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.

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!

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!

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.