The Cult of Dom Keller – Goodbye To The Light

Another band what has been busy, I swear I’ve had several notifications of new release by these, all with different titles. Or it may be that people I follow have bought their stuff of late, and I’m mixing that up with actual new releases. But I’m waaay behind on catching up with stuff anyway. Been busy with my own thang again, which has grown into a many tentacled beast of a project which doesn’t even promise a(nother) new album this year. Though you may get one anyway. Depends how I feel.

If you know TCODK then you know what to expect. If you don’t, then they’re kind of gothy garage psych which are three words I literally just made up because no-one else has ever used them before. Don’t mention it. They do delve into more ambientish themes, though, which I believe represents a new element to their approach.

Anyway, my rubbishness at descriptions aside, there’s some right belters on this.

Also, they have this new thing due.

Amon Acid – Ψ

Although, as any fule know, assumption is the mother of all fuck-ups, I’m going to assume that what they mean by Ψ is Psychology, as when I did my degree in that we used that symbol as a shorthand rather than writing psychology all the time. Yes, Writing. This was in the 90s. We still wrote things then.

I initially found the vocals a bit difficult to live with but by the time the album finished I was at one with their place in the sound. I quite like the descriptor of ‘space rock world music’ though this should sit well in any neo-psych fans headspace.

I note they’ve been busy of late (or just made a heap of stuff available on Bandcamp in a short space of time) so there’s more of their grooves to check out too should this be to your liking.

Wingéd Ma’at – Man is an Insect

Also known as How to feel good about your place in the world…

This is just as impossible to describe as most things I post these days. Instruments used are arghul, mizmar, qanun, sistrum and Tutankhamun’s trumpets, with the addition of an Isfet on track 6. Honestly, I have no more idea than you.

What this sounds like is reverb drenched doomy tones with either some heavily processed vocals or one of yer actual deities dropping by for a jam.

And like several other things I post these days, if you’d have tried to sell me on it by describing it to me, I doubt I’d have bothered, so it really needs listening in order to grok it.

Stara Rzeka and M. Takara – Live at CCSP

Both of these gentlemen have visited the ‘bergs before and by rights should probably visit more often but I’m not conscientious enough in doing new posts. Blame it on the new post-editing software which isn’t quite as intuitive as it claims itself to be.

So this release is a recording of a show they did after having only jammed for 90 minutes prior. The music itself is the best kind of improvisational maelstrom, hypnotic as all fuck. If you was down with the recent Gnod & João Pais Filipe collaboration, this may well be your thang.

Dead Sea Apes / Black Tempest / Adam Stone – Dataland

This does not come up easily in a bandcamp search, let me tell you. As a librarian with some cataloguing nous, I suspect the metadata needs to be enhanced somewhat. Fortunately, you now have a handy link here, courtesy of me.

There is much to love with this, and much to resonate with despite the fact he keeps talking about TV and I haven’t watched TV in years. The deadpan vocals over the laid back motorik mid 90s vibe – no, we’re not talking Underworld, though I do like Underworld; it’s a way more hazy approach.

Apparently it was all done over data transfer rather than physical collaboration, yet it sounds very coherent.

Firefriend – Fantasma

Firefriend have become a very reliable band. I love their quite hazy version of psychy-pop. Narcotic pop I think I’ll call it. Not that I know what narcotics are anymore. Or pop for that matter.

There are some bangers on this, bangers within the Firefriend frame of reference, that is.

Also, this is shouting very loudly about being considered for me spending some money this week.

One Dog Clapping – Twilight Communion

Thought I’d get my contender for album of the year in early!

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This is a distinctly non-linear story that doesn’t start at the beginning, because it has no beginning, and doesn’t stop at the end because it never ends. Whether it’s true is just a detail.

This has been far from the only thing I’ve done in the lockdowns since Influx Arena. I’ve been updating some old stuff (a continuing project) and I have a shit-ton of new ideas in the works which might lead to a couple of new 2021 albums, although I’m not inclined to go an a mad spree like I did in 2018.

I’m rubbish at genres for other people’s stuff; I’m even worse for my own. I only choose post-punk as the main label because one or two others have thrown that in my direction and it seems as good a tag as any. If any budding labellers out there want to suggest something else (polite), I’ll be all ears. Or eyes, since I’m likely to read it.

Las Cobras – Selva

So the other day when I went to the Cardinal Fuzz page looking for an album, I should actually have gone to Fuzz Club Records. Are they by any chance related? I think we should be told. After all, they’ve never been seen in the same photo together.

It says ‘London,’ only ‘London’ on the bandcamp page. I can be amongst the more stupid members of our race sometimes, but I strongly suspect Las Cobras don’t originate from London. I bet that’s actually Fuzz Club Records HQ. A quick and dirty net search suggests Uruguay, marking them as the first Uruguayans (to my knowledge) to land in this parish.

It sometimes puts me in mind of 80s stuff like Jesus & Mary Chain, that kind of genre, a name I do not know and do not care to. There’s been a through line of that thing all the way up to the present day so this isn’t a throwback, I’m just feeling too stupid to think of any other examples at the moment. Some of the tunes are proper good, though, and as an album it is an excellent thing to listen to.

Autotelia – I

I love this album whenever I listen to it, but it’s bang on perfect for these semi-hypnagogic states that my first couple of hours of each day tends to be.

This is that kind of mellow motorik kosmiche type music that is just totally trance inducing. An altered state all by itself.

I understand one half of Autotelia is no longer with us, which is very sad. This is some legacy, however.