The GOATS are Declan Randulph Owen, Alan Morse Davies, and Jorge Mario Zuleta. Together with a wild gang of guest stars, they set out on a ambient hippie journey through some sort of groovy nebula of found sounds, drones, and mind-altering audio euphoria.
Faun is characterized by ethereal wisps of drone work that phase in and out of reality, never fully existing and yet bristling with a hidden power. The work is divided into tracks, but functions as one cohesive idea, a cool stillness of mood evoked by somber tones and diaphanous compositions.
Whettman Chelmets - “Infant Eyes and Baby Steps”
(Girly Girl Musik)
The indefatigable Whettman Chelmets drops his first release for 2019 in the form of a tight, little EP that communicates the travails and triumphs of raising a newborn but in a style that only Whettman can deliver.
The droning, ambient post-rock of the tracks certainly convey the surreal, sleep-deprived state that all parents have experienced. Indeed, track titles such as TFW it’s 400 am and you’ve been up 3 times already and MRW I Drop the Passie in the Dark express a verisimilitude of lived experience, and the field recordings of life in the Chelmetts’ household further amplify the authenticity.
Fans of Whettman’s previous work such as Annihilate your Masters and Alas The Sun is Shining and You are Still Alive will recognize the expansive soundscapes he can create with with reverb-drenched shoe-gaze guitar work and ambient synth. However, where Annihilate Your Masters stayed gritty and nihilistic, this latest EP goes to uplifting and hopeful places. Likewise, where Alas The Sun is Shining and You are Still Alive could be overly giddy, Infant Eyes and Baby Steps is touchingly heartfelt.
All in all, another solid release for the Whettman discography and the soundtrack for sleep-deprived new parents everywhere.
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.
SZARA RENETA - "Dawne Cmentarze Żydowskie 2 / Old Jewish Cemeteries 2"
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.
Before you do anything else, click the Bandcamp link at the bottom, take a deep breath, and let the music wash over you as you read this.
You are now entering a drony dreamscape, an unreal realm.
Swelling synths, elven choirs and natural sounds inhabit this sonic space and with each intricate layer entice you deeper and deeper into this bewildering but strangely familiar world.
The creator of this world, Sangam, guides you gently through his digital dominion and reveals in small glimpses all that goes on in his kingdom.
Sailing Heart casts ominous foreshadowings with its lush string pads, arpeggiating synths and the hints of a melody that never seems to resolve itself.
The heavenly title track shines the blessed light of transcendence with its angelic choir and washes away all impurity with its cleansing rain.
The enchanted forest of Cogent (Feat. Rhucle) will absolutely spellbind you as the rain falls once again in the stillness of sylvan solitude.
You probably want this experience to continue, right? Well, the digital download is name your price, so you really don’t have an excuse, do you?
However, a digital deity with the awesome power of Sangam deserves a much better offering than such a pathetic pittance.
We will PERISH without his nurturing rain to once again replenish our barren musical landscape!
Therefore, we must honor him with a sacrifice that befits his musical majesty or risk displeasing him.
No, no no. No blood sacrifice is necessary.
A cassette or vinyl purchase will do nicely.