Invisible City Records

ICR69: Culver & Rovellasca – ‘Ritual Memory’ C65
Second collaboration between Gateshead droners Culver & Rovellasca. Dark drones, cassette hiss, concrete worship. A ferric back and forth. First instalment released in Matching Head. Cassette only, no digital. Hand dubbed C65 with double sided black and white artwork.

ICR70: Modelbau & MVK – ‘The Hidden Accord’ C60 £5
Dense, minimal drones from The Netherlands. Two interpretations of the same source but with delicately different approach from each artist. Hand dubbed C60 with double sided black and white artwork.

ICR71: Depletion – ‘Cotard Delusion’ C35 £5
Second outing on ICR for Martyn Reid’s Depletion. A continuing descent into the metallic void. Heavy electronic squall. Oppressive machinery. Melancholic currents. Hand dubbed C35 with single sided black and white artwork.

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Lighten Up Sounds

(LUS-128) Adderall Canyonly – ‘Fists of Dayton!’ CS/DL
Adderall Canyonly (aka Wayne Longer) returns with a round of retro noir sleaze and woozy late night swagger, a sonorous score for simulated circumstances. “Fists of Dayton” is an original soundtrack to an imaginary film. We can provide only a handful of cryptic clues, but share them here for turbid guidance. Plot points include: sad and sleepless cherubim, thoroughly arboraceous territories, a bold new era of atheism, a known region of valuable metals, and the kicker finale, inferring a still fresh kiss set to liberate. Italo grizz, ascension groove, and crime fiction sound for smoke filled Lincoln town car. Recorded to 1/2″ tape in Portland, Oregon 2006-2009, this is some of the very first material ever recorded by the project, with an analog warmth and grit for the ages. We’re proud to rebirth this OST from a parallel plane, rated “R”. Real time duplicated to Type II chrome, labeled black shell c38 with yellow leader comes packaged with full color double sided J-card featuring original artwork by Tiny Little Hammers, includes digital download coupon. Duplicated by Cthonic Streams in Brooklyn, NY.

(LUS-129) Eislandschaft – ‘Vision in the Black Tundra’ CS/DL
Hypnotic minimalism returns, a lonely journey through the frigid winter wastelands. “Visions in the Black Tundra” is the newest offering from Eislandschaft, the cold-blooded ambient project from F. Curwenius (aka Goblintropp) of Argentina. The project focuses on ancient polar myth and arctic lore, creating an eerie frozen landscape of glacial texture with a melancholic singularity. Even snow becomes black with the shadow of night fall. Arctic isolationism for sub-zero trance state. Behold, frostbitten serenity. Type II Chrome, clear shell cassette with printed silver foil labels comes packed with fold out cardstock J-card featuring original artwork by F. Whelk. Limited edition of 50 copies, real time duplicated by Cthonic Streams in Brooklyn, NY.

(LUS-130 / LUS-131) Medhelan – ‘Nocturnal Wanderings’ 2CS BOX/CD/DL
“What we can see is just a small part of reality… there’s a whole invisible world existing along with our ‘real’ world, and there are places where the fine line between them becomes blurred until it dissolves.” Sound artist Matteo Brusa returns to the label exploring these boundaries of invisible worlds and the blended lines between. “Nocturnal Wanderings” brings deep long-form compositions inspired by traditional pagan virtues; Nature, Magic and the landscapes of the artist’s homeland in northern Italy. Field recordings from these landscapes themselves are incorporated into the sound, bringing a connectivity and elemental atmosphere to the transcendent journey ahead. We’re proud to finally manifest this deluxe archival edition of these formative recordings from Brusa’s highly regarded dungeon synth project Medhelan, now beautifully remastered and presented in physical form, alongside a full second bonus offering of Eternal Wanderings; two exclusive, all new tracks made in the same focused spirit as the initial first recordings. The lengthy song titles convey a story, acting as a metaphor for the journey to spiritual transcendence. We follow our path in four steps. The final track title is a reference to Tir na Nog, the mythical island across the ocean found in ancient Irish sagas, which no death and suffering can reach. Detachment from the burdens of our world is complete. Released in two physical editions, as a deluxe double cassette box set with silver foil embossed dust sleeve and embroidered patch, and as a classic standard jewel case CD. Limited to 100 copies of each edition.

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Yorishiro

YORISHIRO – ‘II’ CS
If the first Yorishiro album, minimally titled ‘I’, meditated on the adventure and sounds of a river descending and interacting with nature, ‘II’ is the eerie but triumphant conclusion. Set and nestled in a small valley and village in southern Japan. Static, but wandering and ruminating on the cycle of rice cultivation. The second offering from Yorishiro transmits five diverse pieces haunted by nature and myth, guiding the listener through the oscillating fate of the harvest. Carefully composed as if seen through the contemplative eyes of a sage rice farmer, the five sound narratives emanate bass, croaks, drones, loops riffs, springs, squawks, whispers …….. All playing their part in a form of meditative storytelling. 45 copies.

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Shhpuma

Nicolas Snyder – ‘Temporary Places’
These are meticulously stitched together compositions constructed from field recordings made in several geographic locations, blended with various studio materials, like manipulated clay pots, organ flutes, branches, creaky chairs, cellos, piano, chorus, chimes and bells. These are Temporary Places indeed, moving and evolving, but all the while holding space for personal exploration and contemplation. Just beautiful.

Tyler Higgins – ‘Broken Blues’
Can you imagine Charles Mingus jamming with the band Earth at a Baptist church service? No? Well, here it is, by the hands (and head) of a multi-instrumentalist in love with electric guitar feedback and the vast blues, gospel, folk, jazz and rock patrimony of that big, deep, fascinating and contradictory melting pot we call the USA.

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Cruel Nature

Lovely Wife – ‘Best In Show’
Limited edition 60 copies. LOVELY WIFE are a sludgey noise rock and/or doom duo from Whitley Bay/Newcastle Upon Tyne (UK), centred around vocals, bass and featuring a revolving cast of drummers and additional miscreants. Performing entirely improvised material that slides easily from depth charge doom, to noise rock madness, with influences ranging from Eagle Twin, The Melvins, and Iron Monkey through to Lightning Bolt, Fossils and The Butthole Surfers. For ‘Best In Show’ the band have enlisted the talents of Rob Woodcock (Fret!, Marzuraan, Tide Of Iron et al) and stripped back from their previous two releases to a trio; as well as trimming the lengthy long form jams into (mostly) more compact bass heavy slabs. Ranging from the lurch of ’Ioniser’ to the short sharp shock of ‘Shenanigans’. The release is very much representative of the current live set up and also makes use of bugle (Watts) and a contact mic’d exercise ball (Garrick) that have featured prominently in recent shows.

Salisman & His Blessed Eunuchs – ‘Absolution’
Limited edition 40 copies. Two Chicago miscreants – poisoned by black market memory pills – slip into comas to awaken six months later, transplanted to Newcastle, UK. They disappear into the grimy pedal steel underground, hesitant to draw attention to themselves. Their conspirator: a local electrician churning their melodies into surreal fever dreams. Minimal fragments, words, and images emerge from their unconscious half-year. Field recordings harness the desperation of birds. There is no off-ramp or rope.

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Easy Listening

Secret Maelstrom C60
After brief periods in Secret Chiefs and S66T4, San Francisco via Port Huron musicians Steve Kish and Thomas Nordstrom joined forces with Nordstrom’s sister and former bandmate Carla (formerly of Problem, Hate/Grey, and Hunting Lodge) to form Secret Maelstrom. More traditional song structures and tighter playing than prior groups, every bit as strange. After a few 4 track demos and one rehearsal (all featured here), the group played their first and only gig in November 1986 at 455 10th, only to disband shortly after, with none of the members remaning in contact or joining other groups for 30+ years. Edition of 30 copies, double sided one color art.

Major Blast – ‘Damp Illicit Wealths’
Fourth release by the Dlugosielski/Mitchell tape collab duo, originally released in different mixes on CDr/cassette on a limited basis in 2019. A melted interaction of sax, electronics, and tape compost. Edition of 20 copies, one color art.

S66T4 – ‘The Balance Of Dreams’ T10 VHS
Graphic simulations recorded somewhere in a dream, San Francisco, 1986. Shot on Super 8 with a studio-recorded soundtrack. Completely unreleased/unseen footage from these Port Huron natives/Hunting Lodge associates. Edition of 30 copies. Hand stamped covers with one color prints. NTSC only.

S66T4 – ‘Let The Sleeper Wake + Live’ C60
From the ashes of the original Secret Chiefs (NOT the Mr. Bungle offshoot – CD retrospective in the works), former Hunting Lodge cohorts Steve Kish and Thomas Nordstrom, for a brief time, channeled their Port Huron, MI industrual roots and joined the ranks of the innovative experimental scene of San Francisco circa 1986. This tape features long forgotten and completely unreleased 16 track studio recordings on side A, and the only live show at Mabuhay Gardens (closing night) on side B. A strange and seldom-heard world of sound. Edition of 30 copies, double sided one color art.

Street Theater‘ C60
The remains of three abandoned comps, picking up the best pieces. Track by Creode, James Baljo, Body Morph, The Hearing Trumpet, Woven Qualm, Unama’ki, Sick Llama, Major Blast, Tarpit, Secret 66, and The Right Window. Packaged in a screen printed and hand sewn cloth case. Edition of 35 copies.

Quarter Cauldron – ‘Coastal Jacobite’ C60
Recently rediscovered trio session of Tyler Hicks, Heath Moerland, and Knox Mitchell from 2015 processed live at Midwest Color Labs. Hazy electro-acoustics barely maintaining consciousness.

Lidless Eye – ‘Weighted Ghost’ C90
Fried two track electronic entrails recorded live to 2-track. Edition of 20 copies, one color art.

The Fundamentalists – ‘Summer Cole Slaw’ C60
New recordings from Bob Forward’s long running (since 1983) Ohio via Arizona unit who has been increasingly prolific as of recent on his Walls Flowing label (check it out). Complete non-sound. Remix at Midwest Color Labs on side B takes the static brain-fuzz even further. Edition of 20 copies, one color art.

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Takuroku

Jacken Elswyth – ‘Six Static Scenes’
Dusting off the earthy sounds of American old-timers Hobart Smith, Dock Boggs and Dink Roberts, as well as Irish singer Margaret Barry, London-based Jacken Elswyth lets their influence flood their consciousness and weave itself into 7 stirring tracks. Side-stepping any revivalism, Jacken allows each track the space to trail its own path, letting the spindling strings of their banjo knot their own patterns and colours. With occasional accompaniment by shruti box and melodeon, there’s a trance like nature to each proceeding, situating Jacken’s work firmly in the tradition of the “avant-folk” (see Henry Flynt’s experiments in country music), but very much tempered to their own voice, as if the listener is being given an intimate private view to Jacken’s memories: both past and present.

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Hangover Central Station

La Mamba Moustache – ‘Live during the foundation’ CS
LA MAMBA MOUSTACHE are one of the most ultra bands ever. Ultra-shortlived, the literally bombed their ultra-fast bangers onto tape. In their lifespan of a few hours which is less than the existence of a mayfly, the three ultra-loonies redefined the terms HACKHACK, BOOM TCHACK, SCREECH and YELL. Not your average power violence blueprint! Featuring members of Turbostaat, Mülltüte, Datashock, Phantom Horse et al. Limited to 25 home dubbed copies. Essential stuff for the faint at heart!

Keijo – ‘What Keijo played last summer’ 7”
Hailing from Jyväskyla in the midst of Finland, Keijo Virtanen plays some of the bleakest thus most beautiful rural blues one can imagine. Stripped-down tunes from a sweated guitar and Mr. Virtanen’s fragile voice – that staggers with instinctive sureness through lyrics unintelligible for most human beings – make this 7“ a one-of-a-kind record. Sadness and desolation may have never been so close to grey elegance. Limited to 100 hand numbered copies with riso printed cover. Artwork by Jelle Crama.

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Irrational Tentent

The Folklore of Shapeshifting – ‘Sin Titulo’ C25
A Textural lo—fi stream of consciousness collage consisting of tape, guitar and field recordings from Buenos Aires.

Berlin Edits C20
A mixture of field recordings and performances by the residents of Hermannstrasse.

Dominic Coppola/The Glass Path C36
The split was meant for an April 2020 tour that never happened. Two different ideas of what tape based music can be.

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Tanzprocesz

DJ FUSILLER – ‘Sacrilege Vénération Vol. 2-b’
Second part of the second volume of the dj project. Superimposed habits, customs, synthesizers and screams. Enjoy.

DMZ – ‘Justice Spatiale’
After several years of silence, their big comeback. An almost opaque white cassette hiding a subtle alternating of chaos and melodies. To be listened too loud on an empty highway.

LAMBRIS
Collaboration between Hotu (aka Collique) and Patrick Lombe (aka 1/2 Placenta Popeye). Synthesizers, tapes, piano, and anything else they could get their hands on. Low-fidelity excursions into parallel worlds.

MOINEAU ECARLATE/PAVEL VIRY – ‘Live Series Vol. 15’
New volume 100% recorded live at the Black Baron, Nancy, France. Side A: Moineau Ecarlate – barbaric cassettes, loops, cut-up and electronics. Side B: Pavel Viry – wild guitar solo and satanic double delay. What a guitar heros should sound like. Usual sewing machine artwork.

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