Ross Manning – ‘Deforming A Virtual Ribbon’ C32
Ross Manning is a contemporary new media artist based in Brisbane, in Australia, working with optics, projection, light and sound. From a youth, he was focused on music, making his own shelf-played instruments and custom electronics, giving him the opportunity to improvise with them in a live context. His music is already released by respectful music labels as Vitrine, Greedy Ventilator and Room40. “Deforming A Virtual Ribbon” is the outcome of Ross Manning long experimentation with sound and interactive music systems, starting with technology behind them, produced by his automated instruments. The album includes 4 new compositions, mixing DIY electronics, radio-voice, hypnotic drone sounds and chaotic noisy percussion produced by his shelf-made string pannel. Ltd. edition of 100 white cassettes.Artwork by Ross Manning, representing musical instruments that it was used for the recordings.
DK061 Nundata – ‘12.12.15’ C30 €5
Nundata (Srdjan Eftimovski from Serbia) makes lo-fi/harsh-noise explorations of walkmans and stomp boxes disfunctions throught live performance. Under the flow of distortions, garbage and falls of tape glissato you can listen and/or imagine voices, whispers, music and decay of humanity. Ltd. to 50 copies, artwork by mic_nodolby.
DK060 NRYY – ‘Vintage Video Game’ C30 €5
NRYY (Noise Re Yacky) is Norihito Kodama. from Osaka. He is a very active noise performer of the Tokyo underground scene, blues connoisseur, guitars collector and last but no least he is the man behind Silent Novels Records activities. With the Vintage Video Game cassette NRYY adds the 8bit sound of old nintendo games to his colourful sound palette made as always of fuzz floods, industrials turmoils and collapsing debris. Ltd. to 50 copies, artwork by mic_nodolby.
DK059 Luca Sigurtà – ‘Tangle’ C30 €5
Luca Sigurtà is an electronic composer since the early 2000s. Luca’s emotional electronic noise has become part of a mix together with slow paced rhythms and analogue synth delicate flows: a sort of very original trip-noise-hop ambient; melodies with a remarkable melancholic feel and beautiful digital/analog sounds shows all the potential of his music. “Tangle” is a sound istallation based on the use of tape players and loops of different lengths, random cut and pasted. Artwork by Merlo.
DK058 Vertonen – ‘Pont Respiration’ C30 €5
Vertonen is the name under which Blake Edwards has been recording experimental audio since 1991. Drawing on a wide array of sound sources–sometimes processed, sometimes not–Vertonen’s sound output explores audio terrain ranging from crunchy and dense sonic chaos to off-kilter rhythms to deep evolving drones, making plenty of stops between. “Pont Respiration” source’s recordings were made beneath the fore River Bridge, Quincy MA (under renovation). Throught the sound processing of these field recordings, the tracks reveal themself like a raw documentation/metaphor of the slow decay of post-industrial era. Artwork image by Blake Edwards, layout by mic_nodolby.
ARV&MILJÖ/KRUBE. split C40
Two of the rather on the spot names in the current European tape-mangler scene team up for their first and long overdue joint release. Berlin based Krube. returns home after his very first solo cassette “Vom Unerträglichen” (Fragment Factory, 2011) and takes his crude and crippled 21st century musique concrète to the next level. In his 20 minutes piece, K. manages to combine the raw and dirty nature of his earlier noise based concrete/tapemusic with a great sensitivity and open-mindedness to modern compositional techniques and tactics. Alongside of Sewer Election, Gothenburg’s Arv&Miljö has become the epitome of a unique sound and spirit in the South Swedish sub-underground, which evolved during the past 10 or so years. In “Okänd Strand” A&M extracts the very essence of Peter Jefferies’ “On an Unknown Beach”, leaving his distinctive thumbprint on a beautiful and deeply melancholic classic. High-grade C-40 chrome cassettes. Edition of 100 copies.
Traag – ‘Lil’ Nark Boy’ C20 $5
Out of this world electronic music from the minds behind Siobhan, Church Shuttle and the All Gone label. True Detroit freaks.
Memory Work – ‘Boundary’ C32 $5
Industrial collage and despair. Repetition turn alienation. Born from the same hands as Death Kneel and the Summer Isle label.
GJ Coppola – ‘Prince of Miami’ C47 $5
Deeply inspired by his trip to Miami and the legend of Git, Coppola spins the twisted tale of a life cut short. Warped electronics in memoriam.
Tyler Hicks – ‘Guitar Solo’ C36 $5
Complete deception. All of the moments a guitar sounds nothing like a guitar. Both linear and cyclical. Perspective: Tyler is also one half of the confounding noise unit Creode.
Armadillo – ‘Armadillo II’ C34 $5
Armadillo II opens with warbled tones of strained memory. Guitar plucks are an excavated synth, and the dream logic that guides this moody quest is set. The duo, a collaboration between Atlanta shred-master, Monochrome Sweatsuit, and Detroit-based producer Caleb Stone, began recording in 2015. Stone, whose production credits include Kali Uchis, The Internet and Odd Future, uses bass tones and drums sparingly—Leaving plenty of space for Sweatsuit’s extended guitar-movements. The otherworldly atmospherics of their debut are present, yet the character is new. Here, attic-tracked improvisation paints an abstraction, but one that soundtracks rainy day realism. The langague of Sweatsuit’s guitar harmonies is distinct; the layers of his creative technique are inspired, and his playing skillful. Together with Stone, it’s sort of Durrutti Column spiraling Three-Six Mafia at the gallery. These minimal beauts won’t last long; They’re limited to only 25 copies!
FORAGER – ‘Sorrow and joy throng the gate, weal and woe in the same land’ C30 $6
Forager is guitar composition, improvisation, and experimentation by Ian MacLean exploring drone tones and ambient textures. The album represents a journey into a sacred temple. There are four gates, each with different challenges or gatekeepers. The seeker circles the temple until finding a way in. In the seeker’s mind the gates and challenges are sequential. Once inside the temple and its inner sanctum, the seeker can see that the four gates are indivisible from the whole structure, and all have equal importance, not just the gate that was used to enter the temple. The resulting knowledge hopefully causes one to dance between gates, trials, without worry.
SEMEN PRIEST – ‘Pink Skyline’ C30 $6
Toronto’s electronic/post-punk outfit SEMEN PRIEST return with a reinvigorated sound on Pink Skyline thanks to electro-psych dub-wise production by KING PONG DUB SYSTEM. Features ‘Police, Thieves & Private Armies’, a mash-up cover of Junior Murvin’s ‘Police & Thieves’ and Vivien Goldman’s ‘Private Armies’.
BEARD CLOSET – ‘Deadly Force’ C30 $6
We’re honored to issue Toronto experimental guitar and electronics artist, Beard Closet’s wordless (but not silent) scream of rage and frustration at the continuing culture of murder and brutality in North America’s police forces. Ambient drones and vast noise textures.
BABEL – ‘This Is The Sacred Fire’ 2Cdr$10
Meditations on the light within and without. A double CD album of ritualistic ambient drones, space jazz and kosmische electronics; temple bells, new age sax, kraut-prog improvisations, drone-metal guitar, ‘Zarathustra’ vocals and ‘Stranger Things’ synths collide. Bridges the gap between BABEL’s previous double albums “Mind Thief” (retro-synth) and “Ceci n’est pas le feu sacré” (psychedelic drone / improv), both still available.
II051 – Stag Hare – ‘Velvet And Bone’ C54
Velvet and Bone is structured as a Gothic fable. It is about the act of self reflection through knowing another. It is about seeing the shadow and knowing the shadow. It is about seeing death and knowing death. It is about bones, and the way they are shaped by the tensions put on them by various opposing muscles. It is about the swamps of depression. It is about love in its most tragic and therefore most beautiful form. Velvet and Bone includes materials written over many years, dating back as far as 2010 and started as an attempt to finally make recorded versions of some lyrical material I had written over the years. I was in school studying bodywork and energy work and discovering a whole new side of life, the physical side, the flesh and bone side. This was followed by an accompanying realization that my interest in the metaphysical and the spiritual had bypassed, ironically, perhaps a missing link in my exploration. I had somehow ignored or been hiding from the world of the physical, and the importance of personal connection to my three dimensional vessel. Everything changed after experiencing the very real and very tangible power of touch, of intention with touch, and the emotional unraveling that I personally needed to undertake in order to find my body. I won’t say that I have entirely found it at this point, but I know now that I am at least on the journey to retrieving that lost connection, and that I can perceive the reflection playing out in that other realm, in something like a parallel and opposite action. As I reach you I can reach me. Velvet and Bone is the 9th full album from Stag Hare and the 4th release on Inner Islands. It marks both a departure in mood and tone from previous releases, but also a return to form as the first regular full length album in 3 years. It also marks her first album released after an official gender transformation and marking the first release with Garrick now as Willow, after a period of time using various different names and descriptors she now wishes to use her new name, Willow Skye Biggs, a change which will reflect a shifting musical style in the near future as well. There is planned to be one final release in the Stag Hare catalog within the coming year
II050 – Channelers – ‘Space Makes Clearing’ C43
Space Makes Clearing was developed by approaching repetitive sound through the physical sensation of its creation, through finding phrases that feel satisfying to play over and over as though there is something therapuetic in the gestures that produce their tones. There is space to move around in the sound and space to let the mind wander. It is made with reverence for the cycles of life, for the ever-changing sky, for the yearning that drives one forward, for the acceptance that keeps one still. It’s here to hold space for the simplest things. Channelers is a project and practice maintained by Sean Conrad from 2014 into the present. Space Makes Clearing is the 4th album in the Channelers catalog.
II049 – softest – ‘hidden guitar & water music’ DL
Forces that are hidden in plain view. Another world, wavelength, nowhere.
II048 – Channelers – ‘Arden Tapes’ DL
Taking time to feel my song of the moment. A brief practice largely explored through the first months of the year.
Micro_Penis – ‘Schlim’ LP
Schlim (slime in alsatian dialect) Micro_penisâ€™ third lp released by Doubtful Sounds, is the final instalment of a trilogy. This record is made from rare recording sessions, stretching in time from 2011 until 2015 at the N.E.M. Studio (Noise Ensemble of Mulhouse) located in the Mer Rouge building, Mulhouse, France. The name of the game, collectively agreed on, was that no band member could be chemically restrained. For a psychotic can only ever be himself freed from oneâ€™s treatment, thus expressing oneâ€™s inside kept insanity. Another rule stated that during each session, one would have to use a different instrument, be it acoustic or electronic, no matter wether mastered or not. This huge interpersonal tension, through a violent rupture in terms of playing modes and tones, resulted in a broad range of pieces, very much dissmilar from one another. Then the group switched to an autarkic mode for a couple of weeks. They finalized and gave birth to their new weird baby during endless listening sessions and mixing sessions including sonic tinkering that only those who do not pretend to be mad are capable of. Cyclothymia and dementia are hidden in each sound, each track of Schlim. Black vinyl with a postcard. Limited to 300 copies. Mastering by FrÃ©dÃ©ric Alstadt.
Tristan Welch – ‘Lights (A)’ CS $5
Lights (A) is a collection of three movements. Red, white and blue. Each movement is in the key of ‘A’ and created with guitar loops that are drenched with various textures and shifts in ambience. Lights (A) creates peace and disrupts it. This piece was birthed for an event that was a cross between a live performance and sound installation called Lights (A) – An experiment with sound and light. Since that performance the piece has grown and been nurtured – this recording is a document of that process. Proceeds from this tape go right back into the Lights (A) process which includes live performance and recording. Limited edition – 20 copies available online.Â
The Skull Mask – ‘La Muerte Es Sabia’ C40 £4.5
The Skull Mask is one of the many side projects of Miguel Perez, one of the hardest working individuals in the global no audience underground. This release marks his second outing on the label after he first appeared as one half of The Will Of Nin Girima way back on our fourth release. The Skull Mask takes a side step from his usual dark drone and static hiss, letting Miguel show off his aptitude on nylon strings. Here, he gives us a journey through barren, desolate lands full of hope and despair in equal measures. Dark dusty landscapes, warm breezes and empty roads populate this gritty expanse. This is guitar improv of a beautifully sparse and rich nature that gets right int he back of your throat. File next to Jon Collin and Cian Nugent. This release is out to coincide with Miguel’s first visit to the UK to bring his Skull Mask project to TUSK Festival in Gateshead. Need I say anything more? Available as a hand dubbed black C40 cassette. Limited to 50 copies worldwide.