Friday, June 27, 2014

NEW TAPES AND DEMOS PART 1 OF 2

ALLEN GINSBERG- LONDON MANTRA TAPE (Sloow Tapes)
Allen Ginsberg was an American poet who opposed militarism, capitalism and sexual repression. The fact that he also was a practicing buddhist seemed to have an obvious influence on his musical works. The recordings on this tape were made in London in the 1970s. You get minimal music only made with an Indian hand-pumped harmonium, Gisnberg's beatiful voice and his great lyrics. "London Mantra" is a captivating fusion of warm drones and cosmic vocal chants and mantras. All songs were recorded live with chatter and comments between the songs and this gives it a very special charm. Another amazing release from the Belgian Sloow Tapes label. (Listen to it here)

COTTAGING - NIGHTSHADING TAPE (Econore)
Cottaging from Boston, MA play the type of noise rock that sounds really broken and destructive. Each of the four tracks on their debut tape is a mess of ugly and painful textures. The manic echo vocals sound like they've been recorded in a cold cave. The guitars offer a loud, runchy sound and every single riff is nohing but punishing. The rhythm pushs the songs forward with a heavy groove. The opening track is a straight noise-rock tune in the vein of Lightning Bold, Psy Ants and Cuntz. The other three tracks turn into a more experimental, aimless direction. You can even find some hints of deathrock buried under all the noisy nastiness. Fantastic! (Listen to it here)

DAN MELCHIOR - LIVE AT THE PHILADELPHIA RECORD EXCHANGE TAPE (Stale Heat) 
After collaborations with Billy Childish and Holo Golighty and the split of his previous band The Broke Revue Dan Melchior started his solo project in 2004. Since then he has released countless of amazing LPs and 7"s on labels like Siltbreeze, HoZac, Little Big Chief or Homeless. What we've got here is a live tape featuring seven so far unreleased songs recorded at the Philadelphia Record Exchange in March 2014 and a live version of "Swamp!" from his "Christmas For The Crows" LP recorded in Atlanta in 2009. With repetitive song structures, drums on heavy repeat, extented guitar leads, a certain kind of blurriness and loosiness the songs show a definite influence of Crazy Horse style psychedelic rock. Melchior's vocal parts are rare this time and the focus is on the instrumental performance. The results are some of Dan Melchior's best recordings so far and the sound quality is really amazing. Highly recommended! (Listen to it here)

DEAD GUM - K-HOLE AS IN KELLOGG'S TAPE (All Gone)
Greece als produced some amzing bands in the last couple of years and this tape is another great example. Dead Gum is the solo project of Panagiotis Spoulos who also plays in Wham Jah, Reverse Mouth and runs his Phase! label. With a mix of blurring guitar improvisations, drones, loops, samples, noise and barely audibile vocal parts he creates deep psychedelic trips that balance between a cosmic spaciness and a painfuly, claustrophobic feel. The recordings embodies the character of vague collages. Good ideas occur and disappear, but it's all surprisingly addictive.The rough lo-fi sound is another main highlight that forms the perfect complement to Dead Gum's musical performance. (Listen to it here)

FLESHHEAD ATTACK – DEMO CD-R (self-released)
Hailing from Eisenach, Germany this four-piece sounds like a relict of ten years ago. Fleshhead Attack blast through six wild and frantic hardcore-thrash assaults in the vein of Tear It Up, DS-13 and Vitamin X. The songs are all straight foward and super fast, but at the time they are filled with snotty blasting midtempo parts that recall the classic sound of Reagan Youth or Black Flag. Despite all the speed and power, the recordings offer plenty of catchy choruses and an undercurrent of occasional used melodies. This is really a very promising debut release. (Listen to it here)

FREIND - SHARE THE JOY TAPE (All Gone)
This is a new project by Travis Galloway who is the co-labelhead of All Gone Records and the guy behind Siobhan. Freind creates monotonic, broken and inadequate music. "Share The Joy" sounds like a truely unique take on folk music. The seven songs are made with an minimal approach and a sloppy affection. The recordings quality is crudly lo-fi and it's almost impossible to understand a single word of the lyrics. This wreckage of sound is based on a aimlessley wandering acoustic guitar, gloomy vocals, some noisy electronics and a few beats. The recording's mystic and twisted spirit will immediately crawl into your bones after the first listen. 
 
GREYMOUTH - AS YOU DO TAPE (All Gone)
Following their "Giant Squid" tape from last year Japan based two-piece GreyMouth are back with another full tape. This band delivers a unique blend of unpracticed, post-punk drawing from an aimless, experimental approach and a right instinct for improvisations. The way the music is made shows some similarities to Dead C, even if the songs are shorter with a slight melodic side. Despite a short playtime, the tracks manage to maintain a deep, well crafted sound and there are even some moments of repetitive jamming. GreyMouth' fusion of primitive beats, low audible vocals, lo-fi aesthetic and a very varied guitar work results in arty post-punk style that's really fresh and authentic. (Listen to it here)

HIIRAGI FUKUDA- SEACIDE TAPE (Sloow Tapes)
After plenty of tape, 7" and LP releases during the last couple of years Tokyo based solo-artist Hiiragi Fukuda returns with a new tape. Equipped with cheap rhythm-machine loops, cosmic synth sounds and outstanding, fuzzy guitar soundscapes Hiiragi Fukuda takes you on a deep psychedelic journey that really gets under your skin. The recordings recall the spirit of 70s krautrock and space rock even if they circulate in their very own galaxy. The a-side features synth-based psychedelia while the b-side is driven by a barrage of spacy guitar fuzz. All six tracks point the way into a deeper dimension. Lay back and hypnotize slowly. (Listen to it here)