Sounds of the Indian Snake Charmer Volume 2
C30 cassette Hanson Records HN 134 (USA, 2006)
Note : In 2005, Wolf Eyes member Aaron Dilloway headed over to Nepal with his wife, and befriended a local snake charmer/hustler family the Naths while she was off studying. Dilloway released the first fruits culled from his recordings of the family later in 2005, on the sleeper hit LP (and later CD) "Sounds of the Indian Snake Charmer". This year he follows it up with what didn't make the cut of the first volume, although that shouldn't suggest that these aren't as of a lesser quality. If you heard the first volume, you pretty much know what you're getting into with this one. The four members of this family bringing forth pure psychotropic snake- and human-charming drones straight from the source.
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2 by Bukowski
Drink from my Bastard Grail
CD Poeta Negra PN22CD (Greece, 06-2003)
02. I Am Ready for Death in this Dominion
03. The Last Aerie
04. The Entrance
05. Morley Lights
07. Wild Manner
08. Gate 3
09. I Am Continuum
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The Vilnius Implosion
LP NoBusiness Records NBLP 1 (Lithuania, 2008)
01. Untitled (Portrait)
02. I Have Destroyed It Already from Day One
03. The Death of the Author
04. The Birth of the Listener
05. A Walk in the Snow
06. Untitled (Implosion)
Note : Baritone Saxophone [Slide], Flute [Alto Fluteophone] - Mats Gustafsson
Recorded feb 9th 2008 at Vilniaus Mažasis Teatras, mixed at MAMA studios, mastered at Hobby Workshop studio, titles inspired by Felix Gonzales-Torres (1957-1996).
Limited edition of 500 hand-numbered copies.
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We Close 1-2
7'' Elefant Records ER-204 (Spain, 1999)
01. We Close 1-2
02. Cabaret Band [Demo]
03. Light Years
04. Under the Floorboards
Note : All titles written by Ken Sweeney
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Et pour mémoire, ma prose du post original :
Jim O'Rourke est un habitué de la maison, et le titre de sa pièce parle de lui-même. Le cas de Thomas Ankersmit est plus curieux, car sa musique est relativement peu documentée sur disque. Il attendra 2010 pour sortir son premier album solo sur Ash International - un beau drone enregistré live. Il travaille à la base avec le saxophone, qui à l'arrivée sonne peu comme un saxophone habituel. C'est aventureux, et finalement assez rock dans l'esprit.
Thomas Ankersmit / Jim O'Rourke
Weerzin / Oscillators and Guitars
LP Tochnit Aleph TA 054 (Germany, 2005)
a1. Thomas Ankersmit - Weerzin
b1. Jim O'Rourke - Oscillators and Guitars
Note : Weerzin composed and recorded by Thomas Ankersmit (computer, Serge and EMS Synthesizer, saxophone), 2004.
Oscillators and guitars composed and recorded by Jim O'Rourke, 1992.
Limited edition of 750 copies.
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Et voilà ce que j'en disais l'automne dernier :
Attention, voici une vraie rareté, et une sacrée pépite! Wingdisk est le duo de rêve de Ian Masters (ex-tête chercheuse des Pale Saints exilé au Japon) et Mark Tranmer (Gnac et moitié de Montgolfier Brothers avec Quigley). Des chansons rêveuses et des intermèdes exotiques. C'est impossible à trouver aujourd'hui, c'est la seule trace discographique du duo, et c'est d'une poésie et d'une finesse rares. De l'impressionnisme en musique? Ben oui!
Time Is Running Out
10'' Isonauta ISO020 (France, 2004)
a2. Kuro Tamago
b1. Departure Lounge
b2. Tachibana Lament
Note : This record includes singing, temple bells, old people wailing, guitars, cicadas, trains, piano, Mark Tranmer and Ian Masters. Recorded on hot days sometime between 2000 and 2002 in Manchester, London and Osaka.
Wingdisk is a duo comprised of former members of Pale Saints and the Montgolfier Brothers, and anyone familiar with those bands wouldn't be too surprised at the sound and tone of this EP. Very pretty, haunted songs are sequenced with the shorter bits to make two whole pieces, one for each side of the vinyl. Like with ex-Montgolfier Brother Mark Tranmer's previous duo, these songs have the quality of a soundtrack, subtle enough to work as mood music for some bittersweet scene of people doing stuff and saying things yet more than just aural wallpaper. There is something defiant in the unwillingness of the music to be too demonstrative, which would be noble but boring if it wasn't so captivating.
The quiet bossa-nova inspired "Rio" is, if anything, too brief, introducing a lovely chord progression outlined by Spanish guitars, piano, and a cyclical phrase played on what sounds like a backwards marimba or xylophone. It builds to the seven-word vocal - "Why don't we go back to Rio?" - only to fade out again. Drifting like motes of dust in a sunbeam, it passes away before becoming anything more, but it is very beguiling. Is it pop? Yeah, but it's too impressionistic to be just that.
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CD él Records ACME 23CD / Cherry Red (UK, 10-1989)
02. Did You Say her Name Was Peg?
03. She's Great
04. Endless September
05. A Vision
06. Goodbye Again
07. Anna s'en va
08. Jean and Me
09. I Collect Stamps
10. Sunday Morning Camden Town
11. Another Boy
12. Yuri Gagarin
Note : The last "real" él album, completed shortly after Mike Alway's departure from the label. Recorded by Serge Glanzberg at F2 studios, Chancery Lane. Louis's biggest project so far, with some of the finest jazz brass players in the UK at the time, this album marks the beginning of Daniel Manners' collaboration with Louis as an arranger (the lovely classical guitar/euphonium bridge on She's Great).
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Biscuit Barrel Fashion
CD Poptones mc5028cd (UK, 2001)
02. Bad Dancers Collide
03. The Thrill of Gambling
04. Biscuit Barrel Fashion
05. I Think I Think too Much too
06. The Neen Scene
07. Joseph-Michel & Jacques-Étienne
08. Superintendent Battle Arrives
09. Uncomfortable Modes of Transport
10. Annonay for the Second Time
11. Eighteenth Century Quiz Show
12. The Amstel Diamond Fraudsters
13. The Gardens of Brown and Le Nôtre
15. Voltaire's Interference
Note : All music written, played and recorded by Mark Tranmer.
'The Neen Scene' was written for artist Miltos Manetas.
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Roland P. Young
CD EM Records EM1087 (Japan, 2009)
06. Night Air
08. Dessert Cave
10. Tea Bells
Note : 30 years since “Isophonic Boogie Woogie”, Em Records proudly presents Roland P. Young’s “Istet Serenade” – his first original material in as many years.
A foray into the area of music space that represents the core of Roland?s sound philosophy, ‘Isophonics’. The theory of composed improvisation of stillness in the fluidity of constant change. The thingness of actualized sound in the nothingness of acoustic evaporation and recreation from the source of the indwelling presence. This occurs at a speed which defies conscious comprehension but which reveals abundant spiritual revelatory aspects.
To quote mr Young: “The 10 pieces were chosen from 55 comprovisations created over the past year. My Travels to and playing in the atmospheres of Israel, Prague, Rome, London, Paris, Istanbul and Santa Fe, New Mexico combined with my formative years in Kansas City, Missouri then my years in the Bay Area of Northern California and my current residence in Brooklyn, New York inform my music with ever expanding inspirations and creative possibilities.”
This is a sound that is thusly described as spaced acid drones of intense acoustic chill, embracing electronic, ambient, world, avant garde, cosmic, free and chamber jazz music.