Thursday, 26 March
Norway's Geir Jenssen (Biosphere) & Helge Sten (Deathprod) broach liminal ambient zones in their very keenly-awaited collaboration, 'Stator' for Touch. It's the 2nd time they've appeared together, following 1998's 'Nordheim Transformed', but the first time that they've actually collaborated. You'd be forgiven for assuming what ensues, as the duo plumb very closely to their signatures across seven tracks spread over 41 minutes. Entering with the unheimlich creep of 'Muses-C', balanced right on the biting point of phasing distortion and clarity, they cover vast tracts of ambient terrain with … Read more
**Liturgy augment their transcendental black metal with bolder electronics to ecstatic degrees in their 3rd album and follow-up to the radical 'Aesthetica'. Deluxe, spotgloss-printed and debossed gatefold jacket includes printed inners and DL code. Initial 500 copies on coloured wax** "Liturgy is a Brooklyn-based, self-styled “Transcendental Black Metal” band whose yearning, energetic music exists in an uncanny space between avant rock, black metal, fine art and shamanic ritual. Led by songwriter and conceptual architect Hunter Hunt-Hendrix, who is joined by guitarist Bernard Gann, bassist Tyler … Read more
**Lighning Bolt take the skin off it with their 1st album since 2012 - recorded in a proper studio, too!** "Fantasy Empire, Lightning Bolt’s sixth album and first in five years, is a fresh take from a band intent on pushing themselves musically and sonically while maintaining the aesthetic that has defined not only them, but an entire generation of noisemakers. It marks many firsts, most notably their first recordings made using hi-fi recording equipment at the famed Machines With Magnets, and their first album for Thrill Jockey. More than any previous album, Fantasy Empire sounds like d… Read more
Thursday, 26 February
*4 panel digifile CD Edition* "Jarboe is a famed vocalist, musician and performer, who came to prominence as co-front and co-writer in Swans. In addition to her X solo albums, she has notably worked with Neurosis as well as many other legends such as Blixa Bargeld. Helen Money is the nomme de guerre of cellist Alison Chesley. In addition to working with Mono, Anthrax and Russian Circles, she has toured with Joe Lally and Shellac among others, and released her third album 'Arriving Angels' on respected metal label Profound Lore in 2013. While still a "heavy" record in many ways, C… Read more
Thursday, 12 February
**Tectonic electronics, RIYL Emptyset, Paul Jebanasam, Alva Noto** "In contrast with the continual pursuit of achievement, that today's culture teaches us, the theme of Descent, found in many myths in the shape of the hero going underground to pass a period of solitude, is no longer represented. A cultural space existed in most traditional societies for such a period in a person's life and it was seen as necessary in order for the initiate to re-connect with their past and concomitantly with his collective unconscious, or humanity’s primordial existence. "Sarava Exu" was written throughout su… Read more
'Deterrence' is the formerly cassette-only 2010 release by Ricardo Donoso. It plumbs a darker, primordial space that pre-echoes the submerged qualities of his excellent albums for Digitalis, drawing us into abyssal zones of bleakest ambient electronics perfused with looming electro-acoustic structures that tesselate in the pitch blacknuss or scrape the clammy walls of his shapeshifting chambers.
Thursday, 05 February
A stark missive from the edge of the abyss, composed by Francisco Lopez and performed by Kasper T. Toeplitz at GRM Studios in Paris, France. 'Untitled #274' is one of the most focussed, near liminal pieces we've yet heard from the esteemed Portuguese composer and sound artist. A single, 48-minute piece imperceptibly unfolds from microscopic, psychoacoustic crackle - the aural equivalent of popping candy - underlined with skittish sub-bass pulses, drawing our ears through thickets of filigree white noise and howling drones that build gradually and dissipate at oblique angles. It doesn't fe… Read more
"Marrying malevolent attack to expansive celestial splendour, ‘In Black And Gold’ marks a point whereby Hey Colossus map out a sonic trajectory that expands on their trademark ornery overload. The songs herein may be leaner and more artful than the fearsome sound by which they made their name on albums like 2008’s ‘Project: Death’ and the monstrous 2013 opus ‘Cuckoo Live Life Like Cuckoo’, but they remain possessed of the wrath both Stoogian and Stygian that fuels their noiserock transgression. an evolutionary process has led to their maximalist tendencies being replaced by a sharp focu… Read more
Thursday, 22 January
**Raging, boundary-testing heavy metal alloy from the American South. Rip your face off and spit in the abyss business** "The Body and Thou are bands with Southern roots that have been pushing the boundaries of heavy metal for over a decade. Both have maintained relentless touring schedules, a dedication to DIY ethics and aesthetics, and a commitment to push their respective brands of extreme music into previously unexplored territories. You, Whom I Have Always Hated is a new collaborative release that showcases both bands’ unique abilities to create music… Read more
"Fantastic Planet is the soaring, evocative new album from Noveller, the solo instrumental venture of Austin-based composer and filmmaker Sarah Lipstate. The LP is a journey through eclectic sonic terrain, blending rich waves of synth with soaring cinematic guitar lines, guiding the listener through Noveller's most diverse and compelling release to date. Originally self-defined as an electric guitar project, Lipstate began recording under the name Noveller in 2005 whilst living and studying in Texas. She uprooted to Brooklyn and subsequently made waves on New York's live scene, sharing the s… Read more
Thursday, 15 January
**Includes download code** "tētēma is a new duo project from Mike Patton (Faith No More, Mr. Bungle, Fantômas, principal Zorn interpreter) and Australian composer/pianist Anthony Pateras (Thymolphthalein, Pivixki, Pateras/Baxter/Brown, Beta Erko). geocidal is audio caffeine injected direct into your eyeballs. Recorded across half the continents on the planet, this record investigates the murder of place. Do borders even matter any more? Should we even leave the house? Is there any specificity left in this generalized cesspool of culture? Or has the tidal wave of digitally-f… Read more
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
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