Friday, July 4, 2014

NEW TAPES AND DEMOS PART 2 OF 2

IN ZAIRE - WHITE SUN BLACK SUN TAPE (Who Can You Trust?) 
Germany's premium rock label Who Can Trust? brings this tape version of In Zaire's debut full lenght. All tracks are named after stars and also musically this Italian four-piece has strong space-rock roots. The tape is filled with slowly boosting instrumentals that ebb and flow. The recordings sound like a deep otherworldly journeys into space and time. One of the most impressive things about "White Sun Black Sun" is how In Zaire balance atmospheric soundscapes and swirling thunder. With constantly mutating drum patterns, tribal percussion beats, howling guitars, bluryy solos, driving bass lines and cosmic electronics  the music originates from the same psychedelic heart as classic bands like Ash Ra Tempel, Hawkwind and Amon Düül II, but they don't forget to add their own personal note. (Listen to it here)

LITOVSK - DEMO TAPE (self-released) 
Hailing from Brest at French Altlantic coast Litovsk's first demo tape recalls the sound and spirit of British wave bands from the 1980s. The political lyrics are another reason why the songs bring to mind groups like Crisis and The Mob. The result are melancholy-tinged punk tunes based on echoing riffs, brilliant melodies, driving bass lines and hard-hitting beats. The two potent vocalists rotate from song to song and all the music is filled with sensational grooves and hooks. Fans of current retro-wave bands like The Estranged, The New Flesh, Spectres und Bellicose Minds won't be dissapointed here. (Listen to it here)
 
MAD NANNA / THE BIBS - SPLIT TAPE (All Gone)
After their common US tour last year Mad Nanna and The Bibs have joined the forces to release this nice split tape. Melbourne, Australia's Mad Nanna have been one of my favourite bands during the last couple of years. Their side features an extended version of "Nectarine Tree" recorded at their farewell gig. Once again this band makes a lot out of a little. With sleepy beats, a few crudely broken vocal parts and gloomy guitars Mad Nanna are able to create a dull monotony that's really impressive and unique. The Bibs from Detroit pick up right where they left off with their first two highly recommended tapes. You get one original tune and a cover versions of "Pop another pill" originally performed by Mike Rep & Tommy Jay on their "The Grim-O Comix Sequenc" LP. The Bibs write stripped down, double-voiced tunes that take influences from both Ego Summit and early Christchurch group like The Victor Dimisich Band. They will soon release their 12" vinyl debut on Soft Abuse and I definitely won't miss it! (Listen to it here)
 
MA TURNER- NESSY PEEN TAPE (Loin Seepage)
Sophomore Lounge's sister label Loin Seepage brings a fourteen track tape by Lousville based artist Ma Turner who is one of the leadings heads behind Cross and Warmer Milks. All songs are made with samples by stand up comedian Bill Hicks and his laughing audience. On this basis Ma Turner creates dark and disturbing electronic sounds, that fluctuate from sound collage to unstructured improvisations. The result are minimal, deranged and broken anthems. With the help of plenty of sudden interruption and noisy attacks these home recordings develop a really torturing and nerve-recking sound that raises weirdness to a new level. Great! (Listen to it here

ORANGE SUNSHINE - BURNOUT AT ROADBURN TAPE (Who Can You Trust?)  
This is a live tape by Dutch rockers Orange Sunshine recorded at 2007 Roadburn Festival in Tilburg, Holland. This trio is heavily influenced by the classic sound of blues-rock, proto-punk and hardrock of the late 60s and early 70s. The songs are relentless and furious, but at the same time they leave enough space to move into more psychedelic territories. "Burnout At Roadburn" delivers ten vintage rock tunes that showcase heavy riffs, sizzling solos, a bombastic rhythm section and brilliant vocals that underline the band's retro sound. The record quality is really amazing and the whole tape seems to capture all the power and intensity of their live performance. (Listen to it here)

RAZEN - RIM SARABAND TAPE (Sloow Tapes)
Razen is an experimental duo from Belgium. They create etnic, spiritual sounds with the help of really uncommon instrumens like santoor, psalterium, bagpipes, shawn and a few percussion beats. That's why there's something really exotic, Middle Eastern about Razen's music. Riding a foundation of eternal drone sounds, raw production and central melodies the group builds minimal soundscapes that develop into deep psychedelic journeys. Razen repeat their ideas like mantras. That's how their improvisations create an almost hypnotic effect. Each of the six tracks is defined by a different instrument and this whole tape is an outstanding example of open-minded and totally untypical psychedelic music. (Listen to it here)

SEX SCHEME - THRUSTER TAPE (Stale Heat)
Sex Scheme feature the guy behind Mountain Cult (who put out a highly recommended LP on Little Big Chief) with a different backing band. Strong musical parallels are apparent here, even if this Brooklyn based group moves elements of blues, psych and garage into even more destructive, ugly and broken territories. Sex Scheme combine grooving rhythms on heavy repeat, squeeking guitar noise and mumbled weirdo vocals to create a unique style of outsider music. All seven songs are shaped by an misanthrophic attitude. Along with the Dan Melchior live tape the new Stale Heat label has put out two really strong and promising first releases. Don't miss them! (Listen to it here)
 
SIOBHAN - OMEGA STAMP TAPE (Chondritic Sound)
Siobhan is the solo moniker of Detroit's Travis Galloway who has made a trickle of excellent cassettes over the past few years. On his latest release he creates a ugly brand of electronic music that incorporates a broad range of different influences within it's sound. From the second the pounding beats fade in on the first song, the lo-fi rawness of Siobhans music awakes your senses and leads you through elements of minimal wave, early techno, industrial and psychedelica. The songs combine frightening and fucked-up drones mayhems, relentless grooving beats, alienated mutant vocals and repetitive, trippy structures. The result is some of today's best electronic music. Highly recommended! (Listen to it here)