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Sewnshut - s/t

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Electronic melodies falling through the atmosphere. High frequency waves with tremendous constitution, turbulently dismantled by radiation and molecular density. They reform showing the wear and dissection with subtle masking of their original state. These sounds have traveled far, rhythms used like propulsive thrusts, navigating the celestial debris. They have maintained an illusive quality, a sound filled with the girth of unknown civilizations. These electronic passages find place in the medium of tranquilizing energy. A fabric of sound showing frayed edges, the raw an unfiltered quality completing the seductive mystery.

Sewnshut has been in the cassette player for a while. The moments of the day mingling with one of the eight different tracks. The effect is soothing and mesmerizing. Sewnshut maintains a very consistent vibe through all of the selected variations.  There is a lot to take in on this composition. At times the melodies pierce thoughts, like the track "Quaid"…

teguh permana & yngel - s/t

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Traditions mixing with current creativity, the sounds blur through time. Long ago, a single instrument being played was a highlight of ceremony, introspection and relaxation. Laborious work of all types finally concluding for the day. A cherished instrument bequeathed through generations is unfurled for the evenings resonant base. The sounds pushed forth drifting through tired ears, finding billowing smoke, then ascending for gods to hear. For Teguh Permana this instrument is the Tarawangsa. A stringed instrument from west Java, played both with a bow and plucked as well. Taus Bregnhøj-Olesen and Emil Palme use electric guitar creating the cosmic variance. All three musicians continually passing the sonic baton, their sounds both bubble and melt in mysterious delectation.

This composition was recorded in Bandung, Indonesia. The most striking aural feature is the pathway leading to both past and future. Teguh's sounds from the Tarawangsa pull thoughts back to the earliest recording…

figure eighter - people's last words are often insignificant

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The temperature and atmospheric moisture change in the course of the planets revolution around the sun. A long hot summer day, the coolness of the night never arrives. A front blowing all the water vapor away, leaving crisp and cold blue sky. All those taking this ride have feelings and emotions that morph right along with every rotation and through one orbit around the star. Slowed down, invigorated, or somewhere in the middle, Figure Eighter has channeled these variations into their newest composition titled people's last words are often insignificant. A thick haze dissolving rhythms into the droning void. The sonic cycle repeating or has everything reversed? This is a solid aural landscape, that gets pleasantly wobbly. Listen, because we are all being hurled through space with the same momentum. These are the sounds we share together.

Douglas Dulgarian and Nick Shattell are the two musicians who are Figure Eighter. This is their dive into experimented sound over the course of o…

The High Sheriffs - High Sheriffs

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Have spent many years looking through thrift store records for sounds like these. Here now and listening on cassette..... A cyclic return on both sides, who would have wagered cassettes would be rejuvenated, and the sounds of Appalachian roots? Matt Scherger and Jacob Sunderlin fly back, past the hot licks and overly groomed fineness of bluegrass and Chicago blues. Gently setting down on a porch front with friends and family, the creativity and relaxation consumes them with welcome.

The beauty of the High Sheriffs is their vast amount of musical interests and genres they take pleasure in. These selections stir memories of Bascom Lamar Lunsford (who has a version of Swannanoa Tunnel), Buell Kazee, the joy of Harry and Jeannie West, the subtle power of J.E. Mainer. And then, jumping to sounds like Mississippi John Hurt and the diversity of the trio Koerner, Ray & Glover. Not to mention a Hawaiian flirt on the the track "We are Waiting for the Sun" and the psychedelic trac…

Jon Collin - From a Petrified Forest

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In 2013 this post on Microphones in the Trees helped me learn, jon collin / serfs. Did some listening but regrettably by the time a decision was made to purchase, the physical editions were gone. Many compositions by Jon Collin have been created between then and now. With the latest batch bundle from Garden Portal, Jon Collin's sound has been delivered with much appreciated delight. Accurately describing these guitar passages will take many listens, thoughts, words, scratched out words and much neophytic descriptive skill. With the goal of one more person finding the inner beauty Jon Collin prolifically shares, these sounds deserve all the attention for a undisturbed listen.

From a Petrified Forest was recorded earlier in the spring of this year. The location, Tyresta National Park, south and a little east of Stockholm, Sweden. The tracks have no names other than alphanumerical place holders. The composition starts with a field recording of Jon walking to a place presumably these …

Mu Vonz - Trouble Land

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This is the radio dial late at night. These are the sounds we strain to hear but fade out before fully absorbed. A little bit of everything on a chilly night, mixed with a glowing manicured bonfire and a mug of something hot. Relax and turn the volume slightly higher, Mu Vonz finds stride with the loose thoughts in your head. Sounds to melt with, words that amuse and provide wonder. Eight times eight sinking deep, Ai disolving fragments of an old equation e=mc2 made into a song. Trouble Land has words filled with observations and meaning, as well as "icecubic centimeters of anything you need". Get caught in the beats, the words, the surreal chill warmed by Mu Vonz.

Crafted a few years back, this new Mu Vonz release has never gone physical, until now. Already Dead Tapes and Records has cherry picked these solacious beats and rhythmic poetry and given them a cassette body. Mu Vonz has found home on Already Dead for a handful of years now, three cassettes before and a split 7&q…

Greyon Greene - Belong to It

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The subtle rhythms made as street lights speed in and out of focus. Like a train clicking along the tracks or car wheels across a concrete section of highway. How many times have we slipped into a trance like state while traveling across lengthy distances? A repeated feature flickering like a radiantly illuminated sign, then fading away for an upcoming aspect to hold place. Thoughts wander and ideas bubble to the surface, both falling away as the daze rearranges. Greyon Greene's Belong to it is like a soundtrack for late night travel. The conscious held fixed, released then secured again.

Some tracks pulsate with sounds from a snare drum in a marching band or a pack of Black Cats detonating in perfectly timed cadence. The beat sparks the mind, thoughts racing ever so slightly, the night journey pushes on. Then, these sonic pulsations are gone, the landscape empty of motion and activity. The dazzling frolic across dimly lit terrain bringing the conscious to desolate fields. Greyon …

BLOOD RHYTHMS - CIVIL WAR

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The spirit being pierced by anti-harmony and severe turmoil. Voices cry in anguished urgency. There is no help for them, these sounds only a warning from the dimensional nexus. A place beyond current perception, an open aural pathway most would refuse to travel. BLOOD RHYTHMS is just downright scary. Knowing these sounds lurk within those around us could be even more frightening. Is this a completely rearranged creativity or is there a direct connection to an unknown world, dark and foreboding by the carefree standards of today's society? When music ceases to be and the cacophonous sounds become hyper focused, thoughts race and reach to understand. This composition titled CIVIL WAR defies rational thoughts. From the shrill opening tones, through both garbled and crystal clear messages, a drone like glue of electronic static holds everything together for a brief listen. The unknown reasons these sounds were made, clearly has purpose and tremendous significance.

The first two tracks…

Julia Bloop - Out of the Bloop

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Sitting on the beach in Kekaha, Kauai, the sun has a few more hours before it rises away from view. Sleep has settled like a fog, all is quiet, only the crash of waves can be heard. In the distant horizon, a silhouetted land mass holds firm focus. This is the island of Niʻihau. Protected, forbidden, a place only natives can travel to and from. There are satellite views, also select trips to the northern uninhabited part of the island, beyond this, there is extremely limited knowledge of the small village residing there. Tonight is special, the ocean is relatively quiet and the wind pushes from there to here, throwing a sonic pass exactly on target. Traveling the seventeen miles without corruption, beautiful melodies are heard with welcome. They are clear and magical. Instilling images of old growth palm trees gently touched by a western breeze, their green luster sparkling from the moonlight's reflection. Sandy paths leading down to the beach where long lines of waves produce crys…

Jacken Elswyth / Alula Down - Betwixt & Between 5

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The fifth tape from Betwixt & Between Tapes follows format with another split. Amazingly both sides are live and sound absolutely gorgeous. These artist reach into the mysteries of improvisations and drone like tranquility. The fifth edition includes a special treat from Jacken Elswyth and Alula Down. Each sharing there own renditions of Sweet Lemeny, both holding on to the folk roots but growing in directions never traveled. 

Jacken Elswyth continues to display an extraordinary prowess in banjo playing and unruffled creativity. East meeting west one hundred years ago. Classical like ragas as framework for improvisation then toggling to Appalachian melodies. An all instrumental version of Sweet Lemeny reaching across time, both bowed banjo drone and English folk style playing. The three tracks on Jacken's side pull on the love of music. Thought provoking beauty in sound and done live. A unique style harnessing great understanding of music that has come before, helping with th…

Inner Travels - Nature Spirit

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The harmony within everything around us can go unnoticed. Fast paced lives glaze over serene beauty in so many moments of each day. The landscape radiated by multiple angles of the sun, changes pace and purpose through every planetary rotation. A light wind through trees, water cascading over the Earth, insects and animals both making noise from movement and calls. Looking through the car window or from a sealed air conditioned environment, only the view can be absorbed. Like watching a orchestra play but not hearing the music, at some point we need to connect to the world that has been before us and will be after. Inner Travels newest release titled Nature Spirit helps us understand. We need this union, like photosynthesis for our thoughts, the spirit requires nurturing, understanding and patience. 
Nature Spirit is a composition of three tracks divided over forty minutes. Each selection starting with recordings of both flora and fauna in the countryside they exist. Steve Targo who …