Noise Artist Pharmakon’s “Bang Bang” Nancy Sinatra Cover Is Understated

April 8, 2014 | Marina Galperina

Pharmakon, the noise artist who melted the speakers at the Basilica SoundScape art and music festival, has released this version of Nancy Sinatra’s definitive cover of Sonny and Cher’s hit “Bang Bang (My Baby Shot Me Down).”

She sings, not growls in a tearing dense scream, as we know and love her to do. It’s melancholy. But in the soft and sparse music texture, a caustic ripple of noise undulates, pushing the delicate seams of the silky melody apart with something deeply painful.

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Todo Muere Vol. 4 is out 4/19 via Sacred Bones. (Photo: Jane Chardiet)