Showing posts from March, 2016

Graham Repulski - High On Mt. Misery

Graham Repulski's world of sound crosses sonic sparsity into the tangled debris of civilizations clamor. Catchy songs colliding genres into the singularity that is this prolific artist. High On Mt. Misery delivers well crafted tracks fueled on espresso filled evenings where talent and thought blur into the late hours. Graham has developed his own path and this cd leaves bread crumbs for us to follow and listen.

Check it out on bandcamp. In an edition of fifty and available for purchase.

High On Mt. Misery by Graham RepulskiLinks
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Cosmic Winnetou - Vinyl Batch

This is an introductory post for the German Label, Cosmic Winnetou, and the awesome new vinyl batch. This is a diverse collection of artists and sounds and each record is solid for many future listens. If you have not ordered a copy of any of these records, they are unfortunately sold out from the label. But fortunately, i think a shipment will be arriving at Tomentosa in the near future. You will need to keep an eye on emails from Josh or just go to his site. Not sure how many he will have in the inventory, but i am sure they will sell out. Most all of the Cosmic Winnetou releases are gone. These being the first from the label on vinyl and more incredibly, super sweet recordings, they will not last long.

I have put some words down for each lp and have the quick links here with sound samples.
Guenter Schlienz - Book of Dreams Trikorder 23 - BLUMSTER E Jugend - History Works

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When i ordered my copies of the new vinly batch from Cosmic Winnetou, Günter sent me si…

E Jugend - History Works

Cascading water, wind whipping around drooping palms, E Jugend plays like this, with a dense flow of musical current. Touching all sound genres like kids playing duck duck goose. There is a classic playfulness to History Works and this surfaces immediately, remaining present the length of the recording.

The instruments seem to vary tremendously as the record plays though. Guitar, base, violin, drums, keyboards and even some sampling. Everything with delicate touches when needed and pushed tiny bits when wanted. These tracks play like snack time for the mind. Going in every direction, but not so far as not to be able to hear the source anymore. History Works binds itself to a core making the album an extraordinary composition of works.

If you need sounds to push the thresholds of conventional music but still want to hear melodies and good composition, E Jugend can drive the needle for you. This batch of Cosmic Winnetou releases with black jackets and glued on information remind me of o…

Trikorder 23 - BLUMSTER

Where did delta blues go? Trains to Chicago and guitars that could be powered up. BLUMSTER has hints of this forgotten style, but in product or by-product, these hints are more haunting echoes of the past. Maybe it is just the first few tracks with the slide on the fat strings or the feelings of sometimes melancholy that connects my thoughts to the blues when listening to this. Trikorder 23 is far from one genre and moves forward into modern composition utilizing strings of all flavors and varying tempos.

BLUMSTER is delivered with ultimate patience. A work of art in slide guitar style on the minor side. Somewhere between blues, jazz and avant-garde, Trikorder 23 is extremely skilled and the sounds touch on so many levels. One listen sounds smooth and sweet, but hearing the record again starts to reveal the complexity of the composition. There is so much consideration behind all of the tracks. This carries over making BLUMSTER exemplary for thinking and reflecting on the sphere we res…

Guenter Schlienz - Book of Dreams

Contemplative notes executed in tempo with natural surroundings. As the breeze gently moves small branches on the trees or a small bird forages for food on the forest floor, the music of Book of Dreams stays in perfect rhythm. Lushness in synthesizer tuned to our inner most harmonies. Fragrant melodies beckoning to be savored by enlightened consciousness. 

Guenter Schlienz's Book of Dreams plays sweet and serene. Shaping the listener's thoughts to realize and evaluate there is depth in every direction. This record helps us understand; By slowing down and listening, there is so much more to the world around us. This seems heavy, and at times Book of Dreams dives deeper than the ears can really hear. I think this correlates to how much feeling and thought Guenter Schlienz has embodied in this recording and how much skill he has accumulated over creating such a vast discography.

Every track on Book of Dreams plays like a well written chapter (that was an easy line to write!). Th…

Channelers - Essex

These sounds have limited or almost no attachment to earthly constraints. Made in tones defying gravity or just so light their molecules only gently move upward. Channelers hovers in patterns, almost motionless, heat radiating from the core, causing small fluctuations to stand out. This cassette titled Essex is the second on the Inner Islands label, the other, only a year old and sold out in physical form.

Six tracks timing in at almost forty minutes, Essex has the content to float your consciousness far from the body. Soothing synthetic currents move deep in the river's flow of sound, while sparkling notes swirl and turn like eddies on the aural surface. The background of tranquilizing undertones take hold of your body inducing parallelization. The willow wisps of sound in the foreground pull your interested mind along. This duality in approach to composition causes the recline of your physical self and triggers thoughts and introspection. This is some good stuff!

Yes, this is a …

softest - six wishes

Some music is grandiosely beautiful like Henry Purcell's "Music for the Funeral of Queen Mary" and other music is simply beautiful like this cassette by softest titled "six wishes". I have listened to the entire tape multiple times through, and am continually encouraged by how humble and thoughtful these tracks are. Ambient, drone or what ever you want to classify it as, six wishes moves splendidly through and imparts tones of veiled beauty.

Braden McKenna, the musician behind softest, has dialed down his other projects fuzzed out sounds of fusing consciousness and environment. His activity as "softest" tunes into an ethereal world of wishes. These tracks coincide with synthetic breezes and gentle beats of rain in the early morning. The tones connect through the cerebral, urging the mind through and out of the body. Drone like synthesizer patterns overlaid with sublime notes. Never overdone or asking for too much attention. Rather appealingly distant …

Deceit - Passing of the Slough

In a world where sound has no limits or constraints, one note played goes on and on, creating a solemn field of noise. A guitar is struck and reverberates through an amplifier. This wall of sound engulfs the environment around it and travels forth. Like sharks in the sea these mighty surges of feedback gobble up the peacefulness surrounding their existence.

Deceit has taken this desolate domain of ambient noise in a decaying world of drone, then battered it's constitution with god like toll. Passing of the Slough breathes feedback and static melodies. Creating a horror show of sound, both in how tightly wound these tracks are, exploding from almost serene moments and also in track names like "Blood Chamber" and "Prison of Flesh".

Far from spaced out music for pondering how the suns rays sparkle on the Earth's surface. Deceit has forged music from molecules so pressured together, they swallow up your thoughts and mire you in the slough. There is no escape, j…

Solid Waste - Long Slow Dream

Approaching music using vast periods of time produce unique sounds and almost lucid environments. Solid Waste has achieved this with the newest release on Dismal Niche Tapes titled Long Slow Dream. The sounds within this tape crackle with ambient splendor and pay homage to the electronic pulse of decades ago. The tracks turn like an old photo album relaying joyous times we wish the present will one day be.

Solid Waste is a "New Age" synth act out of St. Louis, Missouri who have tapped into the cosmic vibrations. This EP was recorded live and really depicts the timelessness of sonic harmony. This three person group has channeled the energies of the past years and fused the field of flow from time beyond. The fact this is a live recording makes this so much more relevant. The moment existed and was recorded, I am listening now and writing, you are reading.... 

The music on Long Slow Dream is relaxing and nostalgic. Resting in the world of light rather than darkness. There are…

Trium Circulorum - Silent Surveillance

Tucked away in some unreachable place and sounding forth from some unknown time, Silent Surveillance begins drumming it's way into my ears. The sounds are dark and dense, promoting the mix between tribal rhythms and the sparkling storm emitted from a girder being welded into place high above. The floor vibrates, the sound world crumbles as Silent Surveillance falls out of hyperspace into planetary pulsation.

Trium Circulorum slings obtuse sound angles at my consciousness. The three tracks on this forty minute plus cassette take the look of an x, y and z axis. From jungle ceremonies played in front of a mysterious underground opening, quaking bass riffs causing industrial upheaval and finally the pressure of the heavy molecular atmosphere void of any musical rhythm. The three directions Silent Surveillance takes are all moderately dark in tone and beautiful crafted. The second side, the twenty minute track titled "Intercepted Data", takes the listener to the farthest reac…