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Cold Electric Fire - The Alchemist (2CS)
"This stunning collection chronicles the short, reclusive recording life of my favorite NC-based ambient project Cold Electric Fire. The material was recorded between 1998 and 2003, in the side room of a small house in Hillsborough, NC (e.g. the country) The material was done on 4-track. I've still never seen anything like the patience Gary had with this recording technique. He essentially mixed to stand-alone CD-burner and back onto 4-track thousands of times per track, and did so with an obsessive amount of care with regard to the EQ work and how the frequencies sat. Over the years (as you'll hear if you listen to the full collection) his foresight regarding where sounds would sit entered a realm that can without hyperbole be called visionary. Aside from a few embarrassing bits on the first album, this material all resoundingly stands the test of time. I released the first CDr, on my ill-prepared but good-hearted label Sacred Sound, in 2001. The second came out on real CD via Crionic Mind in 2002, and the final material remained unreleased until this collection came together in 2018." - Jason Crumer
Amanda R. Howland - Spider, Milk, Batshit, Silence
"Amanda R. Howland recorded Spider, Milk, Batshit, Silence using all the gear in her living room. The summer sessions were no good, so she recorded again in October and November, always very late at night. The sounds come from the same world as Howland’s fiction and describe the encounters of a woman and her frightening, hypnotic teacher. They sit face-to-face in the hot dusty attic of a bungalow occult shop. The windows are covered with translucent white plastic. Later, the woman searches for her mentor in the basement of the house. The basement is stacked with filthy dented boxes from some long-gone family. The woman finds her teacher in a far corner by a door. They succumb to a circle of golden fascination in the coal room."
Howard Stelzer - A Strange Object Covered With Fur Which Breaks Your Heart
"Instead of songs that reach towards the stratosphere, I wanted to write music that described closed spaces. I wanted to preserve the intimacy of small rooms and whispered, half-awake conversations. Of dissolving dreams and dissipating clouds. I wanted to make music that drew in listeners (allow me my ego-gratifying delusion that these people exist) with subtly melodic lines and rounded textures. The compositions on 'A Strange Object…' are intentionally simpler and more sparse than my usual. The cracks are exposed. All four songs together create a brittle and (to me, anyway) blithely serene atmosphere. They won’t leave anyone exhausted by the end. To me, these are just enjoyable songs. " - Howard Stelzer
Forest Management - Biqui
“1881. Poet and painter Rudolphe Salis invited a bunch of artists, musicians, performers, writers, satirist and intellectuals to his apartment in Montmartre, Paris. This became a weekly ritual with more and more people attending the party until it eventually spread next door. Of course funding such events got expensive, so Salis began selling drinks. What began as a party became a business, what Salis called a cabaret -- a medieval word meaning wine cellar or tavern.”
Fecalove - Anal Lobotomy
Harsh noise with some anal themes, I think. Idk. Definitely has the harsh noise part.
Soaplands - s/t
The dudes from 2 Dead Sluts, 1 Good Fuck switching things up.
Vanessa Rosetto - Fashion Tape
"the clearest vision in modern experimental music. VR gives us another unassailable mixture of gallery schmaltz and diner grit. utter masterpiece by one of america's best, presented without hyperbole" - jason crumer
Apologist - Houston
"The model of punitive justice that my generation has adopted does not suit me. This tape is about me refusing to be angry. Last passover, i was drugged and raped in Houston, Texas. This compelled me to finish recordings i had been working on for over two years. Ethically and ideologically, i believe it is better to use the full weight of your experiences to create, rather than to exact meaningless vengeance."
Lady Shame - Problem Child II
"Problem Child II" is a lonesome yet defiant sophomore release from Lady Shame. It's willfully disorienting, recorded in a time of personal upheaval directly following a cross-country move; it never allows the listener to find footing. There are flashes of clarity where an illusion of a rhythm appears but lasts no longer than a couple of head nods or foot taps before the listener finds themselves back in the implacable fuzz. "
Koufar - My Name Is My Name
Mack's going all out on this one. The delayed, affected vocals make an appearance on some tracks, as do more straightforward, though bloodcurdling screams. The sounds are thick and monstrous, and samples from shows like The Wire and True Detective abound. Intensely personal, Mack's doing power electronics in a way no one else is currently.
Muyassar Kurdi - Traveling
Vocals and experimentation, roving improvisations featuring New York experimentalists Muyassar Kurdi (obviously) and Nicholas Jozwiak. Cello and bass dot the pieces, and Kurdi's phonetic details provide welcome additions. A meditation on movement, change, and perserverence.