August News! ………Twice Removed Records, Tenzenmen

’bout time we had an update, yeah??!!

it has been a pretty quiet month or so here in The Archipelago Rises, however we have a nice bunch of new things for you to immerse yourselves in.

And, in case you didn’t know, the second installment of The Archipelago Rises DownLoad Series is now shipping with all orders of new items.


Fescal – Moods and Views

Moods & Views is the name of Fescal’s latest installment, which comes as a joint release by Fescal and Twice Removed Records in Australia (Perth). Each album has been fashioned and tailored by Fescal, and manufactured by hand using traditional Korean paper, Chinese string, handmade flowers coloured: red, purple, white and yellow. All flowers are fixed onto two green leaves made out of a local synthetic textile. To add to the uniqueness of the product, each unit comes with two special landscape portraits printed onto gold leaf paper, an album introduction, a personal note from Fescal about the album.

This is an extremely beautiful release, each one carefully constructed both physically and musically. There are only 50 of these in existence and they are flying out the door. Grab this immaculate piece of art now or forever be disappointed.

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Tim Bass – I Have Become Overcome With Thoughts of You

Here’s an in-depth review of the release which highlights the real beauty contained within:

It would be naive to add anything to the above review, except that I can agree on almost all points. The album is inherently warm, lush (without the bombast), gorgeously enveloping and like all good ‘drone/ambient’ music, it demands and succeeds in retaining your attention for the duration of the release. Visions in my mind of beaches, of loneliness for a beautiful day, heart breaking and mending all at the same time.

This melts your heart and yearns for your love.

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Bengalfuel – Roeblin

Bengalfuel is the work of Lou DiBenedetto and Joe LiTrenta, two friends who grew up together in New Jersey. Each has produced music separately for years; Lou as Dentist, and Joe under the moniker, Doc Deem. At the end of 2009, they created Bengalfuel: a collaborative project combining elements of both of their musical styles. Since, they have put out numerous releases including ‘Durban’ on Polish netlabel Isolationism, an EP on Rural Colours called ‘Feldspar’ and ‘Oneida’ for Lizard Breakfast Recordings. ” Download includes download only track “Cells” not on the cd-r, while cd-r includes “Dreamcatcher” not included in download. The latest release from this amazing US duo.

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Cycle~440 – Cartography of Shifting Planes

Check a review out here:

Think of your favourite book. Remember however much that you needed to, you just couldn’t stop turning the pages. It draws you into its world and doesn’t let you leave until you’ve exhausted yourself. This album reminds me of my favourite book. It is a fully immersive release, there is no track-by-track listening regime; the only way you  can listen to this is from start to finish, allowing it to pour through your ears and into your nether.

It combines so many elements of the experimental music frontier that limiting it to a ‘genre’ would be disaster. But a mess of ideas it is not. Cycle~440 have created a release that is driven, has purpose, yet takes the listener on a head trip. Take it as read, if you are reading this blog, you’ll want to be hearing this release.

Please, have a listen below. It deserves your ears.

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Craig McElhinney – Sore Loser

Here’s a nice review of this piece:

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Other Twice Removed releases still available in The Archipelago Rises:

K Wilson – Otherworld CDr /100

Listening Mirror – What’s Wrong With Miracles /100

Ourobonic Plague – Post-Human Possibilities /100

Ryonkt – Troposhpere /100 (only a few of these left)

These Ship Wrecks – Raw Powerless /100


A bunch of new releases have arrived from the ever-reliable Tenzenmen. Check it:

Duck Fight Goose – Sports

Sports is the first full-length from widely touted Shanghai artists Duck Fight Goose, fresh from their invite to SXSW and History 7” release earlier this year. The eleven-track album combines elements of ambient post-rock and math-rock, with heavily textured songs that build layers upon layers before blooming into complex psychedelic mosaics. Sports represents a creative leap from Duck Fight Goose’s first release, the straightforward math-rock EP, Flow, and has been roundly acclaimed in the Chinese press as one of the best albums of 2012.
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Boyz & Girl – Self Titled

This four-piece shoegaze outfit quickly raced to the forefront of Taipei’s fast growing independent music scene- and for good reason. The completion of their warmly received eponymous freshman album has cemented their place in the hearts of an ever-growing fan base. Though Shoegaze is hardly a new phenomenon, Boyz & Girl has found a contemporary home in the genre, due largely in part to their fresh sounds and mature songwriting. The raucous yet dreamy guitars of Jon, pieced masterfully with Sonoko’s artistic drumming and Guo Guo’s steady basslines, creates an impeccable balance with the juvenile youth and innocence discovered through BenBen’s vocals.

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Low Wormwood – Lanzhou Lanzhou

The cliché goes that some geographical areas are synonymous with certain sounds: Merseybeat from Liverpool, for example, or grunge from Seattle. But it’s also the case that certain bands define their locales. Here, one tends to think of such acts as Arcade Fire, who did just that for Montreal with Funeral and The Suburbs. Such is the case with Low Wormwood, whose latest album, Lanzhou Lanzhou (their second licensed to tenzenmen) is perhaps a defining moment for both the band and the city of the title. Unlike many bands from Lanzhou, this quartet don’t practise harmony- driven guitar folk. The metrics of this album depart from their early grunge and shoot for a less fiery but more coherent structure, coupling string-soaked flourishes of folk-rock with mundane lyrics about day-to-day living in Lanzhou. It borders on being a concept album, but the catchy rhythms manage to dilute the anthropological solemnity and make this something special. ‘Recording this album is almost like being in a relationship,’ explains lead singer Liu Kun. ‘When you love each other, it really burns. When you hate each other… well, it also burns.’

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Little Shadow – Possessions

These six tracks on Little Shadows debut release, Possessions, evoke memories of later Hopesfall, Cursive, and at their more dischordant and punishing, a more melodic Nation Blue. All of this is coupled with vocalist Cam Gillard’s stories being told with a balance of layered analogies, and brutal honesty, whilst delivered in a more angelic and balanced tone than his previous work. It’s a fine moment for a relatively fresh band when they can set the benchmark for their peers in such a seemingly effortless manner.

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Dear Eloise – Beauty in Strangers

Dear Eloise is the side project of P.K.14 frontman Yang Haisong together with his wife Sun Xia. Connoisseurs of DIY and low-fi bedroom recordings, the pair create beautiful melodies amongst layers of distortion. Playing all the parts themselves while recording and editing in their home studio, they experiment with song structures and recording techniques. Their songs are interesting and layered while still maintaining a simple innocence. Even though they do not perform live and have released their recordings rather inconspicuously, Dear Eloise has still managed to gain a loyal following in the Chinese scene.
The Archipelago Rises also has some gorgeous little vinyl records by Dear Eloise; well worth investigating.
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Give & Take – Compilation of Malaysian hardcore punk

Give and Take is a compilation project initiated by us because we (Nervhous Records) think local Malaysian bands deserve the attention and exposure. We asked our friends’ bands to record a song for this compilation and this is the result. So, the bands on this disc represent just a small slice of the ever-growing local DIY music scene. As the title suggests, we need to have tolerance and respect towards each other and at the same time be opened to others, not only our little hc/punk friends circle. This is a co-operative release between Nervhous Records, Red Ink Entertainment, Pissart Records and tenzenmen

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We have a bunch more Tenzenmen including incredible releases from those indie darlings ‘Hedgehog’, the post-punk of ‘Carsick Cars’, the glorious math instru-pop of ‘Lava | Ox | Sea’, the savagely intense Shellac worship from those Aussie monsters ‘Scul Hazzards’ the shimmering, enlightening acousto-rock-folk ‘Travelers’ and those Kiwi-noiseniks ‘Mr Sterile Assembly’. There is a world of musical discovery waiting for you right here:

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