My mood has moved between euphoria and despair this week. Perhaps this selection will reflect that, perhaps not. Who cares?
Gaël Segalen - Memoir of My Manor
This is simply mesmerising. I heard the opening track 'Remember' on SoundCloud and was hooked instantly. It's 13 minutes of chugging noise, rattling melodies dancing above like a nightmarish carnival. Other tracks feature wild collage, twisted telephone lines, body-slamming bass. It's beautiful in its cacophony.
Chrissie - From the Carboniferous
The latest entry in the burgeoning don't drone alone catalogue is from Chrissie Caulfield of Helicopter Quartet. It's a staggering piece that opens with a searing melody on Chrissie's violin. It then collapses into swirling pits of shimmering metal, harrowing drone and shuddering noise. Simply marvellous!
lopness - cena holding
Here we have a collab featuring Ondness and Deadact (whose real name is Pedro Lopes, hence Lopness). Apparently Deadact plays with turntables and then Ondness messes about with sound processes and that. It's loopy, weird stuff that you'd hear in Silent Hillor Doom or something. I love it.
Joel Eel - Very Good Person
I first heard of Joel Eel through his wonderful guest mix for Mitch Strashnov's Newtype Rhythms show. From there I went to check this recent release, and it's a real gem. It's a kind of grinding noise techno hybrid, juddering beats surrounded by off-kilter sounds. Lots of tracks to enjoy too.
NB07: To Di/offee Faith
Thanks to Sophie Cooper for tweeting about this label, which focuses on global noise music from Indonesia and beyond. This most recent entry is a split release from two acts with incredible names. 'Harmagedon' is a searing track that feels like watching a UFO land. Sadly it seems to cut out about four minutes in. 'Loka Pakinnaka' meanwhile is a whirlpool of sound, simple melodies occasionally rising above the slime.
Hasukī - BE HONEST
I featured Hasukī on a recent radio show, and this deserves to be shared too. It's like a trance melody taken out of its original milieu, allowing its true beauty to be exposed. Sublime, shimmering riffs dart about freely while an occasional bass stab lends weight and stability; the whole piece is jaw-droppingly good.
Howes - live at freerotation 2017
I could share Objekt or Leif but this set from last week's Freerotation, recorded at the "chillout yurt" or whatever it's called, is so so good. It's dark and ominous and just beautiful. It's both fed and tamed my darker moods this week.
Patricia Wolf - The White Lodge
Generally speaking, Twin Peaks-inspired music is dank and maudlin, but this is bright and airy. That makes sense, given the title's direct reference to the White Lodge, "a place of great goodness".
Shane Cusack - Daylight
Dublin artist Shane Cusack shared this wonderful piece this week - it starts off with a muted choir given the heavy effects treatment, and burrows further and further into a manipulated world. It's gorgeous.
B. TRUST - I hate my body (download - extended instrumental)
This one has nearly 10k plays but it's a neat acid jam so why not end the week with it?
B TRUST aka Babes Trust aka Simon Leahy is a New York-based Manchester-born musician and drag queen who's been in a couple of bands over the years. This track is ace.
There's a lot of speculation about the future of SoundCloud. Naturally this has led me to contemplate the future of my own venture here. I honestly don't know what will happen if SC does shut down. Here's hoping it doesn't, and they find a way to keep the platform going and paying and looking after their staff properly.