MAGIC MIX

avant . leftfield . post-rock . drone

WEEK STARTING 1 Sep

Genre pick of the week Cover of Primitive And Deadly by Earth.
• The first Earth album to feature vocals since Kurt Cobain sang on their debut EP!

• Legendary vocalist Mark Lanegan (Queens Of The Stone Age, Screaming Trees) sings on two songs on the album.

• Sub Pop recording artists Rose Windows’ vocalist Rabia Shaheen Qazi delivers a incredible vocal performance on the song:“From The Zodiacal Light”

• Renowned guitarist: Brett Netson (Built to Spill) is the featured 2nd guitarist on the entire album.

EARTH's career, like its music, has always been a slow, deliberate progression. Each record slightly removed from the last, a constant refinement of a singular vision. Dylan Carlson has remained focused throughout on coaxing moments of strange beauty and reflection from "the riff". This elemental foundation of rock is refracted, in their earliest recordings, through the prism of sheer volume and feedbacking drone or via a sparse unravelling take on folk.

With Primitive And Deadly, EARTH's tenth studio collection, Carlson and long term cohort, drummer Adrienne Davies, manage to come full circle twenty-five years in the making, whilst exploring new directions in their music. For the first time in their diverse career, they allow themselves to be a rock band, freed of adornment and embellishment.

As much as Carlson's guitar has always been the focal point of EARTH's music, it's been surrounded by consistently diverse instrumentation. Here the dialog between Carlson and Davies drumming remains pivotal, underpinned by the sympathetic bass of Bill Herzog (Sunn O))), Joel RL Phelps, Jesse Sykes and the Sweet Hereafter) and thickened by additional layers of guitar from Brett Netson (Built To Spill, Caustic Resin) and Jodie Cox (Narrows). Perhaps the largest left turn on Primitive And Deadly, though, is the prominence of guest vocalists Mark Laneganand Rabia Shaheen Qazi (Rose Windows) who transform the traditionally free ranging meditations of EARTH into something approaching traditional pop structures.

On "Rooks Across the Gates"Carlson stretches out into some of his most lyrical playing to date, creating an almost symbiotic relationship between his performance and the vocals of old friend Mark Lanegan. "From the Zodiacal Light," meanwhile, takes a late 60s San Franciscan/freaked-out jazz-rock transcendence and quickly re-appropriates that sound into a musky torch song for the witching hour.

This contradictive tension between a band pushing itself ever-forward whilst surveying their history is reflected in the albums twin recording locales. The foundation of the record was laid in the mystic desert high lands of Joshua Tree, California where EARTH recorded hour after hour of meditations on each tracks central theme at Rancho de la Luna. Upon returning to Seattle these were edited, arranged and expanded upon at Avast with the help of long-term collaborator Randall Dunn (who was previously at the helm for the Hex, The Bees Made Honey In The Lions Skull and Hibernaculum sessions).

Thick, dense and overdriven, melodically rich and enveloping, Primitive And Deadly is EARTH reaffirming their position as a singular point in the history of rock.

STAFF COMMENTS

Darryl says: The seventh album from the mighty Earth brings forth huge monolithic slabs of drone noise, and for the first time since their debut EP sporadic guest vocals! Lung crushingly brilliant!!

FORMAT INFORMATION

2xLtd LP Info: Gatefold 2LP version contains one exclusive bonus track: “Badgers’ Bane", Black Vinyl European Exclusive.

Bitchin Bajas

Bitchin Bajas

    Bitchin Bajas have been around the world in five years, chasing sonics through space and time and coming up with a lot of conclusions along their discographical path. Always they push forward, recklessly consuming processes in order to realize their own works - but the sound and the music regularly emerges with tranquil essence, bringing them and their listeners into a shared experience.

    Bitchin Bajas’ output has been remarkably diverse in search of this singular goal, which makes for great listening across multiple albums. With the release of this new album they have mapped and traversed their own ecosystem as they journey in search of the aural epiphany, the true unknowing.

    Bitchin Bajas use their many methods to attain perfect flow throughout the 76 minutes of this self-titled album. Acoustic is the beginning. Eastern tonalities relocate Bitchin Bajas farther inside the source, finding the timeless time from long ago and slowly sliding via fader until then is now, until acoustic goes analogue.

    The space found on ‘Bitchin Bajas’ was located with organ, synthesizer, winds, xylophone and autoharp, employing a 1” 8-track tape machine to the fullest extent. Additional contributions from strings, keys, guitar and field recordings helped make ‘Bitchin Bajas’ everything that it is.

    FORMAT INFORMATION

    2xCassette Info: The trip through ‘Bitchin Bajas’ took in all kinds of sonic terrain. When it was done, an additional mix was made, omitting the intense peaks of the album to create a ‘Relaxation Version’. This mix has been added to the cassette version only, making a double tape set.

    Delia Derbyshire's work at the BBC's Radiophonic Workshop in the 60's was recognised initially for her realisation of the now iconic Doctor Who Theme which was written for the show by Ron Grainer. More recently though, she has been celebrated for her own compositions and experiments at what was then the cutting edge of electronic music. Here on 7" vinyl for the first time are two of her pieces, one written for a TV documentary in 1967, 'Blue Veils and Golden Sands', in which she used her own voice and a handy green BBC lampshade:

    "I analysed the sound into all of its partials and frequencies, and took the 12 strongest, and reconstructed the sound on the workshop's famous 12 oscillators to give a whooshing sound. So the camels rode off into the sunset with my voice in their hooves and a green lampshade on their backs."

    On the A-side is 'The Delian Mode', which was used as incidental music during The Sky At Night in 1969, finding critical acclaim in Gramophone Magazine's review of the album BBC RADIOPHONIC MUSIC (often known as 'The Pink Album'), in September of the same year:

    "Structures, Pot au Feu and Tomorrow's World are about equally good, yet 'Blue Veils' and 'Delian Mode' are probably the finest music here. It may be no accident that the latter is reminiscent of the beginning of Xenakis's OrientOccident for Delia Derbyshire follows the analytical approach of the more sustained electronic compositions. If her best pieces seem the most imaginative here - and they are - it is because she more fully explores the implications of her material."

    Tashi Dorji

    Tashi Dorji

      First release on Ben Chasny's (Six Organs Of Admittance) label. Tashi Dorji grew up in Bhutan, on the eastern side of the Himalayas. Access to any music created outside the country is limited, as are most cultural options, given the geologically isolation of the country. How Dorji went from a life so remote to developing his innovative and revelatory guitar style is mind-boggling.

      Yearning for access to the world outside, Dorji pursued and obtained a fully-paid scholarship to a liberal arts school in Asheville, NC, in his early twenties. He’s since settled in there (save a short stint in Maine), soaking up a vast array of music, most notably the works of Derek Bailey and John Zorn. Along the way, Dorji developed a playing style unbound by tradition, yet with a direct line to intuitive artistry. His recordings feature improvisations that spasmodically grow along tangential, surprising paths. All references break loose during a composition, as Dorji keys into his own inner world.

      After a handful of cassettes on various labels, Dorji presents his first proper album on Hermit Hut, the label created by Ben Chasny (Six Organs of Admittance) and inspired by spreading word of Dorji’s talents. The six compositions here are hand-picked by Dorji and Chasny as the most representative and far-reaching of his recordings. Taken together, they announce a new guitar music unlike anything being made today.

      Free Time

      Esoteric Tizz

      Free Time’s new 7” for Underwater Peoples pairs the saturnine “Guess Work” with the uptempo flip “Esoteric Tizz”. The double A-side presents a unique juxtaposition of form, a spaced-out pastoral take on the nature of love contrasted with a hectic pop exploration of what it can mean to live a double life. Free Time is Melbourne expat Dion Nania on guitar and vocals, Jonah Maurer on guitar, Mike Mimoun on drums, and Eric Harm on bass – though the 7” features original bassist Adrienne Humblet. Opener “Esoteric Tizz” is a bursting, fast-paced ride from the start. Recorded by Jarvis Taveniere, the track features a tumultuous melodic structure reminiscent of Felt at Lawrence’s most energized.

      Alternatively, “Guess Work” is an atmospheric ballad highlighted by it's impressive tonal technique. Recorded by Real Estate’s Martin Courtney, the song offers a full palette of corrugated timbres and warmer, aqueous hues, drawing inspiration from Kevin Ayers and Leonard Cohen. These two slices of guitar gold are the newest work since Free Time’s 2013 self-titled debut (Underwater Peoples, UPLP023). Both releases feature striking artwork by Sylvia Jeffriess. “The New York-via-Melbourne quartet transcends mere contemporary indie rock pastiche by playing with pace and intensity…” Jamieson Cox, Pitchfork.

      Gruppo D'Improvvisazione Nuova Consonanza

      Gruppo D'Improvvisazione Nuova Consonanza

        Considered the first collective of experimental composers, Gruppo d’Improvvisazione Nuova Consonanza formed in 1964 in Rome to chase the expressive potential of live improvisation to its furthest reaches. Led by Franco Evangelisti, Gruppo also included Ennio Morricone before he found fame composing soundtracks. The ensemble advanced the innovations of 20th century avant-garde in laboratory-like studio settings where the intuitive interplay between members flourished.

        Before 1976’s benchmark release, Musica Su Schemi, Gruppo recorded this eponymous album in 1973. Whether the passages are jarring or soothing, clamorous or silken, the ensemble retains astounding organic coherence. An ultra-rare entry in Gruppo’s formidable discography, Gruppo d’Improvvisazione Nuova Consonanza is finally reissued for the first time ever.

        M83

        Before The Dawn Heals Us

          "Before The Dawn Heals Us" is the follow up to "Dead Cities, Red Seas And Lost Ghosts", showing a more cohesive, developed and realised interpretation of M83's epic vision. The songs are more fully realised, the production superlative, and the album flows beautifully and ranges from full on sonic assault to lush introspective ballads. Fans of bands such as Mogwai, Spiritualized, MBV, or Hope Of The States, for example, will love this album, as will fans of more esoteric acts such as Ulrich Schnauss and Boom Bip, and the nascent growing 'nugazing' acts such as Engineers and Radio Dept.

          M83

          Dead Cities, Red Seas And Lost Ghosts

            In a style of Mogwai recreating Joy Division via My Bloody Valentine on analogue machines complete with the breaks of Plaid, M83 are far from yet 'another French electronic act'. M83's distinct sound emerged after just one album: both modern and melancholic.. In early 2001, their first album, bearing the same name as their group was released by the cutting-edge French Gooom label. Critics emphasised the album's graceful and nuanced melodies and the cinematographic quality of the dialogues, as well as the band's ability to make synthesizers sound like guitars. This, their second album, is more ambitious than its predecessor, complex yet accessible thanks to its melodic effectiveness, as heard in the super-powerful "America" and the dreamlike "Beauties Can Die", with its virtual chorale sounding an endless final note.

            M83

            M83

              Aptly titled M83, this album served as the French electropop outfit’s debut release in 2001 on Gooom. Recorded as a duo by founding members Anthony Gonzalez and Nicolas Fromageau, the album was described by Pitchfork as “how it feels to live inside a triumphal music box.” The track names can be read in order to describe a boy/girl meeting at a party. Taken in tow with the sampled movie dialogue throughout, the album serves as a poignant soundtrack for the simplest of scenarios.

              Four years on from the Grammy nominated, critically acclaimed release Hurry Up, We’re Dreaming (featuring platinum selling single “Midnight City”), French electronic act M83 re-issues their first three albums in addition to two digital EPs featuring remixes and B-sides from those albums. After several years of being out of print, M83 (2001), Dead Cities, Red Seas, and Lost Ghosts (2004), and Before the Dawn Heals Us (2005) will be released August 25th, 2014 on Naïve Records.

              M83 has become a household name amongst music lovers due to extensive success across many formats. Since Hurry Up, We’re Dreaming, not only has M83’s Anthony Gonzalez scored two films: Oblivion (featuring Tom Cruise) and You and the Night (directed by his brother Yann Gonzalez), but his music has been used across a plethora of movies, television shows and commercials, most recently in films The Fault In Our Stars, The Vampire Diaries, and 22 Jump Street. Huffington Post even reported, “few recent albums have had a bigger impact on movie music than M83’s Hurry Up, We’re Dreaming.” At radio, M83 reached #1 on the CMJ charts, #1 at Commercial Specialty, and #5 in Commercial Alternative Radio, while receiving rave reviews from publications across the world, including Pitchfork, Spin, Entertainment Weekly, XLR8R, Filter, and countless others.



              Spaceheads

              Trip To The Moon EP

                Taking their inspiration from the flickering magical early movie by Georges Méliès of the same name, this is not a soundtrack but four snappy instrumentals that take the listener on a different kind of trip. The Spaceheads sound, of Andy Diagram’s looped and harmonized trumpets propelled by the dynamic drums of Richard Harrison, is augmented on the first track by their good friend, and longtime Manchester musical maverick, Paddy Steer on bass.


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