Vom Grill – Knerpen! (bevel) (PAN 62)
Antwerp-based nonconformist Dennis Tyfus debuts on PAN under his Vom Grill moniker with the ‘Knerpen! (bevel)’ LP. Tyfus’ dealings in unstable media—spanning paintings and illustrations, films, radio transmissions and more—reflect the freeform, sometimes parodic nature of his sonic output, which has been archived on his own Ultra Eczema imprint alongside many outsider, weirdo and noise underground artists.
‘Knerpen! (bevel)’ is a jarring collage of skewed electronics, tape loops and treated vocals. Opening sequence ‘I’ writhes and seizes with electricity. Skull-resonant clangs are sucked and “scrunched” back into themselves, before throbs of condensed static give way to the sound of someone rummaging around inside the bodies of acoustic instruments. On b-side ‘II,’ Tyfus multitracks the vocalizations of opera singer Emilie Fleamountains into an empyrean choir, before winding back the tape into a foaming-at-the-mouth mechanical meltdown.
The album is mastered and cut by Rashad Becker at D&M, pressed on 140g vinyl. It features photography by Dennis Tyfus and layout by Bill Kouligas.
“What arouses the interest of Dennis Tyfus, with his difficult feet, is a clear, artful and wild realism whose extravagance never leaves one indifferent and can be summarised above all as the attempt to have fun in the end, after all”. — Wim van Mulders