Monday, July 25, 2016

Cruel Bones - New Releases

Three new releases from the Zürich, Switzerland label Cruel Bones. This is a pretty sweet label that cares tremendously about the quality of sound as well as the beauty of presentation. All small runs for these cassettes releases. The three artist in these write ups are also from Switzerland. Take a few moments and give these sounds your attention. Well worth the time.
Here are the links to the posts.



Links
Cruel Bones site - facebook - soundcloud

Debutante - EP3

Throwing back music into a time where the parts and pieces are difficult to tell if they fit or not. Debutante is punk in that manner. Skirting the edge of familiar music and making us think of sound in a new perspective. Full of guitars, bass and drums that drive the sound in a raw and late night house party way. The vocals come in at an obscure angle and mangle tones with the heavy output of electric power.

Almost a half hour over five tracks, EP3 starts off as an assault then settles into the flow. A parabolic curve with only the right half showing. Somewhat dark in tone, not depressing, but more introspective. The vocals show signs of turmoil and sinuously work their way into your head. Debutante is sharing what makes like difficult and does this with unique style and passion.

This is out on Cruel Bones, a label from Zürich, Switzerland. Looks like in an edition of 15. You can pick this up from the label. Not sure if any distros carry Cruel Bones releases in the states.
  




Links
Cruel Bones site - facebook - soundcloud
Debutante - bandcamp - facebook - twitter

Zwischenwelt - let's just walk on fields of flowers

When you need to reach the far reaches of your mind, there are tools to help with this en-devour. Let's just walk on fields of flowers by Zwischenwelt is a composition that has this ability. Two side long tracks that explore the raw and unfiltered world of slow currents flowing through heated circuits. An ambient ride allowing the mind to reach in and discover, then returning to tranquil perches over the vast expanses.

Zwischenwelt has almost an hour of music separated into two distinct tones. The first side "trapped in the belly of this horrible machine", sounds infinitely vast. The music reaches out and almost echoes in it's travels. This positions the listener holding close to the source, because the sonic vistas seem to drop away into unheard depths. The title track "let's just walk on fields of flowers", is more introspective. The tones are closer in the consciousness, perspectives are more well traveled and comfortable, allowing drift above. Both sides wrap into each other at times, creating a cohesiveness for the entire tape. In turn making this cassette something to listen to over and over.

This cassette is both beautiful in sound and in presentation. Twenty seven copies, all hand printed on heavy paper make this a pleasure to hold and feel. Cruel Bones the label from Zürich, Switzerland is excellent at finding talented musicians and producing their sounds in quality artful packaging. If you like drone music that perfectly balances on the razor edge of dark and light, Zwischenwelt is definitely worth taking a moment to check out.  




Links
Cruel Bones site - facebook - soundcloud
Zwischenwelt - facebook - bandcamp

Zwischenwelt / Howl - Split

Slowly being pulled downward by the maelstrom noise creates. Darker as the depth increases, rays of light finding their way in from above provide hope and delicate charm. There are fascinating sounds to submerge yourself with this split tape from the Cruel Bones label. A drone tape for mysteries surrounding the earthly world few humans every journey to. Zwischenwelt and Howl, two artist from Switzerland, sounding especially sweet together.

This tape is just under forty minutes long with each artist having one track on either side. The Zwischenwelt side connects with dark almost field like recordings. There is a sense of forlornness being striven for in these sounds. The world closes in slowly like listening through a prism as you rotate away from the solar rays. This gives way to aural vistas lurking just beyond the light. Amazingly the Howl side is even farther removed, but in this spectrum there is a new found peacefulness. The sounds are patient and fleeting, but not as menacing as the Zwischenwelt side. Howl finds beauty in the nebulous void and exposes these sounds for those enjoying the noise filled crevasses. There are points in both compositions that do have similar dark feelings. This really makes the split work so well together.

This split is out on Cruel Bones. A label using a very thoughtful approach to creating music and art. They made this in an edition of fifty, all handmade with screen printed cloth bags and heavy card stock on the inside. Excellent choice in the companionship of Zwischenwelt and Howl as artist. They match each other so well with just enough diversity and substance between their sounds.







Links
Cruel Bones site - facebook - soundcloud
Howl - bandcamp - Grinning Bear
Zwischenwelt - facebook - bandcamp

Thursday, July 21, 2016

Already Dead Tapes and Records - New Releases

Here are three newer cassettes from Already Dead Tapes and Records. They are producing sounds so fast.... checking everyday is the only sure way to keep up. Over two hundred releases and ticking away. Super diverse, something will absolutely resonate if you give the label a listen. Here are a few with words to go along.



Already Dead Tapes site - facebook - bandcamp

talk midway - you wish us both in the water

Hammocks on the beach on a Polynesian island. Memories of the modern world play like samples in your head. The sweet guitar keeps driving thoughts away while the lull of saturated ambiance rolls like waves in the background. Talk Midway unfastens their sound, opening up time for unwinding and settling back. Eventually winding things down into a slow paced dream state. You wish us both in the water, provides duality in pace and creates a listening experience at multiple levels.

The first track of  you wish us both in the water titled "dawn", reminded me of a record of my past by Penguin Cafe Orchestra. The timbre of the guitars and soothing style they both are played, similar too is the mood they create. This comparison dissipates listening through all seven tracks on you wish us both in the water. The pace slows down synchronous with the idea of how Talk Midway wanted this composition to be portrayed. Each track represents a part of a full day, and as the day progresses into night, the music emulates the environment at that time. This is also mirrored on both side of the tape. One being day and the other night. The influence of field recordings throughout the recording adds depth by creating a canvas for the music. There is only just enough, maintaining tethers to the real world from the ambient journey Talk Midway takes us on.

So many releases from Already Dead Tapes and Records. Amazingly being as prolific as the label is, the quality stays as the highest standards, both in sound and art. You wish us both in the water was released in late June in an edition of sixty. Available from Already Dead Tapes and Records. A listening treat for such a hot summer!
 




Already Dead Tapes site - facebook - bandcamp

Damián Anache - Capturas del Único Camino

Sparse and intense, Damián Anache has manipulated real sounds with computers in processes beyond my understanding. Somehow using algorithms to take sounds and distribute them as the digital mind seams fit. Ambient music for AI, or what turns out as a pretty aberrant  affair for human ears. These sounds are never really harsh, more fleeting then completely concentrated. Like moving through an unknown space and as new areas are discovered, fascination or even fear surfaces.

Dived into four quarter of an hour tracks, the musical process stays constant though the entire composition. The first track Paisaje Primero revolves around a scattering of instruments fading in and out of desolation. Paisaje Propio uses computers to wield voice in an array of cohesive method. Paisaje Artificial is the darkest and most removed. Again the methods are the same, but the product evokes a very different response. Finally Paisaje Natural leaves the listener with an almost field like recording of some undiscovered hydraulic event hidden in Earth's mysteries.

Capturas del Único Camino has it's US release here on Already Dead Tapes and Records. This Chicago label has worked together with the label Concepto Cero from Argentina to reach listeners abroad. Released in an edition of one hundred at the end of May 2016. Cassettes are available from Already Dead Tapes and Records.





Already Dead Tapes site - facebook - bandcamp

Rodeo - Dust Bowl

Classifying Dust Bowl to the western frontier works with out question, but at the same time it lumps the entire sound into one genre. Actually Rodeo has composed much more than one genre can encompass. Sure there are the classic cowboy sounds of rich guitar, slide and galloping rhythm. Then, influences of a much bigger world both in time span and location float into Dust Bowl. Pretty mesmerizing as a whole. Rooted in the theme it transcribes, with musical tentacles reaching far.

This cassette plain and simple sounds excellent. There is definitely a theme held in place and this is done with the perfect amount of ingredients. For me, about half the tracks push towards the classic movie soundtrack sound of western cinema. The other half play into this but could be steered in a completely different direction. For example, "Transmissions", "No Man's Land", "Dusted Roads", "Knots on a Rusted Wire" and "Raised On Theses Barren Fields" take on the idea of riding on horseback on the open plain but could be pieces in a modern ambient ensemble with out any feeling of the west at all. Not saying these tracks should not be there, only noting Rodeo is much more than what the name and title portray. Reminds me of Bill Frizell's Ghost Town both in sound and the ability of the musicians.

This one looks like it is well on it's way to selling out from Already Dead Tapes and Records. Astonishingly release number two hundred and one for this Chicago label. In an edition of one hundred and available currently form their store. Don't miss this one, because everyone will enjoy hearing it!





Already Dead Tapes site - facebook - bandcamp

Tuesday, July 19, 2016

MJMJ RECORDS - Newest Cassette Bundle

If you like the best in cassette sounds and style, MJ MJ Records run by Andrew Todryk and artist Nico Stephou have years of experience bringing this to the surface. Done and ready for you now are three well thought out and beautifully crafted tapes bound together by thought and art. This is something you should purchase together and not wait very long to do so. Most all releases sell out at MJ MJ Records and these three tapes have received special love and care. Here are the quick links to what rest inside.





Links
MJ MJ Records site - bandcamp - facebook - twitter 
Nico Stephou 

Grapefruit - Knights Temple

Grapefruit finds home on MJ MJ Records with the release title Knights Temple, completing the third and last cassette in the 2016 Spring Series Bundle. Get this playing during your day and the world will haze over, obscuring the things you need to do with tranquilizing feelings of kicking back and going on a ride.

Big guitar played over funky bass, both speaking some bent string language in harmonic cadence. Knights Temple skirts the edge of dub and uses a gravitational sling, propelling these sounds into late nights filled with undiscovered possibilities. Keep moving when you listen to this, the propensity to sink your self into that comfy seat looms invitingly. Grapefruit has the ability to take care of you one way or another. Different from "Some New Age Bullshit" on the Field Hymns label and even farther off the course from "Twin Reflections" on Sloow Tapes, this MJ MJ Records release is thick and brings new dimensions in sound. I have been trying to put my finger on Knights Temple and had thought of Sun Araw mixed with Expo 70, but played with influences from the 1970's. Futile attempts from my brain using memories in a sound world with no fixed turning point. Charles Salas Humara (Grapefruit) has composed another high end journey for listeners to enjoy. Filled with a consciousness skilled in communicating experience and knowledge in sonic form.

Released in an edition of one hundred on MJ MJ Records. This is the last, arriving in June, for 2016 Spring Series Bundle. Completely different from it's batch mates, but cohesive in a way the label curators Andrew Todryk and Nico Stephou have envisioned. 





Links
MJ MJ Records site - bandcamp - facebook - twitter