Microforms #1: December 7, 2022

Welcome to the first edition of Microforms, a shameless copy of The Capsule Garden but from someone raking through a different set of digital record bins. So, here are seven short takes of things of note that have been on repeat. As always, trying to do my Bechdel / Kinsey best. Carnivorous Plants Ruled by the Dead (Invisible City Records) Carbonized toast black noise with gorgeous drones … Continue reading Microforms #1: December 7, 2022

Erasers “Distance”

At only six tracks and thirty minutes long, Erasers latest release, Distance, has the impressive feel of something altogether much more gatefold length. Simultaneously seeming like it’s being broadcast from the flight of something delicately insectoid that’s pulling back to see the wide shot and still sounding like it’s being played by a selection of the chunkiest synths from the crustiest manual, Distance is the duo’s continuing kosmische … Continue reading Erasers “Distance”

Yumi Iwaki & Carlos Ferreira “Tenderness”

Using unreleased snippets of each other’s work, the duo of Brazilian experimental artist Carlos Ferreira and Tokyo-based synth composer Yumi Iwaki have collaborated to form an immersive nine-track whole. An exploration of both the abstract and more formed territories of ambient, the introductory “Inside the Rain” sets the scene with super rich stasis sounds swirling over metallic brass and reverberating arpeggiated shudders; pure Deckard / … Continue reading Yumi Iwaki & Carlos Ferreira “Tenderness”

Me Lost Me “The Circle Dance” Remix EP

A remix companion record should be a mandatory requirement for all releases. As a further perspective on the artist’s tastes / state of mind and as an introduction to new artists, the remix collection can be a noteworthy take-off point from an artist’s original statement. This remix EP is the result of several hand-picked, restrictionless invitations to four of Me Lost Me’s (Jayne Dent) electronic … Continue reading Me Lost Me “The Circle Dance” Remix EP

All The Heavens Were A Bell “Still Black Water As Deep As Forever”

There was no fucking about when it came to this duo naming this band, song titles, and album. A new project from Esme Louise Newman aka Penance Stare, and Panurus Productions label head James Watts, this three track demo release is a live-to-tape drone doom noise crossbreed. Blackened, but not cliché blackened, and Doom but without actual legs-akimbo riffs, “Still Black Water As Deep As … Continue reading All The Heavens Were A Bell “Still Black Water As Deep As Forever”

Charlotte Roe “Words Out Of Words”

Primarily a digital artist, Huddersfield-based Charlotte Roe’s Words Out Of Words release is an oblique and entertaining portion of musical abstraction. Based on the artist’s coding / generative portfolio, and experimental works found online, it’s likely that there’s a pretty fascinating ‘how’ story about how the tracks here came to be created. While it’d be interesting to find out whether it’s the result of a complicated process … Continue reading Charlotte Roe “Words Out Of Words”

Constance / Nyoukis “?????”

Another semi-solid something-or-other in the stream of Chocolate Monk releases, this is a double solo header of electronics and voice from label heads Karen Constance and Dylan Nyoukis, with a typically atypical closing number. Karen’s 14-minute piece is mostly electronics, taking on an elongated toothpaste worm form of modular sounds and improvised half melodic notions. From a tentative start, it quickly blossoms from an ambient … Continue reading Constance / Nyoukis “?????”

Culver & Xazzaz “Skeleton Lake”

PURCHASE HERE Cassette label Invisible City Records plays host to what might well be Culver and Xazzaz’s fourth full-length collaboration. It’s a ‘might’ because both these UK drone/noise artists’ discographies are so devotedly analog, with little to zero online presence. On this latest joint effort, 70s / 80s Horror soundtrack aesthetics are the order of the day over both sides of Skeleton Lake, consisting of two … Continue reading Culver & Xazzaz “Skeleton Lake”

Me Lost Me “The Circle Dance”

Written and produced during an artist residency in the North East of England, The Circle Dance sees Me Lost Me aka Jayne Dent continuing to stretch her fingers out into nature, future and place. A sense of immersion into curated environments is quickly established across the EP’s five songs, the record immediately placing the listener in Dent’s headphones / headspace on a shingle-washed beach as she moves … Continue reading Me Lost Me “The Circle Dance”