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CARTHAGE - 9115

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CARTHAGE is a wall of sound and sonic dimensions. Traveling through a desolate world, the listener arrives at the base of a monstrous barrier. 9115 has hand holds to ascend, but reaching the top is miles above and beyond your listening range. This will require a firm grip and steady ears.

Once inside of REND_THREE, the seven minute long first track, the looming cliff, not natural but entity created, is curious mystery. Field noises augmented by opening the microphone to hear distant sounds as well as what exist in the foreground. Like a camera with an extremely slow shutter speed, so much of this environment has been recorded in five minutes. Blurred sound from captured moments of social comradery.

9115 sinks deep underground moving forward. Bass emanating from the planets center slowly vibrates the speakers in an unpredictable pattern. Guitar beings to chop down any listeners who have made it this far. Subsiding, then back in force, there is no safe place at this point. The bass on t…

Sasha Conda - Bronco

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Bronco lives in a futuristic society. Time has taken a toll on the population, forcing man's indulgences to be governed by artificial intelligence. Like rats in a maze, cheese hanging over traps, dropping grabby paws to an even bigger maze below. The cycle continues creating a pyramid, with everyone so far down, hopeless of ever escaping. Bronco knows how to move through this maze, looking for the hidden passageways and pleasures only known to aberrant individuals. The A.I. is smart though, and keeps tabs on deviants like Bronco. Making his journey unpredictable and dangerous.

Not known to the computers is the analog soundtrack playing pace to Bronco's adventures. This is some stalwart music for tough guys doing stupid things and getting into trouble. When the tunes start ripping in synthetic Trouble Man homage, solutions to tricky situations always surface. Grooved out beats charging forward, introspection, relaxation and mysterious places. Sasha Conda has created sounds that…

Lior Gekler - Claude

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Worbeld music from vintage microphones. Sound seeps though times boundaries and is captured on tape. Lior Gekler's music swirls in and out of this reality. Black and white images of children playing in traveling carnivals. Half filled silent movie theaters, piano playing for the scenes, the screen rips distorting the images. Strange sounds are broadcasted, chaos is here. These tunes have been decaying around the edges, adding deeper feeling and perplexing interest.

Claude is difficult to pin down and wrap a genre around. The diversity is tremendous. Soundscaping from subdued moments on the piano to an almost lawlessness expression of sonance. There are times of beauty and sentiment giving way to snarling notes. Like a forest sparkling with rays of sunshine and it's counterpart on a moonless night. Lior Gekler seems to understand this changing the sound array back and forth, delivering daydreams and nightmares from track to track.

This one is out on Full Body Message Records fr…

Never Anything Records - First Batch

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Here are some write ups for the first three releases from the new label Never Anything Records. From Portland, Oregon where pop sounds fall off the edge of the North American Plate. And mysterious noises arise from subduction of the Juan de Fuca plate. All captured on sleek cassettes and ready for your ears.

Here are the links!
Lustana - Part IDemonstration Synthesis / James Benjamin - DS 24John Dillon - The Lost Estate

Links
Never Anything Records site - bandcamp - facebook

John Dillon - The Lost Estate

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The Lost Estate is pop music reaching back and then forward through time. Dillon Sturtevant has composed eleven tracks utilizing special channeling abilities. Stretching through multiple dimensions of the continuance, these songs herald rootfull tunes. While something of the past can be heard, John Dillon has thrown this tape forward creating sounds budding with new growth.

There is enough diversity on The Lost Estate for any listener to attune themselves to. Favorite tracks are scattered throughout. I have really enjoyed Shenandoah on the first side. Throwing back a little bit to folky guitar and vocals. The second side sounds exceptionally good with the song Last Golden Age. Poised vocals with groovly composed guitar lines, reminding me of Lloyd Cole's early Rattlesnakes album.

The entire listening experience changes from start to finish, but keeps within set bounds. This makes for a smooth ride. John Dillon has moments of introspection with Friends Like Mine the title track Th…

Demonstration Synthesis / James Benjamin - DS 24

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Outside of the Earth's atmosphere, protection from radiation is gone. Particles bombard, bounce and penetrate. The first side of this cassette hearkens to the Soviet /United States space race. Sounds of metal capsules being exposed to emptiness of space while control panels bleep and beep in communication processes with the control hub.

As side A plays on, the suns flurry subsides. Space has become calm and peaceful. Mellow drone ensues and synthesizer stays put in more friendly formations. This soothing atmosphere is finally inturupted by tones of an emense alien mothership tractor beam pulling your small craft into it's hold.

As the tape flips, long distance travel is in store, augmented by wobbly electronic frequencies. Drone exist on the outside edge. The tunes have weight and come across neither playful or disheartening, rather filling the space in between. Slowly turning patterns revealing the many facets of a kalidescope. Well constructed and mesmerizing!

Never Anything…

Lustana - Part I

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Lustana came and set my table for the holidays. Listening to ample amounts of drone and ambient haze makes the desire to hear well crafted pop tunes grow. Not knowing what Lustana Part I was, my ears soon relished the warmth these tunes provide.

Clay Mahn has a very subdued approach in delivering his crafts. Songs feel full but are never overdone. Like the sound meter on a stereo component, flirting with the red line but always staying out of it. Clays voice soft and consistently soothing, sometimes tinged with slight distortion. Creating a hazy dream world. The music is upbeat and diverse to all measures. So much is happening, like a story with multiple characters ending with all of them being the same person. That is how diverse Lustana is, secretly bound in one beautiful story. After listening this tape will be ready to be flipped and heard again.

In the quickly moving world of looking for new and different, sometimes music that is simply well done gets missed. The most amazing asp…

Selaroda - viaje a través de sonidos transportative

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When listening to new music like Selaroda, the best thing you can hope for is uninterrupted time. Viaje a través de sonidos transportative is asking the listener to join in this journey through serene sonic landscapes. Saturation levels are high and without proper attention bestowed, Selaroda would blur on the surface. The beauty rest just beneath.

The diversity throughout viaje a través de sonidos transportative is tremendous. Tracks range in length from two minutes to over twelve minutes. Other worldly influences can be heard on these music pieces. Some hear on Earth and others strangely unrecognizable. Michael Henning, the force behind Selaroda has talent in engaging the listener from the start. The first track opens the temporal disturbance with a slowly swirling sound fascination. Inviting and intriguing, listening closer to a strange drum world reminiscent of past and forgotten performances at the Caveau de la Huchette in Paris. The third track changes the tempo and moves us fro…

Baldruin – Portal

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Wounded Knife has a special ability to release material from really good artists that are all in peak form. With this newest release by Baldruin on beautiful clear vinyl, there is no doubt this label is going to solidify itself as a top go to label for both artists and listeners.

Balduin music is so unique and intelligently tasteful. Instead of side long pieces, Johannes Schebler‬ takes a more concise path. Tracks are shorter and varied but play through as a whole. I first heard Johanne's talent in the world of meticulously crafted music scenes when listening and writing about Baldruin's sold out cassette on A Giant Fern label titled Miniaturen. The new lp Portal on Wounded Knife follows in this terrene adding a bit more girth to track length and opening new sound venues.

Johannes operates like a surgeon in a 1940's scary black and white movie. The silver colored tray is set next to the body with every gleaming metal tool imaginable precisely laid out on it. You look and w…