Mass & Volume
1. The Onset:
…what ? This is… 25 minutes of unreleased Pig Destroyer material?? And it was recorded in the same sessions as Phantom Limb? Are you telling me that almost one full hour of PxDX material is reaching my eardrums in the unhallowed years of our demonic overlord 2012 & 2013 (including last year’s triumphant Book Burner LP)? Yes, perfect, thank you, all is clear to me now and I’m ready to dive into this.
2. The Moment of Reflection:
The band unearths Mass & Volume now as a memorial to Relapse Records’ director of sales and marketing Pat Egan, who passed away in February. All sales from this release benefit Mr. Egan’s daughter. My $10 goes to a good cause, I think, as I download Mass & Volume at the office. No one else will hear anything, I think, as I put on my headphones.
3. The Listening:
Six minutes in, I black out. I slip out of the chair and curl into a fetal ball under the desk. When my boss kneels and leans in close to check my breathing before reporting to HR, he catches these sounds blaring from the earbuds: tamburas, an inhumanly slow beat, giant chords allowed to sustain and drone out indefinitely, garbled shrieks, choral synth pads melding with feedback, chants. “Sounds like ‘Leng Tch’e’ or the intro to Lysol or ‘Under Rotting Sky’ or something,” he thinks. (Say what you will about his snacking policies or his aversion to overtime, but the man kinda knows his shit.) “Whatever it is, it’s definitely NOT Pig Destroyer …right?” Still crouched over me, he puts on my headphones and listens. The cycle begins again.
1. The Onset:
…what ?? This is… 25 minutes of unreleased Pig Destroyer material?? Recorded in the same sessions as Phantom Limb? Are you telling me—
Thoughts On Air
Moonlit Mind [EP]
There’s something going on with songs these days, and I just can’t quite put my finger on it, but Thoughts On Air’s latest free-for-download release is exactly it, so I’m almost inclined to let the stream below do most of the writing in this post. But I’ve heard this sort of spook-psych thing happening with others (Sparkling Wide Pressure, for example), folks pawing at guitar strings and recording vocals through what sounds like a tin can before being blown to hell, then spinning the whole mix around in a centrifuge to pump out something as wholly beautiful as it is a little scary, maybe untrustworthy. This music can turn on you, at once achingly gorgeous before tremolo effects bounce things around like blinding lights in a room full of mirrors — an otherwise lovely ballad becomes a thing of soft terror.
Thoughts On Air has amassed a hefty discography of limited run tapes since 2007 or so. Better late than never to start dredging up the past.
• Thoughts on Air: http://www.thoughtsonair777.blogspot.com
Kleenex Girl Wonder
“Thelema And Louise”
On March 26, Graham Smith, legendary lo-fi master and self-proclaimed “coolest person alive,” will make his triumphant return with Let It Buffer, Kleenex Girl Wonder’s 12th full-length and the band’s first since 2011’s Secret Thinking. This time around, Mr. Smith promises such aural treats as “a rap song in rock’s clothing” and “more multisyllabic rhymes… that you can shake a wordstick at.” Even though we still have to wait a few more weeks for Smith to release “Let It Buffer,” he’s allowed us the privilege of premiering the clip for “Thelema and Louise,” the album’s crunchy contemplation on love, sex, and creepy 20th-century mysticism.” In the video, Smith dons some spooky glow-in-the-dark makeup, transforming him into a Joker-ific version of the dude in this GIF. At one point, we see a lampshade printed with a blown-up image of Smith’s face, which is sort of creepy, but also inherently awesome. Just like the song.
I waited up for Cold, James Ferraro’s new mixtape, assuming it was coming out at midnight EST. He even made a dedicated website for the mixtape with a countdown on it. As soon as the countdown hit 0, it was replaced with “World cup start..” OMG IT WAS HAPPENING. I waited. And waited… Nothing happened. I eventually went to bed, and now that I’m up, I see that Ferraro hasn’t released the Cold mixtape, but a new track off the new mixtape called “Blood Flow.” Joke’s on me?
James Ferraro’s Cold mixtape is now, or may always has been, due March 25.
“It’s A Hard World for Little Things”
Ever wondered if you are just an over-imaginative fetus still stuck in the womb? With nothing but a flashlight and a horse? Yeah, me too. And so has Estasy, releasing this equine oddity as a fitting accompaniment to “It’s a Hard World for Little Things,” one of the highlights from last year’s Wild Songs.
“Best Answer - Chosen by Voters
maybe yes and maybe no.”
• Acéphale Records: http://acephale.bigcartel.com
Uncle Acid & The Deadbeats
“Poison Apple” scares me… but only because it’s not all that frightening, coming from a group who I’ve rightly come to expect horrifyingly demented, hallucinogen-drenched murder ballads from. That’s horrifyingly demented, not horribly dumbed down.
Maybe I’m being harsh — after all, this is just the single. Still, I can’t help but fear that my favorite psuedo-cultist homocidal psychedelic revivalists are going to become just another dark psych outfit. Then again, maybe if that happens, I’ll no longer have to pay upwards of $200 for an original pressing of Blood Lust… Actually, who am I kidding? All 1,100 copies of this 7-inch have already sold out.
Here’s hoping that Mind Control, due April 15 but already available for pre-order, lives up to the press release’s promise of “a concept album with a theme that makes the acts and intentions of the likes of Charles Manson and Jim Jones seem like petty crimes.” We shall see.
• Rise Above Records: http://www.riseaboverecords.com