Jonti
“Firework Spraying Moon”

Jonti, Stones Throw’s last signee, is a South African arranger, producer, multi-instrumentalist, and vocalist who is now arranging, producing, multi-instrumentalizing, and vocalizing in Austraila. His debut album, Twirigig, is inspired by Canadian filmmaker/cartoonist Norman Mclaren. According to Jonti, “His films are complex, but they’re still fun. You can feel his enthusiasm for techniques and experimentation. I try make simple pop songs with that same enthusiasm.”

Twirigig is out October 11 on Stones Throw and will be preceded by the “Firework Spraying Moon” 7-inch, which is out mid-August.

• Jonti: http://stonesthrow.com/jonti
• Stones Throw: http://www.stonesthrow.com

Jürgen Müller

“Sea Bed Meditation”

With the influx of modern synth wielders comes a look backwards at electronic pioneers from the 70s and 80s. Jürgen Müller is one such visionary getting the reissue treatment – his 1981 album Science of the Sea, which was originally limited to 100 copies, will be released on LP via Digitalis on the 16th. “Sea Bed Meditation” is a simple, gorgeous meditation on all things watery. Its intimacy recalls Hans-Joachim Roedelius’ minimal bedroom aesthetic as well as Raymond Scott’s early groundbreaking electronic tones.

• Jürgen Müller: http://digitalisrecordings.bandcamp.com/album/science-of-the-sea
• Digitalis: http://www.digitalisindustries.com/digi_ltd.html

Hertta Lussu Ässä

“Mehukkaat Luut”

After playing shows all over the world since 2005, Hertta Lussu Ässä, a Finnish psych/improv/weirdo trio featuring Kuupuu (Jonna Karanka), Lau Nau (Laura Naukkarinen), and TMT darling Islaja (Merja Kokkonen), are set to release their self-titled debut on the always dependable De Stijl. The release is a sorta kinda follow-up to a self-released, limited-to-100 tour CD-R, each with their own titles, ranging from The Butterfly Fart Album to You Are Such An [sic] Pretty Sucker. (I hear they incorporate “dark humor” into their improvisational sets. Something about a “fart cushion,” too. Why is the Finnish underground so fucking awesome?) Anyway, check out “Mehukkaat Luut” — translation: “Juicy Bones” — above, and look for the new album June 21.

• Hertta Lussu Ässä: http://www.myspace.com/herttalussuassa
• De Stijl: http://www.destijlrecs.com

Mark Fell

“Acids in The… Thin Razor, Attack Noise Hat, Linn”

Enjoy this sample track from the first side of Mark Fell’s Manitutshu, which you can pick up on double vinyl at Editions Mego. It’s interesting to hear Fell’s beats abstracted in this way, almost as if he’s manually resetting pre-programmed casio drums to create a chopped up, disorienting effect. Appropriately enough, as previously reported, the Manitutshu project came to fruition after Fell was hired to produce pre-set sounds for a new Native Instruments software synth. They note that none of the pre-sets were used in the final product.

• Mark Fell: www.markfell.com/
• Editions Mego: http://editionsmego.com/

Jozef Van Wissem

“His Is the Ecstasy” (with Jim Jarmusch)

Jozef Van Wissem, the Dutch “sublime master of the lute,” has a new album, The Joy That Never Ends. Rather than going at it alone, Wissem is joined this time by Jeanne Madic on vocals and filmmaker Jim Jarmusch (Strange Than Paradise, Ghost Dog, The Limits of Control) on guitar/feedback. Whoa. The album’s out June 28 on Important.

• Jozef Van Wissem: http://www.jozefvanwissem.com
• Important: http://www.importantrecords.com

Gypsy Treasures

“Four Horsemen”

Not content with having just released a Kickstarter-funded Kate Bush cover album on Crash Symbols/AMdiscs (while you’re at it, also check out his cover of The Cranberries’ “Dreams”), Aria Jalali of SF “shitgaze” project Railcars has decided to get his pseudo-raga on as Gypsy Treasures. Look for Buried Goods on cassette, out now on Not Not Fun. It’s an appropriately titled release, given that the underlying tracks were inadvertently rediscovered while on a Railcars tour in the form of old loops on Jalali’s Boss pedal.

Check out the six-and-a-half-minute video for “Four Horsemen” above. It’s a good example of Gypsy Treasure’s psychedelic stupor. Think Sun City Bishops with Gocher presiding over stereotypes of Middle Eastern/Eastern European origin. Okay, now stop thinking that and just listen.

• Gypsy Treasures: http://gypsytreasures.bandcamp.com
• Not Not Fun: http://notnotfun.com

  

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