[Music] Various Artists – Decay, Death and Darkness – Aural Visions Of Beksiński’s Art


Zdzisław Beksiński was a Polish multimedia artist whose utopian realist works stood in stark contrast to his rather jovial personal demeanor.  He may have been an artists whose work could scare the hell out of you, but he was also quite a decent man who had a fondness for classical music, as well as some rock (his son, Tomasz, was a noted DJ who committed suicide in 1999).

Once again, the brilliant folks at Eighth Tower Records, a subgroup of Unexplained Sounds, have released a compilation whose subject inspired some of the most brutally dark ambient music artists active to come up with some bleak aural monstrosities.

[Music] black (w)hole – altered states


black (w)hole are an Austrian drone-psych band who are covering similar ground to Masaki Batoh’s legendary group Ghost.  Don’t think that this is their only influence, however.  One can hear shards of Blue Cheer, The Melvins, and other Japanese psych bands like High Rise and White Heaven. This is well-recorded, powerful, and drone-laden enough to let your mind melt for a few moments. Recommended.

[Music] The Natural Yogurt Band – Spectral Flux


This charming release came into my inbox at about the same moment when Chris, a good mate of mine, was hipping me to the wonders of Library Music.

The Natural Yogurt Band have that sound down perfectly, as this mini EP shows.  My only complaint about this release?  It’s WAY too short.  Let’s hope a series of full length albums are on their way.

[Music] Psychic Dose – Maleficium Volume 1: Death of the Sorcerer


I’m not the biggest metal-head in the world, but this release by Psychic Dose is cueing off of the best of the metal I did manage to enjoy in my youth.

Though one could classify them as a doom metal band, they also show off influences from bands like Iron Maiden, Black Sabbath and Budgie, at least to my ears.  If there is a Part 2, I’m keen on hearing it once it comes out.

[Music] Various Artists – ELECTROFRAMEWORK


Unexplained Sounds empresario Raffaele Pezzella is on a quest to make sure the best in experimental and electroacoustic music gets published.  It seems like, week after week, he is releasing a compilation of stunning quality from a specified region, a broad retrospective, or his own delightfully noisy work as Sonologyst.

These tracks might melt your headphones a bit, but the sounds are, in their own way, blissful.  Familiar names such as Sonologyst, Stefan Schmidt, Fahmi Mursyid and Thomas Grenzebach appear alongside a slew of new artists whose career trajectory will be interesting to follow.

Another masterpiece of a comp.

[Music] Ilir Lluka – An Étude In Two Variations


Albanian sound artist and composer Ilir Lluka is one of a new generation of experimental music composers carrying the torch passed along by his forebears like Pierre Henry and Pierre Schaeffer.  Each release has been outstanding, engaging listening for me, and this particular album is offered as a free download.  It’s worth a few moments of your time.

[Music] Iamthemorning releases “5/4” from upcoming studio film ‘Ocean Sounds’

I’m becoming a big fan of the Proglodytes blog, and their articles just get better and better. In this post, they give us wonderful news that Russian Progressive Rock band iamthemorning have a new release coming!

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Russian chamber prog group Iamthemorning, in anticipation for their newest studio album, have released a track titled “5/4”. Iamthemorning’s last album was one of our Proglodytes’ Picks for 2016, so we very much look forward to the new record! From the press release:

“Ahead of the release of Ocean Sounds, on Kscope on 19th October, the band have released a video to accompany the song “5/4”, which previously featured on the band’s first release for Kscope, Belighted.

We usually say that 5/4 is one of the two cheerful songs we have in our discography, the second one being about burning houses down! To me, it feels that when you grow up and live in Russia, specifically in St Petersburg, everything you do is soaked up in this very special type of melancholy, which makes it difficult to write happy music.” Vocalist and songwriter Marjana Semkina muses

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