Hello there! Some amazing stuff to get through this week, but I’d like to start by introducing a competition for the digital zine Wyrd Daze that I curate. I beg your indulgence to watch the short video below:
Guess when all the snow will be gone from where I live in Quebec, and you could win a 5 month subscription to Wyrd Daze! Current subscribers can enter as well, and will win a special prize. Send your guess to firstname.lastname@example.org For more information, see the post on the Wyrd Daze blog HERE
The below song, The Natural Selection by The Owl, is magnificent enough to get top bill on this week’s pick of music. The Owl is Svante Sjöstedt and Peter Olof Fransson, who I am aware of through his other odd musical projects such as Retep Folo.
The Natural Selection is a genius slice of psychedelic wonder, and I’m eager for more!
It’s been over a year since the last release by the excellent The Geography Trip label, but it was well worth the wait! Low Fantasy EP by The Resource Centre is sublime. Michael Holland, who writes the Ears for Eyes blog, as well as occasional articles for Wyrd Daze, summed it up perfectly: “An amazing album, full of beautiful clockwork woodland electronica”
Sicsic tapes have a new batch out, and oh boy, this release from Brannten Schnüre is amazing: pure primal joy.
You can buy the tape HERE
I discovered English Heretic through Jason Simpson, who writes the excellent Forestpunk blog among other things. It was an article he wrote for Wyrd Daze that turned me on to English Heretic, and here is the latest release, Anti-Heroes, your gateway into a raw and compelling world of wyrd revelations:
The English Heretic blog is HERE
A couple of sublime electronic wonders from the fantastic Field Hymns label next. First the recent Temple Swords by Cane Swords, and second, some komische bliss from Grapefruit, released May 2012.
This is interesting: “Synth supergroup Node return with their first new release since 1995! “Node 2” features three of the original members, maverick producer and sonic legend Flood, renowned producer and composer Ed Buller and classically trained Doctor of music Dave Bessell. The band are joined by new member, Hollywood composer Mel Wesson, who has most recently provided the soundscapes for Hans Zimmer’s run of blockbuster films. This extraordinary collective take time out from their high flying day jobs to indulge their secret passion for all things analogue. The result, “Node 2”, is the culmination of two recording sessions that took place over the last year and a half at Battery studios in London.”
I previously neglected to mention the most splendid Treacherous Orb by Time Attendant on the remarkable More than Human label. You can listen below, and visit the More then Human website HERE
Some rub-a-dub love dub-techo for you next: National Geographic EP by Camp Inc. You’re welcome!
A change of pace now: some psychedelic folk songs by Now Wakes the Sea
Another of the new Sicsic batch: this time a split release. To be honest, it’s the first six tracks from Alpár that interest me here, as they voyage into komishe territory, where I love to be…
Now some videos, and check this beauty out: a short film by Plastic Horse for the new Nochexxx album Thrusters. This is awesome…
Accomplished drone outfit Concrete/Field have released a 6-part hymn to the open spaces of Northern England. This is the video:
And you can pick up the audio for name your own price at the Concrete/Field Bandcamp HERE
I’m a big fan of Gazelle Twin, and there’s a new album called Unflesh forthcoming, which certainly seems to taking a darker tone than her first magnificent opus The Entire City. Check out the video for Belly of the Beast:
Finally, there is a brilliant review of Gareth Rees’ magnificent Marshland: Dreams and Nightmares on the Edge of London on the vibrant Caught by the River blog. Dexter Petley, the author of that review, praises the book with far more insight and eloquence that I could manage, so I’ll leave you to read for yourself. I’ve mentioned it before on this blog, but Mr. Rees’ book truly is a wonder, and I thoroughly recommend it. The review is HERE