Pharmakon’s latest album features a harsh, noisy aesthetic, but that’s about all it’s got.
With some synths that sound like they’re on their dying breaths and some absolutely batshit rhythms, this new track from Tiger Village has me looking forward to this project’s forthcoming tape via Hausu Mountain. The release date: October 21st. The title of this thing: V.
If you didn’t already know, Tiger Village is spearheaded by producer, multi-instrumentalist, and lone wolf Tim Thornton, and I’ve got to know what else this dude’s capable off after hearing this track. I love his use of distortion and a generally lo-fi aesthetic, but he manages to pack it with so much detail in this single track. And I’m not just talking about sonic detail, but compositional, too.
“Cascades” literally does what its title states as one strange musical passage psychedelically folds into another. The song’s quirky, glitch-heavy beginnings are a surprising contrast from some of the epic and tense synth sequences that occur in the middle of this track. The ending is quite cacophonous, but still quite different when eating up the minor details beyond the flurry of synths and percussion. A dizzying track, for sure!
OK, I want to give a quick shout-out to this latest collaboration between seasoned electro-acoustic/drone/avant-garde/whatever artists Kevin Drumm and Jason Lescalleet - with The Abyss, they have turned out what is without question one of the darkest, most abject musical works I’ve ever heard. I don’t have anything intelligent to say about it – go to TMT for that shit – but if you’re looking for the murkiest of “mood albums,” I can’t recommend this thing enough. Admittedly, it doesn’t make a whole lot of sense to take excerpts from a project so atmospheric, but in case anyone’s feeling curious or brave, find a 9-minute snippet from the 50-minute-long closer above and the decidedly more eventful “Anger Alert” below. Godspeed!
The Abyss is out now via Erstwhile Records.
Last month, Houston-based avant-garde rapper and musician B L A C K I E announced a new studio full-length titled IMAGINE YOURSELF IN A FREE AND NATURAL WORLD. No release date yet, but this lead single “None Above” has me properly excited. The track is a crashing, kaleidoscopic wall of sound, with wailing from B L A C K I E forced to the background and just barely audible. It’s beautifully brutal. Or brutally beautiful? Whatever; it’s awesome! Check it out!
Dark ambient, jazz, noise, and a strong sense of uncontrollable fear come together on this new, self-titled Shivers album. The trio features the musical input of Rutger Zuydervelt, Gareth Davis and Leo Fabriek. They’ve collaborated before, but this is the first time they’re doing so under this particular name. The final result, a.k.a. this album, is challenging, but surprisingly brief in its length. It would seem these guys wanna get straight to the heart of what these noisy, drone-jazz fusions are all about.
Look for this album on Miasmah.
Death Grips are at their most glitchy, experimental, and esoteric on the first half of their new album.