Cruel Nature

Nathalie Stern – ‘Nerves and Skin’
Of Swedish origin but now living in Newcastle (UK), Nathalie served her apprenticeship in guitar-based bands such as Candysuck and Lake Me, before looking to traditional Swedish folk roots and more experimental sounds for her debut solo album ‘Firetales’ in 2010. ‘Nerves and Skin’ is her long awaited follow up, which builds on the experimental folk traditions of her debut, awash with vocal harmonies, synth loops and drones but with the maturity of an artist who knows their craft and is top of their game. The cassette version (limited to 75 copies) is released by Cruel Nature, with limited edition white vinyl and CD versions available via Inverted Grim Mill Recordings and direct from Nathalie’s bandcamp: //nathaliesternmusic.bandcamp.com/

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Palm ’84

Bathroom Plants – ‘Installing Symbiotopia 2.0.1’
An unspoiled garden echos peacefully with the sounds of flora and fauna… This vaporwave/newage/ambient adventure is the debut album from Bathroom Plants. A vision of the future that is part 80s/90s ecofuturism, part utopian city inside Windows95. A hopeful image of an idyllic future, while also a warning not to simply adopt the aesthetics of a utopia while not changing the underlying society. Limited edition of 20 ocean blue cassettes.

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Invisible City Records

ICR50 Stuart Chalmers and see monsd – ‘BOTHBOTHBOTH’ £6
A one of a kind collaboration between tape wizard Stuart Chalmers and no audience champion see monsd. Using the artwork of Derek Beaulieau as inspiration, we are presents with a two disc set of concrete poetry cut ups, layers vowels and mindless chattering. Over to Rob for the blurb… “Whilst looking for a subject for our collaboration, Stuart and I came across the work of Canadian artist Derek Beaulieu. Derek had just made a huge swathe of his work public domain and posted it as pdfs on his blog – derekbeaulieu.wordpress.com/pdfs/ – saying “I believe that releasing my writing online for free encourages new and unexpected ways of people engaging and responding with the writing; it will encourage experimentation and reaction.” Perfect. Stuart and I settled on a poetry pamphlet called BOTH BOTH by Derek and Justin Katko published in 2006 and I recorded volunteers ‘reading’ the text art on page 9 to use as source material. I collected about 20 contributions in total, some in person at a gig here in Leeds and the rest submitted online following a call on twitter. The album and bonus tracks are the result of our work but the original readings and the pamphlet are also included with the download so that, in the spirit of Derek’s generosity, anyone interested can use them to make their own creations. Let us know if you do!” – Rob Hayler Available as a double CDr housed in a DVD case with artwork designed by Derek Bealieau. Edition of 50.

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Monorail Trespassing

øjeRum – ‘Under Røde Måner’ C40
Under Røde Måner (‘Under The Red Moon’) is the tenth release in 2019 from the very prolific Danish composer and visual artist Paw Grabowski. Here, an extended organ meditation is layered upon itself several times, creating a foreboding yet organically evolving sound-world that reveals itself over many listens. 100 copies.

Fleeting Breath – ‘Unfiction’ C20
A return to MT for Dillon Tulk, formerly known as Ferveur Noire. Concrete assemblages of modular and taped sources crafted over a four year period; varying from urgent and frenetic to calm, still and anxious, yet never desperate or cluttered. A fine work of controlled sound composition. 100 copies.

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Invisible City Records

ICR49 Breather/Death Register C50 £5
A long time in the making, this collaboration see a side each from both Breather and Death Register. The first time outing on ICR for Breather and second time for Death Register (see ICR3) gives us a mix of subtle, detached field recordings hidden among lengths of sharp electronic swarms and gentle, engrossing ambience. Art by Caro Mikalef, Cabina. Mastering by Stephan Mathieu, Schwebung Mastering. C50 limited to 50 copies.

ICR48 Ivy Nostrum – Self Own’ C50 £5
Second outing for Paul Margree (We Need No Swords) under the Ivy Nostrum moniker. Uneasy states of listening verging from deep, haunting drones to the delicate and nuanced exploration of daily minutiae. Mastered by Phil Julian. Cover by Laurie Hill. C50 limited to 50 copies.

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Dinzu Artefacts

Eventless Plot – ‘Percussion Works’
Compositions based on exploration of sounds, tones and harmonies produced by various percussion surfaces.

kNN – ‘Granchio Pinocchio’
A collection of tapes from a discarded project, recently exhumed and repurposed resulting in a montage of sounds threaded together.

Jack Taylor – ‘Katsu’
A blurred sum of feedback, audio and math.

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Sewnshut

Sewnshut – ‘Sewnshut’
Lo-fi electronic music influenced by drum and bass, ambient and chiptune. 8 tracks on pro-dubbed clear C30 cassette. Limited to 250 copies.

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Close/Far Recordings

NNN Cook – ‘Syncretic Offering’ C30
A distant call
Dissolving of the foreground
An offering turned away
A rhythm for the globe
Chanting in digital pidgin
Syncretism
A chime for the arousal of spirits
Rain drops in an empty vase
An infinite longing—
staring into the horizon
Kneeling in prayer
A chorus of grotesque yawping
No lull within earshot
A swim through liquid borders
Interior lacuna
Oil and water in limbo—
leaking through threaded fingers
objet petit a

Pro-duplication and imprinting with full color double-sided J-cards. Design by NNN Cook. Edition of 100 on C456.

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Sonic Meditations

Expo 70 – ‘Mystical Amplification’ 2xLP/CS
OUT OF PRINT SINCE 2007, ORIGINALLY RELEASED AS A VINYL ETCHED CDR HAND PACKAGED IN MINI GATEFOLD CASE. AQUARIUS RECORDS (R.I.P.) – From list No. 267: We LOVE Expo ’70. They’re playing in SF this week, two shows that will be over by the time you read this. And we might not even get to go, ’cause we’re too busy writing reviews, like this one… oh the bitter irony. But even if we miss them live (which would be a shame) we’re still in Expo ’70 heaven ’cause they’ve brought us two brand new cd-rs!! (And, there’s also a new release on a real cd too, Animism, which we’ll list next time!) Wow. That’s a lot of Expo ’70, but their krautrock inspired instrumental ambience is an expansive sound, that can easily sprawl across the full length of a cd or cd-r in just a track or two…and therefore can also spread beyond, occupying several near-simultaneous releases with no diminishment to our enjoyment. We’re happy to hear it go on, and on, and on eternally. Expo overload, no, too much is never enough. So, this one… Mystical Amplification. With song titles making reference to such things as “Mountainous Caverns Of Black Arts” and Konstantin Raudive’s research into EVP (a la the Ghost Orchid) it’s easy enough to say things like this music is haunting and mystical… mystical amplification, heck that’s the title. The Expo ’70 guys are doing all our work for us. The four long tracks (we like how the songs are split into a “side 1” and “side 2” when listed on the sleeve, even though it’s of course all on one side of this cd-r) are all one-take improvs, with mainman Justin Wright on electric guitar (“with plenty of effects”, all right) and his current Expo associate McKinley Jones playing a Moog synth. Spaced out and psychedelic trips much more on the “kosmische” tip than their Kansas City origin would suggest… this is all buzzing droning bliss, no drums or vocals to reign it in to human scale, just cosmic textures galore, often soothing, and a little bit ominous. There are moments that vaguely sound like Robert Fripp or Eddie Hazel jamming with Klaus Schulze, both of ’em dreamy and drowsy from drugs. Or imagine a mellower SUNNO))), teamed up with Space Machine, perhaps, getting all yogic on us with some abstract instrumental, electronic om-chants. Sleepy, slowly swirling, hissing and purring over quietly churning low-end depths… SONIC MEDITATIONS: VINYL EDITION OF 300 (150 Black / 150 Random Color) / WAX MAGE EDITION OF 7 – Custom Hand Poured Vinyl /100 Cassettes.

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Hangover Central Station

Günter Schlienz – ‘The Icelandic Tapes’ 8€
Finally realized after being a pipe dream for a few years, Günter Schlienz presents „Icelandic Tapes“. With album thirty-something, Schlienz literally explores new places: this is „journey music“ in a literal sense. Schlienz and his partner Hanno Braun actually recorded the piece in the loneliness of Iceland’s high plateaus, nearby active volcanos and in the midst of stony deserts – hence the title (no fraud!). Batteries, synthesizers, cameras and good shoes were the main studio equipment trying to capture the unknown emptiness of this dark, warm and bleak breathtaking landscape in this most remote European country. Most of these sounds were recorded in the open, so „Icelandic Tapes“ takes you on a field trip into the vastness of the north. Inside the black box of your mind there’s always something beautiful to explore. Limited to 60 pro dubbed tapes housed in a cardboard box.

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