Plecid "s/t" CDPosted on Thursday, July 21st, 2005 @ 7:27am » permalink
Plecid's self-titled CD was the first release for the super "kvlt" (and with good reason) Ajna Offensive in the mid-90's, around a decade after its original release on cassette. This band is just obscure as fuck, and their entire existence is basically shrouded in mystery (this CD, their only "official" release, contains absolutely no shred of contact information or documentation regarding anyone whatsoever). I can't even remember how I got this disc. I know I was into some of the other projects related to Ajna at the time, and I had some mutual friends with those cats, and later even ended up being in touch with the band directly (unbeknownst to me at the time), but my memory's foggy on how it all came to pass.
Anyway, they only released three cassettes in the late-80's: A self-titled tape in 1986, an untitled cassette in 1987, and "Industrial Gems" in 1989 (details on the latter are spotty, I've only seen it mentioned once by the artist behind Plecid). After that it was tracks on the "Unbecoming" compilation CD (Freedom in a Vacuum, 1989) and the "Perpetual State of Oracular Dream" compilation LP (Anomalous Records, 1989). That was all she wrote.
Years after the release of the first cassette on CD, it became more openly known that Plecid was David Woodard (who may or may not have had co-conspirators), a shadowy gentlemen who specializes in several forms of musical composition – not to mention dabbling in numerous occult-ish activities, not the least of which has been building Dreamachines and Wishing Machines. But the dude's a legitimately interesting character. Just check out his bio and do some digging, it's wild shit.
The style that Plecid explored was a strange mix of weird ambient noise, "darkwave", goth, and a bunch of other stuff that I know very little about. The results vary, but this track absolutely kills me, and honestly makes the rest of the project's recorded material seem pretty timid, if not underdeveloped. If all of the tracks reached this level, the full-length recording would be an absolute masterpiece, no doubt.
As an aside, I used to do David Woodard's website years and years ago, and had planned to release a Plecid/Psywarfare split 7" in the late-90's. Very regrettably that never happened as the Plecid camp faltered on decisiveness, and at the time Woodard even denied that he had anything to do with Plecid at all, and was masquerading as an intermediary. It has since come to pass that he apparently views the post-1986 releases (I think a European label did it up on vinyl, too) of the self-titled cassette to be bootlegs, but… who knows for sure?
If you're interested, this otherwise out of print disc is another that's on sale for absurdly cheap at Relapse as we speak:
A lot of you are probably going to hate this post, but this song is fucking phenomenal, so get over it!