MAGIC MIX

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WEEK STARTING 23 Feb

Genre pick of the week Cover of Wild Strawberries - Bonus Disc Edition by Eternal Tapestry.

Eternal Tapestry

Wild Strawberries - Bonus Disc Edition

For a limited period both formats will received a 51 minute bonus CD of previously unreleased material! 'Lolo Pass Drifters' features five tracks and is a proper glass mastered CD.

Portland, Oregon’s sonic explorers Eternal Tapestry have always had a feeling of interplay between their impressionistic music and the dense forests that surround their hometown but on their newest album, ‘Wild Strawberries’, they take that naturalistic inspiration to a new level.

The contrast between the openness of the massive Oregon sky and the denseness of the trees is echoed in ‘Wild Strawberries’’ expansive guitar tones and looming organ drones. The album is thick with the lysergic leads that populated their earlier releases but the airiness of the woods has seeped into Nick Bindeman’s guitar playing, refining it and opening it up to new modal possibilities.

‘Wild Strawberries’ is the band’s first double album, recorded in a secluded cabin under the shadow of Mount Hood in Zigzag, OR.

During the recording sessions the Zigzag River flowed nearby and the group spent time between takes learning about the area’s floral make up and relaxing under the stars. This idealistic lifestyle, however temporary, helped to chart the course of the recording process. ‘Wild Strawberries’’ artwork and song titles (named after plants specific to the region) speak to the influence of that environment. The lush atmosphere combined with a week long sequestration from the outside world had a pronounced impact on the music, which unfolds in a panoramic slow burn. ‘Wild Strawberries’ yields vast rewards for those who spend time in its aural forest.

FORMAT INFORMATION

2xLP Info: Double LP pressed on virgin vinyl and packaged in a gatefold jacket with free download card.

CD Info: CD version in 4 panel mini-LP style gatefold jacket.

William S. Burroughs

Nothing Here Now But The Recordings

    In 1980, Genesis P-Orridge and Peter “Sleazy” Christopherson (then of Throbbing Gristle renown) travelled to New York City to meet up at the fortified apartment, known as The Bunker, of famed beat writer and cultural pioneer William S. Burroughs and his executor James Grauerholz to starting the daunting task to compile the experimental sounds works of Burroughs, which, up until that point, had never been heard. During those visits, Burroughs would play back his tape recorder experiments featuring his spoken word “cut-ups”, collaged field recordings from his travels and his flirtations with EVP recording techniques, pioneered by Latvian intellectual Konstantins Raudive.

    Throughout the next year, P-Orridge, Christopherson and Grauerholz would spent countless hours compiling various edits, each collection showcasing Burroughs sensitive ear and keen experimental prowess for audio anomaly within technical limitations. By the time 1981 came through, Burroughs had relocated to Lawrence, KS in which to escape the violence and mania of New York City life. It is in Lawrence that P-Orridge and Christopherson put the finishing touches on the record that would be known as “Nothing Here Now but the Recordings”. The album would come out in the Spring of 1981 as the final release for the shuttering Industrial Records, brought about by the dissolution of Throbbing Gristle. The album remained out of print until 1998 when John Giorno and the Giorno Poetry Systems included the album on a multi-disc retrospective CD box set compiling the majority of Burroughs seminal recordings.

    Carlton Melton & Kandodo 3

    Split

      Carlton Melton lead the charge with three new tracks, recorded at the Dome with Brian MacDougall taping it down and John McBain mastering it for vinyl perfection. This is the Melton soaring into the stratosphere with their own take on spaced travel via olfactory motion. Many would simply say "psych", we say "SPACE" and "NO frontiers!", fly on brothers.

      Kandodo 3 is the new "nom de plume" for Simon Price's (The Heads) Kandodo project, having roped in fellow Heads' Wayne Maskell (drum patterns and rhythm driving) and Hugo Morgan (bass throb and guidance) to record under the name Kandodo 3. They take up their whole side with one looping soundscape that jitters and skitters into and around patterns of dub and space, this exhilaratating take on an already pre-determined trajectory is as awesome in its scope as it is in its journey, catch a ride! Mastered by Shawn Joseph (Optimum)

      Simon Kandodo Price artwork..... 500 copies only on blue coloured vinyl.

      Eric Chenaux has emerged as one of the most distinctive, innovative and original voices in what might be called avant-garde balladry, juxtaposing his gorgeously pure and open singing against a guitar sound and style that truly stands alone. Skullsplitter is the impressive new album that confirms Chenaux's singular aesthetic: genuine, natural, unaffected vocals gliding through slow, smoky melodies while electric and nylon-string guitars are deployed with adventurously experimental, dextrous, semi-improvisational technique and texture.

      Skullsplitter stands as a welcome evolution from Chenaux's previous song-based album Guitar & Voice (2012), which was widely celebrated as his best work to date, championed by The Wire, Said The Gramophone, Stereophile and others for its unique sensibility and sensitivity. Skullsplitter builds on these strengths, with Chenaux working his concise array of signal-bending devices (volume, wah and freeze pedals) with a remarkable and idiosyncratic fluidity that's integral to the expressivity he brings to the guitar, and his voice at the calm center of this stormy micro-climate of bodily kinetics and woozy playing.

      On Skullsplitter, Chenaux's vocals are like a high pressure system, riding on clear bright air, stabilizing the roiling, changeable atmosphere of the guitars underneath; a gem of an album in an increasingly luminous discography.

      FORMAT INFORMATION

      LP Info: 180g LP includes art print poster + download coupon.

      ‘Gliss Riffer’ marks new territory for Dan Deacon who, following up on the release of his large ensemble-based recordings (2009’s ‘Bromst’ and 2012’s ‘America’), decided to return to a simpler way of writing and recording (similar to that of 2007’s ‘Spiderman Of The Rings’), which has resulted in this self-produced album.

      Pelican

      The Cliff

        “The Cliff” is a new vocal driven EP from Chicago’s esteemed quartet Pelican.

        The four track EP includes remixes from Justin Broadrick (of Godflesh, Jesu), Aaron Harris and Bryant Clifford Meyer of ISIS/Palms, and, for only the second time in their fourteen year career, vocals.

        The 12” vinyl is fresh reimaginings of ‘The Cliff’, a highlight from their most recent album, 2013’s Forever Becoming, and one recently completed exclusive new song.

        The four track EP includes remixes from Justin Broadrick (of Godflesh, Jesu), Aaron Harris and Bryant Clifford Meyer of ISIS/Palms, and, for only the second time in their fourteen year career, vocals.

        Allen Epley (Shiner, The Life and Times) once again returns to the band’s fold to transform, in a complementary manner, the concept and overall outcome of what we have come to know as Pelican. No cheap juxtaposition, Epley’s seasoned voice is as broad and astonishingly capable on “The Cliff” as the members behind the music, a claim those who have listened to Epley’s contribution on “Final Breath” from 2009’s “What We All Come To Need” will attest to.

        Elsewhere on the record, Justin Broadrick and AH/BCM turn in fresh takes of the source material, feeling less like remixes than new compositions reworked from the original source.

        Rounding out the set is the previously unreleased song “The Wait”, a contemplative semi-acoustic simmer that builds to an explosion of cathartic distortion and melody in true Pelican fashion.

        Populäre Mechanik was a post-punk, jazz bastard project created by Wolfgang Seidel, friend and sometime musical partner of Conrad Schnitzler and founder member of Ton Steine Scherben. This collection has been curated by Holger Hiller, best known as vocalist for Palais Schaumburg. Hiller presents tracks from two cassette produc-tions which Seidel released in the early 1980s.

        The booklet features an interview which Hiller conducted with Seidel in which they discussed the function of rock and pop music over the past 45 years.

        All tracks released for the first time on CD and vinyl.

        Regardless of the style he is working in, Sam Prekop’s music is always imbued with a sense of wide-eyed discovery and exploration. As the singer and guitarist of The Sea And Cake, Prekop has incorporated elements of traditional styles from around the world, expanding the public perception of what it means to be the leader of a pop band. In recent years, he has also established himself as a modular synthesist, building his instrument meticulously to find the perfect combination of oscillators, sequencers, limiters and filters to create a system that allows him to create sounds that are surprising and inviting.

        His new album, ‘The Republic’, is Sam Prekop’s latest synthesizer work, following 2010’s ‘Old Punch Card’ and showcases Prekop’s talent for creating expressive music through mechanical patterns, repetitions and chance.

        Prekop’s innate gifts of melodic turns of phrase that have made him a revered songwriter are transferred into new forms in his synthesizer work, aided by the unpredictable melodic capabilities of analogue sequencers and ‘The Republic’ is an exciting new chapter in his development as an accomplished synthesist. ‘The Republic’ moves Prekop’s synthesizer compositions further into the realm of the accessible without abandoning the experimental legacy of the instrument.

        The first half of ‘The Republic’ consists of songs that were originally created as a score for a video installation of the same name by David Hartt which was shown at the David Nolan Gallery in New York.

        Although Prekop has primarily only performed synthesizer sets in Chicago, in part due to the extensive process of setting up and dismantling the instrument, he plans to perform works incorporating elements of ‘The Republic’ throughout the US and Europe in 2015.

        Sam Prekop is not only the singer and songwriter of The Sea And Cake but also a well respected painter and photographer.

        FORMAT INFORMATION

        LP Info: LP version pressed on virgin vinyl and packaged in a high gloss jacket with artworked innersleeve and free download coupon.

        CD Info: CD version in 4 panel mini-LP style gatefold package.

        Public Service Broadcasting

        The Race For Space

        Following the critical and commercial success of their debut album last year and 18 months' extensive touring and festival appearances, Public Service Broadcasting release their eagerly anticipated second album, 'The Race For Space'. Once again working with exclusive archive footage from the British Film Institute, the new record tells the story of the American and Soviet space race from 1957 - 1972 via the duo's eccentric mix of guitar-driven electronica, propulsive drumming and spoken word samples culled from this uniquely rich period of modern history.

        'The Race For Space' follows 'Inform - Educate - Entertain', Public Service Broadcasting's debut album which reached number 21 in the UK album charts and was nominated for 'Best Independent Album' at the AIM Awards 2013, as well as being The Guardian's Album of the Week and one of BBC 6Music's Top 10 albums of 2013.

        Short biog: Taking in archive material from a variety of sources the new album sees the corduroy-clad J. Willgoose, Esq. and his faithful drumming companion, Wrigglesworth, continue their mission statement to Inform, Educate & Entertain. Through both the record and their uniquely spell-binding live audio-visual ‘Transmissions’, audiences witness the band weave samples from these films around live drums, guitar, banjo and electronics, creating an array of diverse tracks. What emerges is, by turns, thrilling, moving, funny and powerful. The Independent’s Simon Price said of the band : “In their love of history, and their understanding of the dignity of the wartime generation, they remind me of British Sea Power, although Stereolab are closer sonically. PSB are progressive without the florid ornamentation of Prog, dense and complex with not a semiquaver wasted. It's an industrious, diligent sound, and, in the flesh, surprisingly danceable: slamming chemical beats accompanied by old cine footage, providing a peculiar opportunity to party to Pathe news”

        FORMAT INFORMATION

        LP Info: Standard black vinyl edition.

        Ltd LP Info: Indie exclusive heavyweight clear vinyl edition.

        Sigur Rós

        Von

          ‘Von’ is the debut album from Icelandic post rock band Sigur Ros, originally released in 1997.

          The sixth track consists of 18 seconds of silence and gave name to Sigur Rós’ official website, ‘eighteen seconds before sunrise’.

          The last track starts with six minutes and fifteen seconds of silence, then consists of a portion of ‘Myrkur’ played backwards, hence the name of ‘Rukrym’.

          Reissued here on heavyweight 180g double vinyl by XL Recordings.

          Includes a copy of the album on CD.

          The Bristol-based four-piece are the loudest, most abrasive band on Sonic Cathedral to date, and one who make a mockery of those articles that crop up every now and again asking if guitar music is dead. “If guitars are supposed to be dead,” wrote Drowned In Sound in their review of 2013’s ‘Hunge r’ EP, “it’s probably because Spectres have killed them.”

          They certainly find influences in all the best places: first album My Bloody Valentine, ‘Sister’-era Sonic Youth, the Loop of ‘Heaven’s End’, Swervedriver’s Creation-days desert-gaze, A Place To Bury Strangers’ total sonic annihilation and Royal Trux’s squalid noise on ‘Twin Infinitives’ to name just a few. The album opens with the ominous and unsettling white noise and dark found sounds of ‘Drag’ and is unrelenting for the next 50 minutes, taking in first single ‘Where Flies Sleep’, a re-recorded version of ‘The Sky Of All Places’, originally released early in 2014 as part of the Too Pure Singles Club, and ‘Sea Of Trees’, which was given away as a free download to attendees of Sonic Cathedral’s recent 10th anniversary show at the 100 Club in London.

          FORMAT INFORMATION

          Ltd LP Info: Smokey grey coloured vinyl house in a gatefold sleeve with download code.

          **LIMITED REPRESS OF ONE OF FACT MAGAZINE'S 'MOST IMPORTANT ALBUMS OF THE DECADE!!!** Now with new artwork...
          'Time. Traveller, as a subject of time, I would have you here, consider and (so) investigate. Pursue the markings made on time by the striking bells found here in this piece of art, sound art, music or whatever you wish to call it. Take a grandfather clock, as an imagined object of study here, in situ, in a hall, in it’s normal upright position. Observe the lower part of the casing. It extends considerably and reaches far upwards towards the top of the body, pointing up to a face of time. A child’s curiosity, at once fervid and controlled, will, on occasion, find itself held by this casing, this mass of undisturbed surface, only to be refused access to what moves within. So to behold the face, with it’s numbers and hands, divisions and colour. Not forgetting it’s rounded pendulum marking the tool’s measuring. And so watch. Yet the essential sound seems to come from the body along with the mystery and intrigue of the object. So here it is again, in its vastness and ominous tranquility. So now I suggest; unlock this front and be found inside this space. Go on. Rub your legs and winkle.’
          Dr Winkle.
          Writing inspired by the music contained in "Stopped Clock Chimes"


          STAFF COMMENTS

          Matt says: Excellent, atmospheric weirdness from Michael Holland's Ono label. Comprised entirely of sampled clock chimes, the level of intimacy, melancholy and introvert beauty contained within such a simple structure; is actually quite overwhelming. Now in 2015, after all the hype, label owner Michael offers up a small repress for anyone that missed it first time round. Essential.

          FORMAT INFORMATION

          Ltd CD Info: **LIMITED REPRESS OF ONE OF FACT MAGAZINE'S 'MOST IMPORTANT ALBUMS OF THE DECADE!!!**
          Limited, hand-stamped CD with art wrap-around inlay. Beautifully put together using recycled materials.

          Facsimile reissue of the White Dot album produced in 2007 by Steve Lyon. The man of many guises, this release follows on from from Bitter Minnow, Solar Powered Buddha and Power of Four, showcasing this genius from Leigh's more dreamscape, fun loving and celestial side. I personally love it when Steve goes on this angle, imagine a floatation device, instantly propelling you into a world of technicoloured dreams with a child like innocence. You could draw slight comparisons with Lemon Jelly, Adrian Sherwood or James Ferraro, but it's important to realize Steve got a sound all of his own, completely unique to the universe! Here we're treated to mangled snippets of AM frequency sound, collaged with nigh-on-epic guitar lines, organic instrumentation morphed with primitive synthesis and a delusional production aesthetic. Constantly traversing that tiny but infinite line of this dimension and the next. All in all - another wonderful trip from Steve and Ono! And, with credit to the label, as it gathers momentum and hype through both the physical and metaphysical world, Michael's keeping the artistic, hand-made credentials intact and keeping the releases at an affordable price for all. Excellent work gents! Most recommended.



          STAFF COMMENTS

          Matt says: I know I keep going on about the Ono imrint but we are mining sonic gold here folks! As Michael delves deeper into Lyon's audio goldmine we're coming across shiny diamonds of sound previously unknown to mankind!

          FORMAT INFORMATION

          Ltd CD Info: Fully recycled (and biodegradable) packaging of cardboard wraparound secured with an elastic band featuring inner artwork and insert. Limited to 50 copies for the world.

          John Zorn

          John Zorn's Olympiad - Vol. 1 Dither Plays Zorn

          In late ’70s and early ’80s Zorn presented yearly retrospectives of his game pieces at various Downtown venues. He called these events his Olympiads. This long awaited CD presents three of his classic pre-Cobra game pieces in multiple versions by the fabulous Brooklyn-based guitar quartet Dither. Here you will find the building blocks of Zorn’s trademark musical language—virtuosic extended techniques, surprising contrasts, fast group interaction and razor sharp changes. Featuring the first recording of Zorn’s legendary compositions Fencing and Curling these fabulous realizations will keep you on the edge of your seat from first note to last!


          John Zorn

          The Hermetic Organ Vol. 3 - St. Paul's Hall, Huddersfield

          Zorn’s organ improvisations are transcendent, inspiring, outrageous and ecstatic experiences, offering a direct line to the workings of his rich compositional imagination. In this performance, recorded live at the Huddersfield Contemporary Music Festival in 2013, Zorn creates a shockingly dramatic world of bizarre sonorities, spectral experimentation, hypnotic moods and stirring melodies. From first throbbing moment to last, this third volume documenting Zorn’s legendary organ recitals on majestic instruments around the world presents the power of organ music at its most surprising, extreme and sublime.

          'Cam 1', the first in an annual series, is a compilation album featuring a collection of some of the tracks played on the 'Cam o'r Tywyllwch' radio show during the first year. It is a taste of the some of the most interesting music created in Wales today, and is a mix of new artists such as Location Baked, Llion Swyd and Twlc together with those who have been creating experimental music for years such as Llwybr Llaethog, Lembo and Recordiau.

          The album's intention is to provide a platform for music that is often ignored in Wales, and to encourage and inspire more musicians and artists to create something similar.


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