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Album of the day: Dylan Carlson & Coleman Grey – Falling With A Thousand Stars and Other Wonders From The House of Albion

Posted on Monday, June 27th, 2016

Lovingly pinched from Echoed And Dust: Dylan Carlson’s new album is Falling with a Thousand Stars and Other Wonders from the House of Albion. Well, new…  it’s newly released, but old in the tale of its own lengthy crowdfunding history, and old too in the folk resonances of the songs that Carlson takes on in his unmistakable style.

Seven folk songs of the British Isles, each dealing with magical encounters in some order, are retuned in thick and patient guitar tones. They’re stripped of lyrics, and so left to evoke the dark but whimsical strangeness of witches, elves and fox demons through the rich textures and expansive lush fields of Carlson’s patient, reverberating guitar figures.

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The album and its genesis appeared imbued, or perhaps beset with some of the attributes of its subject matter: it might be the case that gremlins of one sort or another were involved in the interminable delays in the development of the crowdfunded project. The output has shapeshifted over time, with documentary becoming short film, and an associated book reported to be on the way (neither included with the review materials).

In this light the recording even occasionally seemed as if it might have been a hazy midsummer dream rather than a real entity. Throughout, pixies also appear in the background of the sound, in the grain of the distortion fuzz and haze, and also evoked are echoes of voices that aren’t there: perhaps faint whispers of Maddy Prior here and Sandy Denny there.

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Album of the Day: Bossk – Audio Noir

Posted on Friday, June 24th, 2016

Lovingly pinched from Echoes And Dust: I’ve known about Bossk for some years now, having collected their initial forays into recorded output back in 2007. If I recall correctly, I was just starting to explore (mostly) instrumental bands beyond Mogwai and Explosions In The Sky. The gateway to Bossk was […]

Album of the Day: Terra Tenebrosa – The Reverses

Posted on Thursday, June 23rd, 2016

Lovingly pinched from CVLT Nation: Back in 1997, a tour was announced that would forever change the way my then-eighteen-year-old self thought about music. Much could be (and was) said about the awe-inspiring coalition of Entombed and Neurosis, yet it was the off-kilter, crushing darkness of opening band Breach that […]

Album of the Day: Arctic – S/T

Posted on Wednesday, June 22nd, 2016

Lovingly pinched from Ave Noctum: Californian stoner riff worshippers, Arctic have just landed their self-titled debut after a number of years touring.  Taking their cue from classic names such as Blue Cheer, Black Sabbath, Sleep and Jimi Hendrix, they’ve served up a slab of fuzz laden, effects drenched, head banging […]

Album of the Day: Swans – The Glowing Man

Posted on Tuesday, June 21st, 2016

Lovingly pinched from Slant Magazine: Ever since Michael Gira reunited his band for 2010‘s My Father Will Guide Me Up a Rope to the Sky, his work as Swans has tended toward increasingly baroque expressions, compounding unvarnished drone minimalism into dizzying configurations. Symphonic in scope, these albums have built on […]

Album of the Day: Nails – You Will Never Be One of Us

Posted on Monday, June 20th, 2016

Lovingly pinched from Treble Zine: You’re unlikely to read anything about Oxnard hardcore brutes Nails without seeing repeated use of the word “extreme.” And it’s warranted. Nails are, indeed, an extreme bunch, prone to fits of unbridled rage and teeth-gnashing menace. It’s a complex sort of extremeness though—while every track […]

Album of the day: Wode – Wode

Posted on Friday, June 17th, 2016

Lovingly pinched from Echoes And Dust: It’s hard for a label like Broken Limbs Recordings to exceed expectations, especially since I’ve come to expect great releases from them, but Wode may just be the best album they’ve ever released. It literally blew me away, and that’s not an easy feat […]

Album of the Day: West, Space & Love – Vol. II

Posted on Thursday, June 16th, 2016

Lovingly pinched from The Obelisk: A few years ago, in the always-curious and amorphous orbit of Denmark’s Øresund Space Collective there appeared lifesigns from an entity known as West, Space & Love. Further investigation revealed an album of improvised, richly organic space rock, pared down from some of the expansive […]

Album of the Day: Pando – Negligible Senescence

Posted on Wednesday, June 15th, 2016

Do you remember the first time you listened to Earth, or at least Sunn O))), if that’s where you started your droning expeditions? Or the first time that Pyramids debut assaulted and caressed your ears at the same time? Or all the other first times you listened to music that […]

Album of the Day: Earthless / Harsh Toke – Split

Posted on Tuesday, June 14th, 2016

Lovingly pinched from The Obelisk: Whoever first had the idea to pair up Earthless and Harsh Toke for a split full-length, he or she was correct. Hardly the deepest critical insight I’ve ever had, but there it is. The San Diego longform heavy psychedelic rockers team exceedingly well on the […]