The Psychic Paramount

“RW”

Equal parts bombastic noise and skewed rhythmic concoctions, the peak limiters were pushed well beyond the threshold of distortion for a full-blown cosmic journey of the senses.

This is how J. Bohannon described The Psychic Paramount’s Gamelan into the Mink Supernatural in our Favorite Albums, 2000-2009 list.

Now the band has returned for The Psychic Paramount II, out Feb. 22nd on No Quarter. We’ve got an exclusive peak at new track “RW,” which has tamed the gain in favor of a propulsive, over the top, anxious, psychedelic vibe. I like those words together. This is sure to be a crowd pleaser.

• No Quarter: http://www.noquarter.net/
• The Psychic Paramount: http://www.thepsychicparamount.com/

Teengirl Fantasy / Raymond Scott

“Portofino”

Who is sampling what these days?

It seems that every time I hear some catchy, vintage-sounding synth concoction at the beginning of an electronic track, I’m sent scurrying to the Raymond Scott library to find its origin.

• Teengirl Fantasy: www.myspace.com/teengirlfantasy

Thai Elephant Orchestra

“Teak Forest Mist”

Check the track out. Those are Elephants playing. Humanities experimental noise community just got fuckin’ uppercutted by these Elephants.

From the press release:

Water Music is the third and last recording of the grand Thai Elephant Orchestra, and features fourteen elephants improvising on giant instruments in the Thai jungle. This is the “purist” CD, with no human participation (except for a traditional Buddhist prayer for the elephant spirit by a monk on one track), editing or overdubs. Experimental composer Dave Soldier and elephant conservationist Richard Lair built giant instruments for the Thai Elephant Conservation Center. The elephants improvise long pieces with them with the only human instructions being to start and stop. heir music have been widely televised and filmed, including several of the pieces on this CD, for a new documentary.

I heard Radiohead were already in negotiations to record with the Atlantic Dolphin Symphonic Laser Orchestra on their new series of online only EPs that are comprised entirely of frequencies only audible underwater or in extreme mist environs. I’m sorry for making that joke.

• Mulatta: http://mulatta.org/watermusic.html

QTM

“Wooden Jetty”

I heard this track at the Get Off the Coast blog, but can’t really find any more info on who QTM is. I’m assuming it was a random-dude submission (QTM = Cutie Man? Think about it). The beauty of the internet. Amazing track though, could have been something off the last Javelin album with lots of nasally synths and a very laid back, breezy backbeat. Infectious. Hopefully we hear more in the future.

• QTM: http://soundcloud.com/qtm-1

Soothsayer

“V”

I haven’t even listened to this track. Fuck it. LOOK AT THAT COOL COVER!

JK, I have listened to it. Wonderful ambiance in the vein of Eno’s Apollo album, which is right up our alley at TMT.

See?

• Moon Glyph: http://www.moonglyph.com/

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