Threes And Will, ‘Purge of Genden’

Posted by on August 8, 2017

purge of genden

Nothing Out There, 3.10.17

Threes And Will is an anonymous Estonian alias debuted early in 2014 via local imprint Trash Can Dance. Since then, he’s been looping and conjuring his own distinctly warped and psychedelic cross-pollination of stoner rock with obtuse industrial new wave. Later in 2014, Kruusmaa joined with Estonian dub-mutant Huerequeque for Blue Thirteen, a heady split/collaboration for UK imprint Blue Tapes. Fast forward to late last year and we hear Kruusmaa again, via Brooklyn’s discerning Ba Da Bing! Records. Until recently both tapes were somehow still available at Blue Tapes and Ba Da Bing! Records respectively, waiting to kick tuckus. Sadly Blue Thirteen is sold out, so start hunting for that elsewhere and get ahold of Teemanttee via Ba Da Bing! while you can because both are spectacular.

That’s not to sell Kruusmaa’s latest short — just released via Nothing Out There — in truth, I think you should buy all three tapes and have a Baltic psych party out of solidarity with some of Russia’s most constrained neighbors. But I’m partial to the Baltic. At least a few ancestors fled the Pale of Settlement at various times, a massive territory restricting Jews to western Russia until it was dissolved in the face of advancing Germans in WWI. For Kruusmaa, Purge of Genden is clearly a tape that also looks east: taking its name from the execution of Mongolian reformer Peljidiin Genden in Moscow, “purged” for protecting the practice of Buddhism and failing to embrace Soviet patronage.

Kruusmaa and Purge of Genden clearly have their own inclinations in any event. Both sides offer dark, turgid psych, with Soviet-born filmmakers Konstantin Lopushansky and Piotr Szulkin cited as particular inspiration. The a-side carries the theme over, meditating on anecdotes in 20th century history; sci-fi, the site of the battle now commemorated as Turkey’s V-Day, and a reference to one of the earliest Himalayan cultures (Zhangzhung). The b-side begins by echoing the tape’s original opener, pulling back texture and tone for a simpler looped ear-worm on “Bunkers,” cycling into a short, strobing storm of noise on “Erebus.” Purge wraps up with a jagged slog and exhortation in the form of iconoclastic denouement “Sharpen The Knife, Go Uphill To Kill Jesus.”