Tome to the Weather Machine Podcast 032

Thrilled as always to bring to you new tracks by artists from all over the world. We move from bucolic ambient, to modular synth work, to solo piano, to noise, to surging electronic music, to knotty indie rock, to experimental folk and back to bucolic ambient. It's a trip. 

daisuke miyatani - "summer child" diario (schole records)

As the summer is arriving and we getting accustomed to new sounds of life returning - birds chirping, the hum of insects in the evening, Daisuke Miyatani's 2018 reissue of Diario helps gently coax us into learning to be present when every part of our bodies are reacting to the heat and humidity. Lovely placid acoustic guitar and drone with field recordings imbuing it with summer evening glow. 

H. Takahashi - "Despair" Elegy (Muzan Editions)

The first in Muzan Editions excellent new batch of tapes. H. Takahashi's excellent follow up to Raum where the composer (and architect) created music on his I-phone while walking the streets of Tokyo. On these soft, minimal tracks composed of gently overlapping piano lines, H. Takahashi creates a world no less immediate than its predecessor but with a bit more distance between object and reflection. It's an inviting, reflective piece that deserves to be listened to with headphones. 

Günter Schlienz - "Bonus Malaise" Liederbuch (Muzan Editions)

On Günter Schlienz's latest, he pushes his excellent modular synth arpeggios through various open portal doors, sending each one to merge with its parallel universe cousin before calling them back. These doubled tones are then sped back through our dimension. Those elongated droning passages are the sound of these twinned tones speeding back down to earth. 

Jesse Woolston - "This Way Comes" µstructure (Studio Woolston)

Jesse Woolston, New Zealand based composer, begins "This Way Comes" with a cascade of piano notes, not quite revealing what is in store as this track begins accumulating heavy double bass strikes, streaking drones, pulsing strings and heavily augmented electronics that gather and quake to reach a quiet climax - a full resolution of building tension and release. 

Nay Shalom - "Nostalgia" (Self-Released)

The London based composer has created an evocative and nostalgic piece of solo piano magic that blooms into a fully orchestrated composition. Embodying a place that feels real but we can never return to, Nay Shalom digs deep into the recesses of unfiltered emotion to bring something vital and breathing to the surface. 

april larson - "D16-38-em7 (dried blood)" there are no endings (muzan editions)

The hyper-prolific musician has created a deeply unsettling, rattling yet unequally beautiful record for her first for Muzan Editions. "(Dried Blood)" pairs unendingly beautiful drones over the skronk and bleat of modular synthesizers becoming self-aware and turning on their masters. It's beautiful, terrifying and cathartic piece of work.

witxes - "Interventions" Orients (Consouling)

"Interventions" gets heavy. Like Ben Frost waiting on that drop heavy. All dramatic tension and release, the French artist creates something that could never be classified as ambient music. It moves through space with a crushing weight, consuming sound like a prescient black hole. "Orients" explores plenty of sonic space, from the beautiful to the terrifying, on "Interventions" we check in with Maxime Vavasseur at his most heavy. 


Coming down into a much more sedated and contemplative mode, the Scottish-based Belorusia take us on a night-drive through deserted backroads. A propulsive and hypnotic track that keeps time with a steady and unrelenting focus. It's a nocturnal and deeply affecting work.

Frog Eyes - "Idea Man" Violent Psalms (Paper Bag)

Violent Psalms is Frog Eyes final album. Frog Eyes has long been one of my favorite "Indie Rock" bands. Carey Mercer' s impassioned vocals, knotty compositions and ability to wring every emotion out of hyper-literate, confessional, obtuse and, often, hilarious lines that don't seethe with the kind of winking self-importance that comes with buzzy bands with intense songs that react to everything from military revolutions, renaissance literature and the passing of his father. Goodbye Frog Eyes.

Seabuckthorn - "Submerged Past" A House With Too Much Fire (Bookmaker / La cordillere)

It's always a great pleasure to get something new from the UK based guitarist Seabuckthorn. Spanning worlds between traditional folk music and weighty neo-classical music, Seabuckthorn's passages are heavy with emotional resonance that jump and spark from a highly expressive style of playing that is traditionally rooted and highly experimental and free-thinking. 

wayne robert thomas - "voyevoda" kbd/wrt (whited sepulchre records)

We end with the Indiana-based Wayne Robert Thomas's gorgeous B-Side his split with Canadian drone legend Kyle Bobby Dunn on Whited Sepulchre Records.  "Voyevoda" utilizes processed electric guitar to fill all available space with lofty and spacious tones that lose nothing of their clarity as the float up to the rafters before settling back down to the nave. A stirring counterpoint Dunn's composition, "Voyevoda" keenly examines one's fidelity to unconquerable nostalgia.

June 4th, 2018