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Now Hear This: The Janitors | Noisolation Session Vol. 1

I'm getting caught up on the good albums that have come out lately. Like this one.

THE EDITED PRESS RELEASE: Submitted for your listening pleasure: The fifth album by your favorite Swedish purveyors of heavy drones, fuzzed nightmares and stökpsych, The Janitors.

Noisolation Sessions Vol.1 is a testament of three months in disturbing times. In March 2020 The Janitors had their new album written and studio time booked, ready to unleash their latest shamanic fuzz meltdowns. Then Corona hit and everything changed. They figured they would go down into their own studio to work on those tunes some more until things passed over. While working there they recorded what they felt was a most apt tune for that moment back in spring 2020: A cover of Joy Division’s Isolation. It was epic and the reaction they got confirmed it. It re-energized The Janitors and in doing so the creative juices flowed and a thought kicked in: That the next week, they just start writing new songs, but with the same dogmatic rules — one night of recording, one week of mixing and then it’s done. It was a challenge of just letting the creativity flow, but then leaving the song as a testament to that moment.

These six songs are the product. The Janitors came up with all of it on the spot — all ideas were welcome as improvisations lead to new and far-out places, but also the occasional wrong note, with lyrics reflecting the strange days we were witnessing and how they affected us, the people we love and the world. The Janitors say this is by far their least worked-through art, but it turned out to be some of the best songs they have ever produced.

As they say: “The next album will be recorded as soon as Corona is gone. Until then we’ll see if there will be a Volume 2 of the Noisolation series. Always and forever, fuck all right-wing and capitalist oppressors. To create is to resist. To resist is to create. Fuzz love from The Janitors.”