Thursday, June 12, 2014

GONZÁLEZ & STEENKISTE - Dimly Lit - FEF27

Ernesto González and Glen Steenkiste are members of Belgian psych freaks Silvester Anfang II, and record solo as Bear Bones Lay Low and Helvete respectively. Dimly Lit follows cassettes on Feathered Coyote and Eiderdown Records and a couple of self-released CDRs.

Though their acoustic drone is transcendental in intent, this is very physical music, achieved by constant motion - wheezing harmonium bellows, resinous violin bowing and rattling prayer bowls. The duo's musicality and attention to tone, texture and pace make for a richly colourful listen that sounds different on every spin. Drone that's more likely to get you punching the air than nodding off.

Cover art features two paintings by Christian Schoppik
Edition of 100.

Side One
1) Path of the Beam (17:25)

Side Two
2) Thinner Than Air (7:30)

All music recorded between 2012 and 2013 at The Smokey Room, Sint-Denijs by González & Steenkiste.

THE FATHERS - FEF26


This is the debut release from the duo (named in tribute to Father Ted) of Tusco Terror's Nathan Bowers (aka Coagulator) and Derek Gedalecia (best known as Headboggle). The latter's predilection for unlikely instrumental combinations is evident in a mix of nylon-string guitar plucking and modular synth mayhem, making for an exhilarating and disorientating acoustic ambiguity. Hallucinatory, mischievous and raw. This EP-length tape features one studio and one live track.


Side 1: Studio (8:49)
Side 2: Live (9:58)

Recorded in 2013.
Edition of 50.

WRECK OF THE HESPERUS - Long Streak of Misery - FEF25


Two years on from the release of the Terminal Eulogy demo comp, we continue to gather the scattered leavings of Ireland's filthiest doom urchins with the first of two collections of WOTH's non-album releases. This volume compiles the ultra-limited Rotism CDR, their sides of the split 10"s with Mourning Beloveth and De Novissimis, a pair of compilation tracks, and the previously unreleased A Terminal Dirge. 

The result is an hour of aural abjection that shows the trio's disinterest in adhering to palatable doom conventions. Instead they wallow in diseased drone, abyssal reverb and murky black noise as they drill towards the core of existential squalor. 


"I marshalled the words and opened my mouth, thinking I would hear them. But all I heard was a kind of rattle, unintelligible even to me who knew what was intended". - Samuel Beckett

Side 1
1. Raw Sewage Heart (11.54)
2. Venomous Tentacles (5:39)
3. Misery is the River of the World (12:12)


Side 2
1. Utter Rot (9:43)
2. Rotism (14:12)
3. A Terminal Dirge (5:51) - previously unreleased

All tracks performed by Ray Keenaghan, Andy Cunningham and Cathal Rodgers 2005 - 2008.


Raw Sewage Heart recorded to 4-track by Cathal Rodgers, 2007.
Mixed by Cathal Rodgers in the Banagher Caves.
Originally released by Stitchy Press as a split 10" with De Novissismis.

Venomous Tentacles recorded and mixed at Shay's Studio by Shay Leon, 2005.
Originally released on the Underground Movement Intoxicated 4 compilation.


Misery Is The River Of The World recorded to 4-track by Cathal Rodgers, 2008.
Mixed by Cathal Rodgers in the Banagher Caves.
Originally released by Sentinel Records as a split 10" with Mourning Beloveth.
Written by Kathleen Brennan and Tom Waits, with additional music by Wreck of the Hesperus.

Utter Rot recorded to 4-track by Cathal Rodgers, 2005.
Mixed at Shay's Studio by Shay Leon and Cathal Rodgers.
Originally released on the Totalrust Asymmetry compilation.

Rotism recorded to 4-track by Cathal Rodgers, 2008.
Mixed by Cathal Rodgers in the Banagher Caves.
Originally released by Idrone Park as a limited CDr.


A Terminal Dirge recorded and mixed by Cathal Rodgers, dates unknown.
Previously unreleased.

Tuesday, March 4, 2014

ASTRAL SOCIAL CLUB - Meadow Mechanicals - FEF24

Hungry synths gulp at the fabric of the universe. Slithering spiky drones shred the veils of reality. The beat kicks in and tries to guide us through the chaos, but it's drowned out by a host of golden daffodils, all talking at once. And there you are in their midst, having undergone a Kafkaesque metamorphosis into a honeybee. 

The latest chapter in Neil Campbell's beat-driven psychedelic noise odyssey is as vividly kaleidoscopic, intense and in-the-red as ever, and more guitar-heavy than usual. Relentlessly ecstatic, urgent, and joyous.


Side 1
Descent (5.02)
Schlaffen Reshape (7.45)
Repellent (3.45)
Rolling Through the Numbers (3.39)
Masonic Lodge (4.34)

Side 2 
Making Out With the Meadow Mechanicals (4.52)
Shower Pump (2.02)
Longitudinal Celestium (5.08)
Slabgate (12.50)

THE LAST SOUND - Outer Raidio - FEF23

Barry Murphy is one half of Whirling Hall of Knives and has been active for over a decade as The Last Sound. His recent Osaka LP, Rainbow Xplode, was blissful psychedelic pop. This release has a more nocturnal feel, a fuzzed-out krauty trip that occasionally recalls Zuckerzeit-era Cluster or The Faust Tapes with skewed melodies reminiscent of Cardiacs and The Residents.

It's like burrowing under the covers with a shortwave radio and encountering a Kosmische party from some unidentifiable utopian state - almost painfully beautiful and tantalizingly distant. Then it's over and you can't be sure you haven't just dreamt it.

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Side 1
1. Sorrow Acre (1.20)
2. Floodmaps (2.56)
3. Seed of Infininity (2.03)
4. Pink Trails  (3.00)
5. Outer Raidio  (4.09)
6. Dark Fluouroide  (8.23)
7. Wyrlywyrm  (3.18)

Side 2
1. Up On Wave Upon Wave   (2.33)
2. Dialling Respite  (2.56)
3. Passing Filth Parade  (1.05)
4. Zurück In Kürze  (5.27)
5. En Masse  (13.21)

Produced by The Last Sound 2006-2011. Mastered by Magnetize. Drums on A6, B1, B3, and B5 by Bryan O'Connell. Vocals on B5 by Maria O'Reilly. Thanks to families, friends, Magnetize, and Fort Evil Fruit.

www.thelastsound.com

Tuesday, December 17, 2013

HAMMEMIT - Morthwork - FEF22

The second FEF release from the dark master of arcane English ambience is his most minimal and purest expression yet, consisting entirely of solo guitar instrumentals (along with some avian bookending).

Recorded amid the chalk downs of Wiltshire and titled in the area's 17th century dialect, MM evokes the distant mysterious past through modern means. There is beauty and calm to be found in these woods, but the ancient and malevolent lurk there also. Morthwork is melancholy, haunted, and alluringly sinister.


Side One
1) Circeyard danse (3:41)

Beholde Morthwork, an instrewmentele recordynge bye Hammemit wych tooke playse inne the Chymbere of the Ieldran, groundes of St Marye’s Circe ande Alfred’s Towere, the Shire of Wilt, bye Master MM inne the eleventhe ande twelthe yeres of thys Centurie, whomme play’d gytarre of varyus tones. 

All musick preserv’d as sownde inne syngel taykes wythe all imperfectionnes retayn’d. Layoutte conceptte ande fotografie bye MM. All songe tytels writ inne dyalect of the chalke downes, the Shire of Wilt, Anno 1682.

100 copies. Includes download code.

SOON - FEF21

Soon are a duo from Maine, consisting of Naythen Wilson (familiar from his Jandek covers tape This is a Death Dream) and Stephen Cicia.

Their bleak, doom-laden idiom combines deliberate and chance elements in raw but carefully balanced arrangements, with field recordings given equal weight to instrumental parts, cryptic-language vocals and percussion that could just as likely be the sound of manual labour as deliberate musical expression. On occasion it recalls the improvised abstraction of Pelt or the bleak rituals of Abruptum, but defies categorisation. 

Soon's music is mystical, deep and nocturnal but never vague, and maintains a profoundly mournful and cathartic emotional core. 

Side One
1) Rendered Doorless   (10:56) 
2) Straining the Form   (9:47) 
3) Worked On Both Gowns   (6:03) 

Side Two  
1) Taken By Fixture   (10:04) 
2) Was Relentlessly Holding   (8:14)  

Stephen Cicia - Cles Semitri 
Naythen Wilson - Sem Escholha
Engineered and Produced by Naythen Wilson at Bluepen Studios 

In Memory of Sama 1947-2012 

100 copies. Includes download code.