[Music] Karolina Ossowska​/​Jeff Gburek – Visitations


The best composers make you forget they’re composing music. They offer something like a cinéma pour l’oreille, or a cinema for the ear, to their listeners. In an age before music videos blighted the listening experience, a great composition would allow you to submerge yourself into a piece and envision a world the composer may be trying to create for you.

This is the experience I’ve had in listening to Jeff Gburek, a true citizen of the world and one of the most interesting experimental composers active today. He and his parter Karolina Ossowska cover a great deal of ground on this release. There are elements of soundtrack music (think 60’s futurist films), contemporary classical music (some pieces reminded me of the legendary Egyptian-Greek composer Jani Christou) and there were even touches of progressive rock and improvisational music which came to mind.

This is easily among the top five releases of the year for these ears. Jeff’s work is worth hunting for, and you can find a good deal of it here on his Bandcamp site.

[Music] Shockheaded Peters – Thumbs Of A Murderer

Time flies. I had the pleasure of meeting Karl Blake during the Sol Invictus West Coast tour of 2000. He was certainly decent, and played fine, but it’s really a shame neither he nor his work with Shock Headed Peters has been given a proper retrospective. A proper label should collect his works and remaster them, as the music still holds up nicely.

[Music] New Drone & Darkwave from Koyl, Cloaca, & Premature Burial on Silber

From our friend Brian John Mitchell at Silber Media – the company has some great new releases on the way:


Hope everyone is doing well.  Life is good here at Silber even if I am struggling to get everything to happen in a timely manner.  The hurricane that came through & flooded a lot of communities around me had no effect here in the new Silberia.  The power didn’t even go out, but then walking around the neighborhood I saw an oak that feel splitting a neighbors house in two, so I count my blessings that things are so good for me.  My little drone cub just turned one & in good health & spirits & that she vacuums up all my spare time is something I don’t mind.  Silber has always been about family to me anyhow & it’s interesting how huge of a percentage of Silber artist.  So anyway on with what’s up lately including three new 5in5 EPs.

Koyl comes to Silber with five songs in five minutes, one about each finger. But are the fingers originally on one hand or are they fingers from dead men stitched together to tell tales of angst & woe? No matter, now they all are part of the one & making incredible soundscapes with a guitar & lapsteel.

Joshua Heinrich (Fornever/Black Wedding) returns to Silber for a 5in5 EP with his Premature Burial project. Mixing industrial & ambient elements, f/a/c/t/i/o/n/s paints a portrait of the current political climate of divisiveness & corruption. The bureaucracy is spreading like a Kafka novel. Listen to Premature Burial while you’re on hold for hours.

Cloaca has offered up five minute long aggressive ambient drones created with pedals & a mixing board. Numbing & overwhelming like the chemicals in your IV before brain surgery….

Buy or listen on Silber: http://www.silbermedia.com/5in5/cloaca-almsgiver.shtml

Buy or listen on Bandcamp: https://silbermedia.bandcamp.com/album/Almsgiver

Listen on Spotify: https://play.spotify.com/album/3LFDxh9rqp5nv8HpXCDVbK

Something went weird recently where some of the Silber Spotify playlists went private, but I fixed it & you can check them out here:

Last Ten Releases – https://play.spotify.com/user/silberspy/playlist/4nuz7tocaNt9OkFetPsHhG

Entire 5in5 Series – https://play.spotify.com/user/silberspy/playlist/7ge7yufxSf6IR9Tpu7YIgh

Entire Silber Catalog – https://play.spotify.com/user/silberspy/playlist/27NjmkRh1NqqDYIf64Fmp1

New Releases coming soon from Ms, Fullness Off Lack, Jon Dawson, Moodring, Hotel Hotel, Lum, DR, Remora, Small Life Form, Magnetic Ghost & before you know it Christmas EPs from Electric Bird Noise, Yellow6, Remora, Small Life Form, Baptizer, & more.  A batch of comics about Robert E Howard coming soon (all drawn, just need to set them up to print). & of course inevitably a new QRD.

Thanks for your interest & support & spread the word about the new releases if you can & if you want to be taken off the mailing list just let me know.

Brian John Mitchell

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