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Geology Records

STRATA18 – Jordan Anderson – ‘Selected Acoustic Works’
Home recordings of acoustic guitar and piano from Jordan Anderson. Originally released under the Grand Mal moniker, here his acoustic songs are re-organized into a new unified whole and brought back in under his own name. Songs originally released on Fluere Tapes, Jeunesse Cosmique and Patient Sounds. Edition of 30 pro dubbed green cassettes in hand assembled boxes with a slipcase. Includes a mini book of Jordan’s poetry and a digital download card (download includes six bonus songs). $7.50 + sh

STRATA19 – Strange Mountain II – ‘Rides Eternal’
When Strange Mountain approached a very young Geology with his Inhibitions album back in 2014 I was honored to have a hand in releasing something so gorgeous and nuanced. This is the same artist… but a huge leap sideways. There are hints of old SM all over here, but this is an artist taking a pause, looking in a new direction and nailing it. Edition of 50 pro-dubbed black cassettes in hand assembled boxes with a slipcase. Includes a booklet of liner notes by Taufiq Rahman of the Jakarta Post and Jakartabeat.net, along with a digital download card. $7.50 + sh

STRATA20 – S. Oliwa – ‘Lost Memories’
I was a big fan of the work S Oliwa did a few years ago on Inner Islands and couldn’t be more excited to share Lost Memories with you. Oliwa is a master of the slow, super organic, build and making electronic music that feels alive. This is ambient techno with absolute heart and soul. Edition of 50 pro-dubbed transparent cassettes in hand assembled boxes with a slipcase. Includes a booklet of photos taken by the artist along with a digital download card. $7.50 + sh

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My Telephone Voice

Static Statek – ‘Volume I’
Static Statek consists of Rich Keeble and Sam LeGassick swapping vocals, guitars, drums, synths, samplers, loop pedals and homemade noise makers between them to create a ferocious assault of experimental noise. Their debut album clocks in at just under 3 hours and encompasses noise, punk, shoegaze, drone and electro. It was entirely improvised and recorded live in one day, straight into a Zoom H4 digital recorder. Keeble previously played drums in the LeGassick-fronted Pistol Gang & The Preacher and the pair together wrote and starred in multi-award winning comedy web series Rich Keeble Vanity Project. LeGassick now fronts noise/punk rock band Cells, and releases electronic music under the name Le Gassique. Keeble also fronts garage rock band Rich Keeble & The More Accomplished Musicians and works as an actor and voiceover artist. Guitars, Drums, Synths, Samplers, Noise makers, Vocals – Rich Keeble, Sam LeGassick. All lyrics & music by Keeble/LeGassick. Improvised and recorded live on Thursday 5 April 2018, straight into a Zoom H4 digital recorder.

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Betwixt & Between

Jacken Elswyth/Laurel Uziell and David Grundy – ‘Betwixt & Between 1’ CS/CDr £5
Jacken Elswyth is a London-based banjo player, exploring traditional tunes, extrapolations thereon, and improvisational / drone / noise pieces for clawhammer banjo and occasional accompaniments. She also organises Betwixt & Between tapes: an opportunity to draw together disparate strands of contemporary music-making across genres, communities, and locales. Each tape features music created by a different artist, paired with Jacken’s own banjo playing. The series aims to present interesting and unusual juxtapositions, and allow points of connection to emerge. On Betwixt & Between 1: Jacken Elswyth presents 5 traditional American folk tunes. Two are played straight, two are instrumental adaptations of songs, and the last is transformed into a starting point for improvisation against a shruti-box drone. Old-time Appalachian playing sits alongside inspiration from American Primitive guitarists and English folk revivalists to form a style that emphasises the ringing, droning qualities of the banjo. Laurel Uziell and David Grundy present two excerpts from a long improvisation for synths and electronics. Washes of sound by turns shimmering, rumbling, and pulsating, punctuated with fluttering atonal synths. Laurel is an improvising musician who also despairs, reads, and writes poetry – they’ve recently released the pamphlet ‘Instant Cop Death’ with Shit Valley press: shitvalley.tumblr.com . They write about electronic music for straylandings.co.uk/ . David is also an improvising musician and poet, and co-runs the small press Materials (material-s.blogspot.co.uk/). He writes about music, poetry, and beyond at streamsofexpression.blogspot.co.uk/ . Betwixt & Between 1 is available as a home-recorded cassette tape (black, in a clear plastic case, with a hand-printed art insert on brown card), as a CDr (white, in a brown card sleeve, with hand-printed art), or as a digital download. The cover features an image of a Blemmyae – a headless humanoid creature that has featured on the edge of maps and in catalogues of the unknown from Pliny’s Natural History, to the Letter of Pharasmenes to Hadrian, to the Hereford Mappa Mundi.

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Tanzprocesz

[tzpCS56] Aymeric de Tapol – ‘Hache de Fer’
side A : synthetic minimal-futurism. multiple rotations & shadok poetry. almost still life. side B : welcome in people’s life. found footage, test strips, technological initiation, dead voices.

[tzpCS57] Vermisst Susi – ‘Jeuk’
power poetry. flemish level 666 licence. squarewave signals. vocal epilepsy. electronic epilepsy. reversed epilepsy.

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Irrational Tenant

The New Me – ‘A Beach to Walk Upon’ C40
Tape, voice and synthesizer are utilized to create living patterns of meaning in sound. Through repetition, organic rhythms are realized. Recorded in Jaunary and February 2018.

The New Me – ‘Live at Trixie’s’ C22
Live set recorded on 2.24.17 at Trixie’s in Hamtramck.

Comme à la Radio – ‘In the Memory Unit’ C13
Spoken word collaged with field recordings attain an intimacy in both place and language.

The Glass Path – ‘Convivial Tools’ C13
Long looping tapes triggering electronics.

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Fuzzy Warbles

Warmly Lights C30
Seven rare tracks from the elusive Warmly Lights, recorded in the depths of a Minneapolis winter, circa 1995. Armed with an answering machine, a Casio, some Synsonic Drums, and a Wurlitzer Organ rescued from a local Lutheran Church, Warmly Lights committed these meandering delights to 4-track cassette. Unearthed from the vaults, it is now available for the first time for inquisitive ears to enjoy.

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Moon Myst

Szdanik Tuuutiitak/Gel Mausoleum – ‘The Weekdays of an Electronic Man’ split C60
A walk through daily electronic oblivion with Szdanik Tuuutiitak (Alexey Nakhodkin – Saint Petersberg, Russia) and Gel Mausoleum. Hallucinatory consciousness-folding free sound for pod people and digital citizens. In the near future our brains will be implanted with sensors to identify “auditory medication”, which are easily cracked in order to live in a constantly lulled state in which the mind is fully active and the body outlives its use. Edition of 40 copies with full-color artwork printed on white vellum paper.

Body Morph – ‘The Three Mothers’ C60
A heavily effected miasma of dark reed and electronic madness. Abominable graven horns moan from rotting soil while corpses spasm from ancestral recall. A gluttonous soup bubbling and throbbing with emulsified plasma. An art edition of 8 numbered and signed copies. Full-color artwork, clear-gooped to classic “L” cassette cases w/stamped vellum insert.

Beast Flower Coiffeuse/Mossy Throats – ‘Membranes Bear Breaths of Traumatic Insemination’ split C30
A dual outpouring of unbalanced psychotic noise from Beast Flower Coiffeuse (Ivo Musa of Solange and Sensual Spasmo infamy) and the Mossy Throats. Three tracks each of solo maniac dungeon circuitry slashing from the outermost realms of exuberantly non-musical bloodlust. The strange only get stranger. Edition of 40 copies with full-color artwork printed on vellum paper.

Tremolo Ghosts/Worker Vs Parasite – ‘Gibraltar/акордеон” split C60
A radiant collection of cozy songs backed with a heavy cloud of deep drone. Tremolo Ghosts’ Owen Chambers (UK) is joined by Annie Gardiner (vocals and mastering) and Lewis Duffy (violin) for nine brilliant songs that feel like the freshest breeze. Worker Vs Parasite’s piece “акордеон” was recorded live in Bristol January 2018. Members known only as Worker (accordion, noises) and Parasite (guitar, paintbrushes) produce a huge, stratified gust of fog that you will be happy to get lost within. Edition of 50 copies with full-color artwork printed on vellum paper.

Fatal Gaze – ‘Ritual Two’ C31
A lucid and unique grim drone offering from Ohio’s Fatal Gaze. The austere duo of Ty Owen and David Reed perform a pitch-black ritual of sooty and nebulous subterranean synth. Tactitions immersed in fathomless research producing and carefully recording the crepuscular and hideous results. Edition of 50 copies with xeroxed artwork printed on vellum paper.

Manuel G – ‘2006-2016’ C90
An incredible cassette of ambient electronic from Manuel G (Southwest Detroit,. MI). Manuel is best known for his prodigious work under his long-running house/experimental moniker MGUN. On this tape Manuel get deep and hazy for the Moon Myst crew with 90 minutes of head-expanding tracks produced between 2006 and 2016. Edition of 75 copies with full-color artwork printed on vellum paper.

Juice Machine – ‘Parallel Patterns’ C40
Jagged and florid electronic noise from Portland’s Juice Machine. These kaleidoscopic side-long trips down the prismatic rabbit hole are like candy to an extraterrestrial moth-humanoid architect, fueling its frantic and mucus-based design process. The viscous white-hot oily substance flows and hardens and multiplies until a structure is finally built, its purpose undecipherable. Its definitely not for us humans. Edition of 50 copies with full-color artwork printed on vellum paper.

Obozdur – ‘Raw Expressive Forms Vol.2’ C60
Stunning opaque raw noise from Obozdur (Kamensk Uralsky, Russia). A deep amplified harsh electronic torrent ripping the earth apart until the dust swirls into deep space. Unglued expressions of absurd deep-fried cathodic pandemonium. Edition of 50 copies with full-color artwork printed on vellum paper.

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Saint Hewitt

Saint Hewitt – ‘Oblivescence’ C26 $6
Fast paced sonic collages mashing high fidelity and low fidelity tones/sounds. Various drum machines and synths, live and recorded tape samples looped and chopped together, manipulated guitar bits sprinkled throughout. Improvised recordings to 4 track cassette spliced together digitally by DCP (Petty Cash) and GWA (Lester Grovington/Puberty). Wonky rhythmic vibes for wonky minds. Edition of 50.

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Easy Listening

Hunting Lodge – ‘Unearthed + Son Of Will’ C60
Physical release of 1982 archival recording “Unearthed”, Hunting Lodge’s recent Silent Records digital release, backed with “Son Of Will” – a side of previously unreleased and rare material recorded in 1983 during the sessions that produced the Will album. This tape marks the return of S/M Operations, 30+ years after dissolution. Professionally duplicated tapes, double sided art. One time limited edition of 150 copies. Released in cooperation with Easy Listening and Silent Records.

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Field Hymns

Larry Wish – ‘How More Can You Need?’ $7
The robot that makes the music for the claymation children’s public access shows since the 1970’s is pondering its future and slowly going mad. These days bring infrequent uses for a once wondrous machine: the robust glowing tubes that fueled its warm orange halo are dulled and less insistent. Perhaps inefficiency and glazing is precipitating this lack of clarity of self-purpose and intent. Over the years, our glorious robot has inched closer and closer to the tiny storeroom window and for the past five years has watched the small garden below the tv studio, a flower plot tended to by the maintenance man and his tiny, jolly wife. Now, with no purpose left in this cold, digital future, he still does according to his function, and through the floating dust motes, scores the scene outside. A day will go by and it will have only a stanza done, a line of code/music that keeps slipping, in pitch and in tempo. It fears the future, but it also fears futility, obsolescence, and being alone at the end of its days. In the past all these things have been anathema to the robot but in these last final years, as one force becomes cloudy, the other becomes clarity. It will go on, and there will be another spring. The suite must be done. And the bees still buzz.

Lips and Ribs – ‘Battle in Nagoya’ $7
The pounding of war drums never felt so warm, glamorous, and oddly enough, orange. By the time we reached Level Four to face the big boss, the team had stripped their DayGlo Body Glove war suits in favor of leather boxers and multi-scale camouflage torso paint, and blended in perfectly between the decay of the large appliance salvage yard and the borderlands of the forest. As the first salvo rained down upon us from on high, Team Leader Count Lips discharged a paint cannon, occluding a great deal of the large robots single eye, allowing us to quickly slip between its legs unchallenged and attack from the rear with our grenades and electro-pulse charges. With the last obstacle behind us, we finally lay sight upon our ancestral homeland, unseen by most of our team, green and verdant, stretching to the horizon behind the big boss like a undulating turquoise sea. Wordlessly charging in unison towards our destiny and perhaps glorious death, we feel the future on our faces like warm rain and the tides of history behind us, filling our footsteps with dark stars.

Oxykitten – ‘Gleeking the Cube’ $7
As Martina goes out to fetch the post, a small glowing orb glides in behind her, slowly picking up speed as it starts to circumnavigate the room. Still occupied with the stack of circulars, she does not notice as this curious floating pinball picks up speed, softly caroming off walls in a mostly silent tattoo, like a turbocharged housefly with some intelligent and deadly purpose. Round and round, in increased figure eight patterns from top to bottom, it weaves itself an increasingly tangled & tight pattern until, almost too quick to see, it finally finds (sees) the small door to the second landing and fires at rifle speed up the stairs, suddenly expanding exponentially into a flat disk that from the time it hits the top of the landing and rockets upward, has become the width of a small sitting room. The disk (room), aided by its velocity and strength, hits the ceiling with such force it explodes the roof clean off its moorings and into the sky. Flabbergasted neighbors later said that the roof flew straight up completely intact, unvarying in its ascent and speed until disappearing into the bright noon sun somewhere above Manchester.

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