[4th] December: Crowhurst – Shallow

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From America with deep-rooted hatred and especially no love for Bono or The Beatles, comes Crowhurst—a solo-project commanded by Jay Gambit—also known under the guise of Girl 27—a continuation of his sound experiments. Before May of this year the project was a collaborative one with a full band set-up. From then he’s gone from noise, power electronics, dark ambient and back again, including numerous attempts at drone and ambient. We must admit that many of his releases remain unheard but his concepts are of interest. Not only because of his collaborative efforts on split-releases with Water Torture, Et Nihil, Sordo, Human Fluid Rot, Tanner Garza, Black Leather Jesus, Breakdancing Ronald Reagan, Trevor Bolin, et cetera — but because of his productiveness, and transgression between electronic and non-electronic music. Power electronics and power-violence seem to have more in common than one could ever imagine. It’s actually not that hard to fit those genres together, the only bump in the road would be where to draw the line, but there have been even weirder constellations co-operating so nothing should be said about that.

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One confusion is whether Crowhurst since Girl 27’s first release “And I Hope Nothing Hurts You More​.​.​.” goes back to being a whole “ensemble“, or if it is intended for his personal experimentation. I hope for the latter. Somewhere along the road if you’re not into the phenomenon, you can easily confuse both his solo-project and his supporting players for one and the same, besides the reality of the harshness that separates the two. So it’s good that he chose to go his own way under a whole new name. This makes the connections even more irrelevant and creates a distinction between his follow-up work and the original setting of Crowhurst. Anyhow, his productiveness, let’s return to that. With his harsh noise endeavor, four original releases have been put out, named: “And I Hope Nothing Hurts You More​.​.​.“, “The End“, “Haldol“. and the self-titled release “Girl 27“. He’s also been able to hook in Dreamcatcher for a split-release. Though I am not too sure about the nihilistic tendencies delivered, conceptually the releases make for vivid interpretations.

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So for the 4th of December, Crowhurst have lent himself for a more beat-oriented and noise-driven intermezzo which starts of painfully harsh, keeps going at it for what feels like more then four minutes and then completely dies out into nothingness. It might be a proper transgression from his old self to the new moniker he operates. The song is titled “Shallow” and separates the thin lines between ambient-like noise and a steady rhythm which shakes you around and spins your world 360 degrees in the wrong direction.

Poem:

You be nice to Santa,
he’ll grant you Americana
If you’re not,
he’ll be utterly distraught

4th of December has not ended yet, but only begun. We’re past the cold and chilly grounds, we’ve entered the desert and you’ve suffered heat exhaustion. Tomorrow a new track will be released and the temperature might flutter. Until then, enjoy the exclusive and newly produced song “Shallow” courtesy of Crowhurst, on Repartiseraren.

Listen: Xiu – One Thrilling Night

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As last year went into the last month, the compilation “Minimal Milan” was released on the then newly created label Minimal Trend Records. A label run by Oksana Rodinova, otherwise known as Xiu, whose contribution to this compilation was under a new alias called MarryMe2Night. Individual songs and remixes have been released, but the Estonian-born queen of minimal synth hasn’t stopped short of that. aufnahme + wiedergabe decided to test the waters again, having released her first self-titled EP back in 2012. This time our Berlinian label have put out “One Thrilling Night” – the latest release by Xiu up to date – a double-single of some sort featuring the tracks “One Thrilling Night” and “Turn Me On“. Porl King (In Death It Ends/Miserylab, etc) have mastered this release.

When listening to these songs, it feels like a recognizable Xiu stream of consciousness. Taken into another direction with the calmness; smeared with metallic percussion. Dreamy landscapes of sound pull the dirt with it, because she’s not afraid to have some dirt under her nails. The whole sound-scape in the first track is drifting between semi-consciousness and a state of dreaming, with a suggestive dark undertone and rhythm to angelic melodies that flow through. A difference between the first and the second track is that in the second – she introduce her vocals. Reverberated strings of some kind of hopelessness, together with sunken beats that wouldn’t really make you move but rather contemplate. You can stream the whole release down below.

Exclusive Stream: A.P. Felix – Electronic Tonalities

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Back again, for another round of I Had An Accident Records. Hopefully, you’re not getting fed up by these marvelous presentations, because I am getting fed up myself. However, something that will not be tiresome is all the great music that is flowing our way. Especially in this collaboration, since there’s such a wide-range of inspiring artists, groups and what not. IHAA holds the banner high, since releases seem to come fairly regularly. Since it’s only one day left before everything is released, there will only be one more exclusive stream. We’re down with you, going way down into the experimental hole. Disturbing electronica, seeping through every door and window of your house. Better close them, because something supernatural might heed the call, and try to come into your domains. This is clearly atmospheric, malevolent, and distressing in its essence – but still a magnificent work of art. I would say that you could picture yourself with Alice in Wonderland while listening to this music. Remember, time is everything, but it’s slowly floating away from you. In these lands, your meditative conscience will be your only guide. A.P. Felix, who’s real name actually is Andrew Felix, resides in Los Angeles, California. He’ll take you on a trip which you’ll never forget, with this new release titled “Electronic Tonalities“, which will be released on the 9th of July as a C37 cassette. If you need more information, please look down below at what IHAA has written about the release:

Inspired by electronic components and the early history of electronic music/sound, A.P. Felix constructs Electronic Tonalities. The 37 minute experiment pays tribute to the pioneers of the genre and is programmed on modular synthesizers and other hardware synthesizers. The end result features blips of atmospheric waves and tones that gently dance with layers of synth and beats. Felix masters the modular components and develops a rare style of historical significance.

A.P. Felix, aka Andrew Felix, is from Los Angeles, CA. “Superchrome” tape was used in making this album.

Tracklist:

1. Crystal Tuning Stability

2. Tempo Cave

3. Rabbit Hair

4. Busy At Manhattan Research

5. Roymond’s Playground (FM)

6. Triangle Tripod

7. Jungle Show Time

Review: Marrow Mandler – Sensual Seas

816703764-1If you could see the world through other eyes, or if you’d see Tatsuya Nakadais eyes, you’d be petrified. Marrow Mandler is the brainchild of Sascha Mandler. It seems like if he touches your soul, it will be in a realistically but cold manner. With the opening song “Shattered Acticipations“, he delves deeper into the sphere of power electronics. Contracting the brutality of the generic term “power electronics“, but subsequently increasing the melodic content in and of the aforementioned genre. The undertones of the sound-scape are vicious, as the melodic content burrows itself deeper into our souls. We’re left behind, left for dead, as the powerful electronics smear and crush everything in its wake. Possibly the more intriguing material that could’ve been found in that particular genre, as the fondness of power electronics arises anew from this particular song. Leaving no way out, continuing with “Shed Skin“, as you’re forced into a corner of fight-or-flight. But not for long, as the landscape is re-shaped, uttering a more minimal synth approach in contrast to the sound we just witnessed. Blending the interesting cold wave with more of an atonal, but also melodic sound-scape, quenches the thirst of anything heavier. As the isolated, lonely roars of a disenfranchised individual lets itself be heard, amongst an atonal but semi-melodic wave of thought.

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My New Fascination (Special Ed. 2): Null And Void – Possibilities (Discoverable Thoughts)

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This is a special-edition of My New Fascination which is directed at the wonderful guy who owns Bunkerpop. It will contain one of two reviews, one of the re-issued version of Coïtus Int. first release “Dead Excitement E.P.” but also of Null And Void and their brand new release of material recorded in between 1981-1982 titled “Possibilities (Discoverable Thoughts)“, which will be featured in Special Ed. 2. In this edition, I’ll go through the Null And Void release. You should support Bunkerpop by venturing over to his website and ordering these two gems, which will aid the label-owner in his quest of seeking out and preserving old gems.

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