Wednesday, December 14, 2011
Ever wonder where Seattle's noise-friendly mystics and granola-eating folk-doom vegan hockey-mask artists are at? Well, there'r all right here on the HangedMan Vol. 1 cs comp. J-card is screened and even appears to be embossed. 2 sets of liner notes indicate artist and track titles.
MegaBats - "Lawbreaker" kicks off the comp with a gleaming track of murky ambient synthesized bliss. Richard D. James couldn't have done it better himself.
Kristian Garrard - "Iced Axe IV" earthy machines, throbbing hearts, streams of consciousness. Ethereal harmony puts zen in motion.
Karnak Templers - "Spiral Chasm" ritual string worship mournful of thyself.
Josh Medina - "Scotch Broom" guitar-vocal-folkl, conceived by firelight in the absence of moon beams.
Them, There - "Ghostwood" blending cello, wind, and bleak guitar to formulate an exquisite aesthetic.
Demian Johnston - "And Then it Drags Across the Bottom" is Demian's most successful attempt at sounding like Blue Sabbath Black Cheer to date. Well played.
Inh Halentropy - "Arp Grey Magic 2600" lo-fi beat machines and spooky thermionic leads pre-dates dub-step.
Thunder Grey Pilgrim - "Iaospel" láðspel actually. Classical black metal picking and strumming with disgusting vocal oddness.
Nightjar - "Bottom Road" even more crusty black metal guitar.
Sokai Stilhed - "City of Love" an enjoyable gem weaving together of backwards flute and loop manipulated vocal frolics. Fun stuff.
Side A - The Creative Act - a 1957 spoken word recording of Marcel Duchamp waxing rhetorical about art. The conception, execution, perception, critical interpretation, and prostration of art is brought into question with a hypnotic monologue. If verbose artistic philosophy is yer thing, then you probly already have a poster of the Mona Lisa with a mustache on your wall, and you already know about Marcel's contributions to the Surrealist and Dadaist movements of the early 1900's. If not then you better get digging and start doing your homework.
Side B - The Man Who Suffers - a live recording at jennie richie from Sevilla Spain in 2002. Rumble hum and grinding terror haunt the children in B ward. No one can escape.
Seattle & Oakland based artist Arsen Gogeshvili is known for his work with bands OK Thanks and Honey.Moon.Tree., but is perhaps more well know by his glitch bending elecxtronica solo moniker, ArsenLives. There is nothing indicating anything as far as J-card liner notes here, just two electro-microscopic images, pretty enough to display on oh, ahem lets say, a 7" record jacket? hmmm?
This isn't a noise tape, it's more like a polished up ambientempo/chill/trip-step tape. Programmed beats and dub-steppin bass synths eloquently arranged to deliver a very pro sounding electronica EP. ArsenLives may be ready to transcend the realm of DIY to embark up the tree's of WARP Records and the likes. Move over Crystal Castles, Arsen Lives!!!