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Wreaths
Like Sparks From Throats Falling

Today's big news is Under the Spire is 21! 21 releases old! This pro-mastered baby is a discette that begins with a big stately, ever-building drone & calming cosmic tones. Along the way we encounter a woozy Alexander Tucker-esque paganist instrumental and psychedelic industrialisms, meditative post-rock textures & shimmering guitar atmo...view item »

Quicksails
Silver Balloons In Clusters

This latest one from the reliable Under the Spire is an LP of synth textures and live percussion from Quicksails, aka Ben Billington. It's got spiritual throbbing, gliding synths and...view item »
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Concessionaires
Artificial Interface

Brad Rose (owner of Digitalist records and member of The North Sea, Charlatan, Altar Eagle) and Pete Fosco (Early Tunnels, Wasteland Jazz Ensemble) have been getting together to knock up tapes for a while now. Their style is synth drone electronics verses telecaster guitar in a longhaul d...view item »

Boduf Songs
This Alone Above All Else In Spite Of Everything

This Boduf Songs LP is well whispery. Don't recall ever hearing Boduf Songs but from the minute the needle hits the wax i feel compelled to take the whole Boduf Song vibe very seriously. Musically, we are talking super minimalism. Tracks are recorded with a singular microphone and are primarily made up of one instrument and a vocal that generall...view item »

Upward Arrows
Upward Arrows

Upward Arrows is John McCaffrey aka Part Timer! Here Mr Timer has adopted a new guise especially for Under the Spire. The name comes from church spires that point upwards like arrows peppering the sky. Mmmm.... Lovely! This is different from the other Part Timer material I've heard. Gone is the electronica and here we have a CD focused more on d...view item »
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Matt Christensen
A Cradle In The Bowery

Having travelled in excess of 25 miles in order to write this review (amongst other things) this solo offering from the man from Zelienople better be good and by jiminy its one of those by the first few chords you know you are going to like. Simple understated strums...view item »
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Mark Templeton
Jealous Heart

My tooth has been aching. It’s okay, I made an appointment at the dentist, I’m going at 2.30 (tooth hurty). Ha!...What??? I’m just trying to cheer everyone up though this record I’m about to tell you about is one of this week’s better ones. Mark Templeton...Mark T...view item »
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Mike Shiflet
The Choir, The Army

Sound artist Mike Shiflet seems to have had releases by a whole load of big hitters in the past, including Type and Digitalis, and now it’s the turn of trusty ol’ ...view item »
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Myrmyr
Fire Star

This is a pretty remarkable sounding recording. I love the fact it was recorded during a snowstorm up Mount Shasta in California! 'Fire Star' is forged from elements such as modern classical, moody post-rock and experimental folk but seems so much more dream-like and vibrant than any of that would suggest! At times it recalls some of the more ec...view item »
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Black Eagle Child
Pages On A Plane

Last week I got a load of releases to review that I wasn't all that into. I guess every job has its ups and downs, right? Well, it looks like sweet lady karma is redressing the balance this week by giving me some absolute freaking beauties to write about. First that classy Part Time LP, now this clear green marbled vinyl Black Eagle Child ...view item »
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Black Eagle Child
Go Around, Again

A year or so ago we got a Black Eagle Child record, ‘Pages On A Plane...view item »
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Zelienople
Hollywood

NOTE THIS IS THE REISSUE. HERE'S THE REVIEW FOR THE ORIGINAL! I probably should have written about the first release on Under The Spire before writing about the second one first. That sentence is too confusing. I think I need to lie down and listen to Zelienople's 'Hollywood' double 3" CDr which again is limited to 100 hand numbered copies a...view item »
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Ryonkt
Window To The Room

Under The Spire have some fancy new packaging for their release of Ryonkt's Window To The Room CD. It's like their usual design has been stretched to A5 then given a fancy fold out card disc holder. This is called a Carlos Pak and it's the first one I've seen. Anyway Ryonkt (Ryo Nakata) recently had a CD out on Experimedia. It's a nice example of c...view item »
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Neil Jendon
The Nightly

Dramatic, ethereal, and moving, The Nightly by Neil Jendon has much in common with the work of Sigur Ros and Mogwai. Slow moving, repeating refrains and dense layering create a wall of sound so thick that  it feels like you could listen to it in the cold and wrap yourself up in it to keep warm. Limited edit...view item »
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Sparkling Wide Pressure
A Heart Is The Hardest Thing To Find

Sparkling Wide Pressure continue to deliver lo-fi drone constructed out of enthralling riffs, sideways synth glare and bottomless chords that appear at crucial, empty moments. A Heart Is The Hardest Thing To Find sounds like a marine dive into a trench that lights up after hours of darkness....view item »

Panabrite
Illumination

Seattle synth enthusiast Norm Chambers, a.k.a Panabrite, returns with a new LP...well, not completely new. ‘Illumination’ was originally released on cassette by Sicsic tapes back in 2011 but sees its way on to vin...view item »
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Refractor
Locus Suspectus

So, looks like there's only synth records coming out this week. Feel like that's all I've been reviewing recently. Where's the punk rock? Where's the noisecore? Where's the new DOOM record? Probably not important right now. What is important is that Under The Spire have forked out the big ...view item »

Steven Hess + Christopher McFall
The Inescapable Fox

I live near train tracks, and if a) I left the window open all night and b) the woman opposite (opposite!) would switch off her television for a bloody minute, I would hear distant rumbling sounds not unlike what can be heard on this long player. I love the sound of distant trains. The f...view item »
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Strategy
Super Awareness Is Fruit

I love Strategy. Their 'Drumsolo's Delight' on Kranky is pretty much one of my favourite records of all time. Taking the dub of dub techno and erasing most of the techno it's the most beautiful laid back lovingly decayed, bass heavy electronica you are ev...view item »

Padang Food Tigers
Go Down, Moses

Even before I've started doing this the name makes me hungry. I've just had a sweet and to stave off the hunger pangs but it's not working. I'm gonna need to eat me a tiger soon or I'll get grouchy. Maybe I'll head off to that penis restaurant in china where you can buy animal knobs though I can't imagine anything less than a dork filling me up ...view item »
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Aaron Martin
Grass Rewound

Aaron Martin's new 3" CD on Under the Spire features his tracks being reworked by Part Timer and it's called Grass Rewound. If I was making a video for it I'd use backwards slow motion footage of loads of dogs vomiting out half-digested grass but not because it sounds like that, just because of its title. Now that I've made that clear I'll say...view item »
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Rameses III
For Jose Maria

Who could fail to be touched by the gorgeous ambience on show here given the backstory? Conceived as a tribute to Jose Maria Bellido (an apparently ambitious, talented pianist and athlete stricken with a debilitating case of diabetes) and featuring his daughter performing in tribute, it seems the sort of release that really deserves more time an...view item »
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Ibreathefur
Everyday You Look Different

Under The Spire have had a wee break and suddenly there's a bunch of releases out. One of 'em is by Ibreathefur which for me being allergic to cats and dogs (and more recently I discovered rabbits caused me issues) would hugely blow. These bands never think about the asthmatics. I know nothing at all about this as ever the Under The Spire press ...view item »
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Segue
We Learn To Forget

This is a 3" CD in a cardboard sleeve containing a little bit of a photograph all enclosed within a little envelope. The music is beautiful, ebbing, decaying drone music with a haunted atmosphere. I'm reminded of Celer on the first track in the way that the music can transport you away to somewhere beautiful within minutes. I'm guessing the dron...view item »
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Jasper TX
A Voice From Dead Radio

Dag Rosenquist fans will be pleased that Under The Spire have collected the limited long out of print 3” CD-r's. Harrisburg, D+A EP and Pilgrims and presented them in a lovely six panel digipak complete with a remix Cd with a super stellar line-up of remixers: Pillowdiver, Zelienople, Jefre Cantu-Ledesma, Xela, Peter Broderick, Simon Scott, S...view item »
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P Jorgensen
Soundtrack Remix

Give me cows & horses any day, I mean, what could be more appealing to your eyes than some old, blurred photos of Daisy & Dobbin's long lost ancestry chuntering around some nameless field in God-knows-wheresville. Thing is, you can't date a photograph half as easily when there's no stupid, fickle, clueless human beings, geriatric cars, d...view item »
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Pillowdiver
Tony On A Bike

Under The Spire continue their relentless release schedule with yet another release and this one is a 3" CDr from Pillowdiver who I know absolutely zilch about. I can however tell you that his/her/their/its sound feats neatly into the ultra chilled floaty world of the label. So yeah the first number has some mega dreamy, earthy acoustic guitar...view item »
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P Jorgensen
Palimpsest (For Strings)

Never have I been foiled before about how to play a CD but here I am far too hot and bothered to be foiled by a small piece of plastic! So if anyone knows how to play one of these cute 3" credit card CD's then please let me know. There's not much I can tell you about this aside from it's super limited (to 100) and it features Peter Broderick and...view item »
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Jannick Schou
Night

Jannik Schou has a CD out on Under The Spire. It's limited to 150 copies and it comes in their regular arigato pak job with a nice shiny black and white photo insert thingy. 'Night' is a 4 track ambient droney beast like so many others which have graced these weekly updates. It's the whole closing your eyes floating in space job orha...view item »
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Gareth Hardwick
London 220109

For those that dont already know, Gareth runs the excellent Low Point label... As you'd probably expect this documents a live performance at Cafe Oto and was recorded by Ben Nash. Dan Layton joins in on second guitar. This is one single piece that gently  and slowly builds into emotive and thought provoking drones. Gareth is a master of...view item »
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Coldstream
South Island

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Spheruleus
Frozen Quarters

This is the work of Harry Towell who has used lots of field recordings from his local environment. I've joked in past reviews that records sound like they were made in a skip, but this chap has actually recorded some sounds in a skip, using its natural reverb. This is ultra chilled with some warm melodic elements derived from trumpet, harmonica, zi...view item »
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Shaula
Haze

Shaula has the 'Haze' CD out on Under the Spire this week. It's lovely stuff. Just trying to find some info for him/her/them and I can't find zip. Well anything I truly believe is accurate so I won't bother making stuff up. Actually I've just found out in an e mail from Under The Spire that this is the work of a Japanese ambient/ shoegaze lady. D...view item »
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Archers By The Sea
The Surf

Archers by the Sea I can't find much info on, I think i'll just have to make up a story about them. Archers are 3 mutant zebra/fish hybrids who reside off the coast of Oban, Western Scotland in a dilapidated shack reinforced with the flattened skins of old rusty oil drums. Between them they communicate telepathically to create beautiful, slightly l...view item »
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Damian Valles
Count(r)ies

I've not heard of Damien Valles before but I think we're gonna be hearing a lot more of him from my first impressions of his new CD on Under The Spire. You would file his new CD Count(r)ies under the electroacoustic banner with the contents being in the floaty bracket. Drifty guitars with some electronic tinkering are filling my ears very nicely. I...view item »
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Ous Mal
Viime Talvi

There's a couple of CD's in this week on Under The Spire. The one in my sweaty hand is by Ous Mal and it's called Viime Talvi. I know nothing about this guy/gal at all. It's limited to 100 copies in one of those cardboardy arigato packs all hand numbered and whatnot, very nice. The music is lush electronic ambience with a cool throbbing bassline an...view item »
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Coldstream
Alarums

Under the Spire do those releases in recycled card digipaks housing little 3" CDs suspended on internal nipples and this one is by Coldstream. Alarums contains twenty minutes of elegant, classically inflected drone which gives me the impression of drifting along in a dark, empty swimming pool while a small orchestra plays a sombre piece on a f...view item »
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Aaron Martin
Grass Wounds

This weeks Under The Spire double header has Machinefabriek collaborator Aaron Martin playing his strings in his usual spine tingling style. What really surprised me on this disc was the appearance of the huge sounding church style organ. It really hits the spot. His cello playing is sublime and he really gets some powerful sounds going. I imagine ...view item »
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Ekca Liena
Drones Between Homes

Drones Between Homes is the new one from former 'album of the week' winner Ekca Liena, released on Under the Spire in their trademark recycled arigato pack thingys and limited to 100 copies. So what's this one like then.. I'm thinking the clue might be in the title. Two long tracks of ambient drone, the wavering frequencies conjuring up images of f...view item »
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Christopher Hipgrave
Subtleties

Yet another Release on Under the Spire who seem to be churning them out at the moment. This one is from Christopher Hipgrave who recently had an album out on Home Normal. This chaps a fairly new name (to me at least) in the field of sound design, and electronic music but he sounds remarkably accomplished, no doubt fine tuning his sound for a while ...view item »
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Strategy
Awareness Is Fruit

Here's a well limited Under the Spire CD by Strategy called 'Awareness In Fruit'. As ever it's packaged in one of those wee brown foldy cardboard arigato packs and they're well lovely looking!! It's a 3" CD which sits on one of those white nipples looking furtive. I don't trust those nipple packs.... Over the years Strategy have made some top ...view item »
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Rain Cloud
Kerala

Rain-Cloud are responsible for the new Under the Spire CDr thang and from the off 'Kerala' has me hankering for a quiet shady spot in some woods, lying in a hammock with a cold bottle of hoegaarden to my lips watching squirrels & foxes bez around doing their woodland creature thing. Shimmering ambience, emotive guitar chimes, fluttering runs of...view item »
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Tom White
A Well Known Phrase

Here's a fine CD on Under The Spire by Tom White. He's a new name to me. I know of people called Tom and I know of people with White in their name but never has their been a Tom White. It's always great when a new name comes along. It's one of their uber limited (100 only) Arigato Pak jobs, all hand stamped and hand numbered with nice colour artwor...view item »
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Jasper TX
Lungs

The latest offering from Under the Spire continues their exciting run of limited CDs with a top drawer selection of recordings from Jasper TX. 'Lungs' was created from minidisc recordings of live performances which were then re-edited with some frequency processing. I've been enjoying some of Dag Rosenqvist's albums lately after kind of missing the...view item »
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Chihei Hatakeyama
August

Hello. First up is a CD by Chihei Hatakeyama on the up and coming Under the Spire label (rapidly shaping up to being one of the funnest and bestest new labels we've been stocking in ages). After a strong pedigree of releases on labels like Kranky and Room 40 here is his 4th album and it's a gorgeous beast. Packaged in a hand stamped and hand numb...view item »
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Boduf Songs
There Is Something Hanging Above You

Hey this Under The Spire label looks like it's shaping up to be something quite special. Before me I have a stamped Arigato pak with a 3" CD by Kranky artist Boduf Songs. Its a hand numbered edition of 100 copies and comes with a wonderful teenie weenie tiny booklet. The first track is a brooding soundscape that makes way for the creepy folk/ ...view item »
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