set up in collaboration with editions mego, spectrum spools is a new imprint from emeralds’ john elliott. the first two releases come from fabric and bee mask. i’ve only just got the fabric record but this is really great. i guess it falls into the similar category as emeralds, OPN, rene hell and a lot of the synth/drone stuff floating around at the moment. i would easily put it up there with those three in terms of quality based on my first few listens (and brainwashed are usually bang-on with their reviews). i found it pretty accessible and it avoids the drawn out/meandering noise that can be disappointing with with kind of sound. annoyingly the really dense/interesting tracks still push 6 minutes or so, and are a little big to fit on tumblr (blergh). this one clocks in at less than 2 and is a good representation of the feel to the rest of the record.
anyone needing to kill time in glasgow should go to the goma for the haroon mirza piece. it’s a self sustaining installation assembled out of old furniture, electronic equipment and lighting. seriously impressed. a strobe gives a clicking that is mixed with various other loops (one from a record skipping) that sounds pretty huge/eerie in the room. you can watch a video here. there is also some cool alasdair Gray stuff going on.
fuck fuck fuck FUCK! i kinda fell in love with the most recent derek rodgers stuff (especially populist context) but woah woah at this! i can’t even type a description of how huge this is! i started it again before it had finished. i love when someone manages to take really simple melodies but create a piece of music that feels new/original/genuine. for all the noisier stuff derek has done this is really pretty tear jerking. i played it loud and sat still waiting to die. but, uuuhhh, this track is from his exhaustion of emotion tape on bridgetown records. just to talk about the label for a second - kevin greenspon is a great dude and puts out seriously seriously great tapes. you can check the siteherewhere you can get 5 tapes for $24 US/$28 international (i can’t wait for mine to arrive!!). you can also download a free 15 track mix of the summer releases here to get an idea. this track is also taken from the sampler. it’s all totally ace stuff - drone/shoegaze/bedroom-pop. vehicle blues, former selves, jon barba, hedia, hollow sunshine… pretty much the whole mix is currently making me so fucking stoked on music !!!!!! (nerd/out)