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Marsha Fisher - “Inverted”
(Bad Cake Records)
Lincoln, Nebraska sound artist Marsha Fisher brings us this thirty-six minute collection of analog manipulated recordings, for a sacred audio experience that simmers with regenerative audio sensations. Inverted resonates with the purity and warmth of softly imperfect tape loops, unburdened by modernity. Each of the six tracks included in this audio work is a lovingly crafted document of transcendent cassette glory, produced entirely outside of contemporary technological means, giving this release the magical energy of sounds being shaped as clay is shaped by hands to form a smooth, tactile sculpture.
Tracks such as …of the south sea, and Hyacinth buzz with high-temperature mechanical energy interwoven with rough canvases of undulating ambient detail. Other offerings on the record such as Darkness, Also Light offer a more diaphanous sound, swirling with vibrating light and gently drifting fields of meditative bliss, bringing to Inverted a careful balance of concentration and imagination, concept versus task.
Overall, Inverted is a satisfyingly tangible cassette, bristling with varied sounds laden with hidden and ancient powers, and a worthy addition to the collection of any adventurously experimental explorer of the ambient.
Big Debbie - “AB RA CA DEB RA”
Confession: I got this album a few months ago, listened to the first couple of tracks, said “Woah this is gonna be good.” to myself, and then promptly got involved in a bunch of other things and NEVER listened to the rest of it until just now.
This was a mistake.
Sure, we’re only human - and there is no way I can give every album the attention it deserves - but now that I’ve given this release several listens, I must say I am completely at fault for sleeping on this record.
AB RA CA DEB RA is a bit of an enigma. It’s got the “see what we did there” title, the mysterious cover art. Even the name of the band had me wondering what to expect. The first track is a mind-blowing tension build with pounding rhythms, wild synth, and mysterious chanting that already were impressive in their scope, patience and execution.
By the time the lead singer steps up to the mic and begins belting out a monotone drawl of seedy lyrics in the second track Headbanger’s Balls, AB RA CA DEB RA is in fill swing, a powerful dirge of threatening synthwave, full of non-innuendos and bawdy, backroom lyrics. This album sounds like an industrial Kraftwerk cover band taking a 3AM smoke break from their gig at an underground, invite-only BDSM club, only to break out their instruments and cover ‘The Lady in the Radiator song’ except with lusty, unforgivable lyrics and a lot of heaving and thrusting.
Every track on the record has a noticeable bulge of blistering drums, nasty electronics, and foreboding, bone breaking atmosphere. The whole record crunches with bloodcurdling, sadistic glee, and feels an awful lot like the blaring background music on the crime show when they cut to a shot of the mustachioed serial killer walking into the dive bar to look for his next kidnapping victim.
Highlight tracks include Mouth Wide Open (Your Eyes,) the insane opening track with unrelenting waves of psychotic drums and nefarious incantations, Sea Priestess, a lengthy psychotropic journey down a long sloping tunnel of echoing vocals and plinking organs, and Modern Pagan Dance Trance, which pairs what sounds like a prison song chorus with droning instrumentals and unstoppable drums.
Overall , AB RA CA DEB RA is a real, certified banger that is now easily one of my favorite albums. Looks like at time of publication, there are still copies of this available on vinyl, provided you have a record player sinister enough to play this sick record.
Degraey - “Reveries”
Barcelona band Degraey thunders back on the scene with their sophomore release Reveries-a sweet dream/brutal nightmare of slow-burning post-metal.
At almost an hour long with only six tracks, Reveries organically waxes and wanes from mellow shoe gaze to raucous rock; from clean, melodic vocals to tormented screams.
The first track Nurture exemplifies this dynamic to a T, starting with some ambient guitar and synth before kicking into overdrive with the full band pounding and hellishly howling away. It then settles into a nice contemplative groove before turning the heat on again to a full boil and then simmering into a segue to the next song.
Post-metal devotees and newcomers alike will appreciate the chops and heart of Degraey-a band establishing themselves as a force to be reckoned with in the genre.
Check the link below to give these Catalonian cavaliers a listen.
- Hoodoo Music Podcast
- field recordings
- dark ambient
- best of
- doom metal
- Mind Crunk
- stoner metal
- Power Lunch Corporation
- lucid dreaming
- Best of
- Death Metal
- indie pop
- Weirdo Music
- Muteant Sounds
- Space Travel
HMR Collaboration Project #1 - House of Cake
Last night I finally took the plunge back into my own project after a long time away doing other things. I expected… https://t.co/tCugzydL47