Monday, October 27, 2014

øjeRum - There Is a Flaw In My Iris

Archival release of delicate guitar and vocal from øjeRum with There Is A Flaw In My Iris on A Giant Fern. Eight tracks recorded in in 06/07, Fragile sounds. Melancholy at times, but given a more studied listen, really quite moving and joyous in an odd understated kind of way. Beautiful touches abound, subtle layering of vocals that whisper on top and around each other, hissing tape underpinning sparse and effective acoustic guitar. Curious, not quite like much else and in a wonderful way. Favorite track, most certainly Matka

Edition of 50, split into three unique covers featuring collage art by the artist. It's a beautifully minimal presentation. Grab direct from A Giant Fern.

Uton / I Am Just a Pupil / My Bizarre Bayuk - Split

Massive double CD three way split slab of drone from Uton, I Am Just Pupil, and My Bizarre Bayuk on S.I.N.K. CDs. There's a ton of material here, mostly working in the vein of hazy distorted vagaries. I won't attempt to capture everything on offer in my usual 4 sentences, instead just dig on these samples, it's an easy 90 minutes of absolute through the floor tripping.

Edition of just 32 in a DVD style case. Black and white collage art. I grabbed from Tomentosa a while back. This one ain't exactly knew, and it's long gone, but can still stream in full and purchase the digital from the S.I.N.K Bandcamp.

Bus Gas - Snake Hymns

Piercing melodic ambience from Bus Gas, with Snake Hymns on Spring Break Tapes. Big, shadowy melodic washes, rumbles, fuzzy circular drones. Like a continuation of the last two Bus Gas tapes I've heard, but completely unique. Man, this stuff feels absolutely alive. The timbres, and the combination of textures is just off the charts. Snatches of desert rock, glitched electronics, who knows? It's a hypnotic wall of smoke a mile wide. It's a rainstorm rolling across the horizon. Devastatingly beautiful stuff. Dig.

Hand numbered edition of 100, double sided full color inserts, pro dubbed and imprinted with download code included. Grab direct from Spring Break Tapes.

Saturday, October 18, 2014

Horror Fiction Tapes - HF07 Sindre Bjerga & HF08 German Army

Two new releases available from the in house label Horror Fiction Tapes. Two more artists I'm incredibly excited to have on the label. Thank you to everyone for their support, I cannot express my appreciation enough. Grab these over on the H/F site.

HF07 Sindre Bjerga - Mutual Illusions

Improvised live manipulations from Norwegian composer Sindre Bjerga. Tape recorders, dictaphones, contact mics and microphones all captured raw over three separate performance spaces. Decontextualized samples stretched and scraped across the screaming howling mouth of an uncertain destination. Enlightenment gained in the margins.

Forty five hand assembled copies, professionally dubbed on chrome tape. Inserts duplicated directly on individual pages of a 1967 copy of the novel The Amsirs And The Iron Throne, by Algis Budrys.

HF08 German Army - Socotra Scripture

Caustic ritual suffocation from the mysterious and prolific duo of German Army. Something unknowable, that refuses to remain unknown. Rejections of anonymity. A heaving vomiting awareness of all that has been ignored, purging innocence through sonic abuse. Twelve exhibits, twelve sets of eyes entranced by the flames.

Forty five hand assembled copies, professionally dubbed on chrome tape. Inserts duplicated directly on individual pages of a 1962 copy of the novel The Wizard Of Linn, by A.E. Van Vogt.

Saturday, September 13, 2014

Topdown Dialectic - S/T

Rad post everything beats from Topdown Dialectic with a self(un?)titled release on Aught. Plenty of things being written about this one (here and here for example), and all of it deserved. Four tracks of something that sounds like noise, industrial, glitch, and musique concrete all suffering maltreatment from over compression. Thick suffocating thump that's almost out of synch, but just perfectly so. It all crackles, hisses, and just about feels like it's going to fall apart, all while weaving in synth samples and sounds like they're playing in reverse. So dope.

Edition of 100, clear shells, really minimal white imprint, clear poly bag with no art or notes. Crazy minimal. Grab while you can from the Aught Bandcamp.

Monday, September 8, 2014

Grandma Lo-Fi - The Basement Tapes of Sigríður Níelsdóttir

Charming and quite unbelievable mix of lo fidelity experimentation from 70 year old Icelandic Sigríður Níelsdóttir with Grandma Lo-Fi: The Basement Tapes of Sigríður Níelsdóttir on Hornbuckle Records. Some of the 21 tracks feel like straight up lounge music one man band type of jams, others like lullabies, others just truly out there. Mad cap creativity given a Casio and a 4 track recorder an no inhibitions. This is (according to the label description), a selection of tracks from a documentary film of the same name, and while I haven't done my research this appears to be an absolutely legit story. I'm still in the process of digesting this almost hour long tape, and am having a ball with it.

Edition of 200 pro dubbed and imprinted on orange. Double sided jcard, complete with track listing and synopsis of the Lo Fi Grandma, because heck if you're going to put out a tape like this, you better explain it right? Grab direct from Hornbuckle.

Bugseed - Some Foods

Mega chill ocean side vibes from Bugseed with Some Foods on Spring Break Tapes. I often lament my credibility in reviewing things with a "beat", and so as a remedy I rely on Joe from SBT to curate incredible stuff like this for me. Picture perfect retro modern beats. A 70's Newport cigarettes ad tapping a Ninja Tune compilation CD with it's bumper going 1mph. Twelve tracks that glow with this warm perfectly compressed thump, overlaid with soupy swirling keys. If the ladies ever get here (they won't), I'm throwing this one on.

Edition of 100 pro dubbed and duplicated. Yellow shells, double sided inserts, digital copy included. Grab direct from Spring Break Tapes.