Weekly Sale: The Circular Ruins, Machinefabriek, Off The Sky, and More

We’ve slashed the prices on another round of random picks at the SOUNDSWIM store this week, with the sale prices being good through March 4th or for as long as these items remain in stock!

Machinefabriek – Dubbeltjes –Regularly $10.99, right now just $7.99


“This album from Machinefabriek is a collection of tracks released in small editions or in compilations so they were, in some sense, collector’s items. As he write in the press notes the “short playing time formats […] are great to work with” as he can “experiment with and to create really focused, cristalised pieces”. In fact, rather to be a classic compilation, full 3-inch cdr or 7″ are entirely included as they are constructed as a single piece developed in movements; however they are not constructed with a complex structure but with an almost ascetic economy of means so they sound like complex pop songs. The gentle guitar notes of “Huiswerk1″ introduce the listener in a sonic world where electronic is not a synonym for coldness while “Huiswerk2″ is subtler in his use of sparse noises. “Hilary” and “Jeffery” are focused on the manipulation of trombone’s recordings but, while the first is more drone oriented, the second depicts a quiet soundscape. “Ontrafelde Tonen 1″, “Ontrafelde Tonen 2″ and “Ontrafelde Tonen 3″ are mainly focused on voice and field recordings and they reveals a parallel between tones of the voices and the resonances of the recordings. “My Funny Valentine” and “Oh Doctor Jesus” are reinterpretation of jazz classic done with an almost romantic mood. “Ax” and “Eeuw” are soundscapes developed from loops and sparse notes. “Danse Des Loops” closes this release, as the title suggests, with rhythmic knits constructed by the loops and colored by samples.” -chaindlk.com

Pete Namlook & Bill Laswell – Outland –Regularly $14.99, right now just $11.99

Limited stock, while they last!

Because FAX label items are sometimes collectible, and we often get emails asking which version we have to sell, please note that the copies of Outland we’re selling are catalog number AW022, and the cover depicted above is the correct version. The copies are new and never played, but they are not shrinkwrapped (that’s how we received them from the label).

Off the Sky – The Geist Cycles –Regularly $7.99, right now just $5.99

Offthesky returns with a fascinating set of experimental ambiances, acoustic and glitchy rhythmic excusions The Geist Cycles project began as a series of live sonic collaborations via Lexington (KY, USA) artists interacting to interpret an idea of life in transit to afterlife. The takes were later studio swept and fabricated with various piano arrangements and custom rhythmic texture. After repeated post-studio live performances, the tracks evolved into their current iteration.

Ben Fleury-Steiner – Chroma –Regularly $8.99, right now just $6.99

Whereas Ben’s release …To Reach the other Shore is soft and soothing, Chroma is decidedly eerie and unsettling. Dark sounds swirl around echoing voices on “Threadborn in My Eye.” Things turn even more melancholic and foreboding on “An Unspoken Domesticity.” The music is as delicate throughout Chroma as it is ascetic. It plays like the soundtrack to a chilling low-key psychological thriller. Even the more delicate selections like “Moths in a Cube” have a certain uneasiness about them, beautiful though they are. “Paper of Cells” has lightly churning water and loads of atmospheric synth textures emerging from the misty fog. Odd samples toward the end are fascinatingly disturbing, or disturbingly fascinating. Experimentation abounds, as on the brief abstract “Static Quickens to a Flicker.” Water returns on “In Circumstance of Weather,” though low rumbling drones are the main sound. If you like dark organic works by Robert Rich, Steve Roach, Steven Philips, Lustmord and others, you will feel right at home. The “lightest” track is the closer, “A Period Without Words,” but even this merely raises you perhaps halfway up the Marianas Trench, still a long way from the surface. Chroma is certain enjoyment for the adventurous. -PHIL DERBY Electroambientspace

“With this release, Fleury-Steiner continues to generate soothing tuneage that drifts high overhead. The ethereal electronic textures are mingled with softly mechanical buzzings and almost subliminal whirs, evoking a remote machine presence creeping up on the audience. The deviations from track to track are very subtle, usually found within the faint embellishments that surface and sink throughout the elongated refined droning. Sparsely dressed tuneage such as this leaves little room for the mind to focus on any part of the music, existing primarily as a minimal backdrop for whatever the listener chooses to do while playing the CD.”

Forrest Fang – Animism –Regularly $8.99, right now just $5.99

“On his ninth album, Animism, Chinese-American musician Forrest Fang creates a diverse musical style that fuses timeless Fourth World acoustic instruments with a modern fractal ambient sound. Inspired by the ancient belief that all living and inanimate forms possess a spirit or life force, Fang has composed eight pieces that radiate with energy and warmth.

Besides acoustic and electric violins and mandolins, he embellishes his atmospheric textures with melodies and polyrhthms from stringed and percussion instruments such as the Turkish lavta, Peruvian bandurria, Filipino kulintang, Mexican cantaro and Balinese kendang.

Animism is a celebration of life’s internal rhythms and their ultimate path to rest.” -projekt.com

Andrew Liles – My Long Accumulating Discontent –Regularly $7.99, right now just $5.99

“This CD is in places more melodic than Liles’ previous output and its 17 tracks cover a wide musical territory. Some songs are short and harmonious, other pieces are longer, subtle and contemplative with drifting delicate drones.” -andrewliles.com

The Circular Ruins – Empathy Test –Regularly $7.99, right now just $5.99

Rhythmic ambient excursions : deep, complex and beautiful

“The term quality electronica is often misused as the positive effects of the music are soon lost, but here is a true find that should satisfy the most demanding of audiophiles.” – Philly : Modern Dance magazine

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