26 November, 2012

La Cicatrice Interieure

Nico - Desertshore (1970)

Nico’s third album, “Desertshore” saw her bleakly personal images and ever-droning harmonium once more framed exquisitely by John Cale’s unobtrusive arrangements that succeeded in bringing a greater sense of organisation and expansiveness to her performances. As with his background stagings on her album of the previous year, “The Marble Index” Cale’s arrangements maintain the same marvelous sense of depth and shade although on “Desertshore” they cast a different leaning over the proceedings by replacing the former chill of “The Marble Index” with a climate more arid and at points lightening many of the tracks’ woefulness with glimmering luminescence.

25 November, 2012

Infinite Times in a Finite Moment

Raime - Quarter Turns Over A Living Line (2012) 

 Quarter Turns Over A Living Line is the debut album by Raime. It follows the duo's self-titled 2010 EP and two subsequent 12" singles, 'If Anywhere was here we would know where we are' and 'Hennail'.

Moving away from the sample-based strategies that characterized their early work, Joe Andrews and Tom Halstead have looked increasingly to live instrumentation for their first full-length, mounting intensive recording sessions for percussion, guitar and strings before painstakingly piecing the album together at their home studio. The gothic and industrial signifiers in their music remain, but more submerged and oblique than ever - no more pronounced as influences than jungle's rhythmic dynamism and doom metal's oppressive weight, or aspects of techno, modern composition and dub.

23 November, 2012

Montmorillonite

Ceramic Hello - The Absence Of A Canary (1981)

Ceramic Hello was formed in 1980 by Brett Wickens, in Burlington, Ontario, Canada. Having just left future-Canadian-pop-sensations the Spoons, Wickens teamed up with Roger Humphreys, recording just one 7" single, followed quickly by "The Absence Of A Canary", in 1981. The music was inspired by the contemporary synthpop sounds coming out of the UK (OMD, John Foxx, Gary Numan, et al), but the production was decidedly more lo-fi, and combined with Humphreys' neo-classical contributions, the result was a unique electronic pop sound.

22 November, 2012

Guignol's Band

Tropic Of Cancer - I Feel Nothing (2012)

Drenched in romanticism and soaked in themes of solitude, mortality and love, Tropic of Cancer's music forms a strangely hypnotic connection with its listener. Camella Lobo's majestic vocals, warmly cradled by waves of ascending synths, plangent guitar, and foreboding beats, summon the listener into a world of dark decadence and delicate beauty.

19 November, 2012

Atrial Systole

Chris & Cosey - Heartbeat (1981)

In one of their early post-Throbbing Gristle chapters, Chris & Cosey's "Heartbeat", among many such examples of the time, demonstrates the immediate beauty and the power of synthetic minimalism. The album established the duo's independence, further developing the careening sequencer settings which Carter had welded into TG, and feeding into a new wave of post-punk pop with uncompromising minimalist aesthetics and a darkly crooked intent.

15 November, 2012

The First Tycoon of Teen

NON/Boyd Rice - Back To Mono (2012)

Ten year in the making follow up "album" to Children of the Black Sun (yes, that is a Nazi allusion). Notice that the word album is in quotes because if we take a closer look at the track listing, we'll notice that this is actually a collection of rehashed material with a few fresh things sprinkled in. There are five new studio tracks (through one is a filler reprise); the rest of the songs are split between previously available recordings, live tracks, and a poor cover of "Warm Leatherette." Furthermore, everything here was recorded by 2010, so why the big wait? The months of hype, the extensive European tour, and the mention of Wes Eisold left me under the impression that we would be presented with something of substance. Instead, we are left with another nail for the cash-grab coffin. At this point it wouldn't surprise me if Boyd and GP-O teamed up to publish a book of their Facebook/Twitter flame wars. Let's just hope that the upcoming XT-G record doesn't disappoint.

14 November, 2012

El Camino Real

Depeche Mode - 101 (1989)

"Memories still vivid in my mind. June 1988. A gloomy, hot, humid night..perfect setting for a DM concert. We get the pleasure of other acts: Wire, Thomas Dolby,OMD..they finish..but we want the MODE. and around 7;30pm...the crowd awaiting for the quartet to take the stage start getting impatient. What happens? The biggest FOOD FIGHT in concert history errupts. Hot dogs, buns, shoes and an assortment of snack bar goodies flying through the air. It subsides and.. Whats that? The lights are dimmed and PIMPF plays in the air. Ther intro finishes..then with 2 loud bangs.. a recognizable bass is heard.. 'Behind the Wheel' starts this night of black celebration. Then as the song plays we hear Dave with the first verse. He sings but where is he? We can't see the band as they are behind a massive curtain. Then swiftly the curtain drops! There they were. DM. Right in front of our waiting eyeballs. The 65000+, black clad, new wave crowd goes nuts. We lost it. Couple of the most most memorable highlights were when they performed 'Blaspehmous Rumours'. Anyone that was also there remembers. During the performance a dark clowd formed above the Rose Bowl, then a loud bang of thunder, and it rained on that hot June night..heres the eerie part..only for that song! Freaked the hell out of our crowd man. Then when they performed 'Never Let me Down", Dave had all 65000 pairs of arms moving side to side. I cant really describe what it was like. The energy and the vibe was outrageous. Dave was feeding of fthe crowd. At one point he held his face and started crying. So much emotion for the band and us. Never again have I expereinced such a concert. In my mind and many others..one of the best in concert history. DM FOREVER."

12 November, 2012

The Wheel of Analytic Meditation

Section 25 - Always Now (1981)

Section 25 have been forever trapped- between austere Factory cultishness and the actual thrust of this amazing, other music. Encouraged by Ian Curtis and Rob Gretton, Blackpool's Section 25 (comprising brothers Larry and Vin Cassidy and Paul Wiggin), entered the studio in autumn 1979 and cut tracks for their debut single for Factory Records. Predictable Joy Division comparisons notwithstanding, Section 25 were castigated for perceived similarities to PIL's then-new dub-heavy sound, despite recording the tracks two months earlier than ‘Metal Box’. Undaunted, the band set about recording the follow-up with Martin Hannett, who understood their inherent ambiance and effectively translated them in the studio. Subsequently, Factory passed on the brilliant "Charnal Ground/Haunted" single and farmed the tracks and the the next single out to their European satellite, Factory Benelux. Roughly one-third improvised, ‘Always Now’ has a sound closer to a Can hybrid, but no one wanted to notice.

04 November, 2012

All Of Them Witches

Bruce Haack - The Electric Lucifer (1970)

Lucifer is a love angel. I suppose he could be made into a saint, oh what a painful fall–The cherubs all over said "No– it can't happen–." Banishment of a leader who dared to what?