Handcrafted 7″x 5″ Case & Glass Mastered CD / Limited to 150 Hand-numbered Editions / Download code
‘Clutched in the Maw of the World’, the second full-length album from Alder & Ash, is as much maximal as it is minimal. It punctuates periods of barren calm with thunder and screams, before creeping back to the silence and the dusk. The album is comprised entirely of cello. ‘Clutched…’ combines traditional classical modalities with gnarled, heavily treated modern techniques to devastating affect. Glass, wood, rain, stone and air are all present in the music, from the crystalline notes of the “Merciless Dawn” to the unyielding crashes and lumbering slabs of distorted rhythm of “A Seat Amongst God and His Children.”
Alder & Ash treads on the experimental fringes of modern classical, perhaps too abrasive to play nice with the coy melodrama of the scene. Yet, the music has enough grit to take hold of lovers of doom, noise, and the like, perhaps winning over new fans of cello music from even the most hardened black metal die-hards.
This, the deluxe version comes in an edition of only 70 copies. Each of these hand altered black digipaks comes collaged, punched and inlayed inside and out with antique, ornate silkscreened Spanish cork wallpapers…even the spine! Like the digipak itself the black, double sided hand printed and punched textual insert has had all edges blacked out as well. The digipak itself comes in an extensively hand stamped, hole punched, inked and diagrammed translucent envelope…also included in each is a 75 year old page of hand drawn and written diagrams and text. While Get Lost was all about the maps… In Circles is all about the diagrams…in your mind!
Limited edition run of just 120 full glass-mastered CDs, coming in a thick card gatefold sleeve, each one screenprinted in two colours, individually numbered and sewn together, enclosing a fold-out double-sided screenprinted insert.
The latest record on Tartaruga is the second full-length from Max Bondi. A departure of sorts from previous work, the album is an exploration of constraint, limitations, and repetition. Fragments of sound fold in upon themselves, constructing subtle patterns and melodies which overlay, interfere and diverge, varying from dense clusters of pulsing frequencies to torrents of cascading electronic notes.
This is uncompromising machine music, but with a melodic edge, rhythmical but irregular, ‘electrical’ rather than electronic. The record develops over the course of ten tracks, each one building up on top of the previous in successive waves.
Packaged in the standard ADS smokey blue A6 envelopes with 4″x6″ prints…
Berlin-based Canadians Aidan Baker & Leah Buckareff, both of doomgaze husband/wife guitar/bass duo NADJA, finally deliver the long-awaited special string-less diptych release.
Drones were strictly created from cymbals (Baker) & accordion (Buckareff). Both 20-minute piece on its separate 3″ mini-disc are meant to stand alone and played simultaneously together to create a fuller drone ensemble. A version of that mix is available for download.
The breathing heavy/heavy breathing themes are again illustrated by the same commissioned Aural Diptych series artists Elayne Safir & Meryem Yildiz.
The record is mastered by Brassica. Available in a limited run of 200 copies, the record features artwork screenprinted across the inner sleeve, and a 2-colour screenprinted card jacket, sewn edges and protected in a heavyweight PVC sleeve. Purchases of the vinyl also come with a free download code…
Woodsmoke is the debut release from Glottalstop.
Sourced almost entirely from a collection of tape recordings dating back 20 years, the two long-form tracks that make up this LP are an exercise in slowbuild tension, unsettling claustrophobia, and dense textural collage.
This distorted tape assemblage is tied together with additional improvised cello and electronics, never standing still, but letting each sound explore its full potential before moving on. In terms of reference points, the record perhaps harks back to the early tape work of Arthur Lipsett, or more recent offerings from Daniel Menche and the unclassifiable output of Akira Rabelais. But really we’re struggling for comparisons.
Woodsmoke, like the mysterious building depicted on the artwork, is out on its own, in the middle of the woods, and it’s getting dark…