Motion Sickness of Time Travel – A Disembodied Voice in the Darkness

This new tape from ambient royalty Motion Sickness of Time Travel sold out so quickly that I never even had time to post my original write-up for it, but I’ve been jamming it way too hard to not make a post about it. It’s two sides of some of the most ethereal music Rachel Evans has made yet – all warped synth and almost operatic vocals filtered through glowing tunnels of reverb – and it’s without a doubt the oddest and most warped vision Evans has shared with us yet from her MSOTT project. Released on Teosinte, the handmade speciality label known for its limited runs, A Disembodied Voice in the Darkness is a total gem and a truly singular release. And now it’s streaming up on the MSOTT Bandcamp page – so scope now and let’s hope this one gets a reissue somewhere down the line.

Motion Sickness of Time Travel – “A Disembodied Voice in the Darkness (sample)”

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Golden Retriever – Arda Viraf

A new tape from Golden Retriever is a pretty big deal in the drone/ambient world; each of their fantastic releases has been treasured and cherished by their legion of loyal fans. This one is no different and it sold out almost instantly from the label. Although not as immediate as some of the Retriever’s other recordings, Arda Viraf includes some of their jazziest and most beautiful pieces yet. The second side is particularly awesome, all swirling synths and woodwinds wrapping around each other like tree limbs. Definitely the most haunting thing they have released yet – one that sticks with you long after it’s over. A warm and colorful experience, highly recommended.

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Afterlife – Hypnautic Rinse

Afterlife has been one of the most productive acts in music this year, and each release has only seen them improving. Now they’ve gone and dropped a total masterpiece on us – the bubbling and brilliant Hypnautic Rinse from the always reliable Stunned Records. Afterlife has hinted at their capability to create a whole new world with their music – especially on the sublime Bleeding Through the Fabric tape – but with this release, they succeed in ways I could have never imagined. Their trademark blown out drone intertwines with passages of shimmering beauty and bubbling buzzes, all rising and falling with the grandiosity and precision of an opera. Afterlife is officially playing in the big leagues now. A totally essential release.

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No Mind Meditation – Face Skull Spirit

Goldtimers Tapes is a brand new label based in Chicago and they’ve just hit it out of the park with their first batch. Stunning releases from ambient heroes Deep Magic and Red Electric Rainbow make this set of tapes instantly gratifying and a guaranteed pleasure, but it’s this  gorgeous release from newcomers No Mind Meditation that excites me the most. As mysterious and illusive as NMM seems to be, Face Skull Spirit is a beautiful and welcoming collage of sonic weirdness – music that’s as warm and embracing as it is spacey and foreign. Some truly strange noises grace this tape but once it’s over, the only thing you’re going to want to do is press play again. More please!

No Mind Meditation – “Face Skull (video by Moduli TV)”

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Thoughts on Air – Lazy Haze

After wowing everyone with his beautiful split with Afterlife and legitimately blowing my mind with a stellar track on the Old Frontiers compilation, Scott Johnson’s warped and lackadaisical ambient project Thoughts on Air has officially earned my attention. So, a 70+ minute tape of new material, what Johnson calls “moon powered couch potato drizzle,” is more than enough to brighten up my day. Limited to 33 copies, this release serves as an awesome introduction to the sonic world of ToA and is also a proposed fundraiser for future releases, from both ToA and the Old Frontiers label. Seriously worth your time and cash.

Thoughts on Air – “Lazy Haze (sample)”

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Hobo Cubes – Perceptive Pulses

Otherworldly synth hero and bonafide cult leader, Francesco De Gallo, known to friends as Hobo Cubes, has accumulated one of the most impressive and illustrious discographies among the ambient, minimalistic tape-sharing crowd. Now we can add to that catalog Perceptive Pulses, a fantastic and dreamlike release on Orange Milk Records. It’s surely one of the fullest and most textual tapes we’ve heard yet from the Hobo, but it’s not without his trademark spaciness and sense of adventure lurking beneath every movement. A magical ride.

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Ghostrider – Demons

March 21, 2011

Ghostrider – Demons

One of the most solid and promising debuts I’ve come across all year, Demons is the stunning first release from Cologone-based synth overlord Jens Pauly, aka Ghostrider. This one comes courtesy of Montreal powerhouse/fashion-police Hobo Cult Records and is graced with characteristically awesome artwork in a characteristically limited run of 80 tapes. Sorta brings back the same feelings of hearing OPN‘s early stuff for the first time, although Ghostrider’s got some truly original tricks up his sleeve. I highly recommend snapping this tape up quickly – especially if you’re a fan of those deep, fuzzy drones that send chills up your spine. Brilliant.

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White Dog – Resistance

March 21, 2011

White Dog – Resistance

Although White Dog is easing up on recording for a while, the project is showing no signs of softening up. On Resistance, supposedly the dog’s penultimate release, Chris Jaques offers some of the most desolate and monolithic drones we’ve heard from him yet – complete with some truly horrifying harsh noise and feedback echoing throughout. Gone are the dreary, moody atmospherics from last year’s essential self-titled tape (also released on Prairie Fire)- replaced here with pure, immersive darkness. There are some spoken word samples drowning among the murk, but the human presence is hardly comforting. This is end-of-the-world drone at its most captivating and consuming. Totally awesome.

White Dog – “Resistance (sample)”

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Pink Priest & A Grave With No Name – Pink Grave

EDIT: Now available from Discriminate Music. Purchase NOW!

I’m pretty sure that this one is sold out everywhere now – and for good reason. This is one truly haunting, top-notch split release from the super-productive and constantly-shifting Pink Priest and the undoubtedly-destined-for-imminent-breakthrough A Grave With No Name. Pink Priest’s side is all otherworldly drones and echoes, allowing you to place yourself entirely in the world of the music. Then there’s AGWNN’s side – electric guitar and vocal jams with sublimely unsettling emotional urgency, all melting between field recordings and residue from Pink Priest’s lonely world of ambience. I’ll be sure to let you guys know when this, as well as the rest of Sweat Lodge Guru‘s marvelous new batch is in stock again, but for now check out the this stunning highlight from AGWNN’s side.

A Grave With No Name – “We Passed The Moon”

Aieyiyiyi – Manners

March 16, 2011

Aieyiyiyi – Manners


Here’s a splendid release from the jubilantly named Aieyiyiyi, a mysterious side project from the Pine Smoke Lodge lodge of wisdom. This one’s as deep, dreamy, and meditative as you’d imagine but with some awesome surprises thrown in along the way  – (I spy some rhythmic guitar progressions, some ghostly vocal drones, maybe more…). And it’s for the kids too – if Aieyiyiyi doesn’t teach you some manners by the end of this tape, there’s a money back guarantee*. It’s already sold out from the label, but luckily, Discriminate has got some of these bad boys in stock!

Aieyiyiyi – “Meta Incognita (MP3)”

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*Money-back-guarantee fabricated for the sake of this blog post.