Volcanic Tongue Catalogue

Darren Williams
Reed

Bug Incision Records BIM-66

CD-R
£8.99


Numbered edition of 200 copies solo CD-R from this saxophone firebrand: Williams is best known for his collaborations with Mats Gustafsson, Eugene Chadbourne and Han Bennink but Reed is a bit of a departure for him and it is a goddamn stone. Williams plays a series of compositions for solo tenor that have all of the spiritual gravity of an Albert Ayler or a David S. Ware while spinning and extrapolating his thought into endless circular breathing routines that give the nod to Evan Parker or Joe McPhee but that somehow sound like no one else. His playing is melodic, dark, dramatic, with a  sweep and a grace that is almost classical while firmly grounded in post-Coltrane traditions. The compositions are alternately haunting, uplifting, triumphal and emotionally implosive as Williams breaks through one plateau after the next, peaking again and again with dancing tones, juggling incredible dense microtonally complex patterns that bloom and breed like so much organic life. This is truly the bomb, a tour-de-force of solo alone in the universe reed thought but also some of the best writing for saxophone I have heard in a goddamn age. And what a tone! Simply cannot recommend this monster side enough, hands-down best solo saxophone side in an age – very highly recommended!

Flaherty Corsano Duo
Last Eyes

Records R-7

LP
£16.99


Ferocious new saxophone/drums duo exchange from two liberated post jazz/hardcore thinkers who put so much flesh into their conceptions you can almost taste the meat. Three tracks, including a sidelong paean to a cute Chicago cat – “I Love Jimmy” – and some totally psycho photo booth strips on the back. So plug the fuck in. Great to have these guys on vinyl. Recorded live at WMBR, Cambridge MA in 2004. Highest recommendation.

Harbinger
Second Coming

Guerssen Records Guess-059

LP
£21.99


Another public service, restring to vinyl the second album cut by private press legend Dave Bixby, of Ode To Quetzalcoatl ‘fame’. Written during the same inspired few weeks that gave birth to his first LP, Harbinger surfaced briefly in the early 70s before vanishing without a trace. Only a few originals have ever passed into the hands of collectors but everyone who has heard it has been floored. The sound is a little different from the first album, though the focus is still Bixby’s downer guitar style and lyrics of revelation and salvation. By this point Bixby was more conventionally religious than on the previous side and there’s a little more clarity to the recording, with his voice and guitar further bolstered by arrangements and vocal harmonies. But it still succeeds in coming across as incredibly lonely, somehow channeling the blackest side of the 1960s counter-cultural fall-out into introspective hymns to personal deliverance. A buncha people I know are pretty much divided on which of Bixby’s albums is the best – the first one has the thicker ‘mood’ but the songwriting here is at a fractured peak. One visit to Bixby’s drug-damaged/mysto-fuelled sound world is enough to develop a serious habit, to the point where you’ll be spending nights floating down the stream with back-to-back spins of them both. Comes with liners and a free MP3. Highly recommended.

Russell Haswell
Second Live Salvage

Editions Mego #13

2xLP
£18.99


Massive limited edition double LP that documents some insanely heavy live actions from Russell Haswell, with improvised performances drawn from 2000 through 2005. This one bundles shows from Valencia, Stockholm, Frankfurt, Brighton, Paris and Japan. Haswell uses computer, software and a pro-DJ-mixer to generate ferocious shape-shifting monoliths of tone-threat that are as terrifyingly a-musical as early Conrad Schnitzler or Faust at their most Industrial. There’s an epic, avant-classical edge to his conceptions that kinda parallels Philip Best’s breakthroughs on the last Consumer Electronics album, coupled with a feel for lurid, organic shape-shifting that could almost be Japanese, a hunch that the final ‘bonus’ track with T. Mikawa from Incapacitants/Hijokaidan only confirms. A fantastic ‘noise’ record and highly recommended.

Wolf Eyes
Black Wing Over The Sand

Kning Disk/Ideal Recordings 017/046

LP
£12.99


Limited edition Wolf Eyes Lp, in a run of 900 copies, made up of a single eerie, minimal track across both sides of the vinyl that mingles identifiable sound sources - glisses of guitar, slow blooms of bass - with luminous coronas of high, lonesome tone, rusty death factory rhythms and punk metal eroticism. Heavy early Throbbing Gristle vibe to this - somewhere between Live At The Rat and Live At Oundle School with a little of the psychological horror feel of River Slaughter. Slow moving, grimy and full of implied threat. Recommended.

Zaimph
The Undetermined Dyad

Volcanic Tongue VT-006

LP
£14.99


Zaimph is working cover for the solo experiments of Marcia Bassett, formerly of Un and Double Leopards. The Undetermined Dyad functions as the fulcrum of her career to date, looking back towards her experiments in group levitation with Double Leopards while extrapolating on her recent solo work. Most of all it's a *guitar* record and one that sits comfortably alongside previous six-string monoliths like John Fahey's Days Have Gone By, Donald Miller's A Little Treatise On Morals or Masayuki Takayanagi's Live At Zojoji Hall while sounding quite unlike any of them. Bassett's re-imagining of the instrument pushes it to the point of almost-translucence, where the physical fact of the guitar itself is almost completely subsumed by echo, F/X, loops and the kind of improvisatory logic that prizes infinite expansion and organic growth over repeated tropes or riffs. Aspects of the first side - the eerie ghost voices, the deep space echo - recall the electrified ritual of nomadic Japanese avant gardists Taj Mahal Travellers but more immediately it sounds like a magnification of her individual contribution to Double Leopards, generating towers of electricity that move from malevolent arcs of anti-gravity and spumes of throttled single notes through to deep wormholes that do violence to feeble notions of time and space. The B side is a little more aggressive, with the tactile sound of strings on pick-ups anchoring a gorgeous wash of all-consuming drone and garage band fuzz before Bassett cranks the tone into realms of total sonic reducer. If your concept of the guitar begins with Jimi Hendrix setting the fucking thing on fire and ends with the sound of voltage completely liberated from any kind of tonal or harmonic anchor whatsoever then this record may well be the girl you've been praying for. But you won't wanna introduce her to your parents. Edition of 300 copies, with jackets featuring original artwork by Marcia Bassett, all silkscreened by Alan Sherry of SIWA and with a full-colour insert wrapped in a Japanese plastic sleeve. Expertly mastered by Tom Carter of Charalambides.

The Flexibles
Cities Of The Narrow Universe

Nyali Recordings #10

7” EP
£6.99


Edition of only 250 copies debut 7” from a new Glasgow based collapsed power trio featuring Richard Youngs, his son Sorley Youngs (six years old at the time of the recording of this EP) and Andrew Paine: safe to say you have never heard anything remotely like this. The A side, “Oh Volcanio” (do they mean us?!) features a brain-mangling monochord riff that comes straight out of the early Throbbing Gristle/Zyklon-B Zombie school while Richard repeats the title in thrilling arcs of Church Of England glory while Sorley makes with down-tuned/screwed vocal that come over like Darth Vader narrates early Whitehouse, rhythm boxes spit out clunky, off rhythms ala Tori Kudo/Jutok Kaneko and guitars and bass bleed pure electricity. It’s disturbing, hermetic, gloriously out and massively life affirming. The flip features two tracks that take the devolved rock/pop Industrial brut into new levels of early Cabaret Voltaire style electro lurch complete with more peaking/down-tuned vocals, dunting rhythms, occult whispers and OTT DIY art strategies reduced to new depths/peaks. Hands-down the single of the year, can’t see anything coming close on the format as it feels these three are birthing a whole new form of spontaneous rock music here. Rumours of a full-length forthcoming on No Fans; this is the goddamn source. Too much and highest possible recommendation!!

Yong Yandsen
Disillusion

Doubtful Sounds Doubt-10

LP
£16.99


Staggering set of Industrial strength solo tenor saxophone from this Malaysian sound-thinker, much praised by Jim Sauter of Borbetomagus: Yandsen plays as part of Emacm and SiCKL, collectives that promote freak vectors in Malaysia, but this solo side is the sound of naked and ferociously lonely. Yandsen has a tone that is comparable to Peter Brotzmann, especially on similarly stripped-down sides like No Nothing but in terms of conception his style feels closest to the late Kaoru Abe, especially in the way that he wrestles quicksilver blats of high, emotionally fraught lines, factoring in smears of ballads or deconstructed sing-song violence as he shoots for a sound that is quicker than planets. Indeed, take the hallucinatory phantom register excess of the whole Abe/Urabe school and marry it to the locomotive Wildman rama-lama of a Brotzmann, a Sauter or even a Gustafsson and you’re close to the kinda worlds that this guy straddles. One of the major solo saxophone statements of the decade? Very highly recommended!

1/3 Octave Band
Ultramarine

Pseudo Arcana PA-144

Lathe-Cut LP
£23.99


Ultra-limited Peter King lathe-cut LP (with fill free download) from this fantastic/hermetic New Zealand underground drone unit led by Bill Wood (who also plays in Birchville Cat Motel) and featuring Jules Desmond: Ultramarine presents a series of movements with an epic, classical grace, unfolding from actual guitar experimentation and hands-on punked textural jags ala Thela, RST, Sandoz et al. Using wild sweeps of slow motion fuzz, basement punk guitar, wailing single note testimonies and the kind of edge of the world hypnotics that defined the whole Xpressway take on amplifier damage as a mainline to rock satori, 1/3 Octave Band confuse ragged psychedelic rock with compositional drone work and the kinda levitating string burn of Rallizes, Charalambides and Ash Ra Tempel. The laminal use of field recordings underlines the whole alien landscape appeal of this amazing side but it’s the constantly peaking guitar work, the sound of the chords of heaven, that nail you to the edge of your seat. A massively potent NZ drone working, ultra-limited, beautifully packaged as with alla the Pseudo Arcana jams, very highly recommended!

Bassholes
Boogieman Stew

Columbus Discount Records CDR-071

LP
£16.99


Edition of 500 copies LP from Don Howland’s (Gibson Brothers/Ego Summit et al) raging Ohio guitar/vocal/organ/drums duo: Bassholes take the one man bandstand rocking attack of Hasil Adkins and cut it with classic avant garage scorch, joining the dots between gutbucket blues, sci-fi ass blasters and Daily Dance-style avant crank. Two sides here, one that plays at 33, the flip at 45, w/Howland ranging through torrential takes on primo material like The Groundhogs’ “Express Man”, Wayne County’s “Paranoia Paradise” and Noh Mercy’s “Caucasian Guilt” as well as an incredible slew of originals that marry nada fidelity with peaking girl/boy vocals and dive-bombing fuzz guitar licks. All packaged in printed/fake media mail envelopes with hard card backing and insert, highly recommended!

Birdcatcher
Prey

Pseudo Arcana No Cat

CD-R
£9.99


Beautifully presented limited CD-R reissue of a sold-out cassette from the New Zealand lapsteel and banjo duo of Antony Milton and Bill Wood, recorded on new year’s eve 2013: this is about as far from Appalachian hunch-billy as you could spit, with a massively degraded sound bled straight to tape coming over like a heavy metal Scorces plays the Matthew Bower songbook. There’s a torrential avant/classical appeal to much of Birdcatcher’s music, with great arcs of fuzz and confusion suddenly bisected by lucid small-scale string drones and celestial tone poetry in a way that points towards a more ‘cosmic’ Lost Domain or an American Primitive take on Tangerine Dream’s colossal Zeit double LP. Plus it’s all rendered with that beautiful sun-coming-up-at-the-edge-of-the-world NZ fidelity. Indeed, some of the steel string soloing has the aspect of Loren Connors or even Keiji Haino, albeit teetering on the very edge of a void of drone. Love this, very highly recommended!

Cheater Slicks
Live Vol. 3

Columbus Discount Records CDR-070

LP
£16.99


Fairly amazing and long-time coming live documentation of one of the killingest garage punk primitive rock/roll trios of this or any age, the Cheater Slicks. No one does ugly, pluke spattered teenage wasteland breakdowns with quite as much sass as these three and although evidence of their uniquely greasy live sound has been thin on the ground Columbus Discount have stepped into the fray with the first in a proposed multi-volume series of live jags that catches them in full flight. Cheater Slicks have always been much more than your mere local peddlers of retro kitsch and their reach goes out to everything from classic Texan psych through hunching rockabilly, weepy teenage garage and pre/post Spacemen 3 repeat-riff nirvana. Vol. 3 is a particular treat as it focuses on the more endlessly extended side of Cheater Slicks, with two epic side long tracks. The A side presents their legendary “Thinkin Some More” in alla its brokedown glory, recorded live at the Khyber Pass in Philadelphia in 1992. Jon Spencer, in his sleevenotes, recalls being so excited by this particular performance that he attempted to throw a table at the stage, accidentally landing it on top of Tom Lax from Siltbreeze instead. “Thinkin Some More” pulses with the kinda historical flux that was highlighted by Alpo from The Real Kids’ brief tenure with the group, building on The Real Kids’ Chuck Berry>MC5 style by extrapolating classic rock/roll licks into the eternally repeating keys to the power punk kingdom in a way that could almost be a particularly warty and stripped down Rallizes. What a blast. And to further confuse timelines and suggest parallel realities the flip features an epic sidelong “Sweet” take on The Velvet Underground’s “Sister Ray” recorded at The Summit in Columbus, Ohio in 2009. This is what rock/roll sounds like, just in case you forgot w/ alla that synth, soundtrack and laptop ‘noise’ buzzing round your head. Edition of 500 copies. Very highly recommended!

Cheater Slicks
Reality Is A Grape

Columbus Discount Records/ CDR-068/

LP
£16.99


Edition of 500 copies studio album from Cheater Slicks in individually silkscreened sleeves with inserts, all unique: Cheater Slicks remain the drunkenest of USA garage primitives and this is a pitch perfect pass through the Ohio void w/weeping minor key teen punk ballads going up against the kinda gnarly string burn that would reconcile primo ‘billy hunch with proto-industrial guitar violence, gasoline-huffing electricity duels and almost Dead C-style rock breakdowns. Pretty much the perfect marriage of swagger and scorch from one of the few contemporary garage bands that look to the future as much as the past, all stone-cold classic originals alongside an amazing rip through Butch Phillips’ mind-bending “Half Past High”. Highly recommended.

Konstrukt with Marshall Allen
Live At Sant’Anna Arresi Jazz Festival

8MM 061

LP
£16.99


Explosive new devotional free jazz side, edition of 200 copies: Konstrukt come from Turkey and play the kind of sanctified industrial strength glossolalia of the Ayler brothers while pushing the whole deal into the kind of high energy instants of Last Exit via saxophone, electric guitar, organ, electronics, bass and drums. They’ve collaborated – to ass-flattening effect – with Peter Brotzmann and Evan Parker and have developed an on-going working relationship with saxophonist Marshall Allen of the Sun Ra Arkestra, who appears with them on the second side of this massively potent set recorded live in 2013. The first side is the quartet on their own, who take the sound of the John Coltrane Orchestra circa 1967 into new zones of avant whu and deeply spiritualised outside testifying complete with long passages of organ drone and wiggy electronics. The flip with Marshall has to be heard to be believed, moving from small group extrapolations of the cosmo-sound of the Arkestra proper through the kind of gorgeous speaking in tongues of the whole Noah Howard/Frank Wright continuum. Very highly recommended!

Lowest Form
The Lowest Form

Low Recordings LOW-01

7" EP
£6.99


Staggering new hardcore/wipeout quartet rock moves from a new UK group that features Paco Mus, Luke Younger (Helm/Birds Of Delay) and Michael Kasparis (Apostille/Night School Records et al): four tracks that trade bloodied/throat-rending vocals with amphetamine shots of pure thug, classic d-beat rhythms and a feel for the dynamics of fuzz that is almost Japanese. Full length album due on Iron Lung, meantime file this firecracker next to Atentado, Glam, Isterismo, Rotten Masters and Barbed Wire Explosion In The Kingdom Of Atlantis. 

Paintings Of Windows
Pororar River Mouth

Pseudo Arcana No Cat

Lathe-Cut LP + DVD
£26.99


Stunning new electro-acoustic visioning of area sonorities from New Zealand’s Antony Milton aka A.M./Birdcatcher/Black Boned Angel/Mrtyu et al on an ultra-limited Peter King cut lathe LP with DVD and download: this one was recorded in Punakaiki, a small beach town on the wild and rugged South Island of New Zealand in 2013. Recorded over the space of one week, this is an album that really takes you *there*, combining sad elegiac drones recorded beneath open skies with oddly affecting field recordings made in the bush and on the shore and a series of hushed, fragile chants and song forms that summon the ghost of Alastair Galbraith as if it was recorded straight to Walkman by Andrew Chalk and Matthew Shaw. All music was made using a battery operated synthesizer and sampler, with recordings typically made at dusk “when the inspiration of the land/sea-scapes were at their most intense.” Indeed, as Antony says “The rush and whisper of ocean waves is perhaps the most dominant of voices here”. The set also comes with a mesmerising DVD featuring a film Antony made to go along with the music that documents his lonely sojourn out there at the edge of the world.  Hard to think of anyone who can so masterfully transmute their own peripatetic wanderings into such beautiful sound/image constructs. A mesmerising set from Antony and a continuation of Pseudo Arcana’s recent stunning form. Immediately sold out at source, very highly recommended! 

Regler
s/t

8MM 059

LP
£16.99


Edition of only 200 copies, immediately sold out at source, from the killing new duo of Mattin (Billy Bao et al) and Anders ‘Drajan’ Bryngelsson of Brainbombs/No Balls: it makes sense that Mattin would forge an alliance with Brainbombs as outside of Billy Bao they have been responsible for some of the most reprehensibly crude/extreme redux of contemporary rock/roll, reducing three chord punk plukes to ominous monochord minimalism cut with dopey sociophathic teen yucks and presenting the most wretched and degraded form of psych/rock/metal this side of an unholy amalgam of Parson Sound, AC/DC and Merzbow. Here Mattin pushes the whole deal into distorted gridlock with two side long pieces, the first of which uses classic d-beat strategies combined with post-Lou Reed single chord amplifier worship to produce a thrifty wall of pulsating rock noise, crossing the dancing hallucinatory microtones of a Maryanne Amacher with the sludge of primo-Sabbath and the endless ascension style of your favourite Scandinavian drone/metal commune. Wall destroying. Over on the flip the duo apply corrosive ‘dub’ strategies to the same, with large blocks of erased sonics interrupted by occasional accidentals and signifiers of future rock form - the sound of a snare drum, a stray guitar harmonic - that proves silence is not only sexy, it’s noisy as all hell. A massive, brain-erasing set of monomaniacal punk/avant rock violence from two of the loneliest braincells in strategic underground raunch. Highly recommended!

Ruth White
7 Trumps From The Tarot Cards and Pinions

Black Mass Rising BMR-04

LP
£21.99


Edition of 500 copies reissue of this amazing off-the-wall 1969 dark electronic/psych/weirdo side: White recorded 7 Trumps From The Tarot Cards in 1969 in her own studio using invented or otherwise modified electronics just before her equally-amazing setting of The Flowers Of Evil by Baudelaire that was scored for electronics and her own voice, often Satanically modulated or processed through weird sing-song patches and alien F/X. White’s occult electronics come over as somewhere between the Poetry Out Loud jams, Lothar & The Hand People, Buffy Sainte-Marie's "God Is Alive, Magic Is Afoot" and the oracular tape work of Joan La Barbara and the atmosphere is just massively psychedelic, with aspects of composers like Laurie Spiegel and Eliane Radigue, but with an almost Kenneth Anger soundtrack vibe and a heady ritual feel that could almost be Coil circa Astral Disaster.
White plays her own pitched oscillators, built using bathroom tiles for keys (!), as well as using a primitive rhythm box, a spring reverb unit, hand-cut tape loops, subliminals, backwards F/X and various vocal filters. It’s impossible to classify this amazing side, call it black psychedelia, Kosmische music, avant garde composition, it defies any of these categories, totally transcending its crude DIY genesis with an atmosphere that is deeply occult and an unfolding sense of narrative that is totally gripping. Seven tarot cards are sounded: The Wheel Of Fortune, The Magician, The Hanged Man, The Sun, The Tower, The Lovers and The World while over on the flip she presents an hallucinogenic modular hymn to “A Choreography About Symbolic Flight”. 7 Trumps was originally released as part of a world-beating run from the Mercury Limelight series and was book-ended by Pierre Henry's Mass For Today – The Green Queen, The Percussion Of Strasborg's Signals, Fifty Foot Hose’s Cauldron, Response: Electronic Music From Norway and Pierre Henry’s Variations For A Door And A Sigh. Alright! Fans of Bobby Beausoleil, Nurse With Wound, Ash Ra Tempel, Laurie Spiegel, Coil et al pretty much need to hear this. One of the most unlikely reissues of the year and a big personal favourite. Suffice to say you’ve never heard anything quite like it. Highest possible recommendation!

The Kitchen Cynics
Genealogy

Les Enfants Du Paradiddle ENF-91

CD-R
£6.99


Beautiful, personally resonant privately released set of avant folk, psychedelic blues and hermetic DIY from Alan Davidson’s legendary Scottish underground alchemists The Kitchen Cynics: packaged with some beautiful, out-of-time shots of Davidson’s mother, this is a particularly affecting collection of personal arcana, featuring Davidson’s beautiful memorial for Jack Rose, “Me, Jack & Lee & the ghost of Skip James” as well as a beautifully damaged take on The Fall’s “Bill Is Dead”, live tracks from SHMU FM (including the irresistible, “Beans On Toast On A Beatles Plate”) and a whole buncha hallucinated new folk standards. A beauty, recommended. 

The Kitchen Cynics
Ragmats

Les Enfants Du Paradiddle ENF-80

CD-R
£6.99


Major self-released side from Alan Davidson’s legendary long-running DIY Scottish psych project, The Kitchen Cynics: stripped down and made up of a mixture of radical re-settings of traditional folk material, “skeletal versions” of originals and some improvisations, Ragmats is a shot straight from the source. Dilated, hypnotic readings of material like “Alison Gross”, “Annan Water” (w/nods to Nic Jones), “The Cruel Mither”, wide-ranging psych jams, desolate readings of future blues... recommended.

The Kitchen Cynics Orchestra
Hidden Chamber Music

Les Enfants Du Paradiddle ENF-87

CD-R
£6.99


Beautiful set from Alan Davidson’s Kitchen Cynics Orchestra, expanding his solo Scottish psych/folk/DIY project into deeper, drone-based big band environs in a fluctuating series of solo and trio performances: with the Orchestra Davidson takes the kinda drone focussed UK folk of Pentangle, Stone Angel, Caedmon et al and pushes it further towards the long blank, generating almost Kraut-style deep space tone floats from acoustic instruments and long smears of extended tone. Think Popol Vuh soundtracks meet Erewhon-style acid folk w/a nod towards the galactic settings of Tom Rapp and Pearls Before Swine and an angelic touch of Industrial Japanese psych. Recommended. 

A.M.
Dragonfly

Trensmat Records TR-041

LP
£12.99


Massive limited new solo album from big VT fave, New Zealand’s Anthony Milton aka AM: Dragonfly is an epic of fuzz-worshipping/groove mutating monolithic psych rock. The opening “Fake Union Of Uplifted Charlatans” is a mind-blower, with a fucked-up dub bass and handclap percussion over twin six-string all-soloing  fuzz guitars, coming over like a tone scientist take on The Savage Resurrection or a rubberised-Rallizes re-mixed by Matthew Bower. The electro-threat continues across the first side, with pulsing circuitry over spurts of pure wah-wah ecstasy. The set culminates with “True Believers (Live)” that takes the whole Dead C dead amplifier worship run out groove style to new levels of flat-lined guitar/rhythm box violence. Another massive side from Anthony, pressed on blue vinyl, highly recommended!

Birdcatcher
The Sky Tied Down

Pseudo Arcana PACD-111/112

2XCD-R
£14.99


Pretty much everyone who hear the swanky double cassette release from the NZ duo of Anthony Milton (lap steel guitar/banjo/electronics) and Bill Wood (lap steel guitar/electronics) was floored and the response has been so great that Anthony has gone back and reissued their debut double CD-R set in an exclusive art edition run in oversize folders with stapled-in art book: Birdcatcher take off on a kind of post-Charalambides/Scorces sanctified steel trip, factoring in great fogs of reverb, hovering psychedelic ghost tones, endlessly sustained single-note violence and at atmosphere that is somewhat akin to Reverend Louis Overstreet plays the Hermann Nitsch outer space songbook. Using nothing but a buncha modified electric strings and some cracked electronics Birdcatcher usurp blues form to hymn dead planets, playing in a slow-motion railroad style that trades crossroads for spaceways. Spectacularly great, tiny run, highly recommended. 

Graham Lambkin/Jason Lescalleet
Photographs

Erstwhile 070-2

2xCD
£23.99


Profoundly affecting set of new work, strikingly packaged, from the duo of Graham Lambkin (The Shadow Ring) and Jason Lescalleet: assembled from site-specifics recordings and soundings made at their respective home towns – Folkestone, England and Worcester, Massachusetts – Photographs is both an investigation of the specifics of place, a memorial for certain aspects of the players’ lives – both central and peripheral – and a profoundly moving testimony to the persistence of memory. This is a very varied and highly personal work that combines recordings of friends, family and acquaintances in mundane and extraordinary circumstances with up-close renderings of area sonorities, harsh tone violence, haunting choral music, drones, low-level improvisation and beautifully composed field recordings. Alongside innovators like Christoph Heemann and Andrew Chalk, Lambkin and Lescalleet have done most to transform open field audio documentation into something that is as personally expressive as songcraft, poetry or a box of old yellowed photographs and Photographs is all that, a set that significantly raises the bar in terms of audio abstraction as personal epiphany. A major meeting of two worlds, massively potent and endlessly rewarding with some incredible packaging too, with both discs, containing over 90 minutes of music, housed in a deluxe UV-varnished 12-panel fold-out digipak, boasting copious site-specific pictorial data. Highly recommended!

Keith Rowe/Graham Lambkin
Making A

Erstwhile 067

CD
£12.99


Great meeting of minds between Keith Rowe of AMM and Graham Lambkin of The Shadow Ring: two generations of highly personal English experimental soundings recorded live at Empty Stage Studios, Poughkeepsie, NY in Januray of 2013. Lambkin uses contact mics, objects and room sound while Rowe uses contact mic, objects and field recordings. The atmosphere comes over like a more ‘ambient’ take on the classic AMM heavy-Rowe date, It Had Been An Ordinary Enough Day In Pueblo, Colorado, with the sound of the room amplified to the point of submarine bells and with radio broadcasts, shortwave static and the sound of microphones eating the air. Making A kind of exists in the same hybrid zone as the Organum/Ora/Chalk/Tate/Potter UK underground workings, with one foot in early sound art/free improvisation and another in usurping tape and homemade DIY strategies. But there’s darker, less ‘organic’ feel to the way the two work in concert, bolstering paranoiac drone work with moments of tactile spuzz that could almost be a cold war Small Cruel Party. Excellent.

Various Artists
Pipe And Drum Music Of Bolivia

Pseudo Arcana PA-131

Lathe-Cut LP
£21.99


Edition of only 50 copies hand-cut lathe with insert and download documenting some insane pipe and drum music recorded live in the field by Anthony Milton: incredible degree of out of body hyperventilating going on here, with crude pipe stylings huffing all the way to unconsciousness while drums batter our ritual tattoos and wild get-down stylings. A side was recorded at a 36 hour non-stop street fiesta in the village of Sorata in the High Andes while the flip was at an overnight bacchal in a bamboo hut in the village of San Miguel del Bala in the Amazon basin. Line this one up to next to an Albert Ayler boot and your favourite Vibracathedral Orchestra CD-R for maximal brain rearrangement. 

1/3 Octave Band
Navigation By Light

Celebrate Psi Phenomenon

CD-R
£6.99


Deep space gloomp and wind-tortured drone-silence from the duo of Bill Wood - sometimes member of Campbell Kneale’s Birchville Cat Motel orchestra – and Jules Desmond. Huge lungs of void cut up with diamonds of percussion and lone metal tone in classic globe-gobbling style. Mastered by Campbell Kneale.

Aaron Dilloway
Corpse On Horseback

Ergot Records ER001

LP
£18.99


Limited to 500 copies gold vinyl reissue of this mind-blowing side originally released as a Hanson cassette and a limited CD-R on Chondritic Sound:  this is a key release from this Wolf Eyes member, featuring cracked electronics, sparks of speaker-shredding high-end, ugly fucked-up loops, passages of plugged-in tongue and a weird, allusive/peripheral quality that lines up nicely alongside liminal classics like Nurse With Wound’s A Missing Sense and Robert Ashley’s Automatic Writing. No one can wrestle ectoplasmic life-forms from hacked loops with the beautiful ferocity of Dilloway. Instantly sold out at source. Highly recommended. 

Aaron Dilloway
The Beauty Bath

Rockatansky Records RR-011

LP
£19.99


Edition of only 250 copies solo album from Aaron Dilloway of Wolf Eyes et al, every copy comes with an original flier from the recent Dilloway/Hanson 20th anniversary ‘Archive’ exhibition that took place in Japan: this is an amazing LP, with low-level battlefield tectonics and the sound of smeared and tortured magnetic tape coming over like a rusty, Industrial scale take on classic 20th century minimalism. Some of Dilloway’s most barbarously vacated drone work here, with intense low-level fireworks reduced to inchoate shadow plays and rolling, planetary scale hypnotics. Then there are moments of glissing, echoing metal tones coming out of silence, suddenly morphing into sad feedback chorales ala Eliane Radigue’s early workings but with a crude, lonely aspect that is extremely affecting. One of Dilloway’s most personally expressive tone works with intensely sad feedback drones circling wraiths of clanking magnetic tape. Recommended. 

Dendoshi
Dendoshi 2

Planam Planam-ESM

LP
£18.99


Deluxe limited edition LP with gold sleeves and multiple inserts released on a new sub-division of the great Italian avant garde label Alga Marghen from a one-off group that features Dave Nuss and Keith Connolly of The No-Neck Blues Band alongside Timo Van Luyk (In Camera/Af Ursin) and Raymond Dijkstra (Asra). Reputedly inspired by the work of Japanese film-maker Kyoshi Kurosowa and the theories of Franz Mesmer this is a spare, hypnotic set that combines a lot of low-level string and percussion work with a weird electronic/synth tonal centre making it a little bit more ‘explicable’ than much NNCK product while lending the tracks the feel of extended elegiac codas. Beautiful, delicate improvised music by four modern masters of the language, though reports suggest that this will be the first and last document of this brief collaboration. Edition of only 300 copies.

Michael Horwood/Robert Creeley
The Pattern/Dimensions

Bennifer Editions #131

7”
£9.99


Edition of 300 white vinyl 7s with fold out silkscreen sleeves: two very potent re-working/treatments of readings by the late master poet Robert Creeley recorded in 1968 at the University Of Buffalo. Horwood takes “The Pattern” and “Dimensions” and feeds them to themselves, emphasising certain phonetic aspects of Creeley’s speech and writings while creating reality-phasing concrete interpretations that riff on the tonal aspects of the reading while tearing off on tangents using obsessive repetition, cracked electronics and free improvisations on cello and percussion. A radically beautiful addition to the Creeley shelf, highly recommended. 

Sacred Product
EP

Alberts Basement AB-48

Cassette
£8.99


New release on Michael from Mad Nanna’s Australian underground imprint: Michael describes Sacred Product as being somewhere between The Satanic Rockers and Encounter Group and they sound almost like a more primitive (!!??) Afflicted Man, with nod-out rhythms and some totally lumbering/growling fuzz/bass riffs cut with classic oiky vocals that give the nod to the whole Swell Maps/Steve Treatment saga. 

Anton Heyboer
Rules Of The Universe

Kye #25

2xLP
£23.99


ONE OF VOLCANIC TONGUE'S RECORDS OF THE YEAR 2013!

Amazing double LP that fully documents the span of Dutch visual artist Anton Heyboer’s audio works for the first time: Heyboer’s reputation as a visionary visual primitivist, print maker, holy fool and life-long bohemian is secure but his challenging soundworks remain a fringe part of his oeuvre, thanks in no small part to EMI’s trashing of their run of his sole 1976 LP She And She As One. Still, the Heyboer Foundation released a trickle of CDs and CD-Rs throughout the 1990s culminating in this, a beautifully presented and fully authorised double LP set compiled by Graham Lambkin (The Shadow Ring et al) that bundles the cream of the CDs with previously unreleased material. This is raw, personal, extremely intimate song and sound art, with an atmosphere that is directly comparable to Jandek’s singular Put My Dream On This Planet recording, with a similar automatic/dark personal reverie feel as Heyboer sings to himself about life and death and vision direct to tape while accompanying himself on radically non-tuned guitar, lonesome harmonica and harmonium. Imagine an art brut recording of an outdoor Hermann Nitsch/Jandek live jam with nothing but the sound of the wind in their ears and the occasional stray dog for accompaniment, channelling the level of cosmic heartbreak that would marry Gavin Bryars’ Jesus Blood Never Failed Me Yet with a wild Jack Smith-signs-Bob Desper appeal. Amazing crude minimal guitar dunt, post-Abe/Dylan harmonica vistas, heavenly chord organ blues, this is just an amazing, super-personal document of the sound of a human being speaking in tongues in the face of the goddamn void. Simply stunning, comes with a full-colour poster, highest possible recommendation!

Bad Intentions
s/t

Breakdance The Dawn BDTD-196

CD-R
£6.99


Massively broke down guitar/drums/vocal refusals from this all-girl group from the Australian underground: abstract orbits of the whole Beefheart/Royal Trux axis give way to moments of vocal exclamation and weird semi-improvised guitar sketches that teeter on the edge of falling apart. Think a guerrilla recording of a Raincoats rehearsal under the spell of Tori Kudo and Jutok Kaneko or the fucked up Jennifer Herema album you always wished she woulda cut right before that first Royal Trux LP. Killer. 

Galah Galah Galah
s/t

Breakdance The Dawn BDTD-192

CD-R
£6.99


Major new jams from the world-beating trio of Anthony Guerra (Love Chants/Black Petal et al), Patrick O’Brien (Mad Nanna) and Nick Dan (xNoBBQx): this is an amazing side of complete guitar deconstruction with what sounds at points like Mad Nanna play Jimi’s “Star Spangled Banner”. Pat and Michael from Mad Nanna have arguably done as much to reconstruct contemporary guitar think as Bill Orcutt or Jandek and here the players combine wonked single note solos that are totally non-exegetic with an overall dynamic that is classic all-soloing rock/roll blare, birthing the kinda hybrid that wails and sulks, that staggers all over the place tonally while providing the kind of devastatingly stupe string burn of your favourite acid casualties. A stunning modern guitar record, more please!

Good Area
Cubic Zirconia/Bad Karlshafen

Kye #707

7”
£8.99


Edition of 300 copies 7” from this amazing Philadelphia-based avant/WTF duo: building on their debut Kye LP and recent cassettes, Cubic Zirconia crosses domestic field recordings, intimations of bedroom space and an approach to form/fidelity and collapsing universe dynamics that could almost be The Decayes. Amidst the sound of DIY trash rituals and classic clanging guitars ala Slugfuckers/Shadow Ring there is some twisted brass that sounds like someone swallowing a Donald Ayler solo while six strings re-think Rudolph Grey’s roadblock axe style. But the whole thing is squoze through the kind of blunt/blurry fidelity that makes it seem almost hermetically loaded. Still, nothing remotely like these two, ultimately, and this is another premier side of outward bound sound. Very highly recommended. 

Matthew Shaw
Pole Star: Live At Cafe OTO

Apollolaan Recordings No Cat

CD-R
£8.99


Stunning new hand-made/hand-lettered private press edition of only 30 copies from magical UK soundist Matthew Shaw: recorded live at London’s Cafe OTO on the same bill as Andrew Chalk, Pole Star sees Shaw moving into a form of stripped down extended/smeared devotional song work with a long single track that unites Shaw’s interest in site/time specific field recordings with the lunar cycles of Coil, Alpha Centauri Tangerine Dream and Aguirre-era Popol Vuh. Shaw’s structures bloom and grow with a slow, organic grace, moving from circling UFO melodies to visions of synthesised pastoral bliss cut with a new, slightly more overt vocal performance that really elevates the piece, coming on like a voice through clouds with alla the otherworldly oracular appeal of a Jhon Balance. Limited supply, obviously, so don’t sleep!

RASheed
s/t

Breakdance The Dawn BDTD-194

CD-R
£6.99


“Cool sidestep militant boogie jams” the label sez, and they ain’t wrong: Rasheed play what sounds like The Velvet Underground’s “Guess I’m Fallin’ In Love” as stomping monochord boogie, dredging Hooker N Heat style scorch for maximum power chord friction and positing the eternal riff as the keys to the goddamn kingdom. Think the whole Numbers Band/Sweet Kelley/Jessie Mae Hemphill continuum re-thunk w/post-BDTD aesthetics and set the controls for the heart of the jam.

Your Intestines
s/t

Breakdance The Dawn BDTD-193

CD-R
£6.99


Wild live set, recorded late last year, from this long-running Australian underground outfit that features Matt Earle and Anthony Guerra on guitars, Adam Sussmann on bass and Peter Blamey on drums: this is an hysterically brutal set, coming over like a no-technique thug-punk take on the opening seconds of Whitehouse’s “Wriggle Like A Fucking Eel” transposed for hands-on avant garage assault, with pummelling percussion, pugilistic bass blats and amplifier-destroying feedback violence. From there we’re into the kind of obsessively cranked non-stop energy constructs that would reconcile the live Taurpis Tula sound circa their Spykes collaboration and the sound of Vermonster plays the Silence back catalogue. A monster, highly recommended. 

Samara Lubelski
Spectacular Of Passages

De Stijl IND-054

LP
£12.99


Another bewitchingly beautiful solo album from Samara Lubelski (Tower Recordings/Hall Of Fame/Metabolismus/Sonora Pine/MV et al), that moves away from the tranced instrumental brainbeams of her In The Valley album on Eclipse and instead re-visits the acid chanteuse moves of her first De Stijl album, The Fleeting Skies. The arrangements are beautifully positioned between classic baroque pop ala Byrds/Love/Left Banke/Montage, handmade basement moves and early morning Lower East Side comedowns. Samara's beautifully breathless vocals sound like they're being whispered straight into your ear and the backing band are a peach, including contributions from Hamish Kilgour of NZ garage legends The Clean, Matt Heyner of The No-Neck Blues Band, Christian Frederickson of Rachels and Cynthia Nelson. Limited vinyl edition with stuck on coloured sleeves in classic De Stijl-style. Highly recommended.

Twig Harper
New Lost Knowns

Planam No Cat

LP
£21.99


Edition of 200 copies solo LP from Twig Harper of Nautical Almanac/Wolf Eyes et al: been a while since we heard from Twig, who has been rebuilding Tarantula Hill and focussed on experiments with contemporary psychedelics, but it’s great to have him back on vinyl. New Lost Knowns is an extended work for electronics and electro-acoustic confusion. There’s a little of Nate Young’s Regression moves in here, with dark, pugilistic keyboard work and monolithic almost Schnitzler style steel-clad drones. Some of the phased electronics have a crude TG/Suicide edge but that’s married to blustery low-end tectonics and the kind of mind-phasing tonal flux of solo Takehisa Kosugi. On coloured vinyl, recommended. 

Charlemagne Palestine
Running n Chanting n Falling n Ranting

Filipson Editions Alga-044

Art Book + CD
£36.99


Major privately issued book – in conjunction with Alga Marghen – that documents Charlemagne Palestine complete video production. “Body Music I” (1973) and “Body Music II” (1974) were Palestine’s first incursions into the video medium. They were followed, from 1974 until 1979, by a series of works that together form one of the seminal and unique bodies of conceptual, performance-driven video of that decade. Palestine’s ‘psychodramatic’ video workings harness aspects of ritual, chants, visual hypnotics, screams, wails, exclamations etc in order to fully sound the body and to give full expression of inward states in terms of motion and sound. Indeed there’s an intensity and a deep physicality to the works that is rare in terms of the form.
The book includes an essay by Lori Zippay titled “Body Music: Charlemagne Palestine’s Video Rituals”, a long interview by Serpentine Gallery director Hans Ulrich Obrist as well as an accompanying CD with the full soundtracks of “Body Music I”, “Body Music II”, “Island Song”, “Running Outburst” and “Tying Myself Up”. A signal Palestine release, the soundtrack work is fantastic and presents a singular aspect of his oeuvre while you can spend many hours poring over the visuals

Astor
Inland

Kye #26

LP
£17.99


Edition of 400 copies LP from Mark Harwood and Maja Larsson aka Astor: using tapes, bells, gongs, piano, autoharp, TV, organ and dry ice pellets, Inland takes inspiration from Gerard Murnane’s 1988 novel of the same name, creating an ever-shifting paranoiac landscape that trades instrumental detail for inchoate visionings of atmosphere and place. This is DIY concrete music in the tradition of the early United Dairies label or thinkers like Christoph Heemann and Timo Van Luijk, moving from malevolent granular drones and huffing textural chorales before jump-cutting to low-level orchestral fireworks and the kind of aural confusion that could almost pass for a hi-fi/hi-brow Sick Llama. Excellent. 

Charlemagne Palestine
Sound 1

Alga Marghen Plana-P alga-026

one-sided LP
£18.99


Limited edition of 500 copies LP from legendary minimalist composer, pianist and artists Charlemagne Palestine. Less than 200 copies of this LP were ever put on sale, with 350 of them offered to the audience who attended a Palestine performance. Sound 1 represents the apex of Palestine’s experiments with oscillators as universal drone generators and features 16 machines played at full volume and subtly tweaked to generate gorgeous, complex blooms of clashing tone, ghost patterns, hypnagogic shadows and subtle orchestral movements. Palestine talks of the piece as a 3-dimensional sculptural canvas in mid-air, likening the sound to the humming of gargantuan Tibetan bees. It’s a mesmerising piece, one that fully occupies and takes over whatever space it’s played in, a classic slice of minimal electronic psychedelia in the tradition of La Monte Young, Coil’s Time Machines and the recent Eleh LPs. Recommended.

Charlemagne Palestine
Two Electronic Sonorities

Alga Marghen Alga-038

LP
£21.99


Stunning archival unearthing of late-60s/early-70s electronic works from minimalist composer Charlemagne Palestine in an edition of 380 copies: recorded as experiments towards his ‘lost’ masterpiece L’Avventura, inspired by the Antonioni film of the same name, these pieces feature dense, overlapping settings for filtered sine tone generators and variously manipulated tape-works. The first side features a 1970 composition that is one of the wildest and heaviest recordings of Palestine’s career, with Industrial strength monoliths consisting of constantly shifting and elementally powerful steel tone drones pitched against each other in great hurricanes of sound. Commissioned as a dance piece for Gus Soloman, it’s one of Palestine’s most radically organic electronic environments. The second side features more love-level electro-drone works, with overlapping oscillators generating time-killing fluctuations. A massively heavy side from Palestine, with a set of recordings that create a spectacular vision of the future. 

Charlemagne Palestine & Gol
Pandamoniahbleeummm!!!!

Planam Gol-Pal

LP
£18.99


Released on a new sub-division of the great Italian avant garde label Alga Marghen, this is an excellent experimental summit between the French Gol orchestra of Jean-Marcel Busson, Frédéric Rebotier, Ravi Sharda and Samon Takahashi (a group dedicated to a “lost rural tradition within a post-Dada spirit” and who use flute, horns, guitar, violin, toys, self-manufactured instruments, tapes, turntables, voices, various percussion instruments and electronics) and minimalist composer, pianist and artist Charlemagne Palestine. Here Palestine plays a church organ in the St. Eustache church in Paris while Gol use electronics, bass, guitar and flutes to create a “pagan ritual”. This is a wild set, peaking in plateau after plateau of explosive organ sonorities, waves of electronic drones and clusters of overtone activity that bears comparison to the soundtrack actions of Hermann Nitsch as much as the ecstatic noise of Richard Youngs and Vibracathedral Orchestra. A fantastic side, limited to only 300 copies. Recommended.

Good Area
French Antarctica

Kye #24

LP
£16.99


ONE OF VOLCANIC TONGUE'S RECORDS OF THE YEAR 2013!


Beautifully perplexing debut album from this Philadelphia-based duo on Graham Lambkin’s Kye imprint: Lambkin compares Good Area’s endlessly wayward guitar/beatbox/cornet/room sound jams to “bastions of shoe-box cassette culture” and NWW-listers like The Decayes and Semool as well as Vanity recording artists like Nishimura Alimoti and they certainly orbit the more cracked ‘beyond technique’ modes of the sub-underground. French Antarctica consist of one constantly mutating jam across two sides of wax that combines the kind of fractured atonal guitar and room sound riffing of one of Derek Bailey’s letter-cassettes with heroic non-musicianly chops that are somewhere between Royal Trux circa “Strawberry Soda Pop” and Slugfuckers. The mangled cornet is resolutely ‘post’ Cosey Fanni Tutti while the crude beatbox-isms give it a weird sci-fi appeal that is true teen scientist. As the piece unfolds the guitar gets into some wilting six string barbarism before its interrupted by an advert or a public information broadcast or some kind of television overspill before the microphone pulls back and the sound of the room comes flooding in. Suddenly you’re perched on the end of a bed, in a small room in nowhere USA crying straight to tape in the dark. Nothing remotely like it, with an equally confounding sleeve and insert, feels entirely appropriate that it would have some kind of historical link with The Shadow Ring. One of the premier left-field releases of the year – highly recommended!

Moniek Darge
Crete Soundies

Kye 06

CD
£8.99


Atmospheric new collection of field recordings, installations and area sonorities from Moniek Darge, all captured on the island of Crete and released by Graham Lambkin: "Kye is pleased to announce the release of Crete Soundies, the major new work by Moniek Darge, and the follow-up to last years Soundies (1980-2001) CD. Crete Soundies presents three new pieces -- Magnesia (2006), Anemos (2007) and East Crete (2008-2009). These works were born from two years of Levka Ori sound research, and an additional year in east Crete in collaboration with fellow sound artist Francoise Vanhecke. Moniek Darge was born in Bruges, 1952 and studied music theory and violin at the Music Conservatory of Bruges, painting at the Ghent Royal Academy of Fine Arts; Art History, Philosophy and Anthropology at the University of Ghent, Belgium. She is active as composer, violinist, performer and audio artist and has built light and soundsculptures, installations, musical instruments and for many years has been constructing a series of alternative music boxes, with which she also performs. Darge has specialised in both soundscapes and live-art performances in which visual and musical aspects are combined and in interactional improvisation on violin. Since 1970 she has performed around the world and has been active on stage, first with the Logos Ensemble, then with Logos Duo (together with Godfired-Willem Raes), and more recently with the M&M robot ensemble. She also founded Logos Women, a small group specialised in intermedia improvisations performing their own compositions for various instruments, voices and music boxes. Crete Soundies comes housed in 6-panel digipak, in an edition of 500, and is released with the support of the Flemish Government." - KYE.

Ono
Machines That Kill People

Priority Male/Galactic Archive No Cat/No Cat

LP
£16.99


Massively unlikely grant-assisted archival reissue of this wild cultic/ritual psych/no wave one-off from Chicago’s Ono, their debut LP from 1983, originally released on the legendary Thermidor label: Thermidor released a ton of great shit back in the early 80s – Birthday Party, Meat Puppets, Minuteman, Nig-Heist – but nothing comes close in terms of sheer off-the-map-ness to Ono’s debut LP. A Chicago-based trio, Ono boast a vocalist who sings in the oracular/apocalyptic style of Father Yod or DR Hooker, booming pronunciations about how “when Zuni fireeaters X-RAY their king, all his advertising, his wives, his minions and children follow the oba into the cave” while the group play what sounds like a No Wave-damaged take on early Ash Ra Tempel with Cosey Fanni Tutti on guitar. There are deep parallels with the kind of devotional psychedelic rock of The Doors and Fraction but given a heady shot of pure avant excess, with long sections of churning noise guitar and vocals giving way to the kind of nagging, repetitive depth charges of Ozawa-era Fushitsusha or even Tunnel Canary before exploding into the kind of testifying saxophone-led furies of a Last Exit. Cut alla this epic, eschatological atmosphere with whipcracking drum machines, some gnomic recitations ala Beefheart broadcasting from Venus, a desecration of “Surfin’ USA” that crosses The Cramps with Von Lmo and a final track that runs an apocalyptic shortwave countdown into a dead static locked-groove and you have one of the true 1980s underground monsters. Unclassifiable, out-of-time avant/psych ritual with a mainline to the goddamn source, 150g vinyl pressing with poster insert, hand screened jackets, highest possible recommendation!

Small Cruel Party
Unroof The House Of The Fishes

Harbinger Sound Harbinger-114

LP
£13.99


Reissue of an amazing cassette, on vinyl for the first time, from one of the most enigmatic of American underground group’s Seattle’s Small Cruel Party: Key Ransone was the brains behind SCP who released a slew of multi-format releases between the years 1989 and 2002. The sonics were always somehow occluded, minimal sound environments that touched on small sounds, a piano, a repeating single note melody, the scutter of low-level improvised activity, almost voices... cohering to make something that was both compulsively listenable and bewitchingly weird. Every track feels like a puzzle, or another cryptic angle on an impossible scene.
Unroof The House Of The Fishes was originally released in 1993 on the Japanese G.R.O.S.S. label run by Akifumi Nakajima aka Aube and it still sounds completely unparalled. It’s a striking recording, with aspects of Andrew Chalk’s early noise and field recordings work circa Ferial Confine as well as hands-on DIY noise ala The New Blockaders. But there’s also a rigorous, eerie compositional feel to the unfolding of the piece, with inchoate shapes and odd, grating sonorities inserted into the two side long tracks in a way that is quite uncomfortable, undermining the piece’s sense of space and somehow constantly forcing you to re-think or re-process your perspective.
Indeed, imagine an extended Dreamweapon ritual featuring Genesis P-Orridge on tortured/no notes violin or the Holy Mountain soundtrack as recorded on a cassette recorder during an electrical storm and you’re close to the abstruse elemental/ritual appeal of this side. A bedroom/noise take on Takeshisa Kosugi’s Catch Wave? Either way there’s something transcendentally odd and strangely moving about this piece, blurring the line between classic noise, timbrally aggressive improvisation, laminal tape work and homemade minimalist ritual. Still one of the most intriguing units on the planet, this one pushes alla the VT buttons, almost at once, and makes for a hell of a long strange trip. Limited and very highly recommended!

The Shadow Ring
Remains Unchanged

Kye #21

2xLP
£19.99


Last copies of the massively anticipated double LP retrospective from this legendary UK underground group featuring Graham Lambkin, Darren Harris and Tim Goss: Remains Unchanged presents all completely unreleased material from the two - almost mutually unrecognisable - phases of this group’s unlikely non-career. Originally hailing from Folkestone, their early records – City Lights, Put The Music In Its Coffin – are unique in the history of UK DIY in the way that they combined obsessive diaristic monotony and resolutely no-chops instrumentalism w/a particularly English brand of surrealism in order to create a totally compulsive and uniquely expressive soundworld. Vocalist Darren Harris could read the goddamn phone book and he would make it sound oddly gripping and slightly unnerving and the first two sides of this collection present some great Harris moments, mining out-takes from the City Lights, Put The Music In Its Coffin, Some Of Us 7”, Wax Work Echoes and Hold Onto I.D. sessions recorded 1993-1996. The music sounds startlingly original, with acoustic guitars played percussively, bowing and squeaking melodies and those vocals providing some of the most unlikely reportage from the fringes of nowhere England outside of The Fall. The second LP focuses more on the band’s later less-vocally obsessed electronic incarnation, where the loneliness and surreal/inane domesticity that they pushed to the fore in the early records gives way to a more overtly lonely and alienated soundworld, with grey washes of synth and deconstructed song-forms that go well beyond the long blank, moving from the bedsit setting of the early records out to the bleak coast of England, where the water and the waves fade into the same dismal hues of England in the rain and for a little while at least Folkestone became the DIY equivalent of Warszawa. This set works as both the perfect introduction to their hermetic soundworld and as the ultimate bookending collection for anyone who has ever enjoyed a deep personal relationship to this amazing group over the years. Like Harry Pussy and The Dead C, The Shadow Ring created their own universe through restriction, necessity and intuitive inspiration and although they sound nothing like the aforementioned bands their legacy is every bit as important. Still one of the most inexplicably great groups to come out of the modern underground, nothing else sounds remotely like them. The set comes with a great gatefold sleeve featuring classic snaps of our heroes sitting round in depressing living rooms or in suburban back gardens, drinking cheap beer and looking downtrodden. Also comes with a great, huge full-colour poster of the group ‘in action’ in the bedsit of your dreams. We’ll be framing ours. Highest possible recommendation! Sold out at source.

The Victor Dimisich Band
s/t

Siltbreeze SB-153

LP
£16.99


ONE OF VOLCANIC TONGUE'S RECORDS OF THE YEAR 2013!

Massively-anticipated retrospective of one of the most whispered-about New Zealand underground legends, Christchurch’s Victor Dimisich Band: been a ton of amazing archival NZ uncovering over the past few years but this one takes the goddamn cheeb. Originally released on Flying Nun in 1983, the group’s sole 12” has acquired a totemic significance in terms of the evolution of the Kiwi avant garage sound. In the intervening years both Xpressway and Medication stepped up the table with compilations of stray material but now Siltbreeze present the motherlode. The line-up is sure to dazzle any serious NZ head, with Peter Stapleton of Pin Group/Vacuum/Scorched Earth Policy et al joined by Stephen Cogle (Vacuum/Terminals), Alan Meek (Vacuum/Bilders), Tony O’Grady and the legendary Mary Heney (25 Cents/Scorched Earth Policy et al). The sound runs a trans-continental umbilical to USA garage, with the inevitable nod to The Velvets cut-with The Elevators circa “Fire Engine” and the kinda extended scorch of the original Pere Ubu line-up (they ain’t dubbing a track “Crocus” fer nothing!). Cogle’s vocals have a rare sense of drama, extending teen garage-isms into new realms of gothic apocalypse while the band smear chord solos and crunching organ drones into flame-throwers while anticipating the dissolving of the jam into the drone that would find its apotheosis in the work of Xpressway and beyond. For a few years the art of the song was in perfect synch with the aesthetics of freak in NZ, resulting in what still sounds to these ears as the apex of DIY-formulated rock that stayed true to its promise to deliver us to satori with nothing but a buncha devolved technique, a ton of heart and a vision of the sound of the eternal now. And it doesn’t get much better than this, from the aching avant drama of “Mekong Delta Blues” through the magisterial beauty of “It’s Cold Outside”, the weirdo Byrds/Blue Humans romance of “Claude”, the crude euphoria of “Native Waiter”, the dosed Doors/Sister Ray-isms of “The Cult”, the total heartbreak of “Thirteenth Floor”. This is the bomb, comes with a free download, can’t recommend it enough!

Todd Tamanend Clark
New Gods: Aardvark Through Zymurgy

Burka For Everybody BFE-14

LP
£18.99


Jaw-dropping trawl through the basement of one Todd Clark, a Pennsylvania-area comics nut with a brain full of Jack Kirby-styled monster muscle, American hobbyist analogue kit, doofy heavy metal thunder (back when metal was more about a fistful of teenage thud than a stud through your pud) and the kind of warped home studio logic that would marry T-Rex/Doors/Stooges pubescent pomes with the virtual sonic environs envisaged by a bargain basement Brian Wilson trying to recreate the “Fire/Mrs O'Leary's Cow” section of Smile with the help of a buncha bootleg tapes of the Sun Ra Arkestra live at The Rat. Anyone who has ever thrilled to such off-the-map documents as the early Screamin' Mee-Mees sessions, Simply Saucer's live rips, Brigman's Jungle Rot, Mark Tucker's In The Sack or Debris's Static Disposal is gonna flip over this, complete with amazing maddened-by-rock snaps of Clark jamming in graveyards on the back. Clark released an impossibly rare solo LP back in 1979 as well as this killer 1977 side with his group that were previously known as The Eyes and it sounds like Ash Ra Tempel parting the mud-gates of your lizard mind. The opening “Origin” is a veritable teenage doof suite, with sludgy nod-out riffs giving way to oblivions of thug and endlessly cranky wail. From there on its crude Fraction-isms, proto-Ubu blurt, anti-astrology rants and tracks about how your brain and spinal column are all that are holding reality in place. This is everything that certain record collectors have given up going out on dates for: primitively executed rock taken way the fuck at its word. Highly recommended!