Tuesday, 22 March 2016

Fossils 'Modern Architecture' & Swelter 'Live in Lowell'

FOSSILS 'MODERN ARCHITECTURE' (KSE #324) CD-R



"From our perspective, the FOSSILS collective is an ESSENTIAL part of the new music scene, and they have been for many years. With music (sound sculpture) rooted in such outfits as AMM, The Nihilist Spasm Band, and the LAFMS, they have also through their MIDDLE JAMES CO. organization kept the lo-fi DIY flag flying. So many labels today are pursuing “art editions” which are beautiful and do sell for their self-conscious “collectability”, but are a bit too precious and pretty for our taste. I like packaging where you can’t tell if there is a printing error or not—-packaging where you could sit a coffee cup on it and the coffee-stain ring would become part of the artwork. KSE applauds their keeping the xerox/DIY/punk-industrial/anti-pretty aesthetic alive and kicking. As DIY micro-labels continue to lose sales to the pretty and the pretentious, this attitude is needed now more than ever.

As for the music, every FOSSILS album is different, but many things stay the same: the playful improvisation, the multi-textured sound sculpture, the speaker-splitting jaggedness, the humor, the “action painting in sound” aesthetic. This one (which features saxophone, percussion, cello or violin, guitar, and electronics) begins quite playfully (almost a twist of Half Japanese, though with saxophone) and then  heads for a long walk along the Canadian free-improv prairie, adapting to the weather and even morphing into almost-antisong song in a few places. It takes you into its own world for the length of an album, and then, as when leaving the darkness of a fun-house and emerging into the mundane light of day, the CD is over, you’ve crashed. But the trip was awesome!!!" - KSE Editions

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SWELTER 'LIVE IN LOWELL' (TD75) CD-R



"Swelter indeed. A hot slab of collaborative psychic summer energy burn from two of the finest experimentalists in North America – Howard Stelzer and David Payne (Fossils). Two-man howl of shredded tapes and analog junk recorded live in August 2014 in Lowell, MA, the music on this disc is all about texture, sizzle and feel. It would be folly (and beside the point) to pick out individual contributions, as both voices blend superbly into a single slab of sound. When the music is this good, it’s far better to sit back, let the sound wash over you and experience the ultimate sonic catharsis. A dense and even psychedelic mind scrubbing that offers multiple epiphanies and aesthetic rewards. New details emerge with each listen, but it’s the overall immersive effect that will pull you back in time and time again. Like entering a new world where time and space have collapsed and all that remains is the beautiful abyss." TD RECORDS

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Friday, 22 January 2016

Spoils & Relics 'Private Garage Collection' Cassette on Feral Debris


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 "It’s curious to note how meticulous in their output Spoils & Relics have become in recent years. Following the first couple years of frantic activity, the trio has become as of late. 2014 saw the release of the Embed And Then Forget cd on Porta, while 2015 finds two scant outings - a track on the Found Secret comp. and this, a relatively brief cassette from Rich Hopkin’s well-curated Feral Tapes. Perhaps the extended text on the cover of the tape discussing the sticky twists and turn of the j card artwork should serve as some indication of the band’s thoroughness. A blunt noise, silence and then faint crackle announce this, the new Spoils & Relics release. Next we we hear more clanging and perhaps the sound of a contact mic being dragged against a surface, maybe amplified breath? A high frequency, then perhaps a clipped vocal bleep. There’s always a relational agency to the interplay of sounds on Spoils & Relics release. Some shuffling is contrast with a sound rising in pitch and faint sonics which are perhaps musical in nature. There’s more mystery at hand than on, say, the Martin & Mobin discussed above. There’s humor, much like the Posset, but it’s always icy and bleak, sometimes brutal. Every sounds seems to have a significance, but one also wonders why even bother. There’s a caustic void which is almost Beckett-esque in its grotesque pallor. More silence, very faint talking, maybe laughing and maybe dial tone. Then, a throat sound, no voices. Everything remains very low-end, aside from the intermittent outburst and drilling hum. Then, a click. Silence, the tape turns over. More shaking, a hum and more overt electronics open side b. I think I can clearly make out radio, maybe a horn of some sort. A tape is clearly being manually sped up and slowed down. There’s the echo of footprints in water and again, more aggressive electronics. Obsolete malfunctions. It’s terrifying while never resorting to being cheap. The use of space in Spoils & Relics is perhaps their most sophisticated technique. The silence flows as an inky void into the sounds themselves, leaving everything vacant, whether its an unprocessed scream which abruptly arises in the mix ora mid-range bluster which could just as either be an explosion or a recording of a door driven into the red. And that’s where the tape ends. With a question."  Allen Mozek

Wednesday, 18 November 2015

A SERIES OF LIZARDS

1st Edition - 'Behind Camera' by Gary Myles

A5 booklet with grey cardboard cover, full colour printed on high quality cartridge paper. BEHIND CAMERA brings together a body of work featuring a new collection of Paintings and Writing this booklet comes accompanied with a downloadable Sound Composition. (Link is included within booklet)

2nd Edition - I AM THE ABYSS (the nine circles of hell) by Christopher Brownsword

A collection of pre published and original works . 'I AM THE ABYSS' features excerpts from 'The Scorched Highway' and the most recent novel 'Throw Away the Lights'
The collection is illustrated with artwork by Gary Myles.

An A5 booklet with black cardboard cover, Printed monochrome on Ivory Paper.

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Friday, 14 August 2015

V/A - 'Found Secret' (777-022) CD ft. Spoils & Relics


Featuring. Rick Potts, Spoils & Relics, Yeast Culture, Dylan Nyoukis,Smegma, Aaron Dilloway, Hair Stylistics, Toshiji Mikawa , The New Blockaders, Yellowhouse, The Custodians Of The Realm, Alter Of Flies, Karen Constance, John Wiese and Marc Hurtado.
Artwork by Daniel Ward and Karen Constance
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Monday, 10 August 2015

MANTILE#030 - BEN GWILLIAM 'BREAKDOWNSPEDUP'




Cassette recordings from inside various freezers until the dictaphone slows down and seizes up. 2010-2015. 

Art: Lines Form Spaces

Please note the digital version of this release is a completely separate track to the material on the cassette.

Pro Dub'd cassette, hand stamped cover, ltd. to 50 copies.

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MANTILE#029 - JAKE MEGINSKY 'KASPER STRUABE STENCIL CYCLES'




Pro Dub'd cassette, hand stamped cover, ltd. to 50 copies.

Art: Daniel Ward


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Friday, 15 May 2015

New Fossils Releases Available From Mantile

FOSSILS For Brian Ruryk” (KSE #294 / MJC #440)
CD-R edition of 44 copies 


"Anyone reading this already knows what FOSSILS represents: the ultimate noise collagists, low in fidelity and high in imagination. Every album is an action painting in sound, sliced and diced and sauteed until the ingredients jump from the pan. However, as good as all their many albums are, this one really should command attention. Sometimes the humor in Fossils music and the wide-range of sounds they are capable on creating take away attention from the fact that Daniel Farr and David Payne are masters of the musically diabolical: I’d rate this album as an extension of the subversively disquieting sound and aesthetic of, say, Coum Transmissions or early Throbbing Gristle. People seem to forget the DIY/punk/Burroughs/Warhol/lo-fi/cut-up/primitive/outsider orientation of the early industrial music before it was even called “industrial.”  FOSSILS are the natural heirs of the most primal, street-level, Lo-Fi and REAL side of that tradition. AND they are proudly Canadian!  Every track is different, but each section of each one is always fascinating in its construction and abrasive and full of textures." - Bill Shute

£4.50 plus postage: £1.50 UK / £2.00 Europe
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FOSSILS  &  BILL SHUTE “THE FLORIDA NOCTURNE POEMS” (KSE #300)
CD- R




"THE FLORIDA NOCTURNE POEMS is the second Fossils and Bill Shute collab, and I hope it’s not the last. Listening to these poems THREE YEARS after writing them, I feel that I really did nail the struggle of confused, average people trying to find some fleeting empty joy in and to make some kind of sense out of the heart of the heart of Central Florida, “Mississippi with palm trees.” These are heavily-packed, detail-rich poems filled with chunky particulars, like the nuts in a Baby Ruth candy bar. Four different narrators tell four different stories, all pieces of the mosaic that is 21st Century life in the Southern US, under the reign of Governor Ultrasound. The combination of FOSSILS sound sculptures and these Florida poems creates a unique unclassifiable work. The music is sometimes abrasive and the poetry is sometimes absurd in a painful, pathetic way, but hey, SO IS LIFE." - Bill Shute. Original cover art by M. P. Landis.

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