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Bean Snack - Crispy Duct

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Like a stylus on a record player slowly collecting dust from the grooves, eventually the debris ball becomes so big the needle begins to glide over the playing surface. Been Snack seems to skate the slick topography and then dig in. The sounds produced are electronic creation of funky vignettes and 2020 robot Confucianism.

Crispy Duct is tempting like every takee outee restaurant in every grocery plaza around the nation. So fast, inexpensive and hot. Like the ample amount of torched sesame oil that will mix with your blood, Bean Snack provides this in audible form. A delicious but sickening amount of audio overload. This composition is full and drips over the sides. Buddhas vegetable delight so pumped full of MSG (don't believe the cover), a coma is the rest you will take after one listen. Drift with Crispy Duct and and your brainwaves will flatten out. Sound comes in all forms across the styrofoam static canvas. Close to an hour of crinkle cut notes, feedback and swirling speech,…

GRØN - Indland

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GRØN lives in a world of exploring the most fragile sounds. Mending crumbling notes, not just recreating them, but to add new lifeblood, always making them more. The beauty is how much feeling is imparted in this process. With each GRØN release i have listened to, my heart looks forward to the deep connection awaiting me. Indland is remarkable and conveys the allurement I have come to relate with all releases by GRØN.

This cassette is two side long pieces, balanced and blending seamlessly into each other. Bjarke Rasmussen is the solo artist composing these sentimental soundscapes. They are dreamlike field recordings from Bjarke's home in Denmark. These samples from the environment are only the contour of the sound to come. The artistry of GRØN is the ability to take transparency and make it so much more. In this process though, so little is added. This allows the sound to be clear. Like a freshwater spring in the earth, the depths are visible and beautiful as well as the sun spark…

Never Anything Records - New Batch

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Four new cassette releases from Never Anything Records. The first three were really incredible and the strides are only getting longer. This label now has seven releases and all of them are so unique and impressive. Take a few minutes and give this newest batch your attention.

Here are the quick links to sound and words AMULETS - Beneath the Surface California Bungalows - Synthetic Breeze EP Coin Locker Kid - Discordia Tereshkova - Golden Tomgirl



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Never Anything Records site - bandcamp - facebook

Tereshkova - Golden Tomgirl

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Tereshkova sounds like the indescribable colors in a long burning fire. The pace and richness of this tape have been gently roasted and exude the chilled out feelings obtained when your mind is finally at ease. Golden Tomgirl is vintage music from aging photographs, showing faces of stoicism, happiness and thinking. We listen and wonder, who are those people and even more amazingly we are related.

There are some pretty good ties to somewhat of traditional song lengths, half an hour of tunes spread over ten tracks. The songs themselves seem to slowly fly away as you listen. Sometimes you can hear recognizable connections to particular genres, but this is difficult to discern as the gentle motions of the beats drift upwards and out of recognition. The beauty of Tereshkova's sound is subtle and must be stepped in sync with in order to truly enjoy. Like the long burning fire, it does not get that seasoned in a short amount of time. Golden Tomgirl requires the same treatment. These son…

Coin Locker Kid - Discordia

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This tape in this cassette was let out around the world, trampled on, weathered, forgotten, then wound back. A lot stuck to it and there is much to hear. Coin Locker Kid has composed an anthem to the sound bouncing in consciousness. This could be a world of discord as the title suggest, but more of curated adventure through sonic spaces and recorded voice.

When you record sixteen tracks over forty five minutes in length, there is time to explore the magical noises so often ignored. This music takes you through both familiar and mysterious worlds were music, song, beats, vintage speech seem to sometimes connect and spark then short out. As the songs progress through Discordia, your ears will seem to warp with the incoming tunes. Coin Locker Kid has a message, envelope you to almost cause a fall, but with music so thick your mind will remained balanced. Like a wing with molecules rushing to either side, the smooth curve with how each of us plow in to new music will allow lift and unders…

California Bungalows - Synthetic Breeze EP

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Music finds methods of entering into your head. What you sometimes expect to be good only delivers the hollow echo of the motions of sound. Other times, you thoughts are caught beginning to wonder how good this music really is. California Bungalows is one of the more infrequent other times for me. The first time listening through this, i did not want it to end and wanted to remove EP from the Synthetic Breeze title.

Four tracks of simply pure and playful sounds. The beats and jangley guitar riffs are soundscapes for cool sunny days that just seem to get better and better. Synthesizer played on a handlebar keyboard while peddling through vintage neighborhoods. Golden rays dancing on surfaces, as they find pathways through the immense trees. There is no party happening later because you are in it now.
Enjoying life and digging the Synthetic Breeze.

Just like this post, this tape by California Bungalows is short and sweet. Never Anything Records has keen senses for hearing beyond the dim…

AMULETS - Beneath the Surface

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AMULETS is Randall Taylor and he has been delivering some excellent sounds for a few years now. Mostly cassettes in various cool art forms, a cd and dvd from the bandcamp site. Many releases sold out or down to a few. This one titled Beneath the Surface is simple, awesome and beautiful. Never Anything Records has captured the sounds of AMULETS and both artist and label have delivered a tape that will be sold out soon.

The sounds of Beneath the Surface are dense electronic forages being ported out of Randall Taylor's consciousness. Vintage hum of time strewn sounds delicately balanced with strings of electric origin.
The six tracks on the cassette seem to have an ebb and flow, alternating tracks spilling over with layers of sound then receding to a more singular source. The true beauty AMULETS imparts is the overwhelming feeling the listener receives. These sounds rest in the introspective world. They are thoughtful and sound best as the mind turns ideas and formulates intentions. …

Various Artists - Some Of The Missing Ones Festival

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Marvelous music filling my mind. This cassette starts off with a sweet bluesy tone and never ceases to bear timeless delicacy. An hour and a half of live music recorded at the La Datcha in Lausanne, Switzerland during Some of the Missing Ones Festival. Various artists fill these spools and the entire event sounds quite spectacular from these well curated tracks compiled by Hummus Records.

Stripped down folk music. Old timey sounds blended and brought to a modern pitch. Strings brushing the middle east. Vocals in so many shapes and tones. Touches of raw synthesizer and beats all eminating from talented muscians enjoying their craft. Guitar, banjo, electronics and mysterious toungues are just a quick pre-hear to what is in store for anyone who takes time to explore this tape. All sparkling melodies and lyrics ready to capture your minds thoughts. The variation among the music is immense. Compositions held together with a slowly swirling intensity. Somehow deftly polished and preformed l…