Alligator Crystal Moth is the trans-Pacific duo
of Brad Rose (the North Sea, Ajilvsga, the
Foxy Digitalis webzine/CD labels, etc.) and Michael Donnelly (Brothers of the
Occult Sisterhood, Terracid, the MusicYourMindWillLoveYou label, etc.), and
this is their third full-length collaboration. While previous works developed
as long-distance tape-trading deals, Bones
of the Great Divide was recorded in some epic in-person sessions last
summer in Oklahoma, & it's much free-er and looser than earlier ACM - tranced-out string-bend percussive rattle scatter'n'shake'n'drone,
all-acoustic ethnological forgeries from a landscape where the rainforest meets
the great plains. Two CDs, 11 tracks.
Across their first 3 full-length releases (plus several compilation appearances), the ex-NYC trio Heavy Winged have garnered a reputation for blowing out tuned-in eardrums with their urban retro-futurist DIY rampaging-giant-lizard noise rock. And deservedly so. Without giving up any raw power, Echoes of Silence focuses on another side of the group, one that works as much like a giant magnetic vortex as a nuclear-gargantua footstomp – hypnotically pulsating forward-motion drone drawing the listener inexorably further and deeper until they’re left, floating in space, whirrs of buzzing wattage their only living companion. Three tracks, 39 minutes.
Ajilvsga is Brad Rose and Nathan Young, and Blood Nocturnes is their second full-length disc of prehistoric freakouts documented for a postmodern age. From twin-guitar-noise bonfire immolation roaring at midnight on the open plains, to tranced-out percussive acoustics recorded in secret deep in the bowels of the earth. Don your ceremonial animal skins and join the ruckus. Five tracks, 38 minutes.
Our first split CD, two complementary mini-albums merged into one mind-altering whole. Philadelphia-based Niagara Falls follow up two fine CDs on their own Honeymoon Music label with perhaps their most evocative electro-acoustic drones to date, an aural tour of a misty archipelago located just off the coast of dreamland; 3 tracks, 30 minutes. Meanwhile, the Clear Spots roll up one of their most fried rural noise fatties yet, assembling various wreckage from last year's successful orbital barn launch into an imposing edifice that towers over the scree on the far side of the ridge; 1 25-minute track in 4 parts.
During the Great Depression, “Electricity for All” was a slogan of the Tennessee Valley Authority, part of FDR’s New Deal, as it strove to bring electric power to isolated communities in the Appalachians. Some 70 years later, the Clear Spots commemorate that wiring process by expanding the concept. Drawing on various energies both organic and otherwise, using the barn as a resonator and the holler as a natural amplifier, the trio (plus specialist aetheric-engineering friends) opens an interplanetary conduit between the dirt and the stars, beaming diverse sonic signals out into the void. Is anyone up there listening? Maybe the mountains could say… Two CDs, 17 tracks, 95 minutes.
Adam Bugaj sometimes plays lysergic barn rock with the Clear Spots, other times vaporizes neurons with Peacefeather (please check out their excellent CD on Honeymoon Music), but more than either he’s a bedroom-studio Dr. Moreau, toiling away in his attic laboratory to bring us fragmentary new sonic life forms. If the medium is the message, this is definitely speaking in tongues: flashes of recognizable elements float by -- ghosts of Wilson/Parks sketches, malfunctioning electronica, lo-fi psychedelia, tape hiss and machine hum and the click of the edit button -- then fly off in mid-sentence just as their import begins to clarify. This is what it would feel like if Daylight Savings Time happened every day.
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