We’ve price-slashed some great Databloem/DataObscura items for you this week to just $6.99 each! The low prices are good through March 11th or while items remain is stock.
Nunc Stans – Night Vision –Regularly $8.99, right now just $6.99
Nunc Stans produces a frost-flecked music that has about it a healthy flux of thermal energy, as of ice warmed by sun. It also comes heavy with an air of melancholia, an almost-alienation engendered by a sense of insignificance in the face of the overwhelming void. -Alan Lockett, Igloo mag
Lammergeyer – Borders & Barrens (cdr) –Regularly $8.99, right now just $6.99
Sonic explorations of isolation, distances, and landscapes. The fourth Lammergeyer release.
Borders & Barrens follows the same general style as previous Lammergeyer releases, delving even deeper into sonic explorations of isolation, distance, and the mood of landscapes. The scene is coastlines, misty headlands, desolate marshes, barren moors and their mysterious solitude. The music is richly atmospheric, studded with inventive detail and drawn-out, almost subconscious melodies. It is a music with underlying emotion, and is a journey not to be missed. (Press Release)
“Anthony Paul Kerby, the man behind Lammergeyer and The Circular Ruins, is, I think, one of the most interesting and consistent musicians working in the area of contemporary ambient music today….”
–Reviewed by Warren Punshon – Synth Music Direct
“On Borders and Barrens (56’17”), Lammergeyer is working without much in the way of rhythm. This work often contains a pulse, but no apparent beat to carry it along. Instead, the pieces are advanced by a uniquely designed torrent of sound. Each brief and well-conceived track is captivating as multiple layers of sound, moving at different rates, rush into the listening space. The layers ebb and flow and new tones eventually overlap and replace the core. A great sense of space is achieved when the strong harmonic currents dwindle down to a trickle. Although the impressionistic Ambient works on Borders and Barrens offer little in the way of overt audible cues to determine their inspiration or meaning, the listener is left with a distinctive sense of the natural world. Far from being categorized as an “environmental” album, this work somehow manages to conjure up a sense of the majestic macrocosm of the wilderness regions of our planet. Maybe it’s the traces of pastoral melodies or the pumping pressure of the shifting atmosphere that places the listener at the center of the verdant sonic sphere. Gloomier tracks possess an ominous undercurrent as they visit a less friendly outland of conflicting overtones and darkening climate. It is this fluctuating range of experiences that engages the nocturnal wilds of the submerged mind.” –Chuck van Zyl (STAR’S END) – September 2005
The Circular Ruins – The Alchemy Concert –Regularly $9.99, right now just $6.99
The Circular Ruins live from the Atmostreams web broadcast of June 2004. An alchemical mix of rhythms, ambience, and leads. Electronic Music realized in a live performance often possesses a quality unattainable in studio works. In the practiced spontaneity of live improvisation, what is played next really matters as one cannot go back and recapture any given moment once it has past. On The Alchemy Concert (69’20”) by The Circular Ruins (Anthony Paul Kerby), the music was created live before an unseen Internet audience. Even though the eight tracks are each a work unto itself, the album provides a coherent listening experience. The overall mood of The Alchemy Concert is pretty mellow. Beats and rhythms are introduced slowly and provide a soft foundation upon which calm and silvery synthesizer pads float. Choices in the way of timbre and tonality reveal an artist who can trace his heritage back to the chillout room – where perceptions vary with the individual. The compositions themselves seem to have a basic structure, around which Kirby adds the motion of melody, harmony and spacey effects. This album centers on calm and friendly sonic fantasies but does offer contrasting sounds with the occasional darkening air castle or cross modulation. These moments add a small amount of nonconformity and uncertainty to the overall experience, which is ultimately less about music than it is state of mind. -databloem.com
Danny Kreutzfeldt – Counterperipheral –Regularly $9.99, right now just $6.99
Brooding industrial atmospheres, and deep dubby beats. Very thoughtful and highly addictive. If one needs a soundtrack to impending fall that works excellent on the headphones as well, there’s plenty of reasons to get acquainted with Danny Kreutzfeldt. If one is to define the music on Counterperipheral, one senses Kreutzfeldt is an admirer of german Pole, whose crackling glitches, slow cinematic pulsations and cropped up silences to some extent is repeated on this album. But rather than copying Pole´s formulas, Kreutzfeldt reinvents them through his own industrial sensibilty. The dubby warmth of the german is almost nonexistant in these tracks, whose soundscapes, resounding metallic pulsations and crackling effects seem to describe large, empty and windy cities with starlight sharp as ice picks. Had Fritz Lang still lived to make movies, Kreutzfeldt could, in other words, have been an excellent provider of the soundtracks. If the above description gives the impression that the music of Counterperhiperal is static and heartless, you’d better think again. On the contrary Kreutzfeldt, on long, panoramic tracks such as “Cloud” and “Channel”, which both last for more than fifteen minutes, is pretty skilled at keeping the interest going through dicreet musical changes and delicately placed details, that seem to cross in and out of focus. On top of that, the sound has a surprisingly organic character. Sure, it’s digitally treated and generated, but Kreutzfeldt´s ability to use errors constructively and create spacious sensations does make one feel the human presence behind the keyboard. A presence, which is more likely to sigh than scream through the massive alienated, industrial moods, that are being conjured. Actually the album appears to be describing a sort of inner autumn – an atmosphere, which is both pleasant and scary to be absorbed by. Counterperipheral is the sort of record, that relates to the coldness and apocalypse through a kind of stoic, elevated tranquility. Because of that it etches itself into your memory despite its discreet mode of expression. -databloem.com
SGNL_FLTR – Chrono –Regularly $8.99, right now just $6.99
After years of signaling, filtering, phasing, delaying, decaying, compressing, compromising, changing, arranging, changing, rearranging, adding, removing, accepting, denying, deleting, rendering, considering, forgetting, remembering, reconsidering, choosing and compiling, this is it. However, an empty duration as a naked prefix of random time is all this is, until you make my time yours and relate the position of the prefix to the duration of you.
All tracks by Danny Kreutzfeldt during 2002-2006. Guidance and good intensions provided sporadically by my friends with a special mentioning of Dennis Knopper.
Sgnl_Fltr – Vebra –Regularly $8.99, right now just $6.99
The album opens with “Nomo”, which jumps right in to a stuttering rhythm and heavy punchy bass. Very modern and edgy stuff, yet altogether accessible. “Pranka” slows things down but remains firmly rooted in synthetic electronics, with soft shuffling percussion and more bass. “Empak” is a brief abstract piece with little clicks and wind-like synths whooshing by. “Glacion” has an appropriately chilly feel, a la Biosphere with sparse drones and effects. “Run-Ra” stomps steadily along with a nice bit of crunchiness, for lack of a better word. “Lono” moves semi-spastically along, with quirky pulses carrying a wide variety of sound samples along for the enjoyable ride. It is equal parts Spyra, Pete Namlook, and similar sources of intelligent electronica. Each track is an experiment, a blank canvas to which a sonic abstract painting is applied. “Nkuh” saves the best for last, moving at a moderate clip in a cool groove, abruptly bringing Vebra to its conclusion. -databloem.com
Jason Corder & Opium – thepresentday –Regularly $8.99, right now just $6.99
“Drones and ethnic elements are interwoven with percussive minimalism to create a flowing long-form work of seven fascinating movements.” –cdbaby.com