What does a Sacred Climax sound like, and can a climax be that sacred? By having it or creating it, is it the ultimate conquest of man or woman? If you are into harsh noise wall, power electronics or the experimental in all of its variations, you’ll want to check out this album. Digitally it’s available now but a limited edition cassette pressing will be out on March 10th, with each copy being made with sexually explicit cover art and graphics, that kind of stuff you block your wife or girlfriend from. Or perhaps she’s the one doing the searching, you know your own browser history. Nonetheless, have a sacred climax with Sacred Climax and have deafening fun.
If you’re a fan into the creative, unpredictable works of noise artist Tattered Syntax, his complete works has just been compiled on CD. 9 tracks and 50 minutes make up what is Alone Gone, gathering the material made between 2005 and 2009. You’re able to make a purchase directly from the Oxen Label.
If you’re looking for a bit of organlized noise where things may not sound like they belong together (but somehow do), you may want to check out an album by Illusion Of Safety called Surrender. Released two weeks ago, they (it or he, we are still unsure but then again who is “we” considering I’m the only one who runs this site) bring together assorted sounds that merge it together digitally for the sake of wondering how it fits in together. Then again, sometimes not knowing is part of the fun, even if it means something similar to turning the radio dial and getting into something instantly, only deciding to roll down the window to enjoy the outdoors for a few minutes. That’s what Surrender is, to me, about.
Pyre is the name of a new EP released by Black Thread, one song divided in two that was recorded on cassette, but it sounds as if they were not only recorded on old caseette tapes, but done on an old cassette deck, perhaps why it may sound like “crumbling tape residue”. As one person put it, it’s “really nice wrinkly-textured music created from old cassette decks. Fans of Philip Jeck or William Basinski will enjoy this.” It may sound abstract and perhaps unconnected, but unconnected to what? If it’s with nothing, you listen to it and try to find something to link to it. You may listen to the tracks and download it for free, but please use the “Name Your Price” option to show support. It will be pressed on new c20 cassettes as well by request.
Here’s the story that goes with this release:
Last night, was eating a cousin’s “pie.” (Sex) Offered to go back in the back room and get another pan of her pie. (Sex) Was told by my Aunt that this was tantamount to going and bringing in her old lady bloomers for all to see. (Sex) Pie was in a tin pan, partly eaten, crusty. (Sex)
Later, we went on a trip to the supermarket (of sex?). Surrounding the parking lot was a vast, oddly-shaped swimming pool, or series of them (baptism, rebirth). It looked as if it were going to rain (ancient Babylonians thought that rain was the semen of the god Baal).
Somewhere along the line, a quite dapper Twenties lothario in a gambling casino (ala’ Dr. Mabuse), suggests that the poker game consists of “tender hands on the outside, something something (I can’t quite remember), on the inside.” He throws back his head, lifts his own white gloved hands, laughs his tight, angular-jawed laugh.
And somehow this is all related to sex.
What does it mean? Does “it” refer to sex just as Mike Patton said what was “it” in Faith No More’s “Epic”? I can’t begin to tell you, but Jazz Cocoon is a melange of something, which may involve it or just a little (b)it. Allow it to zest you up.
Dead Frequency (Danver State Recordings) is an album by En Nihil that was meant to be released five years ago as a way to show the return of his explosive audio destruction, but the project was put to the side and left along. It was then decided to release it in 2014, so here it is, for fans of harsh noise wall/experimental/avant-garde. A cassette version has been made for it, only 50 copies have been made. You may stream an excerpt from the album above.
An interesting project of mind-bending noise has been released by God Cage. The Ante Mortem EP is 4-tracks and whiel you are able to listen to it in full through Bandcamp, a CD pressing has been made, sold in a DVD case with different inserts inside. Only 20 copies of these have been made. Find out more by clicking the Bandcamp page
As I’ve mentioned before, there was a time when being a part of the Portland music scene meant being an unfortunate stepchild of what was going on in Seattle 150 miles to the north. These dates, Portland is more than capable of defining things on their own terms, as they have been for many years and one band that have taken their own path to the nth level are The Haters, who are commemorating their 35th year together as a band with a DVD release simply called Live!. Founded by GX Jupitter-Larsen, this DVD features footage that was mailed to a small handful of people by him but never meant for proper release. Now it’s getting its proper light of day, or perhaps the darkness of the evening if the music is any indication, for the sunlight may be a bit too much. The footage goes as far back as the 1980’s and goes through the mid-90’s, with some parts taken from their 20th anniversary show in 1999. It’s raw and in your face and heart, and now everyone will get a chance to enjoy it on a regular basis. For bonus material, it does include their 35th anniversary show done earlier this year. It only goes for $12, which you may pre-order by heading to the Helicopter-LA store.
GX Jupitter Larsen has released a new record, this time an orange vinyl 10″ EP called Pump-Powered Permawave on the Oxen label. Shipped last week and making it to buyers last and this week, it’s a new set of noise for those who enjoy istening to it. For this record, only 200 copies have been made and it features four tracks, two of which are locked grooves, which means it’s a bit of vinyl play for those who enjoy playing your records with trickery. The record is $9ppd each within the U.S., and you may order it directly from Oxen.
The title of this new album by Forward is appropriate, telling the story of what you will hear on Infinite Momentum, Infinite Tension. It’s 40 minutes of solid noise, one 20 minute track called “Momentum” and another 20 minute dose called “Tension”, and they may sound endless if you allow it to (or choose to listen to it that way). It goes on and on and on, there isn’t a true beginning or end, it’s nothing but middle noise. If you wish, you can also purchase the album on cassette. Not bad for a project that was created from nothing but analog synthesizers and a broken mixer.