Tape Tuesday: Hainbach – The Evening Hopefuls

Spring Break Tapes just dropped some new ones on us, one of which being a killer new release from Hainbach, which is the experimental electronic solo project of German composer Stefan Paul Goetsch. An interesting thing of note: Hainbach regularly employs the use of some really interesting voltage controlled devices from the likes of Ciat Lonbarde and Meng Qi – so if you’re curious as to whether or not those rat’s nests of wires you may have seen around can yield some gauzy and gaseous tones, look no further than “The Evening Hopefuls”

Available now in an edition of 100 from Spring Break Tapes

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Josh Mason’s 2016 Favorites

Favorite Album: Masayoshi Fujita & Jan Jelinek—Schaum (Faitiche)

Here is a fantastic example of tactile instrumentation colliding with the world of electronic processing. Fujita & Jelinek blew me away back in 2010 with ‘Bird, Lake, Objects’ and at the time I just assumed it was a one-off and, well, that’s that. Luckily it wasn’t and it seems they have surpassed that record with this one and its hinted tropical leanings. Also, I love that digital version of albums on Fatiche include audio liner notes. Pretty cool touch on already great works of art.

Other albums I enjoyed thoroughly: Deathspell Omega ‘The Synarchy Of Molten Bones’ / Monadh ‘Muara’ / Billy Gomberg ‘Slight At That Contact’ / Ka ‘Honor Of The Samurai’ / Zach Cooper ‘The Sentence’ / Ánde Somby ‘Yoiking with the Winged Ones’ / Radian ‘On Dark Silent Off’ / Roly Porter ‘Third Law’ / Conan ‘Revengeance’

Favorite Tape: Fousek/Hansen/Tellier-Craig—No Sound Without a Misunderstanding (Spring Break Tapes)

This killer tape from the Fousek/Hansen/Tellier-Craig trio on Spring Break Tapes nailed every part of computer and synthesizer music that I love. Equal parts percussive and droning in a way that compliments instead of criticizes. Hopefully there is more to come from these guys.

Other tapes I enjoyed thoroughly: Adam Basanta ‘A Room Listening To Itself’ / Olli Aarni ‘Muovia’ / Chris Herbert ‘Katushki’ / Sumac ‘What One Becomes’ / Neurosis ‘Fires Within Fires’ / Jake Meginsky ‘ Seven Psychotropic Sinewave Palindromes’ / Head Dress ‘Bodies Of Water’ / Naps ‘Checking Out Early’ / Cody Yantis ‘Cadence Annals’

Thing I Listened To The Most That Wasn’t Released In 2015: Motion—Every Action (12k)

Spent a good deal of time researching synthesizers this year and, as an educational exercise, developed a fascination while doing so to try and create ‘computer music’ on something other than a computer. Chris Coode’s Motion work does this very well and served as great inspiration.

Favorite Beer I Discovered in 2016: Tired Hands(US)/Omnipollo(SWE) – Lychee Milkshake IPA

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Brewed with oats, lactose sugar, and wheat flour. Conditioned atop Madagascar vanilla beans and a copious amount of luscious lychee purée. Hopped intensely with Mosaic and Citra. Dreamt up with the sweethearts at Omnipollo. If I can ever figure out how to make a record sound the way this tastes, it’ll be the best thing I ever do.

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Billy Gomberg – Slight At That Contact LP

One great thing about Gomberg’s work, is his use of the room. Every surface in said room, whether small and wooden, or large and cavernous, they all seem to be alive, pulsing and critical to the sound’s over all success—and Slight At That Contact is certainly that. Two sides of churning synths and crackling, skittering computer work provide excellent room enhancement for any metaphysicist, burgeoning or established.

Pick this gem up direct from Students of Decay and get it in your ear holes as soon as it arrives.

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Deathspell Omega – The Synarchy of Molten Bones LP

Winter is on its way. The harbinger of this message is the new Deathspell Omega record The Synarchy of Molten Bones which pierces the gray clouds of mediocrity as a whirling mass of blastbeats, icy angular guitars and trademark esotericism. Kind of a no-brainer, really.

Pre-orders now up direct from the force itself.

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Tape Tuesday: Cody Yantis – Cadence Annals

Multi-instrumentalist Cody Yantis has a new imprint of his very own and he’s hit the ground running with Cadence Annals, also his very own. Presented here are sections and pieces of his artistic life molded into a collection of works that spans synth to sax, oscillator to overflow. The result is a sparse and calculated sound of the highest order. To listen to just a piece at a time doesn’t really do it justice, you need to sit down with the whole program. Move around the house. View things from different angles. Commit to clicking Purchase.

Available from Reno Park Press in an edition of 50. Keep an eye out for things in the works from Yantis & Co.

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Kindling – Everywhere Else LP

It’s no secret. We like Kindling. Stephen Pierce, Gretchen Williams & Co. rip through twelve tracks of thick, low end pop-gaze on ‘Everywhere Else’ that is sure to satiate your need for viscous sounds. Like a well crafted New England style IPA, this bad boy is right up in your grill with notes of stonefruit and tube amps. Incredibly smooth on the palette and lingers long after needle tracks into the dead wax. Should probably crack open a second one, yeah?

ISO? Available from No Idea (on fancy blue), or from the band (black AND on cassette, for all your tapeheads out there)

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Thor & Friends – Self Titled LP

Remember that time you saw Swans and there was that one burly dude playing all kinds of auxiliary instruments while Gira was on his spirit quest? Well, said dude was Thor Harris, and he’s teamed up with Peggy Ghorbani and Sarah Gautier (as well as Jeremy Barnes and Heather Trost of A Hawk & A Hacksaw AND John Dieterich of Deerhoof) for a solo jaunt which is a little bit of a departure from the pummeling dished out by his other band. Here we are presented with some tidal marimba explorations (with some vibraphone, xylophone, organ, voice, mellotron and piano thrown in for good measure.) Some contemplative sounds just in time for the changing of the leaves.

There is a full stream here and the wax is available direct from LM Dupli-cation.

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Tape Tuesday: Michael Flora – Xi

Minneapolis-based artist Michael Flora (of Nada label fame) has a new tape out on the relatively new Sympathy Limited label. Both of which are something you are going to want to check out if avant garde music is your cup ‘o tea. ‘Xi’ is nine movements of fractured tone bursts and granular synthesis ranging from almost imperceptible to grinding. If one were to amplify the bio-metrics of a small plant in the middle of photosynthesis, this could be the result. Highly recommended.

In addition to the tape, the label is offering fancy lapel pins with matching artwork. A nice touch if we do say so ourselves. Fall is here more or less, and you know you got empty lapels. Show some solidarity, computer punks!

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Tape Tuesday: Predatory Light – s/t CS

The Psychic Violence webstore has been updated with a huge batch of tapes, most notably the new album from black metal luminaries Predatory Light… and you better snatch those two demo represses as well, because we know you slept on ’em the first go round: psychicviolence.bigcartel.com.

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Vemod – Venter På Stormene LP

You never stood a chance snatching the colored vinyl version of this brand new pressing of Venter På Stormene, but that shouldn’t stop you from picking up the black vinyl version from Terratur Possessions’ new US retailer: the ever reliable Dark Descent Records. Go on.

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