Y cuando la interacción entre el hombre y su entorno ha prácticamente desaparecido, vivimos de manera confusa diariamente, sin pensar en aquellos detalles de la vida que realmente importan. Los Arrullos Grises es una colección de recuerdos, bien representados desde la portada, cosas pequeñas llenas de detalles y lugares donde seguir buscando ese algo por el cual podamos seguir a la neblina de allá afuera.
"Los Arrullos Grises es un álbum que recopila canciones compuestas entre 2010 y 2012, durante la faceta folk de GlowStone. Estas canciones son resultado de una sola toma y de la grabación casera más austera y amateur posible. Son canciones imperfectas que casi podrían ser llamadas borradores." Glowstone
Occult Activity on Campus. First Blood Vol. 1 & Vol. 2
Colectivo artístico de quien se sabe muy poco, relacionados con miembros de Davenport Family comparten una estrecha relación basada en la improvisación libre recordando viejas grabaciones de Clay Ruby y compañía y por momentos el krautrock de Silvester Anfang.
Qualchan. Freedom From Fear (illuminated paths, 2016)
Con el paso de sus ediciones el proyecto de Qualchan va tomando una forma material más definida y estrechando la mente de sus escuchas hacia un mismo destino. Con Freedom From Fear (mi favorito hasta el momento) Qualchan nos remonta a la historia de la electrónica alemena y su era dorada de la Kosmische Musik, y eso es un buen augurio.
Meitheal. Early in The Spring, Late in The Fall (fort evil fruit, 2013)
"The material here is largely culled from the Sacred Harp tradition, with vocals backed by Gangloff and Langan's twin fiddles and Colohan's harmonium and shruti box drones. On the Tusk recording, each member sings lead in turn (culminating in what may be Colohan's finest recorded vocal to date). The unadorned, unaffected approach allows the musicians' characters, and the traditions that shaped them, to shine through. In this way the music effortlessly reunites the folk traditions of Ireland and the Southern United States, while being informed by the hillbilly drone of Henry Flynt. Songs that date from as far back as the 19th century are placed in an unusual yet sympathetic context, retaining their directness and emotional power." Fort Evil Fruit Mike Gangloff, Vicky Langan y David Colohan
Daniel Thomas Freeman. The Infinite and the Unknowable (blink in the endless, 2016)
The Infinite and the Unknowable was painstakingly constructed over a six year period from hundreds of layers of played and heavily processed electric violin, percussion and electronics and it includes the final re-worked version of the title track originally used in the devastating closing scenes of the Film 4 / BFI / Studio Canal feature film ‘Catch Me Daddy’. The voice of this instrumental music has been extended by the accompanying debut collection of poetry and photography. http://www.blinkintheendless.com/ .
The Skygreen Leopards. Gorgeous Johnny (jagjaguwar, 2009)
"Gorgeous" Johnny was a fringe member of the Skygreen Leopards in the group's early days; he didn't really play anything but neither could anyone else. Described by most as a phony and a self-confessed dandy, the band kept him around for his undeniable fashion sense. He would often quote Coco Chanels' views on Modernism and affected a British accent though he was from Orange County. This was a huge influence on the Donaldson/Quinn songwriting team. Eventually he moved to the south of France and no one has heard from him since except for a postcard that read: I'M STILL IN THE VAN! MUCH LOVE, JOHNNY. Anyway, his name's not really Johnny -- that's just a dick joke. It's been 8 years since the 1st SGL's record was released. Since then the boys have maintained their singular aesthetic while managing to dabble with faux-folk, avant garde pop, reverb-drenched lofi psychedelia, plastic country and blurry ballads. This latest effort finds them collaborating with Jason Quever (Papercuts) to create a melancholy world overflowing with itinerant dandies, urban streets, suburban teens, and more girls' names than I care to count, all set to melodic shuffles featuring harmonies, frail piano, and romantic guitars. As always with the Leopards the rhythms refuse to be bridled, the boys resist the urge to jam, and they won't ever learn to sing properly. This will frustrate the expectations of some. Others will find a sweet shadowy hiding place in these songs -- 3 minutes to hang out with girls who race horses, boys who never learned to dance, and a dirty uncle who steals your cigarettes. http://jagjaguwar.com/release/JAG147/ Take 496!
Dead Rat Orchestra. Dead Rat Orchestra Ghostband (self released, 2007)
"Recorded live at Colchester Arts Centre in April 2007 when the band supported Silver Mt. Zion, Ghostband is the group’s fourth live document. Featuring Robin Alderton and Daniel Merrill as a duo, the performance starts innocently enough with the fragmented melody of Music Box, descends into violent chaos and ends with a glorious take of Lullaby, augmented by the recorded voice of missing member Nathaniel Robin Mann. Self-released on CDR in April 2007 in a very limited edition, this has become highly sought-after.
Ghostband has been reissued as a limited edition glass-mastered CD in a reverse cardstock wallet, as part of a programme to make the Dead Rat Orchestra back-catalogue more widely available to a new audience. This CD is also available as part of the special offer Hopewell Sound Recordings three CD bundle." Antigen Records
The Birds. Birds Birds Birds In The World (important records, 2005)
Cotton Casino & Per Gisle Galaen
"Comprised of Cotton Casino of The Acid Mothers Temple and Per Gisle Galaen of Sloburn/Del fame, The Birds are reminiscent of other Norwegian groups like Deathprod, Supersilent and Alog though their unmistakeable and unpredictable meld of psychedelic melodies, guitar noise, Eno-esque synth dirge, musique concrete and rock sets them apart." Important Records Take 492! .
Akron Family. Everyone is Guilty 7'' (dead oceans, 2009) "Opening with a groove unlike anything Akron/Family have ever laid to tape, this single kicks off a new chapter for the band. The percussive thunder and anthemic electric guitars of “Everyone is Guilty” make a bold statement, touching on everything from Fela Kuti to Sly and the Family Stone in under six psychedelic minutes." Dead Oceans https://www.facebook.com/akronfamily Take 491! .
Una sesión homenaje a La Monte Young, Glen Steenkiste y Ernesto Gonzalez dejan detrás su pasado como fundadores de Silvester Anfang y su funeral-folk para adentrarse nuevamente en la electrónica alemana de mediados de los años 70, sonido que es cada vez mas común en sus nuevas composiciones.
Hellvete y Bear Bones Lay Low nos traen de regreso a Edgar Froese y el Tangerine Dream de Zeit. Un verdadero viaje para dejarle nuestro cuerpo físico a estos maestros de la música experimental.
"Ruins was made in Aljezur, Portugal in 2011 on a residency set up by Galeria Zé dos Bois. I recorded everything there except the last song, which I did at mother's house in 2004. Iʼm still surprised by what I wound up with. It was the first time Iʼd sat still for a few years; processed a lot of political anger and emotional garbage. Recorded pretty simply, with a portable 4-track ,Sony stereo mic and an upright piano. When I wasnʼt recording songs I was hiking several miles to the beach. The path wound through the ruins of several old estates and a small village.
The album is a document. A nod to that daily walk. Failed structures. Living in the remains of love. I left the songs the way they came (microwave beep from when power went out after a storm); I hope that the album bears some resemblance to the place that I was in." Kranky .