Björk – Vulnicura 2xLP

And just like that: the new Björk album is available to pre-order. We have no idea yet what it is going to sound like, but with production credits from both Arca and The Haxan Cloak (and the fact that it’s, you know, Björk) – chances are that it will sound quite good indeed. So if you cannot sit patiently and wait for your favorite record store to put copies on the shelf, then why not make your claim at bleep.com?

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Gareth Flowers + Josh Mason – Silent Period LP

‘Silent Period’, the new collaborative effort from Gareth Flowers and Josh Mason, follows the arc of a long night/early morning following an unknown event that has led an enigmatic main character into self-exile. Four movements of haunted guitar ambience and troubled trumpet lead you through four specific states of being. A perfect spin for late nights of neurotic reflection. Additionally, randomly inserted into the stock over at Sunshine Ltd. are 4 special ‘Evidence’ copies, each housed in a black archival box that contains clues to the night in question.

Limited to 250 copies and available from Sunshine Ltd. and Experimedia
 

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Full disclosure: OMGVinyl is partially affiliated with Sunshine Ltd.

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Tape Tuesday: Pan-American – Sketch for Winter II: Rue Corridor

Geographic North is back with the second installment of their “Sketch For Winter” tape series and this one, friends, is the business. Vol. II finds Pan-American (Mark Nelson) moving from the cold outside with the opening long form piece ‘The Terrace’ to the warmth by the fire with the closer ‘Pasqual’. Limited to 300 copies, ‘Rue Corridor’ should not be slept on and is a perfect accompaniment to the crisp early mornings and snowy evenings of the season.

 

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Abigor “Leytmotif Luzifer” LP

Another sleeper album from 2014, barreling its way into 2015 on an avalanche of spiky riffs and ill intentions. Abigor have been around for some time and show no signs of slowing down with their most recent release, Leytmotif Luzifer, currently available to purchase from avantegardemusic.bandcamp.com. No US distribution options have sprung up that we are aware of – but this one is miles ahead of your typical black metal bandwagon release, and is worth tracking down.

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Loren Conners “Airs” LP

It’s been a little while since we’ve caught up with The Recital Program (artist Sean McCann’s musical imprint), and we’ve missed a few crucial catalog numbers for sure. The label is kicking off 2015 in fine style, however, with this vinyl pressing of Loren Conners Airs due for delivery in mid-January (so any day now). Limited to 520 pieces at a cost of $15.95 each from recitalprogram.com.

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Volahn “Aq’ab’al” 2xLP

The Black Twilight Circle standard-bearer returns with Aq’ab’al, a 2xLP of cosmic-tinged, black metal savagery filtered through the lens of ancient Mayan culture. This has sold out in just about every distro to offer copies, but you can still pick it up from the theajnaoffensive.com.

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Primordial “Where Greater Men Have Fallen” 2xLP

Somewhere during my annual turkey and cranberry malaise, Metal Blade released the excellent new album from Ireland’s finest, Primordial. Which means it blipped past my radar screen without anyone in the control room taking notice, only to be shoved back under my nose at the end of 2014 on literal scads of year-end lists. Well, I’m paying attention now, and so should you. You can pick this one up on 2xLP from www.indiemerch.com.

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Jefre Cantu–Ledesma – A Year With 13 Moons LP

‘A Year With 13 Moons’ is the new distorted and pulsing offering from Cantu-Ledesma. This new slab is pure unadulterated memory energy that was recorded at the Headlands Center for the Arts in San Francisco while in residence. The 16 tracks utilize guitars, synths, and drum machines to render the fuzzed out romanticized bliss that will leave one feeling as though they just got an electric hug from another time.

Available to pre-order from Mexican Summer
 

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Isis – Panopticon 2xLP Repress/Remaster

The Robodogs (oh yyyeah, forgot that Robotic Empire used to be Robodog) have been killing it when it comes to handling Isis’ back catalog. This time, they’re back with a new pressing of the recently (and arguably needed) remastered (by Mika Jussila) bruiser ‘Panopticon’. With the new version, we also got some updated artwork from Aaron Turner and a variety of vinyl colors (200 on clear/translucent blue, 500 on clear/translucent orange and 1300 on black vinyl–of which only black and clear/orange remain) So get on this now for all your sludgy/atmospheric/Bentham-Foucault needs.
 

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Parashi – Pilot’s Salt LP

Well, the dust from the year end explosion has settled. Take a second to breathe before you dig into this Parashi LP, because you might not get another shot. ‘Pilots Salt’ is a grinding tour de force for modular synths, tape and metal objects. But it’s more than just a ‘noise’ record. There is a fantastic balance between audio and what is written. Tracks like ‘Recombinant Field’, ‘Pilot’s Salt’ and ‘Pulverized Concrete On The Rim Of A Coffee Cup’ — I mean, what exactly are these things and what’s really going on here? I have no idea, but it’s totally intriguing word play that is perfectly married to the esotericism inherent in the sound and totally worth getting lost in. A sleeper hit from the end of ‘14, not to be missed.

Available in an edition of 300 (first 100 copies on Grey Marble) from Retrograde Tapes.

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