Collecting some thick resin residue from The Heads, Bristol’s Anthroprophh pick up where the previous incarnation finished and dive deep into the smoke filled archive of live performances on the aptly named album U.F.O., in which wobbly drones, dirty riffs, caveman drumming, noodly soloes, number stations and other found sounds come together in the form of an outer space concoction that will fill the hunger of even the most hungry heads. Disorienting and enlightening at the same time, it’s like a paradoxical maze where you feel better the more lost you are. The track list is in fact a list of towns in the UK where various UFO sightings took place over the years, hence the album title. Recommended!
The droney, depressed sounds of Hemm Rohm well reflect the totalitarian legacy of their home city – Berlin, Germany. Torn into two halves by the Berlin Wall, filled with soulless, inhuman architecture it took its post-punk downer feelings and stretched them to become some sort of drone-post-rock, almost like late Earth or True Widow, except with less amplification and more apathy. Krautrock turned slowcore. Recommended!
Here’s the first cassette from an interesting conceptual label Körper / Leib: a split tape between the Montreal dark ambient duo AUN and Rome’s psychedelic weirdos Rainbow Island. What might strike you when looking at the “artwork” is the wall of text occupying the space where other cassettes present fancy graphics. Well, it’s all in the label’s manifesto:
Körper / Leib shuns from the graphic-visual dominance in favor of lexicon. Körper is the material shell, Leib is the music itself.
Thus, instead of usual psychedelic distractions we get raw data, or rather – psychedelia in the form of written word, where the trippy qualities of both projects’ music are described in evocative language, also giving some useful information regarding the musicians’ equipment. Floating, shining drones and bubbly synthetic soundscapes that will eagerly assist any sort of trip you’re having. Recommended!
Formerly a member of the Russian quarter-tones noise rock duo uSSSy, Moscow’s Pavel Eremeev re-emerges with a solo project Holy Palms. Basing his sound on the prepared baritone guitar (which produces an immediately recognizable and incredibly exotic sound), Eastern tinged drum loops and tape trickery, Holy Palms step into the cloud of oriental psychedelia that might easily pass for a lost collection of desert ecstasy from the Sublime Frequencies label. I’m quite sure dude can actually charm snakes with his guitar. Recommended!
Daaaaaamn, how do we name this new thing?! R-plus-sevenwave? Darkwebcore? Damn, I dunno. But this Orange Milk tape by the Melbourne based web-gazer Nico Callaghan a.k.a. Nico Niquo is surely inspired by the hyperreal sound. It’s almost like everyone’s trying to one-up each other in creating hyper-pristine computer-generated sceneries devoid of a single speck of dust, a single aberration. Shiny surfaces reflecting the imagined surroundings located high above, among the clouds, up in the sky. And sometimes it gets a little dancey, like the dystopian beats of Jam City at their most deconstructionist, but without losing its antiseptic, ultra hi-fi quality. Is this the future yet?
ALBUM IS LONG, MORE THAN 100 MINUTES. MANY WILL SAY THAT IN OUR PRESENT ADHD, CONSTANT STREAM JUMP AND ALL-SHORT-ATTENTION-SPAN TIMES SUCH ENDLESS ALBUM IS JUST A PURE MADNESS. WHAT CAN I SAY – ONLY BRAVE PEOPLE WILL SAVE THE UNIVERSE, OR AT LEAST WILL STAY TALL. AND MOST OF ALL – CAN YOU IMAGINE SERIOUS INTERPLANETARY TRIP BEING THE SHORT ONE?
This is a serious statement, and a though-provoking one. It takes a form of an imperative: if you don’t focus on our album and you skip, then you’re simply not worth of a travel to another level, you fucking hipster. In that way, RSS B0YS provoke and encourage the listener to take the challenge and rise above by focusing and sinking into the hypnotic and psychedelic tones of the masked space explorers. Highly recommended!