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Orra - Into The Wind

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There exists alternate worlds created by the minds of humans. Jennifer Williams and Sean Conrad have stabilized the porthole into their reality under the name Orra. The release titled Into the Wind is just out in the newest batch from Inner Islands. Ethereal synthesizer leads your ears through alien sounds, abounding throughout this cassette.

Two twenty minute tracks, one on each side, Into the Wind is a surreal journey through a fascinating sound scape. Side A has track titled "The Fog Has A White Tongue". Here ambient drift is combined with majestic noises from a cosmos yet undiscovered. In this realm, sounds of metal machines are praised for their beauty? Creating a drone far from understanding by man. Voices drift through and the origin reveals itself not to be mechanical at all. The closest description would be a world of insects made from an unknown impervious material.

"The Water Is Black That Licks The Boat" is the track that encompasses side B. This is al…

deerbite - ep1

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Within these tape spools are mysteriously nostalgic sounds resonating far into my experiences. Deerbite is Randall James Lundy and according to the title of this cassette, this is the first in his deerbite project. I have listened to this a few times digitally before the cassette arrived and have enjoyed these sounds tremendously. The cassette has two tracks not available on the digital version. These additions really round out the listening experience.

Deerbite ep1 starts off with two alluring tracks much like the cheerful time spent before the quest commences. The comfort of the beginning leads into one of my favorite tracks "Atari Serenade". This has the sounds compatible with traveling across the vast expanse of the digital tundra. The journey takes refuge with the fascinating sounding "Break Lake". Here the grandeur of Randall James Lundy's work is revealed. Faster paced and splendid in composition, your resting spot before vintage chips crumble and our e…

Ocean Music - Ocean Music

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When i first heard Ocean Music by Richard Aufrichtig, my ears were at a deficit of what to think. The first track is all instrumental and is very nice sounding. The vocals begin with track two and are present throughout the album. Richard's tone is commanding and that is what really grabbed at me. Immediately the sound froze my mind and i began trying to decide if this is a tone and style i like?

I took a couple of days off and listened to the record again. This time the music and vocals flowed a little further into my core. The skillfully played music is the canvas for Richard's voice. There is a haunting tone being delivered on these grooves. "When I Was The Setting Sun" is the prime example of this. Songs further in the album like "Ghost Song" and "Night/Walkers Travelers" have the same quality, as well as reference to this in the song titles.

After the second listen the entire album had really reached far into the depths of enjoyment for me. T…

Raphi Gottesman - Signed, Noisemaker

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From the start of this cassette Raphi Gottesman sets the tone of relaxation far from the monotonous patterns we live in. Signed, Noisemaker engages the listener with depth of composition by utilizing multiple skilled musicians through out the nine tracks of the tape. The style of much of the guitar playing exists just on the raw side of electric. The sounds gently spill from the speakers giving a feeling that would suit watching vintage vacation films. Music of simple pleasures, like jumping in a cool river or hiking along it's bank.

There are moments when this cassette slips into solemn moods. Tracks like "need not be a house to be haunted",  "skokie friend" & "sombre pages bore no print" are good examples of these transitions.
Together, with the more light hearted tunes, the entire album ebbs and flows through feelings we all encounter. This is what makes Signed, Noisemaker so interesting. The music is so laid back and unassuming, our emotions s…

Skyward Territories - Kyle Landstra, Gardener, Difference Clouds, Villages

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Deep into Skyward Territories right now. Kyle Landstra sets the journey in place with close to twenty minutes of cognitive select drone. A veranda floating in the clouds, vintage synthesized organ playing duets with the chaotic blasts of wind. After wards you are set down with the earthly rhythms of Gardener. Motionless in the electronic jungle, the pulse of inner core has paralyzed you mind with tranquilizing voltaic sounds. Burying vast depths into you body, you are at rest and completely satisfied with "The Eyes Glister" by Gardener. Difference Clouds reminds you there is a world of motion and playfulness. Early analog robots playing pipe organ and synthesizer across from each other. The show encapsulates you like looking through the bobbing horses to the inner mirrors of a merry-go-round. As gaps go by, the center is visualized, this turn of the century sound pleases and delights. The journey ends far below the earth, were pressures are high and flickers of light are you…

Problems That Fix Themselves - Which is Worse

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If you are ready for sounds that will make you feel as if you do not understand the future of music, Which is Worse can take you on this listening journey. The first time this vinyl spun, my ears were spilling question marks as fast as the music came in. From the droney beginnings of the title track "Which is Worse", this album quickly takes off on the second track "Maximum Occupancy". There is serious hydraulic beat manufacturing, hazy street lights blurring by on an 161kpm drive outside of Berlin. These sounds still have some securing ropes reaching the ground, and the emergence of "Black Elvis" sets Problems That Fix Themselves free of these tethers. Combining beats and oscillating drone, this track sounds like someone testing futuristic bagpipes while the factory making them is pounding away on the assembly belt. A completely unique bonding of rhythm and drone. There is very nice musical craftsmanship from track to track on Which is Worse. This is exe…

Tim Cosner - DEADTECH​/​MODERNHOMES

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Have you ever watched an assembly factory make something? The production line moves steadily and every piece is added then cut, screwed, welded, baked and dried.....  Tim Cosner's DEADTECH​/​MODERNHOMES reminds me of this process. Although the simplicity of filling a bottle of soda and capping it is far away from the complexity of this facility. The tracks on this tape are of alien nature. Things are being constructed, and we know not what they are.

The sound hear is beat mechanics. Rhythmic pounding accompanied by unknown synthetic laser adhesive. There are moments when the sound multiplies and drives with velocity. Then tracks slow down and massive objects emerge from the slower pace. Voices are heard sporadically throughout the cassette. Theses are throwbacks to some distant industrial wave of the past. The sound is always crisp and cuts deep into your brain. You become part of the automated assault of the interloping extraterrestrial consciousness.

This is Bonding Tapes second…