Friday, September 22, 2017

EUGENE CRITCHLEY/COSMIC SILENCE "SPLIT" C60 (AOW 484)

Truly massive and depressive split of drone noise wall beween Eugene Critchley and Cosmic Silence, a project of Casper Van Der Veen (Uitgeschakeld).  Each project turns in one crushing thirty minute drone wall, seeking to shine a light on the anxiety and despair of being.  No hope, just tedium.
Released in a limited edition of 15 hand-numbered copies.  $8 ppd. in the United States, $24 rest of world.

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Friday, September 15, 2017

ADAM BIEL/CORY STRAND "SHADOW REWORKS" C43 (AOW 513)

Very pleased to offer up this new split between myself and my friend and fellow Minneapolis droner Adam Biel.  As we've talked back and forth while working on Adam's last release for AOW, we discovered a deeply shared affinity for both Twin Peaks and David Lynch's sound design work; we decided to pursue our mutual interests on a split themed around the new season of Twin Peaks and the Chromatics' performance of "Shadow" from the debut episode.
For this release both Adam and I took apart the song in our own manner and reconstructed it into two massive pieces of Lynchian and Badalamentian dronescapes.  Adam's piece uses tape manipulation to build up a somewhat terrifying hellscape of deep-ocean and oppressive Lynch drone; my piece uses echoes, reverbs, delays, and my own guitar work to craft a slightly more melodic and stagnant drone.  I feel that we truly succeeded in our goal to do justice to Lynch's oppressive soundscapes.  Not to be missed for fans of the show!  Watch for more collaborative Lynch-themed work from me and Adam in the future!
The album can be streamed in its entirety here:

https://corystrand.bandcamp.com/album/shadow-reworks

Released in a limited edition of 24 hand-numbered copies, with two different covers.  $8 ppd. in the United States, $24 rest of world.

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Thursday, September 14, 2017

CORY STRAND "SKETCHES OF LLEWYN DAVIS-EXPANDED REISSUE" C60 (Self-released)

Very limited reissue of my long sold-out 8-track release "Sketches Of Llewyn Davis."  This reissue was due to be released through a different label but for reasons beyond the label's control it is no longer scheduled, so i was given permission to do a small run myself.
This version of the release features an all new layout and an additional 30 minutes of material.
The reissue can be streamed in its entirety here:

https://lsdinducednightmaresrecords.bandcamp.com/album/sketches-of-llewyn-davis

Released in a limited edition of 5 hand-numbered copies.  $8 ppd. in the United States, $24 rest of world.

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N0123NOISE/URBAN DECAY "SPLIT" C40 (AOW 520)

Very pleased and honored to be releasing this new split between my friends N0123NOISE and Urban Decay (Mitchell Rotunno of The Ebony Tower and (A)sex).  Each project turns in a bleak and haunting slab of choking ambience and drone; N0123NOISE's piece is one of the finest and most moving drone works from Zachary that i've heard, full of ghostly melodies and a deep sense of dissatisfaction and yearning.  Urban Decay's piece continues the project's distant, lost in the ether style of wallcraft, beautifully dusted over with gloom and ominous mystery.  This is an absolutely beautiful release-don;t miss this one!
The album can be streamed in its entirety here:

https://n0123noise.bandcamp.com/album/n0123noise-urban-decay-split

Released in a limited edition of 15 hand-numbered copies.  $8 ppd. in the United States, $24 rest of world.

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N0123NOISE/...weeping "SPLIT" C40 (AOW 521)

Devastating and gloomily depressive new wall split between AOW friend and artist N0123NOISE and Josh McCue's (of M15H4P) HNW project ...weeping, a paean to life's miseries and endless self-doubt.  Screaming, eviscerating, and caustically violent material from both projects here; truly crushing and heavy as fuck.   ...weeping is one of my favorite new wall projects; watch for more from him on AOW in the future!
The split can be streamed in its entirety here:

https://n0123noise.bandcamp.com/album/n0123noise-weeping-split

Released in a limited edition of 15 hand-numbered copies.  $8 ppd. in the United States, $24 rest of world.

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M15H4P "THIS SUCKS" C50 (AOW 510)

Insane and hyper-aggressive cut-up harsh noise and depressive power electronics from this newer project.  M15H4P's "This Sucks" has already seen a CD release through Big Pharma and a very limited and long gone 8-track release through H8 Track Stereo; AOW is handling the cassette version.  There is so much violence, aggression, and depression going here that it's hard to make sense of.  One of the more blistering and viscerally and obviously intense AOW releases in awhile.
The album can be streamed in its entirety here:

https://bigpharmarecords.bandcamp.com/album/this-sucks-xd

Glorious and very colorful artwork adorn the cassette.  Released in a limited edition of 10 hand-numbered copies.  $8 ppd. in the United States, $24 rest of world.

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USHINAWARETA TAMASHI "UTSUKUSHI FUKEI" 4CDR (AOW 503)

Third of three physical releases from France's Ushinawareta Tamashi, a relatively young HNW project that deeply impressed me with its huge, meditative, bass-heavy drone noise walls.  Very much in the vein of Naughty and Eugene Critchley, UT has a defined aesthetic and a colossal sound.
"Utsukushi Fukei" features four massive walls, giant slabs of meditative gorgeousness and drift that will absolutely pull you under.  This album is a masterwork by a very exciting new voice in the HNW world.
The album can be streamed in its entirety here:

https://ushinawaretatamashi.bandcamp.com/album/utsukushi-fukei

Packaged in an oversized quadruple disc jewel case and released in a limited edition of 10 unnumbered copies.  $20 ppd. in the United States, $36 rest of world.

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