Circuit Breaker: Cairn (Self-released, 2013)

December 7, 2013 at 10:35 pm | Posted in Reviews | Leave a comment

Circuit Breaker: Cairn

Circuit Breaker: Cairn

Recorded in an abandoned warehouse, this is a self-released CDR from a South London-based duo who seem to have a freeform, post-industrial junk-art collage aesthetic. Musically, they remind me of a less harsh Wolf Eyes with Robert Smith singing (or maybe even Scott Walker at times, but that’s more of a stretch). Lo-fi synth feedback, droning rhythms, somewhat overstated vocals. The songs are very disjointed, never coming close to proper song structure, but retaining a lo-fi indie-punk edge, while droning out and using elements of industrial noise. Which is why it’s so disconcerting how the vocals are so grand and bellowing, you usually expect some sort of lifeless zombie snarl accompanying something like this. “Sleep (Version 2)” has the straightest rhythm and guitar chords, coming closest to a regular song. “Panopticon” strikes a similar balance of straightforward rhythm, guitar chords and feedback noise. Shorter tracks have more of a fragmentary, stream-of-consciousness feel, especially with the lyrics. Available at Bandcamp.

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Show #255 – 9/6/14

September 6, 2014 at 12:06 pm | Posted in The Answer Is In The Beat | Leave a comment

Hour 1
3:00 AM Harmonia ~ Watussi ~ Musik Von Harmonia ~ Lilith
3:05 AM Conrad Schnitzler ~ Krautrock ~ Rot ~ Bureau B
3:25 AM Roedelius ~ Goldregen ~ Wenn Der Südwind Weht ~ Bureau B
3:27 AM Roedelius ~ Auf Leisen Sohlen ~ Wenn Der Südwind Weht ~ Bureau B
3:32 AM Don Slepian ~ Awakening (excerpt) ~ I Am The Center: Private Issue New Age Music In America, 1950-1990 ~ Light In The Attic
3:37 AM S U R V I V E ~ Omniverse ~ MNQ026 ~ Mannequin
3:42 AM Autechre ~ Pen Expers ~ Confield ~ Warp
3:49 AM Suitor ~ Gradient ~ Corndogs002 ~ Sly Fox Records
3:54 AM The Siege ~ Way Down Low ~ Conditions ~ We Are All Machines
Hour 2
4:02 AM Brian Chase ~ Melody Drum Drone ~ Drums & Drones ~ Pogus Productions
4:05 AM Longmont Potion Castle ~ Clown Motel ~ 9 ~ D.U. Records
4:10 AM Monogamy ~ track 19 ~ Anaconda 2 ~ cd-r
4:12 AM Failed Flowers ~ When You Said I Love You ~ Demo 2014 ~ tape
4:14 AM Circuit Breaker ~ Grey Materials ~ 12″ EP ~ Tombed Visions
4:19 AM Half Japanese ~ We Are Sure ~ Overjoyed ~ Joyful Noise
4:22 AM Cellular Chaos ~ Wrecquiem ~ Cellular Chaos ~ ugEXPLODE
4:24 AM Naomi Punk ~ California Truth ~ Television Man ~ Captured Tracks
4:25 AM Minus9 ~ Bloodbath ~ Drown ~ Flying Blood
4:27 AM The Cramps ~ Garbageman ~ Bad Music For Bad People ~ I.R.S.
4:31 AM Taylor Deupree ~ Live In Osaka ~ Lost & Compiled ~ 12k
4:38 AM Music Blues ~ It’s Not Going To Get Better ~ Things Haven’t Gone Well ~ Thrill Jockey
4:43 AM Botanist ~ Erythronium ~ VI: Flora ~ The Flenser
4:45 AM Coachwhips ~ UFO, Please Take Her Home ~ Get Yer Body Next Ta Mine ~ Castle Face
4:49 AM Ty Segall ~ The Clock ~ Manipulator ~ Drag City
4:51 AM Bill Baird ~ Skull Castle Decorator ~ Diamond Eyepatch ~ Moon Glyph
4:54 AM The Garment District ~ Soon We See Green ~ If You Take Your Magic Slow ~ Night People
4:58 AM Lawrence English ~ Wilderness Of Mirrors ~ Wilderness Of Mirrors ~ Room40
Hour 3
5:01 AM Quttinirpaaq ~ Malvert ~ The Wire Tapper 35 ~ The Wire
5:04 AM Land Observations ~ The Brenner Pass ~ The Grand Tour ~ Mute
5:09 AM Brian Eno/Karl Hyde ~ Moulded Life ~ High Life ~ Warp
5:14 AM Lia Ices ~ Creature ~ Ices ~ Jagjaguwar
5:18 AM Saturday’s Cab Ride Home ~ White Stone New Name ~ When We Were All There ~ self-released
5:21 AM God Help The Girl ~ Musician, Please Take Heed ~ God Help The Girl soundtrack ~ Milan
5:25 AM Mirel Wagner ~ What Love Looks Like ~ When The Cellar Children See The Light Of Day ~ Sub Pop
5:29 AM If, Bwana ~ Toys For Al ~ Red One ~ Pogus Productions
5:37 AM Khun Narin’s Electric Phin Band ~ Lai Sing ~ Khun Narin’s Electric Phin Band ~ Innovative Leisure
5:41 AM The Bug ~ Fat Mac ~ Angels & Devils ~ Ninja Tune
5:45 AM Mndsgn ~ Txt (MSGS) ~ Yawn Zen ~ Stones Throw
5:47 AM FaltyDL ~ Grief ~ In The Wild ~ Ninja Tune
5:50 AM Moiré ~ No Gravity ~ Shelter ~ Werkdiscs
5:56 AM Pjusk ~ Falmet ~ Solstøv ~ 12k

Show #217 – 12/7/13

December 7, 2013 at 4:13 pm | Posted in The Answer Is In The Beat | Leave a comment

Hour 1
3:06 AM Aube ~ Move From Drop ~ Ricochetentrance ~ Lunar
3:09 AM Aube ~ And More ~ Rewriting The Book ~ Elsie + Jack
3:20 AM Ezra Buchla ~ A Cruel Man ~ At The Door ~ Care Of Editions
3:25 AM Scott Cazan ~ Bodies ~ Swallow ~ Care Of Editions
3:42 AM [# / Tau] – Boris Hegenbart ~ Folded ~ First / Dew ~ Care Of Editions
3:45 AM Craig Johnson ~ several tracks from side A ~ untitled tape ~ self-released
3:53 AM Foom ~ Tieu ~ Surface Noise And Imperfections ~ No Fidelity Audio
3:57 AM People Like Us ~ Break Me, Break My Horse ~ Don’t Think Right, It’s All Twice ~ Cutting Hedge
Hour 2
4:03 AM Thought Broadcast ~ Fortune Teller ~ Thought Broadcast ~ Olde English Spelling Bee
4:05 AM Regional Curse ~ Natural Living ~ Natural Living ~ Night People
4:13 AM Prostitutes ~ Lot Of Scars ~ Crushed Interior ~ Digitalis
4:18 AM Patrick Cowley ~ Mocking Bird Dream ~ School Daze ~ Dark Entries
4:22 AM LA Vampires with Maria Minerva ~ Trying 2 Be Honest With Myself ~ The Integration LP ~ Not Not Fun
4:25 AM Policy ~ Ghost In The Groove ~ Postscript ~ 100% Silk
4:38 AM Knaebot ~ Blue Meets Grey ~ Secondary Addax 3″ CDR ~ Bad Sekta
4:44 AM Jonas Reinhardt & Abyss Of Fathomless Light ~ White Kingdom Of The Five Year Plan ~ Rusting Ciphers Of A Forgotten Sky ~ VCO
Hour 3
5:03 AM Foetus ~ Pratheism ~ Soak ~ Ectopic Ents
5:09 AM JG Thirlwell ~ Urchin ~ The Blue Eyes OST ~ Ectopic Ents
5:12 AM Laserbeams Of Boredom ~ Blown Blurs ~ Mind Arrays ~ self-released
5:17 AM Circuit Breaker ~ Exitexerx ~ Cairn ~ self-released
5:19 AM Freelove Fenner ~ Shepherdess ~ Do Not Affect A Breezy Manner ~ Fixture Records
5:21 AM The Low Frequency In Stereo ~ Cybernautic ~ Pop Obskura ~ Long Branch Records
5:25 AM Hydropark ~ side B track 1 ~ untitled second tape ~ Life Like
5:34 AM Secret Pyramid ~ A Descent ~ Movements Of Night ~ Students Of Decay
5:40 AM Evil Robot Ted ~ Suburban Black Metal (Live) ~ Ejecta 3″ CDR ~ self-released
5:42 AM Jim Guthrie ~ Lone Star ~ Sword & Sworcery: The Ballad Of The Space Babies ~ self-released
5:44 AM Rites Wild ~ Minimal Where ~ Ways Of Being ~ Not Not Fun
5:48 AM Unicorn Hard-On ~ Wet Pet ~ Weird Universe ~ Spectrum Spools
5:56 AM Huerco S. ~ Quivira ~ Colonial Patterns ~ Software

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