Tuesday, March 24, 2015

the ebony tower - the virgin suicides.

The Ebony Tower - The Virgin Suicides


125.49 MB + 100.12 MB + 125.57 MB + 138.4 MB

1. Therese: Sleeping Pills
2. Bonnie: Hanging
3. Mary: Sleeping Pills
4. Cecilia: Impalement
5. Lux: Carbon Monoxide Poisoning

my favorite literary HNW project is back with another crushing, monumental release, this time dedicated to jeffrey eugenides' novel, the virgin suicides.

although not quite as lengthy as the 1Q84 box set, this one clocks in at nearly four and a half hours, so it's not easily digested, either.

but as with all ebony tower releases, it's very meditative and contemplative, with wave after wave of textures that all prove to be incredibly hypnotic.

it's all very cohesive, and there's great packaging as well - but that should be expected from an altar of waste release.

copies are still in stock via the link below, so be sure to pick one up.

highly recommended - another excellent release from a consistently excellent artist on a consistently excellent label.

(buy a copy from altar of waste.)

(disc one.)

(disc two.)

(disc three.)

(disc four.)

Sunday, March 15, 2015

purity of essence - smířit.

Purity Of Essence - Smířit


90.99 MB

1. Brotherhood 1989
2. Atlantic (Hydrocodone Dream)
3. Bound by Biological Indifference Pt. 1
4. Bound by Biological Indifference Pt. 2

here we have a brand new collection of industrial drones and destruction from the founder of unseen force - who's also responsible for painted woman - released by australia's mazurka editions.

it's gloomy and overcast in brooklyn today, and these ominous compositions match that mood perfectly.

double cassette, packaged in a heavy-duty vinyl case with artwork printed on vellum paper, in an edition of only twenty-two copies.

mazurka flew under my radar for way too long, but I'm glad they were finally brought to my attention. great aesthetic and really solid sounds from unfamiliar artists...to me, at least.

these are all sold out from the label, but maybe unseen force will get a copy or two.

what unseen force does have right now, however, is a new purity of essence tape that's being billed as a "companion piece" to this set, so grab that via the link below before it's long-gone.

(buy the companion piece from unseen force.)

(buy something from mazurka editions.)

(for preview purposes only.)

Monday, March 9, 2015

cremation lily & false moniker - the treasury painted roof.

Cremation Lily & False Moniker - The Treasury Painted Roof


45.29 MB

1. The Treasury Painted Roof
2. Jesus Chapel
3. The Renewal Of Our Faith
4. The Panels Behind The Altar

more excellence from total black, although this one was originally released on strange rule about a year ago...but great things from either label shouldn't be a surprise to anyone.

church bells, soft synths, caustic vocals, and power electronics - what more could anyone want?

this new total black version features different artwork from the original strange rules release and it's very much in line with the total black aesthetic.

all in all, an excellent release that harkens back to cremation lily's more sonically destructive origins. those power electronics tempered with false moniker's calming synths make for a really fantastic combination.

highly recommended. copies are still available from unseen force via the link below.

don't miss it.

(buy a copy via unseen force.)

(for preview purposes only.)

Tuesday, February 24, 2015

the rita - gamzatti.

The Rita - Gamzatti


52.21 MB

1. Untitled
2. Untitled

as total black's first vinyl release, I couldn't of anyone or anything more fitting than a new release from the rita.

featuring source recordings taken from ballet dancers' shoes, sam mckinlay has created his most cohesive, hypnotic work yet, and I just love it.

there are so many great textures here, it's great to see his work continue to evolve. mckinlay could've easily grown complacent and chosen to churn out generic wall after generic wall, but he doesn't. there's real care and craftsmanship put into this record and it shows.

the same goes for brett over at total black - he put so much thought and detail into making this record a reality, above and beyond the call of duty. great design and great supplemental materials - posters, full-color booklets, everything here coalesces into the perfect example of why he runs the best noise label around.

I don't know how, but copies are still available directly from the source.

buy one right now.

(buy a copy from total black.)

(for preview purposes only.)

Saturday, February 21, 2015

(a)sex - blue velvet: volume eleven.

(A)Sex - Blue Velvet: Volume Eleven


56.26 MB

1. Don't You Fucking Look At Me
2. She Wore

as much as I'd love to purchase and post every single volume in cory strand's curated series of works based on blue velvet, that would take a lot of time, energy, and money, all of which are in short supply these days...for me, at least.

but I did pick up this one, a particularly savage release featuring two tracks by (a)sex, with whom I'm completely unfamiliar and are pretty much impossible to google. the artwork is my favorite across all of the releases in the series, so that's how I made my decision...

kind of arbitrary, but there you go.

and I'm totally pleased with my choice.

this isn't quite HNW, although it's close...there's a lot of great tonal variety here, with bits and pieces of the film's dialogue and music occasionally peaking through the chaos.

the packaging is simple but effective, and I highly recommend it...and if the rest of the blue velvet series is as great as this single release then I highly recommend purchasing the others, too.

hell, I know I've said this before, but I'll say it again - pick up anything and everything from altar of waste that piques your interest; every release I've heard has been thought-provoking and challenging, in all the best ways.

(buy a copy from altar of waste.)

(for preview purposes only.)

Monday, February 16, 2015

rvh - brightly lit portholes.

RVH - Brightly Lit Portholes


45.28 MB

1. Oval-Shaped
2. Disc-Shaped
3. Sphere-Shaped
4. Crescent-Shaped

this double cassette of industrial, vaguely-melodic drones comes to us courtesy of strange rules.

I don't know who's behind the RVH moniker, but their work also appeared on the first strange rules compilation that I posted last year.

limited to 48 copies, this one is (obviously) sold out.

do any of zen's releases stay available for more than a week?

not that that's a bad thing - quite the opposite, actually. it's great to see these releases being so well-received and I love that everything is being shipped in such a timely manner.

strange rules remains one of my favorite cassette labels and all of their releases are essential.

still waiting for some new power electronics, though...but I'm sure we'll get something a little more violent soon enough.

(for preview purposes only.)

Wednesday, February 11, 2015

the rita / herukrat - red imprint from ankle ribbon.

The Rita / Herukrat - Red Imprint From Ankle Ribbon


55.57 MB

1. The Rita - Ludmila Semenyaka
 2. Herukrat -  Woman On Beach With Head Turned
3. Herukrat - Red Imprint From Ankle Ribbon

as expected, more greatness these two acts.

I'm loving the rita's recent foray into the exploration of ballet techniques and herukrat just never fails to deliver.

released via nil by mouth, a label with an excellent track record.

a few copies are still available from analog worship via the link below, and I hear total black will be getting a few, too.

an obvious purchase.

(buy a copy from analog worship.)

(for preview purposes only.)