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Tuesday, December 18, 2018

Paula Matthusen and Olivia Valentine - Between Systems and Grounds

Outside the construct of known harmony resides an infinite spectrum of dazzling energy. With the wax and wain of this cyclic source, a warbling hum permeates space. This vibrancy exists and maintains itself without help or hindrance of the sentient world. Like the advent of snow fall, a meteor shower, heat radiating from a scorched surface, ground water eventually causing stalactites to form, an on, Paula Matthusen and Olivia Valentine hold the divining rod for sonic fluidity from these omnipresent sources. Strength of the natural world blurring it's might through machines, recording devices and attuned consciousnesses.

Between Systems and Grounds is a composition of great details. Each track, twelve in all, is documented in track title with date, time of day and collection of sounds comprising it's origin. A systematic approach helping give value to these micro compositions and this is needed. Ambiance, electronics, field recordings mixed with man made devices and methods, all very quickly reaching the threshold of what most consider distinguishable. Possibly these methods of nomenclature are like real time coordinates, allowing listeners hand holds to descend farther into the menagerie. Paula Matthusen and Olivia Valentine have harnessed elegance from astray contents. Between Systems and Grounds is filled with deep resonating beauty.

Released on Carrier Records at the very end of November. This is a limited edition cassette with copies currently available. Housed in an professionally printed outer sleeve and opening to liner notes folding out at least six times. The combination of label, artists and sound making a late appearance for magnificent recordings for 2018. Be sure to check out the Between Systems and Grounds site for information on the process of making these sonic landscapes.

Carrier Records - bandcamp - facebook 
Between Systems and Grounds site

Tuesday, December 11, 2018

Dachshund by Dachshund

Describing live music always seems out of place, especially when the event is quiet and intimate. There will always be a disconnect for the listener only privy to the recording. Fortunately these sounds were chronicled, and for those not attending, their absence might bring an alternate subjectivity when experiencing the event on their own accord. On this pair recordings by Dachshund, there is a feel of soothing felicity. Like watching a distant storm form and move in an amorphous direction. Meditative qualities of this natural event are pushed away. Wind and lightning draw reach in your direction. The droning vibrancy mutating into fierce claws. Dachshund has this similarity. A saxophone's soft breeze accompanied by percussion in the form of precipitation. Sometimes gentle, then powerful, always slightly unpredictable, this sonic gust has many facets. This is not a hurricane or tornado though, just an afternoon storm. Dachshund has excellent boundaries and never dislodges the listener from their resting place. The combination of drums and sax held on canvas by droning synthesizer is mesmerizing. Great patience and timing, with valid chaos held in hand. As these sonic currents move into audible range and energize those who listen, sounds precede on, leaving consciousnesses refreshed.

Peter Webb and John Gregg are Dachshund. North Georgia at its best with both artists and the Atlanta label Fall Break Records working together. Very limited with only thirty copies made. Impressive knowing both pieces were recorded on an iPhone.

Fall Break Records site - facebook bandcamp
Peter Webb site - bandcamp - facebook
John Gregg - where are you?

Monday, December 10, 2018

Dane Rousay - Neuter

The elements of sound in detail, fluidity in sonic slow motion. Focus on a single water molecule and follow it's journey from precipitation, surface travel, and evaporation. Dane Rousay mirrors the natural turbulence of nature. The journey of an H2O molecule is just an example. Sounds all around us perform symphonies in crumbling cosmic arrangements. A rock slide, thunder, bubbling spring, there are an infinite amount of different processes. Taking what is not often possible to be heard or understood, pulling forth an audible experience, this is Dane Rousay's Neuter. Interesting in the sense of the special ability to hot tap part of the consciousness all things are connected by. Questions form on how to categorize Dane's sound. Most would think a push towards the opposite end of the spectrum music to noise, harmony to cacophony. Neuter eludes this generality for those who take time to listen and listen again. A true connection between physical presence and spiritual consciousness. Audibly showing listeners a fractal of something yet to be understood.

Released by Dane Rousay on limited edition cassette in November. Copies are currently available on his bandcamp page.

Dane Rousay site - bandcamp - facebook

Sunday, December 9, 2018

YMDSIH - Opened Hate

Standing on the edge, body too close, feelings of security are a few feet back. This is the only position though, far enough over to hear the rumblings from the depths below. A geological orifice connecting the surface to the black unknown. An easy visualization, think of H.G. Wells' The Time Traveller peering over the rim of an entry in to the Morlock's subterranean world. Sonic aberrations welling up from indeterminable distances. Is YMDSIH a future race built around consumption of the remaining human populace? Or are these lengthy aural passages from beyond this earth and completely alien?

Opened Hate is the title of this engrossing darkly shaded drone amalgam of Jake Watkins and Josh Tabbia. Ten tracks split across roughly forty minutes, with song titles mirroring these whirring tones.
Amazingly the entire album was recorded live in one outing. When channeling these remote dimensions, the affinity for both points of prescience is well understood. Jake and Josh clearly reconstruct this Stygian sonic landscape. Pressing play like paying one coin to Charon, experience the divide as reality morphs with each stroke of the oar. The second to last track, Legacy of Nothing signifies the true point of culmination of this experience. Unfathomable mutterings stripped away leaving the consciousness to drift on its own accord. These measures remain intact slight through the last track, Northern Death, then the low decibel vibrancy returns again.

Released in cassette form on Already Dead Tapes and Records in mid November. In an edition of one hundred with copies currently available. A great return to drone for the label, if YMDSIH can compose and record all of this in one live session, future releases should definitely be in store.

Already Dead Tapes site - facebook - bandcamp - twitter

Wednesday, December 5, 2018


L. Eugene Methe and Megan Siebe are tumbling thoughts again. These peripheral words struggle in descriptive efforts. Beautiful sounds from lonely places, gently echoing from everyday life. Touches of classical tones fused then dismantled. This sonic world is a paradox of perfect form and twisted inclinations. Subtle strings playing lullabies for slumber and opening passages for nightmares. Liturgical ambiance superbly characteristic of centuries past in ebb and flow with distorted artistry of neoteric sound manipulation. When creativity and talent reach a rolling boil then are left to smoothly simmer, Archive Spinoffs permeate the air.

CITIZEN ELECTRICAL works in the ambit of harmonious elegance. There is a passage in Edgar Allan Poe's A Descent Into The Maelstrom that resonates when listening then trying to describe Archive Spinoffs. "The ordinary accounts of this vortex had by no means prepared me for what I saw. That of Jonas Ramus, which is perhaps the most circumstantial of any, cannot impart the faintest conception either of the magnificence, or of the horror of the scene --or of the wild bewildering sense of the novel which confounds the beholder. I am not sure from what point of view the writer in question surveyed it, nor at what time; but it could neither have been from the summit of Helseggen, nor during a storm. There are some passages of his description, nevertheless, which may be quoted for their details, although their effect is exceedingly feeble in conveying an impression of the spectacle." The words here are like those of Jonas Ramus, feeble in conveying the sounds of CITIZEN ELECTRICAL, but maybe a few details might be usable.

The facts are this is a very limited vinyl release, an edition of only one hundred. Six tracks denoted by run times for titles. The total is just over forty minutes. Lonnie and Megan have worked together before on different occasions . Recently a really beautiful tape on eh? Records titles Revisted, Revisted, Revisted. This cassette has similar tonal qualities to Archive Spinoffs, but rest one notch above the repressed grandeur of the newer vinyl. Both are excellent and worth exploration.

Released on Omaha, Nebraska' Gertrude Tapes label. There is a lot of excellent music to listen to on the labels bandcamp page. Many of the releases are available in physical form. The connection these artists make to other projects and labels is a spiders web of typing and clicking.

Gertrude Tapes site - bandcamp - facebook
L. Eugene Methe - bandcamp - facebook
Megan Siebe - facebook