Wes Tirey / Andrew Weathers split CS (Scissor Tail Editions)
"Wes Tirey has teamed up with North Carolinian Andrew Weathers to put out an experimental folk/drone split on Scissor Tail Records. Tirey’s track, ‘My Grandfather’s 12 Gauge,’ is the shorter of the two, despite clocking in at over ten minutes. Listeners familar with his traditional sound will be delighted with the intricate guitar work that conjures images of a dusty, all-American west. Weathers’ ‘Stay 100,’ which notches an impressive twenty minutes, is more of an electronic folk song, with his guitar work supported by gentle drone. It’s interesting how both tracks play off one another, with the slight changes highlighting the progression of conventional folk music. It would be interesting to see the idea taken further, starting with Tirey’s classical finger-picking and eneding with electonic and/or rock music, with each track tracing a step in th evolution and development of traditional folk music."
Witchbeam / Mister Matthews split CS (Hausu Mountain)
"Volume 8 of the Mugen Series splits the almighty drone/noise duo Telecult Powers into its respective halves – Witchbeam and Mr. Matthews – and casts them out into the void for searing sessions of solo synthesis."
Quicksails / Headboggle split CS (Hausu Mountain)
"Volume 6 of the Mugen Series unites Headboggle (Derek Gedalecia) and Quicksails (Ben Billington), two veterans of the experimental underground and prodigal sons of Ohio, for a split tape of mind-expanding synthesis on the maximal and minimal poles of the spectrum."
Jerry Paper / Andy Boay split C30 (Hausu Mountain)
Two of Brooklyn’s finest mages each turn in a sidelong sonic exploration. Jerry Paper continues the arc of his squelchy romance, and Andy Boay (of Tonstartssbandht) streaks across the great American plains.
Moth Cock 'Twofer Tuesday' C40 (Hausu Mountain)
Across a sprawling infinity of basement sessions and dozens of limited-run releases since 2009, Moth Cock have honed their fractured jams into a maximized assault on [normalcy] ["good taste"] [all that is holy]. The Kent, OH-based duo’s symbiotic live performance tactics congeal into slabs of grab-bag noise mayhem, intent on further addling the minds of a growing demographic of droopy-eyed heads from the US midwest underground and across the free world.
German Army 'Tassili Plateau' CS (Field Hymns)
"Enigmatic California duo German Army creates often-portentous music illuminated by fading cultural voices and barren, shifting lands. Following a dizzying array of tapes, CDs and LPs in the last three years, the first four GeAr cassettes of 2014 share broader musical approaches. And collectively, they suggest a system of conceptual continuity that’s just begging to be deciphered with a Walkman and a few batteries. Our humble release of the quartet, “Tassili Plateau,” feels like the keystone of them all, music and message(s?) slowly coming into focus. Short, taut songs, visited by Bollywood dervishes with freckles of exotica, buttressed by fried drum machines lifted from the quarterdeck of Captain (Richard H) Kirk himself, and musically expanded to allow for moments of warmth and redemption, this might be the best outing by German Army yet."
Scammers 'Cover You' CS (Field Hymns)
"Scammers is the man who puts ice to your your chest after a five hour rave. Scammers is the man who fills your coffee order at 7 in the morning and still has glitter in his eyebrows. Scammers is the man who uses sly innuendo as a razor blade. Scammers is the man who resents everything you are and hates what you have become. Scammers is insidious. Scammers works rank and file to bring the system down from within. In the very end you never would have known who it was if it wasn’t for the glitter…the damning glitter. But you never really got him anyway, did you?"
Cane Swords 'Temple Swords' CS (Field Hymns)
"Akron, Ohio synthesists Cane Swords return to ultra-terrestrial form with an analog odyssey of planetary drift and tindered timbre to fuel interstellar craft seeking deep space revelation. Washes of infinite blue light cool the jet stream as a profusion of electronic sounds wobble cosmic in long form meditations and bursts of sonic spasm. Like a soundtrack to a lost Painlevé film about the deepest riches of hyperdimensional scuba diving heard through beams of teslascope and fractured telegraph — Temple Swords elicits wonder in the true face of the infinite. Requisite listening for deep winter nights both in Sol system and abroad."
Jeremy Bible 'Collisions' C50 (False)
"Edition of 90 pro-dubbed hi bias chrome C50 cassettes in hot stamped black gloss black boxes with cotton insert, card insert, and belly band. Remastered, edited, and extended. Collisions is a binaural work originally conceived for a live quad surround sound performance presented at Akron's Rubber City Noise on Saturday June 8th 2013. Elements of field recordings, digital & analog noise, subtle pitch and millisecond timing offsets, fatiguing frequencies, razor sharp sound design and occasional generative elements culled from sound installation projects. Sewn together through thoughtful composition, sharp contrasts and jarring arrangements."
Zaïmph & Yek Koo – L’interieur De La Vue C30 (Obsolete Units)
"A studious and strange meeting of two renowned minds of experimental sound, L’interieur De La Vue is a thrillingly unforeseen detour into minimalistic spontaneity from acclaimed and prolific NYC musician Marcia Bassett (Zaimph, Double Leopards, Hototogisu, GHQ) and celebrated Los Angeles cacophonous-psych-explorer Helga Fassonaki (Yek Koo, Metal Rouge). Unlike the constant ethereal burn on Bassett’s guitar/synth drone works or Fassonaki’s overpowering and staggering reinvention of otherworldly experimental rock, the two performances here present a startlingly spacious platform for more patient, contemplative restraints. Bassett’s electronics ebb into harmonious intertwinement with Fassonaki’s deconstructed trumpet inspection, the flow of both these paradoxically serene and scraping tonalities finding a sturdy synergistic ground. Those immersed in the works of Idea Fire Company, Greg Kelley, and AMM should take notice. Edition of 100."
Jerry Paper 'Feels Emotions' LP (Patient Sounds)
"Debut vinyl LP from Earth's own and only 11th dimension pop artist, Jerry Paper (host body: Lucas Nathan). 12 interdimensional crooners for dancing sensually. Synthesizer communication hybrid. What does it mean to be a person living with technology? How confused can you be before you get randy and write a jingle? Who's Randy? I'm Jerry, Right?" Edition of 300 copies
Phork 'American Tao' C70 (Noumenal Loom)
"the 9-track album builds a remarkable ambient/techno-tainted atmosphere in which Reinalda further resolves to create a whole environmental of sound, divided into 9 cuts, deploying his characteristic beats over deconstructed loop backgrounds. Structures of low and deep synth and percussion lines wrap everything into a wrinkled and rhythmic progression, with other novel effects, reconfigured samples, and beat repetitions that narrate American Tao‘s principal texture" - Decoder
Ryan Emmett 'Portrait Of A Dog' CS (Orange Milk)
"The distant shores of thought trickle into the frozen pull of sound. As iced waves sculpture the water line, Ryan Emmett shatters their thickness and finds the intricacies of time hidden below. Deep archeology pursues as the Portrait of a Dog is dug out between crevasses of time and reality. Cracks in the carving monuments vision through sound. Perceiving the beyond is merely a play button away. Find yourself lost in Ryan Emmett’s Portrait of a Dog, for the bark is roughly the bite." - Clifford Morrissey
Wes Tirey 'Home Recordings' CS (Orange Milk)
"And sometimes when someone comes along, they change your laugh entirely. As one would become more familiar with a sound of what they found breathable before, this sort of smile bares more body. And sometimes when another feels a song, a big pair of shoes are in need of being filled. While others seek out the innocents of crayons and colors, a hollowed vibration materializes within the real and twang and grace. And sometimes when Wes bounds in strong, rejoicing in directions other than the similar flays mystery. Pretending in being is as one does through earnest humanity and tireless practice. Finite solutions are of the Tirey. They are meant to be felt. Sound not only fills a room, but can become the tangible. And Wes Tirey begs listeners to reach out and meld with Home Recordings." - Clifford Morrissey
Genetics And Windsurfing 'Audio Stream Continuum' CS (Orange Milk)
"Bows were meant to be broken. DNA was made to make up. Audio Stream Continuum is complete antithesis. There’s no need for explanation. Demystifying the secret is entirely up to you: the observer. To reel Geneticists and Windsurfing - together as one, one as a combination - is too real. Silence becomes surrounded by touches of golden lingering flurries. Stress is one thing, but to melt it with a Audio Stream Continuum is pure treasure. Sound mongrels delight! The ecstasy of Geneticists and Windsurfing is all about making splashes. Will you ride those choppy waters?" - Clifford Morrissey
Headboggle / Collin McKelvey split C60 (905 Tapes)
30 minutes each of squishy synth work from Headboggle & Collin McKelvey. Hboggle offers up six monsters, a mixture of live sets, sessions at colleges, and jams with buds. Shannon Kerrigan, John Elliott, and Jeff Hatfield all showing their mugs. McKelvey burns through one half hour of every changing textured layers. Pro dubbed, edition of 100. Comes with download code. Click here to stream/purchase digital.
Andrew Kirschner 'Patient' C31 (905 Tapes)
Ohio dirt devil AK drags electronics through the mud creating crude, blistered soundscapes. Totally clear shells with imprinting on the B side, covered with labels, visiable through the cassette. Pro dubbed, edition of 50. Comes with download code. Click here to stream/purchase digital.
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