Archive for May, 2013

Gettin behind these Stenorette tapes, stormy hissing drones that can b…

Gettin behind these Stenorette tapes, stormy hissing drones that can be free if you want. http://t.co/jdG1Imvtm4 #agb

Awesomely huge droned out space rock, bringin the cosmos closer. http:…

Awesomely huge droned out space rock, bringin the cosmos closer. http://t.co/LUOqZrQPiD #agb

Album Review

Aquarelle – August Undone (Students Of Decay, 2013)

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AquarelleWithin / Without (Students Of Decay)

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This is Aquarelle’s (aka Ryan Potts) first full length in two years, although he kept us tided over with that Alex Cobb split and a new track on my free 5 year anniversary comp You’re All The Fucking Best, so while there hasn’t been a total lack of His Majesty’s drones, there certainly hasn’t been anything like this. August Undone is pure brilliance. Take all your other lush records and melt ’em away because this is the only one you’ll ever need, this is the most blissful fucking thing I’ve ever heard, a massively dense wall of heavenly sound that’s somehow still soft & weightless, an ever-shifting crystal fog that overwhelms you but gives you moments of transcendent clarity, a thousand layers of everything, guitars, banjos, reeds, pianos, all in their unadorned perfection and processed to the stars and back, bombastic muffled percussion, endless loops of dream pop rhythms, taking your breath away every second of its all-too-short life, with unexpected explosions that will send you reeling into a euphoric coma sounding like in Sunshine when he’s inside the sun as he reignites it with his Manhattan-sized bomb, absolute fucking beauty, a cacophonic symphony of your unconscious ideals realized, that feeling of blood rushing to your head in sheer exuberance, this is the sound of Potts making a perfect goddamn record. Vinyl comes out mid-July but digital is out right now in all the usual places, so go forth and make your life brighter.

Haunting 1944 recording of female-only Egyptian ceremony, reprocessed …

Haunting 1944 recording of female-only Egyptian ceremony, reprocessed & totally creeped out. http://t.co/Xw4yxNEUvP #agb

Badass debut EP of guttural gruesome doom sludge from Boston’s Fórn. …

Badass debut EP of guttural gruesome doom sludge from Boston’s Fórn. Oh and they’re opening for The Body 6/7. http://t.co/u8EOsoOVPf #agb

New free* Mick Barr experimental classical “shredding” to make a dark …

New free* Mick Barr experimental classical “shredding” to make a dark day strange. http://t.co/f3iFvQHzNl #agb

I fuckin love that static. new favorite. http://t.co/G6BM2bYJ6P #agb

I fuckin love that static. new favorite. http://t.co/G6BM2bYJ6P #agb

Supreme minimal looping drones for free* by @JackBrolly out of Ireland…

Supreme minimal looping drones for free* by @JackBrolly out of Ireland. http://t.co/R9I4uv50NN #agb

“Assume nothing… Evolution and devolution are both paramount.” @volc…

“Assume nothing… Evolution and devolution are both paramount.” @volcanicbirth interview. http://t.co/flP6r88Qo8 #agb

Amazingly beautiful dark pop from Frustrator dropped today. Free* digi…

Amazingly beautiful dark pop from Frustrator dropped today. Free* digital or $20 vinyl c/o @enemieslist. http://t.co/DRIkIBqrVa #agb

Album Review

Sequences – Transient Form (Total Black, 2013)

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Sequences – I (Total Black)

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This dude is supremely excellent and decently prolific, so it’s kind of surprising that I haven’t written him up before. Sequences is just one guy from Belgium who works a mysterious dark drone magic, and Transient Form is his most recent tape put out by Total Black last month, two side long pieces of haunted & harrowing minimal blackness, deep amp exploding bass that sounds like the edge of a black hole, the thunder of the Four Horsemen pouring down a crumbling cliffside, the transcendent nothing of space blotting out your entire existence, dense soaring drones shifting time to a separate reality, a bit of static crackle closing the A side and some creeped out tape concrète opening the B side, this is an incredible slab of abyssal drone, not to be missed, only 50 copies made up, so hop to it and thank me later.

Update: just got word from Sequences that the tape is sold out. You might find it at some distros but you can definitely snag the digital version.

Oh fuck yes @enemieslist (HANL/Giles Corey dude) making depressive bom…

Oh fuck yes @enemieslist (HANL/Giles Corey dude) making depressive bombastic darkpop as Black Wing. Debut track: http://t.co/TYDPp6NCTY #agb

Album Review

Troller – Troller (Holodeck / Light Lodge / Living Tapes, 2011)

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TrollerWinter (Holodeck / Light Lodge / Living Tapes)

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Ok, first of all, that album art is totally bitchin but not at all an accurate representation of the music, or at least, not your first reaction to it. This isn’t psych, garage, metal, or whatever. Not at all. Second of all, I’ve been jamming this 100% for many months now, since Holodeck & Light Lodge released the vinyl (Living Tapes originally released the tape back in ’11) but for some terrible reason I never found myself compelled to write it up on AGB. This is hands down one of my favorite fucking records I found this year and the non-metal album I’ve listened to most. I honestly can’t get enough of this. It’s some strange & beautiful drone/pop/darkwave hybrid with the deepest buzzing bass lines, catchy as fuck synth melodies, and haunted Cocteau Twinsy vocals that soar through the midnight fog, totally unintelligible and perfectly melodramatic, this is graveyard hallucination pop that takes your emotions on a joyride right off a fucking cliff, interspersed with short droned windswept drifts to catch your breath in between the suffocatingly thick goth anthems, I could cry every time this lady epically yells (yup) at the peak of Mount Pop on “Winter,” goddamn this album is pure bittersweet darkpop perfection, I can’t even fucking handle it, I love it, I think I’m gonna marry it.

Skogen Brinner’s new LP 1st is excellent bangin metal, not enough room…

Skogen Brinner’s new LP 1st is excellent bangin metal, not enough room in my office to rock out to this. Stream: http://t.co/r0nS26mebP #agb

Farewell Drones by Carbonscape (plus 2 other new full lengths) drip so…

Farewell Drones by Carbonscape (plus 2 other new full lengths) drip some dramatic soaring bliss, lovely stuff. http://t.co/84auOyu6TV #agb