Shall we do it again, five more? The Five music things thing for whatever it still might still be worth. Five? There’s something rather compelling about five. Cross-pollination? Five more? and why do we do all this? Do we need to do the editorial bit again? Is there another way? A cure for pulling cats out of hats? Is there a rhyme? Is there a reason? Was there ever? What do reasons make? Five more, same as last time (and the time before) five, and no, we never do and the proof of the pudding is in that proof reading. When we started this thing, oh never mind, it doesn’t matter and like we asked last time, does anyone bother reading the editorial? Does anyone ever actually look down the rabbit hole or is it all just method acting? We do listen to everything that comes in, we do it so you don’t have to, we are very (very) picky about what we actually post on these pages or play on the radio or hang in a gallery. Cut to the chase, never mind the editorial there’s loads of music further down the page, well five or so pieces of music that have come our way in the last few days and cut cut slash and cut to the damn chase, who needs an editorial? Here’s your five or so pieces of music for today….
1: Black Saturn – not mentioned Black Saturn for a bit, that needs to be put right right here right now “Listen to the smashing album “The Shoebox Under Simon’s Bed”, toasting us with the return of the unscathed Black Saturn in 2022 on this netlabel. The MC who has taken hip hop to the industrial atmosphere with the addition of his edgy beats and his monotonic vocals arrives breaking everything with his partner, the prolific and expert beatmaker by modified electronic circuits, the renowned Circuit Bender, Chris Holland aka Igor Amokian”.
This iis properly experimental Hip Hop that pulls together Black Saturn’s vocal style and way with words with Igor Amokian’s darkly coloured distorted loops, achieved with electronic swizz and fizz, sonic motions, broken possitivity, triction, space, less is so much more, let it breathe. A someone else said, two celebrated names of the underground scene of the thinking music world. Frequency you haven’t attained yet… Find it on Bandcamp, fear of a black saturn, back to cell block, hop hop for life…
2: Weasel Walter / Dominika Michalowska / Michael Foster – And another new album. The first 33 minute track here appears to be called In an unprecedented twist of events petals of a poppy turned into blood under feet of an Idol who observing van after van of a staged caravan exploded in a fury, moistened his fist in unfulfilled passion and was promptly condemned to eternal damnation. The album itself, or the record of the performance (or two performances from 2019 and 2020) or whatever this album actually is, is called In the Absence of Compromise.
Weasel Walter could never be accused of compromise, of course he couldn’t, there’s two tracks to this blistering album, two pieces of aggressive improv noise, both tracks are 33 minutes long, can you take all 66 minutes in one serving? This is barbed, this is primal, primal scream and shout, let that fugger out, this is this week’s instalment of What Weasel Did Next, this week we find Weasel Walter on percussion and electronics, Dominika Michalowska on vocals, electronics and words, that goes nowhere near telling you what she’s contributing, and Michael Foster on a really wired up soprano saxophone and even more electronics. It isn’t a full-on onslaught, there are moments of light and shade though, is that Weasel being delicate as he tip-toes around Michael Foster’s painterly colour, hang on here come Dominika again!, Hard to catch what she’s on about but it does sound damn good and as she starts to add her noise again you are kind of expecting the blitz to kick in at any moment (and yes this is very much in the tradition on those oh so vital Flying Luttenbachers). We can only hear one of the two tracks on Bandcamp, reasonably enough you are expected to buy the download of the album to hear both tracks, even (us) artists need to eat. This is art, this excellent art, this is a glorious noise, even by Weasel’s high standards this is a special one…
3: Foxcunt – This fine album might date from 2019, that doesn’t matter right now, a visit from us is surely better late than never? Rip your flipping what off and do what with it? She’s walking on eggshells so make her smaller? Foxcunt kind of sound like a band called Foxcunt should sound, they’re a postive wave of homemade old School DIY punk rock, and like the best apple pie, homemade is always best. They’re from London, they sound rather wholesome to us…. Here’s their Bandcamp – “please play this album at whatever volume you’d prefer”
4: Gentle Giant – “Heroes No More” is a bonus track off of the reissue/remaster of ‘Civilian’ available May 20th on CD, Streaming and Vinyl (late 2022), more details here should you need them
5: Normal Shed Uses – We’ll just park this one here as well, this all happened in 2020, these things take time to brew, this one took two years to reach out ears, a quip about National Jazz Day.
“Normal Shed Uses approached Tact Salon by downloading 220 chords from a muso website and printing them out. They then cut them all out individually and put them into a hat. It was decided that no chord would be used more than once and that all the songs would be (roughly) one minute long. They figured out that a classic length 40 minute album could be made up from four sets of ten songs, each comprised of 1, 2, 3, 4, 5, 6, 7, 8, 9 and 10 chords without repeating a chord. The chords for each song were drawn from the hat and subsequently discarded, as was the tempo and time signature of each song.
Scott started by laying down guitar tracks for each track, followed by Alan’s Fender Rhodes piano. They then both added various other instruments – sax, trumpet, flute etc…
The finished result unsurprisingly sounded like jazz, confirming the duo’s suspicion of how jazz musicians work. Although they did actually perform the entire album live with vocals, they decided to release it as an instrumental album, allowing the listener to improvise their own lyrics over it”.
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And while we’re here, can we share this again? Of course we can, do you think we can get it any better? I don’t think so. These things should never be forgotten…