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Thursday, November 15, 2018

Dead Tenants - LPII

The alarm is sounding, run with all the speed, Dead Tenants are in the ears. The ground vibrates in controlled pulse like signals, a stampede harnessed by algorithmic rustlers. These sonic fibers run deep, like roots that Touch and Go across the pond in search of Entertainment! New sounds grow in angles, there are no gentle curves or natural bends. LPII is a sonic wiring manual, heads will spin with the weighty amount of details waiting to be deciphered.

The sonic triangle formed by guitar, bass and drums, is a punk pentagram with two points thrown out. Consciousnesses held in place with instruments in perfectly attenuated high decibels balance. The vocals fill the mind then release, a yo-yo in rhythmic motion, your head is walking the dog. LPII is expertly lacquered, the clarity and fervor of these three musicians never ceasing. Together these sounds so tightly woven, creating a moire effect on the listening end. To properly absorb Dead Tenants, listeners must be engaged. Any attempt to casually peruse these sounds from the wrong angle, will result in just being spit out.

Released on Already Dead Tapes and Records in October. Dead Tenants are making fast tracks with only fourteen releases remaining from the start of one hundred. This is the third release for the band, with the first titled "Void" in digital form. The second release is a split on Austin's Super Secret Records and is still available from the label. With the discography research done, this makes LPII the first solo physical release. Well deserving and nicely fit with Already Dead.






Link
Already Dead Tapes site - facebook - bandcamp - twitter
Dead Tenants - bandcamp - facebook - twitter

Tuesday, November 13, 2018

2nd Pressing Plus of Midwife - Like Author, Like Daughter

If you missed this wonderful vinyl record last year, a very limited second pressing is up for pre-order now on Whited Sepulchre Records. Lost in a Sea of Sound described these sonic imprints here

To make this even more enticing, the repress package includes....
  • a split cassette with Planning For Burial
  • expanded liner notes from the original release
  • a very cool T-shirt
Pre-Orders now here and release date around January 11th, 2019

Couple pictures....... 


Saturday, November 10, 2018

Life Education - Psychic Yeoman

Almost two years have gone by since diving into music by Patrick R. Pärk. New endeavors have flourished in this time. Life Education gained momentum after the last time a Kösmonaut (Songs for Healing) album was described on Lost in a Sea of Sound. The \\NULL|ZØNE// label arrived and found stride with many great artists. Now Psychic Yeoman is playing, and descriptive words are in the process of being gathered. This is still the same...

Patrick R. Pärk has composed a sonic tapestry with tightly woven sounds. This aural density is nearly impenetrable for words to describe. An ambient landscape that has taken shape, features so vibrant they pulsate with rhythm. And there is cadence, striking out of the massive electronic haze, beats resembling futuristic patterns for a world yet to come. Psychic Yeoman has an intensity, an aural gleam entwined with so many influences. With help from the Pärk Family Orchestre, each track holds new arrays of sonic structure, the entire composition taking many listens for a deeper understanding. This is the beauty of Life Education, the undulating flow of arrangements, complexities that will not unlock without proper attention.

Released on the Athens, Georgia label \\NULL|ZØNE// in an edition of fifty. Psychic Yeoman has been out for a few months, but there are still a limited amount of copies available. Patrick R. Pärk has a vast audience and his releases usually sell out. There is currently a vinyl re-release of a 2016 cassette titled Library Sounds originally released on Portugal's OTA label. Library sounds is available on blue vinyl from the Kösmonaut bandcamp page or the UK label Castles In Space.

Going back to this release... be sure not to let this \\NULL|ZØNE// tape slip through, because it will.




Links
\\NULL|ZØNE// - facebook - bandcamp
Kösmonaut - bandcamp - facebook

Friday, November 9, 2018

Günter Schlienz - Liederbuch

Back to back description for releases on Muzan Editions. This time from the prolific Günter Schlienz. Like German Army, Günter has compositions manifesting around the world and with equal selling ferocity. Another similarity is the deviation in sound chosen for the Muzan Editions edition. Liederbuch is exactly that, six songs playing like chapters in a book. Varying diversity, both in style and tempo, but unfolding so fluently together. These compositions are a complex menagerie of rhythms and tones. Ever so slightly deranged, like the immediate confluence of two rivers, unlike waters meeting and colliding only to produce a more grand augmentation.

Six tracks crossing molecular space in just over forty minutes. Sounds creating an analog path with firm ground underneath and copious sparkle above. Günter Schlienz is well adept at creating this duality. A tranquil placation of the spirit while the will-o'-wisp performs it's ritual. The consciousness is pulled forth, but physical form has fused with temporal existence. The last two tracks are most unique using vocals for each; The basilic "Stauboper", with David Callahan's monastic timbre. Teresa Smolnik with ethereal power on "Coda Forever". Both beautiful departures for this eclectic wonder.

The final similarity to the Muzan Editions German Army release, Liederbuch is sold out as well. The digital is ready for listening and there is currently one copy for sale on discogs. If you want to get in front of Muzan Editions releases, check out and pre-order the newest edition by Aidan Baker titled Deer Park. Equally exceptional as well.








Links
Cosmic Winnetou site - bandcamp - soundcloud
Muzan Editions -bandcamp - facebook - twitter

Thursday, November 8, 2018

German Army - Mangas Coloradas

German Army sending signals back from far reaches of time and space. The essence of early rhythmic manufacturing faintly heard from a distant world... something unique is being transmitted. Shrouded by the reverberating din of continual production, machine like rhythms in a mechanical ceremony, Mangas Coloradas arrives in more ambient fashion. German Army energy mutated and twisted, producing what is considered an ebb to the fracturing flow. The ringing of past prolific radiance continues in the ears, but now the decibels have been muffled, the pace has lightened up, what seems wobbly or ethereal is actually very clear.

Mangas Coloradas is yet another beautifully manicured composition by German Army. Near an hour of music divided randomly among sixteen tracks. For fans of German Army, this album provides captivating diversity to many of the past releases. For anyone new to this project, an excellent starting point. The essentials here are the subdued approach with preservation of so many foundational attributes. A moment of introspection maybe, the opportunity to enjoy German Army in alternate contexts. A sonic gem with slowly rotating fissures, the place thoughts dissolve. Mangas Coloradas fulfills it's title, a physical giant commanding great respect.

Released on Muzan Editions out of Nara, Japan. Not sure how many edition were made. The physical copies are unfortunately sold out as with almost all Muzan Editions releases. The digital is ready to be heard and purchased. Worth every bit to absorb this one. There are two physical releases from other artists available from the label and both are of the same excellent fabric Mangas Coloradas is woven from.




Links
German Army site - bandcamp
Muzan Editions -bandcamp - facebook - twitter

Wednesday, November 7, 2018

Deadman's Ghost - Saccadic Rhythms

This release titled Saccadic Rhythms finds grooves with some different artists under the Deadman's Ghost project. Jason Mills & David Baxter (Deadman's Ghost) with three tracks on side one. With a flair towards the open plains and sonic expansiveness, these sounds combine rhythms with unspoken ballads. A complex arrangement, with roots in the past and growth towards the future. Like Joe Strummer's soundtrack for the movie Walker, the third track "Dustbowl Drifter" pushes even farther west. There is something untouchable about these sounds. Grand and distant, from places to remote to inhabit and from times long since past.

The second side contains two Deadman's Ghost tracks that are remixes of older material by Vertical67 and Ken & Ryu. The western feel dissipated for a modern snap on late night grooves and blissful voyages. The first track "Lysergic Lasso" remixed by Verticle67 holds allure with patience and clarity. Futuristic electronics glued to glassy funk origins, really nice all the way through. "Tandem Felix" is the title of the second track on side B. Remixed by Ken & Ryu, these sounds have pace and are driven by a wicked drum kit. All instruments are in perfect harmony, music just beyond your consciousness, the driving force of soul.

Released on cassette by the New York label Ephem-Aural. Lost in a Sea of Sound had the pleasure in describing a previous Deadman's Ghost release almost two years ago. Titled Hypocritical Oath and also on Ephem-Aural. Both releases are very different from each other. Well worth exploring each.



 Links
Ephem-Aural - bandcamp
Deadman's Ghost - facebook
Verticle67 - facebook

Sunday, November 4, 2018

Shane Parish - Child Asleep In The Rain

When experience collides with patience the most likely outcome is beauty. This characteristic is often very difficult to describe. Like the glow of pink clouds in the sky before the sun rises and after it sets or a full moon radiating through a canopy of live oaks, words can tell a reader what it is, but they can not impart the feelings created. And words can not begin to describe the vibrancy of what is experienced. Shane Parish has composed music with this feature. Creative guitar playing backed at times by tranquil piano, and ambient sustain underlying the entire length of the composition. These are sounds you will hear when listing to Child Asleep In The Rain. Where your thoughts go or how perception is mutated, are what can not be written.

Child Asleep In The Rain contains six tracks in just over a half an hour. Tones sheltered in the recondite areas of Shane Parish's construct. Starting off with a tilt towards a somber tone, Child Asleep In The Rain is veiled with a ponderous mist. Sounds do not languish there, the following tracks "Never See The Sun" and "Angular Essences" are filled with bright strings, folk melodies that have lifted into the ethereal. Near the end, ambient emptiness settles in on "Ghost Dream" then seems to crescendo in almost experimental fashion with the last track "Chest Cavity Portal". The diversity from start to finish is tremendous, but the mood and tone a perfectly congruent. Shane Parish has a special subtle talent.

Released on \\NULL|ZØNE// in an edition of fifty in late September. If you are interested, don't wait at all, currently the label has only three copies remaining.






Links
\\NULL|ZØNE// - facebook - bandcamp
Shane Parish - bandcamp - facebook

Saturday, November 3, 2018

German Army - Nepumoceno Cortina

Nepumoceno Cortina is the Robin Hood of industrial noise. These sounds give back. For all the past records by so many varied artists, where terrifying beats pounded behind sheer maniacal wailing, thresholds pushed to maximum capabilities, German Army bestows a most grand composition.  The dark formidable aural landscape so much time was spent exploring, has worn on consciousnesses. This familiarity and appreciation stems from seeds sewn in the seventies, allowing listeners to rotate and inspect what has grown over the decades. Like and old growth forest, German Army takes neophytic sonic rawness to a level of alluring sophistication.

With so many releases over a lengthy time period, German Army is a multi faceted Hematite mineral. And as a mirror of countless compositions, Nepumoceno Cortina mines the same vein. Seventeen tracks, approaching an hours worth of splendor. Classic untreated rhythm in perfect sync with garbled PA style vocals, electronics breathing that grows heavy after long lengths of being faint, all penetrating aspects assembled for another incredible cassette. The lure this time is the sparseness and patience. Nepumoceno Cortina plays like a soundtrack to a life event. Scenes changing pace, like the heart racing in some epic thriller, then sonic moments giving time for the mind to rest and gather. German Army has locked in another key stone in their musical arch.

Yes, this cassette is still available, but of the one hundred created, only seven are left as this is written. As with the last German Army release (Kowloon Walled City on \\NULL|ZØNE//) described on Lost in a Sea of Sound, Nepumoceno Cortina is also on a label in the states, Cloister Recordings from Denver. This German Army tape had a release date of October 31st, and it looks like four other cassettes did as well. Well worth spending some investigative time on this mysterious label.




Links
German Army site - bandcamp
Cloister Recordings site - bandcamp - facebook

International Surrealist Bulletin - Immanence

Rumblings deep within the living jungle. The ground vibrates, a bird's call echoing into vegetative obscurity. A beat, a crisp sound of a hand played drum is the interlude to the foreign tongue and native machinery. There is no time, sounds droning through the night, only an aural flickering. The ceremony begins abruptly or fatefully depending upon the perspective. Now, vibrant sound permeates the discernible stillness. Tranquil reverberation in the lowest frequency overlaid with spiritual mysticism.

Trumpets sound, mystery finding conscious cracks, slowly growing like invasive vines in a new found land. Meditative meanderings through sonic moments in time. Sometimes futuristic, then changing form to herald ancient civilizations. These sounds are beautifully juxtaposed throughout the course of the composition. Immanence swirls with heaviness, almost forty five minutes over four tracks, but the core feeling is more of serenity than anything else. Undertones of shrines, sanctuaries and holy places, filled with vitality of the oracle that is International Surrealist Bulletin.

Immanence was released on the New York label Ephem-Aural in September of this year. The first tape to follow International Surrealist Bulletin's previous label release Communitas back in the summer of 2016. Lost in a Sea of Sound was fortunate enough to dive into Communitas as well. These sounds run through time, coupling forgotten worlds with those to come. Providing a tangible tether to metaphysical domains.




 Links
Ephem-Aural - bandcamp
International Surrealist Bulletin - bandcamp

Sunday, October 21, 2018

Tristan Magnetique by Tristan Magnetique

Here is a box set of extremely high caliber meditative music by Tristan Magnetique. If you are interested in finding physical copies, apologies to be made at this instant. The forty copies created sold out speedily. These were gone before Lost in a Sea of Sound received a copy, so this description ratcheted down one notch in the sense of urgency. But this composition should not fall into obscurity, an important collection of works reflected in the exquisiteness of the sounds within. A lengthy set, roughly an hour and a half of recorded music, matched in magnitude by sheer creativeness in diverse tranquility.

When thinking of the name of this set, Tristan Magnetique, the first question asked is, who is this. Seems like a person, not a project or band. This box set on the label Otomatik Muziek is the first recorded works of Tristan. Maybe the label found original cassettes in a thrift store or a music collection lost over time. There is the story of the unknown artist Blind Joe Death. One hundred copies on 78 RPM were made, some sent to friends, music aficionados, others placed in record stores and thrift shops. The man behind this was legendary guitarist John Fahey. He created the fictional character Blind Joe Death and caused a stir around interested circles. Tristan Magnetique could be a similar story, just based in the world of ambient music, not primitive guitar. Listen first and try not to read too much. See if you can make a connection to modern artists with sublime capabilities.

Three cassettes in total, all side long tracks, sounds flowing with cohesion, maintaining allure with skilled variegation. You can blast this descriptive oxymoron before it is even written, "vintage new age throw back quality" of a Casio CZ101 interwoven with field recordings. Tristan Magnetique channels past ambient pioneers with a push towards spiritualism. Almost expect to hear Sri Swami Sivananda recite "You are the architect of your own fate. You are the master of your own destiny. You can do and undo things. You sow an action and reap a tendency. You sow a tendency and reap a habit. You sow a habit and reap your character. You sow your character and reap your destiny. Therefore, destiny is your own creation. You can undo it if you like-destiny is a bundle of habits." Just thoughts from the canvas Tristan Magnetique paints. There are moments when the nostalgic ambient float is interrupted by field recordings. Sometimes these are determinable, but other times these interludes are other worldly. Woven with the Casio's melodic timbre and with the length of the total composition, realities exposure or some form of reality is like chapters in a book. They do not correspond with consistent points in the three tape set, they happen almost sporadically. These sounds are beautifully simple yet exceptionally skilled. One of 2018's ambient gems.

Released on the labels Otomatik Muziek together with Cosmic Winnetou, both from Germany. Forty copies total, all sold out quickly. There is still the digital and it is absolutely worth a full listen. Also Be sure to keep an ear turned towards future releases form Otomatik Muziek. Their ninth releases is the only one still available in the physical, Nils Quak's heavy experimental ambient tape titled Form Phallus Function. Also soon to arrive Hardtack Oak's Cold War Nostalgia, but can not locate a sound sample for this release yet.







Links
Otomatik Muziek - bandcamp - facebook
Cosmic Winnetou site - bandcamp - soundcloud

Friday, October 19, 2018

Bedroom - Moons

The dazzling world of ambient attributes. An aural landscape extending in infinite directions, sonic ridges or indentations drawn like lines across the vastness. Solid features, their beauty clouded until perspectives reach above. Bedrooms has pushed forward into the consciousness. When the tape ends, a sonic moraine has formed. Notes like earthly debris left resonating in after thoughts. These tracks are fully organic, hearkening to eras gone before. Billions of years of movement, current deliberations will only shallowly understand. 

This cassette titled Moons is special. Michael Chau as Bedroom capturing sounds from distant reaches. His use of the tangible, piano, vibraphone, chimes, even beats at times, landing Moons directly in the forefront of the mind. Combining this approach with synthesizer and patience, produces an ambient soundscape exuding corporeal distinction. The ethereal undertones have been grounded, pulling Moons through the accumulation of sediment many mid seventies, early eighties new age music lie. There is a connection, before computers and software the physical process of analog creations covered the surface. Michael Chau has gone back, unearthing forgotten tone and timbre, polishing a composition of beauty. Throughout the entire forty five minute album, Moons stays on the path. Only a few moments of disruption or vexation lay heavier, most likely from traversing steep aural precipices. Enough diversity to keep attention heightened, with the larger magnitude of sound time exploring rarities of creation. This tranquility is for real.

Very recently released on fluere tapes out of Stockholm, Sweden. This is number twelve for a label that started almost five years ago. Of all the previous releases, Moons is the only cassette available. Michael Chau as Bedrooms has had previous releases on the dearly missed Tranquility Tapes label. This has been over four years now.  Be sure to order a copy from the label, a source of radiant ambiance that will most definitely be gone in physical form.



  Links
Fluere Tapes site - bandcamp - facebook
Michael Chau - facebook

Sunday, October 14, 2018

He Arrived By Helicopter - The Shiny Hostel

Finger picking, Americana, pop, world vibe....  The new release by He Arrived By Helicopter is collection of well done pieces. Christian Gibbs, the creative force, flying listeners from country to city, across land and sea. There are moments of guitar genius, sounding like this is a Tomkins Square release, but those flicker to the divine pop feel of something from MJMJ Records. But for the world eclectic sound, right at home on Very Special Recordings.

The Shiny Hostel is a difficult diamond to describe. Too many cuts creating a myriad of facets, all polished and beaming sonic splendor. The best place to begin is probably the guitar playing tracks. There a quite a few of these gem stationed throughout the twelve tracks. All with different sensibilities and flares. Think of deeply felt string vibrations of Michael Hedges, but sometimes the more traditional connections of Glenn Jones and Jack Rose. The two stand out vocal tracks, Cold Damn Truth and Hemoglobin are simply dazzling. Christian can sing with a beautiful high register which is especially potent when dropping to the chorus and Cold Damn Truth. Wonder why this song is not currently on some college of alternative chart? The last track Hot and Lonely sums up the diversity of this record. Rhythms and sounds pulled from Africa to Polynesia in a Very Special Recordings kind of way.

Released on VSR on September 14th in cassette from. There is also green vinyl and compact disc available from He Arrived By Helicopter's website. If you are checking this out be sure to look at upcoming shows in Switzerland, Germany and finally New York.




Links
Very Special Recordings - facebook - bandcamp
He Arrived By Helicopter site - facebook

German Army - Kowloon Walled City

From deep inside the walls, vibrations resonate. Sounds from the outside are muted and not comprehensible. This is the station of the masses, outside noble strongholds, ceremonies within are left for wonder and speculation. German Army has opened up a window, a place to hear the proceedings clearly. These temporary gateways have been occurring all over the world and for well over a decade now. Hearing the services within completely fills expectations and goes on to transcend imaginable boundaries. The populace gives thanks.

Thirteen tracks in roughly forty five minutes makes Kowloon Walled City a diverse and lengthy composition. With so many tracks, there are moments diving into circuitry and static, but the electronic haze has been slightly turned down for this record. The articulate percussion seems to take center stage. Like some ritualistic right of passage, listeners feel the stately heaviness. Gamkonora, Waioli and Sahu are three selections emphasizing this observation. The same could be said for so many German Army releases, but Kowloon Walled City does tick to the tribal side of aural landscapes. Going back through decades of bands and sounds, this recording connects, growing from the roots, creating new beauty.

Kowloon Walled City is still an available German Army tape, but quantities are getting very low. A late September \\NULL|ZØNE// release from Athens, Georgia in an edition of fifty. Solid from start to finish.




Links
\\NULL|ZØNE// - facebook - bandcamp
German Army site - bandcamp