Volcanic Tongue Catalogue


Rayon Records 005


New limited to 50 copies DVD from this aggressively angular free improv/No Wave unit featuring drummer Pascal Nichols.

Simon Rose and Pascal Nichols
Sombrero Galaxy

Bug Incision BIM-49


Epic series of free jazz improvisations from the horse-killing UK underground duo of saxophonist Simon Rose and drummer Pascal Nichols (Part Wild Horses Mane On Both Sides) in an edition of 75 copies: Rose is perhaps best known for his trio playing alongside Steve Noble and Simon Fell as part of Badlands but his playing here seems to have more in common with the Wildman style associated with Peter Brotzmann’s FMP circle than anything coming out of UK improv. He has a fast, throaty style that means he can smear fragments into knotty drones that almost sound like arco bow work just as easily as testifying in a sing-song post-Frank Wright style. Which is all just so much gravy for drummer Pascal Nichols, still the most interesting ‘young’ drummer on the UK scene. He responds with rolling, pugilistic rhythms that are the closest he has come to paralleling Chris Corsano’s explosive style while cutting it with the kinda lunar tonal activity that regularly take Part Wild Horses to the moon. Their last duo set was a blast and this one might be even better, so make your move. 

Harappian Night Recordings
Shama Parwana

Singing Knives No Cat


New set of hysteric glossololia from Sayed Kamran Ali aka Harappian Night Recordings: cut-up in a collage style that is part Radio Sumatra, part Swiss sound artist asylum, Shama Parwana presents a night-time burial ground of haunted instant architectures and down-tuned fourth world balladry. With laminal vocal pile-ups that are as, uh, ‘cursed’ as anything from the lips of Uncle Jim, Kamran generates the sense of tone-dialling through phantom radio stations manned by the ghosts of Indo-pop, crazy wisdom preachers and B movie soundtracks re-gunned for a post-Basement Infidel mindset. Comes with a digital download. 

Ludo Mich/Syed Kamran Ali/Pascal Nichols
The Wet Black Poodle Transforms

Singing Knives No Cat


Aces-up three way live blat that sees Belgian film-maker/artist/sound poet/madman Ludo Mich accompanied by Pascal Nichols of Part Wild Horses Mane On Both Sides and Syed Kamran Ali of Harappian Night Recordings/The Hunter Gracchus et al: this documents two live shows, one from Sheffield on 18th  November and the other from Manchester the next night. Mich is on mind-bending form here, forsaking established ‘sound poetry’ modes for spontaneous body strategies, snores, bursts of song and screams, at points getting into an amazing Patty Waters-esque riff on “black”, at others channelling the ferocious osmotic tongue of Blixa Bargeld circa “Negative Nein”. Ali and Nichols bolster the feel of Industrial ritual with metal tones, tonal skin sounds, weird moments of gamelan drone and sudden explosions of full bore improvisation that give the nod to the kinda volcanic interplay of the Music Improvisation Company or the large scale percussive constructs of Tony Oxley. A fantastic set, packaged in an oversize fold-out concertina style art paper sleeve. Recommended. 

Helderberg Howl

Golden Lab Records ROWF-35



Great set of barbarous solo guitar/vocal invocation from Nick Mitchell, recorded live at the Helderberg House in Albany, NY in March 2013: Chalaque's last release saw a trio formation that featured Pascal Nichols of Part Wild Horses Mane On Both Sides on drums and Eric Hardiman of Rambutan on bass but this solo set lets you get deep inside Mitchell's furious six-string conception, with a dunting, almost autistic approach to barbed wire modalities and breakout freak that comes over like an automating No Wave re-think of the early Guitar Roberts takes on moanin' after midnight. Sterling work. 


Pelt Part Wild Gate
Hung On Sunday

Mie Music MIE-023


Hand-numbered edition of 300 copies LP that documents a big-band underground supergroup tackling traditional gamelan: Pelt Part Wild Gate features Mike Gangloff, Pat Best, Nathan Bowles and Tycho-Shea Gangloff from Pelt, Michael Morley of Gate/The Dead C et al and Pascal Nichols and Kelly Jones aka Part Wild Horses Mane On Both Sides. The music is startling, taking off on traditional gamelan but taking it somewhere else entirely. The ensemble move through various zones, generating a rapture of distant thunder that features melodies within melodies, blooming organically, as the sound of gongs, singing bowls and metallaphones chime in soft heavenly choruses. Indeed, the music bears a distinct similarity to both the sound of Pelt – specifically the Empty Bell Ringing In The Sky era – and Part Wild Horses Mane, with that spacious, yet massively zoned ‘Holy Mountain’ feel that Pascal and Kelly always bring to the proceedings. And although they’re certainly reverent, there’s no overly precious feel, with the band pushing out into crude punk-primitive klang as much as sensuous fourth world ritual. The recording is beautifully rendered too, taking you deep into the infinite bell tones and songs within songs of the gamelan ritual. A major meeting of minds, immediately sold out at source, highly recommended.

Part Wild Horses Mane On Both Sides
Aulos’ Second Reed

Bennifer Editions #133


Beautiful new LP in an edition of 300 copies from the sainted UK duo of Pascal Nichols and Kelly Jones, Part Wild Horses Mane On Both Sides: a massive step elsewhere for the duo, this new album presents too distinct sides, with the first side a massively dilated slow-burning improvisation that takes black devotional music into new realms of brain-eviscerating extension. Slow puffs of F/X drenched flute play stoned age drones ala Sabu Orimo/Don Cherry while Nichols plays in a slow, cultic/tonal style, bouncing single bass bongs into the path of Kelly’s hallucinatory melodic runs before the sounds of a rainstorm blow in and suddenly we’re in an outdoor gamelan temple in the middle of a forest as the two players bring down the sound of the skies. Imagine Derek Bailey and Min Tanaka’s Music & Dance set re-scored by Popol Vuh circa Aguirre. On the flip the sonics are even more dilated, with distant percussion sounds and small melodic interventions that come over as somewhere between Keiji Haino’s solo percussion rituals and the ancient improvised atmospheres of Japan’s Toho Sara building to a massively doomy apex as church bells sound a slow hallelujah for the end of the world. This is a major development of the PWHMOBS sound, opening it out to include massively deep field recordings and long passages of zoned semi-silent prayer. A stunning album, all hand screened and handmade ala the classic Bennifer style, very highly recommended!

Live 3: At Stonehenge

No Label No Cat


CD-R edition of what was originally a cassette release from this unstoppable Danish free jazz orchestra, here recorded live with an expanded line-up in Copenhagen in December 2009. Everyone plays recorders and percussion as well as their primary instrument, be it saxophone, ney flute, electric guitar, electronics, vocals, clarinet, violin, double bass and drums and the results are mind-blowing, moving from Art Ensemble-styled communal freak into heavenly post-Coltrane ascensions through the tone world. Can’t think of anyone outside of the much-missed Rauhan Orkesteri/Paivansade circle with such a devastating grasp of folk-primitive form and higher minded avant bliss. 

Outer Nothingness

Golem Tapes G-14


Extended remixed/re-mastered edition of what was originally a very limited 3” release featuring an hour of dense, melancholy tape loop experiments from a project with connections to Shiggajon. The atmosphere approximates William Basinski’s masterpiece Disintegration Loops but with a frosty end of the world aspect and the sound of distant alien carousels repeat-spinning in space. Beautifully alien night-time tone poetry with a profoundly lonely aspect.