Native Token World Loop is pleased to announce the first release by Native Token, a collaborative music project by Benjamin Bernt and Kristoffer Kjærskov. Exploring intuitive and improvised layers of sound merging in and out of continous drifting loops, Native Token builds upon a foundation, which gradually transcends through genres, implementing a rich variety of instruments and sound apparatuses such as: Marimba, harp, guitars, ukulele, bass, drums, field recordings, synthesizer, Kalimba, flutes, tapes, pedals and more. The recordings released on this album are available as a limited c-50 cassette (2 x 25 min) that have been recorded during live studio sessions in 2021, using a zoom h4 and a Tascam DR-05 field recorder.
R.Y.N. – ‘Cosmic Death’ For the uninitiated, R.Y.N. was the drone / void ambient project of Gateshead duo Pete Burn and Dean Glaister, active from 2003 to 2011. his release presents the band’s two 2008 albums ‘Cosmic Birth’ and ‘Astral Death’ together for the first time as a double-cassette package, complete with 11″ x 11″ poster featuring original artwork by Burn, taken from James Plotkin’s (Khanate; O.L.D.; Scorn) original masters.
QOHELETH – ‘Warmonger’ QOHELETH is built from the last remaining scraps of their sanity (Jeremy Hunt, Mike Strickler, and Caiden Withey). The resulting sounds and sights of the collective are rooted in upheaval: loud, obnoxious, and discomforting. Throughout their five-year existence, they have focused on three central tenets: pushing the musicality of noise to its limits, never standing in one place for long, and continually asking questions. Their latest album, Warmonger, explores the American love affair with violence. What happens when a country is: founded in violence, endowed with a mythos that both ignores and celebrates destruction, and continues to perpetuate it, over 200 years later? The American Dream is a violent one. What happens next? Warmonger reveals a more communal aspect of QOHELETH, as they invited friends to lend their vocals and noise-making talents to the party. Artists E.B. Taylor, K, Juan Carlos Lopez, and Jon Michael help broaden the sonic palette of previous albums, offering their own perspectives on what violence hath wrought. At the core, this record is one of lament, anger, and grief, tinged on the edges with hope. If there’s a path towards life and well-being for all, it has to start with a reckoning. This is ours. (includes the bonus free 6-track EP ‘Contaminator’ download)
Empty House – ‘Mushin’ Empty House is the new project from Fred Laird (Taras Bulba; Earthling Society). This debut record was recorded over a three day period in March 2021. The idea was originally based on the music set out by The Taj Mahal Travellers freeform soundscapes, Midori Takada’s marimba and harmonium excursions and Usuma Yakoto’s minimalistic rhythms. The Zen Buddhist approach of No-Mind or Mushin was adopted in the freewheelin’ way the album was created which was in a consciously unconscious manner with no actual idea or blueprint beforehand. Pick up whatever instrument is around and play and see what happens. The instruments that were around at the time of recording were – Organ, Guitar, Bouzouki, Shakuhachi Flute, Dizi Flute, Temple block, Tibetan bells, biscuit tin, a buddha radio, one of those drums that hippy buskers plonk about on outside Scope, congas and a Gakken Synth. Some field recordings were created by capturing a leaking faucet in a garden centre and the eerie sound of some bamboo chimes recorded in Fred’s garden the day after the first lockdown started (no traffic on the roads, up in the air or out in the street). ‘Mushin’ means no-mind or empty mind that you attain through meditation or if you’re a martial artist through your patterns (Poomsae, Kata etc). However recording an album on achieving Mushin, would be the sound of silence. So, the idea was to create drifting pieces of music like when tiny thoughts or images drift in and out of your head whilst trying to achieve Mushin – The distractions so to speak.
Orrin DeForest – ‘Harshcore 98-00’ A band of near mythical status Gateshead’s O.D.F. blasted onto the North East’s harshcore scene in 1998 and were gone in a flash three years later; their 2001 split album with Newcastle’s Jazzfinger the only remaining recorded output. Featuring the talents of Pete Burn (Marzuraan; R.Y.N.) and Rob Woodcock (Marzuraan; Tide Of Iron; Fret!; Platemaker et al) and remastered by Graham Thompson (Ballpeen et al), this re-issue of long-lost recordings, captured in 1998 and 2000, is a welcome reminder of the unconstrained liberating spirit of UK harshcore and a missing link in North East England’s rich hardcore punk lineage.
Saint Idiot – ‘Alternate Utopias from a Nostalgic Future’ CD Tomáš Andel (a.k.a. Saint Idiot) is a Slovak-born Canadian art pop musician, sound designer, and multimedia artist from Edmonton. His music has been interpreted as a deconstruction of pop; familiar song forms done up with sophisticated sound palettes, set in lush, carefully textured compositions, that are both a little futuristic and a little mossy. The music and world-building of Saint Idiot is inspired by the fantastic multi-sensory worlds of artists like Laurie Anderson, Björk, and Bowie, as well as the continuing legacy of bell hooks, Zen, and Deep Listening. Alternate Utopias from a Nostalgic Future is about belonging and interconnectedness in the age of hyper-individualism.
Lärmschutz & Sergei Tumanov – ‘Atonal Echoes’ A sound collage focusing on the interaction between classic acoustic instruments, electronic sound processing and effects and integration of white noise radio transmissions. This work is part of a series on the topic of exploring the contribution between an artist and the environment.
Auvikoque – ‘Volatil’ Live recordings of improvised and composed fragments. Two unlikely and unexpected performances for audiences attending a post-metal event and a chamber music festival, respectively.
Jean-Baptiste Geoffroy & Leo Suarez – ‘L’Animal Acclimaté’ Far-spread exchanges in a currency of altered moments via The Loire River, train platforms, or a swamp near Lake Ontario. An auditory study of “adjustment” within cities, nature, and the fractured sprawl that lies in-between.
X.Y.R. – ‘Anciente’ LP The Russian producer Vladimir Karpov is well on his way towards a lasting legacy as a modern synthesizer wizard in the grandiose vein of Vangelis and Jarre. With a propensity for concept albums he has built a sturdy discography during this past decade that echoes the progressive ideas of the psychedelic generation as it moved into adulthood with Moog in hand. Being equally a part of the postmodern generation; Karpov’s ouvre also embraces the utopian daydreaming of the new age, the environmental concerns embod- ied in field recording, and the holistic approach of Jon Hassels 4th world concept. While the esoteric fantasies of previous works linger on, the conceptual aspect of Anciente is rendered more abstract. And instead of dividing ideas into tracks that form an album, here Karpov is pushing the boundaries of his compositions further into longer forms. Like trails into humid forest landscapes, they run deep enough for one to get lost along the way. Clocking in at a neat 20 minutes per side, the two tracks that make up Anciente weaves soft brushes of undefinable sounds and tropical field recordings that almost create ASMR-inducing vibrations in the minds of the listener. Eventually they might open a door- way to a twilight-lit wilderness and the possible secrets of the first civilised men. As Carlos Castaneda once wrote, relaying the wisdom of the Yaqui; “twilight is the crack between worlds. It is the door to the unknown”. Or, as in this case, the door to the ancient.
History Of Leather – ‘Courte Oreilles to 33rd’ C20 Brute rust belt concréte compositions of full spectrum, delicate yet hard-edged crumbling narratives from Chicago’s south side. Edition of 100.
A Fail Association – ‘This Will Hurt You More Than It Will Hurt Me’ C60 Round two for the Sheriff of Dada Drumming and mayor of Funkytown, TX, with two brickwall tracks recorded in 2018. The second AFA release for MT coming 16 years after the first. A solid hour of choice damnation, unrelenting. Edition of 100.
Cronies – ‘Cronies’ New York’s Cronies were formed by brothers Jack and Sam Carillo in June 2020, the creative offspring of Covid and isolation. Initially laying down tracks in a make-shift home-studio, they pulled in Shea and Brad, (their fellow bandmates in other New York bands Stugots, Drink Brothers, Filthy Gorgeous), swapping sounds and crafting the songs until the band could safely collaborate in person to record this beast of an album, which comes at you kicking like a mule on PCP.
Black Tempel Pyrämid – ‘Infinite Tombs’ Black Tempel Pyrämid is an experimental American primitive Krautrock band from Fort Collins, CO. It’s one of Patrick R. Pärk’s sonic endeavours that frequently turns meandering drunken-stoned midnight introspections into lo-fi, drone-fuelled soul eviscerations. Infinite Tombs was recorded in March 2021 at FoCo Sonic Studies in the Horsetooth Mountains, around the one year anniversary of when COVID became an official nightmare. This album is dedicated to all of the front line workers who have selflessly given their time and souls to humanity as there’s no looking back.
Easter – ‘Live at SSR’ Recorded at the School Of Sound Recording, Manchester behind closed doors on the cusp of the big lockdown, this set captures the band at their most freewheeling; with a new line-up giving the songs a fresh take off the back of a tour with Bromide and Dark Globes. Manchester indie-rockers Easter have released two albums, two EPs and a clutch of smaller releases, building a reputation as one of the city’s best-kept secrets. Spurred along by singer/songwriter/guitarist Tom Long with a rotating cast of Manc-underground shredders, they’re a formidable live act who have toured the U.K extensively; embodying the spirit of ‘Ragged Glory’-era Neil Young, Television and Dinosaur Jr while also the likes of Chris Forsyth’s Solar Motel Band and Yo La Tengo.
e & H – ‘Road To Saturn’ e & H is the duo of eleOnora and Richard Thompson. Based in the Baltics (Tallinn and Rīga respectively), their practice is based around live, improvised expression through vocals, guitar and microsynths. These live recordings were made in Riga in April and June 2019. eleOnora is an avant-garde singer and vocalist, who resides in Estonia – being half Latvian and half Estonian by descent. She studied extended vocal techniques under the guidance of Anne Türnpu (Estonian actor & director). In 2014 she formed the avant-garde blues duo Ringhold with guitarist Kalle Tikas. Richard Thompson is the founder of the experimental folk project Lost Harbours, the grass-roots, organisation Culture as a Dare and tape label Liminal Noise. He also plays guitar in the post-punk band Abuses.
Ryosuke Kiyasu + Watts – ‘Zero Gap’ Snare drum and vocals collide on a long-distance collaboration by Ryosuke Kiyasu (SETE STAR SEPT, Fushitsusha. Shrimp et al) and WATTS (Lump Hammer, Plague Rider, Lovely Wife et al). Recorded in Japan and the U.K. respectively, and mixed by David Curle at First Avenue Studios, Newcastle. Zero Gap is constructed entirely from one snare and one delay drenched throat. Clattering and rasping around each other for just over half an hour they explore the outer range of their respective instruments’ sound worlds.
Ski Crime – ‘Watermelon Snow’ Cape Town’s As Is experimental music veterans Andrea Dicò and Garth Erasmus had a chat with two HNW dinmongers Justin Allart and Jacques van Zyl at a ROAR experimental music gig one evening and decided to team up as a noise collective. The name Ski Crime arose randomly during a wonky conversation about watermelons, an imagined murder on the slopes, and one that got away. A photo of the four sealed the deal. Ski Crime’s concept has hereto been tacit – freedom is encouraged to an extreme, and implicit trust becomes the driving musical force. Chaos embeds structure, and language is individually coded and understood – but emerges as a whole. The instrumentation is anarchic. Much of it is self built and designed. Garth plays a number of his own stringed instruments based around Khoisan indigenous knowledge systems (notably the Zaan,) and Jacques carts around a growing bevy of food containers, housing primitive and often autonomous electronic objects. Aside from his drum kit, Andrea pounds on a kid’s drum set, along with toys, thrash metal objects, and various cheap and crappy accessories. Justin rattles a contact miked can, filled with bolts and nuts, twisting his sound stream through an impressive collection of boutique pedals and electronic sound machines. As all four members are seldom in the same country (even if Andrea currently lives in Milan), live performances often include only three members. Lockdown created an opportunity to work together at a distance, and Watermelon Snow exemplifies this new remote collaboration methodology. Independent label from Fargo, North Dakota, Black Ring Rituals (https://blackringrituals.com/) contacted Ski Crime to produce an audiocassette with new materials. The common interest for power electronics, experimental and harsh hoise made everything doable very quickly.