Pharmakon’s highly anticipated Abandon LP is finally out on Sacred Bones Recordsand you can now hear another single from the record entitled “Ache”. This particular track showcases Margaret Chardiet’s intense and compelling scream as well as her carefully planned, brooding and unsettling electronics which come off like a score to one’s own demise. Pharmakon has tons of tour dates coming up and in July she will be directly supporting SWANS on select shows. You can see the dates and stream “Ache” below.
Connecticut’s Ovlov creates impossibly catchy melodies that worm their way through thick slabs of distortion and feedback to become caught in your brain, running on loop all day. On their debut full-length Am, set to arrive July 2nd on Exploding In Sound Records (Pile, Fat History Month, Speedy Ortiz, Two Inch Astronaut), guitarist/songwriter Steve Hartlett delivers dazzlingly honest vocals between destructive hooks and buzzing riffs with huge teeth. Impose today debuted “Blue Baby”, the first track from Am that shows off the band’s signature slow burning power pop amidst a massive, perverse wash of shoegaze guitars.
Newly reborn out of the Ascetic House art collective, Destruction Unit emerges with “Two Strong Hits”, a 7″ single that will stick in your head for weeks, more and more echoed until you no longer hear it — you LIVE it. It is organized, driving chaos, determined to break everything loose and free everybody from their imaginary prisons and phony leaders. In just under eight minutes, Destruction Unit’s sonic repetition, feedback experimentation and pummeling drums make for two songs that go off like a machine gun in the trenches of your psyche, all without a note feeling out of place. They will drive you crazy out of your head and into your body. Both tracks are loud, noisy and organic, no flashy solos or technical pandering. In fact, don’t expect to find music at all. Destruction Unit is a direct message from the American underground – and the message is FREEDOM! Turn everything over to the freaks and BE FREE!
Honeymooon is the romantic conception of Australian, LA based music producers, Aaron Shanahan and Benjamin Plant. After many years producing and writing electronic music, the duo have given birth to a new project which investigates their love of colourful psychedelic 60′s-70′s pop.
Having spent the last year relocated in Los Angeles, an overflow of inspiration has left them with a combination of everything from soft blissed out dreamscapes to the hot pop Californian sun burns that can be felt with their first single “Hail the Madmen”.
Katharsis ‘Suspension Of Belief’ LP is being reissued on desire. It will be out in June on vinyl only.
KATHARSIS was a band from San Francisco, formed by Daniel Malson , Jano Sanguine , Mary Andre and Tim Vickers (from 1988). Daniel Malson also got a side project: Bast, that released a tape through The Happiest Place on Earth.
Over the past few years, iconic noise artist Nate Young has been carefully crafting his own signature solo sound, as further evidenced through his progressive recordings and performances with American experimental music staples such as Wolf Eyes, Stare Case, Demons, and Moon Pool & Dead Band. After the completion of his recent Regression trilogy (part one being the self-titled disc on Ideal in 2009; 2011′s Stay Asleep LP on NNA as part two; and part three Other Days on Japanese label Rockatansky in 2012), Young begins a new chapter in his personal sound world, and it is perhaps his biggest leap forward musically thus far. Regression Blinding Confusion enters a new era, retaining the techniques and studies from his previous work and raising them to new levels. Intense compositional building and structure seep through each track, traversing new ground melodically while still upholding Nate’s patented over-bearing weight of dread and slow-burning darkness at all the right moments. Deep, percussive brutality and pulsing neurosis mesh with somber burial hymns, held together by Young’s technical prowess and mastery of his chosen gear. Each frequency is given it’s own unique role and characteristic voice, deeply chilled by the arid space of decay via tape manipulation/disintegration, howling its way through the grooves of the record like a cold wind of dead space that billows throughout, unrelenting. Atonal, morphing, and modulating bass lines pulse and plod their way through, like the unseen presence of the undead ascending a creaking stairway, leading upwards toward a nebulous void. This establishes a truly horrific atmosphere while honoring primitive technology, refined with a thick dose of originality. Self-recorded at Burning Log Studios and M.U.G. in Young’s native zone of Detroit, Michigan, combined with high definition mastering and cutting by Lupo at Calyx in Berlin, Germany, make Blinding Confusion the defining artifact by one of the United State’s most talented voices in noise and experimental music.
Les Maîtres ‘demos’ LP will be out later in June on desire. Les Maîtres, despite they never released a record while they were around, is one of the most influential French cold-wave band from the early 80s golden era. They could be described as the perfect mix of Virgin Prunes, Sex Gang Children and Christian Death.
desire is proud to announce the reissues of Primitive Calculators ‘I Can’t Stop It’ debut single and their eponymous posthumous live debut. They will be out later in June on vinyl only.
Cult Melbourne band Primitive Calculators cut a single in 1979 before splitting in the true punk fashion. A posthumous eponymous live album was released in 1981 (also reissued this Spring on desire) and that was it. Those two tracks are as fresh now as they were more than 30 years ago: in a style not dissimilar to the Screamers, Cabaret Voltaire (circa Nag Nag Nag), Metal Urbain or C.O.M.A., Primitive Calculators used raw monophonic synth lines with scratchy guitars and screaming vocals but the songs were standing on their own (as the unplugged version of Do That Dance that appears on the Primitive Calculators And Friends 1979-82 could testify. The original 7″ is now incredibly rare and hard to find and this reissue is its exact replica. First pressing limited to 500 copies.
At the time they were recording their recently released Totale Nite LP, Merchandise frontman Carson Cox spent a lot of time creating and shooting his short film “Rush of Blood”, which is meant to be the video companion to the record. The video was shot entirely in the band’s hometown of Tampa, FL, and the eerie, unsettling-but-beautiful score was composed by Merchandise guitarist David Vassalotti. Carson, who directed and edited the film, has described the short film in his own words below -
“Rush of Blood..is sort of the video companion to Totale Nite. It was written and shot at the same time as we recorded the Totale Nite record and is an attempt at carrying over visual themes explored on the record (anxiety, mental fog, the elephant in the room). It was shot and edited in a style that is meant to reveal something to the viewer by its invisibility and hidden meaning. Special thanks goes to Chris Swanson, Darius Van Arman, and Shawn Reed for their help in making this video happen. Styling by Aldo Padaldo.” – Carson Cox
Kenneth Anger may not necessarily be the name that will come to mind when listening for the first time – distracted, confused, disoriented – to Puce Moment’s debut album. Yet it is the only one that will seem relevant upon second listen -narcotic, infernal, fascinating. Puce Moment does not only borrow a title (of his eighth short film, made in 1949) from the baron noir of experimental cinema . Ghostly wanderings, satanic Masses, mystical romances, mechanical hell : everything in the duo from Lille (France) and their album in form of an invocation to ancient Sybarites authorities refers to the Californian filmmaker’s obsessions.