Volcanic Tongue Catalogue

Dead White
Holy Deprivation

Arbor 09


Great new set of savage guitar blunder from this floating Skaters associate, Andy Brack aka San Diego's Dead White. Primitively executed lead guitar damage that blasts through a mire of tectonic analog judder with a wall of amps style that is somewhere between The Dead C and Fushitsusha if they hadda cut a live to walkman tape for Xpressway back in the day before descending to some medieval dungeon lurk with occasional lone shots of phased electricity, Industrial bulldozing and macabre vocal injections ala Ferraro/Clark. Comes in a six colour fold-out poster sleeve silkscreened by Jelle Crama in an edition of 130 copies.

James Ferraro
On Air

Underwater Peoples Records No Cat


Deluxe vinyl edition of what was originally a self-released CD-R from James Ferraro complete with reworked and re-recorded material and specially commissioned airbrush artwork. On Air feels like a luminous update of Ferraro’s early Lamborghini Crystal sides, with the atmosphere of a shortwave broadcast from a parallel universe where arpeggiated synths function as transports to a future that feels like a lonely technicolour version of the past. Deep space morse code patterns orbit bursts of triumphal garage band guitar, simple euphoric melodies that feel like the soundtrack to your adolescence are re-imagined as a series of psychedelic instants, smears of DJ voiceovers are beamed straight from Venus... On Air is the perfect trip into Ferraro’s Multitopia. Also features an insane cover version of “The Lion Sleeps Tonight” which sits nicely alongside Mama Baer and Kommissar Hjuler’s version.  Titles include ‘Pleiadian Channel Surfer #1’, ‘Remote Control Under The Couch’ and ‘Heaven’s Bathroom’. Recommended. 

Monopoly Child Star Searchers
The Garnet Toucan

Underwater Peoples Records UPLP-016


Stunning album from Spencer Clark (The Skaters et al), the final instalment in his ‘Romance Audio Trilogy’ that included Bamboo For Two and Make Mine Macaw: Spencer’s recent work has been heavily influenced by artist/occultists Kenneth Grant and Austin Osman Spare, positing alternate atavistic zones accessed via communion with regressed animal spirits that function as portals to visions of primal/universal consciousness  as communicated via sentient codes. The Garnet Toucan is as heady a piece of ritual/meditative music as anything from Angus MacLise in the way that it encodes deeply personal symbols w/accruing/repetitive layers of meaning and non-sense while generating the kind of hypnotic reveries that allow subconscious personas to take over. The music here has little parallel but there are nods to Sun Ra’s wiggier cosmo-keyboard fantasias, the more cosmic early Skaters sides, extremely primitive keyboard-led slow-mo dub settings, the kind of Industrial de-programming exotica fantasised by Throbbing Gristle, even the world galaxy visions of Alice Coltrane albeit with a heady/drugged basement/ritual vibe or the haunted soul of the most spooked Ethiopiques sides, all cut with slowed-down nightmare vox ala Basil Kirchin. The perfect spin for the liminal hours of the a.m. A stunning, magical package, very highly recommended!

Egyptian Sports Network
Interstitial Luxor

Pacific City Sound Visions/New Images #20/#19



Brand new private press LP from the duo of Spencer Clark (Monopoly Child/Skaters/Black Joker et al) and Matt Mondanile (Ducktails et al) with a guest appearance from Mark McGuire (Emeralds): this is a stunning record and a high point in both players’ catalogues, approaching the kind of ecstasy sound that would marry the sensual body-gnosis and memory vague stylings of Dan Lopatin’s echo jams with the kind of celestial tone-world poetry of the Sun Ra Arkestra at its most plugged in and wiggy. The jams are massively infectious, with Spencer’s hallucinatory tropicalia phasing into the kind of motorik highs that would reconcile “I Feel Love” with Faust’s “Krautrock” while Mondanile sighs over the top in synthesized vocoder bliss. Indeed, ESN feel like a technicolour riposte to late-period Throbbing Gristle, with a wild DIY/Industrial style morphing into trance inducing tropicalia and boombox rhythms while losing none of their interrogative hands-on appeal. Still, the mood is celebratory and high energy throughout, with irresistible rhythms piloted by aching/lucid keyboard melodies that are as nostalgic for the future as they are for all the past that’s yet to come. Indeed, it feels like the triumphal resolution to definitive sides like the Skaters LP on the California box set or like a great yea-saying coda to Ferraro’s Marble Surf, a form of ascendant celebratory trance that borrows sci-fi and magickal imagery with a sound that truly travels the spaceways. Plays at 45rpm for maximum body feel. This is the weirdo feel-good record of the year, very highly recommended!

Fourth World Magazine Vol. 2
Pinhead In Fantasia

Pacific City Sound Visions #24

LP + Magazine

Incredible new set of occult/sci-fi/black mirror workings from Spencer Clark aka Monopoly Child Star Searchers/Fourth World Magazine et al: based around the theme of Pinhead In Fantasia, this set power visions metallic angelic life-forms from the future, cenobytes, alien face-huggers, Disney-fied magick and the nightside of Hollywood complete with a full-colour fully illustrated magazine with channelled articles and workings by AR Faust, Spencer Clark and David Keenan. If you have seen any of Spencer’s recent live shows you will have experienced how his music has made quantum leaps towards a new form of high gothic/baroque keyboard fantasia and this amazing set expands on those breakthroughs, with a weirdo Angus MacLise electronic/tape music/hand-drums vibe filtered via backwards channelled vocals, Partch-ian sound environs, modern Holy Music-styled minimalism and a revelatory Kraut/2001 vibe. Less ‘frenetic’ than earlier workings, this represents a slow-dive through accumulated pop culture visions to new oracular zones via wormhole-bisected drone logic, complete with gorgeous sweeps of semi-classical keyboard tone and slow spinning sirens. Something desolately beautiful about this set that makes it stand out from anything Spencer has done before, more fully compositional and thematically linked, positing a dreamworld reconciliation of fourth world melodies, Euro classical darkness, sad cartoon euphorics (one track is titled “Lament Configurations In Walt Disney”) and a wiggy/timeless/haunting Sun Ra/Moondog/Popol Vuh feel. Recorded in an open air theatre and in a god metal box simultaneously. Beautifully packaged with a 12” 12 page full colour magazine, a singular release in every way, very highly recommended!

AR Faust
Pinhead In Fantasia

Pacific City Sound Visions No Cat


All-region DVD movie to accompany the Fourth World Magazine LP of the same name: an hallucinatory fever-dream from the Monopoly Child Star Searchers/Spencer Clark cultus, a straight dream download and Pacific City’s first movie release. Features alternate music to the LP. Recommended!

HR Giger's Studiolo

Pacific City Sound Visions No Cat


New privately released three hour (!) double cassette (four albums that are 43 minutes in length) in a micro-edition of only 95 copies from Spencer Clark of Fourth World Magazine/Monopoly Child Star Searchers/Skaters et al: following on from Fourth World Magazine’s recent black mirror working Pinhead In Fantasia, this one goes deep into the fantasy sex magick and new body workings of HR Giger while reanimating the cenobites of the LP as underworld psychopomps. Titles like “Giger’s Balinese Green Vaults”, “Giger’s Venusian Chestburster”, “A Nymph’s Posture In Azure” and “CD’s Peacock Acqua Regia” point to the kind of hallucinatory sound work at play here, with some of Spencer’s most aggressively formulated drone violence outside of The Skaters going up against, dark, murky, half-lit keyboard fantasias, down-tuned backwards vocal curses that sound like DJ Screw’s vision of Atlantis as the city of syrup, and sudden zagging jump-cuts that flash in and out of parallel realities. The feeling that something is going on just beneath the surface is palpable and in a way this new working is closest to Coil at their most macabre, with a feel for sidereal portraiture that is baffling and disturbing. One of the darkest trawls through basement desire and alternately-visioned worlds of Spencer’s catalogue to date, absolutely dazzling, highly recommended!

Greatest Hits
Danse Pop

Olde English Spelling Bee OESB-702


“Debut 4-song 7" by Brooklyn via L.A. mystery popsters with connections to Raw Thrills, Insted, Outer Limits Recordings, James Ferraro, & Luke Perry.... features Basement Jaxx/Michael Jackson/Sparks pop aspirations filtered through a Haunted Graffiti homemade aesthetic...” – OESB.