Tuesday, January 17, 2012

[VFSL101] Cut Hands – Afro Noise I CD (Album) 2011

Cut Hands – Afro Noise I
Label: Very Friendly – VFSL101, Susan Lawly – VFSL101
Format: CD, Album
Country: UK
Released: 23 May 2011
Genre: Electronic
Style: Abstract, Experimental, African
Copyright (c) – Susan Lawly
Manufactured By – Cargo (2)
Distributed By – Cargo (2)
Artwork [Vévé Art], Liner Notes – Mimsy DeBlois
Mastered By – Denis Blackham
Producer, Written-By, Liner Notes – William Bennett
Instruments: Djembes, Doundouns, Ksings, Acoustic Drums, Microphones, Brass, Eko M-20, Alesis Airsynth, Alesis AirFX, Yamaha G10, Roland Juno-106, Roland Jupiter 8.
Recorded from 2003 to 2011 in Edinburgh, London, New York.
Released with a 16pp booklet with "special texts" (liner notes) and vévé artwork.

1 Welcome To The Feast Of Trumpets 2:03
2 Stabbers Conspiracy 5:58
3 Rain Washes Over Chaff 4:12
4 Nzambi Ia Lufua 2:39
5 Who No Know Go Knows 4:08
6 ++++ (Four Crosses) 3:00
7 Backlash 1:54
8 Shut Up And Bleed 4:29
9 Munkisi Munkondi 5:01
10 Impassion 3:01
11 Ezili Freda 3:42
12 Bia Mintatu 6:51
13 Rain Washes Away Every Thing 2:38

Whitehouse's William Bennett indulges his passion for Congolese and Ghanaian percussion on a brilliant debut as Cut Hands. 'Afro Noise' is (surprisingly) relatively short on Noise, but heavy on the African rhythms which form the core of the majority of tracks. The drums are largely suffused and rendered with spacious, industrial-sounding reverbs but played with a polyrhythmic, African sleight of groove which has completely got our attention, while the noise element is well tempered and ranges from atmospheric texturing to immersive drones and even more symphonic electronics. We've not had a chance to spend long with this but it's genuinely impressive from initial listens. Make sure to check the samples! TIP!

[ABX 050] Haxan Cloak, The – The Haxan Cloak CD (Album) 2011

Haxan Cloak, The – The Haxan Cloak
Label: Aurora Borealis – ABX050
Format: CD, Album
Country: UK
Released: 2011
Genre: Rock
Style: Noise, Avantgarde

1 Raven's Lament
2 An Archaic Device
3 Burning Torches Of Despair
4 Disorder
5 The Fall
6 The Growing
7 In Memoriam
8 Parting Chant

*Thick card gatefold jacket* Beguiling, unsettling and deeply mysterious, The Haxan Cloak's eponymous debut album is a riveting experience. In case Demdike Stare hadn't inspired you to read up on the pre-1900 occult, the term "Häxan" is an old German word for witchcraft, a theme shared by the two artists besides their northern English latitude (which would technically intersect with northern Germany, geography geeks!). But for that, and the monotone artwork aside, The Haxan Cloak takes a very different approach to his craft, one rooted in his studies in sound art and more concerned with "the very real potential and power of the actual physical properties of sound" he can elicit from treated strings and primal percussion, and the space between them. His unrevealed, alchemical processes summon an immersive spectrum of ethereal drones and often shocking sounds, from the nerve-jangling, near-infrasonic subbass fluctuations of 'Fall', to the stereo-dynamic fata morgana of 'The Growing'. Occuring at the apex of the album, this astonishing track is a work of pure black magic sorcery, transporting us through a digital wormhole into shuddering, hallucinatory electro-acoustics and heart-quaking subs to a climax of percussion recalling both Zoviet*France and Scorn. Equally, when focussed on strings the effect is vividly arresting, like with the petrified drones of 'In Memoriam' or the sustained dissonance of 'Parting Chant', both achieving something more than just an evocative cinematic appeal. There's a more hallucinatory and abstract narrative to these compositions, which may be dissipated with leaden concrete imagery. The finely rendered mixing and dynamics create an illusory space all of their own, much akin to Raime's breathtaking gothic architectures, but probably more connected with the likes of KTL and Sunn 0))) overlord, Stephen O'Malley. A massive recommendation.

Monday, January 16, 2012

[SCH 079, DUCD02] Phoenecia – Demissions CD (Album) 2011

Phoenecia – Demissions
Label: Schematic – SCH079, Detroit Underground – DUCD02
Format: CD, Album
Country: US
Released: 14 Jun 2011
Genre: Electronic
Style: Dub, IDM, Experimental, Ambient

Copyright (c) – Schematic Music Company
Published By – Light Of Man
Design – Josh Kay*
Mastered By [Uncredited] – Dietrich Schoeneman*
Recorded By – Josh Kay*, Romulo Del Castillo

1 Two-Part Invention For Bodhran & Computer 12:29
2 Nostrum Remedium 8:51
3 Frendano  4:49
    Tabla, Vocals – Fernando Subirats  
4 Seba 5:48
5 Dogness 5:11
6 Aunt Alice 6:11
7 Gesundheit 8:54
8 IV Port 4:31
9 Mushroom Cloud Over Miami 5:54
10 Livelihoods 10:31

*The long-awaited return of Warp luminaries and intricate electronic pioneers - Phoenecia.* Phoenicia, or Joshua Kay and Romulo Del Castillo (fka Soul Oddity) present their long-awaited new album with the hollowed, abstract electro-acoustic rhythm architecture of 'Demissions'. The complexities of 'Two-Part Invention For Bodhran & Computer' open proceedings with dynamic manipulations of classic gaelic percussion acrobatically twisting for over 12 minutes like some extended Autechre exercise in hyperspace. Further in they work with percussionist Fernando Subirats on 'Frendano', a moodier piece working on down-stroked polyrhythms and sheer, angular electronics like one of Burnt Friedman's secret rhythms from the future. They're equally adept at the beatless stuff, too. 'Gesundheit' displays a darkly emotive feel for symphonic arrangement, as does their re-interpretation of Kettel's 'Dogan', called 'Dogness', but their malleable approach to beat processing is their best attribute, from the elasticated electrons of 'IV Port' and the bombastic Hip Hop movement of 'Mushroom Cloud Over Miami' to the intricate, frenetic syncopation of 'Livlihoods', destined to leave the most demanding beat freaks twitching in their computer chair. Good to have them back.

Sunday, January 15, 2012

[eMEGO 136] Mark Van Hoen – The Revenant Diary CD (Album) 2012

Mark Van Hoen – The Revenant Diary
Label: Editions Mego – eMEGO 136
Format: CD, Album
Country: Austria
Released: Jan 2012
Genre: Electronic
Style: Downtempo, Experimental, Ambient
Composed By, Instruments, Other [Processed By] – Mark Van Hoen
Design – Stephen O'Malley
Vocals [Additional Vocals] – Georgia Belmont

1 Look Into My Eyes 4:22
2 Garabndl x 3:56
3 Don't Look Back 4:16
4 I Remember 5:50
5 No Distance (Except The One Between You And Me) 3:37
6 37/3d 6:20
7 Where Were You 4:40
8 Why Hide From Me 2:49
9 Unknown Host 4:16
10 Laughing Stars At Night 4:36
11 Holy Me 9:36

A very welcome return for Mark Van Hoen, the Seefeel founder member best known his ambient techno work as Locust and under his own name on Apollo and R&S in the mid-90s. The Revenant Diary, his first release on Peter Rehberg's Editions Mego, follows last year's fine City Centre Offices set Where Is The Truth, and explores similarly deep electronic sound-worlds, but it's less obviously song-based, and has different origin: while remastering some of his earliest recordings, Van Hoen was struck by the simplicity of a recording he made in 1982, a reel-to-reel experiment that, through serendipity as much as anything else, achieved a truly spooky, spellbinding result. Freshly inspired and reconnected to his young music-making self, he resolved to make his new record on 4-track using a minimal set-up. The resulting album is recognisable Van Hoen - all decaying drones, star-gazing synths, hypnotic rhythm and richly layered crackle - but there's a directness and an honesty to it that is palpable and refreshing even out of context. It's truly haunting music, with memory as its central theme - particularly powerful is the swirling 'Don't Look Back', and the epic closer 'Holy Me', a layered collage of voices reminiscent of Peter Christopherson's work in Coil and with CoH. Amazing cover art from Stephen O'Malley too.

mark van hoen - the revenant diary (album preview) by experimedia

[GEpH 005 CDM] Moon Wiring Club – Clutch It Like A Gonk + Gonk Edition CD (Album+ Mini-Album) 2011

Moon Wiring Club – Clutch It Like A Gonk: Gonk Edition
Label: Gecophonic Audio Systems – GEpH005CDM
Format: CD, Album+  Mini-Album
Country: UK
Released: 09 Dec 2011
Genre: Electronic
Style: Experimental

There is no tracklist on the covers or CD itself
"Keep your wits about you."

Clutch It Like A Gonk (Album)

1 Tricky Transmission 2:13
2 Elizabethan Automata 4:35
3 Infernal Devices 1:56
4 Gonk Operetta 3:23
5 Terrible Nuptials 1:07
6 Special Nougat 3:10
7 Churchyard Style 3:56
8 Garden Get-Together 1:33
9 Spellcasting Summat 4:19
10 Always A Party 2:18
11 Sentiant Topiary 1:51
12 Tudorbethan Jobbernowl 1:55
13 Dress To Decorate Summer Evenings 3:59
14 Darling Homunculus 3:49
15 Get There By Bus 3:53
16 Return To Ghost Area 2:49
17 On The Rooftops 3:41
18 You Dreamt Me Up 2:47
19 Strangewood Fair 4:24
20 That Foggy Feeling 3:17
21 A Trifle Sinister 1:36
22 Celestial Wolf Bounce 5:08

3" CD Bundle (Mini-Album)
1 Untitled 1:01
2 Untitled 1:06
3 Untitled 1:00
4 Untitled 1:03
5 Untitled 0:55
6 Untitled 0:58
7 Untitled 1:02
8 Untitled 0:59
9 Untitled 0:57
10 Untitled 0:50
11 Untitled 0:45
12 Untitled 1:07
13 Untitled 1:07
14 Untitled 0:55
15 Untitled 0:44
16 Untitled 0:58
17 Untitled 0:47
18 Untitled 0:55
19 Untitled 0:52
20 Untitled 0:50
21 Untitled 0:56
22 Untitled 1:01

Ian Hodgson returns with a brand new Moon Wiring Club album, bundled with a 3" cd of additional, beatless, hugely engrossing material. Despite using more or less the same setup (a Playstation 2 running "Music") - the production values have seen a big bump on "Clutch It Like A Gonk". There's still a nostalgic trace-echo permeating through the pores of these tracks (that is the essence of Hauntology, is it not?), but the tempo has been nudged, the percussion has become much more heavy-hitting and the whole thing is covered with a modern sheen (despite the typical, brilliantly unhinged retro-manic artwork) that's previously only been hinted at on MWC releases. "Churchyard Style" situates itself positively in between a halfstep bass drop and Araabmuzik style syncopation, with a cascading melody keeping everything properly unbalanced. "Spellcasting Summat" takes on a UKG template before rolling in with some dislodged vocal snippets and tripped-out effects, while "Get There By Bus" almost sounds like Shackleton on a Radiophonic jaunt. The real star of the show, however, is the 3" CD of miniatures that's included in this bundle. It's already been described as "sounding a bit like Boards Of Canada's short, beatless intervals" - and although there's certainly a similarly de-tuned and spectral quality to these pieces (there are 22 of them, clocking in at about a minute each) - there's a more unsettling essence to these tracks, reminding us of Position Normal and SAWII (especially on Track 8) - without really sounding like either. Of course, the package looks just sublime, with more of that intricate and super-distinctive MWC artwork, and although the whole project seems to have a kind of cultural pastiche at its core, we reckon that Ian Hodgson might really be onto something a bit new here - and as such we reckon this is easily his best set of tracks to date. Highly recommended!

[home n024] Marihiko Hara – Credo CD (Album) 2011

Marihiko Hara – Credo
Label: Home Normal – home n024
Format: CD, Album, Limited Edition
Country: UK
Released: 16 Jun 2011
Genre: Electronic
Style: Glitch, Experimental
Design – Jeremy Bible
Mastered By – Ian Hawgood*
Photography By – Ian Hawgood*
Written-By, Mixed By – Marihiko Hara
500 copies.

1 Mirage 3:21
2 Credo I 3:32
3 Credo II 3:41
4 Credo III 5:34
5 Terra Incognita 2:16
6 Trio 4:06
7 Credo IV 3:48
8 Credo V 4:50
9 Credo VI 6:02
10 Alter Ego 4:30

"I first came across Marihiko Hara’s work in 2007, with his ‘Cesura’ release on the excellent Italian net-label – Zymogen. It really drew me in more than most other work that was doing the rounds at the same time. It had the sort of organic details and attention to beautiful subtle developments that I had only really heard in offthesky and Nicolas Bernier before (both label mates on Zymogen I should add). It became my soundtrack to that year and an album I returned to almost daily during the winter months. After this I followed Marihiko’s work carefully, from his rather fantastic 2009 ‘Icon’ release on Cotton Goods to his recent ‘Prosa’ collaboration with Tomas Phillips on Tench Records.
I’m not entirely sure when we first got in touch or who instigated it, but its been a few years now and seeing Marihiko’s evolution and careful development has been a joy to behold. He then completely flummoxed me when askingif I would consider releasing a heavily beat-led record. My only prerequisite was that the beats were made organically, not just some obvious drum machine or sample. Marihiko’s request came at a time when both Ben and myself really wanted Home Normal to push on from its comfortable surroundings that so many labels, artists and possibly listeners for that matter, wish to reside – and keep things evolving, changing and as such more meaningful for us. After averaging 10 or so drone demos a day at the time, the initial mixes for Credo were sent. I was in England in this period with Ben, tieing up the latest Home Normal work. I recall that we were actually driving to pick up packing materials and decided to make it a demo listening time and that we would do ‘blind’ listens. At some point in the journey, Credo was put on and the car journey ended up being far longer as we wanted to do repeat listens. Amongst excited expressions over just how much we loved the record, was a mutual agreement that this was exactly the kind of music we wanted to put out, and exactly the kind of music which needed to be heard by one of the most talented young producers around today."

marhiko hara - credo (album preview) by experimedia

Tuesday, January 3, 2012

Secret Thirteen Mix 005 – Anduin

Secret Thirteen Mix 005 – Anduin

Secret Thirteen Mix 005” is a one hour diverse musical compilation consisting of forthcoming and released works of the last twenty years that were composed by notable innovative and intellectual musicians.

The author of the mix is Richmond, VA (United States) based musician and installation artist Jonathan Lee, better known as Anduin. He also owns a record label “SMTG Limited” and participates in “Souvenir’s Young America” band as keyboardist and sound programmer. Anduin has worked with Jasper TX, James Plotkin, Svarte Greiner (Erik K. Skodvin), Stephen Vitiello and after releasing five quality based ambient, experimental and electronic style albums, he definitely carries now a considerable baggage of musical knowledge.

“Secret Thirteen Mix 005” is a volatile musical selection which explores numerous individual styles. With constantly shifting sounding and timbre an artist lets us hear a colorful palette of unique musicians such as Autechre, Lawrence English, Tom Waits or John Zorn in a different way. Capricious music is blended into graceful entirety by subtle retaining practically full-length works and mixing shortly but carefully. This selection contains everything what could be needed – from delaying guitars, world instruments, glitched sound effects and piano melodies to floating atmospheres and volatile rhythmic. Starting with the jazzy mood track Jonathan instantly turns listener to expect unexpected. Progressively increased musical tension in the first quarter is suddenly changed into waving atmospheres, resilient melodies. While ghostly rhythmic structures and abyss vocals take the whole third quarter, sweeping pad textures evolve into dramatic cinematographic ending with viscous piano drops. It is mellow and mature music where quality is a guaranty.

“Secret Thirteen Mix 005” is like surreal journey through chaotic maze of subconsciousness in the Andes’ cloud forest.

Anduin’s Stolen Years (LP/CD/Prints) new album is coming on March 2012.


1. John Zorn – In The Temple Of Hadjarim [Tzadik, 1999]
2. Nemeth – Field [Thrill Jockey, 2008]
3. Autechre – Second Peng [Warp, 1995]
4. Lawrence English + Stephen Vitiello – Christening The Blackbird [Cronica, 2011]
5. Anduin – I Come From Mockingbird States [SMTG, 2012]
6. Oren Ambarchi – Remedios The Beauty [Touch, 2004]
7. So Percussion – Work Slow Life [Cantaloupe, 2006]
8. Tom Waits – The Ocean Doesn’t Want Me [Island, 1992]
9. Grails – Erosion Blues [Important, 2006]
10. Slow News Day In The Vampire World – Untitled Two [Unreleased]
11. Slow News Day In The Vampire World – Untitled Eleven [Unreleased]
12. Anduin – The Number Twenty Seven [SMTG, 2011]
13. Roll The Dice – Dark Thirty [Leaf, 2011]

[LVS 001] Various – Leaving Eleven 2011

Various – Leaving Eleven
Label: Leaves (2) – LVS001
Format: 17 × File, MP3
Country: Lithuania
Released: 30 Dec 2011
Genre: Electronic
Style: Dub Techno, Dub, Glitch, Drone, Experimental, Ambient, IDM, Downtempo, Minimal
Artwork By, Management – Tomas Toleikis
Compiled By – Egidijus Kausylas (Egg)
Mastered By – Emery

1 Pleq – Someone Like Comes Into Your Life (feat. Fraqsea)
    Featuring – Fraqsea
2 Sonmi451 – Tohoku
3 Sense – Mysoul Transition
4 Krill.Minima – Sonnenbad
5 Ninestein – Papa November
6 Yvat – Equant Mirror
7 New Honey Shade, The – Human Energy
8 Maps And Diagrams – We Are Not Here To Protect You
9 Joel Tammik – Maa Lugu
10 Mind Over Midi – What On Earth
11 Pawn (3) – Discolored Photograph Out-Take
12 Green Kingdom, The – The Largest Creature (Dub)
13 Digitonal – Polaris
14 Sraunus – Begales
15 Sleepy Town Manufacture – Pinqwyj
16 IJO – 3001 Feets Under
17 Hobo Cubes – Systems Expired

Leaves is a new net.label. from Lithuania which consist of artists from many places on this earth, our ways crossed on purpose. We believe in diversity and the strength of art and we work towards crossing borders and connecting people... If you have any further questions or concerns contact us!  

Our dears, New Year is one of the most important and most beautiful holidays with lots of joy, belief and sincerity. Therefore on this occasion we have prepared you a gift – our first release: LEAVING ELEVEN (LVS001), various artists compilation of 17 great quality IDM, Ambient, Drone, Glitch, Electronic tracks, is out now!

Seventeen different artists with different visions on electronics from all over the world: Digitonal, Hobo Cubes, IJO, Joel Tammik, Krill.Minima, Maps And Diagrams, Mind Over Midi, Ninestein, Pawn, Pleq, Sense, Sleppy Town Manufacture, Sonmi451, Sraunus, The Green Kingdom, The New Honey Shade, Yvat. We would like to thank all the artists involved in this release for their good work, and all the people who support us.

Download: MP3 | FLAC
LEAVING ELEVEN by Tomas Toleikis

Monday, January 2, 2012

[ABX 031] Grumbling Fur – Furrier CD (Album) 2011

Grumbling Fur – Furrier
Label: Aurora Borealis – ABX031
Format: CD
Country: UK
Released: 15 Aug 2011
Genre: Rock
Style: Acid Rock, Psychedelic Rock, Experimental
Bass, Vibrations – Eetu Henttonen
Drums, Percussion – David J. Smith*
Guitar, Bass, Voice – Jussi Lehtisalo
Guitar, Mandolin, Voice, Electronics – Alexander Tucker
Guitars, Rhodes, Voice, Percussion, Flute, Keyboards, Electronics – Daniel O'Sullivan
Illustrations – Alexander Tucker
Layout – Andrew Hartwell
Post-production And Arrangements – Antti Uusimaki, Daniel O'Sullivan
Rhodes, Modular Synth, Audio Treatments, Electronics – Antti Uusimaki
Daniel O'Sullivan: Guitars, Rhodes, Voice, Percussion, Flute, Keyboards, Electronics. Alexander Tucker: Guitar, Mandolin, Voice, Electronics. Antti Uusimaki: Rhodes, Modular Synth, Audio Treatments, Electronics. Jussi Lehtisalo: Guitar, Bass, Voice. David J. Smith: Drums, Percussion. Eetu Henttonen: Bass, Vibrations.
Illustrations by Alexander Tucker. Layout Andrew Hartwell. Recorded using a pair of Beyer m160 ribbon microphones in deep dark south London. Overdubs at Anti-establishment by Danial O'Sullivan, Alexander Tucker & Antti Uusimaki. Post -production and arrangements by Daniel O'Sullivan & Antti Uusimaki.

1 Furfather
2 A Little Cloud
3 Under Fur Moon
4 Curing Hides
5 Green Garden Fur
6 Sommaren Är Här
7 Orb Of The Woods
8 Talvi On Tulossa
9 Bears Wandering Into Milky Chapel
10 The Blessing
11 Eye Of The Bovine Sunset
12 Nomadic Mirage
13 Siberian Priest
14 Furfather's Lament

**Now available on vinyl - includes MP3 download code redeemable from the label** Grumbling Fur is a pysch-folk supergroup of sorts comprising Daniel O'Sullivan (Æthenor, Guapo, Mothlite), Alexander Tucker, Antti Uusimaki (Mothlite, Panic DHH), Jussi Lehtisalo (Circle, Pharoah Overlord), and David Smith (Guapo, The Stargazers Assistant). 'Furrier' is the result of a one day improv session conducted in deep dark south London, and features the group converging within a whirlpool of ideas touching on krautrock mantras, primal rhythmic patterning and smoked-out psych blooms. The results of the session were combed through by O'Sullivan and Uusimaki at a later date after they'd been left to ferment, and what appears on this album would appear to be those most fertile bits which sprouted strange fungi and emitted the most hypnotic appeal. The dual vocals of O'Sullivan and Tucker are a defining feature, but the masterful, metamorphosing fluidity of their instrumental play is just staggeringly attuned and requires your attention at the nearest possible opportunity if you're into anything from Barn Owl to Æthenor or The Haxan Cloak. Recommended!

Grumbling Fur - Under Fur Moon by Fluid Radio

[SFT 010] Oneohtrix Point Never – Replica CD (Album) 2011

Oneohtrix Point Never – Replica
Label: Software Records – SFT 010
Format: CD, Album, Digisleeve
Country: US
Released: 11 Nov 2011
Genre: Electronic
Style: Leftfield, Abstract, IDM

Engineer, Mixed By – Al Carlson
Illustration [Back Cover Skull] – DL*, HFF
Illustration [Front Cover Illustration By - 1936] – Virgil Finlay
Layout – Jesper Eklow, Theres Wegmann
Mastered By – Joe Lambert
Music By [All Music By] – Daniel Lopatin
Producer – Al Carlson, DL*, Joel Ford

1 Andro 3:56
2 Power Of Persuasion 3:30
3 Sleep Dealer 3:10
4 Remember 3:19
5 Replica 4:36
6 Nassau 4:43
7 Submersible 3:49
8 Up 3:57
9 Child Soldier 3:12
10 Explain 6:45

Arriving like some blockbuster sequel to 'Returnal', Oneohtrix Point Never's eagerly anticipated 'Replica' sucks us deep into a simulated 4.1 world fantasia. Most strikingly, his sonic palette is far broader than before, adding piano keys, Techno beats and somersaulting glitch edits with a fancier, hi-tech studio-honed sound design, articulating a more kinetic, progressive vision of timeless electronica. There's a palpable sense that he's excitedly exploring every option afforded him by the Mexican Summer studios, immersing himself and us in a vivid off-planet adventure every bit as sincerely lush and awe-inspiring as previous solo outings, but moving out of the shadows of his over-referenced influences and into the light of a stranger, alien sun. There are still obvious reminders of David Byrne & Brian Eno's 'My Life In The Bush Of Ghosts' or Eno and Jon Hassell's 'Possible Musics' and moments of Sakamoto-esque sublime, but there's also traces of Nicholas Collins' stutter-circuits and the digital dreams of mid-eighties Chris Carter. To be honest, we've not had a chance to spend much time with 'Replica' (sort it out promo people!), but we can guarantee it's going to be getting much closer inspection. From initial impressions it's hugely promising!

Oneohtrix Point Never - Replica by Mexican Summer

[WHITEBOX 011] Richard A Ingram – Happy Hour CD (Album) 2011

Richard A Ingram – Happy Hour
Label: White Box – WHITEBOX 011
Format: CD, Album, Limited Edition
Country: UK
Released: 01 Jun 2011
Genre: Electronic
Style: Drone, Experimental

Agile Drone 
Truncheon Tree 
Chaos Fortifier 
Retro Morph

if you would like a copy please email at mail@richardaingram.co.uk
Richard A.Ingram returns with an engrossing, desolate and cinematic suite of recordings that expand his vision of mildewed and mottled doom ambience after last years excellent debut album 'Consolamentum'. Like its predecessor, the machinations of Ingram's underworld are left to the imagination; there's no clear origin to his sounds, everything is obfuscated in a murk, creating that palpable feeling of fear one might find when waking up in the middle of the night, before your eyes adjust to the darkness. The first instance of 'Agile Drone' slowly rises through murky tape noise to pass through unseen acousmatics and filtered piano until a booming bass shocks us into a sort of paralysis, the fear intensified by immobility while uncontrollable apparitions swirl at the peripheries. Next 'Truncheon Tree' slightly dissipates the unease with an ethereal passage of almost Rhythm & Sound-like dub delays and piano peering out of misty atmospheres, the expert mastering from Taylor Deupree evidently enhancing the parameters of this illusory space. The final tracks, entitled 'Chaos Fortifier' and 'Retro Morph', venture into realms of aural perversity akin to the compelling yet disturbing visuals of Gaspar Noe ('Enter The Void' and 'Irreversible'), also recalling the soundtrack by Jean-Claude Eloy or BJ Nilsen & Stillupsteypa with chilling precision. There's so much of this sort of doomed ambience around these days - but Ingram really does slot into the top tier. Recommended.

WHITEBOX011 - Richard A Ingram 'Happy Hour' CD Sampler by whitebox

[GBX 015 LP] The Advisory Circle - As The Crow Flies LP (Album) 2011

Advisory Circle, The – As The Crow Flies
Label: Ghost Box – GBX015 LP
Format: Vinyl, LP, Album
Country: UK
Released: 08 Jul 2011
Genre: Electronic
Style: Leftfield, Musique Concrète, Experimental, Ambient

Phonographic Copyright (p) – Belbury Music – 2011
Phonographic Copyright (p) – State51 Conspiracy, The – 2011
Copyright (c) – Ghost Box – 2011
Composed By, Mastered By – Jon Brooks
Cover [Design] – Julian House
Liner Notes – Ronald Hutton
Realised at New YattSounds.
"The Patchwork Explains" is dedicated to the memory of Trish Keenan.
Orders from the official web store come with a downloadable zip file including the full album in VBR MP3 or FLAC format (with the two extra tracks available on CD) plus the artwork in pdf.
Durations are taken from files.

A1 Logotone I - Decisions 0:15
A2 Now Ends The Beginning 3:28
A3 Here! In The Wychwoods 3:10
A4 The Patchwork Explains 2:54
A5 Everyday Hazards 2:50
A6 Ceridwen 1:16
A7 As The Crow Flies 4:27
A8 Innocence Elsewhere 1:31
A9 Logotone II - The New Traffic Signs 0:06
B1 Modern Through Movement 2:39
B2 Learning Owl Reappears 3:54
B3 Further Starry Wisdom 2:35
B4 We Cleanse This Space 2:37
B5 Beyond The Wychelm 4:35
B6 Logotone III - Eyes Inside You 0:09
B7 Route Along 18 Corners 2:52
B8 Wheel Of The Year 5:03

The Advisory Circle's 2008 album Other Channels is one of the best things Ghost Box have ever released, and having kept himself busy since then with various releases on his own Cafe Kaput label, Jon Brooks is now back in AC mode to drop the eagerly awaited follow-up, As The Crow Flies - and what a fiendishly good record it is. As ever with this project, the primary inspiration is the sinister undertones of public information films and wyrd 70s TV broadcasting in general, but As The Crow Flies charts less obviously sample-based territory than its predecessor; this outing is a little less about those hauntological ambiences and paternal monologues (though they're still very much attendant), more about composition and songcraft, with elaborate synthesizer arrangements and elegant folky inflections aplenty. An agreeable psychedelic whimsy characterises the record, but it's not all library music twee; you never know when there's going to be a handbrake-turn into darkness, dissoluton and abstraction: see 'Modern Through Movement', which is proto-techno by way of Berlin school kosmische, and especially 'We Cleanse This Space', a truly eerie, inspired concoction of reverbed children's choir and limpid afro-dub percussion. Hell, closing number 'Lonely Signalman' is nothing short of vocodered pop. This is perhaps As The Crow Flies' greatest achievement: that it manages to adhere to the very specific rules and requirements of the Ghost Box universe while also representing a hefty artistic leap forward for its maker. Terrific stuff.

The Advisory Circle - As The Crow Flies (Clips) by Ghost Box

[OSI 007] The Boats - The Ballad Of The Eagle CD (Album) 2011

Boats, The – The Ballad Of The Eagle
Label: Our Small Ideas – OSI007
Format: CD, Album, Limited Edition
Country: UK
Released: 2011
Genre: Classical, Electronic
Style: Modern Classical, Ambient

Banjo – Joseph Borreson
Cello, Saw – Danny Norbury
Electronics, Performer [Acoustics], Tape, Effects – Boats, The
Voice – Yasuhiko Fukuzono
This is for the ones we love.
OSI007 A Boats Achievements Book
There are now over 220 Boats titles covering a wide range of subjects and listening ages.
Comes in a handmade and hand-stamped cardboard envelope, and inside the CD in a slipcase.

1 Invisible Orchestras 3:27
2 Dusty Rooms 3:42
3 If I May Trespass On Your Patience 2:18
4 Omissions For You To Fill In 5:13
5 I Can't Read Your Morse Code Heartbeat 4:04
6 I'm Not A Pessimist, I'm Sad 2:21
7 Chance Meetings At Train Stations 5:04
8 Great Intentions 5:13
9 The Days We Didn't Spend 3:37

Perfectly poised for autumnal gratification, The Boats present their first new material in a while with new album 'The Ballad Of The Eagle'. They're still a trio - Andrew Hargreaves, Craig Tattersall and Danny Norbury - and ever refining their craft to a sort of ritual somnambulant magic. For this outing they're also augmented by two special contributions, Yasuhiko Fukuzono's vocals and Joseph Borreson's Banjo, expanding their palette of electronic and acoustic instrumentation to a (very) small orchestra's worth of rich and supernaturally spatialised tones. Travelling through the album, that comforting sense of deepest blue melancholia is omnipresent, but quite often slips beyond their usual boundaries into out-and-out darkness. This mood sets the tone of opener 'Invisible Orchestras' until a swooning cello resolution and the spirit-raising machine-tooled miniature 'Dusty Rooms'. Here on in we oscillate gently between tape-hiss enigmas 'If I May Trespass On Your Patience', to quietly breathtaking, noirish drone-pop 'Omissions For You To Fill In' with sterling vocal input from Yasuhiko and Danny Norbury's Cello to the album centrepiece 'I Can't Read Your Morse Code Heartbeat', a seductively dark piece of keys and sanguine strings swaddled by electro-acoustic pulse patterns. The second half is signalled by the matter-of-fact bleakness of 'I'm Not A Pessimist, I'm Sad', and one of their most beautiful radiophonic techno pieces 'Chance Meeting At Train Stations', concluding with the warbling, edge-of-disintegration keys, drawn strings and tape hiss in 'The Days We Didn't Spend'.

The Boats - The Ballad Of The Eagle - I Can't Read Your Morse Code Heartbeat (our small ideas) by pdis_inpartmaint
The Boats - The Ballad Of The Eagle - Great Intentions (our small ideas) by pdis_inpartmaint
  The Boats - The Days We Didn't Spend by Fluid Radio

[KK: 025] Janek Schaefer – Phoenix & Phaedra Holding Patterns CD (Album) 2011

Janek Schaefer – Phoenix & Phaedra Holding Patterns
Label: Spekk – KK: 025
Format: CD, Album
Country: Japan
Released: 05 Aug 2011
Genre: Electronic
Style: Drone, Ambient
Liner Notes – Janek Schaefer
One hour concert composition for hand held radios, FM transmitter, four corner PA, foundsound, and Shruti drone box. Commissioned by A Thing About Machines festival 2009. Recorded at St. John The Baptist Church, Coventry, UK.
Recording dedicated to Janek's newborn son, Phoenix.
Full-color heavy cardboard wallet.

1 On Air 11:58
2 Cyan Sees Through You 8:05
3 Eyrie Of The Phoenix 2:26
4 Red Plumes 10:52
5 Eyes Close In Heaven 4:48
6 Love Calls Us To The Things Of This World 18:17

born son Phoenix, and is dedicated to him".with it's lulling and engulfing energies. I wrote the work to celebrate the arrival of my new spatial sonorities, and the Shruti Box, an Indian drone instrument, which plays a central role pure sonic-cinema experience. The composition weaves together foundsound textures, of sight at the back of the concert hall, the spectacle of the performer is removed, leaving a broadcasts to a collection of small hand held radios given out to the audience. Performed out immersive sound system in combination with a short range radio transmitter, which pressure waves. Phoenix and Phaedra is a live concert composition, performed by using an “Close your eyes, we are engulfed by an ethereal tapestry of invisible radio and sound (2004) etc. Schaefer, The British Composer of the Year (Sonic Art 2008), Prix Ars Electronica winner SPEKK is proud to announce the release of British composer and installation artist Janek

Our hour composition for hand held radios. FM transmitter, four corner PA, foundsound, and Shruti drone box, Commissioned by Thing About Machines festival 2009. Recorded at St John the Baptist Church, Coventry, UK.

[ZORN 14] J.D. Emmanuel – Trance-Formations I: Ancient Minimal Meditations (1986) Vinyl 2011

J.D. Emmanuel – Trance-Formations I: Ancient Minimal Meditations
Label: Aguirre Records – ZORN14, North Star Productions – NSP-2004
Format: Vinyl, LP, Limited Edition
Country: Belgium
Released: 18 May 2011
Genre: Electronic
Style: Minimal, Ambient
Composed By, Performer, Recorded By, Photography By – J.D. Emmanuel*
Recorded between 1981-1985.

A1 Part I: Morning Worship 5:26
A2 Part II: Midday Attunement 12:33
B1 Part III: Evening Devotional 7:12
B2 Part IV: Midnight Meditation 10:27

in stock (aguirrecords)
**Limited edition of 400. 160g vinyl housed in full colour thick card sleeve** A gorgeous, forgotten classic of new age synth introspection from '81-'85 excavated and reissued by Belgium's Aguirre imprint - home to the similarly reclined Lieven Martens. 'Trance-Formations I: Ancient Minimal Meditations' revolves around a conceptual cycle following the course of the day. Inevitably it starts at 'Morning Worship', brewing slow rhythmic patterns which radiate shimmering melodies, before the strolling pulses of 'Midday Attunement' meander under woozy, modulating tones seductively swirling in stereo formation. If that sounds a bit similar to lots of other synth music of the era, it's because it is, but there's an attuned grace and and deliciously squashed vibe individual to his sound here. However, matters become much more engrossing and distinguished on the other side. On 'Evening Devotional' a gurgling mass of tones beautifully bends just in-and-out of focus as melancholy keys gently ascend and descend, enveloping our ears in a molten Sequential Circuits Pro-One goop, and 'Midnight Meditation' sustains a lingering, quietly plangent resonance into the depths of the night. "Somewhere hidden in the deepest part of the Self is that special place where One can go within to the most ancient part of one's Self and connect with the origin of Self. Ancient Minimal Meditations reaches into that special place of creation of the Self and its Oneness with the Creator of All."

Sunday, January 1, 2012

[WARP CD 219] Cant – Dreams Come True CD (Album) 2011

Cant  – Dreams Come True
Label: Warp Records – WARPCD219
Format: CD, Album, Digipak
Country: UK
Released: 12 Sep 2011
Genre: Electronic, Folk, World, & Country
Style: Abstract, Experimental
Record Company – Terrible Records – WARPCD219
Drums – Dave Treut (tracks: 9), Thomas Hedlund (tracks: 1, 2, 9)
Instrumentation By – Chris Taylor (7), George Lewis Jr.
Percussion – Guillermo Brown (tracks: 9)
Piano – Aaron Parks (tracks: 9, 10)
Recorded By, Mixed By, Producer – Chris Taylor (7)
Vocals – Chris Taylor (7)

1 Too Late, Too Far
2 Believe
3 The Edge
4 Bang
5 (Broken Collar)
6 She Found A Way Out
7 Answer
8 Dreams Come True
9 Rises Silent
10 Bericht

Chris Taylor, and his masterful production talent, has forged many a great record as a band member and producer with Grizzly Bear and Department of Eagles; a producer with Dirty Projectors, Twin Shadow and the Morning Benders. But CANT's Dreams Come True is his first record as the frontman. The offerings of a songwriter we're glad to know exists, and the arrangements of an instrumentalist that's stunned for the better part of a decade, Dreams Come True is an unflinching examination of a future-thinking aesthetic amalgamated with contemporary pop music accessibility. Wonderful.

[PUBINF 001] ADR – Solitary Pursuits Vinyl (Mini-Album) 2011

ADR – Solitary Pursuits
Label: Public Information – PUBINF001
Format: Vinyl, Mini-Album, Limited Edition
Country: UK
Released: 18 Sep 2011
Genre: Electronic
Style: New Age, Abstract, Drone, Ambient

Composed By – Aaron David Ross
Design – Aaron David Ross, Remote Location
Photography By, Artwork – Mike Vallera
Recorded By – Aaron David Ross
Written-By – Aaron David Ross
Recorded at home during winter2010-11, using a Sequential Circuits Pro One, Roland SH-101, Roland Juno, Sequential Circuits Multitrak, 4-track Cassette & Computer. Vox on "Post PC" sampled from "Einzelganger"

A1 Codex
A2 Jupiter Rising
A3 Sand Timer
A4 Post PC
B1 Sidewinder
B2 Univox
B3 Mercury Retrograde
B4 Solitary Pursuits

http://www.discogs.com/ADR-Solitary-Pursuits/release/3133121    http://boomkat.com/vinyl/451280-adr-solitary-pursuits
Already spoken about in excitable tones, 'Solitary Pursuits' is the opening gambit on a very promising new label - Public Information, "A survey of electronics... noise... psych... industrial... house... dub... wyrd-pop... library... techno... art+design from the last seven decades..." Well, they evidently know the right buttons to push and the people who push them, selecting Aaron David Ross (ADR), a Brooklyn-based multimedia artist best known as half of Fright/Merok's Gatekeeper for their first excellent release. His sound here has a lot of parallels with the Ghost Box label, a similar feel for wide-eyed yet pensive sci-fi wonderment and the sort of evocative vignettes only known to hunters of the choicest library wax. It nods to the kind of music you'd imagine Drexciya would have drawn inspiration from as a kid, and subliminally seduced an entire generation who've grown up in front of the TV/Celluloid fantasy and its sonic associations. There's some heartbreakingly lush moments in here - we urge you to investigate.

ADR- Solitary Pursuits by Public Information