I couldn't be more excited about this podcast. Tons of collaborations, legacy noise artists releasing new material and a Spacemen 3 cover. Listen on I-Tunes, Soundcloud or Mixcloud. If you are into making a small contribution to Patreon to get exclusive content and interviews...right this way my friend - Tome to the Weather Machine Patreon. 

LAURA LUNA CASTILLO -  "NEBULAE" LAMINARES (GENOT CENTRE)

"Nebulae" is a masterclass of the tension and release that can be built into the structure of a track. The build and release slowburn of Laura Luna Castillo is on full display here, a towering and collapsing track of noise that is harnessed and deployed with enviable skill and purpose. A fantastic record out on one of our favorite labels. 

TIM HECKER - "KEYED OUT" KONOYO (KRANKY)

New Hecker records are always events to get excited about. Konoyo and the lead single off it - "Keyed Out" - are no exception. Hecker's Hi-Def explorations of spatial relationships between sound is on full display here. Pinging Chord clusters, dirty and distorted tonal shifts, percussion that seems to be happening in every corner of the track are held under Hecker's characteristic restraint. It's enough rope to let these sounds explore their own terrain but a corralling into a service of the track's larger infrastructure.

JOSH MASON - "JUICE CODE (EXCERPT)" / SHEDDING - "FLOCKING, ETC (KF)" KARL (SELF-RELEASED)

Florida native Josh Mason and Louisville patron-saint Connor Bell (Shedding) had an idea. Let's drive to Montreal to visit their friend Karl Fousek. Along the way the stopped at a few towns setting up their modular synthesizers and sound modulating house plants and playing similar sets to what is on this tour tape. Placid and muted tones from Josh Mason, hi-def, pointilist and a bit "gonzo" (Connor's words) mod synth workouts from Shedding. 

SICK LLAMA - "COMMUNITY CHEST MAST" (EXCERPT) STAGE POISON (UNIFACTOR TAPES)

I was pretty excited when I saw that Unifactor - this year's breakout tape label - was releasing new Sick Llama material as a double cassette. Heath Moerland has been pumping out some of the most challenging and engaging noise from Michigan's epicenter for the past two decades or so - moving from disquieting ambient hiss to wig-splitting noise blasts. Stage Poison is critical Llama material, hopefully opening up this world to a new generation of freaks.

BUS GAS - "DENIM JACKET BACK PATCH BLUES" / AMULETS - "BEYOND 2000"  IMMORTAL YELLER / MOUNTAINS PAST (SPRING BREAK TAPES)

What a collaboration, right? Two of Portland's finest long-form droners creating music frozen in amber twilight. Bus Gas is on top of their game here. "Denim Jacket Back Patch Blues" is a nice ease into their side by embracing a noisier and more clamoring noise floor than in past releases. The gorgeous swells of guitar and steady pacing is there, but also seeping into the mix are distant rumbles, whirring and humid soundscapes, expanding the tonal palate a bit more into the red of anxiety. AMULETS side, especially on "Beyond 2000" tends to shepherd these tones into sketchier neighborhoods of ever ascending arpeggios, aggrevated phrasing and gaping maw of a drone running throughout. Get em on the ever thoughtfully curated Spring Break Tapes before they are gone. 

HIGH AURA'D / ASAMA - "OIL POURER" OIL POURER (NOBLE ROT RECORDINGS)

The first release by Joh Kolodj's new label Noble Rot Recordings is a big tyme collaboration with ASAMA aka Thommy Sacraceno aka Owlfood. It's an ode to decay, salvage, reconstruction and synthesis. Oil Pourer is 27 minutes tracking the two artists circling around ideas and source material and entwining field recordings, granular synthesis, drum loops and Kolodj's unmistakable and emotionally transparent guitar work. One part highlights reel, one parts behind the scenes documentary of the creative process.

SHANE PARISH - "ANGULAR ESSENCES" CHILD ASLEEP IN THE RAIN (NULLZONE)

Somewhat of a surpise record from one of my favorite guitarists, "Angular Essences" pulls together a swarm of harmonics and tiny phrases and layers them beneath a breathing, pulling drone that streaks across an empty Midwestern sky. It's a simple, but elegant explorations of the facets of Parish's playing that make him such a versatile and engaging performer.

ITCHY-O - "IDRA & SCEPTOR" MYSTIC SPY / PSYKHO DOJO (ALTERNATIVE TENTACLES)

Itchy-O, the 57-piece musical leviathan from Denver, CO have created a staggeringly interactive and engaging album that explores "the realm of esoteric trickery and espionage" on Side A and "A parallel universe of deep martial psychic discipline" on the other. Squealing electronics soar over lock-step percussion on Side A's final cut "Idra & Sceptor", creating a tightly orchestrated cacophony. The physical album contains fourteen 32 second noise tracks that end in lock grooves and a zine containing cryptic puzzles that lead the listener to an interactive site allowing them to remix the digital tracks. 

BOB BUCKO JR. - "WALKING WITH JESUS" UNDER COVER SUMMER (PERSONAL ARCHIVES)

Bob Bucko Jr. covering Spacemen 3, Chavez, Smog, Howe Gelb, Silkworm, Young Marble Giants + a whole double cassette more? Yes. Please. More. Please.

Somesurprises -  "Low on Sleep' Alt (Doom Trip)

Following up a highly regarded cassette on Eiderdown, the Seattle kraut-heavy band return with three new songs that push the komische tendencies to the heady front of the mix. "Low on Sleep" is a lush, heavy-lidded ballad showcasing Natasha El-Sergany's deeply resonant vocals. The song  bursts wide open around the middle of the track into a cosmic jam that takes cues from Neu! and Can's locked in groove and penchant for space exploration.

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Music Within - "Weightless"

In the mass influx of solo-piano ambient/peaceful compositions I get, rarely have I found one that actually exudes the effects of calm and peace so widely advertised as I have found with Toronto-based Rob McCallister's project Music Within. Melodies thoughtfully composed on piano and transcribed into several musical voices weave around each other with careful precision. It would be easy to call this nocturnal music - something you would listen to as a sleep aid, but rather, this is oasis music. A deep refuge from the chaos of modernity.

Bruno Sanfilippo - "InTROpassion" Remastered & Expanded

On the remastered and expanded version of Spain-based, neo-classical artist's 2006 album inTRO, Bruno Sanfilippo's compositions are given a sheen of new life by fellow artist and producer Ian Hawgood. On "InTROpassion" the Buenos Aires trained composer layers shimmering soundscapes on top of one another that sound like crashing cymbals extended and reversed over a contemplative piano melody, synthesized brass that artifacts and breaks in all the right places and vocals that haunt somewhere in this track's upper mezzanine.

Gentle Ivanhoe Death Skulls - "Hairdresser" 

The cavity-sweet melodies of the Stockholm Sweden based band are buried under enough reverb and lo-fi sheen to create a woozy, golden aural glow over the heavy bass lines and shoegaze laden effects over the guitar and keys to fill an every inch of a room with sound being pushed just into the red. There is an unnamed nostalgic quality to these tracks that works with the auditory conceit: creating layers and layers of sound growing away from its source.

Cinnamon Shops - "While Washing My Face"

A woozy, keyed-up experimental electronic composition that filters bells, upper register synths, various sounds of organic percussion, caddywhompus beats through the interface of a self-aware synthesizer being crushed under the weight of its own existence. All of these things and more on the new single by the Kalamazoo, MI artist.

SEO - "Ex Machina" 

A wonderfully strange and sultry track by this anonymous Lagos, Nigerian based experimental artist. The tracks starts with what sounds like the mechanical whirring of insects wings massaged into a halting, jittery drone, it is then paired with transient percussion and skittering high hats buried low in the mix. The track's late night vibe is pulled together by a female vocalist whose lyrics of pondering the detachment of her love-object, seeming to match the anonymous presentation and scant data online about this mysterious producer.

Friday, September 21st, 2018 | Add New Comment (0)

Interview with Landing

I had the pleasure to sit down with the legendary CT shoegaze band Landing before their show in Cincinnati, OH. We talked about growing up Mormon, important early musical discoveries and raising a child as musicians. 

Wednesday, September 19th, 2018 | Add New Comment (0)

For Tome's 40th podcast we dig into the quiet and moving ambience of Christopher Whitely, Less Bells and Max Ananyev, dig deep within ourselves with a new track by WIZARD APPRENTICE, explore some incredible musicians coming out of Indonesia's experimental tape label Hasana Editions and hear new work from an old friend Babe, Terror.

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Christopher Whitley - "Deeper Sleeper" Heavy Sleepers (Patient Sounds, Intl.)

The San Francisco-now-Austin based violinist has created a beautifully processed, thoroughly thought through and composed cassette on Patient Sounds, Intl. "Deeper Sleeper" is a deeply moving, pulsing track that pushes mountains of digital air from noise-floor to cresting peak, creating stunning, beautifully augmented ascents and descents.

Less Bells - "Forest Ghosts" Solifuge (Kranky)

Julie Carpenter is from Joshua Tree, CA. From an album inspired by the location, one could expect a cold, austere soundscape seemingly created from and for the void of the desert. That would be playing into the stereotypes of desert life - which for all of its hardships - practically teems with all sorts of weird creatures. "Forest Ghosts" is busy. Full of lush, swelling cellos, various forms of percussion, plucked violin and an ear for the expansive, Solifuge is a perfect desert record. 

Yuto Ohashi - "Weltkarte" Juvenile - Insubstantial, re-present (Cudighi Records)

Yuto Ohashi's creates delicate melodies are perfect for those in-between hours of twilight and dawn where it feels like you are interacting with the world with oven mitts on. Simple, twinkling melodies are drawn from somewhere within that world. Nocturnal and vague, but just clear enough to make out their shape.

Anthené - "Reactionary" Reflections in Dust (Muzan Editions)

The meeting of Polar Seas Recordings currator Bradley Sean Alexander Deschamps and Muzan Editions seemed like an inevitability. Both labels are exceptional collectors and champions of modern ambient music with the ability to pull from the cream of the crop of collaborators that have staked a place well above the swelling morass of bandcamp wanks. Anthené's stately and chilly compositions are a testament to both parties deep listening and ear for the sublime.

Wizard Apprentice - "A Debt" I am Invisible (Ratskin Records)

On "A Debt" the Bay Area Digtial Folk-Musician offers a hymn for those who have hurt others and are grappling with accountability, personal growth at the expense of others' trauma and balancing the need for space and kindness to oneself. The deeply innovative artist's use of accessible technology to create genre-bending tracks that brim with thoughtful expression and reflection is a beacon of hope for the rest of us.

Nursalim Yadi Anugerah - "Tiling Mang "ii" Do" Selected Pieces from HNNUNG (Hasana Editions)

A totally unexpected email in my inbox was a door to an exciting world of Indonesian experimental music via the excellently curated tape label Hasana Editions. Selected Pieces from HNNUNG is described as "adapted from Kayaan people oral literature Takna’ Lawe’, HNNUNG is a chamber opera that amplifies the cosmic dramaturgy of Kayaan culture—in which the narrative of matriarchy is essential. HNNUNG the opera was performed by Balaan Tumaan Ensemble and Kerubim Choir using various instruments ranging from kaldii’ and sape’ to tenor saxophone and contrabass."

Julian Abraham Togar - "Acoustic Analog Digitally Composed (Percussion) 4" Acoustic Analog Digitally Composed (Hasana Editions) 

From Medan, Indonesia, Julian Abraham's composition Acoustic Analog Digitally Composed is described as, "Executed into two different materials: a various selection of percussion instruments that deliver organic impression, and a bunch of magnetic solenoids which construct a tighter mechanical sensation, Acoustic Analog Digitally Composed illustrates how simplicity (or complexity?) of repetition can trigger imaginative experiences in tracing the formal aspects of sound."

African Ghost Valley - "Campfires" UNT (Nullzone)

Collaborators Childle Graingier and Gabriel Ghebrezghi's lateset on Nullzone is a sweaty, humid curation of heavily pawed keyboards and thick, quick stabs of electronics pushing tonal extremes in multiple directions. The Canadian/European duo has been at this for sometime, perfecting their "in the room" closeness of recording.

Babe, Terror - "Computer" Fadechase Marathon 2018 (Glue Moon)

I am so happy to hear new work by the Brazlian artist Babe, Terror. Babe, Terror was a staple in my 2008-2012 weird early bandcamp/CD-R finds. Woozy, chopped and heavily edited compositions made up of piano loops, field recordings and wavy vocals. These hard restart edits on "Computer" make it a song that sounds like it is fading in and out of conciousness. Truly "a monument for people in need of a major trip."

Two Hands | One Engine - "Vainglorious" Dawning

Out of St. Louis, MO Two Hands | One Engine creates guitar compositions that straddle ambient long-players and disquieting soundscapes run through a bevy of pedals and arranged as decayed melodies and monuments to past selves. "Vainglorious" bends volume-swells and the decaying fabric of guitar's fidelity to tone around each other as a shawl warding off impending material coldness of death.

Max Ananyev - "Dew Empire" Water Atlas (Serein Records)

"Water Atlas". An interesting pairing of words from the St. Petersburg Russia based artist. Water is inherently transient. Constantly changing it's form, or flowing through time. "You can't stand in the same river twice". While an atlas is the collected wisdom of fixed points. It thrives off of replication and consistency. These two contradictions meet in Ananyev's structural underpinnings punctuated with the free-association of musical ideas and motifs that flow unaided. 

Maher Shalal Hash Baz / Little Wings - "Switch Back / Arco Iris" Split 12" (Moone Records)

What a brilliant pairing of two lifers who are still putting out completely engaging and prescient music. Two breezy, yet introspective session-type songs that pull together enough ennui and wonder to fill a dozen journal pages. A wonderful bandwith expanding exercise in nestling into sound.

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Rhian Sheehan - "Soma Dreams" A Quiet Divide (Darla Records)

"Soma Dreams" is a stately and grandiose opening salvo from the New Zealand based artist's newest album A Quiet Divide. It is a slow-build to a quiet roar, blurring the already hazy demarcations between post-classical, electronic music and post-rock. Stirring melodies that start off as sketches become full-fleshed arrangements when joined by a string section, electronic percussion and gentle washes of synth. RIYL: Hammock, the Album Leaf, Haiku Salut.

Todd Tobias and Chloë March  -  "Ma Leila Lulla" Amialluma (Hidden Shoal)

One time Robert Pollard collaborator and Ohio-based soundscape designer of bright acoustic instrumentation and brooding, droning tones, Todd Tobias and UK vocalist/collaborator Chloë March pull down a sense of mysterious calm on their first single from their collaborative record. It's easy to imagine these tracks unfurling like morning fog across a heavily wooded valley. The uneasy drone and ebullient acoustic guitar settling in among the nestles and leaves of trees in that low place.

Torpa - "nostalgia phaze" nostalgia phaze

The UK-based duo's carefully crafted love-letter to their Kraut forebears is a beautiful, late night throb of a track. It builds and pulls itself apart, smears a gorgeous Stereolab synth line across a repeating melodic lines and crystalline sounds bleeding in from the periphery. 

fixture. "Meh" 

Buried acoustic guitars underneath skittering beats and pitch-shifted synth lines that unfurl and contract in time with the salty ocean's breath are just the appendages to the undergirding of this track. The moving spirit at the center of "meh" is a steady sinking into the floor after an all-input attack on the stimulus-response network. A rainy day, put this on repeat, shirking of all adult responsibilities. 

Our Fastest Typist - "Ctrl + Z" Group Therapy for Imaginary Monsters

When you are settling into sleep and are suddenly strapped to a chair a la A Clockwork Orange and forced to watch your Top 10 awkward moments, social failures and times when we really knew we should have shut the fuck up but kept talking anyway on a steady film loop, "Ctrl + Z" could be the soundtrack to that. "Ctrl + Z" is a fuzzed-out, overdriven bedroom-pop jam that enumerates the paralyzing ennui that accompanies forced public interaction in the whip-smart, keenly melodic vein of Car Seat Headrest and Guided by Voices.

Slow Glows - "Purple" 79 Moons (Rose Hill Records)

Each track on the Cincinnati-based Shoegaze band's EP exists in a self-contained universe of heavily augmented guitars, overdriven bass, distant cannon shot of percussion and the whisper-to-a-shout glossolalia of Kelli Redding's vocals. At every pass it gets easier to sink into the bathwater warm textures buried under blankets of reverb and to begin the subtle erasure between oneself and the sound. A soft, sluffing-off of a layer of awareness like pre-coffee mornings watching the gradations of changing light through bare trees. 

Monday, September 10th, 2018 | Add New Comment (0)

Remember to head on over to Tome to the Weather Machine's Patreon page for exclusive interviews with lot's of great experimental artists like the Messthetics and Autumn Pool as well as a super-secret mix and 50 % off this month's sponsoring label Oxtail Records

Nick Malkin - "Slow Day I" Slow Day on Brilliant Drive (Geographic North)

Nick Malkin (who also works under the name Afterhours and with LA Vampires) has created an endlessly listenable approach to ambient music that includes a full-band working through some of these gorgeous arrangements via piano, percussion, strings and textured drones with Malkin's heavy editing, cutting and pasting to create arrangements that that teeter between between beauty and unease. 

MAbh - "Narmer in Analogue" Cinjusti (Tymbal)

In one of the most immediately engaging ambient tapes of this year. MAbH is the UK based artist Peter Taylor. In a seemingly bottomless bag of tricks, Taylor pulls out all the stops to create an album of maximum beauty with minimal inputs. It's got everything: Disembodied Julianna Barwick vocals, disembodied percussion, bells ringing through a thousand empty rooms. Great find. 

German Army - "The Hindu Kush" Mangas Coloradas (Muzan Editions)

The ever prolific Germany Army have never sounded so...triumphant. Which is kind of a weird adjective to use next to an artist called German Army. But regardless, these syth lines are some of the most uplifting, celebratory and downright involuntarily smile-inducing sounds I've heard in quite awhile. Do yourself a favor and grip this before they are gone on Muzan Editions. 

UTON - "Aaivistas" PA-LUU VAl-OON (Nullzone)

Based out of Turku, Finland UTON's latest collection of massaged tonal passages under the influence of occult percussive techniques and gnostic revelations regarding the ritualistic unlocking of chemical combinations in the brain has found a natural home on Nullzone - another label showing amazing curatorial depth and vision.

More Eaze - "Pardon" a l4ngu4g3 (Tymbal Tapes)

How does one approach More Eaze's music? Seemingly resistant to classification as sounds whiplash in around each other creating boundless space where all sources are fair game and distinction between high and low brow art, musical vs. non-musical sounds are erased. Yet, at service to the superstructure of the composition, everything moves as it should, following a linear path to it's logical conclusion. Maybe it wasn't about the destination, but about all the friends we made along the way.

Sabriel's Orb - "Holding" Sabriel's Orb / John Atkinson split (Whited Sepulchre Records)

Willow Skye-Biggs has spent the last decade exploring the intersections of identity and ritual through her ambient, experimental and techno projects. Most notably, she created soaring, beat-oriented experimental-pop under the name Stag Hare and bedroom techhouse under the moniker ariel. For this latest project, Willow has taken on Sabriel's Orb to dress her pulsing longform ambient pieces with an audible glow that shines like a naked bulb under several thick blankets. Warm washes of synths float over these faintly surging arpeggios. It's worth losing an afternoon in.

AMULETs - "Illusions of Light" Future Fog (Muzan Editions)

AMULETS' Randall Taylor is a workhorse. Creating beautiful ambient passages out of an array of tape loops, pedals and guitar, Taylor's project has created a niche in the oversaturated market of longform ambient pieces by consistency of beautiful and understated work, engaging with other creatives through his tape loop workshops and videos his ability to wring out the fullest sound out of a decaying, warbled note. 

Grizzly Prospector - "iii" Garden Varieties (or songs for loren Connors)

In these hushed dedications to Loren Mazzacane Connor's indellible guitar work, the SLC-based musician has created an auditory passage into the sacred space that the airy, finger-picked conjur as soon as skin touches metal. It's a beautiful collection of reworkings, jumping off points and anchored movements.

The Green Kingdom - "Dorado" Seen and Unseen (Sound in Silence)

"Cottone skillfully blends together soothing electric guitar swells, lush textures of warm synth pads, rich harmonic drones and subtle glitches with acoustic elements of delicate piano, ringing acoustic guitar arpeggios, relaxed kalimba melodies and lightly strummed ukulele chords, resulting in one of his finest works to date." Sounding simiar to Eluvium at his most dreamy and sedated, The Green Kingdom has created an endlessly listenable record. 

Drowse & Jesse Keating "The Fog Storm Pt. I (Fog in Air)" The Fog Storm 

"This installation showcases four found objects that have been re-engineered into interactive sculptural instruments. The artists use these objects to create sounds and explore their natural surroundings. All music has been created by the artists and was recorded in Skagaströnd using the sculptures, a field recorder, and the computer. Video projections recorded while at living NES Artist Residency around certain regions of desolate Northern Iceland. Fog Storm plays with tangible and digital deconstruction of the natural world in the Anthropocene. "

Mamaleek - "Sicarii" Out of Time (The Flenser)

Mamaleek have created a mythos and mystique not only around who is in the band, but the seemingly endless canon of sounds they draw inspiration from. Turkish concerts, advertisements for long dead products, snippets of pop songs and a hand thoroughly around the throat of the most experimental and jarring aspects of heavy music. 

Friday, September 7th, 2018 | Add New Comment (0)

We are beyond thrilled to be involved with the Columbia Experimental Music Festival. I've been attending for the past 2 years and have always been impressed by the festival's thoughtful and adventerous curation and the small-knit and friendly creative community who put it together. This year the Tome has been a bit more active in helping curate and fund-raise for it. 

Friday 10.05 - Sunday 10.07

Purchase tickets here.

If you are not able to attend but would like to contribute to a wonderful festival happening on a total DIY budget - you can contribute here.

If you are a record label or business and would like to discuss sponsorship opportunities please email Ryan at tometotheweathermachine@gmail.com.

Here is the full line-up:

Hear in Now

Glenn Jones

ONO

Benoit Pioulard

Entrancer

Forest Management 

Eric Donte

Midwife

AMULETS

Mourning. [A] BLKstar

18andcounting

Scammers

Complainer

Joann McNeil

Alex Cunningham

Jennifer Simone

Oxherding

Devin Frank Vanishing Blues Band

Vulvette

It's Me: Ross

Lake Mary

Wednesday, September 5th, 2018 | Add New Comment (0)

Silica Angel – “Faustian Botany”

Evan-Daniel Rose-Gonzalez – experimental electronic artist and former student of Pauline Oliveros – takes the listener through a disjointed and fragmentary composition with sounds and ideas living next to each other like apartment dwellers in a large, rundown unit. While most of these sounds depend on interconnectivity – the bouncing and pinging of jarring percussion off of brilliantly mutated source material folded into an impossible origami of multi-dimensional sound – they also live quite independent lives. Existing by themselves in a great frieze of exploratory sound.

Dip Sound - "Mars"

Whenever I see the tag - chillout/ambient - this is what I expect. I expect to hear the hard kick muted and filtered through the thick walls of some 4am roped off upper club space, BPM slowed to a codeine crawl and ample waves of thick, syrupy synths overtaking the speakers like viscous liquid leaking through. And, praise be, that's what I got in this ambient/chillout track from the Turkish artist Dip Sound. Come take a peek. Vibe's right.

CEO Dreams - "Credits" Played out on Rooftops 

Imposing, silent, omniscient, phallic. Rooftops are both the setting and narrator for CEO Dreams latest collection of nocturnal downtempo electronic music. Inspired by the dominating position rooftops have in Hong Kong Cinema, CEO Dreams play out the soundtrack of the mundane and deviant acts that rooftops preside over as silent authorities. 

Minco Eggersman, Theodore Borger feat. Mathias Eick - "Hunt" Unifony 

The Dutch duo of Minco Eggersman and Theodore Borger create a lush, monochromatic environment of sparse percussion and resonant thick piano in which Norwegian trumpeter Mathias Eick's finds space to fill with his melodic, full-throated lines of exquisite mourning. An unexpected but necessary collaboration that bridges the gap between neoclassical and avante-garde jazz.

Walter Mmari - "Forgive Us" 

It's really wonderful to be exposed to such beautiful and restrained instrumental music from South Africa. Having made some very close friends there after living in Swaziland for two years, I often wondered where these artists were hiding given the rich and diverse musical output coming out of that country. Walter Mmari's track "Forgive Us" centers around a stereo-panned acoustic guitar melody that is joined by aching strings and shimmering synth chords. The track unfolds and winds a course that is inherently emotional in its narrative trajectory. Wonderful stuff. 

Miserable.Noise.Club - "Together + Never = Sleepless + Forever" Frost Confinement

The Charlottesville, NC based, internationally dispersed collaborative of miserable noise artists have created a track here that straddles the line between "miserable" and "noise" while creating something quite stirring without landing too far in either one of those camps. What starts off as a digitally manipulated sound of a timestretched truck's horn blaring underwater later tracks onto bowing tones of a harmonium and a plaintive guitar melody that emerge from below and ride that all-enveloping sine wave into a gorgeously manicured sunset. 

Psychic Rites - "Unwarranted Advice" Cult_Memo (Waxploitation) 

Dancing to our own demise, swallowing lukewarm beer at some basement living room show at a DIY space/irresponsible renter that won't exist in 2 months time well past the age when we should be settling into a career. What better way to dance towards a blackout then cranking up the doom to 11 to a coldwave track that feels just as wretched and detached from the swarm of 20-somethings around you. If it feels transitory it is. Until you ask the lifer  observing all of this from the back of the room. Psychic Rites wring every molecule of this kind of stubborn detachment from unfettered joy by repositioning this feeling as a vital act of survival. Dancing against the void.

Alonewolf - "Sentient Dreams" Dreamers 

Less lone-wolf of right wing propaganda, and rather a wolf, wandering alone in some dystopian, apocalyptic, post-cyber, post-civilization landscape perpetually Eastern Bloc grey. This is the soundtrack before the collapse. A synthwave rollercoaster of nostalgic hedonism. Aware that nothing can stop the collapse. We dance to stop from crying. 

Monday, September 3rd, 2018 | Add New Comment (0)

Helios – “Seeming” Veriditas (Ghostly Intl.)

On Keith Kenniff’s latest resurrection of his ambient project Helios – and first on Ghostly – Kenniff sends his lovingly constructed swelling tones arcing out into the ether. These melodic pulls have narrative arcs of their own, with all the building, reaching and dying that mirrors our own fate. Top-notch stuff here.

Alexandra Streliski – “Changing Winds” INSCAPE (Secret City)

As the seasons begin to change I am sure I will find myself drifting back to this gorgeous and melancholy slice of solo piano. The Montreal-based composer has crafted a vulnerable modern composition that hardly feels naked. While it’s melodies swirl there is a natural resonance that hangs in the air just a few enough to be perceptible after the fingers leave the keys, wrapping the whole arrangement in an audible glow.

Giuliano Poles – “Sharp” Gone ep

The second solo piano composition for this week. The Italian composer hangs quite a bit of weight on the deep counter-melodies of this contemplative piece. The melodies move as a single unit comprised of several pieces, like a super tanker cutting through the Mid-Atlantic.

Marcel Heah – “Versailles”

“Versailles” by Malaysian composer and pianist Marcel Heah is a cascading and inward-turning piece that is full of false summits and turns back on itself- an always present embodiment of where it’s been, where it is and the inevitable repetition of the pattern. The narrative arc that Heah has given this track is one of deep nostalgia – a protagonist replaying patterns in their life that continue to bear out in present day challenges.


Bels Lontano – “Orchard” Kin Decade

In a sunlit and ascending track, Bels Lontano, subverts the expected role of the bass line of an electronic song to the ever-locked in, train-to-euphoria to a chopped and difficult to pin down spectre that haunts this track. Transitory beauty abounds here. The one constant being however, a gorgeous pitch-shifted melodic line that floats and hangs in the air above the busy percussion work and floating synths.

Stayhomie – “Happy Today, Sad Tomorrow” year of no answers (ezhevika)

Russian electronic artist, Stayhomie, has created a beautiful patchwork of pitch-shifted vocal samples over drifting synths and skittering drum patterns from a Roland 808. Matching the mellowhigh of an golden afternoon of late summer, this track is an immediately transporting vessel to some place more instagrammable than where you are right now.

Eugenius - "Obsolete" Of Age (Self-Released)

On his latest album, Cincinnati-based artist Eugenius offers up hymns of disenfranchisement from an adulthood nailed to a cross. A feeling that at this point, those shaky pangs of having too much to say and an omnivorous listening habit that pulls you in so many directions will ever go away. For Eugenius, these questions fuel some of the most mentally excoriating, ego-laid-bare lines on album that faces down those questions with some resolution. We aren't 21 anymore. No time left to wallow in the romance of unanswered questions. Eugenius finds answers in the satisfying crack of a bat against the bricks of systemic oppression, the head of a local-area rapist gone free and, conversely but just as importantly, the companionship of 10 years of marriage. This is called adulting. 

Deru – “Torn in Two” Torn in Two (Friends of Friends)

The first single off of Deru’s new album Torn in Two is a terrifying and cleansing piece of work that builds and expands on the tension between violence and beauty on Benjamin Wynn’s 2014 masterpiece 1979. Tonal shifts recorded from brass and woodwind instruments are processed and turned into truly menacing sounds that sound impossibly huge. A bleak soundscape, a beating heart and the bleeding edge between terror and wonder.

Ian Battenfield Headley – “Passage #2”

Stereophonic field recordings are arranged in ways that don’t necessarily lend themselves to narrative analysis, but are also curiously placed enough to beg the question. Trains, church organs, processed rain sounds and metal-on-metal are woven together to create a symphony of disconnected but unified sounds.

Monday, August 27th, 2018 | Add New Comment (0)

On this latest episode of the Tome to the Weather Machine Podcast we dig deep into two collaborative projects with individuals with M. first names, some beautiful ambient/field recordings by John Atkinson, bonkers future music by woopheadclrms and 21st Century Wolf, RIPPING free-jazz by Barker Trio and scary industrial punk from Denver's Echo Beds. 

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m. crook + oxherding - "soft moon" soft moon (distant bloom)

There are a lot of reasons to be excited about this tape. First, is it brings together two Midwestern droners who send their ambient soundscapes across the wide misery of Missouri through a gradual enveloping cumulus take-over of a humid afternoon. Matthew Crook (of Nevada Greene and the Columbia Experimental Music Festival) and Fitz Hartwig (Oxherding) have spent the last few years digging out niches in their respective cities (Columbia and St. Louis) where thoughtful, placid sounds - thick with resonance and shimmering swells - are able to root themselves. Second, it is the first tape on Hartwig's new label Distant Bloom which has already put out one of my favorite releases of this year

Lake Mary & M. Sage - "Boat Prow Cub" Lupine Deluxe (Patient Sounds, Intl.)

In the second of Lycanthian themed releases by Lake Mary (CoMo) and Matthew Sage (Chicago and Patient Sounds CEO) meet together in a basement armed with guitars, harmonium and keyboard and search the dusty corners of their musical and shared geogpraphical  histories to conjur passages evocative of the American West in both the steel-jawed, finger-picked guitar lines and the swirling, limitless keyboard sounds that conjur a limitless horizon of the mind. False horizons on the frontier of human expansion.

John Atkinson - "First Rain of the New Year" John Atkinson / Sabriel's Orb (Whited Sepulchre Records)

John Atkinson (formerly of Aa) is putting out his first proper new music in quite some time. It is a meditative suite of ambient passages and field recordings taken from his new home in Melbourne, Australia. These elipitcal passages explore a broad range of tonal frequencies sourced both from the natural environment and his recording equipment. Atkinson shares the split with Sabriel's Orb - a new project by Willow Skye-Biggs FKA Stag Hare

Hibernis - "Hibernis Bells" So What (Serein Records)

A brilliant trip through a modular synth wonderland with augmented vocals haunting in from some purer and weirder dimension than ours. Comprised of John Hughes and Lindsay Anderson, the duo create a liminal space between human tinkering and machine learning. A labrynth burned into our brains.  

woopheadclrms - "Fill" vs o.t.O.g.l. (Genot Centre)

After putting out one of last year's densest, smartest and funniest records the artist known as woopheadclrms returns to form with their latest on Genot Centre. A busy, violent and often moving and beautiful journey through non-linear and unreliable narration with enough internally logical but non-sensible twists and turns to garner comparisons as the Plunderphonics' House of Leaves. It's music that is impossible to take in in a sitting. Enjoyable and occasionally disturbing auditory easter eggs abound.

Sungod - "Birth & Speed Merging" Wave Refraction (Holodeck)

While much of Sungod's excellent new album on Holodeck careens through a familiar bevy of arp-led kraut-jazz longplayers like a highway straight into the cornea of the sun. On "Birth and Speed Merging" we get to eavesdrop on a conversation between husband and wife Michael C. Sharp on drums and Kristine Reaume on flute, this sort of musical conversing can only happen between two individuals deeply entrenched in each others' worlds. It's an impressive cut and one that highlights the level of musicianship at work throughout the album. 

Barker Trio - "Ageist" Avert Your I (Astral Spirits)

Buh-roooooo. This new Barker Trio album RIPS! Comprised of power-trio Andrew Barker, Michael Foster and Tim Dahl. "Ageist" completely melts the face off of anything within a mile radius of it. When it hits its stride with Dahl's deeply distorted bass, Foster's upper-register shred and Barker's use of every available square inch of solid surface it is heavier than most things you could consider "discordant" or "free" while still maintaining a cohesive, rhythmic center that holds tight to the wild energies contained within.

Echo Beds - "Buried Language" Buried Language (The Flenser)

So happy to see these people land on their feet after being swept into the hang-a-closed-sign-on-the-universe deletion of Rhinoceropolis in Denver, CO. With a triumphant "what up world" release on The Flenser, the Denver duo take their rhythm-heavy, dystopic industrial punk to a wider audience. Infecting more an dmore with the radical notions of anything/all is sound and anything/all is fragile and will break and decay.

21st Century Wolf - "City" City Zen (Genot Centre)

As a comedown and prelude to the coda, this new tape off from the mysterious 21st Century Wolf on Genot Centre is a worthy contender to their stunning Gen Nova on Noumenal Loom it's a walk through of a future spa. A combination of 90's pastels and half-columns with the ridgeless fluidity of A.I's imagined alien future.

Lake Mary - "Goya" Koda (Eilean Records)

It's hard to describe why I love this opening song to Lake Mary's second release for Eilean Records so much. With all of the heroic phrasings and virtousity Chaz Prymek has brought to the acoustic guitar (and Koda is full of those) Goya is a relatively simple and muted opening salvo that utilizes the human voice - a rarity in Lake Mary recordings. But there it is. A beautiful babbling brook. Eventually it will become a mighty river. But right now it's chill being small.

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