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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!

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.  

GIANT: ‘Catalyst.’

This is the second track released by the UK collaborative, Giant. Featuring the rapid-fire vocal delivery of rapper 24Vision and the multifaceted electronic / trip-hop band Archive, this is a five minutes long, bitter tirade, about the current state the UK finds itself in.

Five minutes? Yeah – when I saw the track length, I did wonder. But it absolutely races along at a breathless pace.

There’s something about UK rap that in general, and in my humble opinion, sets it apart from other counties’ interpretation of the genre. Perhaps it’s because I can identify with the accent? Maybe because it’s sharper, more spikey, than that from across the water? Perhaps I’m being unkind – my knowledge of hip hop and rap is limited, after all.

But ‘Catalyst,’ stands out immediately because of the image it creates. Although 24Vision is venting in the present, the sound is of the future. Of a grey, black and white future in a dystopian, soulless society controlled by guns (check the snare drum) and robots.

There is a video, shot by David Levine, due for imminent release, and it will be interesting to see how it portrays this track. (I’m probably miles out!)

Whatever – the combination of a young rapper with a long-established (twenty-five years) band of Archive’s standing, confirms that UK rap is still well ahead of the game when it comes to inventiveness and development of the sound.

TOUCHING GOD: ‘Profane’ EP

If I tell you that Touching God, a duo from Lethbridge, Alberta, Canada, describe their music as ‘ blistering electronic noise-rock,’ you might be put off. If I tell you that the first track on their new five-track EP, ‘Profane,’ is called ‘Strepitus Diaboli,’ which is Latin for ‘devil noise,’ (good to see my O’Level Latin, B grade, back in 1974 has finally come in handy) you might again be put off.

But don’t be.

It’s a heavyweight brutal seventeen minutes or so, of that there’s no denying. But listen closely. There is structure. And there is melody. Maybe just not of the Judy garland style, that’s all.

My own experience of ‘noise’ music is more focused on the Japanese scene. The likes of Kawabata Makoto / Mainliner and Keiji Haino grace my record collection. But Touching God’s EP is different in that it doesn’t appear improvised. It has more of a wide, expansive soundtrack feel to it, and seems to be following a storyline. I have to confess, though, I’m not quite sure what that is exactly.

The opening track, starts out with the ringing of church bells, and very quickly you get a sense of doom rather than the uplifting call to worship you’d normally expect from such sounds. See – the bells gradually meld into one huge cacophony and muffled, spoken word is overlaid.

Set the mood to ‘creepy.’

Second track ‘Puissant,‘ French for ‘powerful,’ (Higher French, ‘C’ grade, 1975) steams in with a heavier than heavy riff and racing drums. The vocals are a hybrid metal and hardcore punk style, that demand the listener’s attention.

Kola,’ is my favourite track. Starting with a throbbing pulse, it soon develops into a latter day heavy drum ‘n’ bass style, but with growled and shouty vocals.

Courtship‘ is playing above, so no comment requited.

Final track ‘Vacant’ is a bleak collage of noise, again mixed with similar spoken vocals to that of the opener. Think evil Tangerine Dream! As the band themselves state, this and the first track are: ‘sound pieces that set the stage for an atmosphere of discomfort.’

This style of music may be a little niche, but it’s truly atmospheric and deserving of more musically open-minded listeners giving it time.

Profane will be available in full digitally through all streaming services from June 7th, 2019, and as a limited CDr, available on the band’s forthcoming Western Canada tour. 

Touching God bio:
Currently based in Lethbridge, AB, Touching God’s members have also been in former grunge-punk band,
Advertisement, and ongoing drone-ambient project, An Ant And An Atom. They have shared stages with CherubsDri HievRhythm of Cruelty, and Conduct. This summer, they will bring their eviscerating not-to-be-missed live show on a tour to the West Coast of Canada with a returning appearances at Calgary’s Sled Island Festival as well.