Tuesday, August 31, 2010

Sean McCann - Fable Shop

Cylindrical Habitat Modules, 2010

The McCann Man gets real subtle on this one, with buried subconscious tones and melodies covered in lantern dust, various bells and whistles not of this age, invoking antiquarian surreal spaces. The kind of delicate touch with guitar-based drone manifestation rarely seen outside of Stars Of The Lid. Once again demonstrating he's a pro.


Tuesday, August 24, 2010

Prince Rama - Shadow Temple

Paw Tracks, 2010

Normally bands which look like this (Indian Jewelry, Pocahaunted) get on my nerves. But somehow these crystal clutching weirdo youths stumbled upon a crazy awesome sound. It's like a Hindu-mantra-themed minimal synth Master Musicians of Bukkake, with Gang Gang Dance/ subverted Lisa Gerrard vocals. Mantras and Vaishnava holy music given the intensity of the American psych underground, drummed ad infinitum to the sound of lightning and kraut-synth flourishes.


Tuesday, August 17, 2010

Vikki Jackman - Of Beauty Reminiscing

Faraway Press, 2007

Lonely, minimal, and nostalgic piano ambience from wife of David Jackman (Organum) and collaborator with Andrew Chalk, appearing on his Goldfall album. Carries the same kind of pale, eroded haze of subconscious acoustic memory as Chalk's best work solo and with Mirror, etc. Pure beauty.


Wednesday, August 11, 2010

Monday, August 9, 2010

Svarte Greiner - Penpals Forever (And Ever)

Digitalis, 2010

Revamped and reimagined version of the Penpals Forever cassette previously released on Digitalis. First side is remastered pieces of the original tape, second side is entirely new. Brighter and more technical than the original, but still the kind of subdued horror/depressive noise/ dark ambience you'd expect from his post-Knive work.


Burial Hex - Fantasma Di Perarolo

Brave Mysteries, 2010

Pinnacled death invocations and ghost inhabitances recorded high in the Italian alps on a 300 year old possessed organ. It must remind of Soriah's seminal Chao Organica in A Minor, another piece of deep pipe organ improvisation diverted away from the gaze of god, towards misty shadows and the demonic majesty beneath. Hail his majesty of the blood vial.