Originally released in 1994 on CD, Enabling Works does this music the honor of a vinyl release for our benefit. Featuring Suzanne Langille on vocals on the last track and on the cover, this sure sounds like another slow burning soul scorcher from Connors. “Even though it is not clear what Loren is saying exactly with the untitled tracks on the album, it is certain there is pureness and truth in it. Maybe one day, a thousand years from now, when men have evolved into more sensible beings, Moonyean will frequently be heard on national radio all over the world and people will understand what this one man meant all along.“
Eulogy for Evolution
Originally released in 2008, deluxe repress of Iceland’s Ólafur Arnalds debut LP. Give her a listen (it sounds like a her) and see if his quiet icy electronic-tinged chamber storms float your boat. They do mine. On Erased Tapes.
From Mimaroglu Music Sales: “this one’s a split between the komissar & syed kamran ali’s harappian night recordings … while the former’s in-situ garble & room-tone tomfoolery is, of course, all well & good, i’m once again floored by syed’s side ; a gain-destroyed suite of “ethnic” improv that lays waste a great many things …” Sounds blistering. From Shamanic Trance, naturally.
Lost Theramin Album
Yea, it’s a CD but oh what a CD it be (and that cover is a hard sell if I’ve seen one). Lithuanian-born child musical prodigy Clara Rockmore rocks the theramin. She’s the original theramin hero. Robert Moog begged Sara to come out of retirement in 1975 to record these tracks (and others released on a Delos CD and LP as The Art of the Theremin) and we all owe Mr. Moog a big spooky thank you as well as Bridge Records for finding these. I’ll also mention that Mississippi Records released Ms Rockmore and her quavering theramin on LP (in mono!) but its long out of print. Sigh.
Fountain, Fountain Joyous Mountain
How heavy and horror-filled can a tiny 7″ be? Spin this and see. Aquarius says: “A two parter titled provocatively “Exorcism Of The Hippies”, it’s all fat fuzzed out woozy warbly bass, thick low end swells, strange stuttery handclap rhythms, swooping spaced out effects, creepy dubbed out slo-mo atmospherics, strange voices, vocal snippets and samples, all blurred and smeared, a hazy, gauzy lysergic psychedelic trip out, the soundtrack to some strange foreign horror film from the seventies, coupled to some primitive old school techno 12″, both spinning at 16rpm, the whole thing doused in cough syrup and left in the sun, cursed by a witch, buried in a graveyard, only to be dug up, melted down and mixed with liquid thorazine and a handful of horse tranquilizers and then pressed into this here 7″. SO GOOD!” On Pendu Sound limited to 300 copies.
Music of Group Ongaku (1960-1961)
Japanese live improv from 1960/61 (!) from Takehisa Kosugi (violin, sax, tape), Chieko Shiomi (piano), Mikio Tojima (cello), Yasunao Tone (sax, tape), Genichi Tsuge (guitar) and Shukou Mizuno (cello, drums tape). Recorded in Shukuo Mizuno’s house and also features some of his household items like electric vacuum cleaner, a radio, an oil drum, dolls, and a set of dishes. Listen for the kitchen sink. Here’s what Julian Cope has to say (from his Japrocksampler), “Simply put, this collective was edenic as the foundation of fusing avant classical input with organic, improvisational output, thus forging a singular Minimalist sound on par w/similar, radical outre composition that was taking place in the West at the same time (Cage & Stockhausens work in particular).“
Masami Kawaguchi’s New Rock Syndicate
The Psychedelic Sounds Of New Rock Syndicate
Don’t let that tiny cover image fool ya – this is a new full-length LP released on 8MM in an edition of 250 and from the sound of it, The Psychedelic Sounds Of New Rock Syndicate is all its name suggests and then some. Kawaguchi Masami has been around playing with bands like LSD March and Broomdusters but this new record sounds like its swimming in the even deeper end.
“The Psychedelic Sounds of the New Rock Syndicate is the definitive statement of Masami as songwriter and ferocious guitar player, finding in Kikuchi Akira (bass), Kiyasu (drums) and Hasegawa Yohei (guitar on ‘Dazzling Light’ and ‘(Theme From) New Rock Syndicate’) the perfect partners in crime for this unbelievable new studio work. The album opens with an almost sabbattesque anthem (‘Why’) where a heavy riffage is accompanied by lamentous vocals; second piece (‘Affected Dance’) is a deconstructed blues jam, with a touch of narcoleptic magic and simply beautiful. Side b is where the miracle actually happens: every single track is a banger, a compendium of 50 years of rock music compressed in 18 minutes of fire on wax.”
Note: these last two records are from Volcanic Tongue’s Tip of the Tongue and I’d highly recommend checking out that list which could easily double as my Want List.