Archive for November, 2012

Album Review

Mind Over Mirrors – Check Your Swing (Hands In The Dark, 2012)


Mind Over MirrorsSecond Nature (Hands In The Dark)

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Pure fucking bliss. Jaime Fennelly drops a full length of new material that’s ripe for mind blowing. Last year he put out one of my favorite drone records, The Voice Rolling, so naturally I had high expectations for this. Not let down in the slightest. Basically any harmonium drone record is gonna get me psyched though so I guess he’s kinda got it easy. But seriously, this dude knows how to process his harmonium and make it sing the beautiful song. Check Your Swing isn’t just more of the same though, this time Fennelly is taking a bit of a Mountains approach, where his last record was super organic, here he’s gone a bit bloopy & sci-fi while still retaining the organic feel, like some real eXistenZ type shit, lush & buzzy with rhythms a hair too slow for dancing but perfect for spacing out & soaring, dense warm washes of digital reeds soaking up the sun then hiding under a mushroom, the complete opposite of a Cylon, an electronic shell with a bio-core, a perfect hybrid. Basking in the glory of MOM’s incredible harmonium drones is the only way to spend the rest of your life, so don’t mess up by skipping out on this.

Album Review

Kyle Bobby Dunn – In Miserum Stercus (Komino, 2012)


Kyle Bobby DunnMeadowfuck (Komino)

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The dude can’t stop. The drones compel him. In Miserum Stercus is Dunn’s second record this year, after the double disc Bring Me The Head Of…, but this is a whole new beast, as you might be able to tell from the title (roughly translated as The Wretched Refuse). This is some dark depressive shit, going places we haven’t yet heard from KBD. I’m not talking black ambient or anything, the soft subtleties & elegant dances are still the core, but instead of charming or uplifting, we’re given somber & melancholic, tones dipping into ethereal, haunted dreams, sometimes with a bit more bite & atonality to them, even bordering on a sickly wobble, although even more delicate than ever, cautiously boasting its minimalism, brilliant in blending the warm & cold. But it’s not all gloom, it ends on a much brighter note than it begins and you can almost trick yourself into thinking you weren’t just sunk into a pit of despair. Obviously, this deserves all sorts of high praise as it’s now competing for my favorite Dunn record next to Ways Of Meaning. Lovingly delivered to you in its waxen glory by Komino. Don’t miss out.

Album Review

Sujo – Kahane (Fedora Corpse, 2012)


SujoAchille (Fedora Corpse)

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One of my favorite dudes finally gets his jams pressed to wax. Somehow Sujo hasn’t blown up yet (although his recent collab with Sun Hammer seems to be doing pretty well) but hopefully this new LP on Fedora Corpse will change that. Kahane is Sujo’s most clear vision to date, finding a stupendous midpoint between bleak blackened noise geeks Locrian and Jesu’s near-patented metalgazing. This is fucking outstanding work, insanely lush, sweet melodies eclipsed by crushing chaos, grim static capable of summoning the darkest demons, pink drones blissing out in the clouds, crumbling walls of destructive industrial noise, a swarm of stuttering percussion like Pyramids on broken stilts, absolutely massive, beautifully triumphant, & fucking devastating. This is screaming at you to let it melt your hi-fi. Don’t disappoint.

Album Review

Robert Hampson – Suspended Cadences (Editions Mego, 2012)


Robert Hampson – Suspended Cadences (Three) (Editions Mego)

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Robert Hampson (MAIN, Loop, etc) conjuring up some stellar drone here. Two side long pieces painting broad minimal strokes, layers of smooth & gritty tones subtly wavering, slowly shifting between petrifying, blissful, & nauseating, the calm before the storm, the dread of anticipation, sounds of the night before a plague of locusts sweeps your town, physically churning your guts, smothered by the dense looming drones, static hardly building but perpetually existing & evolving. Quite masterful, quite essential.

Album Review

Ragana – All’s Lost (self released, 2012)


RaganaB.N.F. (self released)

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Two ladies from Washington that bring some serious fucking heaviness. Not sure if there’s a scene over there where this type of insanity is the norm and I just haven’t heard it yet, but All’s Lost is impossible to peg. They’re doing something totally original and it’s the fucking best. Some sort of black sludgy screamo garage that just melts my heart. Sweet hooks & melodies run through a fuzz filter, blistering screams, massive riffs next to atmospheric tremolo, blast beats forgone for everything but, depressing lyrics and a permeating darkness to knock it out of the park. Not really weird on a song by song basis but put together this is a wholly twisted beast. Best of all it’s cheap as shit. Digital is PWYW, tapes or CDs a mere $5, and they have some killer shirts for the same amount. I fuckin love these guys. Now just gimme some vinyl.

Haiku Review

Lisa/Liza – Ancient Edge (self released, 2012)


Lisa/LizaBlack Out (self released)

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Download Ancient Edge
/purely intimate/
/shining voice obscured by clouds/
/melted harmony/

Album Review

Kapustin Yar – Trithemius (Land Of Decay, 2012)


Kapustin YarDirge (Land Of Decay)

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GodDAMN this is some heavy shit. Antonio Gallucci coming from every genre out there and conjuring up something wholly new & awesome. Trithemius takes industrial to a new level, incorporating black ambient, metalgaze, noise, darkwave, and anything else that’s bleak & destructive, tossing in some twisted spaciness because obviously. Ear bleeding bass that hits harder than your speakers can handle, huge walls of heavenly nightmarish static, a massive lumbering nightwalker lost in an urban wasteland, tearing down skyscrapers and generators, a cacophony born from a decayed post-nuclear Earth, faulty machinery humming in the distance with vocals buried in the chaos or hissed & distorted beyond recognition, black hole terrors, drifting in space drugged out of your fucking mind, feeling your every atom warp the fabric of spacetime, your body swallowed by the heaviness. 100% amazing record. Then again, I expect nothing less from the untouchable Land Of Decay.

Interviews

Questions For Jenks Miller

Credit: Jeremy M. Lange

 
Jenks Miller answered some questions for me. He prefaced them with: “I’m not being dismissive when I answer ‘I don’t know’ … just being honest.”
 
What is the best way to die?
I don’t know.

How do you think you’ll die?
I don’t know.

What makes you happy?
Sound, nature, new ideas, good people, my dog.

How can you die happy?
I don’t know.

How close have you come to death?
I’m not entirely sure. The distance in auto accidents and illness.

What does kindness mean to you?
Acting on a sensitivity to needs and desires outside of your own.

Where do you find love?
Sound, nature, new ideas, good people, my dog.

When were you most afraid?
In the time before I had accepted my whole Self, I was afraid of my shadow.

How do you listen to music?
On a CD or record player, with an open heart. I try to find something I can appreciate in whatever sounds I am hearing. I tend to spend time with sounds I haven’t heard before, those that push me outside of my comfort zone and want to be explored.

Mixes

Minimix: Technovember


 
In response to those of your asking for a regular roundup of shit I’ve been listening to and digging but not reviewing, I’m starting a regular roundup of shit I’ve been listening to and digging. They’ll be short minimixes with little commentary and maybe occasionally cohesive in some way. I’ll be playing with the delivery, so please let me know what you do/don’t like. Do you want everything zipped or single track downloads? Do you want one long stream or individual streams? Just gimme some feedback.

This time around I threw together some techno/anti-techno/ambient techno/technoise tracks that are pretty fucking sweet. I know 8 songs isn’t exactly mini but I doubt it’ll usually be this robust. Anyway, have at it, and hopefully you’ll grace your ears with some new hotness.
 
Download Minimix: Technovember

Emptyset – Collapse (from Collapsed)

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Grischa Lichtenberger – Uu78 (from And. IV (Inertia))

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NHK’Koyxeи – 703 (from Dance Classics Vol. II)

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Nina Kraviz – Best Friend (from Nina Kraviz)

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Juju & Jordash – Backwash (from Techno Primitivism)

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Lee Gamble – DTI (from Diversions 1994-1996)

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Pete Swanson – Pro Style (from Pro Style)

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Sensate Focus – X (from Sensate Focus 2.5)

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Haiku Review

Ondelette – Patient Afternoon (Discrete Spectrum, 2012)


OndeletteYou Are Lightning (Discrete Spectrum)

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Download Patient Afternoon
/soft rhythmic shimmer/
/focus on warm clarity/
/cloud meditation/