Category Archives: Experimental

Psychiceyeclix & Caecus Animi: ‘Instrument Sleeve #1’

I love it when some weird, inventive sounds and concepts float my way.

It’s been a while since I’ve heard anything from the marvelous Doubledgescissor label, so this instantly caught my attention.

London based experimental video/sound artist, Psychiceyeclix and
Caecus Animi, also working out of London as a live artist and music producer (who also runs Fish Tank Studio & Wicked Dubplates in Hackney)have collaborated extensively on a project to release a very limited series run of thirty-six unique LPs.

Each double sided album will come with different tracks, reflecting their respective musical backgrounds in Instrustrial, Noise, Techno, Glitch, Experimental & Ethereal sounds.

More though, each sleeve will be individually designed and produced, with unique artwork, PLUS come with an attached noise box.

The videos below illustrate samples of both the noise box and the tracks to be found on this, ‘Instrument Sleeve #1’ Other than the sheer exclusivity, the somewhat abrasive sounds capable of being produced from the ‘sleeve’ may not be everyone’s cup of tea, or within their budget.

And so, the music will also be made available in ‘regular’ 12″ vinyl format as well as simple download. The five tracks on this initial release encompass many styles, ranging from industrial and experimental to some funky hip hop beats and nu jazz sounds, resulting in almost twenty-nine minutes of interesting flows and melodies that seem to alter with each listen.

The two videos I mentioned follow, but I’d strongly recommend checking out the other tracks here. And buying!

THE OCULAR AUDIO EXPERIMENT: ‘No Fooling.’

Just like the buses around here in Glasgow, you wait for ages and then two come at once!

Hot on the heels of his forthcoming new album’s lead track, Alex Pollock has also made available the following, ‘No Fooling.

The album was self-produced, written, performed, recorded, mixed and mastered by Pollock from his home apartment in Somerville, Massachusetts. During the creation of Rain, Pollock’s mother unexpectedly fell ill and passed away. While Rain is in some ways an expression of that change, it is also aspires to belong to everyone, beyond a singular, defining experience. 

Rain‘ is a new, ambitious and exciting stage in the evolution of The Ocular Audio Experiment, colored lovingly with influences like, The Brian Jonestown Massacre, True Widow, Mercury Rev, Spacemen 3, BRMC, Black Angels, Psychic Ills and others.

I’ve been a fan of The Ocular Audio Experiment from, well, the start, I suppose, but much as I enjoyed the earlier work, from what I’ve hear of ‘Rain’ so far, it shows a maturity and richness of sound. It sounds to me that Alex and his ‘live’ band have truly found their feet and there is a greater sense of professionalism in both the music and accompanying video production.

THE OCULAR AUDIO EXPERIMENT.

It’s been three years, but he’s back!
And if you were a reader of Loud Horizon back in the day, you’ll know how happy this makes me.

Alex Pollock, if I recall correctly, is from Boston area, USA, and under the pseudonym, The Ocular Audio Experiment, produces some glorious, shimmering yet dark and melodically doom-laden psyche music.

In his own words:
” Well, here we are, a whole year after I thought this project was done. Wow. This has taken me a lot longer than I had ever hoped or expected it to, for a variety of reasons, none of which are exciting or interesting. I am, however, ready to finally start putting it out into the world for good. ……….

” …. My goal with The Ocular Audio Experiment, going way back to the beginning, was to show that if some idiot like me, with no training, no label, no studio, no band, no know-how, could put together something maybe kind of close to cool, than really anybody could. That’s still the point and I still believe that.”

Rain,‘ is the lead and title track from the forthcoming album. It’s hard to quantify exactly, but I sense a distinctly more confident and professional approach from Alex on this one. The production and sound seem less cluttered and the accompanying video is quite striking in its ambiance and basic starkness.

I look forward to hearing the whole album, and sincerely hope Alex manages to get this in front of labels who specialize in this genre.

It’s a winner, I tellz ya!


BLACK TO COMM: ‘Eden-Olympia.’

Black To Comm, the solo project of German producer and sound artist Marc Richter, is to release a new album on 12th July, entitled ‘Before After.’

It was written at the same sessions that gave the world the magnificent ‘Seven Horses For Seven Kings,’ album and is intended as:

‘… its companion piece, mining similar raw sonic materials to yield radically different results. Where ‘Seven Horses’ was a visceral work focused on anger and desperation, ‘Before After‘ finds faint glimmers of hope in the same sources. It charts a hallucinogenic journey through polar extremes of emotion and to the outer reaches of sound, perfectly completing the darker ‘Seven Horses‘ while vastly expanding on its vision.

Alongside the album, which will be released as a limited-edition 12″ on opalescent white vinyl, Max has made available the dense electronic single, ‘Eden-Olympia,’ which you can hear below.

Both album and single are released through the excellent Thrill Jockey Records.