Lyssna: J.S. Aurelius / Marie Davidson – Split 7¨

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Aldrig har jag varit så mycket för Marie Davidson som nu. Egentligen var jag inte särskilt imponerad över “Perte D’Idéntite” som släpptes på Weyrd Son Records i mitten av året. Men att hon nu tillsammans med J.S. Aurelius, främst känd för det originella skivbolaget Ascetic House och som är en medlem i gruppen Destruction Unit, gör en split tillsammans – kan bara innebära en sak: förändring. Vilket i sin tur innebär att “L’Espoir Est Mon Sentiment Le Plus Noir” blir en av de första låtarna som jag kan känna är acceptabla. Även om hennes tidigare alster inte skinit likt solen, så gör denna låt att man återigen börjar tro på att hon kan leverera någonting stabilt. Atmosfären är alarmerande, den är instinktiv och primitiv på en och samma gång; lägg till en stabil rytm med synthar som gradvis stegrar upp och sedan faller ner likt furor. Under låtens gång så blir man mer och mer på hugget, man börjar undra om fru paranoia gömmer sig bakom gardinerna eller inte.

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Även om man kan påstå att “Vaste Obscurité” – som levereras med fransk låttitel såklart, innehåller en hel del spänning – så slappnar man av efter att ha fått igång sitt system. J.S. Aurelius låter en avskalad ljudmiljö utvidga mina sinnen. Det känns som om man flyter i ett orörbart tillstånd. Man bara existerar för att höra vad det är han kan ge en och ens sinnen. En ljusglimt kommer lite då och då, ibland hör man ett sprak, vid nästa hörn så öppnar sig  hela universum för en. Om man inte redan vid låt nummer ett på denna spliten har öppnat upp sig själv för musiken så kommer man inte att tycka om den. Däremot måste jag ge dem att de är skickliga musiker och kan det här med att bygga upp ljudmiljöer; för att sedan rasera allt. Men det finns fortfarande kvar någon slags mening i spillrorna av det som varit. Denna split-7:a släpps på vad jag antar är upptakten till ett performance, men som även verkar vara ett skivbolag vid namn Neuromodulation.

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Den 26:e September går en live-show av stapeln vid namn “Mysanthropologie“, där The Hand In The White Glove, Klondike, La Naegleria, Police Quest, Ater Charta och Unstained By Thought uppträder. Detta är dock ingenting som har med Ascetic House att göra, utan snarare har allt att göra med Neuromodulation – där samarbeten uppstår när de kan utföras. Lyssna till bägge sidor av vinylskivan här nedanför.

Review: Destruction Unit – Sandy Sessions

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Ascetic House have been busy pushing out their January program, in full. So while you slept on it, Invisible Guy kept counting. According to the newsletter, they have a rather unique approach when putting out their releases. They planned 31 cassettes for their program, but each individual release was and is only available on the day that it is released. A new release appeared the next day, but since it’s already the 31st, it’s kind of late to write about their program. The releases were not announced in advance, so it was randomized. For those that follow the Asceticism of Ascetic House, these releases will ship out in the end of the month, which would be today.

Some of these releases may also end up in distribution, at selected record stores and distros. Lucky for you, each one of the out-of-print releases (meaning every release), have been put up as a free download. Unfortunately, that means that you’re turning up rather late for the physical edition. Me too. These releases remain up on their website for download until this evening, when I’m writing this, and tomorrow they’ll be gone. For me, it’s not the point to give you anything more then a taste from Ascetic Korp (Soundcloud), and write-ups of these different releases.

Since they made a concept of their own, Invisible Guy will blindly follow their concept, but he will move astray from the set dates. Because he’s out of luck this time. Each day, he will bring you a review and let you listen to a piece of a track from the release which he is reviewing.

First up is Destruction Unit and their recently released (in the January program) session “Sandy Sessions“.

1st of January!

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Destruction Unit have been around since 2004, and probably before that, even. They’ve released albums, singles and E.P.s on labels such as Empty Records, FDH Records, Volar Records, Sacred Bones Records, Jolly Dream Records, Discos Cagados, Disordered Records, Lo-Fi Records, Suicide Squeeze and BIG LOVE Records. One live-record and a session have been reserved for release on Ascetic House. The band consists, and have consisted of Ryan Rousseau, Rusty Rousseau, Nick Nappa, JS Aurelius, Andrew Flores, Justin Keefer – some of whom are a part of Ascetic House. They play a combination of psychedelic garage and noise rock. We’re going to get into their latest release, the session-release “Sandy Sessions“. Four tracks, namely “Time Traveler“, “Desert Snow“, “Poison Breath” and “Do Drugs (Nihilism)” were recorded in Brooklyn, New York at Heaven Street studio by Kyle Keays – a day before the 29th of October, when the Hurricane Sandy reached its epitome. This was when it hit New York and New Jersey, where the severest damage was done. Therefore: “Sandy Sessions“.

The first song “Time Traveler” is a catchy piece of music, which derives the most out of the psychedelia, which just sits there and looms at the beginning – whilst they rev up the noise rock, keeping a steady tempo – just so I can nod to the track and go with the rhythm. It’s constant. When it’s been going for roughly two minutes, the singer’s canned voice is picked up and as he reaches his epitome, all hell breaks loose and the psychedelia sips in like it came from a breach in the hull. The guitars are absolutely wild, gracing you with the reverberant that acts as distortion, clashing with the wildly played drums. Suddenly, it speeds up and reaches into a whirlwind of screeching guitars, gradually speeding it to its utmost limit when everything comes together once again – just to fade out into the blue. It feels like you’re caught with the wind, it feels like you’re experience what had been hitting and should just hit – New York City (amongst other cities). So the name itself is prophetic, as you’re caught in the maelstrom of guitars, drums, vocals and bass – which winds you up until you loose yourself to it. You have a clear sense of where it’s heading in the beginning, but then it picks off from there and leaves you totally clueless. You never know what hit you, until you realize it afterwards. It’s simply stunning, in the literal sense of the word.

Now, “Desert Snow“, the second track – starts off more like a rehearsal. Featuring slowly-paced psychedelic delight, entwined with the ramblings of the vocalist – rather than the up-tempo garage schtick. It’s like a lullaby, if you’d force it into a concoction of noisy rock melodrama. When you’re about to be included into their lullabies, it instead whirls into a mesmerizing feverish dream. There’s even more psychedelia included here, as if you’d be out on a whim and into wonderland. A seemingly nauseating experience when it has drawn you in for a constant rhythmic swaying, sincerely for you by the guitars and the continuous tempo by the drums. We’re at the crescendo, but we can’t get away from there. It’s like you’re dragged into the quicksand, quickly forming around you, as the snow pours down. Therefore; “Desert Snow“. A brutally chilling experience, traveling through time and space with the psychedelic vibes you’d only get from such a setting. Most of it’s predictable, but when they hypnotize you with such a fantastic performance, even though it’s just a session – you’re flabbergasted. There’s certainly no lack of energy, as they pounce away and fade into obscurity, leaving only a deserted mind. Emptied of all significance, fading into the quick-sand – never to be seen again. It’s a once-in-a-lifetime experience, I reckon. Effin’ good one at that, but like some other tracks, it’s simply meant to be heard only once. You might disagree, but it is memorable, but I don’t want to ruin it.

Charging at you in a slow-paced motion, moving forwards – is the track “Poison Breath“. Yes, it breathes down your neck. Feels like you’re a part of the chase, but you’re chased, therefore you’re not only the one going to be feasted upon – you’re actually not the predator. When listening to this, I feel active and not passive. I’m slowly starting to think that they’re tricking me into this story of theirs, which has been built up since the last two tracks, only to get more obvious in this one. I don’t give much for the sound, because it feels quite repetitive. But that is probably the point, just to slowly mold into where the vocals come in – as they play their part. Locked into a closet, dampened and psychotic – far away. It’s jam-packed with the most robust, but noisy rock you’ll ever hear. Feeding into the enormous distortion generated by their general atmosphere, but also generated by their manipulation of their instruments – in regards to their setting. Chugging riffs, outdrawn riffs, crazily psychedelic guitars and an abundance of feedback feed into the most psychedelic garage rock. This crossover can be considered to be a success, if you’d ever find it below all the grimy and muddy dung that is shot your way. This track is probably the most flipped out yet, but I’m not hoping for much either. Regarding the track that comes after this, the name of that track spells even more disaster. Disaster in a totally maddening, but positive way – if that even makes sense.

The name of this track is “Do Drugs“, and is credited as “Do Drugs (Nihilism)” when reading Discogs. Well, if I’d ever get surprised by anything so far, it would be the classic rock vibe that it delivers in the beginning. A solo-driven guitar with a gurgling vocalist that spews out his toothpaste with water. In regards to the name of the track, and the music at hand, this is probably how you’d feel if a hurricane had hit you the day after – and you saw it in some kind of psychotic vision. Or maybe it’s simply a call for total decadence, who knows. “A-aa-aa-aahh“, is all I hear, as the vocalists words (that I can decipher) echo round and round, in my brain. Let’s hope they never start a dentistry, because they’d pull out your teeth without any mercy. With nippers. It’s by this time that I frankly get annoyed by listening to this release, but it’s actually the final track, so I sit down and try to endure the enormously boring tempo that has stirred up the total carnage that is in my headphones. By then, the song has already ended in an outdrawn sigh and a bang. But it fades out quietly, into a silent snip that cuts it off. Yes, this release is so sickening and dirty that you’ll have to use something else to clean your ears out. Even though it’s the shortest song on the release, it feels like hours just went by, as if the heat-wave just hit me. I feel totally deserted.

Listen to a track from a release by them of the Ascetic House program, the January program of course. It’s not a track from this release, unfortunately, but it’s from another. So get on with it.

Listen: Xakatawaga, Blue Krishna, Bad User Experience and David Allen!

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Finally, the four releases that were incorporated into the MMXIV Winter catalog at Nostilevo, are released. Neal Samples may be the one behind the moniker Xakatawaga, as you otherwise know him as Tollund Men, but also as the proprietor of Bleak Environment – an independent label, based out of America – that specializes in industrial, noise and black metal. The repetitive motion that is released with “Vol. 1“, which is the first release under this moniker, reminds me a lot of schranz techno, except the fact that the basis for it is more or less based on the off-shoot of techno, mixed in with industrial experimentalism and rhythmic noise. Bob your head from one place to another, as this bleak and repetitive notion keeps on rolling by – watered down by psychedelic hallucinations. Conjugating with the rough winds beneath, extracting and putting in place – what makes industrial so harsh and barren in the first place. Transgressing the narrative that techno is only techno, crossing over into unorthodox territories to make the combination even more wild and interesting. Four tracks that span up to 23 minutes in length, if added together. Featured by their names, in correct order; “Uay“, “Blue Soul“, “Cygne” and “Nu Contact”. Buy this release for 7 dollars if you want a cassette, or 6 dollars if you want it digitally. I’d suggest you getting the physical release instead of the digital, since it’s only 1 dollar more and you get something you can hold on to.

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Being one of the most interesting releases in this batch of four, Blue Krishna makes the best of what you can take from new-wave and slap their own electronic vibe onto it. It’s in the atmosphere of industrial as such, making use of the experimental nature, forcing their own synth-popish backstab, into the psychedelic trench. Alex Jarson from Body Of Light, which can be heard when you listen to it, shapes his own form of badness through Krishna. Yes, that was a really lame joke. But influences from that project can be heard in this as well. Having been tightly affiliated with Ascetic House under his aforementioned moniker, made it to Chondritic Sound in the end, and transformed into Bad Krishna for his place to be – which came to be Nostilevo. The project delivers the most interesting differentiations, as lavish synth-pop with industrial drums is turning its way into your consciousness. Leaving you with some hope, since it’s only beginning. With a ceremonious chant applied to a dance-rhythm infused into the harsh landscapes of industrial. Clocking in at 23 minutes, roughly, when all songs are added up. The album is titled “Repeat Until Death” and feature the four tracks; “Can’t See The Line“, “Taman Shud“, “Mayflower Spring” and “Rising Sun (It’s Just Beginning)“. Buy the digital release for 6 dollars and the physical cassette for 7 dollars. It seems like a lot comes out from Los Angeles, and that a lof ot it never leaves. But we’re now left with Bad Krishna. Even though it is hard to understand, it’s probably among one of the more unique sounds I’ve heard in my life.

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This is one of those projects that you wouldn’t care too much about in the beginning, but the more you listened to it, the more it enthralled you. Bad User Experience‘s release “CGi” feature a lot of tracks that have been featured elsewhere, like the track “Look NE Direction” that was on the “Industrialized [FROM] Sense” mixtape that came out last year, here on Invisible Guy. This is a total mind-bender, which allude to the more bizarre sounds that can be fitted into different categories, if at all. There’s certainly a sci-fi influence, which shouldn’t be hard to hear at all, and it basically feels like drifting into a black hole and experiencing it from within – with all the absurdities that come with it. Or maybe, if you’d incorporate the phenomenon déja vu into music-making, with the main difference; of it happening every second that you’re producing anything. Some of it is lo-fi groove in a can, other things are re-hashed hits evolving into an industrial mess of danceable beats. I believe you’ll have to have some kind of substance in you to make any sense of it as a whole. Which is certainly not anything I would recommend, but it seems to be that way. This release has six tracks and they come in the order of: “FORUM“, “The Matrix The Movie“, “BLACK HOLE BRENDAN“, “DESIGNegative“, “Look NE Direction” and “WATSMATTU“. It can be bought digitally for 6 dollars, and physically in the form of a cassette, for 7 dollars.

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It’s time for something more outdrawn. In the sense of longer tracks, more specifically. David Allen is the last one in the batch of these four cassette-releases, with his collection of three tracks titled “1188 OST (Sections I​-​III)“, which follows an abstract theme. Gradually shifting from noise in the first section, to claustrophobic industrial in the third section. It gets louder and more noisier, and then it suddenly cools off and gradually shifts to getting even louder. The inherent meaning behind this release is something that is unknown to me. He explores the different modes and settings, in which he makes music with. But this could be considered to be virtual non-music, and someone else should try to explain it more thoroughly. I must say that this release might just be for people whom are interested in experimental and noise, but also in the different subtle changes that can be made within the time-span as long as over 12 minutes. Because some of it I don’t get, and some of it is frightening. If you leave your telephone laying besides the holder, this is probably the noise it would make. Anyway, it clocks in at roughly 30 minutes all-in-all. The tracks are as follows: “Section 1“, “Section 2” and “Section 3“. It can be bought digitally for 6 dollars, and physically in the form of a cassette, for 7 dollars. So if you’re deeply entrenched in noise, this would be something considered well-worth of being bought.