Thursday, October 27, 2016

A Giant Fern - Three Impressive Cassettes

Electronic forms dancing in bewitching sonic fields. They take all forms in order to mesh with each separate listener. A Giant Fern turns the spotlight on, in order for their true identity to be heard.
Try and hear with quick links to each:

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Kösmonaut - Master Generator

On winter islands, in a still forest of pines, a lone warrior parts motionless molecules with an incredibly sharp sword. Percussion and strings echo through the consciousness as frozen air is cleaved in a rhythmic well practiced dance. The picture fades as the land is bombarded with the static of time. Ride the iron train of drone and enjoy the sounds more than the sights. The ethereal whistle blows for so long as the rumble of motion vibrates through the mind. Somehow hollow and completely dense simultaneously.

Amazingly the Kösmonaut release Master Generator is finely deft in the art of mutation. By the time track four "Waiting Room" ends, a new cycle of sound starts with "Lumbar Puncture". Finding home in a middle eastern tone and timber and covering the sound field with a smokey obscurity. Back to an almost frightening ferry through ambient haze, notes chiming like broken shutters in the wind.

The sky radiates again, not with sunlight but sustained glow from meteors burning up in the atmosphere. All darkness as the sounds diminish. One flame ignites as the world drone begins again. The last track, the title track, "Master Generator" frays the lines once more and spirals away into ethnic ambient bliss.

Available on cassette from A Giant Fern. This was released in the summer in an edition of fifty. Kösmonaut is Patrick R. Pärk, and this release is dedicated to his daughter Sevigny. Patrick has used his talent and skills to Heal Through Music. You can read more here. An excellent release for A Giant Fern, falling right in to the label's core of sounds.

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Rhucle - Colourless

Beautiful ambient music is always a nice treat to listen to and write about. This release on A Giant Fern by Rhucle, is a substantial addition to tones evoking higher spiritual awareness. As with all music on the this razor edge pathway up, the talent rest in never reaching the top or looking down below. Understanding spirituality revolves around the thoughts that it will never be fully understood, or even partially for that matter. And in this realization, the disappointment associated with never reaching a goal and always being on a journey, can be frightening. This cassette titled Colourless by Rhucle mirrors those thoughts in sound.

This composition focuses on the process of points in between. Hovering in this realm for long enough, the allurement becomes hypnotizing. Colourless consist of eight tracks covering close to forty minutes. A drone world pushing past the infrared and finding place in longer wave lengths. Complete peacefulness in sound, and this is incredibly difficult to achieve. Setting out to create a composition used for the sole purpose of meditation often results in a strained outcome of over the top sounds. Rhucle seems to only express the feelings and temperament existing in or around the time Corlourless was created. This makes a unique recording in the sense this same state might never be exposed again. Fortunately for anyone who enjoys these splendid tones in ambient music, Rhucle is in a groove with two releases new release on Oxtail Recordings and Constellation Tatsu.

Start here with Colourless on A Giant Fern label. Of the three newest cassettes by Rhucle, this one hovers like a light for your consciousness. Like a newly spun web with the the spider on sudden holiday. There is such delicate beauty and no danger at all.

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Problems That Fix Themselves - The Mold Will Die

If you could some how amplify the sounds of microbial processes, this cassette by Problems That Fix Themselves would be a good example of how this world drones on. Listening to molecules move, sounding incredibly dense and layered. Chemical reactions sparking indescribable notes of interest. Similar to the quietness of a starry sky being intruded by matter burning through the outer layers of the atmosphere. There is something alien about this release titled The Mold Will Die. An ambient world where you can never find complete comfort.

The composition consist of basically four tracks over a period of about a half an hour. The world created is a bath of radiation. Gamma rays of sound bombarding the consciousness above and beyond the anesthetizing drone taking all the space in the background. In this state, the mind is open for conditioning. Much like an episode on the original Star Trek where Kirk ends up on the table looking at the swirling mind control disc above (Dagger of the Mind). There is a formidable tone that consistently creates dread for continuing, but everything sounds remarkably captivating. Listening through The Mold Will Die forces thought of myriad of detail in our present space.

Problems That Fix Themselves are Alex Borozan and Joshua Tabbia. This is the third time i have written about their work. The besides cassette is sold out, but the Which is Worse lp is still available.
This release on A Giant Fern is really concise on the sound spectrum, compared with the two previous releases. Take a moment and give this a listen. Very difficult to not check out every A Giant Fern release. Everything has been so special, and what Problems That Fix Themselves laid down, is an excellent example.

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Wednesday, October 26, 2016

Sulcus - Stochastic Deployment vol2: Transistor Matadors

The radio dial turns.... An infinite spectrum of possibilities, music, talk, static and squelch or any combination of these sounds. The fuzzy hiss becomes clear and the prevailing media is as it should be, guitar, bass and drums. When does this exist? Who is playing the instruments? Why are there people saying things from the well of time? The answer is Sulcus and this is their release Transistor Matadors.

Traditional modern rock swirling in disintegrating airwaves. Lengthy contaminations of broadcast oddities stuck together. Separation only causes the original copy to become utterly damaged. With adroit talent of the Sulcus technicians, only the truly beautiful mutations are taken. These are then bestowed on to the listener's with the knowledge of the existence of this San Diego laboratory. The amassment of terrestrial sounds lurking invisibly on reels of fused magnetic tape is a true project of extraction. With heads down working and alternately playing this stoned out soundtrack, seriousness would eventually erode. This collective of consciousnesses does have the higher process of humor and this wanders though the hour long course. The tightly sounding session of music backing the entire tape drops away completely on the third to the last track "dead end hosts". These sounds fall in a helical motion until the operatives realize the controls were unmanned. The last ten minutes bid Sulcus farewell with contemplative driffty guitar, and one massive reprise for this work session. There are a few ghostly vocals floating on this transmission and this entity does appear on the last track as if to say goodbye in some garbled form.

Stochastic Deployment vol2: Transistor Matadors is available now! You can download this for free here. They have over twenty one hundred downloads of this hour long ride. As for the cassette, you will need to contact Sulcus and find out if there are any available.

To be complete, i did write about Sulcus at the beginning of this year. Here is the link if you want to check it out.

Sulcus - facebook

Painted Faces - Hermit of Bushwick

Slowly unfolding, Painted Faces has the patience to feather the sound canvas with mesmerizing delectation. If anyone is intrigued by genres being mashed together, they should listen to Hermit of Bushwick with special interest. David Drucker has moved off into a style of music that could be called lo-fi drone pop. Not  sure if this was the his intention on the initial composition start, but Hermit of Bushwick is difficult to classify, making it hypnotizing.

This cassette is completely different to say very plain and simply. Nine songs that move from twinkling electronic wander to sporadic vocals twisting your mind. Listen and think about the words Painted Faces conveys, poignant and haunting simultaneously. There is a drone quality sometimes becoming clearly apparent then disappearing into blistered deconstructed guitar, making itself heard in the moonless night. I want to say... Amps for Christ mixed with a Zappa record that wobbled off the turntable. Great cohesiveness as a complete composition. Relaxation with out napping, just five to ten second drifts.

This was released at the beginning of August on Already Dead Tapes and Records. There are fifty black cassettes and twenty green. Amazingly there are fourteen releases after this on the label in a little over two months. The good thing, Hermit of Bushwick is still available from the label.

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Tuesday, October 25, 2016

anthéne - permanence

As our world rotates on it's elliptical orbit, the energy of all living beings is radiated beyond the planet's gravitational pull. Much like breathing, this energy rises and falls through the passage of time. From sparsely populated to famine from overcrowding, at peace or societies in war, natural disasters, baby booms, deforestation, and times of renaissance..., energy changes. This composition by Brad Deschamps as Anthéne captures what is natural, the energetic field of life on an evolving celestial body.

Permanence is a beautiful composition both in sound and physical presentation. Seven tracks across forty five minutes, takes the listener far below the surface. A deep plunge into sounds resting on the edge of a somber world of contemplation. An ambient journey that helps assuage the vastness all entities reside in. In a largely empty universe, Brad finds tones with feelings. His project Anthéne, captures the essence of this swirling ambient force, and at the same time, keeps this desolate drone in context with the expansive surroundings. This stunning foray into blissful space captivates the listener with it's melancholy warmth. A good composition to always go back to.

Permanence is a cd release on the Cathedral Transmissions label. Anthéne is Brad Deschamps who runs the Polar Seas Recordings label. The cd was released in a limited quantity and is sold out. Have not found any Permanence cds for sale, so enjoy the digital by listening and/or purchasing.

anthéne - bandcamp - facebook
Cathedral Transmissions site - facebook - bancdcamp

Saturday, October 22, 2016

Tristan Welch - Washington D​.​C.

Allaying hum of unseen electromagnetic energy cast from poll to poll above the earth's atmosphere. In a silent world where no ears can hear, sound goes no where. Tristan Welch harnesses onto this spectrum of obscured frequencies. The elusive energy in the air before us, funneling this moment in time deep into our consciousnesses.

Two side long tracks edging into your mind like space dust covering the solar system. This composition breathes the higher drone. The feelings are ultimately relaxing. Titled Washington D.C., Tristan finds grooves in simplicity and patience. Allowing thoughts to expand while these droning notes occupy the emptiness. Like an electric blanket to protect the body as the spirit travels in distant space. Washington D.C. allows your mind to become keenly aware of the unkwon sounds that swaddle our physical selves. You will want an auto-reverse cassette player on continual loop when this tape goes into the deck. 

Take a moment and absorb the goodness! Copies of Washington D​.​C. are available from Tristan's bandcamp page. Not sure how many there are, but the word is getting out. There are three other write ups you can read and all of them have good things to say. I think the physical copies are going to disappear quickly.

Tristan Welch - facebook - bandcamp

Wednesday, October 19, 2016

BBJr - Pareidolia

Carving up the parts and stacking them back together uniquely and distinctively. Bob Bucko Jr has crafted a droned out tirade of jazz and electric energy. Pounding at the windows but never breaking the glass. There is no room for more anything. The earbuds have a full BBJr smattering again and Pareidolia will keep them saturated for a long while.

For tracks make up this forty minute tape. The balance from front to back is perfect with each other. A sea of roaring waves lulling your consciousness while the extreme edges of the world crackle with sounds never imagined before. Bob Bucko Jr has a serious talent for playing and waiting for the echoes to fade away before his havoc on the guitar begins again. Like he is speaking some forgotten celestial language from prominent mountain tops.The sounds leave their gravitational constraints. The surface drones away until the skies snap again returning frequencies of fascination.

This Bob Bucko Jr release on Already Dead Tapes and Records came out in mid July and for those interested in picking up a copy, be quick. The are five of sixty left on the site. Release number 207 in a catalog already at 223.

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Tuesday, October 18, 2016

Calato - Swong

Tumbling down the mountainside, electric guitar, drums and voice gain momentum and mass. Like an out of control snowball, crashing into trees and falling over cliffs. The sounds homogenize into a single cacophonous roar. This is Calato and Swong is their mind fracturing composition that leaves the earth barren after listening.

Swong runs fast with ten tracks making up this cd release. This is a ride through a saw mill, harvested trees being ripped apart and slammed into stack of lumber. There is a hinting resemblance to the Japanese band The Boredoms in the style Calato embarks. Raw sounds surfacing most sporadically. There are no resting points on Swong. Calato is a quartet of musicians Agustín Genoud with vocals, Javier Areal Vélez and Jorge Espinal on guitars and Pablo Verón on drums. Improvisational free jazz or noise freak out, this release shows there are no boundaries.

This is available from the label PSH Ediziones located in Buenos Aires, Argentina. Another really good write up can be read at the All About Jazz site. This was written by Mark Corroto.

Calato site
PSH Ediziones - bandcamp