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wmmberger on 04/21/2014 at 05:39PM

The Rapture, in Several Shades of Orange; Future Death Toll LIVE on My Castle of Quiet, 4.9.2014

Tracy Widdess / Wm. Berger

The concentrated joy of this set by Future Death Toll is its own reward. Fresh off of tour, the band sounded a-frickin'-mazing, and I was immediately confronted with a familiar feeling, of "O, Lucky Man!" ...I dig deep into the underground, bobbing for those most-artistic of apples, and this time came up with the OUTSTANDING sounds of FUTURE DEATH TOLL!!! Indeed, I am fortunate, to have this incredible OUTLET wherein I can extend invitations to artists such as these, and they just show up and play! Sit in that Studio B chair sometime, and you'll begin to understand how good the years of MCoQ weekly broadcasts have been to me, and my colleagues at the station, and to WFMU's devoted listeners. The kiss of WFMU is GOLDEN, and I need to remember to utilize this opportunity, in order to bestow upon all who care the rareified talents of artists like these.

Based on a barely labeled cassette tape I had received a long time ago, different from this set (more "home studio," obviously), I knew this band would make good use of the opportunity for a live radio set, and I was not disappointed. Though the tape is generally "lighter," as might be expected, as well as more song-oriented, F-DT do a lot of different things, and as with Slasher Risk before them (see this set from 2010), the variety of their capabilities just meant that playing live on the radio revealed another layer. They were noisy, dense and intense, but not entirely free-form, with themes that arose, dominated and then dissipated, as you will hear.

Though I did not have a pile of hard releases to muse over and absorb, there's quite a lot posted online, both to the band's Web site, and their YouTube page, and I've been at this long enough, that I knew for certain that F-DT's radio set would not disappoint, and it went far beyond that, into dazzling territory, rousing a hearty, enthusiastic response from Castleheads on our playlist comments.

So sit back, listen and enjoy. Massive props to engineer Juan Aboites for applying his considerable and diverse talents to making Future Death Toll radio-ready; whatever I throw at him, he makes the very best of it, rising to every challenge. Thanks also to Tracy Widdess for again making excellent, memorable photo art from my on-the-quick iPhone band captures.

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wmmberger on 05/02/2013 at 09:59PM

The Face You Made: Arvo Zylo Live on My Castle of Quiet

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Arvo Zylo's recordings and talents run the range from truly overwhelming, confrontational, and chilling, to thought-provoking. His experimental sounds are rooted in the 1980s Raplh/LAFMS/post-TG international "noise boom." Over many releases and collaborations, he has maintained a character of the unexpected, though one always wants to hear what that next sonic mask will be. In his other projects Blood Rhythms, Saint Street, and Mister Fuckhead, Arvo guarantees provocative listening, and the "catchy" or more-easily-palatable nature of the work will naturally come and go, giving way to the horror.

The cassette-and-CDr album 333, his recent split with Death Factory, and some of the live solo work he's done recently, under his own name and as Blood Rhythms, all stand out to me as experimental music of the highest order from an original talent.


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Demagol on 03/05/2013 at 02:10PM

Pulsipher - Dark Star: Ascendancy

Dark Star: Ascendancy (2012)

"Dark Star: Ascendancy" is the second studio album by Pulsipher and the main part of the Ascendancy mini-franchise telling the story of a dark world inhabited by two warring races - Tagresh and their subjects, Vemal. Vemal strive to gain their freedom, but what if their victory results merely in a reversal of roles?

The album features dark, industrialized space ambient soundscapes and is inspired by a game titled The Tone Rebellion and the music of Nenad Vugrinec.

 

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S27 on 09/19/2011 at 04:18PM

Dissolved "Project 168" work now available in one collection

Brand new release for Section 27 from Scottish / Canadian resident Dissolved, this collection brings together music handpicked from four Dissolved EP's that were originally recorded between 2005 and 2009 for the ambitious "Project 168", a unique online project that ran for almost 4 years in which the artist had only 7 days to record an EP and submit it. This particular set of music was chosen by the artist himself and best represents the impressive quality of these creations.

If you're familiar with his work (see the previous S27 release with Trills, "PH:14" or his prolific back catalogue for reference) then you know already what to expect, timestretched tape loops, twisted and bent melodies from the depths, stomping industrial beats, scratchy EVP and found samples all riding a psychedelic wave. Sadly as we write it appears "Project 168" is no more so we're very proud to bring this collection to those who may have missed it first time around.

"Vaporous Weeks" can be downloaded or streamed here in the FMA, visit HERE.


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S27 on 07/27/2011 at 01:29AM

Altered:Carbon get "Reassembled"

Originally released in Feburary 2010, Altered:Carbon made its' debut with self-titled album Altered:Carbon to a very receptive audience. With the help of 16 artists from S27 and friends of the label, we present this excellent remixes collection "Reassembled", the featured artists used the source material from the original release and took it to pieces in their own way, creating a fresh new take of the album. 

 

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