Antroprophh - Outside the Circle
Compared to the self-titled release, on the newest release the members of the Bristol psychedelic rock band Anthroprophh stay much closer to the bombastic, overdriven spirit of The Heads, the main vehicle of the band’s members. While the self-titled sounded like a psilocybin fueled soundtrack to a spy movie with low-profile, crawling music, Outside the Circle is an explosion of energy, an ecstatic upwards spiral, which walks triumphtantly through different shades of psych rock with disarming ease: there’s a bit of krautrock, space-rock, druggy post-punk and God know what else here. Vocals, guitar soloes, fuzzy sound, trippy effects and everything else a psych rock fan migtht need to have their receptors blown. Recommended!
Sun An - Ice Cream Memory Card
Alright, so you want some ambient music. Not just ambient, ambient ambient. You’ve just listened to Kissy Suzuki’s album, yet it appears that there is this little bit of a body that didn’t just disintegrate entirely with that release. If that’s the case, Sun An's Ice Cream Memory Card (these album titles are getting weirder every year, I’m telling ya!) will do the trick just fine. Six tracks of completely flat, eternally sustained angelic ambience that pushes its droning drone to the extremes, never getting down from the stratosphere. This is goddam bliss.
Panabrite - Wasteland Cycle
Even when getting lost in the woozy IDM area, the Berlin-inspired stargazer Norm Chambers aka Panabrite becomes the normcore (in a positive way) of relaxing music, staying in one place while others move forward in a flurry of fleeting micro-genres. Techno now, glitch tomorrow, plunderphonics the day after that, fads last one day before another fad coems - that what Panabrite seems to think and gets to create his own niche within the progressive electronic, purely Kosmische field. Wasteland Cycle is one of his 2014 releases, along with Pavilion (Immune Recordings) continues the path of shimmering, somewhat derailed Berlin School by Norm Chambers, who just keeps on delivering, no matter the current fashion.
Aaron Martin - Chapel Floor
Aaron Martin's Chapel Floor is a kind of a release that just gets released silently and modestly on a cassette and kinda stays in the distance, hiding the sound world contained within. Featuring an artwork that would rather fit a sci-fi novel collection, it’s a raw take on slow, droning modern classical minimalism, as filtered by the nostalgic take on the American midwest. Cello, synths and church organs are played in a series of slowly ascending and descending meditations on life and death. There’s something strangely Kubrickian about that cover. Something Ultimate. And a piece of that Ultimate is present in Aaron Martin’s music. A piece of the Ultimate many will miss. Maybe you’ll miss it, too. Maybe not.
Horse Lords - “Outer East”
Hidden Cities, to be released by NNA Tapes on November 4, is the second release proper by the Baltimore based krautmath team Horse Lords. With the opening monster “Outer East”, it becomes pretty clear that what we’re dealing with here is a condenter for an AOTY title, even if it’s gonna be in the deep underground section (which is a crying shame). Horse Lords redefine the meaning of krautrock, infusing the truly Germanic sense of rhythmical ordnung with some of those african polyrythms and minimalist composers obsession with alternative tunings, where one of the guitars becomes a playground for experiments with just intonation. On the course of the 13-minute jam, the sounds the band oscillate between arabesque math rock and sloppy dub with some Terry Riley smeared on the top. And that’s not even the entire first side. I’m telling you, Hidden Cities is going to be the bomb. But you have to find out for yourself. Pre-order the LP now and get yourself armed with some patience, because this will blow your mind.
Anthroprophh - Anthroprophh
Anthroprophh are an offshoot of a legendary Bristol psychedelic high-rollers The Heads, yet the sound of the new project is devoid of The Heads’ bombastic energy and general rock glamour. Instead, it goes even more for the psychedelic aspect, while reducing their sound to a series of crawling, slithery droning space rock compressions, switching between burned-out cavernous guitar solos and slowly paced, organ-based shamanistic excursions in the vein of early, VU-inspired incarnation of Religious Knives. In fact, I wouldn’t be suprised if Anthroprophh turned out to be one of Skullflower’s numerous side projects. Same extremely murky vibe with a bit of hasheeshian haze to it.
White Manna - Come Down Safari
The newest release from the Arcata, CA based caverockers White Manna sees the guys slowing down a bit compared to their previous albums. Here, on the newest one (courtesy of Debacle Records, every once in a while they keep reminding me of their existence with yet another mindblowing album), the hypnotic krautrock lock-the-groove forever jams reign only partially, giving the way for psychedelic desert commune rituals, slowly evolving, yet always retaining the hallucinatory droning atmosphere filled with string ghosts and bassy afterimages. Go for a mind safari with White Manna. And prepare some food for the munchies.
Kissy Suzuki - Proposte Monochrome
Kissy Suzuki is back with a new album - and it’s just as sprawling, huge and completely enveloping as ever. When the first track on your new release is longer than what most ambient heavyweights can crank out on their full albums, then it means you must be in for some next level shit. And Proposte Monochrome is the next level. The title track is the ambient’s ambient, the purest, most distilled ambient one can get, complete with huge drones that move at a truly geological pace (using the word “glacial” would be speeding it up too much) and experience-enhancing field recordings woven into the fabric. A tribute to the gone-too-early genius Yves Klein, Proposte Monochrome works like a musical translation of one of his intense blue paintings, hypnotic in their minimalism and emotionally stimulating in their subtlety.
Pre-order the CD from Soft Records. Out today.