Friday, December 2, 2016

SHURAYUKI-HIME "MORI" C20 (AOW 406)

Shurayuki-hime returns to AOW for a third outing, this time eschewing the minimalist static explorations of the previous AOW recordings and delivering two massive, crackling, deep walls that rank among some of the best the project has done thus far.  Twenty minutes of thick, rumbling, bassed-out sonics that seep into your mind and numb it out beautifully.  Truly devastating, but meditative as well.  Fans of SH will not be disappointed by this one!  Very lovely artwork on this release to boot; i think it's quite a gorgeous little tape.
Released on lavender cassettes in a limited edition of 20 hand-numbered copies.  $8 ppd. in the United States, $24 rest of world.

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Saturday, November 12, 2016

PHANTOM CADAVER "REALMS OF THE MACABRE" CDR (AOW 427)

Phantom Cadaver returns to AOW with a loose continuation of the work begun on the project's last AOW release, "Maze Of Morbidity."  "Realms Of The Macabre" continues down that path, pulling the listener further into dark areas of depravity and over-the-top madness.  This release is epic in every sense of the word, comprised of a truly destructive 80 minute wall that progresses through a number of distinct movements without ever sounding like anything other than a composed whole.  It's pretty much a descent into hell.  It is true wall horror for the HNW devotee, and again demonstrates why Phantom Cadaver deserves a place among the genre masters.  Gloriously, unbelieveably great stuff here, from one of the best in the field.
Packaged in a DVD case and released in a limited edition of 15 hand-numbered copies.  $10 ppd. in the United States, $26 rest of world.

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Friday, November 11, 2016

KOSMODROM "CONQUEST OF SPACE" C30 (AOW 395)

Very honored to be unveiling this cassette from Kosmodrom, the fantastic new kosmiche noise project from Aleksandar Nenad (whom many will recognize as the mind behind the now-defunct Dead Body Collection.)  Though Kosmodrom has since released several outstanding cassettes, "Conquest Of Space" is the project's sophomore effort, and represents an amazing synthesis of cosmic psychedelic synth/theremin sounds alongside truly massive HNW clouds.  The sound of space collapsing in on itself, essentially.  Utterly engulfing, beautifully expansive noise, a totally new sound that is simply some of the coolest work being done in the genre right now.  I was very pleased when Alex asked me to release this, and i hope fans of the project, and of Alex's work overall, will find much to enjoy here.
The cassette is one of the loveliest I've done through AOW, with full colour labels on transparent red Chrome cassettes, and a gorgeous, deeply colour saturated layout by me that reflects the project's themes and interests.
Released in a limited edition of 50 hand-numbered copies.  $8 ppd. in the United States, $24 rest of world.

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URBAN DECAY "V" 4CDR (AOW 431)

Very pleased to be releasing this new set from Mitchell Rotunno's (The Ebony Tower, (A)sex) Urban Decay project.  Urban Decay, while rooted in the form of HNW, takes things further out, existing in an empty zone of hollow and distant shredded HNW that veers on ANW.  It's like looking through a muddled foggy window pane at structures that seem to offer some semblance of shape and familiarity, but are really illusory objects of unknown origin.  This is some seriously dark and cold material, unsettling in the best possible way.  The four pieces here are essentially a severely prolonged feeling of dread and darkness, disorientation taken to its limit, the boundaries of existential malaise.  It's beautiful, forward-thinking soundcraft, and I get lost in it every time i listen to it.
Packaged in a DVD case and released in a limited edition of 10 hand-numbered copies.  $25 ppd. in the United States, $41 rest of world.

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SHE WALKS CROOKED " A DANCE INTO DARKNESS" 3CDR (AOW 432)

Very pleased to be releasing this new three-disc set from She Walks Crooked.  "A Dance Into Darkness" is inspired by Bela Tarr's beautiful, glacial, and unnerving film Werckmeister Harmonies.  I don't want to ruin anything for anyone who has not seen it, but Tarr is a singular filmmaker whose only real contemporary is Tarkovsky.  SWC's work here is thoughtfully composed blasts of shifting, dense, crushing and LOUD HNW, echoing the psychic detritus of the film.  Masterful stuff as always from SWC, and sure to disappear quickly.
Released in a DVD case in a limited edition of 10 hand-numbered copies.  $20 ppd. in the United States, $36 rest of world. 

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CORY STRAND "THE DIAMOND SEA: A REINTERPRETATION" C90 (AOW 428)

Crumbling, distant, and severely DEEP ANW reworks of Sonic Youth's seminal track, the epic "The Diamond Sea."  This song was pretty much the template for my band the Kafka Dreams, and the level of formless, gorgeous noise SY creates on this track were the zone we all aspired to arrive at collectively during our live performances (echoes of our approach can still very much be heard in Dreamless, especially during our very infrequent live performances.)  I spent MONTHS reworking this track and creating these pieces, trying to get at the right sound; many prior attempts were trashed and destroyed.  These two pieces are exactly what I want them to be.  If you've enjoyed my work as Eugene Critchley, you'll enjoy this cassette as well.  90 minutes of epic, bass-heavy sonorous drift.
Released in a limited edition of 5 hand-numbered copies.  $10 ppd. in the United States, $26 rest of world.

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CORY STRAND "EVERY GOOD BOY DESERVES FUDGE: A REINTERPRETATION" 6CDR (AOW 429)

Deep ambient rework of one of my very favorite records of all time, Mudhoney's "Every Good Boy Deserves Fudge."  I listened to this record constantly in my teens and still spin it regularly to this day; in the 23 years or so since i first heard it, it has lost none of its emotional rawness or power.  All of Mudhoney's songs were about depression, heartbreak, and suicidal feelings, and they never crafted a more focused synthesis of those three subjects than on this record.  It's fucking devastating.
My rework is nearly 8 hours of hollow and chilling ambient and drone, attempting to augment the record's intense despondency and sadness.  I think I've done pretty well with it.
Packaged in a DVD case in a limited edition of 5 hand-numbered copies.  $35 ppd. in the United States, $51 rest of world.

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