TAXXESS - "Resistance Fatigue"

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Taxxess - “Resistance Fatigue”

San Antonio experimental dark idm artist Taxxess releases Resistance Fatigue, a dark and twisted journey into an avant-garde electronic world of driving rhythm, disembodied voices, and piles of computer pasta. 

The opening track Intrusive Thoughts, sets the tone for the album by delivering dark, smoky ambient chambers filled with downtempo brooding and distorted speech. This leads the way into Anxiety, a tense and grinding throb of idm beats, furious bleeps and bloops, and screechy, terrifying vocalizations. Resistance Fatigue continues into other audio zones including The Fuss, which is an intricate mess of woven robotic sound, Scatter, a mechanical string trimmer jam with a swarm of chewed up, buzzing machine sounds, and also an absolute burner of a track called Ideation, a minimal offering with atmospheric pottery pounding and malevolent dronings, and a shadowy and deep conclusion.

Taxxess closes out the proceedings with Nublood, which is a slower piece, filled with slowly aggressive rhythms and buzzing drones of cruelty. Overall, Resistance Fatigue is a cathartic mix of determination and sorrow, willfully constructed with technological artistry.  

Gray Lee

https://taxxess.bandcamp.com/album/resistance-fatigue

RHUCLE - "More Beautiful Than Silence"

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Rhucle - “More Beautiful Than Silence”

(Constellation Tatsu)

Rhucle returns with another starry sky full of wide-open promise and heartfelt wonder made from ambient vibes dripping with echo-laden odes to beautiful autumn nights walking in cool crisp air and dreaming. Soft soundscapes full of moonlight and rain, drizzled with gentle synth beds and lightly imbued with distant and vaguely human field recordings help to create a sound that is solitary, but not lonely.

This release opens with a calming track entitled With the Natural Noise - a soothing blend of transcendent beauty and skygazing. Each selection on the album delivers a powerful dose of deep breath, slow heartbeat, and open thoughts focused on good memories and hopes for the future - perfect for your afternoon wanderings, or evening reflections.

For those of you familiar with Rhucle’s work, this release is a perfect companion for last year’s Fantastic Garden - the two releases offer different perspectives of the same serene ideal - offering precious moments of escape from the pressures of modern living.

Gray Lee  

https://ctatsu.bandcamp.com/album/more-beautiful-than-silence

SZARA RENETA - "Dawne Cmentarze Żydowskie 2 / Old Jewish Cemeteries 2"

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SZARA RENETA - "Dawne Cmentarze Żydowskie 2 / Old Jewish Cemeteries 2"

(Szara Reneta)

Szara Reneta presents a volume of contemplative field recordings made in the Jewish cemeteries of three villages in southern Poland, Czarny Dunajec and Podwilk. These recordings are peaceful, natural documents of the places in which they were created. Foliage is gently moved by the breeze, birds share their song. In the distance, beyond the borders of these burial grounds, daily life goes on. We often ignore quiet places of reverence that exist in the corners of our hectic lives. We pass by the solemn places of reflection that remind us of our humanity. It is a wonderous thing to close the eyes, and rest in the moment.

Before accepting that moment and chalking this release up as a simple recording of collected sound, take a ride with the far out final track of the release, which is a noisy, intrusive remix of the first track. Droning sounds and digital distortions twist the now familiar sounds in wrenching way that defies understanding. Perhaps this is a statement about human life; how we take things that are peaceful and abandon them to ruin, allowing them to corrupt, dissolve, and become lost to the ages.

Gray Lee

https://szarareneta.bandcamp.com/album/dawne-cmentarze-ydowskie-2-old-jewish-cemeteries-2

C. MOODY CREWS - "T Zero"

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C. Moody Crews - "T Zero"

San Diego based artist C. Moody Crews' T Zero is a powerful dose of carefully constructed ambient drones, with just the right amount of natural, gradual movement to balance the effect.  The hypnosis is pleasant, but hard to describe, as many of the thoughts and ideas that come to the surface will be those of the listener, and it's hard to find something to hold onto.

T Zero feels cinematic in many of its movements, creating dense clouds of mood that drift across the listener's mind-space, ideal for calm, unfocused imagination sessions or intense concentration.  Broken up into seven separate tracks instead of more lengthy pieces, this release is able to bring more variety and interest to the project without interruption of the unifying concept. 

If you're looking to alter your mental state, I highly recommend you add T Zero to your collection. It's steady enough to depend upon, diaphonous enough to remain mysterious, and textured enough to carry interest through repeat listens.  

Gray Lee

 https://cmoodycrews.bandcamp.com/album/t-zero

 

KALEEM X WILL - "Light of Heaven"

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Kaleem X Will - "Light of Heaven"

(Immersion Complete) 

Sail across a crystal expanse into a brightly lit, swiftly moving metropolis where the future is happening in Light of Heaven. This release begins with From Water to Land,a dreamy, gliding synth pattern that slowly transitions from the peaceful, oceanic peacefulness to a more down-to-earth sound that is cattied forward in the second track Sinking Castle. This feels like the true arrival on a new terrain, surveying all of the overwhelming beauty - and also the dark, deep injustices and evil that simmer beneath the surface.

There is a serenity and peace in Kaleem X Will's work that is tempered with sorrow and longing, and examinations of the mechanical inner workings of life. Opposing musical ideas are readily played against each other in lengthy crossfades that create chaotic interplays between notes and rhythms.

The audio concepts of Light of Heaven are arranged in poetic couplets that appear to call and respond to each other. Moon's Intimidation pairs with Suns Strength, Abyss with Ocean Rebirth. It is this type of artful ideation that keeps this release in motion, always en route to the next chapter. 

Gray Lee

https://immersioncomplete.bandcamp.com/album/light-of-heaven

DIRE WOLVES JUST EXACTLY PERFECT SISTERS BAND - "One For The Heads"

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Dire Wolves Just Exactly Perfect Sisters Band - “One For The Heads”

(Baked Tapes)

How ‘Just Exactly Perfect’ is this new release from slow rocking, psychedelic spell-casting Dire Wolves Just Exactly Perfect Sisters Band? Well, friend, that depends on what you want. Do you want two sidelong tracks of narcotic rock goodness, flavored with all the hippie violins and cult commune jams you can handle? Then One For The Heads is just exactly perfect for you.

Side A, a twenty-four minute toke entitled Music is the Healing Force of the Universe, is a CIA-grade dose of psychotropic goodness, straight from the gardens of the gods - complete with picked out guitar essence and ghostly voices echoing around a clandestine bonfire. It’s a smoky, lusty heave of lazily thumping percussion, curling fiddle scrollwork, and spiraling, droning ease that will have you abandoning your suit and tie for a life contemplating the universe.

Side B, Living On Tulpa Time / Cleanhead Boogie / Venusian Red Cross, is a jam session like no other. If the first half of this album took you there, this half will keep you there, man. This side of the release may or may not be divided into three distinct parts as the title suggests. Review is unclear. Check back with me later.

With the perfect balance of ethereal excursions into metaphysical planes of ultimate freedom, and down and dirty rock and roll jam band sleaze, One For The Heads is a trip worth taking. Grab this one up and enjoy it. Cooked up for you by the good folks at Baked Tapes.

Gray Lee

https://bakedtapes.bandcamp.com/album/one-for-the-heads

SONE INSTITUTE - "Where Moth and Rust Consume"

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Sone Institute - “Where Moth and Rust Consume”

(Front & Follow Records)

If Where Moth and Rust Consume were a film, the TV Guide description for the film would read:

A British misanthrope gatecrashes a poetry convention with a Casio keyboard and trolls/amazes the audience with tales of wildy vivid apathy and disturbing beauty.

The latest release from UK experimental electronic pop artist, Sone Institute, Where Moth and Rust Consume constantly walks the line between carefully crafted lyric, artistic composition, and devious “wouldn’t it be funny if” type experimentation, all of which comes together to create an album that I am enthralled by.

The opening track, I only exist, comes off as a pseudo-philosophical exploration of being. The speaker in the song repeats a refrain of:

“I only exist because you love me/

You will die the day I say goodbye/

I only exist because you love me/

Even though its a lie”

Is the speaker here Sone himself, or are we hearing an intangible concept personified, like love or God? Between the existential wonderings, disturbing imagery and unusual perspectives weave their way around the narrative.

Most other tracks on Moth and Rust are devoid of such probing queries, and instead offer contemplative electronic music tinted with variety and depth. Tracks such as Summer Lightning, The Devil Works in ASDA, and A Gilded Cage are filled with this brand of driving, buzzing electronica, laden with catchy, electro-pop beats and buzzing with synth detail. There is a delicate balance of pain and pleasure in these works that is hard to identify. One must undergo it in order to understand. The track What’s Bred in the Bone stands out as a worship of the preset rhythms and chord structures from those keyboards we all had as kids, while Winter is Dead is a looping found sound that slowly drowns in ambient waves.

Throughout the release, Sone Institute continues to shift and grow the sound of each selection, so that every experience is a new one - creating a complete, but varied experience, in what feels like just a taste of something much larger that has been going on for quite a long time without our knowledge. Overall, Where Moth and Rust Consume is a lot of things, and also none of those things. It’s a shouted statement in an empty room, and a platitude in the shadow of a deep loss. It’s a mercy kill, a long kiss goodnight, and joyful euthanasia. The release closes with a simple and short track entitled God Bless You, that features a vocal sample that repeats just that until the record ends. It never really ends, though.

Gray Lee

https://fandf.bandcamp.com/album/where-moth-and-rust-consume

ELIZABETH JOAN KELLY - "Music for the DMV"

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Elizabeth Joan Kelly - “Music for the DMV”

 

Before you take a number, get your headphones ready and cue up this music. New Orleans classical ambient artist, Elizabeth Joan Kelly presents an album of multi-layered electronic compositions collected under the somewhat humorous title of Music for the DMV, noting in her album description that, much in the same way that Brian Eno made Music for Airports, she herself has made setting-specific music for a far less thrilling location - the Department of Motor Vehicles.

Prior to listening to this work, I was imagining slow, plodding dirges to accompany the interminable lines and gloomy atmosphere of the DMV, and was surprised by the myriad of styles and sounds that awaited me. Instead of the low, mournful drones I was picturing, I was greeted by  Industrial Ambient Prelude, a MIDI piano track of Chopin's Prelude in E Minor (Opus 24, no. 4) re-imagined by Elizabeth Joan Kelly with modern beats and ghostly augmentations. Much of Kelly’s work here is comprised of famous classical compositions adapted to a shadowy futuristic style that is altogether refreshing. For instance, the trilogy of songs that are tracks three, four, and five - (Ambient Industrial Gymnopedie, Electropop Swimming Pool Gymnopedie, and Mysterious Grooving Gymnopedie,) are highly creative EJK reworks of the Gymnopédies by French composer Erik Satie. Each selection is adapted in a differing syle, as noted by their descriptive titles.

The end result of this digital collage of classical pieces with unique audio treatments is an artistic and detailed sonic work that one need not visit the DMV to enjoy. For those of you who are unfortunate enough to have business to conduct at the DMV, you might want to bring this album with you. The calming and intriguingly arranged music contained therin just might make your stay a little less unpleasant.

Gray Lee

 https://elizabethjoankelly.bandcamp.com/album/music-for-the-dmv

BRANE - "Brane"

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BRANE - “Brane”

Rock heads, join me in jamming this self-titled release from Seattle-based band, Brane. Combining shadowy moods with aggressively sweeping vocal passages, Brane balances tension build and release to create durable hard rock tracks that invoke the ancient gods of metal without treading on their memories.

Brane’s debut EP opens with a track titled Research Vessel that forms from a moody guitar line that is joined by dynamically shifting metal guitar and drums that lend to the brooding atmosphere. The second track Oyster Knife, introduces a faster tempo, some entertaining harmonics and gravely reverb-heavy vocals that display Brane’s ability to rotate their music-making methods for powerful shifts in variety and texture. Each selection seems to center on a different riff or rhythm that the band has collected from their years of rock and roll fandom. Indeed, it could be said that the voice of this music springs forth from they who have first listened to many other voices.

Throughout these five tracks, Brane delivers riff-laden chunks of thoroughly entertaining rock that leaves the listener looking for more. We’ll certainly be keeping an eye on them in the near future to see what they come up with.

https://enterbrane.bandcamp.com/releases

RICARDO DIAS GOMES - "Aa"

Ricardo Dias Gomes - “Aa“

(Kill Shaman Records)

Brazil-based experimental artist Ricardo Dias Gomes explores assemblages of fragmented field audio, powerful rhythms, and spoken word to create a compelling release in Aa.

Oozing out of fuzzing speakers with grimy electronic beats and echoed bits of recorded audio, Ricardo summons unnatural energies that flake from the walls of dangerous alleyways onto swiftly moving vehicles in the night. Gravitational forces bend streetlights, causing them to cast unfamiliar shadows. The opening track, Precipio pounds with a dark purpose and a grinding, frayed bass. Near-mic vocals are non-rhythmic and hypnotically conversational. Ambient shards of noise are tossed about, creating misshapen spaces.  The deep heartbeat continues in Tela Parada, as objects scrape on pavement, and the voice intensifies. When an additional beat drops in at the apex of the song, kinetic elements bounce across the audio, leaving pieces behind to spin as the track fades.

Fogo Chama breaks the forward momentum to detail some creative synth composition with brilliantly performed lyrical style. Aa progressively becomes more threatening and aggressive with the heavy drone and obsessive whispers of Partimos Daqui part 1, The crunchy, driving bass line of punk-infused Paranormal, and the thoughtful reflection of Partimos Daqui part 2, and the Cohen-invoking patience and balance of Nenens. Album closer Pre-Revolutionary State offers atmospheric night sounds and a gentle conclusion.

Variety and depth characterize this audio work, and require repeat visits to fully absorb. Ricardo Dias Gomes’ ability to blend action with detail paints a large mural of music here with many brush strokes of experimental sound. Aa is available on LP from Kill Shaman Records.

Gray Lee

https://killshamanrecords.bandcamp.com/album/ricardo-dias-gomes-aa-lp

 

MATHBLASTER - "CLIP.AUDIO"

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mathblaster - “CLIP.AUDIO”

(Power_Lunch Corporation)

CLIP.AUDIO is an explosion of plunderphonic madness. Crunched up sounds tumble in your ears like a pair of Nikes in a dryer, bouncing, banging and melting inside your sound canals. Visit zones of aural cubism such as the high school music room, in the opening track Band Practice, a trippy Saturday morning in front of a dismantled television full of ghosts in Achromatic, or in a dark cement tunnel reading the thoughts of sentient marionettes in Drazen.

The cassette edition of this bizarre rubix cube of musical abstraction offers a full resolution presentation of CLIP.AUDIO, with a crunched, floppy-ized version on the reverse side. The super-compressed version of the album, in its entirety is also available on floppy disk, for discerning fans. If you’re looking for something new and crunchy to puzzle on, or you are a devotee of the plunderphonic variety, don’t miss CLIP.AUDIO!

https://powerlunch.bandcamp.com/album/clip-audio

VALYRI - "Expanses"

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valyri - “Expanses”

(Asura Revolver)

Longform electronic explorations of untold universes that exist beyond our feeble perceptions find a home in this patient and vast recording, Expanses. Comprised of six extended tracks that carry the mind of the listener away from earthly patterns and lift toward the myriad of heavens above, this latest release from dark ambient/ experimental drone artist valyri is nothing short of a metaphysical journey to endless non-corporeal realms of astronomical grandeur. 

Expanses begins with Pseudologue sequv.6, formed from a rapidly cycling synth pattern, imbued with a brightness and wide open freedom that envelopes the listener in spiraling tunnels of light, firing across the kaleidoscope of space at immeasurable speeds. The next movement in this space symphony is Brokensun recognition (phase silhouette,) a heady arrival in a timeless zone of eternity, transported slowly by drifting ambient clouds of glowing energy. Different depths of mood pass across the starry vastness, from euphoric jubilation, to shadowy ruminations, but all energies lead to the central energized core of this epic - a dissolving of place and time.

It is the removal of where-ness that truly characterizes this release. From the sweeping and grandiose opening overtures to the detailed sorrows of a thousand drifting, lonely souls in Disappointment Theme, to the haunted piano soliloquy that melts into a buzzing mechanical afterlife in the closing track Music for Dysgnosia, valyri steers the voyage as a skilled traveler, guiding the listener from one existence to another.

Stephen Hawking once said, “To confine our attention to terrestrial matters would be to limit the human spirit,” and Expanses illustrates the endless possibilities that await the spirit no longer tethered to the base concerns of earthly life. 

https://asurarevolver.bandcamp.com/album/expanses

To expand your reach beyond valyri’s latest production, she invites you to explore a greater universe with a subscription to her full calalogue:

https://valyri.bandcamp.com/subscribe

Gray Lee

 

WIZARD APPRENTICE - "I Am Invisible"

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Wizard Apprentice - “I Am Invisible”

(Ratskin Records)

Imagine a tender, intimate musical performance in the corner of a small, dimly lit venue. The singer, under a gentle spotlight, artfully lays bare poetic expressions of honesty. You may be picturing someone strumming a guitar. Imagine, instead of a guitar, the singer has an array of electronic instruments.

I am Invisible is a recording that is free from the anesthetized, mechanical styling of today’s popular music, and, despite the synthesized background, the lyrics and vocals that Wizard Apprentice presents are surprisingly candid.

I hurt someone so badly/

and now that I have I'm reminded of the people who have hurt me/

at the times that they did it was impossible to forgive/

it wasn't time for forgiveness/

but now it is.

In the track, A Debt, the free-form thoughts are spread out in an organic way, as if Wizard is speaking to us in a dream. Ambient swells spill emotion into the darkness behind the voice, circling upward until the song dissolves into silence. This music is poetry for the future, expression for a post-existence world.

In the end, I Am Invisible is a half-hour of burgeoning energy that vibrates with emotion and depth that balances basement-cafe-nakedness with engrossing digital composition that serves as a worthwhile introduction to the artist.

Gray Lee

https://ratskinrecords.bandcamp.com/album/i-am-invisible

YUTO OHASHI - "Juvenile - insubstantial, re​-​present"

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YUTO OHASHI - "Juvenile - insubstantial, re-present"

(Cudighi Records)

Singular piano notes and softly digitized vocals float above a gently rolling lake of hypnotic ambient drones on die Leere (世界がもし透明だったら,) the opening track of this strangely comforting assemblage from Tokyo-based sound artist, Yuto Ohashi. The unusual sensations continue in the second track, Holma - backed by a synth that ping-pongs between two notes, layered with softly bubbling vocals and flowing pan effects that curl in the air.

This is Juvenile - insubstantial, re-present, a presentation of audio poetry that blends sound textures with airy, meditative synth lines, and digitally-altered spoken word pieces to form intriguing aural works that challenge the listeners perception of time and space in a pleasant, extraterrestrial way. Each track is a microcosm of wandering energies and displaced voices, melded with “real-world” sounds that twist and turn around the curving avenues of the music.

While certainly a trippy head journey - Yuto Ohashi is able to create a contiguous experience that doesn’t rely on the usual audio tropes to accomplish the goal. Each selection is crafted with balance, and carefully folded precision that gently pushes the listener to form a unified vision of the artistic whole. Excellent for quiet evenings writing thoughtful notes, organizing a small shelf of house plants, or zoning out of daily life with eyes closed and mind open, Juvenile - insubstantial, re-present rushes in to expertly fill a vacuum in the tapestry of all recorded sound.

Gray Lee 


https://cudighirecords.bandcamp.com/album/juvenile-insubstantial-re-present

THE TUESDAY NIGHT MACHINES - "Hawaiian Yurt Music"

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The Tuesday Night Machines - “Hawaiian Yurt Music”

(Strategic Tape Reserve)

THe softly undulating rise and fall of ocean waves backs this relaxing and immersive audio experience that you could certainly listen to any night of the week, (not just on Tuesday nights.) This fine selection of music, which - get this - was recorded in a Hawaiian yurt, just like the title so subtly suggests, is imbued with a centered tropical power, warm rhythms, and smooth, cool melodies - with just enough unusual synth weirdness to make it fit perfectly on an oddball tape label like STR.

The opening track, Honolulu Touchdown, sets the tone for the rest of the release, blending those deeply satisfying low end beats with flowery synth explorations that instantly begin to massage the listener’s tensions. The palpable vibe continues on through the next couple of selections. The track Weather Patterns introduces some gentle rain, and echoing patterns of harp-like sounds that eventually give way to a beautiful electro-calypso beat, a pleasing bass loop, and some quirky electric jazz solos.  Later in the album, low tide and a sunset mean quiet introspection beside the fire as tree frogs serenade the beach-goers. Drums, bass and a whole lot of electric mess make themselves known with buzzing mixtures of modern and ancient sensibilities.

When the life you are living becomes thoroughly un-Hawaiian, head for this virtual yurt, (would this be YURTual reality?,) where electropical melodies weave in and out of transcendent compositions that could easily make themselves part of your music collection, if you let them.

Gray Lee

https://strategictapereserve.bandcamp.com/album/hawaiian-yurt-music

WHETTMAN CHELMETS - "Alas... The Sun is Shining and You are Still Alive"

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Whettman Chelmets - “Alas… The Sun is Shining and You are Still Alive”

(Submarine Broadcasting Company)

The eclectic and electrifying Whettman Chelmets worms his way back into your auditory canal by dropping a shortish EP with a longish title and shoe-gazerish feel.

Alas… The Sun is Shining and You are Still Alive canters out of the gate with the The Sun is Shining -a merry little dream-pop ditty with a toe-tapping bass and drum section driving the melodic interplay between sparkling guitars and arpeggiating synthesizers.

The interlacing layers of guitar and synth take a pensive and darker tone on the second track Alas -an organic ebb and flow of sound and emotion with the dynamics dictated by a throbbing low end.

Not to leave any part of the album title unused as a track name, the EP ends with You are Still Alive -an ambient dronescape where reverb and delay-saturated guitars clash notes with a celestial drone that rises to a cacophonous yet transcendent crescendo before echoing off into infinity.

Whettman Chelmets never disappoints and his latest release upholds his reputation as a fun but serious composer who can pack a wallop in 20 minutes or less.

Theron Willis

Check out the link below to add this gem to your collection.

https://submarinebroadcastingco.bandcamp.com/album/alas-the-sun-is-shining-and-you-are-still-alive

P.S. Check out our reviews of some of Whettman Chelmets’ other work by clicking here and here

PEPPER MILL RONDO - "E.D.M."

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PEPPER MILL RONDO - “E.D.M.”

(Hausu Mountain Records)

The Hausulords, Doug and Max, present a collection of their live offerings to the dissonant gods of the internet underworld. This is what the inside of your devices sound like, a jumbled landscape of broken, orphaned sounds that crystalize into living, organic audio beings, composed of thousands of sounds and samples repeated and reformed as the creatures roll about in their oversensory baths of human consciousness.

E.D.M is an overwhelming pile of sound, as if the bulk of all audio available has been sliced, diced, and spliced into these bite sized chunks of digital ear candy and then dumped into your brain cavities all at once for your tired little wood chipper to grind on for a while, until either understanding, abandon, or oblivion take over. This is the un-skip-able Knights of the Round summon animation that becomes part of your consciousness after the one hundredth time it is cast. This is what overload feels like when it is overloaded with other overloads that spilled out of overloads.

My favorite tracks:

  • Pepperoni Stick is Bout 2 Breakup

  • Pokécenter Plankton Disorder

  • Our Marriage is a Product of Mermaid Law

This sick recording arrived in the form of a silver cassette with black ink printing on both sides, with beautiful drawings - and the great Hausu Mountain cover art that we have grown to know and love, nay - demand. If you are a fan of Good Willsmith, or MUQKS, Mr. DougDoug, or just the general mess that Hausu Mountain stands for - you probably already have this. If you don’t have it already, you need it. If you don’t need it, don’t get it - but you don’t get it.

Gray Lee

https://hausumountain.bandcamp.com/album/e-d-m

EDITOR’S NOTE:

Just as we were about to upload this review, Tabs Out Cassette Podcast posted this fun interview with Doug and Max where they expound on the creation of this recording. Do not miss:

http://www.tabsout.com/?p=20134

 I supposed this tape would be a worthy addition to my collection, and I was not wrong.

I supposed this tape would be a worthy addition to my collection, and I was not wrong.

QUIMPER - "Perdide"

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Quimper - “Perdide”

A soft-edged, quckly moving keyboard introduces this quirky, inward-looking ousider release Perdide from UK band Quimper. The release takes no time to move into experimental zones, with the track Lovely Bees, which buzzes in the ear with heated looped synth lines and almost whispered vocals.  Warm Carpenter follows with a driving beat, weaving synth augmentations, and choir-like vocals reverberating in the background.

This collection of strange music, which the band self-describes as “wonky pop,” is a glimpse into another world that is quite different from the one we inhabit. It is one of those weird planets where many ordinary-looking things are very dangerous, and everything is a vastly different shade and color than one expects it to be. The title track, Perdide, presents a looping buzzing bass line that is visited by unearthly voices. The sparse vocals that occasionally drift through these wobbling synth meanderings are hauntingly echoed, and delicately faint. The meaning derived is wordless and obscure.

The sum of all the parts is an otherworldly audio experience that transports the listener in a pensive way, enabling one to travel to another world, where strange wonky-pop illustrates a colorfully odd existence. Though electronics play a large role in the production, Quimper has cultivated a powerfully organic sound with an aural artistry that plays on the senses to create a light tension and wonder.

Gray Lee

https://quimper.bandcamp.com/album/perdide

DIAMONDSTEIN & SANGAM - "The Ocean Between Us"

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Diamondstein & Sangam - “The Ocean Between Us”

(Doom Trip Records)

Thus arrives the much anticipated second team-up between Diamondstein and Sangam - a jazzy, rain-soaked night drive in an imagined 80’s film. The Ocean Between Us is a high-dollar injection of absolute mood. Mood drenches every inch of this record, from the swirling synths of the opening track, April 1987, to the hazy patch of fog that briefly wafts by in the closing track, Here is Where I Sit, this release delivers everything which it promises, neatly topping the duo’s previous Doom Trip release, Lullabies for Broken Spirits.

For reference on what to expect in this release - see the track Finding Peace Where There Isn’t. Built from an ambient backer, with a driving synth loop, and a electronic drum sounds that merge together to evoke distant stretches of lonesome highway and long, thoughtful gazing at the starry horizon as desert, city, and mountain pass by the windows of an ever-moving automobile, traveling from one emotion to another, always maintaining that elevated sense of tone, imbued with draught of heightened feeling.

Feeling is the main instrument used in this work, an instrument that both artists wield with proficiency and tightly focused intent. If you’re looking to go on a journey without leaving, or you are leaving on a journey and need a true accompaniment, this one is for you. The Ocean Between Us, a stylish record deserving of presentation in LP format, (a first for the label,) is now available.

Gray Lee

https://doomtrip.bandcamp.com/album/the-ocean-between-us

[Album of the Month] CROSBY MORGAN - "Rain Games for the Natural Born Pariah"

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Crosby Morgan - “Rain Games for the Natural Born Pariah”

Los Angeles singer songwriter Crosby Morgan brings her adept arrangements and powerful voice together in this exceptional experimental folk EP. Rain Games for the Natural Born Pariah blends folksy acoustic guitar textures, soaring vocals and artistically woven ambient components to create hauntingly beautiful audio works that defy time and space.

In No Pain, a simple, picked-out guitar and carefully placed aural elements provide an earthly background which Crosby Morgan paints her smooth vocals across. She then records repetitions and harmonies that call, respond, and reflect with each other. In Rain, reversed guitar and looped vocals pull the listener into the track, which opens up into a grand, reverberated verse. Teacher is a guitar waltz with a soulful, harmonized vocal. On each selection of the album she exerts a control over every note, intonation, and echo - creating a stunning sound that invites leaning forward to absorb it fully.

Though short, Rain Games for the Natural Born Pariah takes the beautiful work Crosby Morgan did in her previous release Patrons of Silence, and pushes her music to another artistic level, leaving us with a startlingly beautiful musical experience.

Gray Lee

https://crosbymorgan.bandcamp.com/album/rain-games-for-the-natural-born-pariah