Category Archives: Post Rock

Heaps of new stuff from Mylene Sheath, Twice Removed, Spectral Haze, The Cosmic Dead….!

New stuff….

 

Spectral Haze – I.E.V.: Transmutated Nebula Remains LP (one copy left available to reserve. They are on their way, not in hand yet) $23

http://thearchipelagorises.bigcartel.com/product/spectral-haze-i-e-v-transmutated-nebula-remains-lp

 

Aeges – Above and Down Below LP (trans green with gold splatter vinyl /100, one left) $29; CD (one left) $14

http://thearchipelagorises.bigcartel.com/product/aeges-above-and-down-below-lp

http://thearchipelagorises.bigcartel.com/product/aeges-above-and-down-below-cd

 

Minot – Equal / Opposite LP (all variants available, ltd qtys) $29; CD $14

http://thearchipelagorises.bigcartel.com/product/minot-equal-opposite-lp

http://thearchipelagorises.bigcartel.com/product/minot-equal-opposite-cd

 

Jacob – Sines LP (one one copy left available to reserve. Black vinyl. They are on pre-order from the label, not in hand yet) $42

http://thearchipelagorises.bigcartel.com/product/jakob-sines-lp-special-price

 

A whole array of Twice Removed Records releases. Drone/ambient/experimental CDs. Bulk deal – $45 for any 5 releases posted to Australia, $50 world

http://thearchipelagorises.bigcartel.com/category/twice-removed-records

 

The Cosmic Dead / Guardian Alien – Split LP $34

http://thearchipelagorises.bigcartel.com/product/the-cosmic-dead-guardian-alien-tunnel-channel-vol-1-lp

 

Hobbledehoy presses of Caspian – Waking Season $34, This Will Destroy You – Another Language $34 and Arrows – Modern Art and Politics $32

http://thearchipelagorises.bigcartel.com/category/hobbledehoy-records

 

In Zaire – White Sun Black Sun LP repress (one left) $26

http://thearchipelagorises.bigcartel.com/product/in-zaire-white-sun-black-sun-lp

 

Recent arrivals…

 

Essence Music CD releases from Expo 70, Up-Tight and Nadja

Sunfighter tapes from Bookmaker Records

Dave Cintron related (Myra Gale – self released; No On – Lighten Up Sounds released)

Der Blutharsch and the Infinite Church of the Leading Hand – All to Pieces 12″

Cosmic Dead CDs from Paradigms Recordings

 

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Mylene Sheath goodies, Cosmic Dead and more from Paradigms Recordings, ODAWAS LPs from Bookmaker and glorious Essence Music CDs!

It’s been a while, but finally we have some new Mylene Sheath jamz for your listening pleasure. In a new development at the label, we have the first cassette release by the Sheath. Constants main-man Will Benoit steps away from his usual rock haunt, and provides us with an intimate insight into his creative left-fieldism with his Living Phantoms release ‘Shiver’. The mighty Pelican grace us with a little slab of 45rpm instru-rock gold, we have brand new songs from a brand new post-hardcore/alt-rock band in San Angelus (featuring a bloke from Pelican), we have the gloriously understated Dust Moth EP on 12″ vinyl and CD; plus restocks of Caspian’s Tertia and You Are The Conductor LPs.

 

Pelican 7" from The Mylene Sheath

Pelican 7″ from The Mylene Sheath

Living Phantoms - Shiver cassette from The Mylene Sheath.

Living Phantoms – Shiver cassette from The Mylene Sheath.

Dust Moth - Dragon Mouth CD & 12" EP from The Mylene Sheath

Dust Moth – Dragon Mouth CD & 12″ EP from The Mylene Sheath

San Angelus 7" from The Mylene Sheath

San Angelus 7″ from The Mylene Sheath

Caspian from The Mylene Sheath

Caspian from The Mylene Sheath

 

Let The Cosmic Dead into your world. Let the mighty riff’n’drone take you to the far reaches of time and space. Let Paradigms Recordings bring you ever closer to infinite bliss. This can be achieved, and The Cosmic Dead will guide you there.

The Archipelago Rises is once again, very proud and honoured to be stocking releases from that most impressive label, Paradigms Recordings. In our latest batch, we’ve got the CD presses of all The Cosmic Dead full-lengths, including the never-before-released Orbiting Salvation! Back in stock is the Self-Titled release, which started this whole new world off; The Exalted King, now on CD since we’ve looooong sold out of our previous cassette version from Dub Ditch Picnic; EasterFaust, previously only available on LP via Sound of Cobra (we have one of those left too!) and as mentioned, Orbiting Salvation, brand new to the physical format. As with all Paradigms Releases, they are beautiful things. Wondrous things. Things that will change your mind about the world we live in.

The Cosmic Dead - Self Titled from Paradigms Recordings.

The Cosmic Dead – Self Titled from Paradigms Recordings.

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The Cosmic Dead – The Exalted King from Paradigms Recordings

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The Cosmic Dead – EasterFaust CD from Paradigms Recordings

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The Cosmic Dead – Orbiting Salvation from Paradigms Recordings.

 

Also from Paradigms Recordings we have releases from Wailing of the Winds, a psychedelic-folky-trip-out of the highest order; Aidan Baker‘s double CD ambient works opus ‘Loop Studies’ and restocks of Titan‘s ‘Untitled’ psyche behemoth.

Wailing of the Winds 'II' from Paradigms Recordings

Wailing of the Winds ‘II’ from Paradigms Recordings

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Aidan Baker’s ‘Loop Studies’ double CD from Paradigms Recordings!

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Titan’s ‘Untitled’ opus from Paradigms Recordings.

 

In some glorious news, The Archipelago Rises will now be stocking releases from our Brazilian brothers-in-music, Essence Music! To celebrate this new marriage, we have the latest 3 releases from Essence Music – Expo 70 ‘Virtually From The Unknown’, Nadja ‘Queller’ and Up-Tight ‘The Night Is Yours’ – and if you use the code ESSENCE during checkout of your order, you’ll get 20% off your Essence items! Code lasts for 1 week only, so get in quick!

Nadja - Queller from Essence Music

Nadja – Queller from Essence Music

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Expo 70 – Virtually From The Unknown from Essence Music

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Up-Tight – The Night Is Yours from Essence Music.

 

Michael J Tapscott, the man behind the incredible ‘Good Morning, Africa’ LP release Bookmaker put out a little while back, is back again with his alter-ego-band ODAWAS. ‘Casting their gaze into the cosmos, the present finds Odawas crafting songs of the future to deal with the past. Drawing from the later novels of science-fiction visionary Philip K. Dick, songwriter Michael James Tapscott adapts campfire stories of personal narrative and vicarious observation for the frozen flames of Ichthys. Across these interstellar structures of human plight, producer and arranger Isaac Edwards paints galactic swaths of cinematic scope and delves deeper into the sonority of the organic and synthetic, from the dim-lit ache of resignation in “Home,” through the epiphanic vastness of “What If Our World is Their Heaven?” With Reflections of a Pink Laser, Odawas extends a stigmatic hand and with a flash of the eyes invites you, dear listener, on an epic journey from innerspace to the outer limits.’

In some unfortunate news, the sleeves arrived to me with seam splits at the top and some of the corners are a bit bumped. Seems the postal services didn’t think this package was worth handling with any kind-of care. Whilst the vinyl is perfect, the splits at the top measure a centimetre or so. The price has been reduced to accommodate.

ODAWAS - Reflections of a Pink Laser from Bookmaker Records.

ODAWAS – Reflections of a Pink Laser from Bookmaker Records.

All links have listening samples for you to dive into.

Essence Music CD releases!

Crossing the ‘T’s and dotting the ‘i’s for a future stock partnership between Essence Music and The Archipelago Rises! Whilst we wont get the limited boxsets, we will be getting the regular CD editions in! 🙂 Let me know if there are any releases in particular you would like, and I shall get them in for you! Here’s the complete list of stuff that’s available. I will definitely be getting the Expo 70, Up-Tight and Nadja releases. If you want something else, msg me and I’ll get it in for you. Very, very reasonably priced too! 😀

EXPO SEVENTY – Virtually From The Unknown
UP-TIGHT – The Night Is Yours
NADJA – Queller
CIRCLE – Soundcheck
CIRCLE – Prospekt
AIDAN BAKER – Noise Of Silence
ACID MOTHERS TEMPLE & THE MELTING PARAISO U.F.O. – Live In Occident
DRAKH – Bethlehem
NADJA – Autopergamene
MERZBOW – Camouflage
NORDVARGR – In Oceans Abandoned By Life I Drown…
ATOMINE ELEKTRINE – Nebulous
BORIS – Soundtrack From Film Mabuta No Ura

Coming soon!!

A heap of new releases in stock

For those following this blog, I have been real slack recently and haven’t updated this for a little while. So here are all the new releases we’ve got in store since the last blog post.

Art of Burning Water – Love You Dead LP (Superfi Records)- http://thearchipelagorises.bigcartel.com/product/art-of-burning-water-love-you-dead-lp

Art of Burning Water – This Disgrace LP (Superfi Records) – http://thearchipelagorises.bigcartel.com/product/art-of-burning-water-this-disgrace-lp

Atomic Cries – Suspended Between The Mouth of God and the Fist of Man 7″ (Svart Records) –  http://thearchipelagorises.bigcartel.com/product/atomic-cries-suspended-between-the-mouth-of-god-and-the-fist-of-man-7

Brown Snake Kills Dog – Thicker Fog CDr (self released) – http://thearchipelagorises.bigcartel.com/product/brown-snake-kills-dog-thicker-fog-cdr

Daighila / Grinding Halt – Split 7″ (tenzenmen) – http://thearchipelagorises.bigcartel.com/product/daighila-grinding-halt-split-7

El Eje Del Mal / Inquiry Last Scenery – Split 7″ (tenzenmen) – http://thearchipelagorises.bigcartel.com/product/el-eje-del-mal-inquiry-last-scenery-split-7

Fan Zui Xiang Fa – Self Titled 7″ (tenzenmen) – http://thearchipelagorises.bigcartel.com/product/fan-zui-xiang-fa-self-titled-7

fun – 1/3 7″ (tenzenmen) – http://thearchipelagorises.bigcartel.com/product/fun-1-3-7

The Gar – City of Burning Identities (tenzenmen) – http://thearchipelagorises.bigcartel.com/product/the-gar-the-city-of-burning-identities-cd

Good Throb – Good Throb 7″ (Superfi Records) – http://thearchipelagorises.bigcartel.com/product/good-throb-good-throb-7

Hark – Mythopoeia 7″ (Superfi Records) – http://thearchipelagorises.bigcartel.com/product/hark-mythopoeia-7

Henryspenncer – Saturn CD (Bookmaker Records) – http://thearchipelagorises.bigcartel.com/product/henryspenncer-saturn-cd

Keller – Keller tape (Blue Tapes) – http://thearchipelagorises.bigcartel.com/product/keller-keller-cassette

Kosmonaut – Green tape (Avant Archive) – http://thearchipelagorises.bigcartel.com/product/kosmonaut-green-cassette

LostPoet – Acapellas 4 The Culture tape (Blue Tapes) – http://thearchipelagorises.bigcartel.com/product/lostpoet-acapellas-4-the-culture-cassette

Nick van Breda / zzzounds – Split  7″ (tenzenmen) – http://thearchipelagorises.bigcartel.com/product/nick-van-breda-zzzounds-split-7

Oliwa – Naturalia CD (Twiceremoved) – http://thearchipelagorises.bigcartel.com/product/oliwa-naturalia-cd

Oscillotron – Eclipse LP and CD (Cineploit) – http://thearchipelagorises.bigcartel.com/product/oscillotron-eclipse-lp

http://thearchipelagorises.bigcartel.com/product/oscillotron-eclipse-cd

RL:ZZ – Phantom Silence CD (Witch Sermon Productions) – http://thearchipelagorises.bigcartel.com/product/rl-zz-phantom-silence-cd

Skip Skip Ben Ben – Sacrifice Mountain Hills CD (tenzenmen) – http://thearchipelagorises.bigcartel.com/product/skip-skip-ben-ben-sacrifice-mountain-hills-cd

Various – Silent Death CD (Metal Zone Distro) – http://thearchipelagorises.bigcartel.com/product/various-silent-death-cd

We Lost The Sea – The Quietest Place on Earth 2LP (Birds Robe Collective). Marble blue and black vinyl available – http://thearchipelagorises.bigcartel.com/product/we-lost-the-sea-the-quietest-place-on-earth-lp

Winters in Osaka – Heptagon tape (Midnight Sea Records) – http://thearchipelagorises.bigcartel.com/product/winters-in-osaka-heptagon-cassette

Zoltan – First Stage: Zoltan LP (Cineploit) – http://thearchipelagorises.bigcartel.com/product/zoltan-first-stage-zoltan-lp

International Shipping back up and running in the bigcartel store

Hey all, just a quick note regards the infernal monolith that is Australia Post. The good news is we are up and running again with international shipping through the bigcartel store. The bad news is their international rates have changed once again, so I’ve had to remove individual shipping rates for each item and have added an International Shipping product in the store that you need to select on top of your purchase (if you’re not getting yr item shipped to an Australian address). You will pay the amount of shipping that listed with each item you buy + the International Shipping option in order to get yr item sent.

This may end up seeming like a lot of money, and if you buy multiple LPs, it WILL be a lot of money. HOWEVER, whatever you pay over and above what Australia Post will charge to ship yr item(s), WILL BE REFUNDED TO YOU. That is The Archipelago Rises shipping promise. The MAXIMUM shipping any buyer will pay when buying stuff at The Archipelago Rises will be the EXACT postage charge Australia Post charges me to send the item(s).

You can read more about it here:  http://thearchipelagorises.bigcartel.com/shipping-enquiries
There is a SHIPPING category in the Label section which has both international shipping options:  http://thearchipelagorises.bigcartel.com/category/shipping

REMEMBER, the maximum you will ever pay for shipping through The Archipelago Rises is the exact cost Australia Post charges to send the item.

And, after we make all the calculations, and yr still unhappy with the shipping cost, I will only be too happy to refund your total order before it gets sent out.

New stuff in the shop

Arktika – Heartwrencher 12″
Caspian – Waking Season DLP
Dead Dragon Mountain – Huddled Masses Under the Burning Sky tape
Jagernaut / Terlarang 7″
Muse – The 2nd Law DLP
Number None – Strategies Against Agriculture tape
Persistence in Mourning – Absent God / Sleeping Giant tape
Persistence in Mourning – God is Not Here CD
Snapline – Future Eyes CD
Snapline – Phenomena CD
Sutcliffe Jugend – Blue Rabbit CD
Torturing Nurse / Automating – Split tape
Vomir – Processing the Wall tape
X is Y – Never Sever + LP 2CD

 

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Another batch of new arrivals from Twice Removed and Runningonair

Some new ambient/drone/experimental stuff to sink yr ears into!

2 new releases from TWICE REMOVED RECORDS

Berber Ox – Limiter CD-r, in an edition of 100

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Sima Kim – Songs CD-r, in an edition of 100

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4 new releases from RUNNING ON AIR

‘Whilst Runningonair Music is not genre specific when it comes to releases, a common thread of science, mathematics and technology, as it relates to the every day, has emerged.  These themes are likely to continue for the foreseeable future.

When referencing external material Runningonair Music favours the present.  Many other excellent labels concern themselves with the past both in material and technology.  Therefore a relevant question might be what defines the time in terms of sound?’

Regolith – And… CD-r, in an edition of 100

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Joe Evans – Ecliptic Plane CD+DVD, in an edition of 100

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Daniel W J Mackenzie – Return Written Arrange CD, in an edition of 100

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Suborno – The Instrument LP, in an edition of 200.

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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.

TWICE REMOVED RECORDS

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:

http://www.ambientexotica.com/ambrev102_timbass_ihbowtoy/

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:

http://acloserlisten.com/2012/05/02/cycle-440-the-cartography-of-shifting-planes/

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:

http://www.cyclicdefrost.com/blog/2012/01/craig-mcelhinney-sore-loser-twice-removed/

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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

http://thearchipelagorises.bigcartel.com/category/twice-removed-records

TENZENMEN

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: http://thearchipelagorises.bigcartel.com/category/tenzenmen

Twice Removed: These Ship Wrecks – Raw Powerless

Mastered by the one and only James Plotkin, Raw Powerless is a beautiful, heart-wrenching document on our society gradually losing it’s soul. An experimental post-rock feel imbues the recording, its as it’s name suggests, raw, but certainly does not lack any power. The opposite is true. The message from These Ship Wrecks runs to the core of our lives and it’s a warning of the disarray that lays ahead of us if we let our current societal impasse continue unabated.

From John Kontas at A Closer Listen:

These Ship Wrecks are a band from Perth, Australia, one of the remotest cities in the world, and despite the fact that our world is becoming smaller and smaller in the digital age, one can’t help but wonder how geographical isolation may affect art and other modes of collective human expression. I have no idea if the unique approach These Ship Wrecks have is because of where they come from, but there are times when they sound like a band operating outside this decadent world of convention, while using their music to tell us a story that is very personal.

Raw Powerless is a one-mike recording from 2009 and is certainly raw, but by no means powerless. Having listened to the ’70s psychedelia mysticism of their studio album Salt, Sulphur, Mercury one can find the same drunk beats and broken melodies that characterized it (somewhere between The Doors and Bark Psychosis), but here the band let themselves go, losing themselves completely in the dionysian power of their music.

At times, like shamans dancing on fire, they play with the power and recklessness of tribal musicians for whom music was a language that would allow them to communicate with a supreme being or enter a world beyond the one where mortals exist. At others, with Morricone-like guitars they celebrate their uniqueness in an old-fashioned way, by not following forms and letting their post-jazz (if I may use such a term) develop freely. But most of the time they resemble a band of traveling gypsies, much like the legendary Godspeed You! Black Emperor, making stops at random towns and cities, playing like an unstoppable rock’n’roll avalanche, bringing havoc for an hour or two, and then on to their next destination.

Because of this their music is truly adventurous, often resembling Hanged Up!, a band with only two members (a drummer and a bassist), as the drums often take the lead, with the other instruments accompanying the marching beat. This is a band that sings about the end of the world, about a civilization that has lost its soul while flipping channels on TV, and other such stories that we are all aware of, but choose to ignore as we are too busy surviving. While the music of These Ship Wrecks is raw and unpolished, it is made for the same reasons music was first made in human societies, to feed the spirit, to lift us to a higher level of consciousness and to celebrate life. For all these reasons, this is an album (and a band) worth hearing.

John Kontos

From Cool Perth Nights:

Back when THESE SHIPWRECKS were doing the rounds as a live entity, they were one of the most gooey, immersive, bliss-inducing acts you could hope to see on a Friday night. With one-time members now separated by countless lines of latitude and longditude, the project endures via central dude Nathan Savage, now residing in Berlin. That said, “Raw Powerless,” is not the sound of Savage gone solo; the album is actually a previously unreleased recording from 2009 (I can’t be sure, but I suspect the title refers to it being captured at the ‘Power Out’ gig at Spectrum Project Space). It’s rough around the edges, occasionally featuring snippets of mid-jam conversation (“What are we doing now?”) but it’s a great aural document, dense and silky as ever, and its acoustic nature is testament to the fact that psychedelic vibes come from the heart, boy, not from them fancy delay pedals and flangers you gone done bought. (NB: I would never ever suggest that you refrain from chucking a shizload of delay on your shiz. It’s the spice of life).

June 2012 – Kickstarter projects The Archipelago loves!

Just a short post on some cool happenings Kickstarter-wise.

 

CHROME CRANKS – Aint No Lies In Blood

If ya’ll got onto the successful Chrome Cranks kickstarter, you should have your signed records by now! Ours arrived last week and true to form, and to the legend the Cranks are, the album RIPS. RIPS NEW ARSEHOLES. Totally awesome, dirty garage rawk.

If you didn’t go the kickstarter, you can order the new record here:

http://www.munsterama.com/site/index.php?lang=1&mode=search&term=CHROME%20CRANKS&type=artist

 

IT’S NOT NIGHT: IT’S SPACE

There’s 13 days to go on this bad boy, and a further $1198 (as I type this) out of $5000 to go! To say its been going well is an understatement to say the least. THANKS goes to ALL pledgers and all FUTURE pledgers when this thing gets funded!! If you’re a vinyl nut (and chances are if you’re reading this, you are) there are only 2 left of the vinyl option. 2 only!!! So get in, secure your beautiful piece of wax and let’s get these psych-rock-desert-trip-out dudes funded!!!

http://www.kickstarter.com/projects/innis/its-not-night-its-space-and-their-first-lp

 

THE ILLS

Relatively unknown Slovak post-rock-experimental outfit have their own kickstarter-style project running through indiegogo. There’s only $75 to go and 10 days to get it, so again, we’re confident this awesome thing will also be funded. $22 will get you a slice of the vinyl cut, so you know you want it.

http://www.indiegogo.com/theills

http://ills.bandcamp.com

Check out some The Ills here:

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