Friday, December 13, 2019

Xqui - Elemental

Xqui always manages to end the year with a superb release. In this third full-length, which is dedicated to the chemical elements, he seems to have foregone of most "musical" features (beats, guitars, voices) present in his previous - and stellar - Capitulate, and focusing instead on the most elemental aspects of his work. In other words, this cd is dominated by creepy subdued ambient sounds with a very lo-fi quality (be reminded that Xqui works mainly with mobile phone apps), which accentuate what I have called his urban Lovecraftian atmospheres. Everything sounds as if it has been extracted from basements, underground tunnels, manholes, and there are also several howling voices, offering a ritualistic and menacing feeling. Only the last track, "Vanadium," has a more musical approach, sounding like a noise string orchestra. Xqui never disappoints, so go now to his bandcamp, and get the last remaining copy of this excellent year finisher. 2019 cdr on Wormhole World.

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Tuesday, December 10, 2019

Serfs- Moon Mellowed River

Serfs was the guitar duo of blog-loved artists Jon Collin and Tom Settle, playing a more playful version of Jon Collin's deep psychedelic ambient folk, with a more electric and jammy feel to it. 2012 tape on Golden Lab Records.


Saturday, December 7, 2019

Sarah Hughes, Jon Collin ‎– Washington DC, 11 April 2019

Wailing, mourning psychedelic ambient jazz folk by Jon Collin - the true successor of early-Pink-Floyd David Gilmour - and alto saxophonist Sarah Hughes. Highly recommended. 2019 cdr on Early Music.


Thursday, December 5, 2019

Jordan Perry, Jon Collin ‎– Charlottesville, 10 April 2019 cdr

The expected beauty created by Jon Collin's ambient folk guitar coupled here with Jordan Perry and recorded live. 2019 ddr on Early Music.


Monday, December 2, 2019

The Dogmatics - Chop Off The Tops

Second  excellent album of macabre atonal jazz exploring the limits of music space and clarinet potential by The Necks' Chris Abrahams and Kai Fagaschinski. 2018 self-released LP.


Friday, November 29, 2019

The Dogmatics - The Sacrifice For The Music Became Our Lifestyle LP

Mentioning The Necks the other day in the new Swans album post, I've come to think that the best albums there are the two where the Australian trio participates, owing very much to Chris Abrahams's hazy piano. What better way to listen to some more Abrahams than this duo he maintains with German clarinetist Kai Fagaschinski. Awesome slithering and unsettling improvised avant-jazz with emphasis on music spaces, microtones and a very entertaining black metal aesthetic as you can see in the album cover and the logo. Excellent stuff. 2012 lp on Monotype Records.


Wednesday, November 27, 2019

The Mickey Guitar Band ‎– From The Beaches

Continuing where the album with Gerogerigegege left off, Mickey Guitar Band offer yet another hazy and zoned-out piece of acid-drenched psychedelic and kosmische rock. Yeah! 2019 cd on Bam Balam.


Sunday, November 24, 2019

Chris 'Pause' Richardson ‎– Gasoline Fever

One of the most idiosyncratic of field recordings artists, Chris "Pause" Richardson's output consists of TV/radio recordings of car races. Once I was listening to a tape of his and my mom was wondering where the raging engine sounds came from and looked out the window. After listening to this, which is kind of low-key and could be considered his "drone" album, you have to buy his two tapes on Matching Head. 2009 cdr on Cidershed (label of Martin Gregory of Fuckin' Amateurs label, so you know this is great).


Thursday, November 21, 2019

William Basinski ‎– On Time Out Of Time

One of his most "compositional" albums - if that term applies - in which he utilizes sound sources from the LIGO observatory, including the sounds of two black holes merging. Yes it doesn't have the dying loops epic sound of The Disintegration Loops or Cascade, but it's fun to hear Basinski making more conventionally structured spacy ambient. And the second - and smaller of the two - track called "4(E+D)4(ER=EPR)" is just a gorgeous piece of mournful celestial ambient that I could listen to all day. 2019 cd on Temporary Residence Ltd.


Saturday, November 16, 2019

Newt Extinction ‎– Everything I Say Is Of The Utmost Importance

Criminally-insane synth/field recording muzak, like old James Ferraro on really bad drugs trying to play Jean-Michelle Jarre or some 80s arcade space battle game. Pure evil 2009 cdr on the always unpredictable Fuckin' Amateurs.


Kit Downes - Dreamlife Of Debris

The second album of Kit Downes on ECM retains the church organ basis of the previous album Obsidian, but incorporates other instruments, namely piano played by him, saxophone (already present in Obsidian), cello, guitar, and drums. The sound is deeper, more unsettling, with the instruments creating worrying atmospheres, reaching drone levels at times, and the reverberating sound giving the album a very unique quality. 2019 cd on ECM.


Friday, November 15, 2019

Mickey Guitar Project ‎– Flowers

Spacey and fizzy psychedelic ambient music with slight new age leanings and heavy inspirations from science/space documentary music by Ken Matsutani. Seventy 1-minute tracks that seamlessly blend into each other and gradually add more levitation. 2007 cd on Captain Trip Records.


Wednesday, November 13, 2019

Ohyda - Koszmar

Rarely do I care about new hardcore punk releases, although until the age of 24 it was my favorite music genre. It's not only that I have grown up, I really think that music standards in this scene have dropped so much that most things are completely unoriginal. But here comes this great Polish band playing a mix of d-beat, post punk and psychedelic sounds, like a mix between legendary Polish band Abaddon, the legendary Siekera bits, Killing Joke, and huge Hawkwind and Voivod influences, with tons of delay in the vocals and chorus/reverb/delay in the guitar, and even blast-beats, making an explosive mix of apocalyptic post-nuclear explosion hardcore. Amazing. 2019 Lp on La Vida En Us Mus.


Sunday, November 10, 2019

J.G. Sparkes - Gor West

Picking up from the superb Past Lives, Near which I previously reviewed, J.G. Sparkers brings out one more excellent study of ambient paradoxes: both nostalgic and distantiated, beautiful and threatening, frosty and warm, his music has a very narrative and painterly element in his shaping of soundscapes. And there's a beautiful almost pop track called "Eccentric Orbit," something like an ambient ballad! Looking forward to more stuff! 2019 cdr on Wormhole World, where you can get it from for only a few pounds (and also land a preorder for the forthcoming third Xqui full-length!)


Saturday, November 9, 2019

Johann Wlight ‎– All Thee Starres Laugh Softly Like Five Hundred Million Little Bells

On the occasion of Johann Wlight's very rare (if not also the first) live performance at Tusk Festival a month ago, here's a rare recording of his, playing esoteric, mystical drone/ambient. While perhaps not as sophisticated as his excellent release A.Y. under the moniker itdreamedtome, this one also has this elevating, angelic but also occult feel to it. 2005 3 cdr on First Person.


Wednesday, November 6, 2019

Swans - leaving meaning.

2019 has been a year of disappointments with regard to albums I've been expecting: Earth's successor to Primitive & Deadly was completely unimaginative, Martyrdod's Hexhammaren was a shit turn to metal, a predictable development since they signed to Century Media, and of course Mayhem's Daemon proves once more why we should all spill blood to Satan so that Blasphemer returns. So, all these months I've been thinking that I will be disappointed by the return of Swans, or to be more precise of Gira and friends. The guest list is extremely impressive and promises an amazing listening experience: The Necks, von Hausswolff sisters, all members of the 2010-2016 run, as well as Ben Frost (who I don't really like but anyway). Plus I really liked the demos of What Is This. However, the album is quite calm if we compare it to the sonic onslaught of the previous years, and reminds more of Angels Of Light with a more psychedelic feeling. OK, objectively the songs are amazing, but I don't feel the vibes of the previous ones, of if I should be more precise it reminds me kinda strongly of To Be Kind, the most boring of the four albums, and the one with the weakest production, an element the new album shares, especially in the more rocking and drum-filled tracks. But then, with the things that are happening in my life the time to devote completely to demanding albums is very limited so perhaps this is the problem. 2019 2 X cd on Mute/Young God Records.


Sunday, November 3, 2019

Sunn O))) - Pyroclasts

All of you must have listened to it by now, but since I got my copy I thought to post it. While kinda less in your face than Life Metal it seems to me that this is the closest album to their original form, i.e. before they started experimenting a lot on White 1. I also appreciate the slightly less buffed up sound than that of Life Metal, which was, as I had written, the only real downside of Albini's involvement. 2019 LP on Southern Lord.


Friday, November 1, 2019

Drowning - Apocalypse Unsealed

Second and final album by Drowning, and at this point almost all hardcore references are gone, leaving space for death metal filled with blastbeats. The riffs are still epic, but the blastbeat/ultra fast drum fills and the kinda weak/too trebly production (very similar to Morbid Angel's Heretic) makes it kinda tiring. 2006 cd on Bones Brigade.


Thursday, October 31, 2019

Drowing - Age Old Nemesis

First full-length of Drowing, and here they've gone completely death metal, while still retaining a lot of their earlier hardcore characteristics. Imagine a mix between good ol' Monstrosity and Arkangel and you're about there, and you'll also enjoy a superb nine-minute doomy Candlemass-meets-Morbid Angel hymn in "Winter Descends." 2002 cd on Bones Brigade.


Monday, October 28, 2019

Drowing - Drowning EP

Heavy, downtuned metallic hardcore from France the way it should be, i.e. no jumpy beatdowns, no clean vocals or poser death growls, no tight jeans, in the vein of All Out War and Beneath The Remains, with HUGE Bolt Thrower double-bass epic moments. This is the way this shit was played in the late '90s. Absolutely recommended. 1999 cd on Released Power Productions.


Sunday, October 27, 2019

United Power Soul - Moving Fast 4 U

Another one of my totally blind purchases is this one I made in Manchester a month ago while I was there on work and I visited Affleck's to check out Mars Tapes. I got this there along with a Gregorian chants tape that sounds chewed up. Dude, shouldn't you be checking the tapes you sell?

Anyway, this is a Canadian band playing modern soul/fun/r'n'b with big doses of new jack swing and a few reggae influences. If you dig the synthetic funk sound of the 1980s and beyond - and jump at the new jack swing reference if it had been your favorite radio station on GTA: San Andreas - then you're gonna like this. 2018 tape on Zaftig Records.


Thursday, October 24, 2019

Mecano ‎– The Half Inch Universe (Complete Works '78 - 82)

Dutch band who initially run from 1978 till 1982 and were known for their artwork which featured mechanized toys. They played a mix of post punk and new wave and some atonal/improvised moments (check "Dissident Lament"). When they reformed in the late 2000s they shifted to a more synthy new wave-y style, which was ok too. 1996 double cd released on Lazy Dog Records.


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.