[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.

Chondritic Spotlight: Jason Lescalleet and Sissy Spacek! [Part I]

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There have been a resurgence in releases lately. Chondritic Sound just put out a whole batch of new releases, featuring Jason Lescalleet, Sissy Spacek, Klinikal Skum and Fejhed. A video-tape and a batch of cassettes is what’s coming and a lot of people might’ve been waiting for the next life-sign of Chondritic. Even though the video-tape was announced some weeks ago, it’s readily available in a VHS-format, once more to be displayed by a proud label-owner. I think many people share his pride and find it positive with such an enthusiasm that he’s got going for his own label, as his supporters are not really few and far in between – but many. Sissy Spacek has a long line of releases that have been put out on this label, the first one being “DDT” in 2008, to “Grisp” and “Vacuum” 2010/2011, to “Billions And Billions” together with “ET Corpse/JFK” – both put out in 2013.  Klinikal Skum on the other hand, gets his first release on Chondritic Sound, ever. A rather joyous moment for aficionados in power electronics. Not to mention Fejhed, a new project birthed through collaborative effort between two known artists, one of them being at the forefront of what is produced on this cassette. Now we’ll get to writing about these releases, so hold your horses. You get Jason Lescalleet and Sissy Spacek in the first part.

lescalleet_vhs_dvdJason Lescalleet. The name might be familiar to those within the US, but also to those outside of it, if we expand his repertoire a bit. He’s been running the label Glistening Examples since 2006 – especially notable for the release “The Pilgrim” – a one-hour release with tracks made by himself, dedicated as a memorial to his late father. Or you might know him from his collaborations with Joachim Nordwall (iDEAL Recordings) with the group Enough!!!, his solo efforts and splits with Nmpering, Joe Colley, John Hudak, Aaron Dilloway – and countless other collaborative efforts signed this multifaceted man. Not only does he make music, but he’s also been directing lately. Since he released his DVD-collection he made as a creator and director, with thirteen different artists – put into thirteen different videos – he’s more than busy. This collection is called “Trophy Tape” and is based on the first CD of “Songs About Nothing“, which was released in 2012 on Erstwhile Records.

Since he with his own label decided to release it on DVD, Chondritic Sound made the effort to release it on VHS, as well. A rather interesting addition to his songs. It’s especially exciting that he’s let these video artists be film directors. The first track “The Beauty Of Independent Music” was done by Aaron Dilloway, the second “Old Theme” by Ellen Frances”, third “Tarnished Copper (Copper Will Never Be Gold)” by Annie Feldmeier Adams, fourth “The Loop” by Justin Meyers, fifth “Euphoric Sting” by Anthony Milton, sixth “Beauty Is A Bowtie (HTDW)” by C. Spencer Yeh, seventh “The Power Of Pussy” by Olivia Block, eight “Escargot” by Adel Soto, ninth “In The Morning, In The Winter Shade, On The First Of March, On The Holiday” by Neil Young Cloaca, tenth “Friday Night In A Catholic Home” by Todd Deal, eleventh “10 Amp Waves” by Jubal Brown, twelve “I Killed Another Day” by Heidi Alasuvanto, thirteenth “In Through The Out Door And Another Whore” by Robert Beatty. Outtakes from VHS/DVD can be seen from his own account, made for the Anthology Film Archives, up above. You can buy it from Chondritic Sound if you want the VHS, for twenty dollars. The DVD version can be bought from Glistening Examples.

a0609453241_10Sissy Spacek. The brainchild of… whomever it was back then, have certainly evolved from their grindcore past, to their noisecore future. Currently the home to Charlie Mumma and John Wiese, so the group has been chopped up and turned into a duo instead. It seems like it happened pretty late, after the split-release with Smegma in 2013 titled “Lipscomb b/w Absentia“, with the first release in 2014 titled “Incomprehensible Dehumanization“. Their first proper album release since back in 2012 with “Wastrel Projection” and “Contretemps” – the aforementioned one being more of a compilation of tracks – or rather a huge number of them. Before getting to the point I must say that I have no idea if Sissy Spacek is in somehow related (symbolically) to the American actress Sissy Spacek, because that’s what turns up when you search for it, other than these two guys. Anyhow, their newly released album (or compilation) is titled “Window Hammer“, featuring one of their old group-members Corydon Ronnau on vocals, since it was recorded in between the 7th May of 2013, whilst the last track on the release was “assembled” on the 9th of June. So that makes sense. The release itself is in a 7¨-format and DVDr – which contains them performing the material on the release – live from their West Coast tour. Twenty minutes of Sissy Spacek, which I’m afraid I haven’t heard of until now, is being launched at you in record speed – mind you, the tracks are really short. A proper blast in the face with a harsh but fast sound. Punk as fuck with an attitude you’d get with just that. The rather spastic vocals of Corydon Ronnau together with the brutal drums make up the atmosphere to be a lot more than it could’ve been, together with the grind kind of noise that the guitar makes. Fast drumming as hell and you won’t settle for anything less after you’ve just been blasted away in fifteen seconds or a little bit more, or less. Can be bought via Chondritic Sound. Stream the release down below, or buy the physical release to get the track “Seven Dwarfs“.

Premiere: The Pocket Rockets – The Pocket Rockets

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Since they released two singles “Somewhere We Can Be Alone” and “Summer Girl“, the band The Pocket Rockets have finally released their first album. A self-titled one which collects these singles and a couple of new tracks by the names of “No Control“, “Who We Are” and “MDNGHT“. Jon Siebels (Eve 6) have produced this album for them, and as they say in the first song: “nothing can stop us now“. That’s how it should feel when you’re a new band that is continually making progress. With their good kitsch indie-rock themed songs, early rock’n’roll vibe, mixed together with post-punk vibes. This  gives them a rather more interesting shape of what their indie-rock should be about, rather than the same old, same old that a lot of indie-rock bands seem to be doing. As they’ve created their own version of what it should be, the careless riffs and on point drumming is a joy to be heard. Even though a lot of their lyricism derives from the simple, it’s catchy and good together with the rest of the music. Nothing can be done more than to bob your head to this fine piece of indie-rock, feeling that summer is ahead of me – but closer then ever. We’re giving you a premiere of their self-titled album “The Pocket Rockets“, so you can listen to and take in this band on your own. Because they’ve been with us since some time now. Stream it from their bandcamp and enjoy.

Promo: Believer/Law – Matters of Life and Death

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The long-awaited vinyl-release of “Matters of Life and Death” have appeared on Chondritic Sound just now, on the 4th of March, as I’m writing. Consisting of two songs from earlier releases, and two completely new songs, whom have been premiered at Pitchfork (among others) and Invisible Guy. This eccentric mixture of the best from the world of body, shaped into a dynamite-charge of industrialized evilness – have made a huge impact on those whom have taken Believer/Law for what they are – a pretty damn unique act. Add a little hint of minimal wave and other notable influences such as noise, psychedelia and experimentalism – and you’ll have the final product. The release itself is made up by 600 copies, whereas 100 are on limited white vinyl, 200 on gray and 300 on regular black. The digital album costs 7 dollars and the physical LP costs 15 dollars. A must-have for anyone even remotely interested in their music, and for those whom are interested in the resurgence of new body mixed with industrial elements. The tracks are as follow: “Ashes“, “War Story“, “The Task At Hand” and “Contrition“. Digital release can be bought at the Chondritic Sound-bandcamp, and the physical edition can be bought from the Chondritic Sound-store.

Listen: Corners – Pressure

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I’ve always been interested in the crossover between surf punk, garage and post-punk – but definitely not in that order. Corners is Tracy Bryant, Billy Changer and Rick Mabery from Los Angeles, California. They’ve more or less been around since 2012, when they self-released their first album (and release) “Beyond Way“, which was later on picked up by Lolipop Records and re-released in the same format – namely a cassette, but this time; rather limited. In August last year they released a 7¨ titled “My Baby” which featured the two songs “My Baby” and “Automatic Man“, which were two completely new tracks in their repertoire. Per usual, Lolipop Records released it. Since I didn’t know very much about them until I read more about them, and found them via Bandcamp, they’re actually releasing a new record – which is a split together with Dirt Dress, a band which differs a bit from themselves, but can be counted into the punk-category. They’ve also been around longer. So therefore, I would like to present the track “Pressure” for you, to listen to. There’s both a hollow line between surf punk and its rather energized tempo, and the more callous and dark post-punk, in comparison with the regular garage-rock sounding vocals. Surely, there’s a lot of common ground between the genres, but also uncommon. However, it sounds great and is pretty much what you’d expect with that combination, which makes it worthwhile to listen to. So I urge you to stream the track down below and check Corners out, as well as Dirt Dress.

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.

Spotlight: Various Artists – The Alliance

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Seismic activity had increased in the area around Los Angeles, as Nostilevo together with Vacation Vinyl – prepared for their overtake of the industrial latitude in and around the United States. An alliance was formed which was referred to “The Alliance“, a compilation of the most hard-working and dedicated crowd within the field of claustrophobic industrial, experimental noise, apocalyptic harsh industrial, psychedelic noise – and other innovative people in and around this group. Craow (Sean Halpin) rose from the depths of Cyborg City, to infuse his field of expertise, within the group. Checkered beats that are thrown around into a pitfall of dampened industrial, with the cataclysmic atmosphere of noise itself. Scorpio & Glass (K. Reinshagen), the definition of psychotic harsh noise, descended upon Los Angeles to spread his monotonic terror. As the repetitive sounds hooked themselves into the brains of the futile human beings in the nearby area, he disappeared without a trace. Fairlight Empress shone his light upon the now decimated city, as his grainy (Greh Holger) but stingy arsenal of roughed up beats descended upon the unknowing, in a swirl of industrialized fervor. This is certainly a darkened but enigmatic source of sonic barbarianism.

Inspiring other fighters to join their ranks, Avellan Cross (Elden M.) fused his minimal electronics with the hypnotizing repetitiveness of acidic waste. It’s a taste you will not forget in the first place, so please wash your mouth (and ears) before you continue. Siobhan, what can be said? Generally the toughest of sound-scapes, combining the harshness of the collective that calls themselves “The Alliance” – with the relentless strikes of psychotic experimental industrial. Liable (K. Reinshagen) teamed up internationally, with Nepoštovanje I Glupo, as we descend into their common territory. Lots of dark ambient, with the ritualistic industrial you’d least expect to be used upon the common foe – the common people. Ritual Howls, on the other hand, is not a collaboration. It’s a joint operation with a team of hardened combatants that deliver to you the post-punk spirit encapsulated with an unforgiving atmosphere, which gives you the creeps that chill you to the bone – amidst the rituals that are chanted within the sound-scape. Yeah, basically, just check out their name. It’s frightening enough as it is.

Well, for once Mammal decided to not go solo and join the ranks. His low-keyed and acoustic vibrations doom you to hell and back if you’d even care to listen. His overt misanthropy would have a nihilist convert to a more happier ideology, as whatever he touches turns into the gray landscape he paints so eloquently in the post-apocalyptic atmosphere his tongue lets him moves himself in. David Allen could be one of them, for all I know, but it’s not what I know that’s important right now. He contributes with the plain and simple movements of harsh noise, as he pierces your eardrums with the repetitive but annihilating sounds which would’ve been better placed within the industry of making bombs. Yes, he’s bombing your mind with different associations, as the monotonous noises hack away on your sensitive brain. Nothing for the weak. Phase Fatale (Hayden Payne) bring us back to our senses, even though the lyrics are too cold for us. His almost poppy minimal synth experience invite us to be hopeful once more, whilst he strikes us from behind with his dagger. We’re falling, because he tells us to fall. Tis’ way more melodious.

Now, please, don’t get any closer. Hand To God will smite you with the ungodly wrath. Crackling noises that creep right next to you make you feel like you’re in near proximity to something living, which only brings you the ungodly insect that quickly snaps away the rest of the hope you might’ve had. An almost claustrophobic experience that settles from different angles, as the intensity of sound moves closer to that of fire. Run while you can. Desire XXVII (or Desire XXI) shapes the world, and Los Angeles, the way The Alliance first wanted it to be. Their natural playground for seismic experiments, sonic adventures and absurd musical enhancements. Basically, it’s their playground and their will, if you don’t shape up – you’ll be assimilated. Volcanic and naturalistic noise that tears up the ground and make you stumble around. Last but not least, you’re invited to the rebirth of the world. Blue Krishna (Alex Jarson) lends his hands to you as you’re awoken, or rebirthed. The mixture of spiritualistic new-wave with electronic overtones have a clarity of its own. You’re now revitalized and a part of The Alliance.

The Alliance is a compilation that was released by K. Reinshagen’s eminent label Nostilevo. Unfortunately, the Invisible Guy didn’t have much of a choice last year – therefore it was covered today. You should buy “The Alliance” on cassette, since it features new material from all these acts. It’s a sonic trip that lasts 60 minutes. If that isn’t enough for you to buy into it, then why won’t you scramble and leave? Okay, it only costs ten dollars to receive this physical artifact and compilation. So go and buy it, to support Nostilevo and Vacation Vinyl.