Monday, October 21, 2019

The Nat Birchall Quartet ‎– The Storyteller - A Musical Tribute To Yusef Lateef

One year and a half after the Sufi-inspired Cosmic Language, Nat Birchall comes back with a tribute to Yusef Lateef, in which apart from interpreting several songs of the legend ("Ching Miau," "Love Theme From Spartacus," Morning," "Ringo Owiake," he writes a few originals dedicated to his musical approach. As with with Birchall, you can expect the best spiritual/deep/modal jazz, but here he has yet again reached new dimension, with more blues and ballad in his repertoire, plus incorporating a few African instruments such as balafon and mbira. 2019 cd on Jazzman.


Saturday, October 19, 2019

Reign Of Bombs / Bombstrike Split LP


Reign Of Bombs: classic gnarly Swedish d-beat ala Totalitar and Skitkids. Bombstrike: Swedish rabid d-beat but heavier and more technical, with members of honorable bands of the Scandinavian filth underground such as Massgrav, Scurvy, Repugnant, General Surgery and a guy who also played in the (godawful in my opinion) Ghost. 2005 LP on Cage Match Federation, Wasted Sounds, and Yellow Dog Records.


Tuesday, October 15, 2019

Katastrofialue ‎– Taivaasta Roskiin '94 7"

Ultra-noisy classic Finnish d-beat/hardcore punk by Katastrofialue in the vein of the legends Bastards, Riistetyt and Terveet Kadet. 2004 7" on Power It Up. Get more greatness on their Tuskatakuu 94-98 cd comp that you can find on the long-running this is kawaii not hawaii blog.


Friday, October 11, 2019

Calineczka - What Is Music And What Should It Be tape

Many times I have said how much sleepy I get when I listen to drone or to factory engines. Listening to this Calineczka tape I remembered that when I was a university student, there was this machine that I never had the chance to see but that I could hear every time I entered the Polytechnic department making an amazing monotonous sleep-inducing sound. Which means that this recording is highly recommended. 2018 tape on Important Drone Records.


Wednesday, October 9, 2019

Calineczka ‎– Pora Deszczów

Almost two hours of comatose drone synth targeted at your pineal gland somewhere between Eliane Radique and the quieter moments of Atrax Morgue! It's Calineczka, you know what to expect. 2019 mp3 release on 1834.

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Sunday, October 6, 2019

Stuart Chalmers - Fata Morgana

Stuart Chalmers's recordings that feature the swarmandal instrument are his best, even with the songs that don't have it! This one is not an exception and it's one of his darkest releases yet. 2017 self-released CD.


PS. Stuart has made a new recording called The Heart Of Instinct (his two previous The Heart... installations were peak releases) and he's looking for a label to put it out. If you have any info or offers, contact him through his bandcamp or whatever. It sounds like a great recording and yes it has swarmandal! You can hear it here.

Friday, October 4, 2019

I Shot Cyrus / Discarga Split LP

Split between two legendary punk bands from Brazil that I was crazy about during my early twenties and are now sadly defunct. I Shot Cyrus plays thrashcore with a slightly metallic edge, and Discarga is maddening fastcore/powerviolence with less metal and more punk that makes you want to destroy everything, plus their side ends with the intro of "For Whom The Bell Tolls!" Essential listening. 2005 LP on Peculios Discos.


Tuesday, October 1, 2019

Sachiko - Cassini tape

The always sublime Sachiko on a solo work creating two entrancing tracks of devotional, hymnal drone with her voice and viola and a more electronic piece of amplified drone. Highly recommended. 2018 tape on Sloow Tapes.


Friday, September 27, 2019

Jon Rose And Chris Abrahams ‎– Peggy

Dizzying avantgarde improv by Jon Rose on violin and The Necks' pianist Chris Abrahams. Rose is probably using prepared violin at points, judging from his history of inventing and adapting musical instruments. Excellent! 2018 cd on ReR Megacorp.


Monday, September 23, 2019

The Polly Shang Kuan Band ‎– The Eye Of Horus cdr

Live recording of this project of Karen Constance with some other people I know nothing of. Expect free noise with psychedelic moments, I guess you could describe it a feral mix of Total and Blood Stereo (Constance's project with Dylan Nyoukis). 2004 cdr on Chocolate Monk (where else?)


Saturday, September 21, 2019

Arnaut Pavle - Arnaut Pavle

What better way to spend your Saturday afternoon by moshing around your apartment on some awesome black thrash punk? Finnish band Arnaut Pavle (the name of a Serb vampire from the 1500s - nice story on wikipedia) on their debut LP (after a demo six years earlier) punch out a headbanging-crazy mix of Darkthrone's Under A Funeral Moon, old Aura Noir, and Craft, with loads of German-thrash-inspired hammer-on riffs filled and punishing d-beats, and with amusing song titles to boot ("Unholy Black Balsam," "Carpet Bombing Nazareth"). As a comment said on bandcamp, "Radio Fenriz material." You can download this for free on their bandcamp, (along with their ultra-raw demo). 2019 LP on Mystískaos.

Thursday, September 19, 2019

Kosmische Horror - Kosmische Horror tape

One-off project of Ilkka Vekka of Haare playing dark ambient with obvious Lovecraft references. It doesn't have the really scary and toxic psychedelic edge of Haare but still it's a good listen- you can really imagine tentacles rising from the ground to shroud the world in darkness. 2012 tape on Mask Of The Slave.


Tuesday, September 17, 2019

Calineczka - On The Nuclear Physical Stability of the Uranium Minerals

More excellent hypnotic modular synth drone by the Polish Calineczka working on the edges of minimalism. Download it for free on the always awesome Invisible City Records bandcamp, which released it on tape in 2019.

Sunday, September 15, 2019

Calineczka - Music not for Airports

Hey, it's been quite some time since my last post but I've got a lot in my hands, and although I've started writing some reviews, I wasn't able to finish them. So, here's Calineczka, Polish one-man project of Ścisław Dercz playing awesome analog modular synth drone. There's no variety at all, just almost seven hours of the most static drone you'll ever listen to; some people would call me extremely depressed for bearing to listen to such stuff for hours, but for me it's incredibly calming and ideal for concentrating and even clearing my ears from everyday city noises. And hey, I was actually listening to it on my flight back home from England recently, so the Eno reference turns back on its legs, no? You can download the whole session for free on the Attenuation Circuit bandcamp that released it this year.

Thursday, August 22, 2019

Eric Glick Rieman / Lesli Dalaba / Stuart Dempster ‎– Lung Tree

Being a huge fan of the masterpiece Deep Listening where trombone player Stuart Dempster created sonic magic with Pauline Oliveros and Panaiotis, I bought this to check a little more into the rest of his work. This work with keyboardist Eric Glick Rieman and trumpetist Lesli Dalaba mixes free improvised jazz with electroacoustic elements and is a great success. At times playful and at other times greatly mournful it is an amazing listen that deserves close attention. Dempster signs both on the trombone and the didgeridoo, and so do the rest of the musicians. 2005 cd on ReR Megacorp.


Tuesday, August 20, 2019

Jim Haynes ‎– Telegraphy By The Sea

Dense monolithic drone constructed under several years work using field recordings of meteorological phenomena and electromagnetic fields. Excellent. 2009 cd on Helen Scarsdale Agency.


Saturday, August 17, 2019

Christian Vander Trio ‎– Jour Après Jour

Great live nightly jazz album by the one and only Christian Vander accompanied by Philippe Dardelle on double bass and Emmanuel Borghi on piano. Features a composition by Vander, one by Michel Grailler, one by the Sherman brothers (who wrote the music for Mary Poppins lol) and Coltrane's "Like Sonny." 1989 cd on Seventh Records.


Thursday, August 15, 2019

Fear Fals Burning - Function Collapse

I've never heard Fear Falls Burning extensively but I thought it was a continuation of the tribal dark ambient style of VidnaObmana. But this album tells me that really very different is cooking. Accompanied by a manic Colin Webster on tenor sax (frequent collaborator of David Birchall), and Tim Bertilsson on drums (who has played with awesome bands such as the legendary Switchblade, black metal nihilists Craft, and even Candlemass!), Dirk Serries, who handles the guitars, has created a superb recording of improvised psychedelic drone/free jazz, with two long mantras that could be the result of a live collaboration between Swans and Mats Gustafsson. Definitely one of the best albums of this year. 2019 lp on Consouling Sounds.

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Tuesday, August 13, 2019

Current 93 - Invocations Of Almost

Just a few months after the sublime The Stars on their Horsies and the very good The Light Is Leaving Us All (which I only managed to hear today) David Tibet comes again with the music from an installation he did in LA. The title offers great expectations as it shares it with the epic first track from Aleph At Hallucinatory Mountain; the music is some of his darkest and most troubling ambient. I'm too bored to say more, and I think the music will reward you so get it. 2019 cd on The Spheres.


Saturday, August 10, 2019

Coil - Live - Copenhagen 2002

A rather noisy concert performed by Coil in Copenhagen in 2002 which is now offered for free on Thighpaulsandra's website. It features, among others, a very heavy and dark version of "Are You Shivering?", a trippy one of "Ostia The Death of Pasolini," and a cover of "Bang Bang," along with a very obviously heavily drunk John Balance. You can get it either from the source, or from my upload, it's your call.

Friday, August 9, 2019

Coil - Swanyard 2 X Cd

Rather passable compilation of early version of tracks that later appeared on Backwards, The New Backwards, and The Ape of Naples, as well as other 1990s unreleased tracks that sound more like sketches than fully-crafted songs. But I guess like most people who have bought this, we cried oooohhhh Coil archive material and bought it at the blink of an eye. Btw, these tracks come from Danny Hyde's archive, which have made it even more tempting to buy the thing. 2019 2 X CD on Infinite Fog Productions.

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Wednesday, August 7, 2019

Coil ‎– The Gay Man's Guide To Safer Sex +2

Don't quite understand the necessity of this compilation, but it's still fun. You get the two versions of the "Theme to the Gay Man's Guide To Safer Sex," plus two version of another track on the same TV program, plus the two "Nasa-Arab" songs from Stolen And Contaminated Songs which you already know and love. So, the two title tracks sound to me as the most commercial Coil ever reached and that's a great thing! Very relaxing and sensual acid house/psychedelic dub with an awesome female vocal loop, that really woke me up as I was driving home last night on the highway. The other two songs, Exploding Frogs/Omlagus Garfungiloops, have the same dark cabaret bass line and some far out keyboards, vocals, and sax which remind me a little bit of what Throbbing Gristle unsuccesfully tried to do on Part Two-The Endless Not in a more house approach, and I love it as well. The key words here are sensual and erotic, and it is a great listening suggestion for this fucking heatwave across Europe these days. 2019 cd on Musique Pour La Danse.

PS. Some days earlier I was again driving on the highway at midnight, and I was listening to Neurosis' Times of Grace at quite a high volume and it gave me the creeps! I then stopped at a highway toilet in the middle of nowhere just with trees and stopped lorries with drivers sleeping inside and so scared was I that I peed like ultrafast and didn't even wash my hands!


Tuesday, August 6, 2019

RIP Toni Morrison

During the third year of my English bachelor I discovered Toni Morrison while studying for a course in African-American and Gender Studies. Our teacher taught Octavia Butler's Kindred, Gloria Naylor's Linden Hills and Morrison's Tar Baby. While it seems to be her most overlooked novel, our teacher had the insight to teach us that specific one, a violent love story set partly in the Caribbean between a light-skinned fashion model and a moody runaway criminal. The following lines are probably the most heartbreaking love lines ever put to paper:

"Desperately in love with a woman he could not risk loving because he could not afford to lose her. For he if he loved and lost this woman whose sleeping face was the limit his eyes could safely behold and whose wakened face threw him into confusion, he would surely lose the world. So he made himself disgusting to her. Insulted and offender her. Gave her sufficient cause to help him keep his love in chains and hoped to God the lock would hold. It snapped like a string."

I've read all her books save for the children's books she wrote with her deceased son and her latest novel. I really can't describe the amazement I felt when I read The Bluest Eye, Song Of Solomon, Sula, Beloved, or Jazz. I have bought Beloved to many people as a gift, and most of her novels to my wife, who I love even more after she adored her books. Perhaps her latest novels weren't up to par, and her endorsement of Obama were slightly disappointing, but hey. I want to thank you, Toni Morrison, for all the hours you offered me precious reading time.

Sunday, August 4, 2019

drcarlsonalbion ‎– Edward Kelley's Blues tape

In my previous post I mentioned that Earth's new album is shit. It is actually the greatest disappointment of the year along with Martyrdöd's new horrible album. Against such an unimaginative and manieresque album, here's the solo incarnation of Dylan Carlson without Adrienne Davis. Most of his personal releases are quite similar to what Earth is doing but with more guitar and a more soundtrackish vibe. But this one is tremendously different; it contains two side-long tracks of murky guitar heavy drone loops over which Carlson chants ritual lyrics. The second track is a masterpiece; Carlson delivers an awesome occult mass with his inimitable Southern accent, while a deafening electric drone battles with old-school levitational synths that sound a lot like the early album of the Norwegian Gehenna., but the track could have also been recorded by Troum. 2012 tape on The Tapeworm.


Wednesday, July 31, 2019

TQ Zine # 23 & 24

Previous TQ issue was a double on with a focus on the Australian and New Zealand scenes , of which I should recommend Independent Woman Records, which has released stuff by Chow Mwng, Witchblood, and Smut. There's also an interview (conducted by Charlie Ulyatt) of Dylan Carlson, in the occasion of the new Earth album, which is incredibly shit in my opinion, and this is the first time I feel like this about a new Earth album, especially after such an amazing cd like Primitive And Deadly.

The offerings include a download of the cdr by Chris Whitehead's project Cursus, which drifts between dark ambient, psychedelic guitar music, and isolationism somewhat. It's a great album that you can support with a mere 0,50 gbp on TQ's bandcamp.There's also a cd called Buzzing Minds I A Sydney Noise Compilation, documenting various artists from the Sydney music scene that live in boarding houses and experience a variety of social and mental problems, and have been encouraged to create their own noise/electronic music by a guy called Jay Simonit working at such a boarding house.

Great reviews include the new highly recommended recording by the excellent Helicopter Quartet (free to download on their bandcamp) and awesome percussion-based EP by The Master Musicians of Dyffryn Moor focusing on Brexit, discrimination against immigrants and Conservatives' policies.

The new issue celebrates two years of publication and comes with two cds or free downloads in a random manner (I was lucky enough to get both physicals!), one is Fin by Sinnen (released by TQ) playing some weird combination of atmospheric shoegaze metal that remind me somewhat of Pyramids combined with suicidal black metal act Ghost Bath. The other one is Strange Altars by Ade Hodges, which I haven't heard yet, but I remembered having checked out his bandcamp to see that he plays astral lo-fi dark ambient. Plus, there's a free download for subscribers of Nat Lyon's Canine Codebook. There are various reviews and interviews in the new issue but I haven't had time to check all of them, but there's a nice written piece by Joe Posset, plus a review of a gig of his.

I think there are copies of the new issue left, so do yourself a favor and get it at

Tuesday, July 30, 2019

Mudguts - Granada Valley Flower Girl tape

Third and last - so far - work by Mudguts, with an increased aura of melancholy and some surprisingly quiet and solemn tracks based on keyboards, while destroyed cassettes and pedals hover around. 2017 tape on Cruel Nature.


Monday, July 29, 2019

Mudguts ‎– Locque Atmir Kodai 3" cdr

More psychedelic industrial noise by Mudguts, this time involving narrative guitars in the almost anthemic "First My Body, Now My Corpse." 2016 3" cdr on Bells Hill.


Mudguts - Sabrina Fourtyfives tape

Yet another collaborative project of Lee Stokoe (Culver), in which he is joined by Scott McKeating of Black Leather Cop and Bells Hill Records. Aside from the expected dense deep drone that only Stokoe can deliver, there's some melancholy misery, especially in the last track "Pretty Slipping," which evokes a feeling of urban loneliness and of feeling lost in the maze of grey concrete and mobile phone screens. In fact as I now listen to it and feel extremely tired and sleepy it creates a very hopeless feeling that reminds me of the most emotionally unbearable track I've heard, Coil's "Halliwell Hammers." 2016 tape on Invisible City Records.


Friday, July 26, 2019

Edasi ‎– Orphaned Demon Follow Your Destiny tape

Totally weird psychedelic dark noise. Some people call this black noise but it doesn't have that much of an occult atmosphere. For me it sounds like an acid trip gone very bad and turned violent while listening to early James Ferraro,  resulting in melted brains. 2014 tape on Trash Can Dance.


Sunday, July 21, 2019

Allee Der Kosmonauten ‎– Sphärenharmonien [Demo tape]

And this is their first demo release, which is a mix of jammy sludgy noise rock and dark, heavy hardcore/crust. Good stuff. 2001 self-released tape.


Thursday, July 18, 2019

Allee Der Kosmonauten ‎– Kino Sojus LP

This is their last release, it's kinda weirder, with their noise rock side more accentuated. The production is more trebly and there are very few sludgy moments, but there a nice dissonant atmosphere, and a slightly depressive/miserable attitude that couples with feelings of anger that emerge from the jammy approach and the girl's far more gruff vocal delivery. 2009 LP on TimTimTonTraeger, Absurd Creature, and Behind The Scenes.


Monday, July 15, 2019

Allee Der Kosmonauten / Crude B.E. split 10"

It's been quite some time since my last post, but things are very busy: I'm spending more time with my child, I'm in-between changing posts, I'm pretending to be studying for my PHD plus we had gone on vacation. I think that this will be the frequency of writing for some more time.

Anyway, here's a superb split between Allee Der Kosmonauten, whose only 8-minute song here I saw live years ago and it completely floored me, it's an amazing rocking punk tune turned into melodic-epic d-beat crust, and Crude B.E. on the other side, who play heavy powerviolence/grindcore with rocking and stoner moments, good fun. 2001 10" on Thought Crime Records.


Thursday, June 27, 2019

Allee Der Kosmonauten ‎– Allee Der Kosmonauten LP

A now defunct band from Germany that fuses sludgy tones with noise rock and epic crust/punk influences with tortured female vocals. I saw them live years ago in Greece and they were the business on stage. 2007 LP jointly released by Institut Für Mentale Hygiene, Unsociable, Behind The Scenes, Bedbeforebreakfast, and Trująca Fala.


Sunday, June 23, 2019

Jazzfinger - Our Friends In the North 4 X CDR

Three-and-a-half hours of dissonant green-ish free drone by the inimitable Jazzfinger recorded live across North England from 2001 to 2008 and three studio tracks. What else do you need for a hot Sunday? All hails to Posset for sharing this monumental piece of NE sickness! 2011 4 X CDR on Fuckin' Amateurs.


Wednesday, June 19, 2019

Helictite ‎– Nicked tape

Part free skronk jazz, part high-energy motorik motherfuck, and part Les Rallizes Denudes-like brain melt, Helictite was one of NE England No-Audience Undeground's biggest secret. This was unfortunately their last recording, played live in - where else - Gateshead - as well as the last tape release of  Fuckin' Amateurs in 2017. RIP.

(For some stupid reason I ripped also the blank sound of side 2, you might as well never listen to it, sorry for the additional data, but at this moment I'm kind of too busy to re-zip and re-upload it)


Tuesday, June 18, 2019

Abraham ‎– God / Traditional Height 12"

Another totally random purchase I've made that ain't what I usually listen to. Guess  the seemingly short-lived Abraham is somewhere between trip hop and downtempo with touches of dub, but it kind of reminds me also of the great Boston indie band 27, both in the low-key style and the similarity between the female vocalists of both groups. Not a stellar recording, but relaxing music for a summer day-off. 1999 12" on Junior Boy's Own.


Sunday, June 16, 2019

Wreaths - The Sea To Which The Body Is Drawn tape

EXCELLENT drone/ambient by the project of Michael R. Donaldson featuring bowed mandolin and hazy effects, creating a very foggy atmosphere of tides and windy landscapes. An absolute must-buy and one of the best recordings of 2019, buy it without any second thought from the great Panurus Productions.


Friday, June 14, 2019

Left Hand Cuts Off The Right - Desired Place tape

Yet another beautiful recording by LHCOTR/Robbie Judkins, in which he utilizes piano and effects to reflect on his 2014 suicide attempt. The music is low-key, repetitive but not overall depressing, but with a feeling of recovery. 2018 tape on Hominid Sounds.

More greatness on his bandcamp.


Wednesday, June 12, 2019

TQ zine #21

While waiting for the new TQ issue I though to post a rather belated writing on the previous issue, which includes an interview with Darren Holoway, the mastermind behind Damselfy who plays really interesting synth-based ambient that reminds me of late70s/early 80s sci-fi synth and even Soviet music, but with a touch of noise and even medieval sounds! I took a listen of his album In Southern Darkness and  I found it really cool. There's also a feature on Panurus Productions, a label I have mentioned from Newcastle, and which I will write about in forthcoming posts, run by James Watts of the amazing Möbius.

There's also a free cd by the improv/sound-making collective Blanc Sceol, who make site- and instrument-specific recordings with reproductions of ancient instruments and record while exploring natural environments. Very interesting sounds that require full attention.

Download the Blanc Sceol cd

and don't forget to make a subscription to the always commendable TQ zine.!

Tuesday, June 11, 2019

Xqui - Lleisiau cdr

Lleisiau is yet another piece in Xqui's urban experimental evil music. Quite removed from the more structured recordings of his previous full-length Capitulate, this one seems kind of closer to his first one Dragon in its more abstract approach, but the darkness and the horror are accentuated; as always there's a subterranean and submarine menace lurking, a Cthulhian creature waiting to arise when the stars are right. What I particularly like in this one is that it seems to have been influenced by the 80s industrial/experimental scene: early Coil, very early Current 93, a bit of Throbbing Gristle, all covered with a psychedelic and hazy atmosphere. On his bandcamp page, I see there's one remaining copy waiting along with some free button, so do the right thing and buy it; as always Xqui deserves our help. 2019 cdr on Wormhole World.

Monday, June 10, 2019

Left Hand Cuts Off The Right - Purge tape

A highlight album for 2019, and one of the most troubling recordings you'll hear all year round, Robbie Judkins/Left Hand Cuts Off The Right's Purge is an attempt at mentally overcoming a serious injury he had, while previous recordings deal with suicide attempts. The very effort he has put in dealing with his mental and physical health issues while making them public in a time where mental health problems are still not fully embraced socially is noteworthy, but when it comes with beautiful music, then it becomes praiseworthy. This is music based mainly on piano themes accompanied by ambient/drone sounds, I'd say it's somewhere between Satie and The Necks darker/more subdued pieces like the quieter moments of Vertigo, for instance. Oustanding work, which is mandatory that it be further explored. 2019 tape on Fractal Meat Cuts.


Thursday, June 6, 2019

Nimh + Maurizio Bianchi ‎– Secluded Truths CD

Not as haunting and apocalyptic as most MB releases, this one is closer to a more esoteric ambient approach with nods to space and kosmische music and very slightly new age, albeit with a few pinches of noise. 2005 cd on Silentes Minimal.


Tuesday, June 4, 2019

Ken Ishii ‎– Circular Motion (Remixes) 10"

Completely random purchase I made years ago (I think I liked the packaging) by an artist I knew nothing of. It's two remixes of Ken Ishii's track "Circular Motion," an addictive track of good techno music. The remixes are vastly different. The first one, by Red Snapper, has an dub/electronic jazz/drum 'n' bass/ambient feel to it, with a far more natural and jam atmosphere that accentuates the original version's bass background. Remix no. 2 by Patrick Pulsinger is closer to techno but with a more relaxed style (floating synths and flutes) that suits a cocktail bar. 1997 10" on R & S Records.


Sunday, June 2, 2019

Georgina Brett - The Eclipse Collaborations USB stick

Almost three hours of beautifully diverse experimental music by Georgina Brett and her collaborators, ranging from Middle-Eastern haze to dreamy psychedelia, and from dark electronica to levitating ambient, released in 2016 on a golden-painted USB stick.


We Came, We Played, We Conquered

It's been 29 years since the last Premier League championship but we still go to Champions League finals and win the trophy. Do you know of many other teams who can do that?

Saturday, June 1, 2019

Johannes Frisch & Ralf Wehowsky ‎– Tränende Würger cd

Two German veterans of experimental music join forces to create an album that combines free improvised jazz with industrial noise; Johannes Frisch is a double bass player whose deep chords penetrate and crackle through the noise, while Ralf Wehosky offers a feeling of anxiety with his noises. I particularly like the more evidently organic and live moments as in track 3 "Kantakari" which borders on electro-acoustic musique concrète. 2005 cd on Korm Plastics.


Wednesday, May 29, 2019

Ило & Freiband ‎– Bits & Pieces cd

Electronic experimentations and noisy ambiences by Kapotte Muziek's Frans de Waard and Ило. 2013 cd on Korm Plastics and Motok.


Monday, May 27, 2019

Frans de Waard ‎– Klankschap 1999-2005 cd

The mastermind of Kapotte Muziek offering manipulations of field recordings resulting in various styles from industrial to improvised electronics and then to noise. 2005 cd on zang:


Friday, May 24, 2019

Caroline McKenzie - (the first snow from soon) & Doctor Birch and his Young Friends - Ophelia Mindre

If anyone remembers my post on Caroline McKenzie's The Drowning Of Ophelia, they will be reminded that it was a great album of bleak but heart-breaking dark ambient. Since then Caroline has continued making great ambient/drone/ethereal soundscapes which I have mostly enjoyed, but kind of forgot to write about. The same thing happened with this one; I've had a tab on my web browser literally for 3 months saying "ok now I need to write about this" but I kept forgetting to do so, but it''s the time for it. This is a 3-track offering of droning ambient ideal for calming and reflecting. It's exquisitely monotonous and repetitive in the way I love it to just sit down and read for my PhD. Actually Caroline says that she created these tracks in order to calm down her insomnia, so it really fits any similar kind of activity. As always, it's a free-to-download recording, but I highly recommend that you support her.

Going back to her breakout release The Drowning Of Ophelia, the Welsh experimental electronic artists Doctor Birch and his Young Friends has created a remix album of Caroline's masterpiece, taking sounds from there and creating short - 3-minute tracks - revolving around specific sounds. It's also a great piece of work that accentuates the lonely and depressive feeling of it - track 3 "Falls Down Blistered" is sublime in particular; again a free download, but there's the choice to spend a little money on this one, since all money gathered from paid downloads will be given to a transgender people support organization called Mermaids. I totally support trans, queer, and generally LGBTQ+ people, but I'm really put off by NGOs because I think that issues of discrimination, homophobia, racism, and fascism are political tasks that need to be solved by the working class movement and not by charities that are deeply involved in the reproduction of the neoliberal scheme of capitalist restructuring that points to NGOs and volunteering as a form of conscience-laundering as David Harvey has very punctually said. However, if any of the dear readers thinks that such causes are worth their money, they can of course donate a little something to it.