NURSE WITH WOUND "CHROMANATRON" 2013 If you scour the internet, as I have, for a review of this particular NWW offering you just get an explanation from the label about NWW using recordings from SAND albums and little or no explanation of what that means. I want to rectify this. Please keep in mind describing a NWW record can be a difficult proposition, as much of what I'm hearing is not always easy to know what is making that sound. CHROMANATRON starts out very strong with apparent lifted guitar picking from whatever SAND recording they pillaged and is quickly interrupted by heavy Nurse style slabs of deep rumbling noise and what sounds like distorted guitar noise delayed filtered and panned around, churping and hissing and generally barking off in the reverb. Suddenly a musical passage starts up with melodica (?) hand precussion panning back and forth and a thin bass line picked rhythmically almost reggae like keeping things going. Then again, sudden harsh slabs of distorted noise come at you from various points of the sound field, these have an organic Moog feel to them only very menacing, farting and grumbling like a audio cauldron. This pans through the sound stage at varying degrees of intensity until it fades into sheets of noise moving off into the distance like electric winds. A brief unintelligible female voice then gives way to strummed guitar, light hand precussion and distant violin with piano tinkering. Again this has the feel of lifted elements from SAND. Wah wah guitar strum makes an appearance which ushers in stately french horn. None of the elements crowd the others and it all settles into a calm interlude when off in the distance comes some serious Krautrock motorik drumming backed by steady bass. Three guitars take over the focus and an inspiring Krautrock guitar free-for-all insues, left/right panning, reverb trail offs, distortion soaked solos all converge into the most cohesive psyched out rock song ever comitted to a NWW record! This is the most cohesive "rock" song ever perpetrated by NWW. It really sounds like a lost krautrock classic, what they call "a hallucination on the music of SAND". It's truly a jaw dropping end to a perfect NWW first side. Side two starts out with distant panning noise similar to an electronic sitar sound, but not. Crackling shards of noise break through at various intensity and a male voice gives instruction, again unintelligible. Wind chimey sounds combine with more distant muffled unknown noise panned at different angles in the stereo field. It's all very quiet and hidden. Various sounds are introduced like Leslie sounding keyboards and sheets of reverbed guitar tones delayed and distorted that come at you slow and out from the ether. This reminds of NWW's "Space" LP. Distant muffled singing comes in with more distorted violin sounds panned. This is all very subdued and relaxing until a huge loud distorted mechanical noise begins an audio assult on the level of the most intense MERZBOW noise, that makes you feel very uncomfortable and just about the time you're reaching for the volume knob it stops as suddenly as it started. The mellow relaxing tones of noise have been there all along, under the horrible noise that invaded it. This carries you off into the ether, once again and side two is over. Side one gets the nod but side two is growing on me. An excellent album all the way through and recommended to any kraut/Nurse fan out there. You know who you are.