Beartown

Food People – ‘Animal Work’ £4(World)
A trio, a gang, a hazard – Lila Matsumoto, Matthew Hamblin & Greg Thomas (formally of Helhesten). Sun-drenched fuzz guitar & roaming drones swirl unsettlingly across side A while screeching violinesques tumble out of the shadows down into the ravine. A touch of mumbled wordery fights off the tremors & we’re back on solid ground as the tape runs out….PHEW. B sees yet more cosmic chaos drones folding, escaping, attacking, decaying. It’s crumpled psych for the BitCoin Milliners. Railway rhythms & the soft snow of deep white noise lull you gently off while a thick membrane of sonic throb slowly siphons your sense of self off through your fire-damaged ears. Music for plant growers – botanical bozos.

Sindre Bjerga – ‘Impromptu’ £4(World)
Improvised live work from The Crystal King. Recored 100% live at the IMIR art space, Stavanger in Norway. It’s thunderous clomping & clattering with minor vocal cacophony across “Le 1er Slab”, as the French say. Trapped underneath the escalator, watching the world above through the cracks in the metal steps – you’re part of the problem Alan. Side B offers no respite from the confusion. The snake charmer they call him, cause o’ all that beautiful hiss. Storm clouds gather on the horizon while your garden falls apart – good bye chair, good bye plant pot, good bye. I hear if you’re a real bad person, you get reincarnated as a tape that lives in SB’s mangle bag – torn limb from limb by sound artist night after night after night…

Anne-F Jacques & Takuji Naka – ‘Fuyu’ £4(World)
Anne-F Jacques is a sound artist (Canadienne), Takuji Naka is from Japan Island. Fuyu is a 28 minute study into the quiet clockwork of repetition, distance & solitude. Grandad fixing the Dyson then jammin’ cross-wise on the reel-to-reel – grand pere est fixe l’hoover. You’d normally expect this classy affair to appear on the Hideous Replica label, but not in this case. Fuyu is a rare & beautiful thing indeed & one for meditative afternoons or late night lullabillicus. Limited to 58 copies with minimalist on-tape printing & recycled paper insert + non-recycled main insert.

Posset – ‘Cooperation Makes Us Wise…’ £4(World)
A new alignment from the mighty Posset of the North East. Dictaphone scrambling on the furthest dune & a softer, more thoughtful Posset is spotted here. Rustling, re-tuning & muttering his way through a wind-swept landscape under a scarred sonic sky. A huge, cyclopean sound collage with great shifting blocks of vibration – listen loud to unleash the hidden proto-lithic resonance capabilities (LRC). Dirt-grey tapes & ‘halftone carnival’ on-tape stickers. Limited to around 45 copies.

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