It's not often that you come across an all-star avant-metal collaboration themed around the hot beverage-themed demise of a winged insect, but that's exactly what this strange LP is. Aidan Baker and Leah Buckareff of Nadja team up with Italian harbingers of sludge, Ovo, for a typically glacial exercise in creepy, lumbering doom-gaze. 'A Wasp Flying Around The Sugar Jar' is a slow, creaking starter, but once it's in full flow, the band lock into a punishing grind, complete with screechy female vocals from Ovo's Stefania Pedretti.
'Trapped In The Jar' feels more energised and more experimental, bringing a tone that almost hints at avant-jazz and industrial music, whilst spilling out some serious Linda Blair effects on those vocals. The final movement over on the B-side, 'Drowned In Coffee', is especially pleasing, featuring manic pounding on toms and chanted vocals that sounds like a Swans record lost somewhere in the Middle East.
Nadja / OvO ? The Life And Death Of A Wasp
Vendetta Records (3), Adagio830
Vendetta 41, ADAGIO#48
Vinyl, Album, LP, Limited Edition
Shoegaze, Doom Metal, Avantgarde, Experimental
Artwork By ? HLG, Stefania Pedretti
Bass Guitar [Nadja] ? Leah Buckareff
Guitar [Nadja] ? Aidan Baker
Mastered By ? James Plotkin
Mixed By, Recorded By ? Boris Wilsdorf
Percussion [Floor Tom, Snare, Ride - Ovo], Bass Guitar [Ovo] ? Bruno Dorella
Vocals [Ovo], Guitar [Ovo], Vibraphone ? Stefania Pedretti