Xiphiidae – ‘Pass Hidingly Seek’ and ‘Quaking Myth’ LP
Long-running solo project by Jeffry Astin. Label head honcho of everyone’s favorite underground cassette label Housecraft. His highly organic style, represented on over 40 releases, predominantly cassettes, defies all attempts at elementary categorisation, but indicates broad influences from modern and ethnic drone, tape music, musique concrÃ¨te, kosmische and lo-fi, amongst others. Two selected recordings â€œPass Hidingly Seekâ€ (2009) and â€œQuaking Mythâ€ (2010) finally get the proper issue on wax!
Tuluum Shimmering – ‘Ulau Tau/Spirit Of Sun’ LP
One of the most magical recordings youâ€™ll hear this year is the first LP by Uk-based one-man trancedental-drone band Tuluum Shimmering. The sound of Tuluum Shimmering is like a sort of loop driven, timeless ethnic music without a region or a tradition. the recordings on the LP were made on a 4-track cassette recorder. On the A side there’s: homemade bamboo xylophone, homemade flute, acoustic guitar customised with buzz bridge, Roland digital piano, vietnamese gong, cymbal, rattle. On the B side: homemade tamboura, various flutes, Roland digital piano, hand drums, vocals, tibetan singing bowl, snake charmer, rattle, saxophone.