[Music] Various Artists – Planeta Post-Rock: Flama


Planeta Post-Rock is a (you guessed it) post-rock label out of Portugal. So far, from what I gather, they have made four compilations, with Flama being their most recent. It was released on April 1, so it’s all of a few days old, and it paints a great picture of what the post-rock and post-metal scene must be like old Lusitania.

If you feel like purchasing the whole catalog for 3 Euros, click on this link here.

[Music] Various Artists- Heresy Records: A Map Of The Kingdom Of Ireland

Though not as long in the tooth as INA-GRM nor as exotic as the scenes in places like Egypt or Iran, it seems that Ireland has developed a venerable electroacoustic music scene which has spanned over five decades.  This compilation, A Map of the Kingdom of Ireland, a compilation of Irish Electro-Acoustic music featuring works by Ireland’s most celebrated Electro-Acoustic artists, was released on March 2, 2018 by Dublin, Ireland-based Heresy Records, is quite a gem of not only electroacoustic music, but of pure, non-theoretical music of many stripes, including contemporary classical and even new wave/post-punk.

The comp starts off gently with a cut by Paul Morrin.  It is a bit like a boat taken off its moorings, and drifts along until about the two-minute mark, when the tempo changes to something a bit more lively and focused – one could even say it has a post-rock feel to it, reminding me a bit of the band éf.

Tóirse Ó Ríordáin comes up next with something that feels slightly like an early Penguin Café Orchestra piece if it were composed somewhere near the border of Brazil and Colombia.

It is Daniel Figgis’ piece, Timothy Cream’s Crown of Wines, which really gets into a more freeform composition, referencing avant-garde music and perhaps Krautrock. There is a lilting, marching quality to the composition which allows one to drift off into the ether while.

Even freakier are the two pieces turned in by Dublin mainstay Roger Doyle.  This is a bit away from the avant-garde – this feels more like a cleaner, more updated sound referencing Tangerine Dream.  As my old Kraut friends would say, “sehr Kosmisch…”

The fun surprise of the compilation for me were the two tracks included by Princess Tinymeat (a reference to actor Montgomery Clift’s… er… shortcomings in the boudoir, I’d imagine).  His (her?) back catalog is screaming for a re-release, as I haven’t come across this name since I was collecting cassettes in the late 1980s.

Finally, Spooky Ghost gets a mention for some of the most pleasant guitar work I’ve heard since Vini Reilly was in peak form with the Durutti Column in the early 80s.

There isn’t a duff track on the compilation.  If you find this collection enjoyable, you may want to also consider purchasing On The Nature Of Electricity & Acoustics, another remarkable compilation curated, this time, by Figgis.

Track Listing
1. Compass – Paul Morrin
2. Atop D’Seefin (Educution remix) – Tóirse Ó Ríordáin
3. Timothy Cream’s Crown of Wines – Daniel Figgis
4. Avant Garde Your Grille – Deep Burial
5. Little Train To Heaven – Richard G. Evans with Daniel Figgis
6. Eighties Rampwalk – Roger Doyle
7. Sleep Circus (remix) – Paddy Hunt vs. Charles
8. Richard Harris Blesses The Dawn Flotilla At Guilvinec – Cathal Coughlan with the Grand Necropolitan String Band
9. Finale from The Room In The Tower – Roger Doyle
10. handsinmyhead – GREETINGS
11. DriftDin – Vincent Doherty
12. Arcticus – Donald Teskey
13. Your Majesty – Princess Tinymeat
14. Stutter – Spooky Ghost
15. Unscan Ó Malley – Tóirse Ó Ríordáin
16. MegaMix – Princess Tinymeat
17. Wandering Compass – Paul Morrin

* The digital version of the album includes the following four tracks

18. Old Piano – Vincent Doherty
19. Reverse – SOM
20. Audacity – Deafector
21. Rampwalk – Roger Doyle / Olwen Fouéré

[Music] Various Artists – Nostress Netlabel Anniversary Compilation Number 7: The Quantum Differences of Universal Sounds

This is one of the few times you won’t see me share a Bandcamp link for a release like this.  My colleague Andrey Kireyev let me know about this release, and I’m very much thankful he did!

Nostress Netlabel isn’t a one-trick-pony label.  The genres covered include Psychedelic, Post Rock, Avant-garde, Electronic and Electroacoustic music. The breadth of what they are covering is incredible, and the label is offering this compilation as a FLAC file release for free.

This is a great way to acquaint yourself with one of the best netlabels operating today.

[Music] Alapastel – Hidden for the Eyes

I’ve been spending a lot of time listening to releases by James Murray’s beautifully-curated label Slowcraft Records.  This one by Alapastel, at least given the two tracks available currently (the whole album will be released on March 9), seems to be the gem of the collection so far.

Lukáš Bulko (the aforementioned Alapastel) is a composer out of Slovakia, where a lot of amazing independent music is coming out of these days.  He manages to patch together a mesmerizing blend of contemporary classical music, a touch of musique concrète, and maybe a speck of post-rock in a way not dissimilar to Ólafur Arnalds. I’m very much looking forward to following which direction Lukáš will go in the future.

For a more in-depth review, I recommend visiting Dan’s review over at Fluid Radio.

[Music] A Closer Listen: Efrim Manuel Menuck ~ Pissing Stars

Godspeed You! Black Emperor’s frontman has a new solo release reviewed by our friends at A Closer Listen.

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We occasionally stray from our purely instrumental path. Perhaps we want to highlight a small artist who merits a brighter spotlight, or perhaps an artist is simply too significant – too seminal – to overlook. Efrim Manuel Menuck belongs in the latter category: the recognisable enigma who arguably “fronts” the most significant post-rock band of our time. He ventured solo for his first LP in 2011, just as Godspeed You! Black Emperor were stirring from their lengthy slumber. Now, the band are back in full swing, humanity still seeks out its own demise, and Menuck continues to pen responses with impassioned intensity.

Pissing Stars is in places as uncomfortable a listen as its title suggests. Following GYBE’s and even Silver Mt. Zion’s recent energised bombast, Menuck appears as something of a drained, desperate force. His liner notes talk of the ‘giddiness of enervation’ and ‘liberation of being emptied’. The first…

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[Music] On “Concrete Desert,” The Bug and Earth’s Dylan Carlson Destroy L.A.

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Bandcamp Daily features The Bug vs. Earth, a powerful pairing of Kevin Martin’s Industrial/dub project, which has been around in one form or another since the late 1980s, and Dylan Carlson’s seminal drone rock project, Earth.

Dark, moody, cinematic post-rock.  Perfect music for meditating over the crumbling Los Angeles skyline.

Read more here.