Showing posts from March, 2019

Half Stack - Quitting Time

On some rural stretch of road, a three way intersection exists... there was an accident. A pickup truck, old panel van and Eldorado collided together, not at the same time, a two then one kind of deal. Fortunately this was far from fatal or even really that bad, but there were some dents and a lot of stuff got tossed around. The amazing thing was the conglomeration that emerged and hung together from it. Nice build up huh... Now is the time to throw a bunch of genres together and this is so much wanted to do... but no way. Half Stack would be disappointed and in retrospect, this description would be as well.

There is no question about the direction of Quitting Time, just a fun ride down rural America's big carpet slide. Some guitars, bass, drums, a trailer full of harmonies, and the unused plethora of verse filling the sky as exhaust. This is a very massive composition. A far reaching creative effort, mechanically duck shooting specific genres, with "home on leave sniper like…

333REDUX - Various Artists

Arvo Zylo works like a clock gear in a tower of sounds. This compact disc release by No Part of It, is a selection of various rudiments making up 333REDUX. How do you abridge over three hours of music, videos and thirty three artists to something smaller? Those questions can only be answered by Arvo. This disc release can be thought of more as a place holder, like a book mark in a varying array of sounds. Having a soundtrack version of a massive DVD, provides the listening world one more stepping stone to find the path. A craggy trail leading to a darker worlds of sharp angular sounds, rhythms forged by static charges and harmonies heard in negative parallax.

Most of the artists on the full length version are unknown to Lost in a Sea of Sound. This fact carries over to the compact disc edition. What is recognized... Bob Bucko Jr., Sudden Infant, Somnoroase Păsărele (on DVD) and Arvo of course. Basically only ten percent of the total on either format. Musicians wielding energy, moving …

Al Lover - Existential Everything

Heavy Rain in Visual Fields is the longest track on Al Lover's new release Existential Everything, and the compositions constitution. A nine minute track fashioned in a conscious interlocking, like fog over water.... molecular connections. Maybe starting with the opus is a jump too quick to hear. Stepping back... The entire release is a thought burner, a companion for loosing awareness and a casual lean back on the caffeinated push through each day. This explains the full treatment for Existential Everything, vinyl and compact disc on Stolen Body Records from Bristol, UK and the cassette version from Crash Symbols, here in the states (delightedly used for this description).

Existential Everything is a lengthy beast, close to forty five minutes across thirteen tracks. Al Lover taking good time to imprint his sonic landscape across the audio spectrum of all who listen. Think of high speed rail a century from now. Terrain in the foreground blurring as distant giant landmarks move wit…

Kirsten Peckham - KP Time!

The appreciation for this full length composition is difficult to comprehend with the initial listen. There are many styles and musical approaches, all by a very talented Kristen Peckham. The transitions between tracks are seemingly distant, but in reality, very subtle and well conceived. Piano, banjo, ukulele, are some of the instruments highlighted on a few tracks, with folk, pop, rockabilly and punk, a few of the genres for the direction. KP Time! is a very good title for this release since Kristen takes us in any direction she feels worthy. The result is a collage of sounds, very diverse when listened to the first time through, but relaying the depth of experience with repeated plays.

First and foremost is the excellent song writing crafts of Kristen Peckham. There are fellow musicians that helped bring each selection to life, but she is the base for this prismatic aural array. With a general listen and review of song titles, KP Time! has a heavy message. Not directed towards acti…

Liz Meredith - Repro

The mind's eye has awakened. The first track on Liz Meredith's new solo LP has perforated the consciousness. Her viola, like a serrated knife, slowly moving back and forth with gentle pressure. The process causing a seam in dimensional perception, the pressure of sounds forcing thoughts through this incision. The new space of higher consciousness is both rejected and welcomed, a listening plateau difficult to attain and well revered once ascended. The complete sounds of this new full length vinyl, a weightier ordeal than just listening to two sides of one LP.

Side one of Repro is amazingly heavy while maintaining such stark minimalism. Liz's patterns of sound, highly focused vibrations emitting vivid aural lines for thoughts to cross. Organic expressive creations, an equatorial bath of red lining temperate conditions. The insect world sharply etching impressions of their omnipresence in placid humid nights. Thankfully repeated listens help temper sonic circumstances, an en…

Alex Wiley Coyote - II

Landing from dizzying heights, avoiding giant rocks falling from the sky, and eating perfectly cooked roasted road runner, is the life of Alex Wiley Coyote. With a guitar and classic Casio keyboard, the ammunition to fire is well written lyrics. This composition is a treat, great diversity, lyrics both silly and serious orbiting around similar tunes both spirited and heavy. Wondering what will be next and where this tape is going, are refreshing aspects to Alex Wiley Coyote's second release.

Pressing play on II from Alex Wiley Coyote grabs attention immediately. Starting off with a track combining the playful electro groove of Devo and vocals in a serious tone resembling Roky Erickson, yes this is cool. Subsequent selections move in vast directions, lots of guitar, electronics, samples and subliminal messages. Although "(I'm Gonna) Kill You" is a very direct message and hopefully over the top... "i'm gonna find you on the internet and kill you, i'm gonna…

The Frimley Embankment Tapes

Wanted to share this, since Tuluum Shimmering has done the same. You can read the story of the The Frimley Embankment Tapes on the bandcamp page or on the website.

From unknown origins these sounds were delivered to Tuluum Shimmering's headquarters. Most likely some gravitational synchronicity, sonic waves finding similar sonic waves. If you are a fan of the lengthy, mysterious and ongoing broadcasts of Tuluum Shimmering, these recordings from 1972 will cause splendid wonder.

Just shy of a half hour, there is no physical component to purchase. Only a free download link provided by Tuluum Shimmering.

Thank you!

The Frimley Embankment Tapes by Frimley Embankment

Tuluum Shimmering site - bandcamp

Arvo Zylo - UPHEAVAL

The fragile conditions of conscious tranquility are always subject to sounds. Notes arranged in sequences and patterns sweep from initiating sleep or causing madness. What are the inspirations behind creating aural landscapes in either direction? Most likely these sonic forays are inducements in directions of feeling content. Sharing inner rhythms, long sustained tones or in this case rippling concussions from inner cyclic vibrations.

UPHEAVAL was described before, two years ago in cassette form on Tymbal Tapes. This early surge of sounds is part of Arvo Zylo's series in sustained chaos. The only fact known for sure, the compact disc described here, is one of infinite installments of UPHEAVAL. All releases in all forms, tapes, floppy, digital and discs are different parts of the UPHEAVAL experience.

The composition herein will dislocate thoughts from their resting places. From Arvo's skill and experience, an hour of mind intimidation is too much for any listener. This composit…

Aghnie & Seqta - House of Spleen

These beats are from the earth. House of Spleen, a split cassette on the Crash Symbols label. Both artists with roots in the foothills of the Caucasus Mountains, crossroads of the Eastern and Western worlds. Is it hip hop or a fantastic and dazzling modern rhythmic heartbeat? Each artists pulls in slightly different directions, just enough to create a beautifully balanced sound journey.

Aghnie channels time and worldly location. Influences reaching from ancient rhythms to futuristic technological pulsating hieroglyphics. A plethora of intricate beats, each selection causing the consciousness to loosen it's hold on the everyday. This spectrum of sound is far more wise than the fifteen minutes of one side of one cassette can convey. In this brief amount of time, Aghnie is reminiscent of an artist who performed for seventy years. Unfortunately he passed away last year at age 97, Eddie Kochak.   

Seqta gravitates towards hip hop with a little more force. Samples from current culture …

PREE - Status​/​Post

Lifting spirits and causing feet to tap, these are the vibrations PREE emits. Rhythms on a hydroplane, causing water top part in perfect symmetry for songs being sung. What would theoretically need speed, defies sonic reasoning, cruising on a stoic plane in bewildering slow motion. The process allowing depths of notes to be heard. Arrangements tangled together like palms and live oaks, creating a mystifying space of aural landscapes.

These sounds have been turned on the lathe and expertly sanded. Beautifully crafted pop music veering in the opposite direction from everything else. Patience combined with quirky angelic vocals suspended over crystalline notes and melodies. Status/Post does change tempo, just enough with tracks Schatzie and maybe a little in Alvin. The complete arrangement is arguably one of the most refreshing releases for the year so far. Maybe this description is a casualty of way to much experimental sounds. What is the term called... synchronicity! PREE will find th…

Jaap Blonk - Joyous Junctures

When receiving music from both Public Eyesore and Eh?, there is always some trepidation to the sounds these releases will hold. One aspect centering around this thought is how talented the artists are and the tenure they have had. For this release titled Joyous Junctures, Jaap Blonk has gone far away and survived with labor and skills from his own measures. Stunningly these creations are more than just subsistence in a perplexingly world, more like vignettes of a completely alien aspect. Each creation held with reverence by a stream consciousness current planetary vibrations do not resonate at. Yes, sounds from a dimension only a select few understand, now here with hopefulness of connecting with those willing to venture into the thresholds. Joyous Junctures is uplifting, challenging, curious and just plain amazing.

Voice, electronics, samples mixed with an onslaught of experience and creativity, these are words feebly describing sounds in the nether reaches of descriptions. Think of …

The Ryne Experience - Hokey

Sometimes you see what connects to past experiences. The cover picture of Hokey looked like a snapshot of a Hanson brother from the movie Slap Shot and Hokey was blaring out as Hockey. Wow a cassette with an ice hockey theme. This was a personal illusion and fortunately there was no disappointment, in fact, completely the opposite. The Ryne Experience blew past all expectations, even to the point surpassing the desire of a hockey themed tape and the implied definition of hokey. Sure, this is an upbeat and fun composition, but to title it contrived or corny may be a band - label inside thing. These sounds are much too composed for even the other meaning of hokey, mawkish.

Now that names and appearances have been dissected, listen and listen again. The Ryne Experience is truly a participation in the love of good music. Fourteen tracks close to fifty minutes in length. Everything swirling, just beyond the ability to be genre jarred and labeled, with instantaneous dimensional jumps from t…

Michael Gendreau - Polvo Seran, Mas Polvo Enamorado

Michael Gendreau's passion and creativity exists in a world of frequencies almost two low to hear. Like art at a microscopic level, magnification needs to be amplified in order to see. Polvo Seran, Mas Polvo Enamorado is similar to this thought in an aural context. Decibels need to be dialed high, exposing the consciousness to lurking sonic explosions. This technique of listening follows the path of many classical recordings. A symphony in it's many parts equivalent to Gendreau's subsonic adagio, then the bursting cacophony of a well placed but brief allegro. Then back to again.

This is a lengthy composition of four parts. Reading the descriptions of Michael Gendreau's past works and direction, there was an unfamiliar word, "parataxis". After reviewing the definition; a juxtaposition of unconnected things, these sounds do have this quality. Not to the extent of being uncomfortable, but more the the level of maintaining interest. Polvo Seran, Mas Polvo Enamora…

German Army – Wakhan Corridor

Vast emptiness reaching out across angular undulations. Rhythms echoing from indeterminable distances. The sounds are a conglomeration of geologic processes and sentient affairs. The elements in constant corrosive states, eroding fragile bastions created by those choosing this environment as home. There are moments of rest, when conditions seem to gurgle in drone like fashion rather than the continual eruption always present. This is the Wakhan Corridor, a place of thin air and pounding states, solemn peacefulness interrupted by harsh atmosphere.

German Army camps in difficult to reach, inhospitable places. Outside, a microphone secured firmly on a rugged stand, cables snaking back through the entrance into a small dwelling. The small stove turned off after conjuring a hot cup of sustenance. Record is pressed on the field device, sounds begin their journey from present state to antiquity. The decibel needles barely moving, hovering just to the right in the measurable spectrum. The sta…