**Initial copies on translucent pink vinyl** In case you weren't there, Bocian present documentation of a pretty unhinged Cafe Oto session between gifted improvisers, Mats Gustafsson (reeds), John Russell (guitar) & Phil Minton (voice). Just imagine stumbling in on this one unprepared - a trio of blokes bleating, parping and yanking like Reeves & Mortimer after three days on the sauce. Of course, that description does a disservice to their well-honed extended technique and dexterity, but we'd defy anyone to keep a totally straight face at some of Minton's Zoidberg impersonations and baby voices. What a mad one, eh!?
Another shadowy project from Dominick Fernow’s Hospital Productions base, Force Publique Congo explores the more industrial facet of the US noise genre, digging into the deep recesses most never dare to reach. Through a dense wall of white noise and submerged vocals, we can almost make out fragments of rhythms, which over the record become more and more audible until it takes an about turn, settling on a sort of post-Pan Sonic noise/beats assault. Sawtooth waves and shuffling drum machine patterns cut through the ice-bath static and hoar… Read more
Claiming that a Merzbow recording constitutes his most accessible release yet is very much a relative statement; a fact hammered home (quite literally) by the cochlea shredding static rhythm that opens 'Merzbuta'. Meaning pig in Japanese, the '-buta' suffix becomes more clear on the inside cover where Merzbow (aka Masami Akati) comes over all Noam Chomsky (a label mate no less) with his call for "Animal domination, kill people not piggies!". Backed up by a Chapman Brothers-esque illustration of said domination, it's clear that Merzbow hasn't mellowed penny one in the epic supremacy of his peers.… Read more
Harbinger Sound serve the results of Phil Julian's stint at Stockholm's hallowed EMS Studio in 2013. Originally recorded for diffusion over the 21-channel Audiorama surround system, this stereo mix condenses the elements to a paltry two channels, but we've only got two ears and one set of headphones so we'll happily make do. There are three pieces on offer: the 18-minute 'Open Form' spans the A-side with shivering microtones and microtemporal rhythms precipitating more invasive psycho-acoustics and desolate drones; B-side 'Corona' deals in bristling, insectoid harmonics and piquant high freque… Read more
**Excellent debut of compellingly visceral new composition by Greek composer for ace new imprint, Holotype Editions. RIYL Reinhold Friedl or Iancu Dumitrescu** "[herewith] is Danae Stefanou’s first full-length solo piano release. The album centers around the tactile exploration of the piano interior as a sonorous surface, and as a resonant chamber. The resultant eight tracks, at times sharp and abrasive, at others densely immersive, aim to convey a physical sense of listening to the piano “from the inside”, rather than upkeeping the convention of appreciating the performance “from a dis… Read more
Proper, freeform brainfloss from two of Scandinavia's most active and important noise freaks. 'The Oslo Tapes' was recorded at "the best studio" in the Norwegian capital on 15th August, 2013 and has matured ripe for release in '15, yielding a crushed collision of honking sax particles and deft concrète haptics, incessantly shredding in flux between dimensions with scurrying scrabble and scree as chaotic and messily intricate as the unspooled tapes on the front cover. A record to get your teeth into/to pull teeth to.