Thursday, 18 December
Opiated, solo ambient/electro-acoustic nocturnes from Jean D.L. for Sub Rosa. This is our first introduction to a quietly involving, rustling sound, from an artist who has previously collaborated with a wealth of artists we admire: Zbigniew Karkowski, Jozef Van Wissem, Anla Courtis among them. 'Early Night' unfolds a narrative tracing the liminal borders of nightmarish and dreamlike qualities, using a mixture of acoustic instrumentation, canny recording techniques and subtle processing to create morphing spaces that are at once wide yet intimate, and quietly noisy. A real pearl for after-hours listening.
Thursday, 20 November
Clay Ruby lays Burial Hex to rest with his amazing final record in this guise, 'The Hierophant'. Extant since 2007, Burial Hex has consistently revitalised and morphed black metal and gothic sounds over the course of countless tapes, CDrs and vinyl releases up to now, notably including an acclaimed split with Zola Jesus for Aurora Borealis, and the 'In Psychic Defense' for Sound of Cobra which still receives heavy rotation in our office to this day. Thanks to a rare appreciation of technoid rhythms and ambient electronics, Burial Hex's records have long stood out from the often blinkered and… Read more
Exquisitely glacial longform composition from the modern master of minimalism. 'Trouble' marks quite possibly the quietest, concentrated levels in Drumm's catalogue. More placid/unnerving than even his 'Imperial Distortion' / 'Imperial Horizon' couplet, or practically anything else for that matter. It's a purified exercise in immersed listening, encouraging the participant to give it their undivided attention in return for a discreetly tactile and beautifully liminal experience, "neither ambient nor drone but a more complex investigation into the deep recesses of sound." We strongly recommend your submission to 'Trouble'.
Thursday, 16 October
Intense, abstract and superbly detailed compositions crafted entirely from field recordings made in Lausanne, Switzerland, between 2012 and 2013. It would appear that both artists use the same, or at least similar, set of recordings to realise contrasting perspectives on the same set of circumstances. Of the two, Francisco Meirino's 'Les oiseaux du lac Stymphale' is much more upfront, favouring the louder dynamics and haphazard shock of builders hammers, saws and clanking machinery to birth a deeply resonant bass modulation at the core of his kinetic scene, eventually tailing off to qu… Read more
**Edition of 200** 'Insula' is an immersive 40 minute multi-channel composition for electric organ, commissioned by L'ull Cec for The Game of Life Foundation's spatialisation sound system (consisting of 192 speakers and 12 subwoofers, using the Wave Field Synthesis technique). This stereo version was performed on 20th June 2012 at Fabra i Coats, Barcelona.
Thursday, 09 October
NYC's Margaret Chardiet aka Pharmakon churns her guts out in this bloodied follow-up to her acclaimed album debut, 'Abandon' (2013). Four days before she was supposed to fly to Europe, touring in support of 'Abandon', Margaret had a medical emergency which resulted in major surgery and the loss of an organ. 'Bestial Burden' was realised during this time, written and fleshed-out whilst she came to terms with the situation; "I thought of my corporeal body anthropomorphically, with a will or intent of its own, outside of my will's control, and seeking to sabotage. I began to explore the idea of … Read more
Thursday, 02 October
Justin Broadrick's Godflesh churn up 'A World Lit Only By Fire' on their first new album in 13 years. Known as B.C. Green and JK Broadrick to the authorities, Godflesh are perhaps the best known exponents of industrial metal that the world has known: they single-handedly invented the genre with their eponymous debut in 1988 and have dominated discerning moshpits ever since with thunderous drum machines crushed by patented, claw-handed riffage. And thank f**k nowt has changed since their last LP, 'Hymns' in 2001. On 'A World Lit Only By Fire' they're still a pair of Brummie badasses, … Read more
Thursday, 28 August
Doom rock's sandman, Dylan Carlson returns with Mark Lanegan (QOTSA) and Rabia Shaheen Qazi (Rose Windows) in tow for Earth's 7th full-length studio album. 'Primitive and Deadly' by name, it yields seven signature pieces of crushing, tectonic guitar chords leavened by poised vocals from the aforementioned, and augmented by Brett Netson ov Built To Spill's 2nd guitar. The addition of another axe, together with the extra vocals makes for a more proggy, psychedelic affair than their previous 'Angels of Darkness, Demons of Light' dispatch, to these ears at least.
*New reissue and repackage via Temporary Residence of WIlliam Basinski's legendary series* For all those wondering where the reissue of Basinski's first instalment of the 'Disintegration Loops' series was, your wait is over! Having been held back till last, the anticipation surrounding this release could cripple a lesser man; but Basinski more than matches the task. With the back story of their inception now well documented (detailed in the liner notes) Basinski seems to have captured a sound that would overtly suggest death (i.e.. the decay of archiv… Read more
"Two years after leveling the expectations of critics and listeners alike with Atma, doom trio powerhouse YOB unleashes Clearing The Path To Ascend, an aptly titled album for what will undoubtedly be the crowning achievement for a band whose journey now nears two decades of creating music as commanding as it is cathartic. As is the YOB way, the tracks here don’t simply offer a vacuous glimpse into the already riff-soaked doom genre While giving due sonic credit to cornerstone influences such as Cathedral, Sleep, Electric Wizard, and Black Sabbath – YOB immediately set out to define a s… Read more
Thursday, 31 July
"The third studio album release from Nurse With Wound and Graham Bowers. ExcitoToxicity ... an excess of most things, both mentally and physically, although exciting and pleasurable, can easily accelerate and rapidly become toxic ... on a cellular level, deadly. We have thrown caution to the wind and gone overboard on the quality of the 8 Panel DigiPak artwork design and packaging for this release ... why? ... Graham liked all Steven's proposed paintings for the album ... so Steven decided we should feature them all ... on a heavy board in full gloss, on a matte background."
Thursday, 17 July
"“Melt Into Nothing” is Ensemble Economique’s most lucid seance to date. The prolific Humboldt County musician has stripped layers off of his trademark haze but retained the beautiful desolation that’s earned him a rabid fanbase. The solo project of former Starving Weirdos member Brian Pyle, Ensemble Economique has crossed a land bridge from apocryphal world music and dusty soundtracks to gauzy 4AD-style atmospherics. Trellises of guitar embolden Pyle’s whispered, threadbare lyrics. On “Hey Baby”, the itinerant tone feels like an update on Neil Young’s stark and beautiful soundtr… Read more
Thursday, 10 July
**Stunning solo album by the Zeitkratzer Ensemble's technical visionary and virtuoso of the "inside piano"** Reinhold Friedl says: "This CD presents compositions for piano using the instrument in an unorthodox way. The strings are bowed with nylon strings, stimulated by E-Bows, rubbed with metal, the keys' sound is examined as a corrugated surface and staccato rhythms are repeated in a narrow register. On the one hand, the pieces introduced here explore new ways of playing the piano. In this sense they are "enlarged playing techniques", as they have been developed for most instruments in the s… Read more
Thursday, 19 June
Collaboration with the renowned author Michel Faber (The Crimson Petal and the White, The Fahrenheit Twins, Under the Skin) and Andrew Liles. ‘Ohrwurm' is a fantastical dark tale narrated by Michel with musical interludes, refrains, leitmotifs and sound design supplied by Liles. The CD is packaged in 6 panel pack with artwork by photographer Eva Faber and a booklet of the complete story.
Thursday, 05 June
Ilpo Vaisanen (ov Pan Sonic) and Dirk Dresselhaus (ov SchneiderTM) reconvene Angel for an engrossing 4th studio album of brooding electronic/organic nocturnes featuring long-term collaborators Hildur Guðnadóttir and Lucio Capece. The reductionist tonal mantras of 'Terra Null' makes use of oscillators, FX, strings and wind instruments to slow down, dilate and refocus our perception of time and momentum. In their exquisitely-crafted soundspheres, the electronic and organic halves compare and contrast respectively unique timbres in four expansive ecologies, flowing from the swelling electronic bedrock a… Read more
Thursday, 29 May
*James Leyland Kirby’s near-mythical ‘The Death Of Rave’ material finally given a proper release - original rave classics deconstructed into hazy, ambient flashbacks. Special Edition CD housed in reverse board digipak* Finally, after years of haranguing, Leyland Kirby finally yields 'A Partial Flashback' 8-track CD edition of his 204-track dancefloor elegy 'The Death Of Rave'. Conceived after a visit to Berghain in 2006 where, according to the artist "For me personally something had died… Rave and techno felt dead to me", the monumental and uncannily p… Read more
The Industrial Metal titans return with an new mini album, their first in 13 years! Now fully reformed and raring to go, 'Decline & Fall' displays JK Broadrick and B.C. Green operating at optimal levels on 4 tracks, 23 minutes of toiling drum machine and searing, grinding axe work delivered with stare-down intensity. Precise and brutal, it's a beast of a thing, razing all-comers with the technoid militancy of 'Ringer', the industro-funk swagger of 'Dogbite', pile-driving riffs on 'Playing With Fire', and the strong blast beats and garotting tension of 'Decline & Fall'.
Thursday, 22 May
Unparalleled cello virtuoso Arne Deforce forges a compelling and convincing union with Mika Vainio in the often jaw-dropping 'Hephaestus', their only recording together, made in December 2011 at Vorhuit, Ghent. Taking its mantle from the Greek and Roman god of fire (celestial blacksmith; craftsmen, artisans, sculptors, metals, metallurgy, fire and volcanoes - an all round stand-up guy), they pull no punches with a crushing display of instrumental and electronic might worthy of such lofty allusions. To be fair they could have called it 'Gary' and there'd be no less gravity to proceed… Read more
Monday, 19 May
Novi_sad transforms varied source material from Mika Vainio, BJ Nilsen, Daniel Menche and Francisco López with vividly visual results. With sources from BJ Nilsen he uses audio analysis on winds, sandstorms, and dust devils applied with data from functional anatomy of schizophrenic patients with auditory hallucinations resulting an almost cinematic panorama of expansive pads and blustering toxic distortions. Using audio analysis on ghostly planetary plasma waves from NASA and data applied from patterns of music agnosia associated with middle cerebral artery infarcts, Daniel … Read more
Thursday, 08 May
"Shortwave Nights is the debut album by Hiss Tracts, a new duo featuring David Bryant (Godspeed You! Black Emperor, Set Fire To Flames) and Kevin Doria (Growing, Total Life). The two met in 2004 and struck up a musical friendship that led to three Growing records being made at The Pines (Bryant's recording studio in Montreal) and a separate collaboration between the two, initially in conjunction with experimental filmmaker Karl Lemieux (also GY!BE's current 16mm auteur/projectionist). Rehearsal tapes from a set of sessions for a Lausanne Underground Film Festival performance in 2008 became… Read more
Thursday, 03 April
Probably our favourite release on RVNG Intl comes from metal duo Lee Buford and Chip King aka The Body produced by Bobby Krlic aka The Haxan Cloak for their crushing 4th album, 'I Shall Die Here'. Abetted by Krlic's visceral production, The Body sound more fearsome and physical than ever before, shaping a series of tracks which only seem to get more intense and nightmarish as the trip takes hold. From the funereal trudge of opener 'To Carry the Seeds of Death Within Me' we pass through successive stages revealed like some hemlock-induced hallucination, from the eschatological resignation of '… Read more
Thursday, 27 March
**Rare live actions from Nurse With Wound, recorded between 1984 and 1986 at Bar Maldoror at in Ghent, Belgium, 2007** "“In our very short spell as a ‘live band’ Nurse With Wound performed eight times, five in public, between the years of 1984-86. These events were shambolic, chaotic and uneven affairs, sometimes as boring for the performers as the non-plussed audiences but at other times reaching an amazing intensity. Some were quite amusing—I remember one in particular, a Christmas event in Amsterdam. We had decided no electric lights, just hundreds of candles around the stage and, in a… Read more
Thursday, 20 March
'Sulphur-Tarot-Garden' collects three mesmerising Cyclobe soundtracks to rare, silent Super-8 films shot by Derek Jarman between 1972 and 1978. An original CDr edition of 200 was debuted to coincide with the films' premiere with their new soundtrack at London's Queen Elizabeth Hall in 2012, and this is the first time they've been made widely available - original copies now sell for a lot. We've not had a chance to check the films yet, but if Cyclobe's soundtracks are any reflection of them it's certainly on our to do list. The first and longest piece, 'Sulphur' yields 15 minutes of infecti… Read more
Thursday, 21 November 2013
**Stunning suite of far-out, psychedelic collaborations between three virtuosic players. Really sounds like little else out there. Intrepid listeners need to check this** "Wake Up Awesome, by C. Spencer Yeh (Burning Star Core), Okkyung Lee, and Lasse Marhaug (Jazzkamer), is the second chapter of SSTUDIOS (Software Studios Series). SSTUDIOS is a new venture in the Software Recording Co.‘s expanding catalog that invites artists in the field of electronic music to create collaborative works of quality and vision. Inspired by the historical intersections of live perf… Read more
Thursday, 07 November 2013
**Glossy tip on-style gatefold slipcase** Visceral electro-acoustic drone music from Chicago's highly intriguing Coppice duo for New York's Quakebasket label. First impressions are important; the slow, gripping drone of 'Snuck Keel' is a vice-like handshake delivered with the intensity of Colin Stetson and Stephen O'Malley in a stare-out. 'Impulses for Elaborated Turbulence (Excised)' inverts and diffuses that energy with a haptic concrète sensibility calling to mind work by their label mates from Senufo Editions, which continues into the detached abstractions of 'Sop' - 16 minutes of bluster… Read more
Thursday, 10 October 2013
**2CD suite of five magisterial, extended drone compositions by the deeply influential minimalist, issued in the same week as his 80th birthday** Phill Niblock writes: "These CDs include pieces made in two different ways. Traditionally (since 1968), I recorded tones played by an instrument (by an instrumentalist), arranging these single tones into mutli-layered settings, making thick textured drones, with many microtones. In the early days, I prescribed the microtones, tuning the instrumentalist, when I was using audio tape. Later, I used the software ProTools, and made the microtones as I mad… Read more
Thursday, 05 September 2013
"Duane Pitre's new album, Bridges, features two pieces taken from a suite of analogous compositions by the same name, and was composed by Pitre in 2012. The two pieces that comprise the album are meant to work together in sequence as a composite work; or they can be isolated and listened to on their own. The title derives its name from the original concept for this work, which was to bring together aspects of traditional Eastern music (such as compositional form and tuning) with Western musical traditions (such as in the church music of the Middle Ages and modern classical music). The result is an … Read more
Thursday, 15 August 2013
*CD version in 4 panel mini-LP style gatefold package with UV high gloss printing* "White Hills’ seventh studio album, ‘So You Are... So You’ll Be’, features Dave W on guitars, synthesizer and vocals, EgoSensation on bass, synthesizer and vocals, and Nick Name on drums. The album is their most concentrated blast of psychedelic interstellar rock to date. Building on the solid foundations laid by last year’s excellent ‘Frying On This Rock’, they went back to BC Studios, Brooklyn to record once more with Martin Bisi (Sonic Youth, Swans), emerging with a concentrated blast of White Hill… Read more
One of Norway's heaviest follow up the Steve Albini-produced and Grammy Award-winning 'Solar Anus' with an eponymous 6th album. 'Arabrot' was conceived in an abandoned Swedish church and incorporates a wealth of outside assistance from the likes of celebrated experimentalists Lasse Marhaug and Erland Dahlen (Nils Petter Molvær/Madrugada) and production by Emil Nikolaisen (Sereena Maneesh/4AD) factored by inspiration from 20th century surrealist thinker Georges Batailles and Robert Desnos. Best consumed with a bottle of whisky.
Thursday, 01 August 2013
"Finally available, a much needed CD retrospective of Skullflower's early works from 1986 – 1990 spread across four separate releases, featuring all the material previously released on Broken Flag, Shock, Majora and Forced Exposure, plus around two hours of previously unheard music – 14 of them spread across the series. And this is not 'out-take' dross used to fill up CDs, this is essential early Skullflower providing further insight into their uniquely twisted musical world. All material has been digitally mastered by Richard Whittaker at FX, and each CD comes in a deluxe gatefold card c… Read more