This spring has seen a consistent flush of new, captivating sounds springing forth on a wallet-taxing level. Here are a few that have me hooked:
James Ferraro, (link NSFW), better known as part of skronky noiseniks Skaters, has released LP versions of two limited CDRs, Clear and Discovery on the Holy Mountain label. Holy Mountain is one of the most consistent underground labels operating and their stride hasn’t been interrupted here. I’ve so far only heard Clear but it’s aquatic drones have me hungry for more. While past records have stormed towards (and sometimes beyond) the boundaries of listenability, this is as pure and, well, clear as a fucking mountain spring. A dedicated listen brings to mind the kind of free-love kosmische jammed by bearded legions of Krautrock pioneers. This album could have easily slipped from a forgotten page of Julian Cope‘s Krautrock Sampler.
Cleveland-based Emeralds follow a similar path, tracking the far East through the lens of Western Europe’s ’70s psychedelic scene. Allegory of Allergies, released in a sexy 2xLP gatefold on the Weird Forest label, collects tracks recorded a couple of years back and originally released on cassette. Here’s the trio’s analog synth/guitar improvisations are thick and mossy, sounding like yr turntable’s needle is digging into a tangle of cobwebbed dark. Beautiful.
On the rock front, still enjoying dipping the mind into this sick set of international psychedelia posted by front-dude Comets on Fire Ethan Miller on his Silver Currant blog. Now if only you could download gel tabs…
More soon… In the meantime enjoy yr Sunday.