Surgical Renaissance 'VI: Dedicated to Dr. Donald Kahl' 2xC30 (Lighten Up Sounds)
Double whammy cacophony, deep maroon gash against virgin white field. Raging session of crude slice and attack from harsh noise duo Matt Mayer (NNA Tapes, A Snake In The Garden) & Michael Timmers (Lord Bird, LBGC). Nasty fresh wound of Vermont, acrid disinfectant / sharpened steel! Matched set of two black shell c30‘s w/ black on black labels comes packaged in double-tall clear Norelco cases. Each copy includes free download code for two hypno-therapy sessions beneficial for true bettering of self. Full color cardstock J-card features photo of antique field surgery kit. Hand-numbered edition of 30, rusted scalpel cuts deep.
German Army 'T’rung' C40 (Lighten Up Sounds)
Straight burner from the shadows of Southern California. German Army has been producing a furious stream of liquid electro/industrial jams over the last few years. This newest cassette album captures a perfect mixture of field recordings with cold synth groove, beat creep and careful vocal fry. Very tasty. Pro-duplicated and imprinted opaque yellow shell cobalt c40 cassette comes packaged with hand screen-printed yellow>orange “dunes” cardstock J-card with fold out 2” x 8” insert on bright yellow art paper. Hand-numbered edition of 100. Hovercraft cruise hour just got a bit more comfortable.
Men Of Science 'Antiseptic' C44 (Lighten Up Sounds)
Medicinal dirt for cure all home remedies. Men of Science is the collaborative duo of Andreas Brandal and Matthew Himes. Crude violin scrape, heavy handed tape mangle and gruesome drone nightmare elevates to alchemic trance. Recorded in Minnesota and Norway 2013. Real time duplicated translucent red shell cassette with red and white labels comes swaddled in sterile gauze with stark first aid J-card. Hand numbered edition of 50. Manual upkeep for perpetually broken bodies.
Derek Rogers/Sindre Bjerga split C42 (Obsolete Units)
Derek Rogers and Sindre Bjerga are two of the more ubiquitous and exceptional presences in the realm of modern drone composition, with both forging their own prolifically distinctive identifies among the dignitaries of the experimental underground. This split release finds both musicians operating at their strongest, with each crafting their own long-form statement that aptly provides perhaps a definitive entry-point for those who’ve yet to delve into both Rogers’ and Bjerga’s dense and diverse catalogs. Rogers’ side welds his gorgeous and hypnotic guitar work over a platform of excitingly unwieldy digital glitches, resulting in a distinctly gorgeous composition that recalls Christian Fennesz at his most contemplative. Bjerga’s piece documents a live performance from a few years ago in the Ukraine, with dynamic and pulsating electronic drones working a concurrent mood of serenity while also exploring a more abstract intensity that builds throughout underneath. A crucial testimony from this pair of absorbing performers. Edition of 100.
Karl Fousek 'Codicil' C20 (Adhesive Sounds)
edition of 50 / tinted clear pink shells / pro-dubbed on cobalt
Body Lvl / Hobo Cubes split C30 (Adhesive Sounds)
edition of 50 / color jcard and labels / pro-dubbed on cobalt
Demonstration Synthesis 'DS11' C40 (Adhesive Sounds)
edition of 50 / color jcard and labels / pro-dubbed on cobalt
Maharadja Sweets 'The Cassette Label Heads Who Went Outside' C48 (Moss Archive)
"An uncanny tale about a small tape label and the lengths at which they will go for their vision. Richard immediately cuts to the core of what it is for us to share creation and ultimately thrive as humans. Featuring a stark and utterly beautiful theme song made with Seth Graham (Orange Milk Records, Cream Juice)."
Grasshopper 'Dark Sabbath: Symbols of Evil' LP (Hausu Mountain)
"slow-brooding exercises in tonal juxtaposition and structural drama, building from fields of pure texture and disfigured synthesis into crushing fanfares of trumpet-charged triumph best suited to herald the dawn of the apocalypse. Manning an intricate rig of boutique synthesizers designed by Telecult Powers spirit guide Mr. Matthews, DeRosa spews forth finely grained drone voices and keening oscillator bursts alongside the output of his trumpet and Electronic Valve Instrument (a synthetic trumpet known for its alien tones)."
Tiger Village 'V' C43 (Hausu Mountain)
"Thornton’s compositions dart through progressively complex passages animated by iridescent leads and structural feints that shatter our expectations of any logical resolution. Disparate drum patterns layer together into rhythmic organisms that clatter through his busy mixes in a state of constant flux. Fragmented melodies pop into view amid panning drone pads and arpeggios, subsuming quadrants of the spread into dense harmonic clusters possessed of too much detail to fully glean on first playback. "
Dreamcrusher 'Suicide Delxue' C42 (Hausu Mountain)
"Dreamcrusher bashes through the mutant techno idiom from multiple points of attack, boosting the noise factor beyond any conception of sanity while honing their compositions into tightly structured corruptions of the pop form."
Mukqs 'どうか Please Can You Keep My Secret' C35 (Patient Sounds)
Mukqs (Max Allison of Good Willsmith / Hausu Mountain) shares first material on Patient Sounds with this tape. The two sides act as two modes, one focused on information sharing, sampled melodies, isolation, low frequencies...the other a rippling jaunt into screeching vocal noise, decapitation, tape sound execution. Two edges to a blade. Soft yarn, soft light, soft blood.
夕方の犬 (Dog in the evening) 'mb_s_4_ch' C48 (Patient Sounds)
This shadowy and prolific Japanese producer appears with their first proper release. Harkening to fleeting emotional anime soundtrack motifs, minimal luminous midi tone phrase clusters, languid sampling atmosphere. The pang of evening lights. A child speaks. The bittersweet dog in a walking apparatus. Memory is an orange I peeled. Morose white blue.
Giant Claw 'Dark Web' LP (Orange Milk)
Composed primarily through intricate MIDI notation and sampling, Dark Web could be viewed through the tradition of hyperrealism, where established cultural tropes and recordings are cut up and stitched back together as new compositional tools. Dark Web expands the concept by muddling the line between sampled material and newly composed fragments, packing realities and layers of cultural data into each musical instance.
Jerry Paper 'Big Pop For Chamaleon World' LP (Orange Milk)
Jerry Paper’s Big Pop For Chameleon World is a sonic riddle. Through both lyrics and specific timbral choices (a marked shift to digital synthesizer from Jerry’s earlier analog work), the album deals with themes of simulacra, an inter-dimensional infinite man existing in a finite world, the discomfort of existence in Body World, and love as the pinnacle of our time here. It is a continuation of Jerry’s ongoing attempt to ‘talk about’ the anti-logic of mystical experience through the ‘grammar’ of pop music, this time using album-form and timbre as a more central part of the overall language of the work.
Charles Barabé 'Dates & Confessions' CS (Tranquility)
Hailing from Victoriaville, Charles Barabé is a unique standout among a crop of incredibly talented rising experimental musicians based in the province of Quebec. Dates & Confessions features an eclectic and ecstatic variety of sounds that add up to one beautifully disorienting release. The cassette consists of four "Dates", which are tightly composed melodic pieces featuring synthesizers, found sounds, subtle acoustic instrumentation, and Barabé's heavily vocoded voice. Six "Confessions" round out the affair with looser, more improvisational and dissonant approaches to synthesis that act as appropriate foils. With the keen ability to combine elements of musique concrète, modern composition, prog, and much more, Barabé continually ratchets up the intensity throughout the release, leading up to a gorgeous, spacious finale that allows you to catch your breath and reflect on all that came before.
Cenote Glow 'Musa Paradisiaca' C60 (Tranquility)
The first release from Cenote Glow in about a year, Musa Paradisiaca blends synthesis and field recordings for a deep tropical journey. With sounds both captured in Mexico and recorded in Brooklyn, the release evokes the enriching warmth of the Yucatán Peninsula at times and the darker heart of the natural world at others. Sonically, found sounds are featured more in the foreground than previous Cenote Glow excursions, as musical passages flow between melodic effervescence, oceanic drones, and hypnotic whirlpools of abstract sound. Come ashore for an hour of memories and interpretations inspired by the uniquely beautiful land known as Quintana Roo.