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[Archive 01.11.14]

1) SIGHUP, “City Passage,” City Passage (Feedback Loop Label)
2) Chapels, “I Have Tried, Part 1,” I Have Tried (House of Alchemy)
3) Mold Omen, “The Driver/The Mechanic,” Blacktop (cae-sur-a)
4) Bob Ohrum, “For Dan (Excerpt),” All Around Me (Relaxed Machinery)
5)Kyle Bobby Dunn, “Touhy’s Theme,” Ways of Meaning (Desire PAth Recordings)
6) Kyle Bobby Dunn, “In Praise of Tears”
7) throuRoof, “Feathers & Blood,” Feathers & Blood (cae-sur-a)
8) Scott Valkwitch, “In the Red,” From the Deepest Depths of a Bottomless Light (House of Alchemy)
9) All of Them Withces, “Toyotal Recall,” Breathers vs. Drivers
10) All of Them Witches, “That’s a Real Head Scratcher,” Breathers vs. Drivers
11) All of Them Witches, Tocqueville Owes Back Taxes,” Breathers vs. Drivers
12) All of Them Witches, “Party Car,” Breathers vs. Drivers
13) KBD Sonic Collective, “Native”


[2011 in Review: Mold Omen ‘Blacktop’]

Mold Omen, 'Blacktop' (cae-sur-a)

One of many interesting developments in music this year was the emergence of outsider dance music, a genre that saw noise artists move toward beat driven music and offering a new take on it. From the mutant house of 100% Silk to the techno of Diamond Catalogue, much of it was interesting, if not really good.

While definitely not a release to lump in with outsider beats, Mold Omen’s Blacktop sets out on a somewhat parallel path. The opening track on the Baltimore duo’s cassette, “The Driver/The Mechanic,” demonstrates that although there are no real beats to speak of here, there are elements of beat-driven music along with heavy doses of noise. Interestingly, these two elements are set against each other creating a sharp contrast whereby any remnant of rhythm is threatened to become overwhelmed by noise. This makes for a thrilling listen asThe Driver/The Mechanic” drags you along to the finish line. The term ‘drag’ is key here for describing this track; the undercurrent-like rhythm pulls you with it only to plunge you into a sea of noise.

The next two tracks make a sharp break with the noise of the first; pulling back to explore a more drone-like territory with machine-like whines, delayed tones, and heavy emphasis on atmosphere.The listener will remain captivated when listening to this cassette by all the different pieces, sounds, and textures that emerge. These diverse elements create an engaging release that rewards the listener for close listening.

Fans of this cassette’s label, Cae-sur-a, have come to expect nothing less from this Rochester-based imprint.

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Review by Andrew White


[archive: 10.12.11]

 

1) Oneohtrix Point Never, “Its A Good Time,” Replica (Software)

2) Simon Scott, “Honeymoon,” Bunny (Miasmah)

3) Alfred Brown, “I’m Not a Fox for Nothing,” Glossy Eyes, Vol.1 (Bad

Drone Media)

4) Mold Omem, “GTO,” Blacktop (Cae-sur-a)

5) Icarus, “Skate Glug,” Check the Water (The Leaf Label)

6) Xela, “List & Paradise,” The Sublime (Dekorder)

7)SlowPitch, “No Turning Back,” REPLCMNT

8) SlowPitch, “Mind Ctrl,” REPLCMNT

9) SlowPitch, “Subtract Attention Span,” REPLCMNT

10) SlowPitch, “Deep Spaced,” REPLCMNT

11) SlowPitch, “Mysterious Grip,” REPLCMNT

12) Benoit Honore Pioulard, “Calder,” Benoît Honoré Pioulard Plays Thelma (Desire Path Recordings)

13) Stone Baby, “Absinthe Lover in the Opium Den,” The Flaneur (House of Alchemy)

14) Kid on Purpose, “There Now Then,” Diffusion Tensor (Level 4 Activated)

15) Machinefabriek &Gareth Davies, “Mackerel Sky,” Ghost Lanes (Dekorder)

16) Neu!, “Negativland,” Neu!(Brain Records)


[archive 09.22.11: House of Alchemy Special]

DOWNLOAD: The Upstate Soundscape, 9.21.11 (House of Alchemy Special)

1) Six Organs of Admittance, “Rivers of Transfiguration,” The Sun Awakens (Drag City)
2) Grasshopper, “I Sang a Sad Song Today,” Miles in the Sky (House of Alchemy)
3)
Mold Omen, “Lesser Guide,” Soil (House of Alchemy)
4) Mama Baer, “Untitled #1,” Perverted People Girl Fuckers (House of Alchemy)
5) Chris Dadge, “Track 4,” A Bird is a Light Thing (House of Alchemy)
6) Bad Trip, “Sharpennec,” Beat is Murder (House of Alchemy)
7) Steve Baczkowski & Bill Sack Duo, “Untitled,” Steve Baczkowski & Bill Sack Duo(House of Alchemy)
8) Obscurer, “Shining Arbors,” (House of Alchemy)
9) Rambutan, “City of Immortals,” Rambutan/Chapels Split (House of Alchemy)
10) Wasteland Jazz Unit, “Humming Creek,” Shivering Reflections (House of Alchemy)
11) VxPxC, “Ballad of the Empty Room,” Drapery Dept. (House of Alchemy)
12) York Factory Complaint, “Marked,” Remorse of Conscience (House of Alchemy)
13) Anvil Salute, “The Virtues of The Fuck Up,” Cosmic Yes (House of Alchemy)
14) Fossils for the Sun, “Untitled,” (House of Alchemy)