It's nearly Halloweeeen! Maybe next week will be a horror special. Maybe not.
Patrick Cosmos - Tonal Rotors
I've been saving this one, mainly because I didn't know how to approach it. It's a lengthy album from Chicago producer Patrick Cosmos built up of tracks made between 2013 and 2016 (as the full title suggests). It's all over the place, sonically and stylistically. There's terrifying noise, wailing siren-like synths, upbeat indie-pop-esque runs and aquatically digital emo melodies. Other parts are just chopped-up ephemera, strange bits and pieces built of everything and nothing. Worth the effort.
Samuli Tanner - Music For 1-Year-Old Samuli Tanner
Galaxy Express 555 - Natural Mind
So two albums here on the Sun Ark Records label. Samuli Tanner has made an album of strange melodies and blips that is aimed at his one-year-old self. It's a novel idea in itself, but the music is weird and charming enough that it works outside of that concept. I had listened to it all before I even realised and it only added to my enjoyment. Galaxy Express 555's album is more widescreen, but still in an offbeat style. Ideas come and go over languid synths, chimes jangle and drums rattle, it's almost "fourth world" at times, 50s sci-fi at others. Again, ultimately, there's an innate charm that helps it succeed.
Masterknot - -5
The colourway of this page makes my head hurt but there's always the app. Or a download. Masterknot are a trio from Tbilisi, Georgia, and this is their first album. It's a collection of ambient and electronic workouts, at times drifting hazily by, at others, popping and jerking like an Oramic experiment. Cool stuff.
wrtch - Rabbit Holes [andotherexits]
Ambrosia Bartošekulva is a multidisciplinary artist in the true sense of the word –available purchase options on Bandcamp included laser-cut acrylic cases and handmade rings – and her work is driven by an impulse that goes beyond language. The titles are sentences and phrases that are merged into single words, and the music ranges from ghastly noise to spoopy vocals. 'churchbelly' is a favourite, blending droning patterns with distorted singing and swirling winds.
Bamma Gamma - Lemon Resort OST
Chilling sci-fi horror electronica, it's the soundtrack to a short animated film that makes me think of Radiohead's 'Paranoid Android' video and the utterly strange lemon people inAdventure Time. The music is endearing and horrifying in equal measure, enticing you into its world only to unravel you once you enter.
Miljon Get into your love
This is such a sweet jam, disco boogie in a retro pastiche kind of way, it's a cover of the much more lively track of the same name by George Smallwood. I prefer the "amateur" stylings of this one though. And yes the emoji is part of the artist name on SC.
Rafael Toral - Moon Field (Excerpt)
This is some utterly mesmeric music forthcoming on Room40. Space bleeps and guitar plucks, failed trumpet voicings, shimmering weirdness, all coming together in the most unlikely fashion. Magical.
revlux - with the right angle
I don't know why I'm sharing this. It sounds like a slow-mo instrumental trance remix of an 00s pop song. Not even a song that exists, just one that could exist.
IDLE047: A Sagittariun 'Pseudo Science'
I utterly adore the A-side on this one. I played it both on Rádio Quântica and on DDR. It's punchy, riotous, bright and bolshy. It folds in on itself and then opens up again in a glory of sunshine. Just brilliant. It's taken a while for the B-side to grow on me but it's solid too. A dark acid banger that moves towards floaty synth goodness by way of some brilliantly balanced chords and melodies. Wonderful.
716 Mix - Gaël Segalen : Le Rythme W
A stunning mix that focuses on women (the W of the title) working in experimental electronic music, from sound art and field recordings (the opening track by Hildegard Westerkamp is titled simply 'Cricket Voice'), lilting synth materials, choral electronic mixtures, spoken word and interview. The final track is by Pierre Henry, a composer whose death occurred the night before this performance took place. An incredible mix that's insightful, educational, moving and enjoyable all at once.
No extraneous news this week.