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.
Thanks for the good people at Gimme Tinnitus for this noisy, sluggish jam from Bueno. The track “Little Joe” sounds like a sedate James Chance guesting on a Modern Lovers demo that’s never seen the light of day until now. It ain’t half bad.
You can check out the b-side to this single over at Bueno’s Bandcamp. Enjoy!
Out of the blue, Death Grips drops a new, 8-song project titled Niggas On the Moon, which is supposed to be the first installment of a double album that we should be seeing the second half of later this year. The title of this thing: The Powers That B.
Sonically, NOTM doesn’t sound too unlike the recently released Government Plates. The sounds are synthetic, abrasive, and assembled in a jittery display of disorienting proportions. Thankfully, the project features a stronger lyrical component than Government Plates as well.
For an added layer of confusion, Björk is somehow involved with this thing as well. Knowing Death Grips, this project is probably laced with an incalculable number of Björk samples. There’s a pretty audible one toward the end of “Billy Not Really,” I think.
Stream this project via the widget above, and hit up the DG Facebook page for a download link, which I know the band had posted the night of this album’s release onto YouTube and Soundcloud. No guarantee it’s still there, though. Enjoy!
The new Ben Frost album is harsh as well, but the musical compositions behind the noise fail to be gripping.
clipping. lives up to hip hop tradition and pushes “noise hop” unorthodoxy on their sophomore album.