The new record on Tartaruga is the first full CD release from These Feathers Have Plumes, entitled Corvidae.
Having previously released two sold-out cassettes on the New York tape label Period Tapes, this is the first time London-based These Feathers Have Plumes is available on CD.
Using double bass, glass, accordion, voice and field recordings, the album unfolds over five extended piece, casting an otherworldly spell of drone and dissonance. The aptly-titled ‘Portal’ opens the album, layers of low-frequency reverberations slowly erupting, before a distant voice emerges from the maelstrom. Meticulously constructed, this piece sets the tone for the rest of the disc, shimmering and pulsating drones that beguile and bewitch the listener.
Available in a beautiful two-colour screenprint in custom Tartaruga packaging, this is produced in a run of just 100 numbered CDs.
Talkingmakesnosense is Dominic Dixon of Glasgow who has been making music in one form or another since he was a child. Most recently, he’s been releasing records on the now sadly defunct Benbecula Records, and now a new album on Rural Colours.
Coruscates consists of four long-form tracks, each tipping past the ten-minute mark.
An edition of 100, CD and cover packaged in a translucent envelope.
I first came across Marihiko Hara’s work in 2007, with his ‘Cesura’ release on the excellent Italian net-label – Zymogen. It really drew me in more than most other work that was doing the rounds at the same time. It had the sort of organic details and attention to beautiful subtle developments that I had only really heard in offthesky and Nicolas Bernier before (both label mates on Zymogen I should add). It became my soundtrack to that year and an album I returned to almost daily during the winter months. After this I followed Marihiko’s work carefully, from his rather fantastic 2009 ‘Icon’ release on Cotton Goods to his recent ‘Prosa’ collaboration with Tomas Phillips on Tench Records.
Corridor8, a new international annual contemporary visual art and writing magazine, that started in 2009.
The ‘Borderlands’ edition, Strange Weather, extends our northern focus to the far-flung reaches of the UK from the midlands to the borders and beyond, and will feature the same mix of in-depth critical writing, profiles, art and literary writing we established in Issue 1..
With The Rules of Another Small World, M. Ostermeier has arrived at an elegant voice – otherworldly and strangely beautiful, much like the desolate Taiwanese San-Zhr Pod Village gracing the album cover.
While elements of electroacoustic, modern classical, jazz, glitch, drone, ambient, and even lounge weave in and out of the record’s eleven compositions, The Rules of Another Small World is the converse of an eclectic collection of songs.