Friday, September 30, 2016

Letters of Utrecht - Presence

Emptiness allows sound to travel and twist. The heaviness of it's beginnings fading with dissipating reverberation. Letters of Utrecht is sounding from a mountain peak. An oracle of mind summoning melodies, causing the surrounding world to take notice and listen. The pilgrimage to the source begins, Presence is here, no one can disobey the call.

This sound god is cool, bending guitar stings to work their way into your mind. In the forty minutes Presence exists, the composition balances the contribution of droned out melodies to perfect weights.
Notes seem to hover in the air, suspended by deft skills. Letters of Utrecht explores the aural world with beautiful patience. Like watching a canvas being painted in slow motion or cirrocumulus clouds moving so creepily across the sky. There are a few moments of Presence opening to exposure. The tracks "Sun Jaw", "Presence" and "Bone Ritual", shed away the drone and a tribal surf attack of drums and guitar thicken the surrounding air. Combined with the slow currents of sound making up the rest of the cassette, the overall feel is both diverse and consistent simultaneously. More like landing on some remote volcanic island and experiencing a native ritual that has developed over thousands of years.

This is a great cassette on a well followed label, Still Heat Recordings. If you do not have it then unfortunately it will be missed, because these are sold out from the label. This does not prohibit Letters of Utrecht from being heard or purchased digitally. This is also not up on discogs yet, so these fifty tapes are all in rotation in listeners decks. One last note, almost everything on Still Heat Recordings is sold out in physical form, so do not wait when you here something you like from this northern UK label.




















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Letters of Utrecht site - bandcamp

Thursday, September 29, 2016

ant'lrd - Sleep Drive

This is the third time i have put words up for ant'lrd. Have enjoyed Colin Blanton's sounds from the first ant'lrd cassette to land in my player, Extra Domicile on Watery Starve. This is sold out, but the 12" on Baro Records is still available from Colin's bandcamp page. Before going there, this is where you need to focus attention on.... An extremely well curated LP on Whited Sepulchre Records titled Sleep Drive. This one will make your listening environment resonate. From the beautiful packaging, glistening clear vinyl and sounds that pull the strings together on a most awesome complete presentation.

If you look closely at your cartridge and stylus while Sleep Drive is spinning, tiny clef notes are being emitting. Like a cartoon, the sound system smiles when this is on the turntable. The sounds Colin creates are a spectacular combination of organic electronics and root drone. Flowing through time, brilliantly rudimentary, seeking core feelings from all listeners. Divided into three tracks, the first side provides embryonic beats echoing across the humidly drenched edge where water and earth meets. "Hood" dawns on the ears with an evolutionary anthem, slowly taking form as the record plays on. Following this "Kasuisai" causes the mind to expand with aboriginal rituals focused on spiritual awakening. Both tracks play as a canticle to the vastness surrounding us. On the flip side, Msdass brings the sleep from the drive. This side long droned out composition burns like a well seasoned fire breathing oxygen at a almost imperceptible rate. The sound glows and is indescribable, like the color of the embers that have taken so long to embody. Here the world recoils into the space within.

Sleep Drive has threads to so many artists and labels. I first thought this is the perfect product of Stag Hare and Tuluum Shimmering. Would be a fine mantle piece for any of the incredible labels out there, making this a pretty stunning sequel for Whited Sepulchre Records vinyl releases. The first was Braeyden Jae's Fog Mirror. Only releasing one hundred ant'lrd lps, makes this a very limited edition. Sleep Drive is available from the label as well as an ant'lrd/braeyden jae split cassette. The tape quantities are getting low, so this is something to explore promptly.

A question for Ryan would be, how can a label named Whited Sepulchre produce such gracefulness in sound and body? I would expect metal so dark your ears would burn while listening.

**Thanks Ryan for answering my question about the label name origin. If anyone is interested HERE is a description of how Whited Sepulchre Records came to be**






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Saturday, September 24, 2016

Score - Slump

This cassette has been churning in my head for weeks. Countless listens trying to discover words that will help describe these sounds. Not sure what listen i was on, but the realization of the difficulty i was having dawned upon my thoughts. The notes within are so subtle, like a drone lullaby that kept flicking my thoughts off and causing need for incredible resources in the thinking department to understand exactly what was happening.

Twelve tracks that modify themselves slowly like the moon crossing the sky at the zenith above your head. Slump is a lengthy en devour, around an hour long. Maybe my musical taste is becoming other worldly because Slump sounds refreshingly different. Score has found a unique sonic aura and exposed these drone like noises for everyone to encounter. This is really a special niche that most people will find unsettling. Sometimes the feeling gets tight and your thoughts tense up, to the point of almost being nightmarish. Then the following track allows you to unwind a bit. The process continues through the entire listen. The field of noise is so dense, textures exceedingly thick, causing drips of sound to fall to the surface, filling and bubbling over. There is no haven from the whirling world Score imparts.

This is released on Cruel Nature Records in an edition of forty. Slump is available for purchase and listen at the labels bandcamp page. This is my first write up for Cruel Nature Records. There are a lot of varied sounds at the label pushing the thresholds of music to new extremes. If you enjoy serenity fed to eardrums through directly connected wires, Score will be an excellent choice.
 






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