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The Sky May Be

by Uboa

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aimjohnson The Sky May Be is the pinnacle of noise music. The sheer depths of emotional turmoil Uboa captures in sound on this album are remarkable. A terrifying, mesmerizing and captivating listen, extremely powerful stuff. Favorite track: Thigh High Cat Tights.
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Gwynncore Absolute sonic terror. Unbelievable harsh noise and Industrial destruction on one half, and morbid and dreary slow burning grinding Power Electronics creeping on the other. A masterpiece of both worlds, and required listening for an Industrial/Power Electronics fan. Favorite track: Thigh High Cat Tights.
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masterjakestudios The most engaging and unique harsh noise project I've heard since Sissy Spacek's self-titled. It is a cacophony, satisfyingly textured with a soul-freezing depth that stares back at you, entrusting you her story without the need to speak much at all. Favorite track: The Sky May Be (Dementia).
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bodies, but they’re open null-fantasy masturbation yellow teeth; arbitrary beauty means discipline pale-flesh fluoride stare a mouth of teeth, overcrowded you are condemned to be a person
(gibberish) make a girl out of me
i paid for my rent with a generous tip from a lonely airforce pilot i try to grab a second like a moth only to clasp a volume of air so stumped by her glance i ask a quiet god if she’s trans yet he is deliberate in his silence 
i can’t read her face i can’t read any face so I self-med myself asleep maybe she’s traumatised too? i think… i think… we’ll never talk again
 i draw lipstick on the face of god while wishing you were my reflection 
i look at my semen and feel sorry for it please, wound me like a surgeon i can’t love anymore
the world is full. saturated, compressed and just so fucking full no room left for poetry, 
 or the lights of new loves. novelty squeezed out like pus onto dull concrete sky dim like a closet, behold: the slow cancellation of the future I force myself to write and prepare for its debut as dull repetition 
 the sky may be behind all the clouds; but there are only clouds and there will only be clouds - forever let there be asymptotic light let it abort my wombful sleep forever
all love is gone all love is gone all love is gone all love is gone all love is gone all love is gone


"A work about poverty, sex, anxiety and love."

Art As Catharsis is proud to announce the release of Uboa’s The Sky May Be – an overpowering record that slips between dreamy ambience and nightmarish caverns of harsh noise.

Drawing elements from the trans-driven noise scene, Xandra Metcalfe’s work as Uboa condenses a wider range of influences into a frightening soundscape of its own. Fans of Purgist, Facialmess, Endon, Locrian, Nurse With Wound, along with artists on the No Rent and Triangle Records labels will find themselves right at home with this recording.

“I only take inspiration from things that immediately affect me,” says Metcalfe. “Various trans issues that do not get airtime in music in particular - trans subcultures, transmisogyny/transphobia, medication, passing, sterilisation, suicide and depression, isolation. A lot of the stuff about mental illness - depression, psychosis, anxiety etc. - comes directly from my experience as being trans in a cisnormative society.”

As the first single off The Sky May Be, Thigh High Cat Tights represents Metcalfe’s most terrifying work on the album. Driven by white noise, distortion and glitched shrieks, the song rampages beyond the realms of tangible before tunnelling into a monotone plateau of drone. Thigh High Cat Tights is the audio equivalent of a hellscape for androids – all the while serving as ambassador for the digital savagery and abrasiveness Uboa is capable of.

“Uboa was originally just for doom, noisy stuff that I did on a whim,” says Metcalfe. “Afterwards I used its anonymity to spread rumours I was a woman well before I was out, which was funny. It became a little vessel for me to escape myself at the time. I guess it helps me be myself? Sounds corny but true. That being said, nowadays I just use it to scare people, which is always fun.”

The Sky May Be offers a teetering balance between simmering moods and terrifying electronics. The record rattles with a sense of instability from start to finish – song structures are freeform and unbound by chorus or verse, harsh elements attack at random yet land perfectly, and it’s rare that any single track can be summed up as solely ambient or noise. The sum of the music is a feeling that pushes sound and mind to its limits, reaping new forms of terror and weakness as the seconds pass by.

This unbridled creativity is in a class of its own, unshackled by the boundaries of genre or traditional construction – it’s within this freedom that The Sky May Be sets itself as one of this year’s most important releases in Australian harsh noise.


released October 18, 2018

Uboa is Xandra Metcalfe
Mixed, recorded and performed by Uboa
Mastered by Dawid Kowalski (Purgist)

Additional personnel:
Kaia Humphries - viola, percussion
SCΔR - synthesisers
Lou - vocal screeches
Samantha Milne - sampled vocals
Ashley Hollow (TEETH) - Noise
Sylvie - cover model (Thigh High Cat Tights)




Uboa Australia

Solo experimental music/noise project formed in 2010. ⚧ ☭ contact: uboatheflesh (at) gmail (dot) com

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