Hototogisu Vinyl, CD & tapes from this artist at Norman Records
Skullflower return with the evocatively titled vinyl LP The Black Iron That Fell From The Sky, To Dwell Within (Bear It or Be It). Since the 1980s Matthew Bower and assorted collaborators have been making pitch-black drone, noise, industrial and metal hybrids that defy classification. With this release on Nashazphone they’re once again leading the way.
‘Nectar and Venom’ for dinner again? My favourite. This nice fold-out Digipak shows the harsh noise duo at their most obtuse and confrontational. Melodies and textures bubble under a surface of distortion in a manner that recalls the more into-the-abyss ends of Hospital Productions or Posh Isolation.
Zaimph is Marcia Bassett’s solo project, a moniker from which she has been emitting wild and noisy soundscapes for years. Between The Infinite And The Finite is however her first solo recording made in a ‘proper’ studio, giving an extra-fine clarity to these improvised swirls of synth, voice, piano and miscellaneous sounds. 300 LP copies on Yew.
Hototogisu/ Hive Mind