microphones in the trees: March 2012

Saturday, March 31, 2012

gunn-truscinski duo


"gunn / truscinski duo 'ocean parkway' on three lobed a contender for album of the year?, no, a definite for album of the year, astonishing record!" lex panayi

"it is with the greatest excitement that three lobed recordings announces the release of ocean parkway, the second album from the gunn-truscinski duo. ocean parkway is a unique and masterful album, one that sees the duo building and expanding upon the already telepathic chemistry that they demonstrated on their debut, sand city. whereas their first album operated to help introduce listeners to what steve gunn and john truscinski had been working on in private for several years, ocean parkway demonstrates how the pair have continued to expand their collective craft while maintaining a clear and unified vision for their sound..." three lobed

todo lo que pasa a partir de los 7:00 minutos de “ocean parkway” es un escándalo, una auténtica barbaridad. es un pepino, una carga de profundidad en el lóbulo temporal, una fábrica de metales pesados cerrada por apocalipsis, la banda sonora de un cementerio de aviones, el sonido de un hangar comido por el óxido dónde la percusión trepana todo lo que pilla por delante. le decía a ana el otro día que ya no estaba para guitarras eléctricas pero aquí son tan poderosas que permanecer impasible ante sacudidas de tan alto octanaje resulta del todo improbable. este disco no se escucha, este disco se suda.

triangle | belfry voices






Belfry Voices is Jesse Aycock & Mark Kuykendall

quiet evenings | seziki tetrasheaf


"Quiet Evenings are back with a reissue of a tape that was previously released in a hand-numbered edition of 12 for the Foogmess festival in Asheville. two sprawling sides of minimal electronic bliss." hooker vision

 
 
"in celebration of Rotifer's 50th and Hooker Vision's 100th releases, the two labels have teamed up to offer a commemorative split lp between the labels' flagship bands, Seziki Tetrasheaf and Quiet Evenings.
the a side begins with Seziki's lost and found shuffle of mildewed grooves. hazy recollections. deep humidity. on the flip, Quiet Evenings cool things down a bit with a bubbling hymn to the ocean and her mysteries. lost in waves. floating."

Thursday, March 29, 2012

josh st. denis


"from icy cold sweater weather ambience to cozy warm peace blankets of folk induced acoustica rainbow laced with some lush verb. this is a re-issue of an edition of six that josh handed out at a show we played together two years ago. my absolute favourite workings of his, an absolute honour here to give it a second life." maggot valley

"Cloud Valley is/was/will always be one of the great tape labels. run by Scott Johnson of Thoughts on Air, the label put out efforts of artists across the experimental spectrum. seemingly though, this release by Josh St. Denis seemed to have slipped through the cracks and I haven’t seen it uploaded on a blog out there yet. Josh showcases both sides of the guitar coin with ominous drone tracks and fabulous solo acoustic reveries drifting upwards out of a vast canadian canyon. great album here. cheers to what Cloud Valley was and it’s now continuing venture as Maggot Valley." broadcasts from poor farm

foto via old chum
  sold out | download

Wednesday, March 28, 2012

nuojuva


"Olli Aarni, the young Finnish mastermind behind the Ous Mal project has shed his former skin and settled comfortably into the Nuojuva moniker. his pastoral loops are further enhanced with vocals from Anya Kuts (Love Cult) and Rachel Evans (Motion Sickness of Time Travel)." hooker vision

cómo describir dos canciones como 'punapuola kankahalla' o 'ikina'. es hooker vision, el astronauta olli aarni (todo lo que hace es bonito, no importa el estilo), rachel evans y anya kuts en las voces. como acercarse a leyland kirby a través de jonna karanka, sala~arhimo o los delfines del futuro. envolvente, cinemático, ensoñador,...y muchísimoss adjetivos atmosféricos más

foto: laura kiernan

Tuesday, March 27, 2012

sunhiilow


"sunhiilow is telling stories about echoes and odd imaginations from the lost cultures, exploring landscapes of tribal pulse and mythic lullabies. the music reflects the brightness of life and the darkness of the consciousness... its vibrations are connected to the abyssal zone to the celestial sphere, even the silence is audible. together We are One." valérie magisson

"all sounds by Valérie Magisson. mastering help by Jani Hirvonen. recorded in Rennes, France, 2012."


en la lista de discos especiales, de personas también muy especiales, sunhiilow ocupa un lugar muy alto. hace unos meses había dejado una entrada en el blog con lo que en aquel momento era la maqueta, por eso me hizo tanta ilusión recibir por fin la noticia de que ya estaba listo, con cuatro canciones nuevas, en descarga gratuita y la intención de hacer una versión en cdr limitada a cuarenta copias.

su música es tan extremadamente bonita, tan calm in trees, tan inner islands, que todo lo que pueda decir seguro que es repetitivo. 'from there to here' es otro disco clima, esa realidad paralela en la que siempre te gustaría vivir, meditativo y relajante. hay sintetizadores y drones sin fin pero todo es cristalino, respira, es luminoso y elegante... los títulos hablan por sí solos, leerlos y escucharlos es como adentrarse en una película de apichatpong weerasethakul o un paseo en barca entre  selvas tropicales. 'le songe d'hacolhii', 'magic turquoise', 'through the green' ( 'i was most probably far away in time when I made this one'), 'sparkling dreams' (brumosa y evocadorísima)..todas consiguen detener el tiempo, literalmente. campanillas, voces, ecos que parecen venir desde varias direcciones y desde muy lejos, acordeones, pianos, triángulos, percusiones, flautas, órganos, gongs y libélulas flotando sobre un fondo de drones en un viaje imaginario por oriente, el nepal y sus tradiciones. la realidad paralela de valérie magisson. y lo mejor de todo es que "a second is coming soon... !".  ojalá que esta vez no tarde tanto :)

pandelindio


pandelindio ~ bansuri / citarina / tambura virtualectrónica
grabado el veintiséis de marzo del 2012 en una tarde de viento frío
~hasta en la noche más oscura está la luz de la luna~

Monday, March 26, 2012

former selves


"following a recent string of cassettes and dvds, california audio/video artist Paul Skomsvold delivers the goods with some of his finest work to date. meditative synth compositions for total relaxation and contemplation." hooker vision

"Many Moons is another example for Former Selves’s impressing comprehension of the correlation of our visual and aural senses. made with a technique called “video feedback”, the muffled, warm synth meanderings blend smoothly into the faintly psychedelic frames that are almost exclusively held in soothing pastel shades. truly mesmerizing." no fear of pop



la preciosa portada diseñada por grant y rachel evans lo dice todo. sé que la lista es inmensa y que hay muchos discos mejores del año pero ahora mismo los primeros acordes de 'earth rotation/terranova' son, junto 'otavaiset otsakkaha' de nuojuva, también en hooker vision (sello favorindo junto a inner islands, cabin floor esoterica y l'animaux tryst) lo más bonito y emocionante del mundo. o ese tramo que empieza a partir del minuto ocho, capas y burbujas de sintetizadores que invitan a cerrar los ojos y viajar flotando hasta la luna

Sunday, March 25, 2012

aloonaluna


"gorgeous and damaged outsider pop from this former Florida noisemaker now residing in California. for the first Aloonaluna cassette, Lynn Fister offers us an intimate set of slowly enchanting dream pop lullabies in the southern gothic tradition." hooker vision




"Aloonaluna marries delicate singer-songwriter folk and pop with improvisatory elements. they have been compared to the freeform explorations of No-Neck Blues Band and the nebulous folk meanderings of Islaja. drawing from influences that range from folk, drone, krautrock, pop, and especially from the fonal records oeuvre, each member contributes a wide range of instruments. this includes harp, guitars, banjo, avian field recordings, percussion, organ, toy synth and distorted bass."


Saturday, March 24, 2012

jüppala kääpiö


"most of us are living in an urban world, dominated by constant noise and contagious stress. our ears are conditioned by this aggressive environment and have often lost the ability to perceive another discreet world surrounding us. it might be hidden but also swarming, vivid and incredibly musical. we are all able to prick up our ears to some birds chattering together, the wind shaking leaves, toads singing serenades or old spirits telling us their immemorial adventures…since its creation in 2006, Jüppala Kääpiö has tried to substantiate what they were hearing and feeling from animals, plants or even minerals that they met in their living places in different countries and during travels in different continents.



“Animalia Corolla” is a record of feasts of spirits gathered from the whole world. their songs, dances and conversations about the synchronicity of their dreams have been transcribed in this album.

Jüppala Kääpiö is a Swiss and a Japanese duo. they settled in Brussels in Belgium in summer 2011 after staying in Switzerland , Canada, Mongolia and Japan. the life in multicultural/lingual situations naturally gave to their music a style which might be called cosmopolitan folklore music." omnimemento


dibujo: hadley hutton | foto: sabrina e

green recordings, suiza y japón goes to finland. húmedo, silvestre y brumoso como los bosques que le inspiran. repleto de pequeños detalles, bucles y espirales. imposible resistirse al hechizo de yôkoso, hay algo en ella, con todos esos sonidos de búhos y pájaros, grillos, flautas y plantas, tambores, kalimbas y voces, que te obliga a escucharla una y otra vez, cálida hasta el infinito


buy | link removed by request of the author

Friday, March 23, 2012

the a. lords


"recorded over then summers between 2000 and 2010, this eponymous lp is the definitive work by The A. Lords, the duo consisting of Michael Tanner and Nicholas Palmer. a lovely five-track ep already appeared in 2006 on the now defunct Barl Fire imprint, and four tracks off that release also made it to this lp, some with new names. six new tracks have been added to fill out the album with more wonderful pastoral folk meanderings.

this is gorgeous music that practically breathes the outdoors, the sunshine, and the Dorset landscape in which it was recorded. a wide variety of acoustic instruments gives each track on the album a unique palette, with many opting for sweet drifting melodies accented with staccato glockenspiel or dulcimer notes, besides the more familiar guitar sound, but also gentle organ drones, bells, toy piano, and the ever-present natural background sounds. a perfect companion to a day in the sun, whether it’s in summer, or a day like we’re having now: a crisp and clear October morning where the sun’s warmth is all the more welcome. calm freefolk at its best." evening of light

"cuando quiero oir música, abro la ventana"
 
foto: emily harriet
 

Thursday, March 22, 2012

creation VI | nemertis


"days flow like a brook waters glittering in the sunlight. dreams and remembrances get mixed with each other. morning looks like evening, and night invites to forests where sacral dance of the Nature takes place away from street lamps and strangers' eyes. getting warmed with sunlight, we come to a new era. here sand and stones lay beneath fallen conifers' needles. roots attract lightning bugs when trees lose their leaves and prepare to complete the main life cycle while their bare branches spreads under moonlight, rain and cold winds. distant thunder sounds like its own echo playing a melody by feathers of ruffled owls. lightnings turn to stares of angels coming down to Earth as whole World is quivering, pulsating and singing his everlasting song.


this split unites two works which are similar in discovering something new in drone ambient. two projects, Creation VI from Kiev, Ukraine and Nemertis from Minsk, Belarus, explore guitar sound as a tool for developing abstract sound canvases. these abstract constructions are usually based on minimalistic sound streams and textures whose interlacing forms massive soundscapes." dna production

fotos: lindsay gray & ryan halliwill

sólo puedo dar las gracias a tim por acercarme a su música, y en especial a esta colaboración con nemertis, pero sobre todo a 'leto', drone luminoso para un jueves soleado. francamente bonito

free download here & here

Wednesday, March 21, 2012

ø+yn + gmc


"Popolus Aheno is the fruit of a long time collaboration between gmc and ø+yn (pronounced "omasin"), which marks the opening release for Pakapi records, a new Argentinian label, which will be focused on releasing/promoting South American artists." pakapi records

"ø+yn: the heart of band is based in Córdoba, Argentina. their experiments began five years ago, combining different kinds of musical methods: acoustic, electronic, improvised and composed on the editing process. a purple atmosphere is created by this mixture that reminds the sound of folk bands from the 60-s and 70-s.

gmc: artist from La Plata, Argentina. his solo project is based on the hard studio work, using extended techniques for the sound manipulation and composing, alternating between acoustic, electro-acoustic and electronic devices. he also was involved in the early formation of Vlubä" wehavenozen
 
foto: charlie engman

folk extraño (precioso a la par que hipnótico el vídeo de la barcaza editado por pablo picco, me hace pensar inexplicablemente en silk folk traveler de pocahaunted), instrumentos que suenan como si fueran tocados debajo del agua y voces que parecen murmullos de murciélago, el universo de carl sagan, un poquito de jazz qbico, lieven martens modo silvester anfang, ...
 

Sunday, March 18, 2012

avve


"dormite una siesta al Sol en un colchón de nubes, pero antes tocá con tu mano los rayos de luz como si fueran las cuerdas de un arpa" 

avve es un proyecto de fede pandelindio tocando con unos amigos de buenos aires. drone, místico, chamánico, didgeridoo, bansuri, harmonium, tambura kilmeña, percusión...


Saturday, March 17, 2012

smokey feather


"a raíz del tema de las shruti boxes, smokey feather grabó ésta improvisación la noche del 16 de marzo del veinte.dos.cero.doce ... dedicada al querido árbore ^.^" luzzzalig

qué mejor música para un día como hoy en el que por fín llueve, no tengo grandes cosas que contar de una canción como "paloma" porque se explica sola, es seguramente el tipo de música que corre más peligro de extinción ahora mismo. y como tal, deberíamos mimarla y devolverle todo lo que nos da. esta música más allá de palabras como bonita, onírica, etc... es sanadora. y es de agradecer, porque no es nada fácil meter un país en la maleta y cruzar el charco, por suerte para nosotros ellos lo han conseguido, de ahí que bélgica huela a desierto, cactus o xoconostle. por el aire.


fotola: hoy.nejoy

Friday, March 16, 2012

spires that in the sunset rise


"Having once been a collaboration of up to five women all hailing from Decatur, Illinois, the music is now the more intimate expression of long time members Kathleen Baird and Taralie Peterson. The instrumentation remains varied and eclectic: harmonium, guitar, slide, banjo, bowed psaltery, cello, flute, autoharp, spike fiddle, mbira, etc. Toying with certain traditions but never fully embracing one, STITSR remains a truly unique vision of the personal and mystical and is not for the casual listener nad they shared bills with John Zorn, Espers, The Incredible String Band, Bert Jansch, Lichens, Paul Metzger, Charlambides, Pelt, MV/EE, Faun Fables, Six Organs of Admittance, Larkin Grimm, Arrington Dionyso, Melissa Nadler, Lucky Dragons, Jack Rose, Kawabata Makoto, Daniel Higgs, Samara Lubelski, P.G. Six, Mayor Daley, Josef Van Wissem, Evangelista, and others." hairy spider legs

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::: Release date: April 17th - vinyl pre-order.
It will be in some record stores in the U.S...
for Europeans will be available on norman records :::

listen & buy

download 'child of the snow'

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"the reign of death is silent, dark and warm; there is no cold, nor fear; one needs to be close to death, closer to death than the living, who are so contradictory and lovers of betrayal" maría sabina

'those who have ears to hear will listen', said maria sabina -the whirling woman who looks inside. she was able to search in shadow and silence. a healer that taught to her listeners that 'the ignorant will never be able to chant like the wise'. while reading the teachings of such an extraordinary mexican woman -who dedicated her life to heal while chanting after eating sacred mushrooms- i can picture completely the world that maria sabina referred to in her chants. it is a world full of mysticism and mystery, like the one that kathleen baird and taralie peterson in 'ancient patience wills it again' transport us to. while listening, it is evident that they created music like the wise. their magic comes from a place full of sounds that whisper to the spirit; they can take you to the depth where for sure consciousness wanders in bliss. so fast and without realizing we fly fast to another reality, their reality. 'grandma' sounds like the gate of the reign of death, the song makes clear that indeed, we will travel light this time. once transported to this magical and unknown place it will be difficult to get out. every musical detail feels like being in a forest full of sacred plants to play with. like the sound of the spike feedle in the hands of kathleen with 'child of the snow', which provokes the need to cuddle up in the snow as we dont want to melt away. spires that in the sunset rise spread power, like in the magnetic song 'well tempered'; a power full of femenine energy and love (like the grandmother ayahuasca), while being hypnotized by the harmonium, we know this is real power to be devoured.

we music lovers who were waiting to these new sounds can't be more happy... the only way i found to thank patrick of laughing eye weeping eye, was to write with my bad english all my excitement about this record ... what a way to turn hairy spider legs into a real label!... palabras mayores*

fotola: ana cabaleiro

hanetration


"Hanetration describes his music as “ambient soundscapes, field recordings, woozy atmospherics and glitchy sound collages, music for headphones” and I would pretty much go along with that, but I would also add that the ep is compellingly different, sonically inventive throughout and one of the most promising debuts out there in the ambient/experimental field at the moment.



Rex immediately grabs your attention with its frenzied babbling vocal layered with fluttering flute tones and a quirky beat underlying a mumbling voice buried in hazy delirium. Piano notes meander above a low static layer here and there before the rhythm picks up again to fade out on that fevered vocal line, a superb track! Alarm builds slowly with piano over dense layers of velvet drone into a mournful death march parade. with a melancholic air, Rufus includes some wonderfully bowed psaltery-like sounds which stretch out over a steampunk mechanical rhythm full of hiss and steam. Final track Wreck has a delightfully twisted vocal like a lost soul wailing in a fog shrouded limbo with a slow pulse beneath supported by an insistent pickup glitch." savaran music

hablando de harmoniums, para muestra un botón: hanetration, pero sobre todo una canción y al principio, 'rex', que me ha hecho querer escuchar de nuevo a town and country y bird show. otra de esas agradables sorpresas que de vez en cuando aparecen en nuestro correo


Thursday, March 15, 2012

pandelindio


"grabado de micrófono a placa de audio el miércoles 12 de octubre del 2011. released 31 December 1937."
filed under:  experimental drone psicoactivo Quilmes

"cyttaria harioti es un hongo comestible de nombre común llao llao o pan de indio, que crece adherido al ñire y al coihue, árboles muy comunes en la Patagonia, al sur de Chile y de Argentina. el nombre llao llao significa, además, en lengua originaria mapuche: muy rico o muy dulce."

la tierra de fuego y grabaciones de campo, 'música de sanación y meditación' como 'paragua frutal',... por el aura que lo envuelve otro disco para evadirse y que relaciono con omasín (con los que tienen mucho o todo que ver), smokey feather, ocelote rojo, madrugapha, greta de árbore o aquellos inolvidables discos de jewelled antler. así de bonito y especial es.



aquí podéis ver y oir 'raíces de quilpo', casi quince minutos de una larga sesión de de Pepa`s Blues (Pan del Indio y Ø+yn, con la participación especial del Sr. Interferencia) en las cuevas del Quilpo, Córdoba. Fines de Enero, 2012

además, en su página de soundcloud podéis escuchar canciones no incluídas en 'undisco', como por ejemplo la tribal y saltarina 'revelación de la sombra', o 'fumando soles, inhalando hierbas', dieciocho minutos para volar de auténtica felicidad

Wednesday, March 14, 2012

panabrite


"Norm Chambers is not a household name to most people but for those who have been reveling in the monster that is Panabrite for the last few years, he is absolutely adored. Some will be quick to chalk Soft Terminal up as another 'synth record,' but that's just the surface dressing. There is something deeper and much more complex happening here. Vivid, liquid dreams are sculpted into intricate fantasy landscapes, each layer revealing what a wizard Chambers is.

The thing with Panabrite is that he has an innate ability to write richly textured, melodic compositions that have as much in common with vintage electronic library music as they do with minimal synth pop and 70s prog." digitalis



Sonic natural wonders created by Norman Chambers utilizing analog synthesis, vintage drum machines, various effects and occasional guitar. Inspired by science fiction, new age music, soundtracks and library production music, nature/science documentaries, and vintage electronic sounds...an exciting record replete with underwater tunes. The outer space & the deep blue sea collide into two sides of spellbinding adventures reminiscent to the early work of Oneohtrix Point Never, Jürgen Müller and Dolphins Into The Future.

Panabrite works in the hazy, analog-synth-laden zone between kosmische drift and new age waft. He launches beatless symphonies of fibrillating, smeared whorls and drones that make you feel like the star of a weird nature documentary or a sci-fi blockbuster from 1977. Chambers excels at evoking both the intimate and the epic with his scrupulously wrought arpeggios and ostinatos." aguirre
pastoral, tropical, acuático, relajante, espacial,...panabrite into the future

foto de soft terminal: beata wilczek

pastoral, espacial, tropical, acuático, relajante, jurgen müller, j.d. emmanuel...panabrite into the future

Saturday, March 10, 2012

lex panayi / red river dialect


"always wonderful to hear from you. apologies for the silence, I like to hide :) I have attached something for you, finished this evening and free to share with ana, mar and anyone else. I hope it does not disappoint you." lex

hasta ahora siempre que me ha tocado escribir sobre lex, ha sido de mañana. en realidad siempre escribo de mañana; la luz, el sol, los pájaros, el amanecer, la claridad de la mente, lúcida a pesar de las legañas, ayuda siempre a que las palabras fluyan con más sentido. y es curioso, porque la música de lex no es precisamente para soltar globos, deviene brillante y luminosa por la implosión que sacude el interior al oírla que no escucharla. el caso es que el otro día le escribí porque hace tiempo que no sabíamos nada de él, y ha contestado ahora, a las 12 de la noche, justo cuando me metía en la cama. lo ha hecho con palabras, pero también con "this chimney has since been felled" y lo ha vuelto a hacer. ha vuelto a despertar en mí sentimientos que sólo él consigue transcribir. y siento rubor y alivio al mismo tiempo, rubor porque siento que se ha metido alguien dentro de mi piel para enfocar con una linterna algo que no quería iluminar, y alivio porque en el fondo sí quería el foco ahí aunque no quisiera reconocerlo. la música de lex me asusta porque sabe leerme muchas veces mejor que yo, y lo consigue porque la oscuridad que desprende resulta tan familiar que derrite o congela cuando me alcanza. frío sí, pero calor también, como el de la chimenea del título o la hoguera de la foto, porque sólo se puede ser libre cuando has visitado el fango más de una vez, cuando has recibido mierda a pesar de las ofrendas con rosas y perfume. porque si asumimos las últimas consecuencias de la náusea, alcanzaremos con los papeles en regla, el éxtasis...


"David, Jack, Ed, Simon & Hugh have recorded an album, but not got the ££ to make cd's & lp's, so we are hoping to garner some orders here to get it out." red river dialect

... y de repente todo cobrará sentido. por eso la vida a veces sorprende y la misma noche que lex contesta, david morris (red river dialect) también me manda un correo en el que se apunta al crowfunding para financiar su próximo disco "awellupontheway". cómo negarse cuando fue el propio lex el que nos descubrió a red river dialect y una de las canciones que nos llevaríamos a esa famosa isla desierta, "distant man". ahora sí, me voy a la cama en uno de esos días que no querrías que terminase nunca. ¡larga vida a la música!


fotos: theo gosselin / red river dialect

Friday, March 09, 2012

archers by the sea


“Gorgeous 23-minute piece by Vincent Caylet aka Archers By The Sea (aka Cankun). Close your eyes and dive deep into this mind-melting trip of finest french psychedelia, these splendidly floating soundscapes to overcome your inner unrest.” no fear of pop

"I want to see their heads moving, kaleidoscopes in their eyes, dancing on one foot like Indians." vincent caylet


Thursday, March 08, 2012

madrugapha

"Les dejo un link de un proyecto mas bien sombrío, mas bien anárquico... Se llama: "MADRUGAPHA", y consiste en sesiones nocturnas de pura improvisación, grabadas "Live" directamente a cassettes viejos... Somos solo Fabito y yo, en el campo, por la noche..." salvador cresta



fotola & graffiti: nick mann aka doodless

Tuesday, March 06, 2012

plinth


"Plinth create strange and wondrous music using a collection of calliopes and Victorian music boxes, antique sound makers and wheezing creaking mechanisms from way back when.
and dulcet they are, haunting and mysterious, chiming melodies are laid over the whir of strange machines, it's almost like the soundtrack to some strange mechanical workshop where all the sounds are created via gears, and automatons, a Rube Goldberg like world of contraptions that create melodies, unfurling whirring textures, and the clicking and creaking of clockwork music boxes, the sound of the machines as much a part of the recordings as the music the machines are making. Dreamy and otherworldly, every song here like some old timey lullaby, broadcast via wireless from another dimensions, the sound of faded memories and lost childhoods, soundtracks to dreams and visions of what once was, bells and chimes, tinkling melodies, all wreathed in static and crackle, as if captured directly off the Victrola, or straight out of the music box, recorded onto a wax cylinder and played back by candlelight in the parlor. So lovely." aquarius

sold out | download


"In this filmic homage to the 1940 Jean Cocteau film, Beauty and the Beast, ambient/drone artist Fabio Orsi has created a dense, moody and melancholic dronework…a 20min+ personal reinterpretation of the Theft of a Rose theme. In a limited edition of just 100 copies, each of these comes with an original polaroid print taken from a still of the film." time released sound

sold out | download

caligine | tulasi | 余益裔


"Tulasi is a Finnish duo, who are also known for their solo projects Kulkija and Kutomo as well as being involved in various free folk collectives. Their side consists of meditative drone-folk tracks, organ sounds and flute melodies creating tranquil spheres, at times more free-flowing, sometimes rhythmic. The other side of the tape is Caligine, a psych-folk project from Italy continuing the dronefolk theme, but in a slightly different manner. Starting with electric guitar feedback noise, the massive track turns into a beautiful and melodic acoustic guitar piece. Poly boxes with artwork by Anya Kuts. Limited to 75 copies." jozik




"In the cold plains of Shandong, Caligine compile a short diary about tape hiss and winter holidays: a found steel guitar slightly out of tune, twanging and rusty. The empty stones in the Kong Mansion, red leaves rustling. A radio chanting far away. The rain on the pier, westwards. On the other side, 余益裔 weaves together fragments of displaced field recordings, folk reverbs, subdued white noise and solitary bass, an aural cartography of a place dreamt by someone unknown." monstres par excès


fotos: violetjulia

Sunday, March 04, 2012

rafi bookstaber


"cassette private press solo release from rafi of death chants and aswara. more excellent smoked out late night sounds, muted bedroom folk-forms,  pure space folk. two side long tracks. lovely hand water colored heavy art paper covers, with hand written text. numbered edition of only 76 copies." time~lag records

(thanks davide aka polvere for the rip)

Saturday, March 03, 2012

the end springs


This gorgeous minimal psych folk wonder began in the mighty fine hands of the brilliant improvisational guitar extraordinare The End Springs, who created skeletal tracks and then sent them to some of his best friends/favorite musicians for collaboration; Siddhi, Beggin' Your Pardon Miss Joan, The Child of a Creek & A Man and A Guitar. the result couldn't be more satisfying or soul seducing. There is an obvious unspoken connection between The End Springs and the other artists, as their musical union sounds like they've been playing together for years.


The album is lead with a solo End Springs track, bells ring in the beginning of repetitive slide guitar bits, shakers and a mist of desert drone, all dangling on the edge of familiarity and abandon. Each collaborating artist molds their given tracks in solemn but shining shapes like stars and smiles from the sun, light captured at its most delicate, delicious. Soft layers of voices, hi-hat tumblings and bass enrich the repetitive and ramblin' guitar plucked with that lazy winter impression. Sparse yet engaging, all signs point inward, towards the heart of everything. Another masterpiece from the mellow mind of the End Springs, this album is sure to captivate and entrance all three of your eyes. (don't act like you don't know)." tired trails

foto: martine eshuis & lera denisenko

sabía que iba a ser bonito (colaboran lex panayi, siddhi,...) pero no tanto. es como the hired hand de bruce langhorne, cold dirt diaries, avon y, en 'bleeding tail snake blues', hasta un poquito de inner islands.
'synergy' es un disco-clima atmosférico y rural en el que es difícil destacar 'canciones', pero...'march of the boatman' con the child of a creek tiene algo que no se puede describir, esa slide o dobro o pedal steel que me pone los pelos de punta. tanto como la versión de esa misma canción con siddhi. o los silbidos y la slide  de 'they drove the land home' con a man and a guitar que tanto me recuerdan a 'the straight story' o 'paris texas'. o esta misma canción con los cánticos a flor de piel de the child of a creek. y así todas y cada una, diferentes puntos de vista, todos igual de emocionantes.
doy las gracias de corazón a jess por este regalo literalmente caído del cielo y que llevaba tanto tiempo queriendo escuchar. como le pasó a carol con sibylle baier, ahora mismo soy incapaz de escuchar otra cosa que no sea the end springs :)
(dice el diccionario que una sinergia, del griego συνεργία, «cooperación», es el resultado de la acción conjunta de dos o más causas, pero caracterizado por tener un efecto superior al que resulta de la simple suma de dichas causas)

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