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Heal The Split

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about

Jerusalem always had a sound. Never limited to genre, yet always challenging. Wackelkontakt are the trio that currently spearheads the Jerusalem scene, playing music that's precise yet eclectic, cruel and abrasive even when vulnerable. From R&B to hip hop to industrial to power electronics and back to local influences, Wackelkontakt have already made a global mark with the sensory overload of their live multimedia performances and the scintillating presence of frontwoman Tomer Damsky AKA MC Slice, backed by Eyal Lally Bitton (electronics, visuals, scenography) and Marco Milevski Tomasin (drums and electronics).
Wackelkontakt's wildly eclectic approach, bound by an impossibly consistent sound, is a direct result of the band living a minute away from The Old City's Damascus Gate and recording in the ultra-orthodox neighbourhood of Me'a She'arim; Jerusalem is present in the music, not in the shape of touristic exotica but in a sense of conflict, paranoia and isolation.
The lyrics are equally contradictory, schizophrenic and chaotic. Emotional manipulation clashes with a desire to shake and be shaken, to allow oneself to become sucked as far as possible from self-loathing. When self-reflection arises it is bitter, ridiculous, pathetic, interweaving with philosophical texts lifted directly from the likes of Deleuze & Guatarri, Foucault, Artaud, WJT Mitchell and others. The quotes become seamless parts of the lyrical barrage, as Wackelkontakt crumble under the urge to say everything while understanding nothing, to understand everything while saying nothing.
Heal the Split is the band's debut full-length. HtS doesn't attempt to capture the live experience – it is an independent, studio entity. The title track, a naked, instrumental noise assault, sits between Papamummy, the hip hop opener, and Zkhut Kium, offering what could be tagged doom R&B. The title undermines the overwhelming sense that what was breached and broken can never be put back together; that megalomania and inferiority complexes are two sides of the same coin; that blinding empowerment is immediately exchanged with absolute nihilism. Wackelkontakt demand your attention, however only after you survived all trials of insistent, deliberate rituals of shooting themselves in the foot and blurring all possible traces of narrative. The result renders Wackelkontakt's angst locally Jerusalemite and universally millennial.
For fans of: Godflesh/JK Flesh, Sneaks, Dälek, The Body, Princess Nokia, Throbbing Gristle, Gnaw Their Tongues, Ahuva Ozeri, Sarit Hadad, Pharmakon, Puce Mary, Pan Daijing (but only if you actually enjoy all of the above)

Words by Avi Pitchon

Heal the Split is out on March 1, 2020 on Magia Roja

credits

released March 1, 2020

Marco Tomasin Milevski - Drums & Electronics
Eyal Lally Bitton - Visuals & Electronics
Tomer Damsky [Slice] - Vocals & Electronics
Recorded, produced and mixed by WACKELKONTAKT
in Mazkeka Studios & Excessive Headquarters
Mastering: Jeremy Cox
Artwork: WACKELKONTAKT
Design: Yonatan Cohen Hoppe
Photography: Nimrod Weißlöwe
Ceramics: Assaf Cohen & Shani Reches
Make up artists: Adi Kahana & Dana Tkatch
Special thanks: Studio Straus, Amit Drori, Adam Scheflan, Ori Kadishay, Ofer Tisser, Binya Reches, Karkait, Pagit Bar-Zel
MR025 | Jerusalem/Barcelona 2019

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Wackelkontakt [Slice, Lally & Tomasin] are an audiovisual collective based in Jerusalem, where they are deeply involved in the underground community as founding members of Excessive Productions and Studio Straus since 2013.

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Track Name: Papamummy
I
Am my daughter
My mother
My father
Myself
We are of the same sex, and this is as true
as two and two are four
I am my beloved twin brother
I am husband and wife in one
I love my wife
I love my husband
Do I sound like a holy brat?
or better yet, a would-be orphan?
What would be my purpose for hailing the audience to think of me as such?

I don’t believe in father
In mother
Got no
Papamummy

We need to consider the possibility
That one day, perhaps In a different economy
bodies and pleasures people will no longer quite understand How the ruse of sexuality

The power sustaining its organization
Were able to subject misused Tsisitation
subject us to that monarcy of sex
So that we become dededicated
to the endless task of forcing its secret
Of exacting confessions of the true act
a shadow of irony having us believe
That our liberation is balanced.

I don’t believe in father
In mother
Got no
Papamummy
Track Name: Zkhut Kium
כולם יודעים את זה ואף אחד לא אומר לי
ההתנהגות שלי זוועה
בושה להיות אני
לא יוצאת מהמיטה
לא יוצאת מהמיטה

לא יוצאת מהמיטה
לא ברור איך אני חיה עם עצמי
חיה עם עצמי
כולם יודעים את זה
אבל אף אחד לא אומר לי
לא אומר לי

אין לי זכות קיום
זכות קיום אין לי
אין לי זכות קיום
זכות קיום
אין לי
Track Name: Pad Thai
i was thinking,

It’s not a state resembling death.
It’s not like death at all.
The siren howls
and, Things happen because other things happen

Im not Beethoven
90 percent of me is

Like a saga
A trick is a trick

Ok so there is the inspiration plus the twinge in the heart of course
That this is all too big and out of reach

Rest on your load
You carried it so far so you may as well abuse it

I can feel the wifi
Track Name: De Point
What
Are
We
To
Make
Of
This
Con
Test
Bet
Ween
The
In
Trests
Of
Ver
Bal
And
Pic
To



Ri
Al
Rep
Re
Sen
Ta
Tion
I propose that we histori-
Size it and treat it not as a
matter for peaceful settlements

Under the terms of some all em-
bracing theory of the signs but
as a struggle that carries the
Fundamental contradictions

THE POINT THEN IS NOT TO HEAL THE SPLIT
BETWEEN WORDS AND IMAGES
BUT TO SEE WHAT INTERESTS
AND POWERS IT SERVES
Track Name: Maa Wallim
מה
אתה
יודע על
מ
ע
ואא
לים
יא
בנ
זו
נה

מה
אתה
יודע על
מ
ע
מו
לים
יא
בנ
כל
בה
Track Name: Efo At
איפה את
האצבע שלך
פעם חשבתי שאפשר
יש לך עור
שאי אפשר לא
עוקץ יש לך גם
כל כך כואב
תביאי עוד מזה

איפה
איפה
איפה את

תטביעי אותי במה שנוזל ממך
אני שואלת מותר לי
את צוחקת כשאני

איפה
איפה
איפה את

תטביעי אותי
יש מרירות בקול שלך

איפה
איפה
איפה את

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