Right on schedule, Evening Fires sail back around the ridge, riding an updraft of sonic bliss on the way to bring us their sixth full-length release. Several of the tracks on Waves In the Air took shape in preparation for a live radio show in summer 2008, and it's clear that the group mind at that point was focused on the possibilities of aetheric streaming and aerial transmission. Formed into a four-track suite that unfolds across some 50 minutes, bringing together saxophone raga & guitar psychedelia & the usual clouds of drone, collecting vibrations and beaming them onward, this is the sound of wide-eyed and windswept. Those whose antennae are similarly attuned are likely to find at least a bit of sympathetic reverberation.
Philadelphia's most dangerous free-rock duo thunders back with their second disc for Deep Water, more than confirming the promise of 2007's Levitate and Dissolve. Not content to merely reproduce their strengths, Glowering and Glowing Red (its title taken from a rave review of their first disc) expands the extremes in all directions - track lengths range from 38 seconds to 10+ minutes, the sonics get even broader and more exploratory via a wider sound palette and a growing mastery of real-time looping and effects, and the mood ranges from the monumental to the absurdist. Basically, these guys continue to ride a tectonic divide between art-punk skronk and heavy-duty free energy music with the kind of untamed precision that one usually expects only from your Japanese underground masters. Serious stuff here. Pro-pressed CDr, 14 tracks, 66 minutes.
H.H. reissues a pair of wonderful 2008 folk-psychedelic-experimental discs by a Swedish artist called the Goner. We first heard about him from our friend Mats Gustafsson, who wrote that the Goner “delivers spiritual music that accompanies dreams, as it organically flows across the sky when you're walking to work and creeps up on you when you least expect it to. It's tempting to place his work along the lines of Hush Arbors and Six Organs of Admittance and although that's true you can also hear his background in the lo-fi scene”, not to mention subliminal influences ranging from Swedish folk songs to the trippier end of technoid electronics, all processed via a sonic template that’s both richly layered and authentically “there”. Of the two discs, Hind Hand works as a flowing instrumental psychedelic journey, while Haven experiments a bit more broadly with style and instrumentation (including vocals), and together the two tell a story that’s as deep as it is wide. Seventeen tracks across two discs, around ninety minutes of music.
While our fourth split release isn't quite tied to a "theme", it does share an intentionally atmospheric state of mind: We contacted three Transatlantic individuals who we knew to be particularly skilled at the creation of musical-electrical inscapes, and asked them to bring us something "hypnotic" (however they interpreted that) from their respective audio laboratories. Spiritual Machine is the mesmerizing result, an hour-long interlaced energy meditation that takes their distinct creations - France's Enfer Boréal offers up a densely vibrational 3-part suite that confirms his status atop of the Euro avant-drone pile; the.bricoleur, a UK-based sound sculptor who has worked with the likes of Current 93, contributes the spectral concréte of the title track; and PA's own Tuscarora Borealis, also a member of the Evening Fires family, beams in a brace of looping nature drones that channel classic kosmische impulses - and weaves them into a larger sonic hologram that encompasses whatever you might find there and more. Best heard quite loud from a position of comfortable stasis.
New Worlds for Old is the fifth Evening Fires release, and easily the most sizeable one yet. Parts were recorded in early 2008, at a time when the group was trying out its m.o. in a more obviously “rock band” format than usual, though with a pretty wide range that takes in everything from apocalyptic acid sludge to elastic folk rock to large-booted klang, along with further permutations that no one is quite sure what to call. But the rock formations cover just part of the sonic landscape, and there’s also plenty of room for sun-dappled butterfly folk, Appalachian-Mesopotamian village festivals, an interplanetary prana-powered pipe synthesizer, and various other sorts of world-conjuring. Just eight tracks that stretch out across two sound-filled discs, over two hours of long-form explorations.
Over the past decade and a half, Phil Todd's long-lived & insanely
prolific Leeds-based outfit has been boggling adventurous heads with
infinite variations on its central uber-maximalist
noise/psychedelic/ur-drone forms. AN have always been masters of the
long take, and Sugar Head Record features just three
mostly-Todd tracks: Disc 1 is entirely filled by "Sugar Head Music with
Sines", an hour of undulating electronic tapestry swathed in layers of
gooey psychedelic lava. Disc 2 leads with "Orange Matter Custard", nine
minutes of Todd's patented modal guitar extremity, strings shredding
off into pure electrification; and closes with the colorfully-titled
"Toilet Training", adding regular collaborators Phil Legard (Xenis
Emputae Traveling Band) and Melanie Crowley (Ocelocelot) for 43 minutes
of glacially-paced swells of electrical haze. For already tuned-in
households, a totally necessary release; for virgins, well, with AN
it's all the deep end, so this is as good a place to dive in as any.
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