MAGIC MIX

avant . leftfield . post-rock . drone . experimental

WEEK STARTING 24 May

Genre pick of the week Cover of Anoyo by Tim Hecker.
Anoyo ('the world over there') draws from the same sessions with members of Tokyo Gakuso which led to the 2018 work Konoyo, but rendered starker, solemn, and stripped back, with more of a naturalist tint. Hecker’s processing here moves in veiled ways, soft refractions and whispered shrouds woven within improvisational sessions of traditional gagaku interplay, evoking a sense of vaulted space, temples at dawn, shredded silk fluttering in the rafters.

This is boldly barren music, skeletal and sculptural, shaped from wood, wind, strings, and mist. Modern yet ancient, delicate and desolate, Anoyo inverts its predecessor to compellingly conjure a parallel world of illusion, solitude, and eternal return. 


Experimental musician Rupert Clervaux releases his debut solo album "After Masterpieces" on Whities. The record features guest performances from saxophonist and trumpet player Eben Bull, singer Sian Ahern, and renowned experimental artist Anna Homler (aka Breadwoman) whose inimitable voice ushers us into the record’s opening prelude, and out of its redemptive final piece.

"After Masterpieces" sets six recitals of Rupert’s poetry in unique, unpredictable and expansive musical scenery. The enigmatic and densely compacted texts, reworked and gently honed throughout the album’s slow creation, find an aerial perspective from which a lifetime of reading, listening and thinking is carefully re-mapped. The broad thematic scope takes in aesthetics, ancient mythologies, the origins of language and music, epistemology and ecology, to name just a few, all of which remain tightly intertwined, resistant to abstraction, and imbued with a sense of inquisitive ambiguity which treats all certainty with suspicion: the listener is invited to find their own threads, draw their own conclusions and think their own thoughts - as Anna Homler once aptly said of her own work, '…it’s not didactic, it’s poetic.'

Initially deriving its impetus from the mood and rhythm of the words, the album’s music utilises a wide-array of performance and production techniques. Clervaux draws on his full range of musical interests, creating long-form pieces that at turns support the recitals and then lead the way for the instrumental swathes within and between them. The sounds of "After Masterpieces" revolve through the melodic ambience of "Her Fingers of Pink Light"; the dark electronics and multi-layered samples of "In Shadowlands of Like and Likeness"; the tentative interplay of piano and voice on "Damper and Drum"; and the riff-like patterned percussion and free improvisation of "Make Nature Speak.". As the LP draws to a close, Homler and Bull join Rupert on "L’amore che Muove il Sole" - a sprawling anti-hymn, echoing the structure of "The Divine Comedy", which discovers, in place of Dante’s heavenly paradise, a fragile optimism for positive change in the wreckage of failed grand narratives.


FORMAT INFORMATION

2xLP Info: Full colour picture sleeve, booklet, printed rubber obi - well fancy!

The Comet Is Coming

Channel The Spirits


    “Great fire will fall from the sky, the cause will appear both stupefying and marvellous. Very soon after, the earth will tremble. ” The arrival of The Comet as prophesised by Nostradamus. And the earth did tremble.

    Our saviours Danalogue The Conqueror , Betamax Killer (both Soccer96 ) and King Shabaka (Sons Of Kemet, The Ancestors ) bestowed upon us their debut album Channel The Spirits on April 1st 2016 CE. From simpler times, this was a prophetic document. A celeb ration. The beginning of the end.

    For those recent converts, here is Channel The Spirits (Special Edition) . Here is the universe in a microcosm; the life-force distilled down to its raw essence : sex and dancing. Here is a package that includes the debut Prophecy EP from 2015CE. Here are three previously unheard tracks: the fabled Ancient Tapes.



    FORMAT INFORMATION

    Ltd LP Info: Black vinyl repress.

    2xDeluxe CD Info: SPECIAL EDITION 2CD VERSION OF ACCLAIMED, MERCURY SHORTLISTED ALBUM.

    Earth

    Full Upon Her Burning Lips

      Commemorating thirty trips around the sun as one of metal’s most monolithic bands, Earth release their ninth studio album, Full Upon Her Burning Lips. A purge of the embellishment and panache from previous releases, Full Upon Her Burning Lips intimates Earth’s commitment to the minimalism of their primordial days.

      Deconstructing the tried-and-true dynamic consisting of Dylan Carlson on guitar and bass and Adrienne Davies on drums and percussion, Full Upon Her Burning Lips taps into the Platonic ideal of Earth—an incarnation of the long running band bolstered by the authority of purpose, where every note and every strike on the drum kit carries the weight of the world. In addition to scaling back the flourishes of their hulking, drone-driven opuses, Full Upon Her Burning Lips was composed sans narrative, relying instead on their collective subconscious to hone in on the overarching muse as the songs developed.

      The record was engineered, mixed, and mastered by long time associate Mell Dettmer at Studio Soli. Showcasing Carlson’s sepia-toned Bakersfield Sound guitars and Davies’ death knell drums, Full Upon Her Burning Lips mines for the expressive, nuanced, and tonally rich components of Earth’s arsenal of sound. And indeed, anyone that’s followed Earth on their journey will bask in the unadulterated hums, throbs, and reverberations conjured by Carlson and Davies.

      “I feel like this is the fullest expression and purest distillation of what Earth does since I re-started the band,” Carlson says in reflection of Full Upon Her Burning Lips. And indeed, anyone that’s followed Earth on their journey will bask in the unadulterated hums, throbs, and reverberations conjured by Carlson and Davies.

      FORMAT INFORMATION

      2xColoured LP Info: Limited to 500 copies on Crimson / Black Galaxy vinyl.

      2xColoured LP includes MP3 Download Code.

      Epic45

      Sun Memory

        The songs on this collection are a paean to youthful summers spent in deep countryside or on the Welsh coast, early tape recording experiments on quiet afternoons, memories of Grandparents’ houses and daydreaming on long car journeys. The track ‘Penarth’, originally intended to be featured on Through Broken Summer, is featured twice; the second, a dreamlike reinterpretation by Antony Harding aka July Skies. Antony also contributed organ and synth layers to ‘Carnival ‘88’. ‘Sun Memory II’ is an alternate edit of the Through Broken Summer song and features another collaboration with Spc Eco vocalist, Rose Berlin with bonus synth texture from Dean Garcia (Curve). This ep acts as both a consolidation of previous concerns and a partial signifier to the next phase

        Steve Moore

        Beloved Exile

          Beloved Exile is the new studio full-length by Steve Moore, his first non-soundtrack album in over five years, and his first for Temporary Residence Ltd. A prevalent figure of the modern synth era, Moore cofounded the influential synth-prog duo, Zombi, and has scored more than a dozen feature films and TV shows, including The Guest, Crunch Time, and Mayhem. Composed and produced by Steve Moore in his home studio in upstate New York, Beloved Exile is a collaboration with internationally-renowned Tunisian singer-songwriter Emel Mathlouthi, visionary harpist Mary Lattimore, and veteran percussionist Jeff Gretz. Drawing influences from vintage ambient synth libraries, New Age/spiritual music, and menacing horror film canon, Beloved Exile proves to be simultaneously exquisite and deceptively unsettling. It is appropriate, then, that a literary treasure like John Darnielle (The Mountain Goats), would provide the song and album titles – his masterful mind most fitting to put moniker to this mercurial triumph. 

          FORMAT INFORMATION

          Coloured LP Info: Limited edition Crystal Clear w/ Pink Streaks colored vinyl

          Emily A. Sprague

          Water Memory / Mount Vision

          Emily A. Sprague’s "Water Memory" and "Mount Vision" albums are presented in new and complete detail. Emily’s work concerns the connectedness of all things, giving living, core form to the mysterious forces that guide earthly activity and human contact with them. Memory and vision, ocean and mountains, question and answer, emotions and infinity. Sunshine, lizard, sea salt. Through sound and poetry, Emily focuses on fleeting moments of crystalline clarity and meditates on expanded lifetimes of intricate meaning-making. This vision is unfalteringly beautiful, gently profound. But, as Ursula K. Le Guin intuits in her translation of the Tao Te Ching, “In poetry, beauty is no ornament; it is the meaning. It is the truth.”

          A collection of reflections are visible in the mirrored structures of Water Memory and Mount Vision, two chapters - two halves - each complemented by a written verse. As much about the presence in youthful experimentation as the permanence of transition and maturation, Water Memory is the first long-form instrumental music Emily ever channeled, generated over a year of self and sonic exploration between Massachusetts and New York.

          Water Memory unfolds like a collection of ancient affirmations; at times playful, even illusive, but always glittering and real. The meaning, like the sight, is aqueous - never too solid, nonetheless substantial. Each verse is intentionally titled: “A Lake” is perhaps an exclamation (‘look - a lake!’), an invitation to break its cool glass surface into ripples with your body, float on its skin, observe the inhabitants of its province - birds circling, insects chirping, its own patch of sky just being blue, endlessly. It is nameless, unpossessed, and contained.

          “Water Memory 1” is woven from cyclical, melodic phrases riding on wistful tides. “Water Memory 2” is its expanded twin, combining coastal sound with a free-flowing, synthesized drone and simple, improvisatory held notes seemingly resonating from behind a falling water facade. “Dock” is a liminal space between water and earth, human structure decaying into nature, singing with an alto, organelle voice. And “Your Pond,” is childlike minutiae looped sweetly, a gift now belonging.

          By contrast, Mount Vision was conceived in a smaller window of time than its predecessor, the pure residue of intense emotional build up during a period of self-healing and unguarded reflection. Composed and captured in Northern California, the body of Mount Vision is a trio of synthesizer pieces; deeply grounded compositions of extended tones trilling into the ether.  Between them is a “Piano” pair, two pieces which loop portions of a lilted phrase augmented by, in “Piano 1,” almost invisible, synthesized strands, and in “Piano 2,” field recordings of birds. “Huckleberry” is the most textured of entry in this compendium, embodying flickering activity of miniscule worlds, a vivid description of environment.

          Though undeniably the product of potent emotional experience, Mount Vision is a vision of newness, of soul convalescence. It leaves off where its poetic complement ends, “next time.” Not so much an utterance of regret, but the invocation of a new phase, always with respect to the last, a pattern that eternally visits. Emily’s mission on this planet may be facilitating - or illuminating - the correspondence between innermost knowledge and intelligent nature, and Water Memory / Mount Vision are most certainly monumental documents along this sharing path.


          Technics

          Roll Top Record Bag

            Stylish multi-functional, roll top backpack from Technics which is both extremely practical & also very cool looking.

            Great as the “go to” DJ bag for your vinyl, laptop, headphones & associated accessories but also highly suitable as an everyday backpack, carry-on luggage and lifestyle bag.

            • Holds up to 30 x 12” Vinyl Records (25 with laptop)
            • Padded laptop compartment (compatible up to 15.6")
            • Main compartment / Laptop compartment
            • External zipped pocket / accessory pouch
            • Tough 600D Polyester Fabric
            • Weight 550g / Dimensions 32 x 44 x 13cm
            • Padded adjustable shoulder straps
            • Adjustable clasp closure
            • Sturdy grab handle
            • Padded back & base panels
            • Official Technics Merchandise

            Emotional Response becomes the latest label to link up with DJ soFa, presenting "Elsewhere LVI", the 4th instalment of soFa's weird and wavy series. This double LP takes us to the darker side of the "Elsewhere" ouvre, via another 12 artist / 12 track travelogue.

            Conveying a seriously retro-futurist vibe, this is club music for the open minded. An album that roams from dreamy ambient territories to rhythmic patterns - internationalism for the adventurous DJ.
            Rusty slow-mo bangers and post-industrial synth-wave kidnap the listener to a dystopic and shady wasteland. Elements of ethnic folk, vintage vocoders and Gamelan samples all united on one homogeneous selection.
            With artists now known to welcoming new brethren, this is an audio trip to leave reality behind. Exotic, hypnotic, tactile, trance-inducing meditations, washed down with a spoonful of magick.


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