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Hey Exit - Caudata

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As the sounds unravel and spill out on the floor, Hey Exit is standing there with a grin. Connecting two exposed high current wires, the sparks created consume all listeners. The mind sizzles and the fuses blow. Then begins the period where everything is restored. An ambient haze envelopes the shorted out consciousness, and stabilization is slowly achieved. The entire process allows hearing to become more acute. Small, faint, and distant tones can be heard with a new clarity. Until the end when collected data begins to overload thoughts again.

Brendan Landis is the artist behind Hey Exit. This cassette titled Caudata is his thirty five minute foray into a fascinating world of radiant sounds over a droning canvass. To get there, Brendan does blow the gaskets off the engine with the second track titled "Irises", a six minute long plunge into red lining noises causing the listener to shed all introspection. Moving through the bulk of the composition, Caudata really is more of a…

SISTER GROTTO - YOU DON'T HAVE TO BE A HOUSE TO BE HAUNTED

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As we listen to certain compositions of music for the first time, the atmosphere we are in causes the sounds to permeate into our consciousness or fall away without any more thought. Sister Grotto has a very special tone and feel, given the right conditions, it's like submerging your body into a crystal clear lake at the perfect temperature. The music completely envelopes all of your senses, and tranquilizes your concerns.

Sister Grotto is Madeline Johnston from Colorado. You Don't Have to be a House to be Haunted is her beautiful half hour long cassette consisting of three tracks. Piano, vocals, cello and other found sounds ride afloat on an ambient sea. When you are working with a slow and patient delivery, this genre of music is so hard to get correct. A tiny bit of too much emphasis in any direction, and the entire composition goes cheesy or forced. Genres like deep forest folk, not so goth or slightly newer age minimalism get red stamped on the release, dooming a greater …

ARKLIGHT / SHEEP BELLA TINE

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Another split cassette, this time on Kerchow! Records. Arklight and Sheep Bella Tine. In previous write ups, i described the tones of Sheep Bella Tine on their cassette What Doesn't Kill You Makes You Exotic. So new is Arklight and this is also the first Kerchow! Records release to roll into Lost In A Sea Of Sound. Two different approaches to woolly rock that takes me back to the early sounds of Velvet Underground on White Heat White Light.

The Arklight side consist of four tracks burning the core of the rock sound. The body of the music is well cooked, guitar, bass, drums and vocals stewed into a fuzz and emitting aromas of bands from the nineties. One comparison that immediately came to mind is the New Zealand band The Cakekitchen and specifically the album titled World of Sand. Both Arklight and The Cakekitchen seem to blend music and vocals, delivering them in a homogenized sound. The tones of both vocals and music seem to parallel each other making one sonic vault into your e…

Pumpkinseed ​/ ​Wica Intina ​- Songs From A Wooden Bell Vol​:​1​.

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Ready yourself to dive into the timeless waters of Tennessee lakes. Pumpkinseed and Wica Intina  have hooked the raw folk sounds of the past and pulled their sparkling nostalgia up from the cool depths. I have always loved the creativity of Meliphonic Records and Songs From A Wooden Bell Vol​:​1​. solidifies this feeling even more.

Soaking in low-fi goodness, this split cassette works it's enchantment over nine catchy tunes. The first side by Pumpkinseed (Daniel Gardner)  has unprocessed electric guitar and well crafted vocals. Starting off with a modern raga like track titled "Yanga Yanga", with field recorded conversations, then the radio dial turning to forgotten country classics. "Dakotas Room/Holidays" delivers well sung harmony over thoughtful written lyrics. Really a nice composition. The next tracks explores some great guitar played over droned feedback and even more cleverly delivered singing. All hearkening to sounds simply played and recorded, no tri…

Galaxie Deluxe - III

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Out of bounds sounds for your ears to hear and mind to ponder. Electronic frequencies received from listening devices bridging dimensions yet to be fully understood. Rolling through time on hilly passageways, this composition strains to reach the peaks and glides down into the valleys. Some tracks hit with squelching pitch and variance while others cool your body on hot summer days. Slow plodding rhythms changing to all out sonic attacks. A wild ride through a strange aural landscape.

Fifteen excursions into what seems like mayhem, but after listening, you begin to realize the precision in this crafted architecture. Sometimes the sounds get dark and heavy, penetrating your consciousness and flushing out your thoughts. Other tracks are more whimsical and approach the newly erected carnival waiting for your admission. Contemplative throughout, reaching for extremes, always interesting, keeping the listener engaged not excluded. 

Galaxie Deluxe's third release on OJC Recordings. The…

No Data - Uniform Groove with a Chisel

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Sometimes you listen to tapes and your mind just numbs. Thinking about words to describe the sounds is so perplexing.... Uniform Groove with a Chisel by No Data bends the circuit board so far, cracks start forming and noise leaks out. A foray into the microcosmic world of synaptic sounds amplified and delivered to the human ear.

Well over a half an hour on ten tracks, Uniform Groove with a Chisel transforms itself before your ears. The noises arrive in their own time and space. Varying from subdued industrial sounds to a wrench torquing the nut so strongly, chaos happens. The tool slips, the fastener breaks, damage occurs. No Data played loud can seriously cause your mind to shut down in order to protect itself. This composition maintains its coherency from start to finish and has a slew of diversity. The strength of Uniform Groove with a Chisel is the foray into unexplored realms. No Data brings everything back from these ventures, revealing communications never heard before.

This is…

Inner Islands Late Spring Batch

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This is a really spectacular batch from Inner Islands. Three artists, all are so close in delivering the same steady imperturbable atmospheres. The densities mix into one median volume. The label should wrap these three so they will always stay together. The batch is available from Inner Islands site.

Links to words on each release:
Inner Travels - Clear Seeing
Kyle Landstra - Jeweled Moon Codex
Matthew Barlow - Hatha




Links
Inner Islandssite - bandcamp - facebook

Inner Travels - Clear Seeing

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The beauty in the world is heralded by the senses we posses. The human mind glimpses and absorbs moments making impacts, articulating these instances into new exquisiteness. Inner Travels who is S. Targo, has been transcribing these points in time on numerous releases on as many labels. On this new cassette titled Clear Seeing, the allurement is grand and focused in length, making impressions all listeners will cherish.

Four tracks spinning in at right around forty minutes, fashioned with a cohesive morning mist that clears as the day progresses. From sunrise to sunset, Inner Travels connects the patterns of natural life. The sounds are so clear, allowing those who listen to see from hearing. From the opening track "Radiant Sunrise", birds awake as the suns rays are bent through the earth's atmosphere. Ripples of sound expand outwardly causing an almost trance like state for those paying attention. The terrain heats over the coarse of the day, the notes bec…

Kyle Landstra - Jeweled Moon Codex

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Sustaining drift is far more beautiful to watch with living creatures rather than man made machines. Each dip and swell is a connection with evolution. Jeweled Moon Codex by Kyle Landstra stays aloft and has a similar feeling to watching birds ride the changing gusts.

The first half hour side is titled "Low Light Living". These sounds stay high in the atmosphere. The tones resemble the realm were gravity has only little effect, but it is there, and you are falling. The length of time is of no concern to measure. Maybe in some glacial time span in the cosmos, this composition is skipping off a planets outer pull.

"Jeweled Moon" is the title of the second track taking up the other long half hour of this cassette. In comparison to the first side, this composition has a lower bass like vibrancy. The note used take on a slightly more introspective tone for me. Done in a deeper scale, the drone of "Jeweled Moon" is thicker and grounds flight. The ebb and tide o…

Matthew Barlow - Hatha

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Mathew Barlow has taken his skills from listening to creating and delivers a simply beautiful composition. As the title Hatha suggests, these sounds are suspended in the gravitational balance of the Earth, Sun and Moon. Patient, being conveyed effortlessly, pulling the weight of carnal responsibilities off your shoulders.

Hatha has an extraordinary ability to root you to the Earth. With the flute and the field like recordings of nature, there is a native essence to these sounds. At a half hour, to side long tracks titled "Sun" and "Moon", the points of origin are from a time lost. Trying to create peacefulness in sound is incredibly difficult. The issue is sometimes the feelings come across as too much. Like you are being force fed a piece of "New Age" pie. This over stuffing then ruins the entire taste. That is why we should commend Mathew for feeding us just the right amount and hope more skilled musicians learn creating tranquility is not just somethin…

V N C F - P L E A S U R E D I S T R I C T

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Here outside the stadium in Orlando at the Copa America, Costa Rica vs Paraguay!
Listening to the VNCF cassette titled PLEASUREDISTRICT. I am truly amazed how so many releases from Bonding Tapes not only fit right in with the scene, but actually augment the environment. The new VNCF release turns the dial to ten! An undefinable genre of music crashing in with a weighty and deeply chiseled groove. Solid but never dragging you away into it's space. Always allowing you to breath and enjoy the surroundings.

VNCF has been highlighted on both Bonding Tapes "Quality Time I & II" various artist tape releases. This is the first full length cassette for VNCF, and it is so well deserved. Seventeen tracks coming in at around a half hour. Some longer, some just snippets of beats and samples. There is mystery surrounding these sounds. Transmissions from time, like listening to radio picking up frequencies from all genres, but mutated from their existence in the continuum. P…

Three Tapes from Personal Archives

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Here are three 2016 releases from the Iowa label Person Archives. They are pulling undiscovered sounds from the river bed of the Mississippi and delivering them to the world. Each of these releases are so different. These uniqueness are the foundations of what Personal Archives is all about.

Here are the links to the three new cassettes.
DJ Too Slow - Fuck All
Sex Funeral - Eradicator 
Scammers - Lasers In the Jungle 
Links
Personal Archives site -  bandcamp

Scammers - Lasers In the Jungle

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Scammers is Phil Diamond from Kansas City. Everything about this cassette titled Lasers In the Jungle is incredibly slick. There is a picture in my head of the entrance to an organ store that used to be in all the shopping malls. Phil Diamond is there on the poshest Hammond in the store, causing the mall crowd to gather in wonderment. Maybe this description is a little cheesy, it was just something that gathered in my head.

Lasers in the Jungle is a well rounded composition, eight tracks over forty minutes. Resting in a world of incredibly well written glazed pop songs. Messages in the lyrics about life and observations of the people within. So much information is being conveyed, Lasers In the Jungle requires a few listens in order to process everything Phil Diamond is channeling. The music is catchy, having a simple set up quality for the vocals. And the vocals.... deeply sung, both in tone and meaning. Delivered in a singer songwriter style that has veered way left, into a venue whe…

Sex Funeral - Eradicator

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Eradicator has an ominous feel from the sounds it relinquishes. Lost in the seventies, with raw electric guitar and drumming to match. The sounds have perched themselves on the edge of rock and no wave music. Sometimes there are moments resembling segments of La Villa Strangiato by Rush then falling away to moments from James White and the Contortions BUY album.

Two side long tracks titled "Home" and "Away" spanning over thirty five minutes. From fathoms so deep, Sex Funeral is like punk music with to much creativeness for the listeners in that era. Both sides of the cassette are similar ranging from noise on the edge of rage to quieter portions where reflective guitar takes center stage. The entire listen is a journey through the minds of a guitar and drum duo with enough talent and timing, exposing the abilities of both musicians. Their world is chaos and refinement creating a stationary front of noise.

This is a March 2016 release by the label from Dubuque, Iow…

DJ Too Slow - Fuck All

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Crafty work by DJ Too Slow assembling music from music. The title is actually a conglomeration as well because when you fuck everything and everybody, "All" is the perfect pronoun too capture this essence. Music complied and slowed down into drone like mantras sung by inebriated monks. Gradually changing over the two forty minute long tracks.

Taken from albums by to different artists, these sounds were accelerated in a hadron collider. All tracks of each album were smashed together forming one new sound, an amassment of everything played as one. The first side is the process applied to  Fuck Everybody, You Can Do Anything by Andrew Weathers Ensemble. The second side, a similar rebuild with FUCK EVERYTHING by Casey Chisholm. Both tracks have hints of sounds from the originals, but are so completely different and uniquely creative.

This was released by the label Personal Archives in February of this year. One hundred of these were made and are available from the labels bandcam…