Hi there, everyone!
We’ve got some more random picks on sale for you this week, with the discounted prices being good through April 2nd or while supplies last.
Ultra Milkmaids – Oldies Volume 1 –Regularly $7.99, right now just $5.99
New on Manifold Records: Organic drift, rich drones and earthbound textures as only the Ultra Milkmaids can do. Oldies volume 1 is a compilation of the smoothest, milkiest rarities from out of print cassettes, vinyls and compilations, hand-picked from a vast library of possible works, we selected the lightest, most emotive selections of the ‘Maids audio diaspora. Witness these lost children, gathered here in one long, beautiful voice; ‘E.V.’ and ‘L.V’ from the Borray 12″, ‘Chicken In The Kitchen’ and ‘Lover Time remix’ from the Drone 7″, ‘Lou 1′ and ‘Lou 2′ from the 110 copy 7″ of the same name, also the mega-rare tracks ‘Ma Baker’, ‘Sti-Fell 1′, ‘Sti-Fell 2′, and ‘Byojorcklos’. One stunning work of beauty after another and taken as one interrupted trip, it becomes a warm, meditative traipse through brilliant light and color from start to finish. Artwork designed by Yann of the ‘Maids, the slightly surreal becomes everyday in sight and sound.
Z’EV – The Deep Path –Regularly $7.99, right now just $5.99
“A monumental album, three impressive tracks in which Stefan Joel Weisser, a.k.a Z’EV, legendary avantgarde experimental artist, master of percussions and live performer of worldwide fame, collects and exhibits all his bravest and incredible sonic solutions, mixing and alternating enormous, deep and sometimes exploding and devastating sound masses based on low frequencies, noisy metallic sounds, gong and cymbal stratifications… All channeled in resonant time tunnels, where every sonic element has infinite decay, entangled through suggestive cyclic echoes and reverberations mixing and completing with the other sonic weaves, for an absolutely unique listening experience.” -Silentes
LISTEN to a bit from this album.
Steve Roach – Origins –Regularly $14.99, right now just $9.99
Steve’s next solo after extensive touring in Europe and fruitful collaborations with Robert Rich and Suspended Memories. Primordial shamanic electronic music at its most powerful. Steve’s didgeridoo playing is woven throughout. Jorge Reyes appears as guest, and the hybrid trance grooves find a new level of potency infused by surreal soundworlds dripping with primordial sweat. Incredible liner note story by Linda Kohanov helps to set the mood. Perfect music to shake the primordial cage door loose and run outside.
LISTEN to “Clay, Wood, Bone, Dirt” from this album.
Troum – Objectlessness –Regularly $6.99, right now just $4.99
“There is a big gap between rational, verbal language and the pre-symbolic language of our emotional and unconscious mind. Music is perceived partly with our conscious mind, who can analyze it and reflect on it. On another part, it is perceived by our unconsciousness, by our primal consciousness that lies under the rational mind. The idea: Experimental music, especially that of a more droning character, can easier get in touch or be unconsciously connected with this primal state of mind. It is music that is linked with unconscious fantasies coming from a pre-verbal sphere of existence… the phase of life based on the dyadic interaction with the primal object, the mother. At this early stage, there’s no awareness existing of being a full separated Subject, and no other full separated Objects can be perceived. Inner and outer reality is the same. Spheric, droning, dissolving music is pointing unconsciously at this objectless sphere of existence. This release is dedicated to the idea of an especially formed pre-symbolic music. Artwork conception contain 4 cards and cover with art from english creator Pete Burn.”
– Faria Records
Jim Kirkwood – Tower of Darkness –Regularly $6.99, right now just $4.99
“Tower of Darkness’ is a fair representation of Jim Kirkwood’s work – eerie, Gothic, atmospheric and powerful all at once.”
— Reviewed by Stuart J. Harris
Various Artists – Okefenokee Dreams 2001 –Regularly $7.99, right now just $5.99
“OK, a history lesson first. In 2000 Vic Rek organised a meeting of Tangerine Dream fans at the Okefenokee swamp. During the event Free System Project and Dave Brewer improvised a superb set of music. This was released as ‘Okefenokee Dreams’. A year later the event was held again but this time Bill Fox as well as John Christian and Pete Ruczynski from AirSculpture joined in with the fun, all the musicians playing together on most of the tracks. What you get here on ‘Okefenokee Dreams 2001, is a selection of the best tracks from these sessions.The appropriately titled ‘Wildlife at the Okefenokee’ initially features what sounds like heavy breathing or even snoring (!) of some large animal. A looped vocal sample then informs us that this is ‘a great example of some of the wildlife here at Okefenokee’. It has to be one of the strangest starts to a CD that I can remember. A slow sequence comes to life and we settle down to more familiar territory. The sequence becomes more strident and a nice melodic lead line can be heard. A second excellent rapid sequence comes in mutating beautifully accompanied by spot on tron sounds and electric guitar lead line. Those people who wondered what the hell was going on at the beginning of the disc will now probably be in retro heaven.- wow! It is hard to think how this combination of sounds and pulsations can be bettered.”
–reviwed by DL at Synth Music Direct
Under the Dome – Wot No Colin? –Regularly $6.99, right now just $4.99
“This is one hell of a powerful CD! It combines tracks from both the Hampshire Jam 2 and National Space Center performances, played completely live without any pre-recorded backing. There are two new numbers plus the sequencer-dominated tracks from ‘The Demon Haunted World’ and ‘Bellerophon’, most of the pieces running into each other without a break. Indeed it is a sequencer fest to end all sequencer fests! If you are a fan of retro sequencer music, this CD is absolutely essential. If you haven’t tried Under The Dome before, this is an excellent place to start.” –Reviewed by DL at Synth Music Direct
Tomorrow’s Tuesday – The Glimmer Room –Regularly $7.99, right now just $5.99
“‘Every day I die for Your Body’ begins with mournful thick pads. A slow heavyish rhythm brings the track to life then two melodies start up weaving around each other. As the track progresses more melodies come and go. Many of the tracks use a similar formula though all have a unique character of their own. This is fantastic and amazingly infectious music, I loved every track. Nearly all the numbers will rhythmically get your whole body moving- its impossible to stay still. Rarely have I come across rhythms that are so irresistible. Above all it tries to be enjoyable and exciting – and succeeds. It’s a breath of fresh air!” –Reviewed by DL at Synth Music Direct