new good band: helved rüm
After seeing Helved Rüm perform at a recent Oxford Improvisers event, I tracked down 2012, a free six-track album:
The duo, from Paris, is drummer Julien Chamla and electroacoustician Simon Henocq. Everything you hear is created from live drum equipment overlaid with processed sound from manipulation of that equipment.Comment on this
new good band: föllakzoid
Through the magic of Spotify suggestions – which are often impressively on the money – Föllakzoid, a Chilean band that to me sound like a combination of The Oscillation, Hovercraft, late '60s cosmic psychedelia and prime '70s motorik. Two albums, two singles, to stream or to buy. Amazing, mind-blowing music:Comment on this
the punk rockers, on 'the morning show' in the 1980s
Some fun footage of New York punk scenesters in the 80s, through the lens of US daytime TV:Comment on this
new good band: painful silence
Painful Silence offer thick, textured blasts of noise with arrhythmic tones overlaid, neatly typifying the characteristics of Dark Ambient as described by Wikipedia: "A subgenre of Industrial music that features foreboding, ominous, or discordant overtones". Painful Silence, aka Stefano Samà, are self-described as "an experimental/dark ambient project born in January 2013, with the specific purpose of creating soundtracks for decaying landscapes, by composing through software and analogue synths."
Molten Slagheap is available as a limited-edition CD-R; there's plenty more to hear at Painful Silence's SoundCloud page.Comment on this
new good band: el mahdy jr.
The cloying, dark, cut-up nature of El Mahdy Jr.'s work could seem a little trite when combined with the album title The Spirit Of Fucked Up Places, until you read the short biography on the album's BandCamp page:
"El Mahdy Jr. and his family fled the brutal Civil war of his native Algeria in the 90s, relocating to Turkey. Upon returning years later to Algeria, Mahdy worked as a French-Arabic translator in Algeria and later in Burkina Faso. Sick in bed with malaria, he began to paint sonic pictures of his travels in exile; digitally decoding a hazy trance-induced melting of his native Algerian music, Turkish folk, the furious Poly-Rhythms of West africa, and his love of slow, low slung Rap beats. Now living in Istanbul, El Mahdy Jr. is a respected artist amongst the Istanbul beat scene. His sonic experiments have grown into a collection of disciplined, well timed musical gestures that confound the expectations of any single genre. Splicing devotional music into a blunted blend of half time bass and mystic sound. Familiar in its bass weight and its global melt, but completely new and enveloping in its fragility and poise."
The really-nice looking vinyl edition of the album is now sold out, but there's a limited number of 'dead stock' editions still available...Comment on this