Roped Off 'Roped Off Lifts The Invisble Tile' C22 (Tranquility)
"From their respective solo work as Vales/Sound Out Light and Wether/Spectrum Tickets to their beloved podcast Tabs Out, Delaware's Dave Doyen and Mike Haley are veritable kings (or perhaps court jesters?) in the realm of experimental cassette culture. Collaborating as Roped Off, they combine their powers through synthesis for intense and riveting results. Roped Off Lifts the Invisible Tile finds the duo in finer form than ever, carefully layering modular synths and keyboards with a distinct focus on texture and minimalist technique. Almost immediately, you're hit with a deluge of dripping, trickling sounds as ominous drones and bleak, Carpenter-esque melodies gradually creep into the mix. At just over 20 minutes, it's like a quick dip into a pool of primordial ooze, but one that's so satisfying you'll want to catch your breath and dive back in as soon as possible. Pro-dubbed and imprinted chrome cassettes, featuring designs by Caroline Teagle." - label description
Aaron Dilloway 'Corpse On Horseback' LP (Ergot)
First vinyl issue of 2003 Hanson Records cassette. 500 copies on gold vinyl. 8-TRACK LOOPS, JUNK METAL.
"If you are someone who does not like noise, you are not going to like this" —Bryan Jones, Stylus Magazine
"Corpse on Horseback is by far my favorite. Totally crude, minimally composed loops. Nothing 'flashy' like his newer stuff that i am not so into" —DREAMER, Pure Stench Forums
KILT 'Culos Asados' C44 (Obsolete Units)
KILT is the evolving noise hellion of dissonance masterminds Raven Chacon and Bob Bellerue, dual forces operating from Albuquerque, NM and Brooklyn, NY respectively. The Culos Asados cassette showcases two remarkable live performances which were dispatched within days of one another back in 2010 via Bellerue’s current turf.
Metalux 'Paw The Elated Ruin' C36 (Obsolete Units)
Operating under the guidance of the singular creativeness of esteemed avant-navigators MV Carbon and Jenny Graf Sheppard, Metalux are undoubtedly responsible for some of the most distinctly unusual and enthralling preternatural experimental music of the past decade. Ever since banding together in the late 90′s, the duo’s numerous recorded and live works have rendered a suitable explanation of all the encompasses their vanguard productions almost unfeasible; the at-once disjointedly colliding yet ingeniously intersecting torrents of homemade electronics, tape delay, blaring riffs relayed via both guitar and synth, and subsonic rhythms are all masterfully rendered into a peculiarly riveting design which only Carbon and Sheppard seem to hold the secret to.
Parashi 'The Book Of Nothing' C40 (Cave)
Cracked electronics arc across spools of tangled tape creating recordings that are both unsettling and arresting…an exciting new chapter in this ever expanding project. Edition of 50.
No Mind Meditation / Red Electric Rainbow split C14 (Goldtimers)
No Mind Meditation: Unreleased primordial low tide ooze experience from No Mind Meditation. Slow murky ocean expressions. Red Electric Rainbow: Unreleased crystal clean Red Electric Rainbow static comedown. Our mellow minded brother in sleep mode. C14, pro duplicated and on shell printing cassette tapes. Double sided 4"x14" fold out J-Card. Ltd 50 copies.
Homeowner 'Themes From 172' C36 (Orange Milk)
"Homeowner is the project of Joe Bastardo, also of Bastian Void, Gay Shapes, and the Moss Archive label. His newest album, Themes from 172, finds a halfway point between seemingly aleatoric computer squawks and more compositional frameworks. It reminds me of early experiments in electronic music; very exploratory, sometimes clinical or 'theoretical' sounding -- as if an intricate computer code was behind it all -- but also paradoxically carefree and fun. Maybe it's Joe's perfectionist nature meeting the intrinsic chaos in non-traditional music that creates such a wonderful clash of sensibilities. Whatever the case, we are happy to present this album to you." -label description
Hobo Cubes / Vales split C80 (905 Tapes)
Warning: Long player. Take the day off of work. Canada's Hobo Cubes runs through a VHStecnho minefield while Delaware's Vales gnaws and paws at holograms of modular waves. An edition of 50 pro-dubbed/imprinted cassettes.
bbob And RRRyan 'Bean Stew' C44 (905 Tapes)
Cleveland heads bbob (Flux Monkey) and RRRyan (Dr. Quinn Medicine Woman) team up for five fidgety, brain dusting electronic cuts. Solar searchers on a sick day. An edition of 50 pro-dubbed/imprinted cassettes.
Wether 'Lighten Lift' C40 (905 Tapes)
Textured synthesizer and electronic sessions. Confused and agitated sonic mutterings make their way through damp hallways. An edition of 50 pro-dubbed/imprinted cassettes.
Aaron Dilloway & Tom Smith "Allein Zu Zweit" C48 (Fragment Factory)
"A documentation of a most memorable event, held at FSK Hamburg in summer of 2012. 2 full sets, approximately 20 minutes each. At first Dilloway solo, followed by a remarkable super duet with Smith, who appeared out of the blue that night, suddenly finding himself on the non existent stage next to Dillo! Ohio based Aaron Dilloway runs the influential Hanson label since 1994 and was a member of Wolf Eyes when they blew up the noise scene in the late 90's/early 2000's. He's been part of a vast number of projects and collaborations ever since, The Nevari Butchers, Spine Scavenger, The Beast People or Violent Ramp, just to name a few. US refugee Tom Smith has been a core member of the notoriuos To Live And Shave In L.A., played with Pussy Galore in the 80's and has been a part of Ohne alongside of Reto Mäder, Dave Phillips and Daniel Löwenbrück. His ongoing collaborations with Kevin Drumm are semi-legendary, to say the least. Smith is currently living in Hannover, Germany." - label description
Jean-Sébastien Truchy 'L'amitié' C60 (Tranquility)
"From his work with previous groups such Fly Pan Am to his impeccable label Los Discos Enfantasmes, Jean-Sébastien Truchy has long been a staple of the experimental music scene in Montreal. His recent solo recordings under his own name are at once remarkably challenging and engrossing. L'amitié, his lengthiest release to date, continues that line with a brilliant mix of heavy modular synthesis, vocals, and field recordings. Sparse nature sounds, buzzing synth blasts, and sequenced melodies set the stage for Truchy's incredible vocals, which range from full-on black metal screaming to almost operatic singing. There are elements of pop, musique concrète, and more, but this is truly genre-defying music in every sense of the term." - label description
Adderall Canyonly 'From Below We Reach Above' C28 (Tranquility)
"The mind behind the Field Hymns label and Tiny Little Hammers design, Portland's Dylan McConnell releases psychedelic soundscapes under the name Adderall Canyonly. From Below We Reach Above finds McConnell straddling a wondrous line between musical beauty and hazy abstraction. Combining synth and guitar in almost equal measures, each track soars and shimmers in its own distinct way, occasionally veering into darker territory or combining with elements of noise to keep you on your toes and help you fully drift away." - label description
Bedroom 'Trans' C40 (Tranquility)
"On his third release for the label, Michael Chau continues to expand Bedroom's horizon and introduce new elements to his sonic palate. The sky-high, dreamy vibrations from previous releases are still ever present, but now drum machines deliver infectious grooves and motorik rhythms. Chau has an excellent ear for melody, causing gauzy drones and laser-sharp arpeggios to stick with you long after the sounds have faded away. Perfect for early morning drives or late night walks, tap in and let this one soundtrack your next journey through life's superhighway. " - label description
Afterlife 'Surfacing Illusions' C54 (Tranquility)
"The first full release since the debut Afterlife LP, Surfacing Illusions finds Ryan McGill and Franklin Teagle diving deeper intro dream states and unknown places than ever before. Built around sounds captured nearby, far away, and even long ago, the duo layers field recordings carefully with dueling synths to take the listener on a journey that's altogether stranger and more varied than any previous releases. From glorious harmonies suited for a cathedral to quiet, uneasy trips into a dissonant void, there's plenty to get lost in this time around." - label description
Giant Claw 'Music For Film' CS (Constellation Tatsu)
"All that remains on the sun purged top layer is the sprawling city of industry. The machines heave against the sun – shadows of pirouetting cogs, skipping pistons, and graceful automatons flaunt a defiant ballet of life under the hellish gaze of the sun." - label description
Günter Schlienz 'Organ Studies' CS (Constellation Tatsu)
"The night sky blossoms with beams distant, familiar-arcing between islanded hubs. Fleeting bridges form and resonate hope with memories of hope. Silence made nocturnal shuttering." - label description
Emuul 'Free Structures: What We Thought When We Thought The World Was Shifting Under Our Feet' CS (Constellation Tatsu)
"Like a spinning ribbon, powered by the present shapes with side sky moving existence struggling. The reality around us is what is heard and the stories passed on with the present is all I know and that I am pleased." - label description
Floating Gardens 'Generalife' CS (Constellation Tatsu)
"Taken high beyond the normal scenery, outdoor programming cultivates life aboard the in-plane, flexural, and geometric gridpax that has become the new unsequenced way of living. Motioning keyboard fingers show the way." - label description
Inez Lightfoot 'Three Weaving At The Well' C45 (No Kings)
"This tremendous work by Portland’s Jackie McDowell was originally issued in an edition of 33 last year on her own label Biological Radio, and constitutes, I’m sad to say, the last and maybe definitive release of her haunting, beautiful, and yet slight and earnest experimental folk project Inez Lightfoot. The combination of field recordings of nature, traditional instruments, electronics, distant sound passages, and drifting vocals is evocative and so moving. Highly recommended. Edition of 100 pro-dubbed chrome tapes with risograph artwork designed by Jackie, Amy, and Lee." - label description
Philip Corner with Phoebe Neville 'Concerto For Housekeeper And Other Dances With Phoebe' C60 + C102 box (Imminent Frequencies)
"Philip Corner is an American composer and founding member of the Fluxus movement whose music over the last 50 years has explored the areas of minimalism, chance operations, graphic notation, gamelan and unintentional sound. As a student during the late ‘50s, Corner studied under Henry Cowell and Olivier Messiaen before becoming part of the burgeoning era of post war composers of which John Cage, Richard Maxfield, James Tenney and Malcolm Goldstein would all become close colleagues. Phoebe Neville is an award-winning dancer and choreographer who was an active participant in the New York avant garde community of the ‘60s and ‘70s. She is best known for performing with the Judson Dance Theater as well as for leading her own company. She has since gone onto perform in group and solo performances around the world. For the past two decades she has often collaborated with Corner on performances that incorporate his music set to her dance performances. The raw lo-fi recordings contained within this set have been culled from Corner's archive and span a period of nearly fifteen years and find the duo performing around the world utilizing a variety of improvisational techniques including resonant metals, feedback loops and incidental sounds. This set comes packaged in a 5” reel to reel box with hand-assembled three panel black and white artwork with calligraphy by Philip Corner." - label description
Potpourri s/t CS (Dangerous Age)
"Potpourri is the solo work of Dan Petrarca. This is his debut work after many years of playing privately in his basement. Influenced by everything 90's Warp Records, Petrarca crafts a unique blend of private style jamming from a fluid and interesting angle that at times comes off like mid/late period (in a good way) Heldon demos. DA - CS 001 arrives with imprinted white shells, pro-printed j-cards and professionally duplicated cassettes in a limited edition of 50 copies." - label description