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Vertacyn Arc Materializer New SINGLE "Nicotine Chewing Gum" off the album Phlodd

Vertacyn Arc Materializer has a little fun with ‘modern music’ for its single, “Nicotine Chewing Gum.” Taken from Phlodd, the act’s third album, the song is a fast, noisy piece of sonic sci-fi.


The track begins with what sounds like eerie noises from either a mad scientist’s laboratory or an old computer room (alas, before the personal computer took over computing). This is either strange music, or the introduction to a science fiction B-movie. After twenty seconds of this – well, there’s no other way to describe it – noise, a pulsating keyboard groove starts up. Combined with percussion, the vocal then

arrives, and it’s a spooky, off-putting kind of singing. Over this percussion, and along with the vocal, computer-esque bleeps and blurps come in and out of the mix, as though they were instrumental fills.

Along the way, one also hears guitar in the mix. Once this guitar part shows up, the song begins to sound a little like a dystopian The Vapors’ “Turning Japanese.” (If anyone remembers that one). The track ends with more static-y noise. One also hears what sounds like a rooster crowing, thrown into the cacophony for seemingly no good reason except that it adds to the noise.


Just what Vertacyn Arc Materializer has for or against nicotine chewing gum is anybody’s guess. That stuff is sold to people who are trying to kick the smoking habit. It’s not exactly a replacement for smoking, but it gives the chewer doses of nicotine in a less harmful format so he or she can get off cigarettes.

Vertacyn Arc Materializer is an artist name that fits its music. Just what it is and what it’s all about is wrapped in mystery. Like a movie that simultaneously fascinates and frustrates you while you’re watching

it, “Nicotine Chewing Gum” is a song that is just as impenetrable the tenth time you hear it, as it was the first time. It’s as though this act wants to make an impact, rather than relay information. They

probably want listeners to ask, ‘What the heck is this? rather than talk

about how much they can relate to it.

This is also a group that would have fit right in with the early New Wave, post-punk era of rock music. This was a time when punk’s initial rage was being transformed into experimentation. In fact, this was right around the time The Vapors experienced their one hit wonderment. The group’s jagged sonic approach, however, doesn’t fit in all that well with today’s hip-hop/R&B era. It’s tough enough for more traditional rock acts to gain any commercial footing, let alone the more oddball ones like Vertacyn Arc Materializer.

This is music for those that quickly get bored with predictable beats and melodies. It’s for those nearly begging to be thrown a curveball, just to see if they can connect with it. This single is not going to get

commercial airplay along with the more popular divas and the rappers.

Instead, those that are slightly odd, like the musicians themselves, will crank this song up with crazy glee, perhaps as though they’re experiencing a nicotine buzz.

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