New Book of Sand available from Auris Apothecary

The comrades at Auris Apothecary have just released the new Book of Sand LP “Postmodern Witchcraft” on 12″ limited vinyl (100). Previewing these tracks I’ve got to say I’m blown away by the sounds achieved. Haunting psych-rock with black metal overtones; really amazing! You can listen to the release at:

Order the vinyl at:
https://www.aurisapothecary.org/shop/book-of-sand-postmodern-witchcraft/

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Sujo “Diaspora”

Released as a cdr in 2012, “Diaspora” is probably one of the most abrasive, if not best, Sujo offerings. Seven tracks in 35 minutes incorporating sludgy tempos, gauzy distortion and the occasional blast beat catharsis. Full color inkjet vellum covers in a plastic sleeve for the out of print cdr. Available as a digital download.

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Ryan Huber “Akharon”

Four track cdr/digital download released in 2015. Combining drone with sparse electronic beats, field recordings, and noise. 50 black on black cdr’s with transparent grey vellum covers produced.

“Voyeur”

Directed by: Miles Kane, Josh Koury

Released late 2017 on Netflix, this unsettling documentary follows American author Gay Talese (Thy Neighbor’s Wife) as he writes his next book about a hotel owner who states that he was secretly watching his guests and documenting their activity. The hotel owner, Gerald Foos, reports that he engaged in this activity throughout the late 1960’s and 70’s and contacted Talese in the early eighties to share his story (with just Talese, ostensibly). After some some prodding by Talese, Roos agrees to allow a book to be written about his experiences. When the book is released, journalists begin to uncover major inconsistencies in Roos’ story and bring any claims he is making into question.

This documentary is fascinating not so much for the inevitable car crash of an ending but for the way people can develop a completely insulated and naive view of how their actions will be perceived by others. Roos considers himself a researcher into human behavior and sexuality and apparently has no qualms about his intrusion into the private lives of strangers. As his story breaks across national media; he’s obviously horrified to learn that he’s considered a bit of a scoundrel.

To his credit, Talese initially disavows his book about Roos (The Voyeur’s Motel) when learning about his subject’s inconsistencies. He does appear to walk this back after further conversations with Roos and continued to promote his purpoted non-fiction book. Talese seemed so single minded to get the story published that he appears flippant regarding the facts. Ambivalence aside, an engaging tale that’s well paced with the stylistic nods to Errol Morris and other fine documentarians.

-RH

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Tatira “Fire Everlasting”

The third (final?) Tatira release further explores the drone/electronic dichotomy. Twelve tracks / 48 minutes. Recorded in 2017 & 2018 in New Bedford, MA. 50 cdr / unlimited digital download.

Jason Lescalleet “This Is What I Do – Volume 20”

The newest in Jason Lescalleet’s sound adventures is a welcome addition to previous volumes and crucial listening for audiophiles. I’d be lying if I suggested I had any idea where most of this material was sourced. Old records, field recordings, the sound of machines exerted to maximum torque; it’s as mysterious as it is rewarding. Utilizing the stereo field in a way that requires headphone listening, these releases always force me to examine the recording and listening experience in a new, revitalized way. Most tracks clock in at under two minutes until you reach the final opus “Main Shut Down (Maine mix)” which pushes nine minutes. It is a mini-ambient masterpiece incorporating slowly building tones and foreboding atmosphere while recalling earlier sounds from the record. All in all, another gem from this master audio scientist.

-RH

Chevel “Always Yours”

The last I heard from Chevel was 2015’s “Blurse” which was a very stark and interesting take on electronic/techno/glitch. “Always Yours” is the Italian producer’s latest; and my favorite Chevel release to date. Over the course of nine tracks, no time or sound is wasted in establishing a minimalist stomp throughout tracks like “Bullet” and “Data Recovery.” There is ample reverb on kick/snare/cymbals and a great sense of depth in what could otherwise come across as dry and detached. The kick drum pulverizes nicely on “Dem Drums” with some downtuned vocal inflections making an appearance. Clocking in at 32 minutes, this garners an immediate replay after the ride out of the title track. Bravo!

-RH

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Caracoa “End of Kings”

Caracoa was a minimal electronic/drone/noise project from 2017. This is the final of three albums released that year. This features a shorter run time (28 minutes) with a focus on atmosphere and “deep techno.”  Available as a digital download.

Sun Hammer “s/t”

This may be one of the best “summertime” releases I’ve ever heard. Maybe the sun shining through the bleak Masshole clouds influences my feelings on this; but I think it’ll hold true in years to come. Jay Bodley (Sun Hammer) has a mastery of atmosphere, composition, and hooks that is rare in any genre. This release leans heavy on the “outsider hip-hop” end of the spectrum and I’m happy it does. There’s clearly a passion in these tracks. Treated vocals (Andrew Weathers) permeate nicely throughout and accentuate the rhythms, glitches, and melodies. There are some tracks that switch and turn quickly and I’m reminded of a less jarring version Prefuse 73 “Everything She Touched Turned Ampexian.” Other times its as smooth as silk and cold lemonade. One of my favorite tracks “WR Flame” clocks in at less than 2 minutes but encapsulates Jay’s creativity and ear for the sublime perfectly. The cassette version of this release has a very “old school” feel and look; very worth it for you physical media junkies. Highest recommendations!

-RH

Jannick Schou “Fasjil”

I’ve been following Jannick Schou’s work for a few years now. I’m a huge fan of 2015’s “Fabrik” released by Experimedia. This four track collection from 2013 serves as a great introduction to his work. The first track starts off with some great drones and noise and is punctuated by a huge kick drum that pulses and drives the track. The second track features a more upbeat kick/snare rhythm blanketed with more drone/static/noise. The third track is full of grime with a slower kick/snare combo that’s as bleak as it is entrancing. The closing track is menacing and plows along at a great tempo as noise threatens to obliterate the beat at multiple turns. When I listen to this I can’t stop thinking “I wish I could do that” and I’m grateful. Superb!

-RH