After a short break, we’re back this week with another of our “One and Two Copy” sales, which means we’re price-cutting items we only have 1-2 copies left of on our shelves. Markdowns are good through June 3rd or while supplies last!
Yannick Franck & Pietro Riparbelli – Whinny Muir –Regularly $10.99, right now just $8.99
A singular long, deep moving, slow and expansive drone-track, built on always changing sonic masses, low frequencies, strong electric-electronic sounds, field recordings, feedback, buzzes, hisses, rough distortion, fading organ chords, cellos and orchestral parts. Alternation of progressive crescendos, ambiental pauses, sudden, dramatic and catchy dynamic shocks. An evolving and extraordinary trip through an obscure sonic journey, convincingly assembled by Italian Pietro Riparbelli (K11, PT-R) and Belgian Yannick Franck (Y.E.R.M.O., Idiosyncrasia).
“Fantastic one-tracker collab. that celebrates the beauty of shimmering & overtunic drones !! Melancholic majestic sounds that are sometimes near to the border to noise, sometimes move into very subtle fields, with organ-like sounds at the end. Really great, highly recommended for any Drone-lover-boy or girl !!!”
Gnome & Spybey – Beyond Willie’s Place–Regularly $9.99, right now just $7.99
“Mark Spybey’s been having his way with rhythm and noise for so long that the motifs he’s ascribed over the years are practically commonplace amongst the novice post-industrialist, or hell, the post-whatever. His is a sound that summons any number of nocturnal beasties from the ether. Throughout the last 25-plus years, he’s plied his trade and remarkable sonic mojo both solo and in the company of many a forward-thinking electronic engineer. His collaborators include cEvin Key, Eric Pounder, Jean-Yves Theriault, Jarboe, Mick Harris, Martin Atkins, James Plotkin, Mark Nugent, Orphx, Phil Western, David Wright, Zev Asher, Darryl Neudorf, Ryan Moore, Niels van Hoorn, Kinder Atom, Evolution Control Committee, Chris Connelly and others. It’s as Dead Voices On Air, however, that some of his most startling ideas emerge fully-realized and fully-armed; of course, to hear Spybey tell it, once art leaves the nest it’s up to (once again) the recipient to assume the role of engager: “My work is created in isolation from external references. That is the ideal I strive for. Only in this way is it possible to allow the listener an opportunity to create their own understanding of the music, or, as the artist Joseph Beuys once said, ‘One should resort to interpretation only in an emergency.’”
Hall of Mirrors – Reflections on Black –Regularly $10.99, right now just $8.99
Reflections On Black is HALL OF MIRRORS’ first album: a dark transmission from the hearts and minds of AMON and NIMH. Instruments used to make these sounds were constant companions of the artists for days-on-end. This document utilizes an immense range of synthesizers and obscure electronic equipment. Complex compositions created with various sequencers, backing tapes, field recordings, electric guitar, and masterful audio processing techniques, combined with expert assembly (mixing/digital editing). With “Reflections in Black”, AMON and NIMH redefines the genre of dark ambient music. A definite buy for fans of Lustmord and darker/gothic atmosphere. Isolationistic music for midnight rituals. Post-millennium soundscapes. Intensely foreboding… Like watching storm coluds gather on a late summer night. Darkest beauty personified. silentes.it
Mathias Grassow – Elixir –Regularly $9.99, right now just $7.99
“ELIXIR was composed in the mid 90’s and re-mastered in 2006. Three Long-form ambient drone tracks made with various synths, mixes and samples.” –databloem.com
Todd Fletcher – Star –Regularly $10.99, right now just $7.99
Star is a set of hot desert ambience from Todd Fletcher. He is based in Phoenix, AZ, so it is a natural that he performs in that style of e-music. And Steve Roach produced Fletcher’s first album, Byzantiuym, so the influences, however subtle, are there. (There is no producer credit on this CD, so it is safe to assume that Fletcher produced the album himself.) Fletcher has a unique minimalist style that lends itself to desert ambience and arid soundscapes. The atmospheres create subtle rhythms that allow the soundworld to shape itself and to flow naturally. Deep listeners will feel the angst and loneliness of the barren desert landscape. The wide-open atmospheres envelop and abandon listeners evenly. This is a deep journey not to be taken alone or lightly. As with all desert ambience, especially American desert ambience, comparisons to Roach are inevitable and valid. Listeners who get beyond the similarities are in for a treat. This hard-to-get classic is essential. -allmusic.com
Lustmord – Dark Matter –Regularly $14.99, right now just $9.99
Derived from an audio library of cosmological activity collected between 1993 and 2003. It was gathered from various sources including NASA (Cape Canaveral, Ames, The Jet Propulsion Laboratory and Arecibo), The Very Large Array, The National Radio Astronomy Observatory and various educational institutions and private contributors throughout the USA –lustmord.com
“Brian Williams first made reference to Dark Matter back in 2001, and even then it was “long-delayed.” The album’s concept is still promising 15 years later: music made from recordings of deep space and cosmic activity between 1993 and 2003, collected from a variety of sources, including NASA. What does deep space sound like? It’s foreboding and impossibly huge, enveloping and empty all at once. In other words, it sounds like a Lustmord record, albeit a near-impenetrable one that makes his previous albums sound like a walk in the park.” –Andrew Ryce
Lull – Like a Slow River –Regularly $12.99, right now just $7.99
Like a Slow River is a work characterized by sharp and minimal atmospheres, but also dark, cold and huge, such as big bodies of ice which slowly move, carried by an endless river. The five compositions of Like a Slow River” reach the high expectations of the previous works, such as “Cold Summer”, “Continue” and the “Murder Ballads” trilogy with Martin Bates. With no doubt, this is the coldest and darkest work ever composed by this pioneer of industrial-ambient music. You all will be led to the oblivion of your existence….the freezing darkness of this glacial night is going to come down on your bodies and minds….you’ll fall in your deepest sleep with the far echo of glacial runnings….
Daniel Menche – Static Burn –Regularly $8.99, right now just $6.99
Constructions created with crude analog and digital treatments of tortured electronics, destroyed voices, raw materials and one old forgotten song.
Desiderii Marginis – Thaw –Regularly $10.99, right now just $8.99
“Of the Swedish wave of Dark Ambient acts from the 1990s, Desiderii Marginis is one of the few still active and definitely one of the finest. Desiderii Marginis has created and developed its own unique sonic palette merging digital and analogue: melancholic electronica with electroacoustic elements and intravenous rhythms. Over the course of 20 years, Johan Levin released 7 full-length albums (Cold Meat Industry, Cyclic Law, Kaosthetik Konspiration). His latest offering entitled “Thaw” compiles the compilation appearances and adds 3 tracks from the “Lost Signals From Unknown Horizons” split (Beast Of Prey, 2004). On the one hand, it is simply a collection of rare tracks, but, on the other, it may serve a purpose of a “best of” album. With the chronology unaltered, it gives you the full picture of the project and its progress. It is a history lesson of the last 20 years in sonic melancholia of Desiderii Marginis.” -coldspring.co.uk
Francisco Lopez – Wind [Patagonia] –Regularly $9.99, right now just $7.99
Wind [Patagonia] is the third part of Spanish sound artist Francisco López’s already classic trilogy of the Americas” which started with La Selva, followed by Buildings [New York] (both released by V2 Archief, Netherlands).
An immersion into the sonic matter from micro- and macro- environments dominated by wind in Patagonia. A vast barren space shaped and inhabited by the ever-changing forces of unmuted plants, rocks, sand, snow, and ice. An irregular broad-band environment of relentless strength and richness. And above all, a tour de force of profound listening.”