Thursday, 20 August
**Slow, purposeful, creaking dark ambient from the masters...** "November 2007, Venice. It was cold,damp & foggy. Nurse With Wound were playing 2 nights at the Teatro Fondamenta Nuove, with Blind Cave Salamander as support act. Listening to them perform, Steven Stapleton felt that some of what they played reminded him of the classic Nurse work, `Soliloquy for Lilith'. He suggested that the two bands should explore the possibility of playing live together, to explore that piece, with a view to recording an album. Forward to September 2009 when, after rehearsals, Nu… Read more
Thursday, 18 June
*The ever-excellent Jacaszek teams up with two other talents in the Polish music scene: saxophonist Mikoaaj Trzaska and punk-rock legend Tomasz Budzyaski* "The music on the record is a captivating mixof free-jazz, electronica and punk. These three personalities – three vectors – create three distinct dynamics, each element following its own trajectory. However, with all their various means of expression and styles they manage to create a structure full of trance and surprise. And this combination of improvisation, electronica and vocal experiment may prove to be the greatest artistic s… Read more
Thursday, 28 May
*This version includes parts 4, 5, 6 and 7 in the series and does not include parts 1 & 2, but comes with the box so that those of you who own the first two parts can slot them in* "Epic in scale, static, timbre and stillness, "Null" is a vast and profound music project that Luigi Archetti has been pursuing over a long period. His musical research is not about Null (the German word for zero) as a mathematical object, as a real number. Instead, the term Null (zero) is used here as a metaphor in order to describe a state of pausing and anticipatory waiting. The music in project NU… Read more
Thursday, 23 April
**A captivating slab, conjured live - no loops or overdubs - by superhuman saxophonist Colin Stetson and Arcade Fire' violinist, Sarah Neufeld. How on earth do they achieve that low end?! 180g vinyl in heavyweight jacket with black poly-lined dust sleeve, insert, poster, and download code** "Two of Constellation's acclaimed solo instrumental artists join forces on this tremendous new album of original compositions for horn and violin. Stetson and Neufeld first began playing in duo formation while on tour together as soloists in 2012, joining each other on stage f… Read more
Newly remastered from the original analogue tapes by Denis Blackham. Steve sez: 'This music was originally conceived as raw material for the film project 'Lumb's Sister' by Chris Wallis.During the long evolution of his movie, Chris decided to use alternative source sounds and subsequently none of these pieces ever made it onto the completed film.
Thursday, 16 April
Richard Chartier's Line label is at its best with Triac's gorgeous 2nd album of diaphanous drones. 'Days' could be taken as a measure of time, or equally as a pun on the lush effect of their music, presenting a barely-there suite of near-baroque melodic gestures that seem to float in mid-air, as though either moving very slowly or as a midnight mirage conjured by some gauzy mind. Within its seven pieces, ranging from pop-ambient temporality thru ten minute trips, they seem to capture the resonant, lingering after-thoughts of their instruments - Rossano Polidoro (laptop), Marco Seracini (piano, synth), and … Read more
Thursday, 02 April
'Wilderness of Mirrors' is a harrowing and compelling slab of dense ambient doom from esteemed Room40 proprietor, Lawrence English. Two years in the making and arguably ranking among his finest works, 'Wilderness of Mirrors' is, as English puts it, "reflection upon reflection, a pure white out of absolute aurality". Taking its title from a phrase rooted in T.S. Eliot's poem 'Gerontion' and later used to describe the misinformation campaigns of the cold war, it finds English channelling inspiration from the affective dynamics of Earth, MBV and Swans, together with his own fascina… Read more
*2CD double album* "Half Lives is the Gizeh Records follow-up album to Baker’s acclaimed 2013 album Already Drowning. While that album was built around the guest vocals of female singers - including Carla Bozulich, Jessica Bailiff and Geneviéve Castrée (O Paon) - Half Lives comprises two separate but interconnected albums and Baker’s loose concept was that they would bridge the more abstract/experimental and song-oriented natures of his work. Both albums were recorded in August 2014 in Berlin and are the product of initial extended improvisations that were then arranged into coherent pieces - ‘… Read more
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
**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 2014
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 2014
"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 2014
"“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