Wednesday, January 23, 2013

AG. Geige - Totenfilm



Troller



This is a lithium kiss which starts in a slow neurosis of jaded pop and Lydia Lunchables. A Bataille saucer of cold milk to warm flesh, later filtering into a parade of vapour filled vocals dancing a darkwave synthesis replete with whippy beatitudes... A pleasure that drips into your ears, veering slightly commercial in places... but never the less rewarding...

Available in vinyl over at Holodeck Records

Herr Blum



Can't believe I've completely bypassed Herr Blum's existence until now... thank you TapeAttack you bastion of German post punk goodness.

Tuesday, January 22, 2013

Collision Detection v7 - The Doomed Bird of Providence



A great companion piece, volume 7 of Collision Detection follows seamlessly from Kemper Norton's stunning contribution. The Doomed Bird of Providence's squeezebox throwing out sepia saturations over earthy bass drum regularities and countering violin swirls. A dusty stroll of sweeping pastoral gilds starts the EP. The first track, In the terror of the Moment measures itself in an Esmerine-like grace, full of instrumental swells and leisurely builds. Light dappled reflections and shifting melodies that seem to have an 'eye of the storm' calmness which spreads out into the short lived Safety at Sea. An oasis of calm unfolding in romantically sustained eddies of accordion. A Parisian vibe chased round a drum’s skin…

By Seabound you feel the horizon is darkening … it's half tunings like oily molecules afloat on a quicksilver fall of spanglemaker guitar. Pleasant melodies slowly/subtly fed to the shadows. Glinting hand claps and oceanic bowls of accordion, a knee clapping Morris-men vibe with jigs of fiddle tracing the notes between beats. Gasps of silence and ominous drones hugging the periphery, invading the lilt, with the rolling percussive end casting out the semi jovial mood in favour of fearful apprehension…

Something fed superbly into the poignant sketch of foreboding that is The Wounded Platelayer, as if the three preceding tracks were working towards this jewel of an atmosphere, penned in tensive slips of violin work and rippling metal sheets. Those scary headphonic swells and ghostly echoes living out the tragedy of Australia’s Ned Kelly.





Tuesday, January 15, 2013

Cinema Soloriens



if the above gets you salivating... Cinema Soloriens have four UK appearances planned early this year... hoping to catch the Bristol one myself, just to see what cosmic goo daevid allen adds to the mix...

Tuesday, January 08, 2013

Die Schacht – Halber Selbstbetrug



An off-shoot from the mighty Hiroshima Bird Market collective, Die Schacht are a mysterious entity that I'm wild guessing, are a duo, based on the Baader Meinhof gun touting twosome on their webpage... but question marks aside, this totally hits sound-wise...

The first side is a solid chunk of head shrieking metronomics... smothered in bassy transits and overwrought in thirsty shards (or should that be barbs) of pylon guitar. A rhythmically sharp and feisty beast, with that transistorised megaphone of vox hooking you into to some uber addictive rockstar mimicry...

The flip side changes dynamics completely, strips it all back in to a Casio whine over bone china beats, a vibe that has that childlike stare of early Pram or Smog… A real nice post-punk experimental slant to it... contrasting ultimately with the punk(ish) 'A' side ... intimately lit and full of quirky angles ending on a screamed abruptness…

A great slice of life from the Berlin underground with a gas-masked trench lady cover that's hard to forget…

Thursday, January 03, 2013

Big Naturals



this album is power city, go listen