Sunday, February 1, 2015

Olekranon—Salus cdr

Inam Records

Excellent frenetic drone from the Inam label. I'm super satisfied with this one. It's got this strange brightness to it that most drone doesn't really have. Maybe it's a little like Our Love Will Destroy the World and that is not bad at all. You will dig this. 

The packaging is great as well. I am a big fan of printing on transparent vellum. It creates this cloudy softness that is hard to recreate another way. They do a good job with that. The artwork itself is really good and the minimal type treatment is totally solid. Nice. 

Negru Voda/Knös—Face Without Face cd

Negru Voda/Knös
Face Without Face
Malignant Records

I'm not really feeling this one. Both acts are totally fine but for some reason I'm not super into this. Dark industrial noise that certainly haunts the corners but when it was over I was just sorta done. The whole thing has this 90's sound and look that is cool but I feel like I have seen it and heard it all before. The irony isn't lost on someone who listens to HNW all day, trust me, but I am just sort of unaffected by this particular release.

The layout isn't bad. It's got this Neville Brody feel here and there and I really like the type treatment on the back. The cover is a bit of a mess but I enjoy the artwork. I think for the right person this would rule. I'm just not that guy. 

Ryan Huber—Horus cdr

Ryan Huber
Inam Records

Everything on Inam records is good. Honest. I haven't found something that didn't stay in my player for days and days on that label. Getting a package from them means that I will get inspired and end up making my own work. Their curating is top notch and this release is no different. It's simple, clean and intimate. In fact, it's so intimate and personal that every cd package is hand done. Granted it's pretty simple but it is done by someone who clearly has some taste. I had to cut open the envelope to get to the cd but it was worth it. The music is this beautiful fuzzy drone that was just what I needed today. Thank you. 

RU/ST 3"cdr



RU/ST is HNW and for that you should find this. 3" cdrs are becoming the most dead of formats and it kinda bums me out. It's inevitable but they are so rad and back in the early 90's they were the catch-all SciFi way of carrying information in the future. Anyway, RU/ST rules. This track is 22 mins of blistering. 

WIth the packaging I'm a little torn. The packaging itself is nice. Hand made but still professional but I feel the assembly could have been a little tighter. The bag it comes in is way too big and that's always so clunky looking but in general this is nicely done.. I guess it's a thumbs up on the packaging. The cover has some sort of weird textured ink or paint that has been screened or stenciled on. It's kinda gross to touch and I love that. Textural elements aren't used enough in packaging. Sadly, I bet that will crumble off in a few years. Either way, if you are a collector of 3" cdrs, and you should be, this is one to find.