Ana Fosca – “Poised At The Edge of Structure” – [Helen Scarsdale Agency]

cinder   7/1/2022   A Library, CD

Low ambient droned industrial noise portrayed by Ana Fosca (born Linn Hvid) out of Copenhagen. Pedals, computers and synths meld together to create an ominous inferno of destruction. She’s dark and creepy, evil and sinister. Lurches and swells of wafty textures tendril through machinery warehouse echoes. Effected vox with unintelligible words. Cavernous screeches and heavy weight. Fantastic.

Severed + Said – “Tragic Seeker” – [Not Not Fun Records]

cinder   7/1/2022   A Library, Cassette

Solo synth and drum machinery from John Touchton, of Florida. Dystopian midnight hovering car rides in swampy neon-lit cityscapes, 100 degree minimum. Razor sharp melodies intertwine and weave through synth drenched rhythms. Recent descriptions of equal parts synth-wave séance, abduction hallucination, and paranormal noir. Drift + Lift.

Carney, Jeff – “Live Electronic Music” – [Lion Productions]

cinder   5/5/2022   12-inch, A Library

Recorded live in 1989 without any overdubs. Long, ambient slow knob turning and sound shifting electronics. Very much in the vein of Tangerine Dream, Vangelis & Klaus Shulze. Extended notes that intertwine and weave through like stars in light speed. Slithering synths. Sci-Fi soundtracks of the past. Mastered for vinyl by Krautrock musician and sound engineer Eroc.

Shilo, J.P. – “Jubjote” – [Heavy Machinery Records]

cinder   4/13/2022   12-inch, A Library

A nightmare fueled dream state through Twilight Zone-esque themes and forlorn thoughts. As the cover art depicts, there’s beauteous pipe organ (Melbourne Town Hall Grand Organ) sounds that drone and float, drifting along with some electronics, guitar and such. It’s glorious. JP deadpans a story akin to Randy Greif, Edward Ka-Spel & Blood Axis/Les Joyaux De La Princess. I recommend laying flat on your back in the dark, closed eyes, and let it soak through your mind.

Loopsel – “Spiral, The” – [Digital Regress]

cinder   4/13/2022   12-inch, A Library

Solo project of Elin Engström from Sweden. Sounds of a fantasy daydream, but also sparked with darkness. There’s light rhythmical tendrils, which then take a harsh right turn into industrial anger. Not noise, not pure evil, but a slight sinister edge behind the guitar and electronics. Experimental haze. A glowing golden hilltop with black storm clouds. 

Russell, Bruce & Wood, Luke – “Visceral Realists” – [VHF Records]

cinder   3/23/2022   12-inch, A Library

Wailing, droning, efx’d and processed guitars and electronics layered over old, scratched records that have been spinning endlessly on the last edge. Sounds like the vinyl side ended, and they used that itchy looping rhythmic pulse as their underlaying beat. Pretty short, each track around 3 minutes long. You can find more Bruce Russell sounds from the band Dead C, and Luke Wood founded Ilam Press Records, both dudes hailing from New Zealand.

Ah Cama-Sotz – “I Believe” – [Hands]

cinder   2/9/2022   A Library, CD

An industrial-techno and dark ambient project by Belgian electronic music producer Herman Klapholz. Blending tribal, ethnic and dark elements with heavy dance floor beats. It takes a seat sometimes and lets the melancholy ambient drones wash over you as you cool down from your teeth grinding two step. It definitely has that basement industrial club vibe going too. Lots of bald heads, black eyeliner and leather pants happening here. Even includes a cover of the classic, Warm Leatherette!

My Cat Is an Alien – “Hypnotherapy” – [Lost Treasures of The Underworld]

cinder   2/9/2022   A Library, Cassette

A duo of Italian brothers Maurizio and Roberto Opalio, from the Torino area. Creating what kitty might be hearing in their head while staring at the wall, wide pupil’d at 3 in the morning. Spaced out strings, gurgling and churning electronics, pedal fx and whistful moaning put you into a stare-down daze. Side long tracks from a cassette, with side B (track 2) picking up right where the first left off. 

Nyoukis, Dylan / Glass, Seymour – “No One Cares About The Drama Queen’s Potassium Intake” – [Chocolate Monk / BUFMS]

cinder   2/9/2022   A Library, CD

Creeky, plunky, itchy, splunky, experimental compositions from Dylan (Blood Stereo, Decaer Pinga, Chocolate Monk) & Seymour (Bren’t Lewiis, Glands of External Secretion, Bananafish). Sounds like they went into an orchestra room, decided to tie one arm behind their back and pick and plunk at things with their nose. There’s all sorts of strings – some close up and some further back in the mix, random animal sounds (cow? bird? honey badger?), possible horn droneage, manipulated found sounds & field recordings, trickling electronics, twisting of things, shaking of other things, skittering and scampering. Maybe it’s just the house mice recording their jams in the middle of night. 

Los Microwaves – “Birth of Techno, The” – [Hyperspace Communications]

cinder   1/26/2022   12-inch, A Library

A trio of David Javelosa (synth and vocals), Meg Brazill (bass and vocals) & Todd “Rosa” Rosencrans (drums). This plops you right down in the glorious new wave/minimal pop era of the early 1980s. The first half is studio, the second half are live tracks, some recorded in San Francisco at a venue called I-Beam. A little Gang of Four, with a splash of Blondie, and a good dousing of The Buggles. Most have vox, but there are a few instrumentals which would work great for electronic shows. I super love this! 

Dreihasenbild – “Visitation” – [Wet Barbed Wire]

cinder   1/26/2022   7-inch, A Library

Endearing, whimsical, delicate recordings of violin, mood, charms, and found sounds. It’s introspective and pondering, definitely has a foreign film score vibe. A soft beauty of sounds, either in enhanced vibrance or wafting droned ambient clouds. A project of Stefan Keydel from Austin. 

Dissevelt, Tom & Kid Baltan – "Fascinating World of Electronic Music, The" – [We Are Busy Bodies]

cinder   1/5/2022   12-inch, A Library

A reissue of the great 1959 album from Dutch electronic musicians Tom Dissevelt and Kid Baltan. It’s spy noir jazz, electronic squiggles and squirms, playful rhythms, BBC Radiophonic Workshop-esque, 50’s Disney documentary & mid century futuristic visions all mixed together. Magical, charming and whimsical fun! Each track really tells a story with the layout of sounds and themes.

Century Plants – "Intrinsic Geometry Vol. 1" – [Tape Drift Records]

cinder   1/5/2022   A Library, CD

Duo out of New York. These improvised tracks were recorded without overdubs in August 2014 and April 2016. Drifting endlessly through haze covered hills and sun drenched highways. Guitar and electronic drone explorations that relax you into a deep hypnosis. Lovely textures and tendrils of wafty psych.

Blectum From Blechdom – "Deep Bone" – [Deathbomb Arc]

cinder   1/5/2022   12-inch, A Library

Duo of composed of Kevin Blechdom (Kristin Grace Erickson) and Blevin Blectum (Bevin Kelley). Quirky, magical and entertaining spunky electronic cacophonies of interesting sounds and whimsical treats! A few with effected vox in robotical ways. Super fun and playful.
Two covers – Jackie (written by Jacques Brel, Gérard Jouannest, and Mort Shuman), and Noise About Boys (Olsen Twins, haha) featuring Eugene S Robinson beat boxing (Oxbow)!   

Wasted Cathedral – "I'm Gonna Love You 'til The End of Time" – [Centripetal Force / Cardinal Fuzz]

cinder   1/5/2022   12-inch, A Library

Hypnotic, drifty and transcendal. Solo project of Saskatoon-based musician Christopher Laramee (Shooting Guns, The Switching Yard, and The Radiation Flowers). This is definitely one to bring together both the psych heads and the electronic peeps. It’s chill, has a downtempo vibe, but also uses droned guitars and pedals for a floating tendril feel. Has the perfect rainy day, window gazing, cozy blanket and hot sipping broth vibe. They say if you’re into Flying Saucer Attack, DJ Shadow, Spiritualized, and Portishead (no vocals) you’ll dig this and I agree. Lovely!  

Cold Wave [coll] – [Soul Jazz Records]

cinder   12/15/2021   12-inch, A Library

Another killer compilation from Soul Jazz. This features current electronic acts that have all been influenced in sound by the early European cold wave artists of the late 70s and early 80s. Drum machines, lo-fi recording techniques, no wave post punk faux dance beats. Mostly instrumentals, some with vox. Cited influences call to Suicide, Patrick Cowley, The Normal, Martin Hannett, Laurie Anderson & Public Image. Soul Jazz always providing the best!

CIA Debutante – "Music For Small Rooms" – [Ever / Never]

cinder   12/15/2021   12-inch, A Library

Duo of Nathan Roche & Paul Bonnet out of France. It’s murky, lurky, stalker-like electronics with deadpan blase vocals. Ooooey gooey textures and gurgley synths with hints of The Shadow Ring & Cabaret Voltaire. Listen with one eye open, as they might be crouching in the darkness behind you.

Headboggle – "Digital Digital Analog" – [Ratskin Records]

cinder   12/15/2021   12-inch, A Library

Local San Franciscan, Derek Gedalecia creates modern day “library music”! But seriously, it’s magical, quirky, bouncy, soundtrack-esque, synth lounge electronics. MIDI and digital synths as well as a Steinway grand piano create the sounds behind the title “digital digital analog”, as well as it being recorded and processed digitally, and pressed onto vinyl – analog. Shorter tracks, mostly under a minute each, of zippity zappaty rhythmical excursions. It’s adorable, cheerful and delightful – a rainbow lit floating carousel of smiles in the sky! 

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