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The Rita

The Rita (aka Canadian Sam Mckinlay) essentially pioneered the idea of the “harsh noise wall”: a formless, unwavering monolith of sound that does to power-electronics what Earth did to metal. In recent years, numerous other artists have followed strictly to the guidelines of HNW, whereas McKinlay himself has continually pushed onward, unwilling to plough the same terrain for too long, only content while scratching deeper into the creative recesses of his mind. Dig into any of the many The Rita releases and you’ll find a trove of overt sexual imagery, allusions to silent film, and most interestingly, more shark sounds/references/worship than you ever thought possible, all playing crucial roles in both the context and actual sound of his music.

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