Friday, October 20, 2017

Louise Landes Levi ‎– Kinnari & Padma



At the request of a reader, I'm posting two more releases by Louise Landes Levi, whose amazing From the Ming Oracle lp was posted here. The one is Kinnari, originally released in 1986, and Padma, originally released in 1988. Both were self-rereleased by LLL in 2015, while her 2011 tape City of Delirium on Sloow Tapes, contained spoken words over excerpts from both works. Expect great Indian classical music with LLL on sarangi, and other musicians on sitar and tabla, along with the sounds of birds.

NOTE: These two haven't been ripped by me. I found them somewhere online (don't remember where), and I'm just re-posting them. Unfortunately, all files are in 128 kbps, which sucks, but I just obliged to the fellow reader's request. Sorry.

Kinnari

Padma

Thursday, October 19, 2017

Rodinia - Drumside/Dreamside CD



This is a project of German musician JJ Whitefield who has played in various funk bands. This is very different, however. The first side ("Drumside") contains psychedelic music very much inspired by Can and heavily reliant on Jaki Liezebeit-y drum rhythms, while the second one ("Dreamside") is synth-based and greatly influenced by Popol Vuh, Tangerine Dream and Cluster, showcasing a very dreamy and floating atmosphere. 2015 cd on Now-Again Records.

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Various - Surrounding CD-R compilation



Mostly drone-focused compilation, featuring tracks by RYN, Violence Beyond the Snowline, TenHornedBeast, Harm (you know the deal by now), Trollmann Av Ildtoppberg, Culver, Leo Slayer, plus two smash-and-clang tracks by Snotnosed, and one psychedelic reversal bliss track by Michael Gillham (that is, Snotnosed). 2004 CD-R in DVD case by Traqueto.

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Tuesday, October 17, 2017

Harm / Culver ‎– Split tape



This is sadly the last Harm release, as Samantha Davies would eventually join other more well-known groups/projects, in one of which she played together for some time with Lee Stokoe, with whose main moniker Culver she shares this split demo. The Harm track is once again a blindfolded treading through dense clouds of feedback, while the Culver side (with loops by Harm) resembles the sound of the engine of an ice breaker ship, which characterizes many of his releases. 2006 tape on Matching Head.

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Harm ‎– Everything Turns Out To Be A Triangle Of Death tape



Harm was a (solo?) project of Samantha Davies, now a member of many well-known BM-noise band. I have already posted a compilation featuring a Harm track, possibly from her/their first demo The Dye From The Dresses of the Drowned Women (which I hope someone will eventually share). As with that track, this tape is absolutely some of the best drone to have ever been recorded, immensely dark, dense and deafening, easily rivaling early Sunn O))) or the Earth 2 for the throne of guitar drone, but without the decidedly metal approach. This is definitely a must listen. 2006 tape on Matching Head.

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Anna Von Hausswolff - Ceremony & The Miraculous

Uh oh, doesn't Anna Von Hausswolff like what the music would have been in a medieval Pull & Bear clothes store? The base for her sound is gothic, church-organ heavy drony rock, but her high-tone vocals, the production and the pop sensibilities bring out a much more lush sound, like what Lana Del Rey would sound like if she listened to mid-1990s Swans, were Scandinavian, and didn't address her music to teen girls shopping at Forever 21, but to Vikings looking for a new shield at a Hanseatic city mall while on a break from attacking Christian monks. Lawl. OK, a more serious description could "Dead Can Dance covering Black Sabbath." Well, I hope that the references to Lana Del Rey and clothes big stores don't put off people from listening, she is fun, and the live videos I've seen on Youtube are more passionate and war-like.



Ceremony: 2012 cd on Kning Disk.

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The Miraculous: 2015 cd on City Slang/Pomperipossa.

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Monday, October 16, 2017

If, Bwana - The Ice Moons CD



For three decades now, Al Margolis has been creating drones based on contemporary avant-garde music. On this cd, the sound sources have been baritone sax, cello, violin, clarinet as well as vocals, assembled to create a minimalist sound which is almost Gyorgy Ligetti-ish at some points (third track), or Stockhausen-y in the wind instrument parts. Very highly recommended. 2014 cd on Nefryt.

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