Hello again. Too much music so I'll get right to it.
Ghost Signs - Blues for Mechanical Turks
I featured this Belfast artist a while back, and here he is again with another beautifully emotive body of work. It's a mixture of hypnotic drone and plaintive guitar, really bringing the title to life. 'Empty Desert Feedback Loop Replacement' starts off by transporting us to Silent Hill, yet it grows into something straight out of Dillon, Texas.
Iron Cthulhu Apocalypse - Dark Ambient: They Dream Alone
Initially chosen for the artist name and artwork alone, this is nonetheless a haunting piece of, well, dark ambient. Lengthy pieces that unfurl almost in slow motion, it's both gripping and gentle, depending on your own listening and style.
entrail - 100 Years Remaining
This album comes from an artist based in Eugene, Oregon. It blends strident violin with searing, apocalyptic drone, all meshed together and undone through studio manipulation. Unsettling folk singing drags the music further into the darkness. Neat.
Benjamin Brunn: Pieces from a Small Corner of Paradise
Benjamin Brunn is back with an album entirely fashioned from the Korg Poly-800. It's a love letter to that particular instrument, a gentle and heartfelt album of lullabies, you could say. 'Already On My Way' is my favourite.
Supervolcano - The Vault
I can't remember how I came across this release from last October, but here it is, a beautiful selection of tracks. It's almost a mixture of all of the above, with melancholy synth tracks, scorched and decaying drone, foggy ambient and so forth. It seems to get go further underground with each track, ending in a kind of dank netherworld.
Tape Archive - Views — :(:
Tape Archive usually churns out bangers, but this is a gorgeous ambient track, nine minutes in length. There's apparently more to come, which is great news to me.
lilja - far away
A beautiful, political ode to victims of murder. I can't say much, just listen to it.
BOOSHANK - FJORD FALCON EP [CACID001]
Melbourne-based Booshank inaugurates his own Couch Acid recordings. What a label name! The first side is a really fun collection of gloopy house tracks, while the flip is an extended new age floating vibe that takes you away for 15 minutes. Inspiring.
neighbours. - Taste the Feeling, Have a Nice Evening
This is great! I just discovered it this morning via my friend Nevan. The first track is laden with choppy beats, but at its heart are warm synths and glistening bells. The second is more laid back but just as brimming with character. There's a Bandcamp where you can buy a tape, and it says "20 initial copies, more will be made if people care". Isn't that sadly beautiful. I'm instantly won over!
Fever Loop - Fever Loop
I was supposed to be doing something - anything - one night this week, but when I came across this set via CMD I was transfixed, and couldn't switch it off. Like the Brunn release above, it's an exploration of beatless synth experiments, these ones made during sleepless nights. What really amused me was the disclaimer that "the final album cuts are edited from longer loops that go on for hours".
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