Sunday, September 23, 2018

itdreamedtome - A.Y. and various Johann Wlight releases

If I had heard this in time, I would probably have called the best release of 2017. If you remember, one of the participants in the Pylons and Telegraph Poles comp of the previous post was Johann Wlight, a quiet and evasive figure of the English drone underground who had released a few tapes and cdr-s in the 2000s on Evelyn Records, Matching Head tapes and other imprints but never became a household name. He plays psychedelic devotional drone/ambient with a focus on mysticism.

The itdreamedtome moniker is the one under which he now records after years of silence and it shares its name with the title of a tape he released on Matching Head in the 2000s. It's an amazing release coming in a great package with beautiful esoteric images (John Bunyan's The Pilgrim's Progress and others) and the music is sublime. Deep ambient with an angelic and frozen quality intermingled with some darker industrial tones ending in a levitating/peaceful dying orchestral ambient track of the order of William Basinski. A must hear offered by Trome Records, the continuation of Evelyn Records that had released the comp I mention at the beginning. The bandcamp download I got when I ordered the cd offered two additional releases: Johann's 2004 Y.V. on Evelyn, in which he experiments with heavier drones and slightly harsher tones while still containing the psychedelic/hypnotic edge, and the previously unreleased thunderthighbonetrumpet which is so spectrally and cinematically good I can't understand why he never brought it out. As an additional bonus I share two more releases of his I found on Internet Archive where they were posted for free: 2004's dark and menacing Dauswkn 2007's Oneironautic Recrudescence, both on on Sijis, on which he combines field recordings and electronic soundscapes to great effect.

itdreamedtome - A.Y.
Johann Wlight - Y.V.
Johann Wlight - thunderthighbonetrumpet
Johann Wlight - Dauswkn
Johann Wlight - Oneironautic Recrudescence

Thursday, September 20, 2018

Various ‎– Pylons And Telegraph Poles

When a compilation starts out with a Culver track, you know that it's good. So this comp features 9 tracks from UK drone and experimental artists, including Culver in a totally sleepy static mid-tone drone, fizzy psychedelic ambient by the underrated Johann Wlight, scary ambient by Dual, spacey levitating drone by Amberlight, low-pitched paralyzing distortion by iD, deep spectral ambient/drone by Arabella's Parade, cacophonous accordion/dictaphone improvisations by Rob Galpin, ambiental noise by Nixxos Lexxos, and nice organ/guitar loop drone by Karina ESP. I like this cd very much, it makes me want to sleep so much; due to the fact that I always work afternoons/evenings I should have known better than listening to such stuff just before I leave for work. Shit. Cdr on Evelyn Records.


Food People - Animal Work tape

Spaced-out weirdness at its best here, as this trio creates a mix between psychedelic drones, folkish violins and dark ambient/industrial voids. 2018 tape on Beartown.


Wednesday, September 19, 2018

Flamingo Creatures ‎– Flauschi tape

One of the absolutely best psychedelic bands at work at the moment, the German duo of Flaming Creatures construct a hazy world of amazing sonic experimentation based on violins, guitars and loops, mixing kosmische psychedelia, gamelan type bliss and the best and most nightmarish elements of early Throbbing Gristle. Must listen. 2017 tape on Beartown.


Tuesday, September 18, 2018

Erimos - Koilada Tis Monaksias

If you liked the side of Epithanatios Ronghos from the previous post, this is also gonna appeal to you. Erimos was the band some of their members had before Epithanatios while they still lived in provincial Greece. Their style is almost identical: epic wintry black metal-tinged crust punk based on seventh chords, gruff vocals and relentless pounding on the drums, close to Greek crust legends Himeria Narki, dark melodic crust like Ambulance or Ekkaia, as well as the early - and good - Greek bm material like Rotting Christ (pre-Triarchy of the Lost Lovers), Varathron and Septic Flesh. 2004 DIY release.


Epithanatios Roghos & Poreia Sto Perithorio Split LP

Two great punk bands from Thessaloniki, Greece, whom I was lucky enough to catch in the act during their run. Epithanatios Ronghos (Death Rattle) played superb black metal-influenced crust punk with lots of wintry melodic riffs, gruff vocals and an epic sense of despair. Unfortunately they broke up after their guitarist's death from a drug overdose, but at least one member continues to the now running band Kataxnia who play kinda similar punk. Poreia Sto Perithorio played pogo-inducing mid-to-fast-paced rock n roll punk that makes me want to jump from my desk to the couch. 2006 self-released lp.


Sunday, September 16, 2018

The Tea Towels ‎– We Are The Deadness tape

Garage sound quality noise rock with lots of mellower atonal, greenish moments. For fans of Slint, Oxbow, and The Dead C, but at their most incoherent, broken down and crawling on the floor. 2017 tape on Beartown.