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hfayekay on 04/11/2014 at 09:15AM

Ak'chamel, the Giver of Illness Descends Over Hexas Again

Taken from the Ak'chamel Facebook Page.

That sound of Houston's shadow music collective Ak'chamel that has been hovering over Houston has congealed again in a release known as "Pus Ch'en" under net-labels suRRism-Phonoethics & Have You Said Midi?. Like their earlier albums Old Norse Mara & The Divine Vine Tapes, they continue to evoke tribal rituals from abstract hinterland cultures with haunted throat-singing, guitars, percussion, drones, & more-only this time with a heavier (if possible) & more refined sound. The title of track 2-"Underworld Sweat Bath" is a pretty accurate description of the Ak'chamel sonic experience. The occaisional brightness of a chime might punctuate the music now & then but it's perfectly contextualized to simply add detail before the sounds give way to gutteral chant.

Pus Ch'en could be described as psychedelic improv, but there's nothing sloppy or hokey about it-the members of Ak'chamel are skilled at their musical craft & all textures are intuitively organized to create a sincerely chilling soundtrack. Really wish HBO knew about this when they were scoring True Detective. -Faye

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undRess_Beton on 10/04/2013 at 10:54AM

Recent suRRism-Phonoethics Releases

 
Ak’chamel – ‘Pus Ch’en’
 
 

AK’CHAMEL – ‘PUS CH’EN’

Ak'chamel — Pus Ch'en 
Release date : Oct. 04, 2013
Label : suRRism-Phonoethics & Have You Said Midi?

How much of your body will I put in my basket, Father? Let no one take it from me. Let no one want what I have.

 
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Jamison Williams – ‘Helen Mirren [prologue]‘

JAMISON WILLIAMS – ‘HELEN MIRREN [PROLOGUE]‘

Jamison Williams — Helen Mirren [prologue] 
Release date : Sept. 14, 2013
Label : suRRism-Phonoethics

Jamison Williams. Soprano saxophone player specializing in experimental deconstructionism, and extended techniques; currently heading up the EAUF (Experimental Arts Union of Florida). Resides in Jacksonville, Florida.

 
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Mary Shelley & The Implicit Order – ‘Cutters’

MARY SHELLEY & THE IMPLICIT ORDER – ‘CUTTERS’

Mary Shelley & The Implicit Order — Cutters 
Release date : Sept. 14, 2013
Label : suRRism-Phonoethics

Death is a bored schoolgirl.

 
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Futurología – ‘Lo que Escuchan los Satélites’

FUTUROLOGÍA – ‘LO QUE ESCUCHAN LOS SATÉLITES’

Futurología — Lo que Escuchan los Satélites 
Release date : Sept. 14, 2013
Label : suRRism-Phonoethics

Take a ride with Futurología - 'Lo que Escuchan los Satélites'.

 
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HighWay17 – ‘Paly|toxic Loops’

HIGHWAY17 – ‘PALY|TOXIC LOOPS’

HighWay17 — Palytoxic Loops 
Release date : Sept. 13, 2013
Label : suRRism-Phonoethics

Palytoxic is an intense vasoconstrictor, and is considered to be one of the most toxic non-peptide substances known.

 
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Sound Spread – ‘Plastic Mind’

SOUND SPREAD – ‘PLASTIC MIND’

Soundspread — Plastic Mind 
Release date : Sept. 13, 2013
Label : suRRism-Phonoethics

Plastic Mind (SP) - the fourth transmission from Sound Spread test area.

 
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Lomz & Lezet – ‘Mother Brain’

LOMZ & LEZET – ‘MOTHER BRAIN’

Lomz & Lezet — Mother Brain 
Release date : Aug. 08, 2013
Label : suRRism-Phonoethics

Lomz & Lezet - 'Mother Brain' A true 8-Bit Beauty!

 
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jason on 03/29/2013 at 02:00AM

Ak'chamel's Hexas: Houston, Texas Under a Spell

Ak'Chamel in traditional garb during a live performance at Minicine Shreveport. Photo by Stan Carpenter (via fb)

Ak'chamel, The Giver of Illness hail from Hexas. That's Houston, Texas, under a spell. 

Inspired by Sun City Girls, Master Musicians of Bukkake, Hayvanlar Alemi and related strains of psychedelic improv and raw international music, the collective's self-released cassettes would sound right at home on Sublime Frequencies ("Radio Hexas?"). Tune into Old Norse Mara and The Divine Vine Tapes as throat singing and mysterious glossolalia meld with analog percussion, wind instruments, metal strings and chimes to cast a malevolent witch-doctor spell.

Houston may not be the most receptive environment for Ak'chamel's shamanic performances, but they have graced a handful of unconventional venues around town, including a laundromat, a clothing store, and an attic. Formerly known as Chairs, you may encounter Ak'chamel at FMABandcampFacebook and beyond.

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