Katrina Stonehart (excerpt)
Chicago by-way-of-seemingly-everywhere-else resident Drew Gibson has always had a way of achieving a height of sound greater than the bedroom pop ceiling. Like tracking the path of guitar cords through the mountain of effect pedals and still finding yourself baffled by the sheer weight of sound coming out of the speakers. It’s a mystery that’s carried him through four Katrina Stonehart cassettes on the Lillerne Tapes label alone, in addition to a wealth of other solo material and his work with the always excellent Baby Birds Don’t Drink Milk trio.
Nearly two years after its initial release, Gibson’s self-titled fourth tape on Lillerne as Katrina Stonehart is seeing a welcome re-release. Often referred to as the “Gumby” tape (see: cover art) each of the tape’s sides stretches near-shoegaze tendencies into unrecognizable shapes as they approach the boundaries of unexplored noise; the gentle, buried strum of an acoustic guitar the only guiding light through the previously uncharted territory. This time around, the release is accompanied by an appropriately eerie video directed by Kyle Drouin which follows an excerpt from the untracked B-side of the tape through a kind of psychedelic urban swamp, not unlike the Evil Dead creature-cam filming B-roll of the blown LSD trip near the end of Easy Rider.
Katrina Stonehart is available from Lillerne Tapes now in an edition of only 75, and a few friends and I have already called dibs on some of them, so it’s probably more like 68 at this point. Time’s a-wastin’ grinders!
“Smoke And Mirrors”
Beyond Beyond Is Beyond Records stays true to their name in seeking far and wide to find the heaviest retro-psyche jammers in today’s modern music world. Earlier this year with New Electric Ride, followed it with Jeffertitti’s Nile, and now is killing it with Kikagaku Moyo. And WHOA is the their newest sizzler “Smoke And Mirrors,” a perfect Wednesday morning, post-Earth Day, grapple fest of riffs, lingerers, shedding, and trailing vocals. The magic is real, but it’s beyond-beyond that, of course. It’s more like believing in what you’re seeing, lounging in a room full of pillows and people, billowing clouds and mirrored walls, and the acoustics are incredible. Maybe the clarity of everything being heard in wonderfully vast distortion of mental imagery is what takes flight so prominently in Kikagaku Moyo’s “Smoke And Mirrors.”
Kaleidoscope eyes dilate upon your pupils and nothing becomes the norm again. Trails forever from once they came and then watching them as they go. Beings as ethereal artifacts. If “Smoke And Mirrors” doesn’t give you the harshest of chilled out vibes, then well, Beyond Beyond Is Beyond Records still has something for you. But Kikagaku Moyo nearly guarantees pleasure. Shoot, the language is in the instruments. It speaks on a stereo level. Pop it off around 10. The neighbors will only be banging on the walls/ceiling to ask where they can get a copy. You know where to send em too, “Beyond Beyond Is Beyond Records, it’s the new Kikagaku Moyo album Forest of Lost Children, and it’s out May 20.”
ALSO! These Tokyo-base fools are going on an American tour starting FRIDAY!
4/25 - The Echo - Los Angeles, CA (Desert Daze Pre Party w/ Beach Party, Kiki Pau, Cherry Glazerr)
4/26 - Desert Daze Festival - Mecca, CA
4/27 - Hemlock Tavern - San Francisco, CA
4/28 - Mississippi Studios - Portland, OR (w/ Eternal Tapestry, Moon Duo)
4/29 - Barboza - Seattle, WA (w/ Moon Duo, Fungal Abyss)
5/02 - RHINOCEROPOLIS - Denver, CO (w/ The Blue Riders, Titjuana)
5/04 - Austin Psych Fest @ Carson Creek Ranch - Austin, TX
5/06 - Plush - Tucson, AZ (w/ The Myrrors)
5/07 - Trunk Space - Phoenix, AZ (w/ The Myrrors)
5/08 - Soda Bar - San Diego, CA
5/10 - Bootleg Theatre - Los Angeles, CA (LA Psych Fest)
Obligatory weather commentary:
Oh it’s finally getting warm
Oh can’t wait for backyard BBQ weather
Oh wait now it’s snowing
Oh will this winter ever end
Oh whoa woe whoa woe
NAW DAWGS – the weather is just a figment. When you spend all your time in the basement with your tape decks, distortion pedals, contact mics, etc., the weather doesn’t matter. One man’s thaw is another man’s misery. One man’s freeze is another man’s “pshh.”
Greg Gorlen lives in San Francisco, so you know he DGAF RE: weather. He runs the label Turmeric Magnitudes, and releases music under seemingly infinite monikers (Black Thread and Vibrating Garbage principal among them). His craft astounds me, and his catalog continues to deepen with each new batch. I listen to Gorlen’s music and I hear the logical next step from the tape manipulations of Dilloway or Lescalleet, stretched into new abstracted forms, mangled under railway tracks or drowned in a bucket of tar and mop suds, goaded with clanks and squeals into a disembodied state of freeform chaos.
The new batch of tapes on Turmeric Magnitudes overflows with ideas, noises, hisses, and forward motion. Stream Spring Thaw below and ignore what is happening in the world outside. Order the physical tapes while they last.
• Turmeric Magnitudes: http://www.donkeydisk.com/tm
V O L U M Ξ T R I X X [album trailer]
New future-world masterpiece V O L U M Ξ T R I X X reigns time-travel supreme! As we all know, time travel MAY not exist, but what a better medium to find portals than through the internet. Legit, DIY▲PYЯΛMID has left the physical and entered an entirely digital plane. And none of this Transcendence bull either. DIY▲PYЯΛMID has become purity of the next being and will never transmit as “human” again. From here, V O L U M Ξ T R I X X helps the present world establish sight in an entirely system connected sphere that webs out at all angles, permitting no singular voice, but voices into a peak multitude of grids and code.
Thank goodness for Illuminated Paths too. Apparently, they’re the ones expanding the DIY▲PYЯΛMID portal to the public eye in both analog and digital forms. This way, V O L U M Ξ T R I X X can port it’s way to the beach with y’all and naturally warp every drop of water and grain of sand into an algorithm of levity and pureness of mind. Scope the V O L U M Ξ T R I X X album trailer by DIY▲PYЯΛMID above and fry nodes daily by refreshing the Illuminated Paths webpage for more mind expanding opportunities!
Simara x y a s h a
“hologram summer (album preview)”
Avoiding references to middle school horror films, Simara is a New York producer you should be bumping. His music is oblique and hypnotic, though soothing and reassuring. It’s like walking through a hall of broken mirrors with flowers jutting out of every corner. Warm haze, fleeting eye contact with the unsure. Perusing his SoundCloud page, like any other consumer of music on the internet, will deduce an unavoidable connection to a similarly cryptic, technically avant producer, y a s h a. The two have intertwined and are prepping a collaborative release, Hologram Summer. A three-minute preview mix gives an incredibly enticing look at what’s to come. It’s jumbled and beautiful, drawing from a huge realm of influences to emit an overwhelmingly unique result. Space and time are almost tearing at the seams, emitting a warm glow through the crack. Immanuel Kant rolls over in his grave.
Hologram Summer is out on digital and limited cassette June 1. Stream the “hologram summer (album preview)” below: