ which is typical of their explorative style.
Coming in at just under ten minutes long, the track opens on harsh industrial noise pounding through a constant wash of eerie reverb. Guitar riffs chime in as tooth-rattling percussion submerges you further into this huge, ethereal wall of noise. ‘Decadence’ is truly testament to the bands limitless avant-garde capabilities.
The track continues in the hypnotic, abstract sound RMFTM have built with their previous record ‘Subversive I’, and invites fans to follow them deeper down the musical rabbit-hole.
Split Single 8 is available as a Fuzz Club exclusive 10" in yellow vinyl (300 copies) and the standard edition in solid white vinyl (700 copies).