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Monday, March 26, 2018

Ant'lrd and Benoît Pioulard - Deck Amber

On the horizon for listening and overly biased descriptive writing is a collaborative release. Have been listening to Ant'lrd for many years. Beautiful atmospheric sounds that sparkle perfectly through the haze. Together this time with super skilled Benoît Pioulard, both artists will be covering equal ground. Ant'lrd and Benoît Pioulard have one solo track each and the rest are done in union. Slated as a double cassette release, the title is Deck Amber.

The future heavy sonic bliss is available for pre-order from the very cool Portland, Oregon label Sounds et al. More words written by the artists and label can be read on the pre-order purchase page.
Going to get some repeated listens in once a copy arrives. Hopefully words will be able to hold it in place for a moment.

Sounds et al site - facebook - twitter
ant'lrd - bandcamp facebook
Benoît Pioulard site - bandcamp - facebook

Sunday, March 25, 2018

Cla​-​ras / Lung cycles

Natural beauty in sound. Have listened to this split tape from Cla​-​ras and Lung cycles many times through. Not sure why descriptive words seem to still elude me? Will just begin with the easily apparent basics. Lengthy twenty minute sides by each artist. The Cla-ras portion, one long foray into tones that warm the heart. Lung cycles divides the second side into three tracks. Strings played in an electronic haze. Together, Cla​-​ras and Lung cycles have a balance, creating sounds for many repeat listens.

This is a debut for Cla-ras. Dense guitar played under heavy atmospheric pressure. Notes pierce through the mist to be heard and mused upon. This sonic departure takes all thoughts along with it. Like ripples in the water following each other, this is simple physics at play. There really is no choice other than rapid unwinding when listening to Cla-ras. Tranquil harmonies unfolding, like the change from night into morning.

Lung cycles has equal meditative powers. A feeling of intimacy in these melodies. Like looking over and seeing spiritual focus emanating without any work. A fresh water spring for the consciousness and only you are there to absorb the moment. Guitar arrangements sustained in organic foundations. From seeds to evolution in the species, time, patience and being left undisturbed has allowed serenity to flourish.

Released on Lily Tapes & Discs in an edition of fifty. Arriving at the start of the year, this Rochester, New York label slowly sells everything out, so do not wait too long. Beautiful sounds from Lily Tapes & Discs as always.

Lily Tapes & Discs site - bandcamp - facebook

Saturday, March 24, 2018

18andCounting & The Only Ensemble - Animal Skins

Somewhere within the sleep cycle, dreams are vivid and impressive. Sounds from 18andCounting & The Only Ensemble accompany this altered landscape. Is this in the dream or is reality the source? The confluence of rhythms and poetry is turbulent, but somehow my consciousness exists in a motionless and meditative state. A listening high from some seriously strong components. A composition built with "Heavy Duty" as the last line in the ingredients. The first, "Molecular Manipulation".

Animal Skins is like post industrial hip hop, but it's unfair to throw down genres on sounds bent on escaping classification. And this is exactly what the six tracks on the cassette accomplish, freedom from being labeled. I tried in the first sentence of this paragraph but have been pummeled with rhythms and beats fired from a slowly turned Gatling gun. Safe harbors of the listening spectrum, riddled with blistering observations. Paralysis ensues as the armament turns to encompass all within the decibel range. 18andCounting & The Only Ensemble is a captivating contemptuous blast. An overwhelming connection to creativity and art that takes listening intensity to even begin to digest. Yes, Animal Skins does have some roots in a world we know, but the growth has gone where most can only dream about.

Released on cassette by the Dismal Niche label from Columbia, Missouri. From the 18andCounting bandcamp page there is also a lyric and photo book available and compact disc version. This is the second release by Dismal Niche for 18andCounting & The Only Ensemble. The first, TheBirdsAtThisHour has some descriptive words written here. Looks like both can still be ordered and should be.

Dismal Niche site - facebook - bandcamp
18andCounting - facebook - bandcamp 


Sounds dispatched from a world where time is not a factor. German Army swarms, landing on musical styles and knowledge, consuming beats and rhythms. This release titled OCOTILLO, is a product of energy being harvested and processed. The complexity of German Army's sounds and the fertile world of compositions produced, causes speculation of legions of tonesmiths making music. This is not the case, just a dense atmospheric cloud, difficult to really know the forces within. Descending on a timeless world, a pulsating sonic force, blending sonic procedure with the reasons for existence. This current example is a slow pour, like resin leaking from a tree. Grade B sounds, very dark in color with a strong taste. This is the commercial grade, for industrial processing as a supplement for listening masses.

Connections to the aural haze of the past can clearly be heard on OCOTILLO. Eleven tracks, each filled with ambient static, foreboding mysterious tones, and a cadence of lumbering disconcern.
From the deep forests of eastern Europe, where time is measured by nightly musical homages around the fire, to the underground floors of old machinery factories, these sounds blur in perplexity. Nature and civilization in dark harmonic accord. A symphony that has lasted for centuries and with current cultural conditions, maybe only room for a few more. OCOTILLO conveys this message almost all to clearly. Mixing ancient organic elements with a chemically altered future, has profound implications not fully understood. These heavy sounds, fascinating when listening in the present, could have a foreshadowing attribute lurking underneath the surface.

Released on Urubu Tapes from Lisbon in an addition of one hundred. A really great label with expansive sounds from talented artists. Lost in a Sea of Sound did some writing for Urubu Tapes about a year and a half ago. Here is a link if you want to explore. Copies of OCOTILLO are available from the label's bandcamp page.

German Army site - bandcamp
Urubu Tapes - bandcamp - facebook

Monday, March 19, 2018

Seth Graham - Gasp

Standing on a busy street corner at attention to the intersection of life, sounds and consciousness. Witnessing moments when velocities and decibels barely miss each other, causing a briefly appearing vortex for rhythms and beats to disappear in. Collisions happen frequently, but nothing ever seems to be really damaged. Just a wobbly start from zero to gain speed in a direction of unknown destination. Sometimes the crossroads clear completely for a lumbering noise behemoth to grandiosely make it's way through. The hustle returns as small sounds dodge forceful noises. Listeners are left with a Gasp.

Seth Graham on his second time through the Nomenal Loom label and some where close to three for Orange Milk Records. Gasp is somehow divided into ten tracks, although it is difficult to notice. The sounds are brilliantly crisp and distinct. The feeling while listening is of sheer wonder. A genre-less construct expanding fluidly in all directions. Like the infinite fractals of a kaleidoscope, Seth holds everything by tiny tethers. Once the third and forth listen are achieved, the deeper beauty begins to drive into town. Gasp holds the encyclopedia of sounds, juggling it with a hot cup of espresso and a tape recorder. 

Noumenal Loom and Orange Milk have every one covered with a Gasp edition of two hundred. These labels have worked together to provide a vibrant outer jacket for the cassette case. Beautiful artwork all the way down to the sounds. To give Gasp a extra nudge, this cassette has already been slung up as album of the day on Bandcamp. They have some good words over there too.


Seth Graham - bandcamp - facebook
Noumenal Loom site - facebook - bandcamp
Orange Milk Records site - facebook - bandcamp

Sunday, March 18, 2018

Q///Q - Serene Answer

Coming up on four years of describing music. Just looked and have never put anything up for Baked Tapes. Have been following the label since getting back into cassettes. Paths now crossed with this excellent label release titled Serene Answer by Q///Q. Some very serious talent with Peter Kris and Quinn Brayton joining creative forces. Going to end this introductory paragraph with a call to action. Grab a copy of Serene Answer from Baked Tapes. There are probably not very many left and would not want you to miss the opportunity with continued reading of descriptive biased thoughts.

Something about these tones just click into place. Maybe it rest in the evolved style from sounds originating in the early eighties. The evolution is a beautiful patience. The need to be the newest, loudest, and most out there is gone. Focusing now on steady raw industrial synth with beats pulled from Fritz Lang's head. Even though Fritz could not formulate the music at the time, these rhythms were there. Vocals spoken like anthems for listeners in a distant future. Sometimes just a conversation or a sample from unknown origin. Everything augmenting and mutating on this aural assembly line of sound. Industrial dub, is that a thing? Peter and Quinn like Sly and Robbie, going into a sonic channeling only they can withstand. Hopefully the task is not too arduous and Q///Q will resurface with more sounds in the future.

As noted, a Baked Tape release from the end of 2017. Cooking time is long for this label and every item gets purchased. Serene Answer is available in a batch with Sug's Only Hidden Once. A project name of Mike Sugarman, another extremely experienced artist with a great companion release for Serene Answer.     

Peter Kris - German Army facebook
Baked Tapes site - bandcamp - facebook - twitter 

DAS - Feinted Haunts

Lost in the sound of unnatural beauty, tones pulling at the threads of consciousness. Like listeners are marionettes, manipulated through dimly lit passageways. DAS has a creative balance between futuristic intrigue and fear of the the unknown. The speakers open like vortexes. Small black singularities emitting melodies with a gravitational force. Thoughts seem to drift in an uncontrolled direction toward the source. Feinted Haunts holds mysteries unwilling to be discovered. Harmony delivered like a pot being stirred.

Over a half our of music divided into six tracks. This is a composition that drives on the sonic edge. To one side, a deep beautiful ambient landscape. Tranquility and beauty together to horizons end. Turn one hundred and eighty degrees and hear sounds from dense flora moving without wind. Fantastic in evolutionary splendor, making it a mortal mistake to venture very close. This is the tone that causes unrest, knowing a slip in this direction will cause the mind to be carried away. DAS has mastered his musical craft and takes listeners on this infinite aural thread.

Released on the Close/Far label from Springfield, Missouri. DAS is also from the same area. In an edition of one hundred. Currently available from the label or the DAS bandcamp page.

DAS - bandcamp
Close/Far site

Sunday, March 4, 2018

Oxherding - Circular Movements In The Sky

Lost in a Sea of Sound had the pleasure to describe Oxherding once before. October of 2016 provided a special self released cassette titled The Past Is Gone and The Future Is Not Here Yet. A sonic spiritual gem receiving nice words from multiple sources, long sold out in physical form. Tonal remnants in digital structure are all that remain. Now, a much awaited return has materialized. This time on the beloved label from Missouri, Dismal Niche. All making sense since both Fitz Hartwig and Dismal Niche both hail from the Cave State.

Circular Movements In The Sky moves by quickly with one track just over ten minutes on each side. Most difficult to discern any separation in parts, this is more of a complete composition divided by the flip of a tape. Sounds are vibrant both in harmonic quality and spiritual fortitude. Organic, as if Fitz has fashioned unique recording equipment to tap the unheard world of natures sonic output. Possibly a method were Fitz channels atmospheric energy, recording in sound the beauty most only see. The methods are a mystery, but the results are pure nourishment for the conscious. With Circular Movements In The Sky emanating from the speakers, the imagination has an aural canvas for thoughts to rest. Oxherding has the special ability to transition from sparseness and solitude to an abundant complexity of the beautiful mysterious world. There are no seems.

Dismal Niche has worked to create Circular Movements In The Sky in an edition of one hundred. Released in January of this year, many copies have found homes already. Do not wait too long, there are many fans of this style of music. How could you not be?

Dismal Niche site - facebook - bandcamp
Oxherding -facebook - bandcamp

Saturday, March 3, 2018

Body Fool - a stranger in a body

Recording devices have been attenuated to gather sounds from both microscopic and macroscopic origins. Both sample fields are rich with foreign fluctuating rhythms in a brief focal time space. The samples were intended to be separately analyzed and examined for signs of sentient existence. Body Fool was hungry for new sound fractals. Consumption was inevitable and the result is a stranger in a body.

This composition is well sustained with over forty minutes across four tracks. There is an interesting divide with the flip of the cassette. Side A rescues an aural world of minute molecular reactions. Electrons can be heard in high velocity orbit around their nucleus and proton counterparts. As atoms collide to form molecules, structural mutations change the rhythmic flow. An absorbing process for any consciousness to process. The flip side expands the sonic landscape. Explorations away from solar clusters into empty galactic expanse. Time becomes a vague meaning to human understanding. The drone of emptiness is filled by focusing on the remnants of solar winds lost in the same lonely distances. A very nice counterweight to the reverse.

Released by Body Fool from Berlin, Germany. The cross folding case cover art was designed by Agata Cardoso. Copies are available from the Body Fool bandcamp page. There are also many digital tracks for continued exploration.

Body Fool - bandcamp

Substrates - Lethean

Words are forgotten, only writing keeps them intact. Music is like this, and recording sounds ads multiple factors to harmonic existence. Substrates has caused a lapse from where the words once were. This EP titled Lethean pulls at the memory of music. References to help categorize are lost, the data banks wiped, only stretches of blank tape in both forward and reverse directions.

Start with only one descriptive word, "abounding" and build from there. Why this word? Because there is not any more to say. Lethean has erased the cache' of pastoral images used for past illustrative efforts. Four tracks in roughly twenty five minutes. Asked again, why only a single adjective? Because this is a really good one, just like the cassette by Substrates. Look up the word and all of it's synonyms. Listen to the EP, or better, order this on cassette or compact disc. The connection is there, and when both tasks are completed, this will all make sense.

Released on both tape and disc by the composer D. Dabek at the start of the year. The striking artwork by Clint Fulkerson. Thanks Substrates! Back on track now to fresh green notes. Copies are available from the bandcamp page.

Substrates site - bandcamp