Two new releases, one from the ever so busy Thisco mainstay Rasalasad, in his style published as free / pay what you want release full of concentrated drone ambience or perhaps “Hypnotic Escapism Music” as in the description of the Thisphoria album on Grain Of Sound which seems fitting for most of his recent releases.
And from Cologne / Berlin finally the debut album from Mik@, also known as part of DL, or The M.M.V.P. projects, a release with the central theme of urban living & travelling, transition phases and unfullfiled desires.
Marco Milanesio finally opened up his archives from the past a little wider resulting in the issue of an unreleased ambient experimental studio session recorded in December 1996. Remastered at O.F.F. and issued via the renowned and always busy Nostalgie De La Boue:
The new Blacksilklabel from Berlin released mid July an 12″EP / DL of three remastered and two remixed tracks, taken from the deleted HAX ‘Tecnologie Del Movimento’ Compilations, the early Split Tape ‘Notturno’ and one from the final Album ’24 o 25′.
Although this sounds a bit mixed up the tracks work very well together and the (to me unknown before) remixers Phase Fatal & Unhuman spice up the tracks perfectly. The only lowpoint is the artwork which is close to meaningless to me but musically I am more than happy and this will make my 2017 best of list anyway….
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After pestering Maurizio Pustianaz for a while he finally sent me a batch of early (1986) session tracks to choose from for an exclusive Klappstuhl Records release and here it is; minimal, raw and remiscent of the cold 80’s mood, still influenced by the earlier industrial experimental scene – think of Robert Rental, Konstruktivists or The Elephant Table Album for some slight touchpoints.
A new track taken from a forthcoming release by Gerstein (Maurizio Pustianaz) of Noisebrigade / A New Life / …. has just been released shortly after his highly recommended compilation 32 Years Of Rain which gives a great overview of all the periods he went through since he actively made and published own works – from early Industrial / Minimal Electronics to Piano Works, Post – EBM / Technoid / Darkwave and various Collaborative Works. Early ltd. tape only releases are also present here as later CD or Digital only releases . A few remixes and unreleased tracks make this even more interesting to follow him on his journey through the mind.
Normally I don’t mention the package of a product because basically I think that music should speak for itself, and when I mention covers, it is to say that the cover has not a lot of information, is printed too darkly, too small or such like; but hardly the standard of design. Klappstuhl Records have some fine releases on their label so far, but their design needs some improvement, so there’s your exception. But then I got this new release by [Multer] in which the CD box contains a plate of metal, and thus the whole thing is quite a heavy weight release. On a transparent sheet we see the rest of the info on the back; now that’s what we like, even when the whole idea of metal sheets inside jewel cases isn’t exactly new (Radboud Mens’ ‘Sine’ comes to mind).
[Multer] is a trio of Neidhart on guitar, whom we otherwise know as N (with a number attached to that to indicate which release he’s now at), Thomas Geiter on keyboards and live mix and Mal Hoeschen on field recordings and live mix. They have been around for close to
twenty years but didn’t release that much over that long period, about a dozen or so releases, mainly on their own Gesungswerk label. Between 2003 and 2011 there have been no releases (also after that nothing, until this one), but the group did perform live, such as on the night of November 4th 2006 at the lovely Kulturbunker in Cologne, organized by Auf Abwegen’s mastermind Till Kniola. I am not sure if they played more concerts in those years or if there is otherwise a reason to release this now, but the fifty-four minute concert sounds like something that should/could have been released much earlier. Why wait all these years, I thought. The music of [Multer] is that of post-rock influenced drones, mainly through the use of the guitar and effects, but that is, I think, only a part of the story. The other two members have also quite some input in the overall sound, with their chirping of insects or recordings of voices talking, the latter adding more atmosphere to the music than something of a lyrical content, it seems.
The whole piece is the sum of various parts, and [Multer] play their music while staying on the same volume level for a while and then go up in crescendo I think, in order to reach a not so loud climax and then continues with a single sound for the next segment. None of this music is very loud even when there are a few climaxes to be noted. This is simply a wonderful live recording and it’s great to have from a band like this; they have a sparse output, so anything is welcome, I should think. (FdW)
After some promising teasers at soundcloud by Cousin Silas, a gifted guitarist and musician from Huddersfield the full album of his collaboration with Glove Of Bones is now available for free at Bristol’s digital dizzy Netlabel. Some more info and the possibility to obtain a limited hardcopy can be found easily per the Glove Of Bones home.
Which is actually how I found about these as there are more interesting publications by A4+ of Glove Of Bones heading into the ambient / experimental / electronica and non-electronica field with a very own and original approach to enjoy either as “name your price” digital release or as physical well crafted, handmade and obviously limited art editions.
Tom Ellard writes “Severed Heads has refused to make new music since 2007, as there was no compelling reason to do so. But when asked by Ears Have Ears to perform a new 20m piece on air at FBi Radio, it came to mind that BUGHLT had recently offered to cut a 20m long acetate. That the acetate lathe once made discs for radio play inspired a piece formed from 78 rpm records that we would both perform and cut to disc. We’re pleased to present the first new SH tracks in 9 years. It’s Stewart’s first writing credit too!”
Also over at SevCom there is a choice to vote for your favourite tracks performed on Unsound, Krakow, Poland in October.
Besides Dark Entries & Medical Records have reissued / issued various classic S.H. Albums on Vinyl and / or downloads lately, the most interesting in my humble opinion being the stretched Version of Stretcher …
A great find on the interwebs, a full length interview with Tom Ellard (Head of ‘Heads) talking pre-digital age history and anecdotes like hanging out with SPK – actually published already in January 2013 @ Resident Advisor really worth a listen.
More about current activities, reissues, musings about life can be found here and always worth a visit is the SevCom bandcamp page of course.