Some Arctic ambient from Russia to close with, complete with sparkling ice winds and strange digging machinery excavating graves in the snowfields. G’night, folks.
I do love Motion Sickness Of Time Travel. Here, two excerpts from their new record, which (by the time you have read this) I have just bought on mp3 from Boomkat, who describe it in part as “a holographic collab between Tangerine Dream and Julianna Barwick in the year 2040.” Perfect. G’night.
I do like a bit of cosmic, and Giant Claw’s brilliantly named CLASH OF MOONS fires a huge information-rich pink laser of it. Or, perhaps, a radiophonic burst from beyond space. Either way, it’s a perfectly nice way to close out the night. G’night.
What is the sound of being locked in a box, being transported to a bleak riverside, being gently slid into the river, sinking to the bottom and then being slowly enfolded by cold black waters, closing your eyes, opening them again some endless time later, realising you are conscious but not breathing, finding yourself in a stark, denuded landscape, alone, blasted by ice-razor winds, crawling into a solitary dark stone hovel on the moorland for shelter, being grabbed from behind, thrown into a box, being locked in the box, being transported to a bleak riverside, being gently slid into the river, sinking to the bottom and then being slowly enfolded by cold black waters and then closing your eyes?
It is the sound of Disemballerina’s “Sundowning.” Good night.
Some proper witched-out space music for the overnight. I fully expect this to trigger dreams of ghost women on gently collapsing space stations, morphine moondust meditation and the soft but insistent refusal to open doors. Sleep well, when you sleep.
May 11th, 2012 | music
I got sent this the other night. If you like spooky ambient atmospherics and strange soundscapes, you’re going to want to give this a listen:
This, the second album by Abominations of Yondo, has among its influences the penultimate chapter of ‘The Time Machine’ by H.G. Wells. However, the listener is of course free to associate other scenarios, memories or febrile imaginings with the assembled sounds.
I’ve been fascinated by this for a day or so, now. You can almost imagine it as the best possible soundtrack to the best possible adaptation of THE TIME MACHINE, but it does definitely go its own way, and it’s frequently just lovely.
And you can click through the player for a free download, or to Archive for an even easier free download.
April 24th, 2012 | music
Kemper Norton’s been a regular name here over the last few years, with his unique “slurtronic” wyrd ambient. He’s just released a new collection – and “collection” does seem to be the word, as it’s really a gathering of sonic flotsam from the shores of his cider-drenched brain – and it’s free to download. Listen here, click through to grab it.
March 27th, 2012 | music
“The Sunderland Wreck,” by Moongazing Hare is a sort of ghostly, deconstructed, folk music, echoing out of Denmark but really sounding to me like a Northern European answer to the likes of Scott Tuma and his strange, doomy alternate-world country drones. It’s beautiful, if somewhat chilly and alienated — sometimes it sounds like you’re in a field, sometimes it sounds like you’re on a patch of remote wasteground surrounded by bent and wrecked cars with grass growing through the tears in the tin and the only other human in fifty miles is laying face down dead in the shallow oily puddle at your feet and –
Well. Have a listen.
I got an email from Kim Boekbinder last night that rendered me speechless. This is what Kim said:
This week I had the pleasure of hosting David J. of Bauhaus at my home. I asked if he would record a logotone for your website with me. We accidentally wrote a whole song. Sorry, no logotone for you today. You’ll have to content yourself with this.
David was inspired by your first memory being of the moon landing. David’s favorite author is Ray Bradbury, who walked across London on the night of the moon landing after watching the momentous event.
Kim, David, again: thank you so much.
Good morning, internet. It’s going to be a fine day.
February 24th, 2012 | music
Out today on CD, LP, mp3 and FLAC. I just bought the mp3 download directly from them. Because I do like a bit of Belbury Poly, me (not that my fondness for all things Ghost Box is a secret). Today’s a good day for some spectral time travel.
February 13th, 2012 | music
A remix/reinvention of Brooks’ MUSIC FOR DIETER RAMS, a radiophonic marvel in which every single note and sound was sourced from the Dieter Rams-designed Braun AB-30 alarm clock. It was a fascinating bit of work, but RECONSTRUCTIONS is more my speed – reconfiguring the original piece as a 21-minute long motorik ride-out into a very beautifully designed aether. The redoubtable Head Technician of Pye Corner Audio gives it some proper kosmische on the accompanying piece. Stream it here, or click through and buy for four quid. Splendid.
January 29th, 2012 | music
Regular reader will recognise the latter three names as being well-beloved in this parish. These three pieces, amusingly tagged on Soundcloud as “satanic psychedelia,” are as magnificently strange and beautiful as you would expect.
In which the Head Technician leaves behind much of his radiophonic and classical hauntological experimentation and heads off into realms I described on the twitters as British Cosmic. Passing through the 70s TV memoryscape mined by The Advisory Circle, the record crosses into a zone of distortion and beats that is (to me) clearly Kosmische, loping and yet frequently meditational. Analog electronic spacelaunch. And it seems to touch down, on the last track, in a warped Leyland Kirby wasteland, reality foaming at the edges, beautiful and unsettling. It took me a couple of listens to warm up to it: it’s not as immediately pretty as its predecessors, but I’ve found it’s richer and more rewarding. Stream it for free here or click through and buy it for cheap.