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Killed By Deathrock Vol. 1In 2007, Sacred Bones Records founder Caleb Braaten started unearthing rare
and little-heard post-punk, deathrock and dark punk tracks for an eventual
compilation. Seven years later, riffing on the tradition of the internationally
known punk collector series, Killed By Death, those tracks are finally being
released on vinyl, cD and digital formats as Killed By Deathrock Vol. 1. Bands from
all over the world are represented on the comp, from the relatively well-known
Scots in Twisted Nerve to the "completely un-Googleable" Move from Italy.
Also featured are the French band known simply as Bunker on their first demo
tape who later became Bunker Strasse, though still remained largely obscure.
Kitchen and the Plastic Spoons formed as a sort of goof band in Sweden in 1980
and only released a couple of 7-inches before disbanding a year later in 1981.
The rest of the comp represents a vast spectrum of geography with the Us being
represented by Your Funeral, Glorious Din, The Naked and the Dead and
Afterimage. Screaming For Emily (Uk), Baroque Bordello (France) and Taste of
Decay (Germany) round out the collection. What all these bands have in common, apart from their dark, icy atmosphere, is that they're quintessential pieces
of the deathrock story whose music hasn't been heard by nearly enough people
- until now.1. Your Funeral - "I Wanna Be You"
2. Kitchen & The Plastic Spoons - "Liberty"
3. Twisted Nerve - "When I'm Alone"
4. Move - "Casa Domani"
5. Bunker - "My Own Way"
6. Taste Of Decay - "Factory"
7. Afterimage - "Satellite of Love"
8. Screaming For Emily - "The Love"
9. Glorious Din - "Tenement Roofs"
10. The Naked And The Dead - "Carousel"
11. Baroque Bordello - "Put It Down"$18.99Vinyl LP - Sealed Buy Now
Killed By Deathrock Vol. 2After the initial blast of punk rock bands made their impression on the youth of the late 1970s, subgenres quickly emerged. Some preferred the faster, louder aggression of hardcore, others the angular danceability of post-punk, some the raw and more personal home-made sound of DIY, and so on. Looking back among and between these genres we now recognize various blends of punk, post-punk, goth rock, industrial, and DIY as deathrock. In 2014, Sacred Bones Records launched the series Killed By Deathrock to document an entire scene of bands that haven't yet received proper recognition. This is the second volume of that series.1. Spectator (Gatecrashers)
2. A Skeleton at the Feast (Middle Class)
3. Waiting for the War (ADS)
4. Whiplash (Veda)
5. Promised Land (Skeletal Family)
6. The Freedom Curse (Flowers for Agatha)
7. Dark Spirits (Red Temple Spirits)
8. What's Wrong Yvette (Crank Call Love Affair)
9. I Can't Live in a Living Room (Red Zebra)
10. Hade (Vita Noctis)$19.99Vinyl LP - Sealed Buy Now
ADAD-SAC-5644xCult Of Youth
Final DaysFor their third full-length for Sacred Bones, Cult of Youth have delved deeper
into their style of punk-influenced psychedelic neofolk and created a self-described "post-industrial Pet Sounds." Using acoustic and electronic instruments,
found sounds and an extensive tribal rhythm section, Cult of Youth have put it all
out on the table and left us with their magnum opus.
The band has returned with a renewed sense of enthusiasm and an all-new lineup.
Sean Ragon, once the project's lone member, is now flanked by Jasper McGandy
on bass and Christian Kount on electric guitar (both of whom were members
of seminal Sacred Bones band The Hunt). Cory Flannigan on drums and Paige
Flash on cello complete the five-piece. The end result is Cult of Youth as they
were always meant to sound.
The contributions of the new members are evident on every track on Final Days,
from the anthemic "Empty Faction" to the gorgeous album closer "Roses." Final
Days is the culmination of everything Cult of Youth has been moving towards the
past seven years - post-industrial, post-punk, and post-enlightenment.
Addendum: Real human bones were used on this recording and a portion of the
lyrics were written in jail.1. Todestrieb
2. Dragon Rouge
3. Empty Faction
4. God's Garden
5. Down the Moon
6. Of Amber
7. No Regression
9. Roses$19.99Vinyl LP - Sealed Buy Now
OkoviNika Roza Danilova has been recording music as Zola Jesus for more than a decade. For the majority of that time, she's been on Sacred Bones Records, and Okovi marks her reunion with the label. Fittingly, the 11 electronics-driven songs on Okovi share musical DNA with her early work on Sacred Bones. The music on this record was written in pure catharsis, and as a result, the sonics are heavier, darker, and more exploratory. In addition to the contributions of Danilova's longtime live bandmate Alex DeGroot, producer/musician WIFE, cellist/noise-maker Shannon Kennedy from Pedestrian Deposit, and percussionist Ted Byrnes all helped build the textural universe of these songs. Above all, Zola Jesus has crafted a profound meditation on loss and reconciliation that stands tall alongside the great works of its genre. Okovi speaks of tragedy with great wisdom and clarity. Its songs plumb dark depths, but they reflect light as well.1. Doma
4. Ash to Bone
11. Half Life$20.99Vinyl LP - Sealed Buy Now
BulbformOn the heels of the deeply well received 7 single Candy Walls which Sacred Bones released in the Spring of 2011, Toronto's Trust are back with a four-on-the-floor dance floor anthem. Cashing in on the promises delivered by the KLF, Bulbform is the next in line to define a genre and a generation. The B-side, F.T.F. is an epic masterpiece in its own right about the trials and tribulations of love affairs and will most certainly appeal to fans of their slower, darker work. Formed in late 2009, Trust have made a lasting mark on the electronic music scene in Toronto.1. Bulbform
3. Bulbform (alternative mix)$11.99Vinyl LP - Sealed Buy Now
PhotodrameOf all languages, French may be the most musically suited to convey the emotion of melancholy. And as the prickly landscape of Photodrame unfolds, the yearning lyrical baritone plays out as a sardonic disgust and surrender to the sorry state of things. Armed with a stripped-down gear set-up of bass, guitar and a single drum machine, the band recorded this at home direct to tape. Sacred Bones is excited to be making this album available on LP for the first time in a limited edition of 700 deluxe LP format.1. Why Not?
2. Les Anges D'Aujourd'hui
3. La Mort Est Humaine
4. Johnny Is A Loser
5. Jeux Interdits
6. Jad Wagen
7. Introduction A Fuite Mentale
8. Je T'Attends
9. Le Chant Des Martyrs
10. Fuite Mentale
11. Enfermedad Del Alma
12. Ma Folie Se Dessiner$21.99Vinyl LP - Sealed Buy Now
NoctuaryThe Holydrug Couple have done a lot of growing since their first release with Sacred Bones Records in 2011. The couple, consisting of Ives Sepulveda and Manuel Parra recorded Noctuary in Santiago, Chile. They put together a home studio and recorded the entire album themselves, from start to finish. After four months of obsessively working and barely leaving the house, Ives emerged with a final product of which he band is truly proud. While Awe and their Ancient Land EP had a bluesier, woodsy sound, Noctuary plays out like a slow motion 60's beach party dream that you never want to wake from.1. Counting Sailboats
3. Follow Your Way
4. Out of Sight
5. Red Moon
10. It's Dawning$18.99Vinyl LP - Sealed Buy Now
Negative Feedback ResistorFor two years now, the psychedelic Destruction Unit has been keeping the world waiting for a new album. And it's not because they've grown up or gotten soft, rather because they've been in the streets and in your backyards, pushing the freek agenda and imminentizing the alien-eschaton. They've been up and down and all around this globe, battling the greedy club owners, show promoters and control pigs to bring the new American heavy underground through your back door. Now here we are, with the psychedelic Unit's second album for Sacred Bones, Negative Feedback Resistor.1. Disinfect
2. Proper Decay
4. Chemical Reaction/Chemical Delight
5. Animal Instinct
6. Judgement Day
7. If Death Ever Slept
8. The Upper Hand$19.99Vinyl LP - Sealed Buy Now
Lost Themes RemixedJohn Carpenter has inspired countless musicians since his earliest minimal, synth-based film scores. The themes to his features like Assault on Precinct 13, Halloween, and Escape from New York have remained instantly recognizable since he penned them nearly four decades ago. In February 2015, Sacred Bones released his first solo record of non-soundtrack music, Lost Themes, to overwhelming critical success. The Horror Master proved that not only could he perfectly score his own films - he could also score the movies in your mind. Eight pivotal contemporary electronic artists were moved to reshape the original songs on Lost Themes in tribute to one the genre's great pioneers. Several of the remixes were released as part of the digital deluxe edition of the album, but Lost Themes Remixed marks the first time any of the tracks have been on vinyl.1. Purgatory (Prurient Remix)
2. Night (Zola Jesus & Dean Hurley Remix)
3. Wraith (ohGr Remix)
4. Vortex (Silent Servant Remix)
5. Vortex (Uniform Remix)
6. Fallen (Blanck Mass Remix)
7. Abyss (JG Thirlwell Remix)
8. Fallen (Bill Kouligas Remix)$18.99Vinyl LP - Sealed Buy Now
Twelve Dark Noons EPHaving expanded from the no-wave two piece of Lucy Cliche and Matthew Hopkins to a fully fleshed out four piece including drummer Lachlan Vercoe and bassist Nic De Jong, our favorite Australian outcasts return with a stunning EP as their follow-up to last years full length Heaps of Nothing. This EP is a bit lighter in mood and delivery; in the words of the bands own Hopkins its a bit like, Dracula fronting the B-52s, and opening track, The Gift is a perfectly modern homage to past dark lords such as Bauhaus and Christian Death.
Twelve Dark Noons serves as a companion piece to the short experimental film of the same name directed by Jacqueline Castel and produced by Night People Records and Caleb Braaten of Sacred Bones. The film has had several premiers worldwide including SXSW and ZedeBois Gallery in Lisbon. It stars the bands core duo Lucy and Matthew in a horrific mental unraveling set in the Australian outback.1. The Gift
2. Clock of 12s
3. Happy Endings
5. The Fridge
6. High Noon$14.99Vinyl LP - Sealed Buy Now
"For all their resemblance to deathrock and post-punk
greats of yore, there's nothing mannered or simulacral
about them. They are as real as the lump in your throat
and the salt under your nails, and their sting couldn't
be sweeter." - Pitchfork
Politically speaking, not much has changed about the way Austin's Institute exists
as a band since signing to Sacred Bones. Having members in Glue, Wiccans,
and Back to Back, all fellow stalwarts of the Texas punk scene, helps streamline
the approach for them, as all of their bands operate from the same basic ethos
(i.e. operating outside of the normal cycle of PRs, agents, social networking and
self-promotion). In fact, singer Moses Brown has said they're only comfortable
being on Sacred Bones because he considers the label "a punk label on steroids."
(A note from the label-"Drugs, yes. Steroids, usually no.")
Aligning themselves so closely with punk politics might make some of the
music on Catharsis come as a surprise. Yes, they're still the anarcho punks who
put out gloriously lean Crass and Crisis worship across a demo, a 7-inch, and
last year's Salt EP. But for their boundary-smashing debut long-player, they've
incorporated everything from acoustic guitars to proto-punk psych excursions,
even stretching their songs out to Krautrock lengths when necessary.
Brown's lyrics on Catharsis reflect its title. He said he used the record "as a
vehicle to put things out in the open that I haven't necessarily told anyone. The
songs are about my faults, my insecurities, my existence, my relationships, my
childhood. I'm thoroughly disappointed in myself."
After demoing for several weeks at home in Austin, Institute tracked and mixed
Catharsis in just four days between Christmas and New Year's Eve 2014, in New
York City with Ben Greenberg at Brooklyn's Gary's Electric. "Cheerlessness"
carves out the perfect trine foundation to aspect both the anthemic "Cheaptime
Morals " and the much looser jam "Christian Right" (the latter featuring fellow
Texan Andrew Savage of Parquet Courts). Issues of morality, sexuality and religion
are all interwoven seamlessly throughout the 10 tracks as the band explores
new sonic astral space.1. Perpetual Ebb
2. Admit I'm Shit
3. I Am Living Death
8. Cheaptime Morals
9. No Billowing Wind
10. Christian Right$19.99Vinyl LP - Sealed Buy Now
Howlin' GangSlug Guts hail from the baron, heat stricken confines of Brisbane, Australia, a town as desolate as it is depressing and suburban. Slug Guts began when four degenerates had little else to do but form a band in the tradition of Pussy Galore, X (Australia not LA), and Birthday Party. In the first four months of the band Slug Guts recorded their first LP Down on the Meat which was released on Stained Circles Records (Jay Reatard, Eddy Current Suppression Ring, Dirtbombs). Slug Guts will embark on their first US tour in March of 2011 including the Sacred Bones showcase at SXSW.
Making their intentions clear with the bleak opener Howlin, Slug Guts take an intentionally crude and nihilistic approach to Howlin' Gang. Like their Australian heroes the Birthday Party, they concentrate on the dark, fractured end of post-punk, riddling the 13 songs with tom-heavy, oil-can percussion, jagged guitar chords, meaty basslines, and snarling baritone vocals. Because the album was recorded with little overdubbing, in only a week, empty space plays a big part to give the feel of a band playing live in an open warehouse. The slow and sleazy pseudo-ballads Down in the Mornin' Sun and Angie (not the Rolling Stones tune) fill the void, with guest vocalists Angela Bermuda of Circle Pit and Sarah Spencer of Blank Realm. Otherwise, it's sleazy, cacophonous bashing for the majority of the generally disturbing, and immensely satisfying, remainder. - Jason Lymangrover1. Howlin'
2. Cold Bones
3. Chrome Crucifix
4. Praggin' the Cowboy
5. Hangin' In the Pisser
6. Down In the Mornin' Sun
8. Town Tied
9. Spring Hill Lair
10. White Cross
11. Wild Country
12. Down In the Hole
13. Angie$16.99Vinyl LP - Sealed Buy Now
ADAD-SAC-8948xLed Er Est
The DiverLed Er Est emerged from a series of jam sessions that core members Shawn O'Sullivan and Sam De La Rosa started having in early 2007, using bass guitar, some cheap drum machines and synths. They were inspired to record music largely by '70s synth-prog, and '80s lo-fi electronic and industrial music.
They recorded a number of songs at friend Will Burnett's studio that Fall. Their first officially released track was on the Wierd Records compilation, Analogue Electronic Music Vol II. Owen Hutchinson joined the band for their first live show at the Wierd party that December. In January of 2008, they released their first 7, a split with Excepter member Jon Porkchop aka SSPS.
Throughout 2008 and 2009 they self-recorded their first album, Dust on Common, which Wierd Records released in Nov. of 2009. In the Spring of 2010, they toured Europe with Xeno and Oaklander, playing shows in the UK , Belgium, Germany, the Czech Republic, and Italy. Subsequently they released a 7 and then the May EP on Captured Tracks. Led Er Est did a brief west coast run with Soft Moon last fall and just played SXSW.
On stage and in the studio Led Er Est create a thick wall of atmospheric soundscapes using vintage analog recording devices, samplers and synths while using sci-fi soundtracks and cold wave as reference points. Led Er Est's sophomore full-length album, The Diver, was mixed by Chris Coady and will be released courtesy of Sacred Bones Records.1. Animal Smear
2. Housefire at Zumi's
3. Kaiyo Maru
4. The Diver
6. Agua Fuerte
7. Arab Tide
8. Divided Parallel
9. Iron the Mandala
10. La Lluvia y Memoria
11. Sanetta$18.99Vinyl LP - Sealed Buy Now
Bestial BurdenFour days before New York noise musician Margaret Chardiet was supposed leave for her first European tour as Pharmakon, she had a medical emergency which resulted in a major surgery. Suddenly, instead of getting on a plane, she was bedridden for three weeks, missing an organ.
"After seeing internal photographs taken during the surgery, I became hyperaware of the complex network of systems just beneath the skin, any of which were liable to fail or falter at any time," Chardiet said. "It all happened so fast and unexpectedly that my mind took a while to catch up to the reality of my recovery. I felt a widening divide between my physical and mental self. It was as though my body had betrayed me, acting as a separate entity from my consciousness. I thought of my corporeal body anthropomorphically, with a will or intent of its own, outside of my will's control, and seeking to sabotage. I began to explore the idea of the conscious mind as a stranger inside an autonomous vessel, and the tension that exists between these two versions of the self."
Consumed by these ideas, and unable to leave her bed, Chardiet occupied herself by writing the lyrics and music that would become Bestial Burden, the second Pharmakon LP for Sacred Bones Records. The record is a harrowing collection of deeply personal industrial noise tracks, each one brimming with struggle and weighted with the intensity of Chardiet's internal conflict.1. Vacuum
2. Intent Or Instinct
3. Body Betrays Itself
4. Primitive Struggle
6. Bestial Burden$19.99Vinyl LP - Sealed Buy Now
Partir To LivePartir to Live (2012) is a non-narrative film experience in sensations, in ethical
confusion, and in physical and psychic contusions, directed by Domingo GarciaHuidobro
of Föllakzoid. Dutch minimalist composer Jozef van Wissem's score
for the film consists of appropriated 12-string electric guitar drone, black baroque
lute mirror images, and minimal electronics. For the first time ever, Sacred Bones
Records will release the DVD and soundtrack LP together in a limited one-time
pressing of 1000 copies.
Garcia-Huidobro is an aficionado of paranormal experiences. Partir to Live sees
him attempting to reconstruct the previous moments of what could have been
one of these episodes. High-tension cables, a forest, an abandoned church, a
barefoot woman; past, present and future become confused, and in this dissolved
reality, he is not sure to have found what he was looking for.
Partir to Live was part of the official selection at Valdivia Film Festival and premiered
internationally at ATP Festival in Camber Sands, England. It has screened
at over a dozen more festivals since, including SXSW Film in Austin, Brussels
Film Fest, and the Moscow International Film Festival.1. Rain Insects
2. Eiditic Reduction
3. Ex Cathedra
11. Ataraxia$23.99Vinyl LP + DVD - 2 LPs Sealed Buy Now
This Is Another LifeCase Studies is the musical project of Jesse Lortz, a prolific Seattle based
musician. His lyrics wax and wane with truth and bare tales from his life.
Melodies surface as lines hummed in the in-between times. These easy
melodies coat the heavy subject matter of suicide, heartbreak, grief and
regret. As with his previous project, The Dutchess and the Duke, listening to Case Studies feels like taking part in an exploration of sentimental
landscapes. They appear and fade like dark light lingering on the horizon.
The meandering verse journeys to seek comfort in loneliness and vulnerability. Through the twisted subconscious, dawn breaks, breathing its
light on both the joyous and dismal occasions that mark life's milestones,
each song a continuation of his story, each song a probing examination of
motivation and consequences.
This Is Another Life is Lortz's second full-length solo release on Sacred
Bones. It is the follow-up album to 2011's highly acclaimed The World is
Just a Shape to Fill the Night. This is Another Life features guest vocals by
Marissa Nadler on "Villain" and has the same producer and engineer,
Greg Ashley of the band Gris Gris, as the last album. Ashley also plays
percussion, organ and adds additional vocals & guitar. Lortz is also helped
out by Jon Parker (guitar / piano), Oscar Michel (bass), Joe Haener (percussion), Carey Lamprecht (violin) and Shawn Alpay (cello).
For fans of Leonard Cohen, Bob Dylan,
Townes Van Zand1. In a Suit Made of Ash
2. Passage / Me in the Dark
5. Driving East, and Through Her
6. House of Silk, House of Stone
7. You Say to Me, You Never Have to Ask
8. From Richard Brautigan
9. A Beast I Have Yet to Find
10. This is Another Life$18.99Vinyl LP - Sealed Buy Now
Imps of PerversionImps of Perversion, Pop. 1280's second full-length for Sacred Bones, finds the four-piece shaking off the hangover that was their critically acclaimed LP The Horror, and diving back down into the basement to enjoy the depravity.
Recorded at Bc Studio with legendary producer Martin Bisi (Sonic Youth, Cop Shoot Cop, Swans), Pop. 1280 have created their most cohesive and powerful statement to date. Woven together with stories of lust, sexual confusion, temptation, and debauchery, Imps forms a tight web of manic synth-punk, bad-trip acid jams and bludgeoning industrial beats. This is the sound of a band having fun and pushing the limits of their brand of industrial-punk with tighter songwriting and more dynamic musicianship.
On Imps of Perversion, Gary Numan-esque analog synths bubble across acrid, blistering guitars, driving bass lines and crushing rhythms. From the opening noise-rock blast of "Lights Out" to the industrial groove of "Human Probe II" through to the synth-punk ripper "Do the Anglerfish," this new album is a celebration of making bad decisions again and again. Pop. 1280 knows the party's going to have to end, but they're going to get their kicks before the drones lock in for the finale.
"The dystopian futurism of an early David Cronenberg film, but delivered with merciless, medieval brute force." -Pitchfork1. Lights Out
2. The Control Freak
3. Population Control
5. Human Probe II
6. Do the Anglerfish
7. Dawn of Man
8. Coma Baby
9. Human Probe
10. Riding Shotgun$18.99Vinyl LP - Sealed Buy Now
Nature NoirCrystal Stilts first came to attention with a self-titled eP in 2005 and 2008's Alight of Night, an early ripple in what would soon be perceived of as a wave of fuzzy, reverb-laden bands memorably dubbed "Jangle-Schrammelpop" by one German reviewer. The intervening years have seen the band grow and evolve, with 2011's robust In Love With Oblivion, and the Radiant Door eP, their debut release for Sacred Bones.
Founded by vocalist Brad Hargett and guitarist JB Townsend, Crystal Stilts have since come to include Andy Adler on bass, Keegan Cooke on drums, and organist Kyle Forester. Together the five-piece have crafted the band's latest lP, Nature Noir. Recorded in the damp spring of 2013, this newest disc finds the group expanding their palette to include strings, percussion, and synthesizers, to create a record that is both more sonically adventurous and a more personal and humane statement than their previous work.
On tracks such as "Star Crawl" and "Sticks and Stones", Hargett's vocals have a striking clarity and soulfulness, while the musical arrangements throughout display a sophistication that may be surprising to those who previously thought of the band as "lo-fi". Meanwhile, album opener "Spirit in Front of Me" and the ripping "Future Folklore" showcase the psychedelic grit that has long been a trademark sound.1. Spirit in Front of Me
2. Star Crawl
3. Future Folklore
4. Sticks and Stones
5. Memory Room
6. Worlds Gone Weird
7. Darken the Door
8. Electrons Rising
9. Nature Noir
10. Phases Forever$18.99Vinyl LP - Sealed Buy Now
The Hunt Begins2007: The cover art of the first record Sacred Bones ever released depicted an
androgynous wild banshee wearing warpaint, clad all in leather and animal
bones, holding a sacrificial knife pointed at the sky. This debut single was The
Hunt's lone statement. The songs were a visceral pulsation, etched in echo.
The band appeared veiled in black scarves, painted faces bringing in devotees of
the waves of old: post punk, darkwave, deathrock and the like. The sick fiends
that followed, followed to the end; as bright as their flame shone, as dark was
their demise. London, structure fires, and mental institutions all played a part in
the downfall of the originators of 21st century redskin darkwave.
2009: After multiple tumultuous attempts at recording a full length The Hunt
decamped to their collective hometown, Boston, to record the ultimate
document of their time on earth. Buses begat buses, couches begat couches, and
slowly the songs began to come together as they should have all these passing
years. On the edge of perfection their time was cut short and this document sat
for years, untouched by human hands.
2013: The Hunt lives on. In honor of both the first and one hundredth release,
we will finally see and hear the toils of New York's most enigmatic post
punk band of recent. Ian Danger, percussive wunderkind; Mike O'Brien, whose
four strings drew blood nightly; Christian Kount, master of negative space;
and Jasper McGandy, the man who's hopes for a darker future led them towards
a reality we only now have the honor of witnessing. After all these years the
time has come. The Hunt Begins.1. Mountains
2. Fifteen Minutes
3. Summer of Hate
4. Set the Rising Sun
5. Black and White
8. When The Sky Turns Black
9. One Thousand Nights$18.99Vinyl LP - Sealed Buy Now
DriftDrift is the seventh full-length by NYC rock polymaths The Men. The band's
last album, the self-released Devil Music, was the sound of a band who had been
through hell hitting reset and looking to their roots to rediscover themselves. On
Drift, The Men return to their longtime label Sacred Bones Records and explore
the openness that Devil Music helped them find.
The immediately evident result of that exploration is the experimental quality
of much of the material on Drift. Songwriters Mark Perro and Nick Chiericozzi
chase their muses down a few dozen thrilling rabbit-holes over the course of
the album's nine tracks. The songs on Drift veer in a number of directions, but
notably, almost none of them feature a prominent electric guitar. The lone exception,
"Killed Someone," is a rowdy riff-rocker, worthy of the finest moments of
the band's now-classic Leave Home and Open Your Heart albums. The rest of the
album drives down stranger highways. "Secret Light" is an improvisation based
on an old piano riff of Perro's. "Maybe I'm Crazy" is a synth-driven dancefloor
stomper for long after last call. "Rose on Top of the World" and "When I Held
You in My Arms" are paisley-hued, psyched-out jams with big, beating hearts.
The album was recorded to 2 tape with Travis Harrison (Guided by Voices) at
Serious Business Studios in Brooklyn. A whole pile of instruments was involved
- synths, strings, sax, steel, harmonica, tape loops, on top of the usual guitar, bass,
and drums. Unlike recent releases from The Men, there aren't many overdubs
on Drift - a reflection of the personalities of its makers becoming less frantic,
Chiericozzi suggests. In fact, the band removed a lot of the additional parts they
tried adding early on, giving the final product a bit of a ghostly feel. The songs
on Drift took giant leaps and trips from their beginnings only to find the band
returning to the first spark of creation.1. Maybe I'm Crazy
2. When I Held You in My Arms
3. Secret Light
4. Rose on Top of the World
5. So High
6. Killed Someone
8. Final Prayer
9. Come to Me$19.99Vinyl LP - Sealed Buy Now
SubordinationSince their first demo in 2013, the Austin expats in Institute have edged their raw
anarcho-punk blitz into something much more expansive and nuanced. 2014's
Salt EP marked the beginning of the band's working relationship with Sacred
Bones, and it explored longer, more experimental song forms. Catharsis, the
band's debut full-length, was another huge push forward, with a slightly cleaner
production and some krautrock influence creeping in around the edges. Subordination
sees them push themselves further out of genre, incorporating hard rock
and glam and writing some of the most diverse material of their career.
Subordination was written in the days leading up to Institute's first European
tour, where they then had a chance to sculpt the songs live before recording them
in summer of 2016. The songwriting and recording process sought to close the
gap between the band's records and shows, to make an album as representative of
their live set as possible. It was the most collaborative Institute writing session to
date, with all four band members contributing (gtr -Arak Avakian, drums - Barry
Elkanick, bass- Adam Cahoon & vox - Moses Brown). They worked again with
producer Ben Greenberg (Uniform) and fully captured the intensity that has
made them one of the best live punk bands touring today.
Frontman Moses Brown's lyrics remain deeply personal, but rather than diving
into introspection and plucking out intimate details about his life, he attempts to
dismantle systems of patriarchal thought and power. Brown investigates national
insecurities and American socialization failures through the lens of his personal
experiences in both public school and art schools.
The songs on Subordination address the lonely sham of playing by the rules, the
search for money and power, the annihilation of a true personality, and the standards
of normalcy that, from childhood, condition us to feel abject.1. Exhibitionism
2. Only Child
3. Prissy Things
4. All This Pride
5. Oil Money
6. Human Law
7. Too Dumb
8. Good Ol' Boys
9. Powerstation$19.99Vinyl LP - Sealed Buy Now
ADAD-SAC-8945xZola Jesus, JG Thirwell And Mivos Quartet
VersionsOn the heels of her Conatus world tour, Nika Roza Danilova was offered an opportunity to perform at one of the most prestigious modern art museums in
the world, NY's Guggenheim. Rather than doing her standard electronic set she decided she wanted to work with a classical composer who could arrange her
songs for a quartet. She recruited legendary industrial pioneer JG Thirlwell (Foetus) to do the arrangements who since his work as Foetus, has been scoring and composing symphonic arrangements for a variety of projects including currently scoring Adult swim's Venture Brothers series.
Thirlwell's oeuvre runs the gamut from orchestrations, big band, and cathartic noise-rock to abstract electronics, sound sculpture, and chamber music, thus making him the perfect collaborator to help realize Danilova's vision. Danilova explains her intentions with this album, "Versions is about the bone of the music; taking approximations from past records and turning them inside out. With all framework exposed, the songs are given a new medium in which to evolve and bloom into their own tiny worlds."
Removing the bulk of electronics from these songs gives them the space to breath, thusly opening them up to be received by a much wider audience who perhaps don't haven't previously ventured into the techno-pop/ industrial arena.1. Avalanche (Slow)
2. Fall Back
4. Run Me Out
6. Sea Talk
8. In Your Nature
9. Collapse$18.99Vinyl LP - Sealed Buy Now
Okovi: AdditionsZola Jesus' Okovi: Additions LP offers a new angle on her 2017 album, Okovi. The
collection pairs four previously unreleased songs from the Okovi sessions with
four remixes by a diverse cast of artists.
Johnny Jewel turns "Ash to Bone" into a late-night cinematic torch song, Tri
Angle Records composer Katie Gately's "Siphon" is a dark choir of warping angels,
black metal band Wolves in the Throne Room's take on "Exhumed" makes
the pounding industrial anthem even denser and heavier, and Toronto producer
Joanne Pollock (formerly one half of Poemss with Venetian Snares' Aaron
Funk) makes "Soak" feel like an aching classical standard- until it starts warping
in on itself and goes somewhere else entirely.
The songs on Additions traverse a vast amount of sonic ground, but taken together,
they cohere remarkably well as an album, all while serving to enrich the experience
"These four new songs were intended to be on Okovi," Nika Roza Danilova
explains. "Each of them represents a snapshot of my journey in making the record,
and are just as precious to me as the songs that made it onto the final track listing.
The remixes are beloved in their own way, as most were born from organic circumstances,
and have drawn the original songs into completely new atmospheres."1. Vacant
3. Pilot Light
4. Bitten Wool
5. Ash to Bone (Johnny Jewel Remix)
6. Siphon (Katie Gately Remix)
7. Exhumed (Randall Dunn and Aaron Weaver [Wolves in the Throne Room] Remix)
8. Soak (Joanne Pollock Remix)$20.99Vinyl LP - Sealed Buy Now
AbandonGot Pitchfork Rising and was named one of the best
artists of 2013 by Spin Magazine.
Margaret Chardiet was born and raised in New York City She has been making
power electronics/death industrial music under the name Pharmakon for five
years. As a founding member of the Red Light District collective in Far Rockaway,
ny she has been a figurehead in the underground experimental scene since the age
of Seventeen. She points out that the environment there amongst so many other
experimental artists (amongst them Yellow Tears & Haflings) inspired her to keep
making increasingly challenging work. She describes her drive to make noise music
as something akin to an exorcism where she is able to express, her "deep-seated
need/drive/urge/possession to reach other people and make them FEEL something
[specifically] in uncomfortable/confrontational ways." Engineered by Sean Ragon
of Cult of Youth at his self-built recording studio Heaven Street, Abandon is
Pharmakon's first proper studio album and also her first widely distributed release.
Unlike other experimental projects, Pharmakon does not improvise when performing or recording. She is concise and exact; each song/movement is linear with a
clear trajectory. Perhaps more than any other style of music, noise is a genre almost
exclusively dominated by male performers. Spin Magazine is apt to point out that
her, "perfectionism might explain why her recordings are few and far between-
a rarity in a scene where noise bros want to puke out hour after endless hour of
stoned basement jams into a limitless stream of limited-edition tapes. Her music
may be as cuddly as a trepanning drill, but it's also just as precise: She glowers in
measured silence as often as she shrieks, and every serrated tone cuts straight to the
bone, a carefully calibrated interplay between frequency and resistance." The songs
on this album were all written and recorded during a turbulent three month time
period during which several fundamental life changes forced her to begin living in
a completely new way and in a new space. She describes the lyrical themes of this
album as being about, "Loss. Losing everything. Relinquishing control. Complete
psychic abandon. Blind leaps of faith into the fire, walking out unscathed. Crawling
out of the pit.1. Milkweed/ It Hangs Heavy
4. Crawling On Bruised Knees$18.99Vinyl LP - Sealed Buy Now