I had quite a problem with putting Fuka Lata, polish duo into a "niche" or "category" which definitely is a good way to introduce music.
Saturn Melancholia is a set of 7 songs set between axis of treated vocals, synthie and guitar lines. It is close either to trip hop but without pushy 3/4 beats entering the domain of rather elusive freakish climax. The set like this gives obvious associations with some of the finest Cocteau Twins or Kranky albums but the style is set somewhere completely else. I guess it is thanks to Lee Dvd's eerie vocals and fine guitar work of Mito Day who stray out of any complexes and obviousness. Really relaxing at the same time as it doesn't incline any unecessary harshness. It is not overwhelmed by too much of experimentalism and gives a nice output. Bliss...
Mastering an instrument as it is your own body is an almost sacred quest that is either reserved for yogi, gnostic pursuers of the left hand path or any other esotheric outsiders. Philip Gayle built his entire album on the multilayering of the sounds produced by his body. What caught my attention first is the lack of senseless repetition or cheap minimalism of sonorism which is a cardinal sin of many productions connected with free improv or beyond.
Instead Gayle produces a hecttic ritual of hisses, hums, rattles, squeaks and the whole onomatopeic encyclopedia of sound put into one concrete symphony of individualism and certain amount of intimacy. Sometimes implemented with sounds of guitar unexpectedly breaks the clichee of crunchy abstract experiment and goes into folksy randomness with excellent sense of humour.
An excellent journey into the (literally) guts of the sound no one should miss really...
Public Eysore Records has been on my mindset for years as I am always amazed by the versatility of Bryan Day as an accomplished graphic designer, instrument builder and active musician. He never ceased to make a really interesting output, even now after years of struggling with lack of time and energy.
The newest release by a quartet of four musicians Ron Anderson Robert L. Pepper David Tamura Philippe Petit brings back the long lost link between instrumental free improvisation and slight touch of very densely textured electronics put into digestible wholeness of sound and tone and colour. Reeds and strings mingled with quite harmonious holarchy. There are really interesting bits which come out of merely improvised bangle but lead towards very advanced composition thanks to the art of listening and experience of musicians which use a wide array of means to utilize here. Superflexible and giving excellet flow to the scenario of this event.