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Lucy Duncombe

Brace / Mend

12th Isle quickly follow on from the double LP "Athenian Primitivism" by Christos Chondropoulos with two recordings from performance, voice and sound artist Lucy Duncombe. Cut to 10" vinyl and mastered by Morgan Buckley (Wah Wah Wino), "Brace / Mend" are collaborative works exploring an early musical fascination with theatrical vocal transposition and its duality with machinic interference and technologies. Lucy recently expanded upon this practice with a joint tape release with DJ Crud (Al White) entitled "THE RAPTURE OF CELLULAR ACCRETION". This limited run single continues 12th Isle's on-going relationship with musicians in their city of Glasgow.


Matt says:


A. Brace
B. Mend

ISLE011 is a collection of cassette recordings made in Athens by Christos Chondropoulos over the last five years. Coming from an avant-garde percussion background, Christos calls upon themes of ancient Greek folklore and musical tradition through a futurist lens depicting robotic societies in post-human harmony. He constructs worlds reminiscent of Marcello Giombini’s Mondial Folk series or Umiliani’s exoticised Omicron outings. By looking to the future rather than the far-off past, he builds upon these early instances of technologically charged cultural geography and presents an authentically Greek reading of a parallel Athenian basin. Where his last work for 12th Isle explored once-forbidden tunings and unplaceable tonalities, these recordings further expand on the artist’s simultaneous concern for heritage and imaginary projection. Across the final Side D, Chondropoulos explores themes of maternal love present across the album by working with local singer Sofia Sarri to record six piercing, beautiful acapella phrases.


A1. Desire As Love
A2. Disco Veduno
A3. Maternal
B1.The Turkish Bath
B2 Smile Again
B3. Future Basin
C1. Disco Bwaba
C2 .Blue Skin Dancer
D1. Abstraction
D2. The Remainder Of Abstraction
D3..Beneath The Statue
D5. The Most Peculiar Acquisition Of The Insects
D6 .Letter To Mother

New school kosmiche style guitar and synth studies by Baltimore native and veteran underground music figure Tarotplane (PJ Dorsey). Across four cold, motorik movements Dorsey builds upon previous outings for Aguirre, Lullabies For Insomniacs and VG+ on the discs A side, combining trademark lysergic keyboard swirls with a heavier rhythmic approach than usual. On the B, he delivers an extended swan song for 12th Isle's single figure catalog and aims his guitar towards the heart of the sun, kick-starting the labels busiest year to date.


Matt says: The 12th Isle school of sonic sorcery continues to yield highly combustible and esoteric elements. Tarotplane graduate from Hogworts with flying colours, ready to conduct us with a spell-bound ambience.


A1. Shatner's Bassoon
A2. Panther Walk
A3. Ritual Believer
A4. Ceramic Heartbreak
B1. Light Under Water / The Rescheduled Dream Delivery Service / Malaysian Forest / A Tiny Coven
B2. Light Under Water / The Rescheduled Dream Delivery Service / Malaysian Forest / A Tiny Coven
B3. Light Under Water / The Rescheduled Dream Delivery Service / Malaysian Forest / A Tiny Coven
B4. Light Under Water / The Rescheduled Dream Delivery Service / Malaysian Forest / A Tiny Coven

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