As if this year wasn’t already overflowing with fantastic music, our friendly local record imprints are doing their part to pour even more greatness in our ears. Here then is a small sample of some new releases from a trio of our favorite hometown labels for your edification and enjoyment.
— The mighty E*Rock is already a busy man, performing and recording as one third of Regular Music and creating visual brilliance with the collective known as Plink Flojd. But he’s also found the time to devote some effort towards his other love, his label Audio Dregs. This past month, ADR released a pair of brilliant new albums: the digital version of the first album from E*Rock’s Regular Music bandmate Charlie Salas-Humara, recording modular synth jams as Grapefruit, and gorgeous electroacoustic expressions courtesy of Japanese artist Yuichiro Fujimoto. The latter, entitled Speaks Melodies, is a particularly tasty little collection of found sounds recorded through an open window, slinky washes of acoustic guitar, and downtempo beats. Below you can find a track from that album, an enrapturing composition called “Street Pray.”
— Holy Mountain is one of those labels that never ceases to amaze when it comes to the material that they get a hold of, and how far-ranging their releases can be. It can go from the warped pop of Swiftumz to their most recent coup, a reissue of the very limited edition first release by Yoga. This duo from Sweden (Vattan Hast and Eld Anka) combine forces to create intense, fractured sounds that are as beautiful as they can be creepy and paranoia-inducing. I don’t have access to any tracks to embed here for you; just click on the link above and you’ll find some audio clips. Just be sure to either approach them stone cold sober or with a heady buzz on. Anywhere in between wouldn’t do the songs justice.
— A longtime veteran of the experimental world in his native Norway, Andreas Brandal is never short of surprises. So to find his latest release Staying is Nowhere to be a downright terrifying mix of horror movie soundtrack and meditative ragas was, well, nothing short of an amazing splash of color on our black and white perceptions. The cassette version of this new album is being issued by the hard-working purveyors of magnetic tape Field Hymns who are sure to give a visual presentation as striking and hypnotizing as the music it accompanies.