TD83 Yerba Mansa/Open Sex C47
Two killer duos share a tape and your head will be all the better for it. Side A is Yerba Mansa, featuring Edwin (guitars) and Andrew (drums) from the UK’s best band Desmadrados Soldados de Ventura. Obliterating psych-shred jammage heavily influenced by North African modalities and designed to hypnotize/mesmerize to infinity. Side B is Open Sex, featuring Tyler Damon (drums) and John Dawson (tapes etc). Springing from the wilds of Indiana and several larger ensembles, this duo stirs it up in droned out style with loads of trippy goodness and glorious epiphanies around every corner. The answer lies within.
TD84 Parashi - The Green Lion CDR
Return visit from Tape Drift alum and jammer deluxe Mike Griffin’s solo project. If you’ve ever seen a live solo set, witnessed Griffin’s contributions to Burnt Hills, or zoned out to one of his many collaborative projects, you’ll already know this is a must have disc. Parashi always mines a deep, dark vein of electronic noise that is beyond categorization. Each release adds something new and essential, and this one is no exception. Heavy concepts and even heavier execution are the order of the day, as Griffin proves he is a true zen master. Blast this one at maximum volume and hold on for dear life!
TD85 Error Massage – Nonaggress CDRGlen’s been involved since the early 90’s in various superb outfits including Trumans Water, Soul Junk, and Octagrape. With a totally unique and captivating style, his guitar playing, singing and songwriting are never less than essential. With Error Massage we get to witness Glen diving deep into experimental noise realms, using guitar and effects to blow our minds yet again. The results are extraordinary, and you won’t want to miss this amazing piece to the Galaxy puzzle. Art by Marcello Velho.
April 13, 2016
Tape Drift is excited to announce its newest batch of 3 releases just in time for Spring. We think you will love these items. All in limited release quantities, so let us know soon if you'd like to buy any!
PURCHASE ALL 3 NEW RELEASES AS A BATCH HERE!!!
TD79 Steve Flato - Simulation of Another Thing (CDR)
San Diego's Steve Flato has released music on a number of great labels including Kendra Steiner Editions, Copy For Your Records, Lengua de Lava, and his own Abrash imprint. His Tape Drift debut is a stunning example of Steve's artistry and laser-like focus. Fascinating sonic details and rich textures abound, with acoustic (French horn, tuba and trombone feature heavily) and electronic elements co-existing to create an endlessly deep well of sound. Much of Flato’s work has explored just intonation and shimming drone work. The zones in this disc find him pushing even further outwards, yet somehow with increased accessibility. It’s a magical feat, and one that only Steve could pull off with such style and grace. Ruthless editing, superb mastering by Alan Jones, and obsessive attention to detail pay off with the end result an incredibly diverse and still fully cohesive *album* in the true sense.
TD80 Five Guitars for Tony Conrad (CDR)
It is with great sadness that we have to announce this release just after Conrad’s passing. The music world has lost one of the best, and a massive inspiration to so many. An almost 60 minute set of layered guitar drones from John Bohannon, Tom Carter, Eric Hardiman, Ray Hare and Michael Hentz. This tribute to drone genius and experimental music luminary Tony Conrad was recorded live at Issue Project Room in October 2010 as part of a Drone Marathon Festival alongside Tony Conrad, Sarah Lipstate (Noveller) & Shahin Motia (Oneida) duo, Bobby Kyle Dunn, Phill Niblock, Al Margolis, and Marcia Bassett. Previously issued on cassette by the Auasca label in an edition of 65 tapes. Artwork & layout by Michael Hentz.
TD81 Sunset to the Sea (C60)
Sunset to the Sea is the collaborative improvised duo of accomplished guitarists Chris Brokaw (Codeine, Come) and Jeff Barsky (Insect Factory). Their first release together, this tape documents two live sets from 2014. If you think you know what to expect from these two based on their previous recordings in various units, think again. Together they weave a heavy and dense magic, with repetition and depth key characteristics. There’s a bleak dystopian feel in places that recalls the most probing and exploratory corners of industrial zones, but also a crackly warmth and humanity that only two skilled improvisers like these could add. Dark and hypnotic in the best way possible.
SEPT. 28, 2015 - THREE NEW RELEASES!!
TD78 Twilight of the Century - Live at WCDB cdr
JUNE 23, 2015 - TWO NEW RELEASES!!
TD74 PUBLIC SPEAKING – MOUNTAINMURALS C52
Tape Drift is very excited to be releasing this tape from Public Speaking, the solo project of Brooklyn’s Jason Anthony Harris. Following up on his “Blanton Ravine” LP and CD for Fabrica Records, "MOUNTAINMURALS" see Harris switching gears to produce an album of abstract instrumental music. It was made almost entirely with electronically manipulated household objects that have been processed, stretched and treated to evoke the immensity of natural phenomena - earthquakes, asteroids, volcanoes, lightning, tsunamis, floods, hurricanes, mudslides, snowstorms, avalanches, etc. - and their ever-carving, sculptural violence. Man mirrors and intensifies this destructive reshaping of his environment through architecture, manufacturing, waste, art, and war - a disastrous amplification of the volatile "natural" forces.
TD75 SWELTER – LIVE IN LOWELL cdr
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.
A special massive release from Albany’s finest underground legends. After a slew of limited vinyl releases, this is the very first edited volume of Burnt Hills music, with track selections personally selected and excerpted from weekly recordings made deep in the basement of the legendary Helderberg House. Sprawling heavy guitars, throbbing bass pulses, electronics, xylophone, vocals, and a pummeling pair of drummers create instant zones of ragged intensity. Music made with pure joy, this release is two and a half hours of undiluted raw energy. Limited edition release, do not let this pass you by!
NEW BATCH for AUGUST 2014!!
Rounding out the label’s round of hero worship, this tape arrives from one of our original sources of label inspiration (with the other pillars being Simon Wickham-Smith and Campbell Kneale). It’s almost impossible to overstate the importance of Phil Todd’s Ashtray Navigations project to our own personal sonic journey, so being able to release this brand new set of tunes is pure joy. All the Ashtray Navigations elements you know and love are present, but something feels new and fresh here – it could be the way the synths and guitars blend with perfection, the full-on obliteration of time, the trippy intensity of each maximalist moment, or the fearless exploration of new zones. Whatever it is, the best solution is full surrender. Aero Infinite is more than just another addition to a massively quality back catalog – it’s an essential new step forward.
Grant Smith - Exploding Diseases cdr (TD70)
Rambutan+Parashi - Monomania C32 (TD71)
Rambutan - Pyramid for the Blind C30 (TD68)
A thirty minute blast from the unreleased archives of Rambutan. Treading in perhaps noisier and more scuzzed-out zones than usual, these two sides offer a side excursion from recent releases. Meant to be played loud for full immersion. Extremely limited edition.
NEW BATCH DEAL! TD65-67 available now!
Insects Waiting – Nonsense Codes, Vol. 1 C30 (TD65)
First set of tape mangling duo improv jams from the UK-US partnership of Edinburgh’s Euan Currie (Dead Labour Process) and Eric Hardiman (Rambutan). Features material from a live set recorded at a sweltering Scottish afternoon show in June 2013. At points jarring and bewildering, at others hypnotic and trippy. Like a sonic moebius strip, motifs repeat and twist inwards leaving the listener to piece together the dangling strands of internal logic. Sound collage and beer vs. telly and a tennis match, and the results on this tape suggest the winner was clear.
– s/t C40 (TD66)
Following a night of strategic planning in a
London pub, Griffin and Taylor traded files by mail for this killer duo
project. Combining the mysterious and
otherworldly industrial noise of Parashi with MAbH’s deep drones and intricately
layered sounds results in a nearly indescribable aural journey that goes from
soothing and tranquil to ominous and bleak with multiple zones in between. Two masters at work prove that geographic
distance is no barrier to musical mind-melding.
– It’s Always There C42 (TD67)
NITE LITE - Pepper People C20 (TD64)
LUCIERNAGA - Land of 4 Corners cdr (TD63)
We are very excited to have a small handful of copies of this just-released LP on Golden Lab. It features the heavy trio power psych shred of Nick Mitchell on guitar, Eric Hardiman on bass, and Pascal Nichols on drums, recorded live in Salford, UK earlier this year. A few reviews of the LP will give you a better idea what it’s all about:
“Mitchell plays in a wild,
wailing style that crosses the Beyond The Material Sky-isms of Billy TK’s
Powerhouse work with the nagging blues tropes of Bill Orcutt and the
proto-metal appeal of Sonny Sharrock circa Last Exit while Hardiman and Nichols
play it like goddamn Motorhead, rocking out on endless two-chord garage punk
dunts that are more Crushed Butler than Rangda. Seriously some of the
best/wildest avant rock six string excess to come out of the UK since, what,
Smoke Jaguar” David Keenan, Volcanic Tongue
“Nick Mitchell SHREDS THE FUCK OUT on his guitar, as if he was trying to use the six-string instrument to drain the life energy from everybody in the room, while Hardiman and Nichols add to the festival of destruction, ripping massive pieces of flesh with every single note and drum hit they make… It’s one of the most uncompromising, pedal-to-the-metal, burning and scratching psychedelic rock albums of this year. If not THE most extreme one. Highly recommended.” Weed Temple
“Look out! Sounds From the Other Ideology is coming for your head. There is nothing which will mitigate its raw, psych fury from permeating your consciousness… Every so often, a release comes around that makes one smile and remember the reason they love music… Holy indica! Straight from trichome heaven, Sounds From the Other Ideology joins Astral Body Electric as my jams of the year.” Honest Bag
“With its lo-fi recording and improvisational nature, Sounds From the Other Ideology has a clearly wild, chaotic quality to it that gives it a sense of immediacy and intensity. Never does it sound directionless or self indulgent, as can often happen in performances of this nature, it instead uses the sonic warts and technical limitations to its best advantage. When things get messy, it is glorious, but things never go too far out of hand, and the group always manages to reign (sic) things in brilliantly.” brainwashed.com
TWILIGHT OF THE CENTURY - Hibernation C62 (TD62)
First available recordings of this long-running (yet rarely playing) improvisational unit, consisting of Ray Hare, Mike Bullock, Linda Aubry Bullock, and Eric Hardiman. Coming together in 2008 as a one-off merger between Century Plants and Rise Set Twilight, TOC quickly took on a life of its own, with each of the four members providing a unique voice and set of experience. This tape showcases a single session, with the group creating 4 epic tracks that range from hauntingly atmospheric to menacing and ominous, with countless stopping points in between. Mysterious synth textures, Linda's treated voice, Ray's guitar and inimitable vox, and dueling doom-laden yet contemplative bass riffs from Mike and Eric are the core ingredients, and together they form a whole that defies description. Features cover art by Stunned Records' Myste French. Dig in!
MV&EE w/ the Golden Smokehound - Helderberg Haze C60 (TD61)Scorchingly beautiful live basement set from Matt and Erika, this time traveling with fantastic drummer the Golden Smokehound. Recorded in summer 2012 at the Helderberg House in Albany, NY. A choice night from a trio directly tuned into every lunar twist and turn, beaming magic soundwaves straight to us here on earth. From Matt's delicately picked acoustic guitars to Erika's otherwordly lapsteel to multiple fuzz-laden cascades of inspiration to a perfect Dylan cover, MV and EE shared their journey with a few friends lucky enough to sit and be hypnotized. We thought it'd be a crime not to share this cosmic music further. So for those unable to make it, this release captures the whole show on glorious analog tape. Free your mind and let the sound wash over you.
CENTURY PLANTS - s/t (Tape Drift, 2012)
Century Plants deliver the goods here with a one-sided live LP (limited to 100 copies) that is a tribute/homage to British hardcore legends Discharge. A heartfelt and very sincere love letter to the punk spirit of 1982 if you will. It’s a fitting concept, given that Century Plants member Ray Hare was part of that original era, as the lead singer for Washington DC’s Deadline. In fact, Hare’s deep roots in the punk scene (he appears on the seminal “Flex Your Head” LP) make his vocal homage to Discharge even more appropriate. Musically, Century Plants have updated the sound of 81/82, with a fully improvised approach, fuzz-drenched feedback, and lyrics that draw on several different Discharge songs. Most importantly, the spirit of blistering political dissent and anti-authoritarianism shines through, with Hare snatching Discharge concepts and phrases at will. It all captures the energy and sonic assault of punk, yet filtered through modern-day noise, drone, and DIY strategies as well. A unique item in their catalog, this is the second vinyl appearance for Albany, NY’s Century Plants, following a split LP with Locrian. Usually a duo (Eric Hardiman and Ray Hare), Century Plants are joined for this record by drummer Phil Donnelly. The three also play together as part of the singularly sprawling improv psych rock unit Burnt Hills. Rather than continuing the ominous dronescapes of the split with Locrian, in this live recording Century Plants offer an intensely rockist track, melding several of their core influences (psych rock, punk, noise, and even dub) into one seething, energetic track. Upstate Violence/Upstate Control? PLAY LOUD!
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OCTOBER 2, 2012 --A brand new batch of TAPE DRIFT goodies is ready for your eyes and ears. It's a fantastic collection of music, please consider supporting the label and buying something!
TD55 through TD59 are here!
To buy copies, please email (hardiman04 AT gmail). $6
each ppd in the US, or save by buying all 5 for $25!
Second TD outing from this upstate NY pair of deconstructionists. Lail and Weklar continue in their quest to explore the outer realms of the guitar. Drawing their name from the cavernous reverberating room where they record, these two tackle the challenge of making their guitars sputter, snarl and growl in tandem. The resulting textures are thick, dark and ominous, with smoky trails of feedback framing a journey into sound itself. The clanging metallic scrapes of Russell/Morley and Moore/Ranaldo are the starting points, yet these two extend the path into infinity.
A stunning split tape from two of our very favorite new discoveries here at Tape Drift. Both sides are spellbinding in their displays of restraint, silence, pure focus and minimalism. Conceptually pure, it’s an homage to the Teac 3440 reel-to-reel machine, referencing the technology that both Mason (Florida) and McLaughlin (Minnesota) use to provide tactile sonic elements to their work. Mason opens the split with a sparse and very gentle approach that is equally focused on melody, texture, and detail. Tape loops comingle with hushed guitars and background noise to lull us into pure relaxation and meditation zones. On the flip, McLaughlin explores reel-to-reel technologies, with room sound and concrete sources occasionally interspersed with banjo and guitar. This tape is like nothing else in our catalog, and its magic power is undeniable.
Another visit from TD alum Derek Rogers is cause for celebration. In the intervening years since “Petit Chapeau”, Rogers has made an indelible mark on the DIY/drone worlds, showing a growth and development only possible with someone who takes their craft this seriously. This tape is a perfect distillation of Derek’s gently overdriven melodic sensibilities. Ever patient, he masterfully wraps his sounds in soft blankets of fuzz that cascade over the listener until the known world disappears and all that’s left is a gorgeous landscape of sonic majesty. Essential listening.
Solo recordings on 12-string acoustic, pedal steel, and electronics from Dylan Golden out of Tulsa, Oklahoma. There’s a decidedly dust-bowl feel at play here, with Dylan demonstrating a keen attention to texture, space, and his relationship to his instruments. Moments of rust-bitten finger-picked blues are interspersed with gorgeous ambient lapsteel drifting into outer space. And while the musical geography is midwestern at its heart, there’s also an incredible universality in the harmonic and melodic language Dylan has crafted. Beautifully emotional sounds that cover so much ground you’ll find yourself wondering how you ever lived without this tape.
Debut release from the Albany-based quartet of Matt Weston (percussion), Ray Hare (vocals, electronics), Mike Griffin (electronics), and Eric Hardiman (electronics). Individually these four have years of experience navigating the waters of improvisational sound creation. Collectively they enter new zones of mystery and confusion together, with each bizarre twist and turn becoming as important as the narrative itself. Moments of restraint and attentive listening abound as the complex intersections of sound slowly build to dense peaks, and a cohesive horizon emerges. A live recording from the Upstate Artists Guild, this is hopefully the first of many fine releases from Mensheviks.
(TD51) Pummeler / The North Sea - split C52
This scorcher of a split tape has been sitting in the Tape Drift vaults for far too long, and it’s high time it sees proper release. If you’ve been following the world of underground sound the last few years, you’ll know these folks and know this tape is mandatory listening. Mikkel Dunkerly’s Pummeler project has released music on Stunned, Digitalis, Small Doses and more. His side here lives up to the name, delivering a dense, dark, and rich wall of sound that is highly addictive. Brad Rose, under his North Sea guise, should also need no introduction. All biases aside, the North Sea contribution here reigns supreme among his recorded works. Rose uses an arsenal of synth-based equipment to provide entry into a cavernous funnel of sound that is equally frightening, gorgeous, and mysterious.
(TD52) The Aleph - s/t C20
Killer mysterious one-off clandestine improvisation session from four LA-based scene veterans, three of whom are Tape Drift alums. Derek Rogers, Lee Noble, Alex Gray, and Charlotte Van Kemmel joined forces to bring to light that which is both misunderstood and vaguely familiar all at once. Looped and slowed field recordings, tranquil synth stabs, alien tape loops, phantom rogue female voices, drifting analog arpeggios – a lush hodgepodge of random sounds that interweave to create a joyous and rich aural tapestry. These four fearless denizens of the LA tape world have crafted a magical 20 minute jam that will be sure to receive endless repeat plays in your household.
(TD53) Noah Coward - "Surname Improvement" cdr
Rounding out the international team on Tape Drift comes this trio of master musicians from the Ukraine. Tape Drift is thrilled to be able to help document this fantastic group, featuring member of the Moglass, Riasni Drova Consort, and other assorted units. Skittering drums, guitars, and incredible vox add up to far more than the sum of their parts, as exemplified by their bold and visionary take on the classic “Sally Free and Easy”. Using song-based structures merely as a starting point, and veering heavily into free improvisation realms, the four tracks here are profound explorations into a dark and swirling organic form of psychedelia that could only have come from the deepest reaches of the Ukraine.
(TD54) Andy Futreal - "Before Knowing Remembers" cdr
UK-based solo artist Andy Futreal delivers his fifth release (see others on Sloow Tapes, Harha-askel & Object Tapes) and we couldn’t be happier about being the ones to put it out. A single piece of sound collage, incorporating beautiful acoustic guitar, shortwave radio, lapsteel, piano, assorted other instruments, and field recordings Andy has made during his extensive travels in Asia, the UK, and the US. The resulting mix is a fascinating and deeply compelling journey through time, space, and culture. Sit back, close your eyes and enjoy this unique auditory ride.
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TD 49 LOCATION ENSEMBLE - s/t
Debut release from this upstate NY guitar ensemble. Seven or eight
guitarists and a rhythm section thundering through a delicious set of
heavily Branca, Ranaldo, and Chatham-inspired pieces. Massed electric
guitars building to ecstatic peaks. No wave, drone, minimalism,
maximalism, it's all in there, but given fresh life. This release
captures one of the group's rare live sets, performing three original
works. Players were Matt Weston, Ray Hare, Thomas Lail, Holland Hopson,
Eric Hardiman, Patrick Weklar, Howard Glassman, Tara Fracalossi, and
October 1, 2011 - FIVE New Releases! The biggest batch yet, all in limited editions.
each ppd in the US, email us for international prices. $27 for the
entire batch, ppd, US only. Email for batch rate to international
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TD44 Sparkling Wide Pressure/Rambutan - split C52 (SOLD OUT)
Revisiting a superb pairing of like minds that started many years ago on the Small Doses label, Frank Baugh (Sparkling Wide Pressure) and Rambutan (Eric Hardiman) again share a release that is more than the sum of its parts. This time, the strategies are quite divergent, yet each arrives in a similar state of revery combined with patient sonic and emotional investigation. Baugh’s guitar work is at its peak here, and after following the SWP oeuvre very closely over the years, we can safely say this ranks as a shining and defining moment for his project. The two sides of this tape are psychedelic, cosmic, haunting, repetitive, and otherworldly in equal parts.
TD45 code: suite 104 "gateway" C20
Debut release from this solo minimal electronics project
by Montreal’s Frank Hobo Cubes.
Mysterious in theme, this is an excellent side excursion into new realms
for Frank. Hovering tones, pulses, and glitches
reference classic electronic works, but each sound is imbued with a sense of
space and importance, creating a work that stands entirely on its own. Twenty minutes of perfection, and the brevity
is part of the appeal – nothing more is said than is absolutely essential. You’ll find yourself flipping the tape over
and over, eagerly wanting to spend more time in its cavernous sound.
TD46 Rust Worship "Deposits of Despondency" C40
A fascinating journey into sound, with touch points (suggested
or otherwise) in plunderphonics, hip-hop, musique concrete, and noise. The solo work of NYC denizen Paul Haney, Rust
Worship does not shy away from bold statement, and this tape is no
exception. With an intense focus, Haney achieves
maximum hypnosis in short order. Turntables, tape and electronics combine in
new and dizzying ways. Throughout the 40
minutes, Haney utilizes a dual sense of composition/narrative and noisy abandon
to pull the listener into his soundworld.
Recorded in Brooklyn by Tmm
TD47 Jefferson Pitcher "To Light the Snow" cdr + essays
Second Tape Drift outing from this amazing guitarist, and
we could not be more thrilled with the results. A solo recording from the
depth of winter, isolated in rural Canada. Resulting from a
process-oriented project (improvising every Sunday for a set period of time,
coupled with a companion piece of writing for each track), this one goes deep
in its unique exploration of prepared guitar, tumbling overtones, chord
relationships, hushed ambience, and sheer beauty. All tracks were
improvised in one take, with no editing or overdubs. Pitcher’s full command of the instrument is
never at question, and his tone is instantly recognizable as his own. Yet
there’s no need to show off here – these thoughtful forays into particular
moods/themes are gorgeous, compelling, and highly addictive. Comes with Pitcher’s
original companion essays as a booklet. A fascinating and very intimate
window into the mind of one of today’s most essential improvising guitarist.
TD48 Parashi "Counterweight" cdr
Following a pair of highly praised releases on the sadly
defunct Stunned label, Parashi heads over to Tape Drift to offer this
incredible disc of restrained and yet highly intense minimal electronics. As always, Mike Griffin takes the listener to
unexplored territories, with sonic pieces that will shake your system. Implied drones create a sinister mood, while
crackling electronic rhythms suggest a pulsing system beneath the forces of
gravity. Each sound is careful and
thoughtfully placed, and the end result is a masterpiece of bleak and haunting
TD40 soundBarn – “Valentine”
soundBarn has been mining the possibilities of extreme guitar for years, and Tape Drift is thrilled to present their debut recording. The single long-form track of Valentine finds the duo creating fields of sonic sprawl that defy easy definition. Recorded live in their performance space/ studio at a turn of the century, rural, Upstate New York orchard, soundBarn’s Thomas Lail and Patrick Weklar ply prepared and altered guitars, overprocess signals and pile loops of sound to orchestrate an arching instrumental tale of creation and destruction. Weklar and Lail have been collaborating for over twenty years and were founding members of Upstate New York’s long-ago post-punk band, The Fauves. This release of Valentine includes cover and a trifold insert images by artist Tara Fracalossi and soundBarn images by Mark Lunt, Larissa Tapler and Lail.soundBarn - Valentine (excerpt)
TD41 Oddly Imploded – “Choke All Your Habits
Before It’s Too Late”
From Italy comes this fantastic disc of guitar/drums explorations and explosive sound creation. Something started to implode in summer 2008 but it was initially restrained by other expressions - like Strongly Imploded - until autumn 2010, when it finally, miraculously, happened. Francesco Gregoretti, drums, and Maurizio Argenziano, guitar, hailing from Napoli, Italy, gave life to Oddly Imploded. They come from different projects, mainly One Starving Day and A Spirale, and now also form the core of the already successful Strongly Imploded and of the next to come Grizzly Imploded. A firestorm of impassioned music making that burns with energy, innovation, and hyperkinetic magic. Cover art by Kieron Cropper.ODDLY IMPLODED - It was well communicated, but what an effort for him
TD42 Thresholders II
The long-awaited second issue from Upstate NY-Texas collaborators Eric Hardiman and Derek Rogers. Continuing in the vein of their debut (also on Tape Drift), this disc finds the duo delving into new rhythmic zones while still building on core drones that equally mesmerize and fascinate with multiple layers and swirling dub-inspired tones. Tour-de-force opener “There is New Truth” suggests these two have spent a good many years listening obsessively to Dead C records, and who’s gonna argue with that as a pastime? As with their first disc, three long tracks are offered up. Proving the adage that geography is no barrier to creative collaboration, the Rogers-Hardiman axis has hit another one out of the park. Cover art by Nathaniel Brennan of Cruudeuces and the Ghetto Naturalist Series label.THRESHOLDERS - Mistaken Identity
TD43 Rambutan – “The Temple of Echo”
An hour’s worth of new Rambutan material. Tracks include a range of brand new explorers, left-field basement experiments, droned out dreamscapes from the archives, and a couple of items being rescued from obscurity on micro-releases from other labels. Somehow all the tracks have congealed together in a logical manner and these represent some of the personal favorites here at Rambutan HQ. Cover art by Nathaniel Brennan of Cruudeuces and the Ghetto Naturalist Series label.RAMBUTAN - Shoreline
Tape Drift is proud to announce its new batch of releases, a very special “trilogy” of discs. Our most cohesive and inspired batch to date, there’s a unifying element to these releases, both conceptually and sonically – a celebration of the guitar. In various ways, the three artists here demonstrate their unique connections to the instrument and share from their own deep wells of inspiration.$6 each ppd in the US, email us for international prices.
TD36 Fossils From the Sun "Forever Came Today"
An essential part of the ffts puzzle, this release shows yet another side to the multi-faceted body of work that Ray Hare (Century Plants, Burnt Hills, Twilight of the Century, etc) is carving out for us. The purity of intent, sharp focus, and mood are remarkable here as Ray delivers the goods on this stunning guitar-focused record. Hypnotic and haunting motifs fade in and out, the ghost of Spacemen 3 are summoned, feedback trails gently coaxed into existence, and the result is a deeply satisfying and addictive reminder of why the electric guitar remains a mainstay of modern music. This one harkens back to the Hare’s solo debut (TD06) in its relatively narrow palette – just electric guitar and effects. With his inimitable tone and sense of space, he takes the simplest of tools and uses them to sculpt incredibly gorgeous pieces of sound that will lodge in your memory. Cover collage art by Thomas Lail, with vellum inserts and inner photo by Mark Lunt.
TD37 Jefferson Pitcher "Now the Deer"
Long overdue for release, this sublime disc is perhaps the single most beautiful item in the TD catalog. Pitcher has a long history in music, playing with Christian Kiefer and many others over the years, but this is surely a landmark career high point. It’s certainly the kind of record others would dream about making, but never achieve. Aided with incredible subtlety and finesse by a handful of musicians (including Mike Bullock and Kiefer), Pitcher has created what can only be defined as a masterpiece. It’s that good. Inspired by a year spent living in Spain, this recording captures a magic that is both intangible and joyous in its beauty. Guitar is the central focus, but his partners lend so much to the overall sound and communicate so well that it feels like they’ve been playing together for decades. Never busy, Pitcher leaves room for every note to breathe, and weaves each unique thread in the record together as only a master can do. Words fail when trying to describe music this powerful. Each disc is housed in a heavy brown paper inside a vellum envelope and has a unique photograph taken by Pitcher while in Spain.Jefferson Pitcher - The Invisibility of Animals
TD38 Harold Biffen "The Wormhole and the Hymn"
After thirty years of guitar and nearly as many as an improviser, Harold Biffen releases his first-ever recording, a collection of fully realized steel string pieces that straddle the boundary between improvisation and composition. Whether drawing on his classical training or years spent with abstract electronics, Biffen uses the bare physicality of the guitar, his two hands, and a pick to create unstable harmonic structures that cluster, morph, collapse, and reassemble again—though with a lyricism and rhythmic vitality that will drop as many jaws as it does raise eyebrows. There are no preparations, effects, or standard cliches here, just formally inventive constructions that range from the gorgeously elegiac to the mischievous to the austere and back again. At times tender, brash, soaring, and proudly lo-fi, The Wormhole and the Hymn signals the arrival of a major new voice in the cosmos of post-everything guitar.Harold Biffen - 13.7 (in medias res)
Locrian / Century Plants - "Dissolvers" LP
Tape Drift’s first excursion into vinyl presents this massive split LP from two duos, one from Chicago, one upstate New York. These groups have been honing their unique and personal brands of sound for years, and both approach the task in similar ways, drawing equally from noise, drone, psych, kraut, minimalism, and metal influences. Each band offers up their best recorded work yet here, raising the stakes another huge notch. The Locrian side demonstrates their phenomenal range, and beautifully adds to their well established oeuvre with new and complex elements. Century Plants make their first appearance on wax, and show how far they’ve progressed in a few short years, bringing two subtly dark tracks that build in intensity. A slow burner, this LP is the rare split that sounds like a unified whole, and the pairing makes perfect sense. Intense building waves of sound, dense drones, feedback, power electronics, noise, psychedelic guitars, swirling synths and vox are all in the mix in ways only these two bands could pull off. A dark, dense, and ominous record, Dissolvers is also deeply cloaked in mystery and spaciousness. Mastered by James Plotkin for maximum heavy spectral sound, this is a must own record for noise, drone, psych, and metal heads alike. With design by Terence Hannum of Locrian, and art by Scott Treleaven, the LP is packaged in a black jacket with silkscreened silver leaf ink, and a special double-sided color insert.
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Locrian - Omega Vapors (excerpt)
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(TD34) Inhibitionists - "Lithium Salt Mines" cdr
(TD35) Millions - "Goldmouth" C30
Dave Suss, from NYC, delivers the goods on this tape, using minimalist means to construct two towering sides of stunningly heavy drone. Majestic and beautiful in scope, these are reminiscent of the best of Campbell Kneale's BCM work, and astound with their multiple layers and levels of nuance. Suss is a master of his trade, and time suspends itself over and over again while his tapes are in the deck. Blurry and noisy soundscapes that traffic in razor sharp detail. This is his best yet, and it's a massive winner.
(TD28) Lee Noble - "Infinity Bore" C45We were hooked instantly upon hearing this record, and it’s only gotten better upon excessive repeats. Noble approaches his music with pure focus and intensity, yet always suffuses things with a light touch and a sense of wonder. Never opting for showy gimmicks, he uses minimal means to weave his deeply textured magic. This one is heavy and loud in spots, drone-filled in others, and heartbreakingly melodic too. Noble has a patience, sensitivity and compositional prowess that is rare in this sort of music, and his pieces will stick in your head with a magical staying power. Truly a masterpiece.
(TD29) Family Treasures - Altars of Ashes" C45
(TD31) Cruudeuces - "Exile Digs" C30We’ve known Brennan for awhile, loved his highly limited self-released tapes, and been floored by his live sets. All the murky and mysterious beauty that he’s come to be known for is on ample display here, as Brennan offers two incredible sidelong communications from his inner zones. There’s really no apt comparison to this music, but trust us – it’s heavy, gritty, hypnotic, organic and meditative all at the same time. This is his finest moment (yet), and it’s a huge special honor for us at Tape Drift to be able to release this. Electronics, tapes, vox, clarinets and other reeds are all in his arsenal, but cruudeuces makes you forget the what and how, just reveling in the sheer majesty of the sound world he creates. Art by Kieron Cropper.
(TD32) Book of Shadows - "Twelve Degree Chandelier" cdrProbably the most outright melodic and pretty release on the label yet, this is a fully-formed and compelling record that shimmers with a magic sound all its own. There’s a sense of soft fragility at work, with deep echoes of krautrock past and newer exploratory sounds melding together seamlessly. Female vox nestle up against dark synth drones and forlorn psychedelic guitars in ways that bring to mind Charalambides and other masters of the mystic. An incredibly rich and beautiful collection of music. Art by Kieron Cropper.
TD 22 thenumber46 - “bleach and ammonia” C52
TD24 Zanzibar Snails – “Vitiligo” cdr
Noise, drone, psych, pop, doom, and lo-fi crunch collide in this first collaborative effort between Derek Rogers and Eric Hardiman (Rambutan, Century Plants, Burnt Hills). After releasing a searing split tape on the always excellent Existential Cloth Recordings, new frontiers of sonic strategies and challenges laid the framework for this successful long-distance collaboration. Layered sounds that build and decay, walls of dissonance, and waves of texture crash against each other only to collapse under their own weight: forty-five minutes of heavy and intensely zoned-out sounds. Expect 2010 to be the year Thresholders storm the barn and burn it to the ground.
(TD 21) M. Geddes Gengras - "Aural Mimesis" C60. You may know him as half of the Antique Brothers, a quarter of Pocahaunted, or a third of Robedoor, but however you slice things up, they're always better when Ged's involved. Following great releases on Stunned and Digitalis, this tape is the heaviest and most fully realized piece of music Ged has made yet. Topping all expectations by a few thousand miles, We have yet to hear a better record this year. Ged works an alchemical magic here, using modular synth and more traditional instruments to carry us to dizzying new levels of bliss. Undeniably heavy and dark, but also subtle, melodic, and sonically rich. Two complex 30-minute pieces designed for maximum hypnosis that will have you addicted in no time flat. Essential in every sense. Edition of 100, pro-dubbed on purple cassettes.
(TD 23) Andreas Brandal - "Jernvognen" cdr. Established sound artist and drone/noise musician Andreas Brandal graces us with this release from deep in the heart of Norway. Dark and ominous, with deep doom-laden bass tones, powerful drones, and beautiful hints of noise lurking in every corner. Inspired by an old Norwegian crime/ghost story (translated to the "The Iron Wagon"), Brandal's command here is staggering, displaying a control over each sound, and wrapping it all up with an organic feel and sustained attention to compositional dynamics throughout. The immersive sounds are at turns soothing, frightening and probing, suggesting a journey into the abyss, but guided by the confident hands of a sheer master.
(TD 25) Hunting Rituals / Rambutan - "Spirit Wok" split cdr. Canada meets the US in this split pairing from Ontario's Scott Cloud (Hunting Rituals) and upstate New York's Eric Hardiman (Rambutan). Hunting Rituals have demonstrated over the last few years a creative and aesthetic consistency near unmatched in the underground noise/psych/diy scene. Each release Cloud drops into the aether is a gift from some warped and beautiful planet outside of our solar system, and the HR track here is a prime example. Rambutan follows up on recent releases on Digitalis and Stunned with 3 tracks inspired by Cloud's example. Taken together as one dose of aural medicine, the two sides of this split add up to a massive, spacious, and blurry juggernaut of sound that will both heal and transport.
Two different solo sides of the Century Plants puzzle, split across the sides of one joyous tape. Eric Hardiman (Rambutan) and Ray Hare (Fossils From the Sun) take divergent paths here toward the goal of maximum zen brain warp. Drones, tones, blasts of noise, and radio interference from external zones all play a role here, and the end result should verticalize your head just fine. This one is on endless loop in another world we all oughtta visit.
(TD18) Derek Rogers - "Petit Chapeau" C30
Bursting out of Austin TX with more zoned out guitar action than that town can possibly hold, Derek's got the touch of gold with his axe. He's put out a slew of fantastic tapes recently on labels far and wide, and here he offers a glimpse into what makes his work so unique. Cavernous solo guitar that obliterates categories and defies the logic of time. Trippy, hypnotic and ambient at times, scorching and searching at others. A mighty compelling tape that has easily become a personal fave of 2009 here in Tape Drift land.
Our Love Will Destroy the World - "Broken Spine Fantasia" C30 (TD16) Following an initial LP and a few singles on other labels, we present two thrilling live sides documenting recent shows in Australia and New Zealand from Campbell Kneale's new project post-Birchville Cat Motel. Kneale's been a massive personal favorite here at Tape Drift since he first hit the scene in 1997. Reborn in this new guise, he's taking no prisoners and leaving audiences stunned by the majestic power of his noisy epics. It's hard to imagine Campbell topping the peaks of his vast BCM catalog, but these two tracks are a dream come true and suggest he may just have done it. Massively brutal sound here - perhaps one of his noisiest yet, but of course it's got all the hidden melodic elements and attention to detail that you've come to know and love. A psychedelic noise master work that works amazingly well with the oxide of tape.