Aaron Martin/Various

Stitched In Fire (album preview)

This one’s just as much about the medium as the music. I’ll let False Records sell themselves: “Limited pro dubbed and imprinted chrome cassettes in deluxe hand stamped cotton lined kraft jewelry boxes with vellum belly bands and inserts. Includes download code coupon.”

False has three cassettes available now, and the one we’re playing here is a tape of 13 aural visions based on Aaron Martin’s 2010 album Worried About The Fire. Although featuring only spliced samplings from the album, the streamed track is 15 minutes of some surprisingly varied and well-executed sounds. There’s a good mix of mechanical buzzing with classic analogue effects, plus even a melody or two. It’s vast and deals with oblivescence without delving towards the darkness into which so much similar music seems to slip. Be sure to check out 9:16, so you can actually hear the words. Of course, you’ll have to get the tape to hear the complete album, but is that such a huge sacrifice? Hand stamped cotton lined kraft jewelry box! Belly bands!!

Check False’s site to see who’s responsible for the interpretation of each track.

• False: http://falserec.tumblr.com


the earth as arch and cold end [full album]

“[In] promotion of Innercity’s new Terrestreality LP on Aguirre Records, which is out [now]; I made the new full length the earth as arch and cold end available (only) for free download on the [Innercity] bandcamp page.” —Hans Dens

“Hans never seems to edit ANYTHING. He just sets up a loop and lets it play for 35 minutes and is, like, “There’s a new song.” That ‘hands-off’ style of weirdo electronics; not many people do that as much these days.” —Britt Brown

Hans -err Draak, thanks for the heads up. I ain’t got nothing this far out to suggest for Halloween. But how ‘bout something a little funky and haunted?

• Innercity: http://innercitydiscography.blogspot.com

Nova Scotian Arms


The universe is righting itself with plans for an overdue Nova Scotian Arms vinyl to be released on Digitalis this fall. Thank you, Halloween Gods, for Cult Spectrum, which will certainly show Grant Evans doing his usual best to scare up a thick sonic dust cloud of tape loops and keyboard granules. And if you’re close to Asheville for Halloween weekend, you’ll want to see Grant’s other project Quiet Evenings, along with a smattering of other bottomfeeder drone heads and tape weirdos, play at FoogMess. Uh, you’re welcome.

• Nova Scotian Arms: http://novascotianarms.blogspot.com
• Digitalis: http://www.digitalisindustries.com/rec_index.html

Valerio Cosi

“Emmanuelle Béart”

You will remember this track’s namesake as the pouty-lipped French angel in Mission: Impossible. Certainly a choice objet du désir, and the strange, free jazz/drone electronics combination that has become the signature of this Italian wunderkind is shown here in full force — it’s definitely worthy of her name. “Emmanuelle Béart” is actually an older piece by Valerio Cosi, originally released in a box set called Ode to France on Ruralfaune. But Cosi has recently teamed up with keyboardist Cosimo Friscira to form TUIN▲LS whose honorable aim is to create an “alien soundworld inspired by 78 RPM recordings.” Eyes peeled for a full-length out later this year. Meanwhile, dreams of Emmanuelle.

• Valerio Cosi: http://soundcloud.com/valeriocosi
• Ruralfaune: http://ruralfaune.blogspot.com


“From Love to Dust”

If you want some impossible-to-dance-to rhythms, Project Mooncircle is your resource. Sina’s From Love To Dust, out in early November, just barely holds its elements together for three minutes of spliced vocals and dangerously placed hi-hat. This makes it a fairly thrilling experience. Anyone who’s heard the jittery brilliance of Shlohmo or artists in the Brainfeeder gang will hear where Sina’s been influenced. But he does manage to give his productions a distinctly British feel. I’m not talking about trivial niceties with tea and crumpets here; this is good old pessimism served with a dose of healthy gloom.

• Project Mooncircle: http://www.projectmooncircle.com


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