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Started when the first pandemic confinement hit, this is content that celebrates my past and informs a fresh vision forward. I have a fascination for subcultures, specially those with a close-knit relationship with leftfield and challenging music, so music does take center stage here. Glad if it resonates with you in some way and you discover something new here, in which case you should explore more and support the artists. Moving between London and Porto. Curated by Jorge Sampaio.

This Will Destroy You - Tunnel Blanket

Band: THIS WILL DESTROY YOU
Album: Tunnel Blanket (2011)
Track: Communal Blood (08:13)

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Roy Montgomery - Island Of Lost Souls

Band: ROY MONTGOMERY
Album: Island of Lost Souls (2021)
Track: Soundcheck (For Adrian Borland) (07:20)

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With compositions steeped in rich guitar effects, the four extended instrumentals in this mini-album suggest communion and isolation, channeled through four island residents’ musical memorials: Sam Shepard, Adrian Borland, Peter Principle, and Florian Fricke. The ambiance across songs wavers between being majestically sad yet with a power mimicking hope, encouraging remembrance and honor without pain.
“Soundcheck (For Adrian Borland)” is a tribute to the late Adrian Borland, founder of the very underrated English post-punk band The Sound. This is nowhere near as emotionally raw as the underappreciated English singer it honors, but it surely hints at his music for the uninitiated. Adrian commited suicide in London on this day 22 years ago.

A Swarm Of The Sun - The Woods

Band: A SWARM OF THE SUN
Album: The Woods (2019)
Track: The Woods (13:19)

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Planning For Burial Annick

Band: PLANNING FOR BURIAL
Album: Matawan - Collected Works 2010-2014 (2017)
Track: Annick (06:12)

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Bong Ra - Antediluvian

Band: BONG-RA
Album: Antediluvian (2018)
Track: Amun (Hidden Chambers) (07:32)

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Trentemoller - Observe

Band: TRENTEMOLLER Ft. Rachel Goswell
Album: Observe (2019)
Track: Cold Comfort (08:30)

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Sens Dep - Lush Desolation

Band: SENS DEP
Album: Lush Desolation (2020)
Track: Will you + Come back for me (08:50)

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Gybe - Asunder

Band: GODSPEED YOU! BLACK EMPEROR
Album: Asunder, Sweet and Other Distress (2015)
Track: Piss Crowns are Trebled (13:50)

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Richard Skelton - These Charms

Band: RICHARD SKELTON
Album: These Charms may be sung over a wound (2020)
Track: For the application of fire (06:52)

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Anoice - The Black Rain

Band: ANOICE
Album: The Black Rain (2012)
Track: finale (edit) (07:07)

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Joy Division - Atmosphere

Band: JOY DIVISION
Album: Substance (1988)
Track: Atmosphere (04:10)

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The Body & Braveyoung - Nothing Passes - Song 2

Band: THE BODY & BRAVEYOUNG
Album: Nothing Passes (2011)
Track: Song 2 (15:10)

This Will Destroy You - Young Mountain

Band: THIS WILL DESTROY YOU
Album: Young Mountain (2006)
Track: There are some remedies worse than the desease (06:18)

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Boris - Pink

Band: BORIS
Album: Pink (2005)
Track: Farewell (07:33)

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Matt Elliott - Notes

Matt Elliott

THE KURSK
It's been 20 years since The Kursk, a Russian Nuclear-powered submarine sank to the bottom of the Barents Sea after an on-board explosion, on the 12th of August 2000. The world watched while rescue attempts were made but these were to no avail. It was subsequently discovered that 23 of the 118 submariners on board survived the initial explosion but perished when their oxygen supplies ran out in the subsequent days.
The tragedy inspired this track on Matt Elliott’s 2005 album 'Drinking Songs'.
'The Kursk' (dedicated, in the sleevenotes, to “those lost at sea”) starts off with some sound effects that are supposed to represent the submarine’s sinking but, to be honest are utterly unnecessary. The track itself is built around a repeated guitar figure overlaid with cello and multi-tracked, wordless voices. The melody is a simple one that evokes the great Red Army Choir songs of the steppes. The lyrical figure is almost nursery rhyme like in its simplicity, but nonetheless chilling: “It’s cold I’m afraid / It’s been like this for a day / The water is rising and slowly we’re dying / We won’t see light again / We won’t see our wives again”. This is repeated as a mantra. The track begins to fade some three minutes from the end. The multitude of voices thin out until there is only one – and then that, too, is snuffed out.
Elliott was initially a member of Bristol space-rockers Flying Saucer Attack, before recording five albums as Third Eye Foundation.

Matt Eliott - The Kursk

Band: MATT ELLIOTT
Album: Drinking Songs (2005)
Track: The Kursk (11:34)

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Sunn O))) - Life Metal

Band: SUNN O)))
Album: Life Metal (2019)
Track: Trouble Air (11:45)

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Asva - What You Dont Know

Band: ASVA
Album: What you don't know is frontier (2008)
Track: I (15:56)

Sunn O))) - Kannon

Band: SUNN O)))
Album: Kannon (2015)
Track: Kannon 1 (12:50)

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Apse - Spirit

Band: APSE
Album: Spirit (2006)
Track: Spirit (11:04)

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