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Angel Olsen
Half Way Home

First coming to attention via appearances with Bonnie Prince Billy, Olsen’s voice is initially disconcerting but by only the second track in I’ve decided that it’s something quite unique and special. The nearest comparison...view item »
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Padang Food Tigers
Running My Habits Clean

Padang Food Tigers make drone music with conventional instruments: guitars, pianos and banjos slowed and focused on for the specifics. This release was originally part of an eleven-tape collection on experimental label Bathetic, but is now getting a solo release; 'Running My Hands Clean' features an improvised and avant-garde approach to a ...view item »
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Lee Noble
No Becoming

‘No Becoming’ is a collection of spaced out lo-fi drone tracks that would normally be stretched out over 20 minutes, Lee Noble on the other hand has neatly squashed them into little pop songs from the dark side. Scratchy guitar noise and casio beats mix with Lee’s moaning vocal sound, som...view item »
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Various
Miracle Of Love

Well seeing as though the office tape deck is on the fritz and I’ve got a working tape player at home I thought I’d do this compilation from Bathetic. It’s the perfect soundtrack to ironing school uniforms (the joys of being a par...view item »
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Villages
Theories of Ageing

I’m not familiar with Villages but I have learned that it is the alias of Asheville, NC’s Ross Gentry, and on this LP here he weaves gentle but dense monoliths of electro acoustic ambient drift, with soft synth drones cushioning all manner of shimmers and twinkles from guitar,...view item »
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High Aura'd
Sanguine Futures

“Packed with ethereal and earthly blackness; a deep and dense wood, a coal-black night, tarry centers where you find the solitude of 100 year old weeping willows.” Okay, fair enough, the press release is a little...view item »
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William Cody Watson
Bill Murray

I just reviewed the new Rainbow Valley tape a few minutes ago, and it was full of concordant, layered synthesizer drones for an uplifting and immersive listen. Well, this one from William Cody Watson on the ever-reliable...view item »

Padang Food Tigers
Ready Country Nimbus

Ah, this is too lovely and fragile a record to be reviewing in the office with the clacking of keyboards and the skkkkrking of tape guns and the roar of knives against corrugated cardboard to accompany it, but sadly that's what I must attempt right now.What's happe...view item »
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Eric Paul
I Sleep with Their Bones

Bit early (9:30am) in the morning to be reviewing the first spoken word release from Eric Paul. He's the lyrically perverse genius you'll no doubt be aware of as the front-man of Arab On Radar (and subsequently Chinese Stars a...view item »
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Caroline Park
Adrift

I bought a tape the other week. Probably the first tape I've bought since 'The Best of The Housemartins' back in '88 or whenever. It was by prime US songwriting genius Bill Fox and caused me to re-configure my sound system in order to incorporate a tape deck so I could hear it.  If I...view item »
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Lee Noble
Horrorism

Just in time for Halloween arrives Lee Noble's Horrorism LP on the Bathetic label. I played this at 45rpm this morning and didn't realise til the end cos I'm a fucking idiot so now I'm righting my wrongs by playing it at the correct speed. Knob. Anyhoo Lee has had a bunch of tapes out on ...view item »
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Zac Nelson
Sound A Sleep Sound

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Motion Sickness of Time Travel / Listening Mirror
Variations On Sleep / Casting Our Nets To The Stars

Bathetic hit us with a split tape from Rachel Evans's Motion Sickness Of Time Travel project and Jeff Stonehouse's Listening Mirror. You should be familiar with both of these artist by now. If not, read this and get the basics. MSOTT's 'Variations On Sleep' sees Evans on fine form dropping reverb heavy vocals on an ocean of ambient sy...view item »
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Cough Cool
Lately

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Bitchin Bajas / Faceplant
Split

Aaaaah, this is lovely. A pretty limited (edn of 600) split between Bitchin Bajas (CAVE's Cooper Crain) and Faceplant (Peaking Lights' Aa...view item »
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High Wolf
A Guide To Healing

You gotta love High Wolf ain't ya! Check out the press release quote for his new 7" on Bathetic... "If you dive into the Ganges River - the purest water on earth according to the Hindus, the most polluted and unhealthy according to science - hold your breath and open your ears, this music is what you'll hear." This suave French new age dude take...view item »
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Wreathes
The Reigns / Full Turn

Not heard of these guys before. I've almost got a clean sweep of new artists this week. I love it when that happens! Wreathes seem to make some weird medieval dark folk with a hint of gothicness and just a tiny smidgeon of middle earth. It's the kind of old odd sounding folk record that will give you the black death after you've listened to it. ...view item »

Angel Olsen
Strange Cacti

I haven't a great idea of what this lady is singing about because I can't hear very much out of one of my ears just now.. Something to bear in mind for this week's other reviews there. Through the muffle I can pretty much tell she does an intimate, lo-fi take on acoustic guitar-based baroque folkiness and executes it very well. The recording sty...view item »
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Cloudland Canyon
Mothlight Part 2 / In The Cold

This is the first single from Cloudland Canyon's first new LP 'Fin Eaves' which is out on Holy Mountain anytime now. Stylistically C.C. are firmly in that krautrock-informed psych rock terrain. 'Mothlight Part 2''s (5:37) rhythm section sort of reminds me of the Moon Duo stuff with its repetitive bass and drum motif coupled with reverberant, spa...view item »
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