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|[mt111cs] Hostage Pageant Extinguisher c-20|
Breakneck noise suffocation from Shane Church, taking the project back to it’s inception with two short, sharp shocks of fire and smoke that maintain the rawness and fluidity of live dynamics; no breaks, no breathing room, no subtlety.
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|[mt110cs] Slow Tongued Beauty Sopportare c-28|
Sopportare translates into english as ’to bear’ — and it is a dark journey through aggressive electronic synthesis transitioning from calmer passages of modular minimalism, to arrhythmic industrial jackhammer brutality, noise cut-ups and harrowing, dramatic sound design, each with razor-sharp precision. Slow Tongued Beauty is the project of Ryan Scott Kerr, based in Philadelphia.
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[mt109cs] False Moniker In Parenthesis c-30|
Known for his visual work, his label Audio. Visuals. Atmosphere., as well as his many collaborations with Cremation Lily, False Moniker is the project of Belgian artist Niels Geybels, who also works as Sequences. This is considered by the artist to be the debut full length release of FM. Six tracks of minimal and narrative industrial bedroom melodicism, intimately documented on 4-track cassette.
|[mt108cs] Cremation Lily Journal c-20|
Recorded entirely with compact tape machines, maximizing potential through simplicity. A sort of audio diary documenting Zen Zsigo’s daily reflections from morning to night along the British coast through a filter of tape-loop processing. Kay Hill and False Moniker provide additional source material. Best heard in the misty early morning hours, on repeat till late night.
|[mt107cs] Circuit Wound Succumbing to the Inevitable Automation c-46|
A concept album recorded in 2011 and left to simmer until the proper relevant cultural boiling point, Circuit Wound returns to MT after 15 years. Dystopian, apocalyptic hellfire/damnation acid burn electronics, owing a great debt the Japanese — in particular, Thirdorgan and MSBR. Hard-panned, dynamic psychedelic noise waves with occasional moments of breathing room. Crank it up and celebrate the modern collapse.
|[mt106cs] Acre Beyond Cease to Exist c-22|
Aaron Davis with some of his first new recordings in five years — slow moving riffs and minimal drum machine emerging from his trademark tonal sea.
|[mt105cs] HHL Thrall c-40|
Orange County harsh crust, bright scrap metal manipulations atop crunchy and intricatly shifting layers of low-end noise electronics. “The nightmare lives on.”
|[mt100lp/cs] Pedestrian Deposit The Architector LP / c-40|
The culmination of five years of obsessive work — fits and starts of ongoing perfectionism that spawned two solo projects and two additional records. Beginning with crude and unfamiliar source materials, each sound is examined from every possible angle, then taken apart and reconstructed along with the compositional process. From 2010 forward, each phase is represented; the past three U.S. tours have given clues, and these recordings offer more of the puzzle, but you will never get everything at once. To be experienced as foreground with no distractions.
|[mt98cs] Sterile Garden Ryta c-24
Industrial sound research. A direct lineage from such Colorado essentials as Architect's Office, Jeph Jerman and Eric Lunde's "Colorado Terrain Investigation." Tapes as composition; sounds are re-approrpriated and broadcast from deep underground, filtered through generations of grit and process, leaving only the important elements at the forefront.
|[mt97cs] Developer mt97cs c-30
Midwest hero Matthew Reis is one of a select few contemporaries who are taking noise forward by merging aesthetics with tape music, sound collage and musique concrete. mt97cs is one more pearl in a large body of work -- extremely active and dynamic stereo cut-ups of 'everything but the kitchen sink' collide into one another with great precision and attention to detail throughout.
|[mt96cs] Vat A Pile Over There / Spoiled Milk Panties c-30
Previous Vat efforts have focused on the classic 'americanoise' approach of scrap metal through distortion overload. 'A Pile …' sees Chris Conroy merging elements of that aesthetic with ideas normally reserved for his other project, Lungwash. Layers of metal abuse and feedback are processed through gritty fuzz and hiss signals, gaining intensity throughout the duration of each side.
|[mt95cs] A Week Of Kindness In Shadow's Country c-42
Sean E. Matzus is a Houston-based artist regarded for his solo projects (Red Hook, Thewhitehorse, The Secret Geography, etc), while also known for his work in several Richard Ramirez projects (Black Leather Jesus, Priest In Shit, Last Rape, etc.), and operating the Unlimited Drift label. A Week Of Kindness acts in contrast to his other mostly harsh noise / wall material. Distant, filtered vocals and manipulated junk metal weave in and out of field recordings and subtle tonal shifts. A dark and surreal journey of expertly crafted experimental soundwork. Highly recommended.
|[mt94cs] Werewolf Jerusalem Hand Of The Gallows c-40
Richard Ramirez returns for his first Monorail release in nearly ten years -- one which sees him pushing this established project into exciting new realms of noise minimalism. The familiar static overdrive and crackle of WJ is segmented here by long passages of extreme lowercase sound that unfold with great patience through Ramirez's trademark stream-of-consciousness approach to composition.
|[mt93cs] Nephila Subcutaneous Memory c-20
Long awaited debut solo recordings from Shannon A. Kennedy (Pedestrian Deposit). Narrative compositions for zither, homemade string instruments and other surprises that evoke the spirits of surrealism, dark experimental music, and traditional asian instruments. Two pieces from 2009 and 2012; recommended listening under low light, a full moon, or in the woods. Special art edition forthcoming from Shannon directly.
|[mt92cd] Rale I Sit By The Window And Watch Walls And Ceiling CD
Perhaps William Hutson's best achievement yet, an impeccable follow up to his excellent 'Some Kissed Charms …' LP for the Isounderscore label last year. Long form, expert-level sound collage, composed with the format in mind from improvisations recorded between 2007 - 2011 as a continuous piece in seven parts. Weaving together the aesthetics of minimalism, academia, and subterranean noise study with electro-acoustics and elements of dark soundtrack style synth work, the end result is rich and modern musique concrete with a heavy literary influence overhead. Essential.
|[mt91cd] Vasculae Cultural Primitivism CD
Full circle. A new project from Jonathan Borges (Pedestrian Deposit, Everyday Loneliness, Emaciator, etc). After several years of operating in more subtle areas of experimental music, Vasculae is a return to form; sharp noise composition with emphasis on layering, texture, purity, and 'natural dynamics,' as opposed to the rapid-fire cut-ups of the past. Elements of wall noise, crackle, and 90's style raw blast are fused in these three tracks pulled from two years of intermittent 5-7 hour recording sessions. No melodic ambient interludes, no tape loops, no instruments -- only the sources of pure noise textures.
|[mt90cs] Wrong Hole Virgins Go To Hell, Fuck Your Way To Heaven c-15
A new prodigy following in the tradition of Weak Sisters, 18-year old Nial Morgan has been ruling the game in Los Angeles for the past year; consistently one-upping himself and gaining momentum at an astonishing rate. The tracks here display his ability to craft both well-paced harsh noise and dark urban-noir sound collage. An instant, shining classic of noise composition -- and hope for the future at once.
|[mt89cs] Droughter Death Charm c-20
Before 'wall noise' simplified creative development for a generation of noiseheads, there were the mid-90's -- arguably the most influential period for many. Without narrowing sub-genre tags, artists created work with substance, heart and soul -- work that was at once monotonous, yet dynamic; dirty and lo-fi, yet clear; primitive, yet detailed -- physical. The spirit of that era is the main influence for Droughter here; using only crude electronics and tape loops, Kevin McEleney looks back, yet doesn't get trapped in a time capsule.
|[mt88cs] Monsturo CTS14 c-19
David Rothbaum is perhaps the most remarkable composer working in the field of modular synthesis -- and also it's most minimalist. He certainly knows his equipment inside and out; opting to focus on specific sustained tones that gain intensity with a slow burn, rather than the pure showmanship of his contemporaries. Recent live sets have displayed a more chordal quality, and that is highlighted on these two brief tracks of spare, yet detailed tonal works.
|[mt87cs] Sky Stadium Setting Vision c-24
Pensive and deliberate, New Jersey's Jeffrey Roman mines a similar approach to that of Mirror To Mirror -- slowly unfolding melodies rife with symbolism. His pieces are the early morning sibling to Alex's night meditations, all upward keys and filter sweeps. One of the more optimistic efforts in the Monorail catalogue.
|[mt85cs] Brandon Nickell The World Is A Refuge From Perfection c-23
Beginning with Aemae and now working under his own name, Brandon Nickell has spent the last decade taking cues from nearly all generations of analog and digital sound development and shaping them into a unique, fully realized vocabulary all his own. The compositions here are fluid, all captured with impeccable clarity; bell-tones and intricate layers of overlapping digital and analog synthesis intertwine within the stereo field. Remarkable material by an artist to watch this year.
|[mt78cd] Pedestrian Deposit East Fork / North Fork CD
Deluxe instant reissue of the much-too-limited edition Housecraft tape, including two new and previously unreleased tracks; 32 minutes of new music. Reflective of our live sets of the past year and a half. Residing in the netherworld between various genres, as usual.
|[mt73cs] Vestigial Limb Now, Voyager c-30
For the past few years, Ray Shinn has slowly been developing and refining his approach to dynamic, old-school 90's style noise blast over several consistent tape releases. This is the next step, progressing from his 'katyn spring' masterpiece -- a 30 minute collage work incorporating layers of psychedelic electronics, junk-noise clatter, tape and lp manipulations, and an ever-present bass guitar undertone. A unique statement for the era.
|[mt68cd] Pedestrian Deposit Austere cd
Five years in the making, and the first duo recordings -- a very, very calculated and controlled effort. Moving past the harsh noise cutups but not eschewing them entirely; rather, moving forward to areas of sound collage, music-concrete, field recording and electroacoustic. To be heard as one long piece. The progression continues.
|[mt63lp] Infinite Body / Emaciator Split LP
Saturated harsh melodicism from I.B.; two tracks bridged by a solo voice recording. Synth driven by the human voice; screaming to make beautiful tones. Emaciator side is a dense, dense drone of older / early style throb getting submerged by layers upon layers of guitar drones and keyboard melodies -- finally wearing down to an optimistic close.