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4. Cold And Ugly
6. Opiate$11.99Vinyl LP Reissue - Sealed Buy Now
SMM: OpiateLimited To 800 Copies
SMM: Opiate is the second release in Ghostly's SMM series, which is an ongoing exploration of the evocative possibilities of sound, with a focus
classical minimalism, electronic and drone composition, lm soundtracks, and fragile imaginary landscapes. Opiate is the follow-up to 2011's SMM: Context, and as with that record, it's a carefully chosen selection of music, compiled over some two years from around the world.
The record opens with Simon Scott's Water Shadow, a luxuriant piece of beatless ambience that's like a wash of warm water or the rst touch of the summer sun on your face after a long, cold winter. It's a warmth that doesn't last, though - Ti Prego Memory Man, by A Winged Victory for the Sullen, is no less beautiful. It's a stately, alpine beauty, its chilly sounds a harbinger of things to come. Celer's Nothing So Mystical is more minimal still, while Black Swan's Passing Heartbreak brings whispers of humanity, its sound coalescing out of a atmospheric
whirl of vocal textures.
The wryly titled This Is Radio Sweden, by Jim Haynes, is all brooding background noise that's shot through with what sounds like an old fashioned telephone engaged tone, a track that seems shot through with connotations of absence and loss. EN's White is both somber and somehow transportive, setting plucked chords from what sounds like a banjo over a glistening synth gure, while Pjusk's Dorsk slows to a sort of stasis, with only the faintest of basslines to indicate any sign of life. Fieldhead's 37th is like a slow, mindful from such a reverie, and Noveller's Bright Cloud Blooms brings the cycle to a close with another brief ush of precious warmth.
As a whole, the compilation seems to follow a narrative arc, descending through a series of stages into near-complete stillness, and then slowly ascending back to where it began. As a whole, the experience is certainly evocative of the opiated sensation evoked by the record's title - but really, it's a compilation that invites you to nd your own meaning in it, or simply to appreciate the beauty of its music and escape the world for a while.1. Simon Scott - Water Shadow
2. A Winged Victory For The Sullen - Ti Prego Memory Man
3. Celer - Nothing So Mystical
4. Black Swan - Passings, Heartbreak
5. Jim Hayes - This is Radio Sweden
6. EN - White
7. Pjusk - Dorsk
8. Fieldhead - 37th
9. Noveller - Bright Clouds Bloom$18.99Vinyl LP - Sealed Buy Now
IIII builds on the break-beat, junk-shop charm that Ruban Nielson, 32-year-old multi-instrumentalist and songwriter, came to be renowned for following his self-titled 2011 debut, and signals the solidification of Unknown Mortal Orchestra's position as an endlessly intriguing, brave psychedelic band. UMO is unafraid to dig deeper than the rest to lock into their intoxicating, opiate groove and bring rock'n'roll's exaggerated myths to life.1. From The Sun
2. Swim and Sleep (Like a Shark)
3. So Good At Being In Trouble
4. One At A Time
5. The Opposite of Afternoon
6. No Need For a Leader
9. Faded in the Morning
10. Secret Xtians$16.99Vinyl LP- Sealed Buy Now
African PianoSouth African pianist-composer Abdullah Ibrahim, still performing at the time of this 1969 live album under the pseudonym Dollar Brand, unleashed a mastery so enticing on African Piano, it's a wonder that any of the folks at the club where it was recorded had the resolve to treat it as background to their dining. By the same token, reinforcement of that fact by constant ambient noises renders Ibrahim's performance all the more sacred by contrast.
Amid a sea of chatter, cleared throats, and sudden intakes of breath, he breaks the surf with the gentle yet hip ostinato of "Bra Joe From Kilimanjaro," working meditative tendrils into the bar light. Over this his right hand brings about an explosive sort of thinking that spins webs in a flash and connects them to larger others. With clarion fortitude, he drops bluesy accents along the way: a trail of crumbs leading to "Selby That The Eternal Spirit Is The Only Reality." Ironically (or not), this is the most solemn blip on the album's radar and blends into the ivory tickling of "The Moon." Here Ibrahim's heartfelt, dedicatory spirit comes to the fore, proving that, while technically proficient, he possesses a descriptive virtuosity that indeed evokes a pockmarked surface lit in various phases, harnessing sunlight as if it were skin in dense, vibrating harvest. The kinesis of this tune is diffused in the tailwind of "Xaba," which then flows into "Sunset In Blue," in which Ibrahim's ancestral awareness is clearest. The level of respect evoked here for both the dead and the living lends a ritualistic quality by virtue of its tight structuring, which despite hooks at the margins flies freely in its magic circle. "Kippy" is a smoother reverie with flickers of flame. A beautiful amalgam of measures and means, it slips an opiate of reflection into its own drink. After this, the intense two minutes of gospel and downward spirals that is "Jabulani-Easter Joy" takes us into "Tintinyana," thereby crystallizing the album's flowing energies. Tracks bleed into one another: they runneth from the same cup, their spiritual resonance deep and true.
African Piano is a gorgeous, thickly settled album, but one that is always transparent when it comes to origins. Such is the tenderness of Ibrahim's craft, which speaks with a respect that transcends the sinews, muscles, and eardrums required to bring it to life. It finds joy in history, connecting to it like an Avatar's tail to steed.1. Bra Joe From Kilimanjaro
2. Selby That The Eternal Spirit Is The Only Reality
3. The Moon
5. Sunset In Blue
7. Jabulani Easter Joy
8. Tintiyana$25.99180 Gram Audiophile Virgin Vinyl LP - Sealed Buy Now
Lesser Key (Coke Bottle Clear)
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"Freedom is a double-edged sword.. we are inspired to create from the ugly as well as the beautiful."
The Los Angeles based rock group, LESSER KEY, represents an exploration into personal and artistic freedom. The group consists of Andrew
Zamudio, Brett Fanger, Justin Hanson and Paul D'Amour - founding TOOL bassist and songwriter (Opiate & Undertow)
LESSER KEY will be releasing their highly anticipated self-titled debut EP. The group created their debut with producer Sylvia
Massy (System of a Down, Tool, Johnny Cash).
LESSER KEY states: "Having Paul D'Amour join us on bass is a real pleasure. We all loved the work he did on the first few TOOL albums. I think first
and foremost we give our best effort to create something that excites us.. the intention is to stir things up a bit. We'd rather try to present something
in the most honest way possible so that people can come to their own thoughts and feelings. Hopefully both the listener and us walk away more
aware from the art."1. Intercession
2. Pale Horse
4. Folding Stairs
5. In Passing Through
6. Labile$19.99Colored Vinyl LP - Sealed Buy Now