Phantom Horse: Different Forces LP

December 6, 2015 at 6:17 pm | Posted in Reviews | Leave a comment

Phantom Horse: Different Forces LP

Phantom Horse: Different Forces LP

Umor Rex has been unearthing quality oddities for a while now. Without looking too far into the backstory of this one (except to see that they put out an album on Dekorder a few years ago), this is top-notch Krautrocky minimal electronic stuff. It starts out a bit nebulous, but then it settles into Berlin-school arpeggios and eventually there’s trippy beats and seagull-like clarinet. The beats are usually pretty light and unobtrusive, but they’re as steady as the calm, percolating rhythms. The 15-minute “Belegte Welt” has the strongest pulse and the most adventurous guitars and ping-ponging, almost 8-bit-sounding synths. All of this is swell, it definitely evokes the Krautrock sound without sounding retro or directly copying anyone.

Ruhe: Patriarchs CD-r (Eilean Rec., 2015)

December 6, 2015 at 5:40 pm | Posted in Reviews | Leave a comment

Ruhe: Patriarchs CD-r

Ruhe: Patriarchs CD-r

Glacially slow-moving sustain-heavy ambient piano melodies which flare up into soft yet dark static drone. Definitely a brittle, homemade feel to these recordings, especially the decaying tape manipulation. Very personal and intimate. On a few tracks, folky vocals call out under the piano haze, but they seem like they’re trapped in some sort of ember. Very subtle effects added to the piano, sometimes a few notes here and there seem to be playing backwards. Seems really basic and simple in some ways, but there really is a great deal of care put into the craft of these songs. Has some similar ideas/moods in common with Ian William Craig, the last Grouper album, or any number of current piano-based artists (Nils Frahm, Max Richter, etc.) but still clearly using its own techniques. “Guide” is maybe the most upfront lovely/sad piano melody. “Shelter” ups the static/hiss content considerably, although it fades away after a couple minutes, leaving eerie backwards loops. Then the hiss returns with more layers of snowflake-like pianotes (I meant to type “piano notes” but somehow I squished those two words into one and it fits somehow) along with sunken vocals. “Restoration” is another sort of underwater lullaby with delicate guitar notes joining the shifting pianos. Crickets join “Beams”, and the pianos feel like a single star shining incredibly bright in a sky under a field in the middle of a dark forest. The CD-r appears to be sold out, but there’s always Bandcamp for all your digital needs.

Ross Manning: Interlacing LP (Room40, 2015)

December 6, 2015 at 5:35 pm | Posted in Reviews | Leave a comment

Ross Manning: Interlacing LP

Ross Manning: Interlacing LP

Room40 debut by an Australian experimental artist who has done numerous installations and exhibits throughout Australia. A pretty wide variety of different works for homemade instruments and cracked electronics. “Led Vert” starts out as scanner-like drone and then layers on some flittering, buzzing electronics, sounding a little bit like a more smoothed out, less noisy version of some of Aaron Dilloway’s works. “Sinew and Cats” is grounded in a slightly more aggressive buzz, with a bit more sour, piercing sounds weaving in and out. “%” seems to be a field recording of a bunch of noisy homemade contraptions. Apparently he’s using an electric fan and connecting it to a bunch of small objects with a rope, so it has a constant fluttering rhythm which triggers incidental melodies. “Expand Scatter” is closer to the first 2 pieces, but a bit more of a wider range, going through heavier noise/static passages to more chiming ones, with lots of signal interruptions. “Silhouettes” is the longest piece at nearly 10 minutes, and it balances an uneasy drone with all sorts of bizarre mechanical sounds. Sounds like a lot of household machines going haywire, maybe some evil elves ransacking the studio when the composer’s not around. It’s actually pretty warped and trippy.

Don Howland: Life is a Nightmare LP (12XU, 2015)

December 6, 2015 at 5:31 pm | Posted in Reviews | Leave a comment

Don Howland: Life is a Nightmare LP

Don Howland: Life is a Nightmare LP

Second solo LP from a former member of Bassholes, Gibson Bros, and a bunch of other bands. Really distorted, trebly lo-fi rock that seems to have some sort of country blues influence but mostly just sounds like noisy lo-fi rock. Lots of reverb on the vocals, but they’re still way behind the guitar (and so are the drums/drum machine, and keyboards). Very difficult to discern the lyrics. I’m guessing they’re probably not very happy, based on the titles. Reminds me of Country Teasers/The Rebel, even though it doesn’t sound like them/him (actually “Never Win” kinda does), but if you’re into grouchy, noisy lo-fi rock like that, this could be of interest to you. “Watch You Go” has more of a stomp to it than other tracks. More than anything I just really like the album’s title, and the music fits pretty well. If you can identify with this type of fuck-everything racket, it’s up on Bandcamp.

Show #319 – 12/5/15

December 5, 2015 at 11:11 pm | Posted in The Answer Is In The Beat | Leave a comment

Hour 1
3:02 am Fis ~ “Happy Alone” ~ The Blue Quicksand Is Going Now (new) ~ Loopy ~ 2015
3:05 am Fis ~ “DMT Usher” ~ Preparations ~ Tri Angle ~ 2013
3:10 am Boards of Canada ~ “June 9th” ~ Hi Scores ~ Skam ~ 1996
3:15 am Special Request ~ “Amnesia” ~ Modern Warfare EP 1 (new) ~ XL ~ 2015
3:22 am Funkstörung featuring Adi ~ “Who is Who?” ~ Funkstörung (new) ~ Monkeytown ~ 2015
3:25 am Abra ~ “Roses” ~ Rose (new) ~ Awful Records ~ 2015
3:29 am Kelela ~ “Send Me Out” ~ Cut 4 Me ~ Fade to Mind ~ 2013
3:33 am Deuter ~ “Mericoeur” ~ Illumination of the Heart (new) ~ New Earth Records ~ 2015
3:37 am Broadcast ~ “Papercuts” ~ The Noise Made By People ~ Warp ~ 2000
3:41 am Die Wilde Jagd ~ “Der Elektrische Reiter” ~ Die Wilde Jagd (new) ~ Bureau B ~ 2015
3:48 am Prairie ~ “A Demon Will Hurt You” ~ Like a Pack of Hounds ~ Shitkatapult ~ 2015
3:54 am Ruhe ~ “Guide” ~ Patriarchs (new) ~ Eilean Rec. ~ 2015
3:59 am Oneohtrix Point Never ~ “Lift” ~ Garden of Delete (new) ~ Warp ~ 2015
Hour 2
4:03 am Savant ~ “The Shining Hour” ~ Artificial Dance ~ Rvng Intl. ~ 1983
4:07 am Kode9 ~ “Wu Wei” ~ Nothing (new) ~ Hyperdub ~ 2015
4:10 am Jam City ~ “Proud” ~ Dream a Garden ~ Night Slugs ~ 2015
4:15 am Egyptrixx feat. Nyssa ~ “Body II Body” ~ Transfer of Energy [Feelings of Power] ~ Halocline Trance ~ 2015
4:23 am Ross Manning ~ “Led Vert” ~ Interlacing (new) ~ Room40 ~ 2015
4:29 am Kitaro ~ “Aura” ~ Tenku ~ Domo ~ 1986
4:35 am Wapassou ~ “Rien” ~ Wapassou ~ Lion Productions ~ 1974
4:45 am Sarah Davachi ~ “Live Session (Excerpt)” ~ CJSW 90.9 FM Level Up (new) ~ CJSW ~ 2015
4:56 am The Fall ~ “First One Today” ~ Sub-Lingual Tablet ~ Cherry Red ~ 2015
4:58 am W-X ~ “Moment” ~ W-X (new) ~ Castle Face ~ 2015
Hour 3
5:03 am SK Kakraba ~ “Banyere Yo” ~ Songs of Paapieye (new) ~ Awesome Tapes From Africa ~ 2015
5:12 am Arca ~ “Soichiro” ~ Mutant (new) ~ Mute ~ 2015
5:16 am Laurel Halo ~ “Shake” ~ In Situ (new) ~ Honest Jon’s ~ 2015
5:21 am Bang On A Can All-Stars/Tyondai Braxton ~ “Casino Trem” ~ Field Recordings (new) ~ Cantaloupe Music ~ 2015
5:28 am Ray Lynch ~ “Drifted in a Deeper Land” ~ No Blue Thing ~ Ray Lynch Productins ~ 1989
5:34 am yuk. ~ “aftern()()n” ~ a n a k (new) ~ Leaving Records ~ 2015
5:36 am Express Rising ~ “Sycamore” ~ Fixed Rope (new) ~ Numero Group ~ 2015
5:40 am CFCF ~ “Melting the Ice” ~ The Colours of Life (new) ~ 1080p ~ 2015
5:44 am Young Galaxy ~ “Wear Out the Ground” ~ Falsework (new) ~ Paper Bag ~ 2015
5:48 am The Orb ~ “Alpine Dawn” ~ Pop Ambient 2016 (new) ~ Kompakt ~ 2015
5:54 am Jaki Liebezeit & Holger Mertin ~ “Jackpool” ~ Akşak ~ Staubgold ~ 2015

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