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Talk West - Blindsight

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Elegant guitar intermezzos made for headphone listening and moving through the world. As we watch and listen, Blindsight by Talk West will bestow affirmation all life is really just moments between acts. This music will compliment your perception of the reality around you, helping fix yourself to a spatial axis, to realize beauty exist at any moment or place. These tracks unlock this ability, and rest in a special place for modern composition.

Dylan Golden Aycock has taken eleven pieces and imprinted his gracefulness and refinement. Blindsight is not overly brooding or excessively contemplative. These tracks are rather syrupy sweet. Thick with patience and slow burners for roasting your consciousness. Playful like throwing a medicine ball back and forth or going under big ocean waves and hearing the power move over your suspended self. Brief moments in which life exerts it's ability to help you find yourself in the physical now. Blindsight plays through as one pleasing continuatio…

ATOP - 777

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Iconic primordial notes. Methane moving upward from vast wetlands. Akkad the Orphic Priest has allowed this cassette ample fermentation. Now feedback and electric sizzle have mixed with once clean sounds in the anaerobic digestion process. Time has twisted this into a gaseous drone, making it initially catatonic to would be listeners. But allow the process to develop in entirety and only then 777 will bestow it's wisdom.

Synthesizer recorded and then played at 16-2/3 RPM. So slow the imperfections of the vinyl mix in making this an entirely new sound. The two sides of this cassette titled  777 are similar and different. Juxtaposed in Akkad the Orphic Priest's world. Meditation and enlightenment or fermentation and evolvement. The entire listen is a wave of sound moving toward you, cascading over, then receding. These are analogies to better understand how ATOP's 777 engages the listener. A solar breeze, moving the molecules in your mind. Comforting, calming and intriguing,…

Black Eagle Child - Playing

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Have been listening to Black Eagle Child for a few years now. Noticed this newer cassette titled Playing on Scissor Tail Records and jotted it down as a good one to purchase. So ordered this and the new Tyler Higgins cassette together. I like how Scissor Tail only has a couple of tracks on the bandcamp page. This makes it really nice when the physical copy makes it's way into the tape deck. This particular Black Eagle Child recording pretty much sums up the fine experience.

Everything about this cassette, the artist (Michael Jantz), the label, the beautifully recorded music and the joy being issued forth from these tracks makes this a tape to get. Michael Jantz has been composing incredible sounds. Playing is not only a continuation of this but an elevation into a world tread by few. The guitar playing sounds sweet, like someone having a good time with their playing skills. The sounds say "i am going to make you feel good rather than think and contemplate". The melodic l…

Dismal Niche Tapes - 3 New Cassettes

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The purely wise label from Columbia, Missouri has ended the summer with three new cassettes from Hush Arbors, Hylidae and Tyler Powell. Each tape is uniquely different and equally excellent. They all have write ups and digital sounds linked here on Lost in a Sea of Sound. Hope you enjoy this batch!

Here are the links straight to the posts Hush Arbors - Gualala BluesHylidae - IntransitiveTyler Powell - Outgoing Messages 

Tyler Powell - Outgoing Messages

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The bells can be heard but they are not of this earth. Some rift is energized allowing sound waves to pass through. At times the charge wains and distortion creeps in. Listen closely. This could be a mechanical recording like what is on Voyager. Depicting ritual sounds of  of some distant civilization. Transcribed to pass through dimensions and time. In hopes the beauty of one ancient world will not be forgotten.

Now i am entranced. Maybe this was the goal. Subsequently entering the disturbance. Following the music. Does the rip in space connect a temporal pathway to the past or future times? Or is this more a perpendicular or parallel dimensional thing? The transition is not instantaneous. Tyler Powell takes you down the tunnel with lengthy reverberating noises. Concussive sounds like riding in a car with only one rear window open. Now emerging to a spectacular alien waltz. Molecules are thick here causing sounds to start off louder than normal then quickly taper into the extremely d…

Hylidae - Intransitive

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When music arrives at your ears from vast directions and influences, the brain has work to do in order to process. Intransitive is a source of such immense amount of variation, your mind will work with exuberance! Bound together with foundations of droney beats and fibrous feedback, Hylidae has created a composition brimming with sounds and styles of ultimate variation. With this factor in place, the entire tape still plays with deft cohesion, making Intransitive impressively savory sounding.

Where to even begin? Hylidae has moments of funky slinky beats then plays more reflective songs. Industrial pop music for robots making robots in robot only factories. Intransitive is a recording of this entire production process. Creating an infinite depth of sound made by German machines in secret Caribbean Islands. Sounds of dub and steel drum echo in the air while the noise from laser etching of giant metal plates, slowly electrifies your ears. Frozen voices drift through tracks, echoing past…

Hush Arbors - Gualala Blues

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Hush Arbors is guitar meditation. Mississippi John Hurt strings ringing so true. Absolutely beautiful notes, but the patience.... If you climbed a mountain to speak with the the guru sitting atop, he would be playing guitar just like this.

The real proposition of the blues for me is  uplifting my feelings and simultaneously giving me a sense of being melancholy. Delta Blues for example creates this with both guitar and voice, two instruments working together pushing and pulling. Hush Arbors has accomplished this with just guitar. The beautiful clarity of every string played with time tempered fingers. Making my mind slow down and really listen. These notes alone are like majestic trees standing alone, but together tell the story of the forest being cut down. Major keys disguising themselves as minors.

I would like to thank Dismal Niche and Hush Arbors for finding each other and releasing Gualala Blues on cassette. This one was run in an edition of 100. Copies are available at the Dism…

Domenique Dumont - Comme Ça

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Here is relatively new record out on Antinote Record Label. The artist is Domenique Dumont and the lp is titled Comme Ça. Music for hot summer evenings, providing rejuvenation from heated days with smooth sounds and tropical beats. From what i have read, this is a debut album from the previously undiscovered Domenique Dumont. Very incredible first composition.

Six tracks in all at just around half an hour. The first couple start with subdued beautiful vocals giving way to instrumental tracks for the last four. Covering grounds from global pop, samba music, rootsy dub, and island serenade. Comme Ça is magical and plays as an exquisite lp.  The first time i heard the samples for this i was immediately transported to where you wish all music can take you.

You can purchase this from the Antinote site. I bought a copy from Forced Exposure but they are sold out. Looks like most US distributors do not carry this lp (maybe it is hard to get) or they are sold out.
Discogs has a bunch, but they …

Graham Repulski - Success Racist

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Graham Repulski has added a new cd titled Success Racist to the 2015 music offerings.  With 17 tracks at right around a half an hour, the diversity of this album is vast for such a short length. Grahams voice and static filled guitar world ties everything together, making the entire listen a venture into his own universe. Shorter snippets or tracks help make transitions from differing tempo and varying feedback, giving the entire cd a more intimate feel.

To me, Graham's sound is difficult to describe. It is like music caught in a time blender set on the most ultimately slow setting. The sounds i hear are particularly from the late 60's and early 70's being gradually churned with 90's flavor. The blending is happening as yours ears listen, but the process is far from being pureed. There are a few things infused, but for the most part the layers are still there and only the edges are blurred in a static wash. At times i hear a emerging band from the UK from forty five ye…