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#101 - 20.07.23 - Experimental Post-Rock Series featuring: Dakota Suite, Vampillia, Godspeed You! Black Emperor, A Silver Mt. Zion, Mono, Do Make Say Think.

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#101 - 20.07.23 - Experimental Post-Rock Series featuring: Dakota Suite, Vampillia, Godspeed You! Black Emperor, A Silver Mt. Zion, Mono, Do Make Say Think.

Dakota Suite & Vampillia - The Sea Is Never Full (2016)
Dakota Suite & Vampillia - The Sea Is Never Full (2016)
Godspeed You! Black Emperor - Yanqui U.X.O. (2002)
Godspeed You! Black Emperor - Yanqui U.X.O. (2002)
A Silver Mt. Zion - Horses in The Sky (2005)
A Silver Mt. Zion - Horses in The Sky (2005)
Mono - Hymns to The Immortal Wind (2009)
Mono - Hymns to The Immortal Wind (2009)
Do Make Say Think - Do Make Say Think (1997)
Do Make Say Think - Do Make Say Think (1997)
Mix #101. A special number and a special collection of songs. One of the strongest selections I have done so far. I Love every single one of these songs to death.
About ‘The Sea is Never Full’
The origin of this collaboration began two months prior to the Fukushima disaster in Japan. Dakota Suite had been touring Japan with their friends from the Japanese band called Vampillia and had been in several coastal locations in Wakayama as well as places near to Fukushima. The tsunami was very upsetting for Chris Hooson and David Buxton from Dakota Suite who then set about making music to reflect this overwhelming sadness and loss for Japan.
They approached Vampillia to work on these somber reflective songs for the sea. Vampillia is next-alternative music from Osaka. Guitar, Noise guitar, Bass, Piano, Classical Strings, Velladon on Opera, Mongoloid on the dark metal vocals alongside twin drummers Talow the Tornado (Nice View, Turtle Island) and Tatsuya Yoshida (Ruins).
From this lineup of 10 (sometimes more) comes experimental and beautiful dark music. Besides the new work with Dakota Suite, they have previously collaborated with acts such as µ-Ziq, Merzbow, Nadja and Lustmord. Their intense experimental style is the perfect fusion with the Dakota Suite aesthetic.
The songs came from a desire to reflect the phases of the disaster, the rising violent seas, the destructive power and loss preceding sorrow at the devastation which followed. Chris Hooson was haunted by images of floating pieces of wood which had once been someone’s ancient dwelling. The music Dakota Suite & Vampillia have recorded on ‘The Sea is Never Full’ seeks to provide a mechanism to deal with this pain cathartically.
Various short pieces were passed between Dakota Suite and Vampillia, who added strings and the distinctive throat singing of ‘mongoloid’ from Vampillia. Japanese throat singing speaks to an ancient method, called ‘rekukkara’. It is tonal rather than melodic. As Hooson says “It seemed an appropriate way to convey the sadness we felt at the horror of Fukushima, which knows no words to express it accurately.”
After basic recording had been completed, David Buxton, in an act of pure genius, took apart every note of the music and created a two-part suite. It is hard to convey the seismic shift in this project after David presented this music in the form that it now stands. Hooson on his Dakota Suite band colleague Buxton “It has been the highlight of my recording career so far and David would not like the attention I give him, but I believe that this work in particular deserves to be heard as it is a work of beautiful and tragic choreography, it is a tribute to his mastery of music.”
This type of art cannot be written or envisaged, it can only be received and interpreted. Listening to this project continues to engender enormous sorrow in the listener, but the true beauty of such art is that it can take this sorrow as a cathartic force to help one manage these feelings. ‘The Sea Is Never Full’ marks another momentous release for Karaoke Kalk. Together with Vampillia they have sculpted a truly epic record spanning musical styles from ambient and experimental to post-rock and neo-classical. Suffice to say, the result has nothing short if a breathtaking emotional impact.
About ‘Yanqui U.X.O.’
U.X.O. is unexploded ordnance is landmines is cluster bombs. Yanqui is post-colonial imperialism is international police state is multinational corporate oligarchy. Godspeed You! Black Emperor is complicit is guilty is resisting. The new album is just raw, angry, dissonant, epic instrumental rock. Recorded by Steve Albini at Electrical Audio in Chicago and mixed by Howard Bilerman and Godspeed You! Black Emperor at the original Hotel2Tango in Montreal.
Stubborn tiny lights vs. clustering darkness forever ok?
About ‘Horses In The Sky’
“We recorded some of it next to a campfire by the river, and the sleepy birds even chirped a little there beneath the moonlit trees; “yes we are oh yes we are thee silver mt. zion memorial orchestra and tra-la-la band”… troubled fingers strive to knit upward ladders, joyously; THESE SONGS ARE STICKY, WORRIED KNOTS – everyone sang and handclapped too – (we learned to play these songs on the road mostly …)
“THIS IS OUR TORCHED ESTATES” = 6 busted “waltzes” for world wars 4 thru 6, or the sound of our nervous unit collapsing across sing-song eruptions of anxious light and clumsy heat, “mystery and wonder, messy hearts made of thunder,” tape recorded at thee mighty hotel2tango for all the GENTLE dreamers to cradle or discard… the politics of it is just love thy neighbour mostly, or heartbroken temper tantrums for grumpy refusers, or saucy anthems for all the stubborn dumbass resistance cadres maybe … (first song’s about war and drug addiction, fourth song’s about Kanada, and the rest of it is all love songs truly truly truly …) the indignant critics amongst us should note that as usual there’s more questions than answers here, more complaints than solutions, and at times the group singing is a little out of tune; the name of the record is “Horses in the Sky”, and we thank you all for still listening”.
About ‘Hymn To The Immortal Wind’
Just in time for their 10-year anniversary, MONO return with their fifth studio album, the absolutely massive ‘Hymn To The Immortal Wind’. The music is naturally majestic, with MONO’s trademark wall of noise crashing beautifully against the largest chamber orchestra the band has ever enlisted. The instrumentation is vast, incorporating strings, flutes, organ, piano, glockenspiel and tympani into their standard face-melting set-up. While Hymn continues to mine the cinematic drama inherent in all of MONO’s music, the dynamic shifts now come more from dark-to-light instead of quiet-to-loud. The maturity to balance these elements so masterfully has become MONO’s strongest virtue – save for perhaps their uncanny ability to sound every bit like a plane crashing into a Beethoven concert.
About ‘Do Make Say Think’
Do Make Say Think self-released this debut album in Toronto in 1997, and we heard it the following spring. The band’s infectious spacerock-cum-swing approach to sweeping instrumentals, and their brilliant realisation of the potentials of 8-track recording, hooked us instantly. Rhythm syncopation, reverb-soaked guitar, the occasional horn, and some of the finest saturated synth tones we’ve ever heard – this record conjures up rainy streets and wet cigarettes with the best of them. A classic modern lounge album that also shreds, with widescreen breakbeat blissouts driven by punk-rock guitars. An exuberant debut, containing all the building blocks DMST has been transforming into sublime music architectures ever since.
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#156 - Ambient / Drone Series - 03.05.24

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1. 36 & Black Swan – In Four Parts (2019) – Pt. 3 – 00:00
2. LAND – Anoxia (2015) – Seconds – 05:24
3. Ancient Methods – The Black Ideal (2013) – Guardians of an Eternal Bliss – 11:01
4. Lorn – REMNANT (2018) – Replika – 16:36
5. Atrium Carceri & Kammarheit – Apparatus – Labyrinthic – 19:15
6. Scott Solter & Rohner Segnitz – The Murals (2023) – Lake of Knive – 21:45
7. KMRU & Kevin Richard Martin – Disconnect (2024) – Differ – 27:27
8. Altar & Paul Jebanasam & Roly Porter – Berlin Atonal: More Light (2020) – Without Bodies – 32:00
9. Allseits – Hel (2009) Gjöll – 41:00
10. Sundrugs – Rituals I (2020) – Gyfu – 48:00

Mix Cover: Artwork for Sundrugs – Rituals I (2020) released in June 2020 on Cosmicleaf records.

#155 - Charged - 28.04.24

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1. Allfather – A Violent Truth (2023) – A False Peace – 00:00
2. Latitudes – Individuation (2012) – Metabolic Pathways – 01:58
3. Russian Circles – Station (2008) – Station – 06:23
4. Bastard Sapling – Instinct is Forever (2014) – Elder – 14:57
5. Celeste – Animale(s) (2013) – (y) – 19:27
6. Inter Arma – Sky Burial (2013) – Love Absolute – 22:38
7. Isis – Panopticon (2004) – Altered Course – 26:34
8. Insect Ark – The Vanishing (2020) – Tectonic – 36:05
9. Nadja & Black Boned Angel – Split (2009) – II – 42:07
10. Monno – Cheval Ouvert (2013) – III – 46:45
11. Mogwai – The Hawk is Howling (2008) – Batcat – 57:37
12. The Angelic Process – … And Your Blood is Full of Honey (2001) – Mouvement: Humble Man – 01:03:00

Mix Cover: Artwork for Russian Circles album nr. 2 ‘Station’ released in 2008 by Suicide Squeeze Records.

#154 - Experimental - 24.04.24

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1. Zombieshark! – Die Laughing (2024) – The Fool – 00:00
2. Alessandro Cortini – Emosfere (2024) – Seconda Emosfera – 01:00
3. KTL – Iv (2009) – Wicked Way – 06:30
4. Cremation Lilly – Four Notes (2023) – Note IV: Confessions, No Exceptions – 10:28
5. Vampillia – 在りし日の声 Voices of Days Past (2015) – 死別の翌日 – 15:43
6. BJ Nilsen – Focus Intensity Power (2018) – Flattened Space – 21:45
7. Prurient – Rainbow Mirror (2017) – Barefoot God – 24:50
8. Mouchoir Étanche – Une Fille Petrifiée (2020) – Enter Mirror Hotel – 29:55
9. Emeralds, Steve Hauschildt & Mark McGuire – Solar Bridge (2022) – The Quaking Mess – 33:30
10. Phill Niblock & Hampus Lindwall – Music For Organ (2019) – Unmounted/Muted Noun – 47:00

Cover: Artwork for Emeralds, Steve Hauschildt & Mark McGuire’ Solar Bridge (2022).

#153 - Charged - 21.04.24

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1. Abandon – The Dead End (2009) – Bitter The Surface & Pitch Black Hole – 00:00
2. Helpless – Caged In Gold (2022) – Single File – 12:29
3. Sumac – What One Becomes (2016) – Rigid Man (II) – 15:57
4. They Grieve – To Which I Bore Witness (2023) – Under The Weight – 20:22
5. Throwing Bricks – The Burden (2022) – Safta – 27:15
6. Fórn – The Departure of Consciousness (2015) – Emergence – 34:28
7. Usnea – Random Cosmic Violence (2014) – Random Cosmic Violence – 38:55
8. Fvnerals – Let The Earth Be Silent (2023) – Yearning – 53:29
9. King Woman – Created In Image of Suffering (2017) – Utopia – 58:56

Mix Cover: Artwork for Fvnerals album Let the Earth Be Silent’ released in February 2023 on Prophecy Records.

#152 - Electronic - 18.04.24

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1. The Black Dog – Black Daisy Wheel (2018) – Who He Was – 00:00
2. Varg – 10 År av Skog, Natt & Stjärnor (2023) – I En Oandling Sorg / Jörn – 04:26
3. Pye Audio Corner – Black Mill Tapes (2020) – Electronic Rhythm Number 4 – 07:39
4. Rrose – Please Touch (2023) – Spore – 11:22
5. Lee Gamble – Berlin Atonal: More Light (2020) – Polis – 18:03
6. Ø – ATAK012 OLEVA (2008) – Muistetun Palaava Taajuus – 22:36
7. EUS – Devenir (2019) – Devenir – 26:05
8. GAS – Königsforst (2016) – 5 – 31:00
9. Distel – Wapens (2018) – Creole – 45:47
10. Anstam – Names (2014) – Names – 49:28
11. Carter Tutti Void – Triumvirate (2019) – T 3.3 – 54:17

Mix Cover: Artwork for Ø (Mika Vainio) album ATAK012 OLEVA released in 2008 on Mika Vainio’s own Sähkö Recordings.
Main Image: Berlin Atonal © Helge Mundt.

#151 - Avant Rock - 14.04.24

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1. Iskandr – Spiritus Sylvestris (2023) – Hof Der Valken – 00:00
2. Brett Netson – Simple Work for the Dead (2011) – National Socialist Shareholders – 11:25
3. Sun Organ – Candlelight Showertime (2023) – God Love His Little Things, Pt. 1 – 15:49
4. Boris – Pink (2005) – Farewell – 21:22
5. Baroness – Gold & Grey (2019) – Blankets of Ash – 28:43
6. Lanayah – I’m Picking Lights in a Field (2023) – Nameless Fluttering – 29:32
7. Mount Eerie – Wind’s Poem (2009) – Lost Wisdom – 35:30
8. Swans – The Beggar (2023) – The Beggar Lover (Three) – 42:05

Mix Cover: Artwork for Iskandr album ‘Spiritus Sylvestris’ releases in September 2023 on Eisenwald Records.
Video Excerpt: taken from Iskandr official video for Hof Der Valken, available from Eisenwald official YT channel. Filmed and edited by O. Iskandr.

“This slow and heavy song, heavily influenced by acid folk soundscapes of the 70’s, tells a tale about the noble aristocracy of the sky. The hunting birds of prey that dominate the upper echelons of our world and punish with deadly force those who are not careful.”

#150 - Experimental - 10.04.24

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1. Zu – Jhator (2017) – Jhator: A Sky Burial (edit) – 00:00
2. Eli Keszler – Stadium (2018) – Was The Singing Bellowing – 13:45
3. Jo Berger Myhre & Olafur Björn Ólafsson – The Third Script (2017) – 1000% – 16:54
4. Oren Ambarchi & Johan Berthling & Andreas Werliin – Ghosted (2022) – IV – 23:15
5. 65daysofstatic – Replicr (2019) – Stillstellung – 27:37
6. William Ryan Fritch – Cohesion (2023) – Fallen Into Briney Depths – 31:10
7. Baker, Sotzko, Guion – Trio Not Trio – Letzte (2023) – Funfte – 33:55
8. Ulver – A Quick Fix of Melancholy (2003) – Little Blue Birds – 38:44
9. Robot Koch & Foam and Sand & Hainbach – Full Circle Reworks (2021) – Circle 18 – Hainbach Rework – 45:15
10. Colin Stetson & Sarah Neufeld – Never Were The Way She Was (2015) – With The Dark Hug of Time – 48:13
11. Scott Walker – Bish Bosch (2012) – See You Don’t Bump His Head – 53:29
12. Andreas Gerth & Carl Oesterhelt – Music for Unknown Rituals (2023) – The Geometry of Rhythmics – 57:30

Mix Cover: Album cover for Colin Stetson & Sarah Neufeld album ‘Never Were The Way She Was’ released in April 2015 by Constellation records.
Video Excerpt: Rare bonus interview with Scott Walker from the HMV limited edition of the documentary ’30 Century Man’ directed by Stephen Kijak.

#149 - Ambient / Drone - 06.04.24

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1. Kali Malone – All Life Long (2024) – All Life Long (for Organ) – 00:00
2. Fennesz and Ryuichi Sakamoto – Cendre (2007) – Cendre – 08:33
3. Eluvium – Copia (2007) – Indoor Swimming At The Space Station – 11:40
4. Asmus Tietchens – Nachtstücke (2014) – Falter-Lamento – 21:15
5. Black Swan – Repetition Hymns (2021) – Closer – 27:20
6. James Heather – Modulations: EP1 (2017) – The Conscience Loop – 30:51
7. William Ryan Fritch – Polarity (2023) – A World of Promise and Inaction – 32:53
8. Abstract Aprils – Imagination Carousel (2024) – Forlorn for Long – 37:14
9. Godspeed You! Black Emperor – G_d’s Pee AT STATE’S END! (2021) – Our Side Has To Win (for D.H.) – 40:38
10. Robert Fripp & Brian Eno – Evening Star (2019) – Wind On Water – 47:15
11. Arthur Russell – Keep The Lights On OST – Feat. The Music of Arthur Russell (2012) – Instrumentals Vol. 2 – 51:57
12. Aphex Twin – Selected Ambient Works Volume II (1994) – #3 – 58:32

Cover: Artwork for Ryuichi Sakamoto and Fennesz album Cendre released in 2007 on Commmons records, a label founded by Ryuichi Sakamoto and Avex Trax label founder, Max Matsuura.

Main Image: Still from ‘Stalker’ 1979. Directed by Andrey Tarkovsky.

“Hardness and strength are death’s companions. Pliancy and weakness are expressions of the freshness of being. Because what has hardened will never win.” – The Stalker

#148 - Ominous - 02.04.24

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1. Aphotic – Abyssgazer (2023) – Endzeit + Spectral Degradation – 00:00
2. Knoll – As Spoken (2024) – Portrait – 06:43
3. Turris Eburnea – Turris Eburnea (2021) – Cotard Delusion – 12:15
4. Vesicant – Shadows of Cleansing Iron (2017) – Shadow of Death – 16:37
5. Impetuous Ritual – Iniquitous Barbarik Synthesis (2023) – Sanguinary Abstraction – 21:55
6. Primitive Man – Insurmountable (2022) – Cage Intimacy – 26:00
7. Hissing – Permanent Destitution (2018) – Eulogy in Squalor – 37:00
8. Portal – Avow (2021) – Drain – 43:10
9. Cryptae – Capsule (20222) – Deluge – 48:22
10. Aderlating – Dying of The Light (2010) – Soul Harvest (edit) – 53:16

Mix Cover: Artwork for Portal album ‘Avow’ released on my birthday 28th May 2021 on Profound Lore records. Main Image: Portal.

#147 - Electronic - 28.03.24

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1. Vampillia & The Body – Xoroahbin (2017) – Cold Bark Bite – 00:00
2. SNTS – Across Another Dimension (2017) – Resurgence – 05:08
3. Roll The Dice – Born To Ruin (2017) – The Derailed – 10:35
4. SHXCXCHXCXSH – Kongestion (2022) – Esti – 15:05
5. Rrose – Hymn To Moisture (2020) – Bandage – 19:30
6. Oake – Monad XXIV (2016) – Paysage Dépaysé – 25:35
7. Ancient Methods – The Jericho Records (2018) – Omen’s Duty – 34:50
8. The Soft Moon – Criminal (Instrumentals 2018) – ILL – 39:44
9. JK Flesh – Veneer Of Tolerance Remixes (2024) – Day is Dying (Zadig Remix) – 42:20
10. Flying Lotus – Reset EP (2007) – Spicy Sammich – 48:10
11. Blanck Mass – Calm With Horses OST (2020) – Different Breed – 52:15
12. Postcoïtum – News From Nowhere (2020) – Las Bestia – 56:39
13. Eartheater – Irisiri (2018) – Curtains – 01:01:22

Cover: Artwork for JK Flesh – Veneer Of Tolerance Remixes (2024).
Main Image: Ancient Methods.

#146 - Electronic - 25.03.24

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1. Ulwhednar – Area 08 (2023) – Winter Wasteland – 00:00
2. Demdike Stare – Tryptych (2011) – Forest of Evil (Dawn) – 03:05
3. MMMD – Nomenklatura (2022) – Nomenklatura – 11:50
4. Territoire – Alix (2018) – Sourd – 21:43
5. Par Grindvik – In Death’s Dream Kingdom (2018) – Speaking Their Minds – 26:50
6. Arovane & Porya Hatami – Organism (2017) – Reproduction – 29:50
7. Roly Porter – Kistvaen (2020) – An Open Door – 30:58
8. The House in The Woods & Pye Audio Corner – The Spectral Corridor (2021) – Part. 4 – 36:50
9. Omit – in/Sec (2024) – Segmentor – 44:45

Mix Cover: Artwork variation for Omit “in/Sec” released January 2024 on Siltbreeze Records. Main Image: Territoire.
Main Image: Territoire.

#145 - Ominous - 20.03.24

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1. Murmuüre – Murmuüre (2010) – Reincarnate – 00:00
2. Útgarðar – Fire Smoked Upon The Wolf’s Back (2023) – Ymir Awakens – 07:24
3. Lurker Of Chalice – Lurker Of Chalice (2005) – Fastened To The Five Points – 13:28
4. AUN – VII (2013) – Untitled – 21:35
5. Neige Morte – IIII (2020) – Lämna Inga Spår – 30:35
6. Altaar – Dødsønske (2009) – Dødsønske – 35:08
7. Throane – Derrière-nous, La Lumière (2016) – Sortez Vos Lames… – 41:40
8. The Lovecraft Sextet – Miserere (2022) – Misererer – Occulta – Opus I – 45:30
9. Urfaust – Untergang (2023) – Höllenkosmos – 49:31
10. Black Earth – A Cryptic Howl of Morbid Truth (2015) – Unconscious Realities Beyond The Pillars… – 54:45


Mix Cover: Murmuüre’s self-titled album artwork first released in 2010 on cassette by Cold Void Emanations and on LP by Aurora Borealis in 2011. Video Excerpt Excerpt from Murmuüre – Reincarnate (2010)
Video Excerpt Excerpt from Murmuüre – Reincarnate (2010)