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02/12/2011

Andy Futreal/Babel, “7/8″ split tape 

Reviewed by Anthony D’Amico.

On the Andy Futreal side:That is as conventionally musical as it gets too, as the fragile piano motif is quickly consumed by massed overlapping voices of newscasters and a deep and cavernous rumble.   The piano returns near the end, but much darker and more broken-sounding.  It kind of reminds me of some of Morton Feldman’s work a bit, forming a gently dissonant and uneasy lattice of twinkling single notes that bleed together.  Very impressive.

On the Babel  side:Part of Rehlinger’s distinctiveness is certainly due to his prominent use of atypical instrumentation (like metal bowls and woodblocks), but his aberrence runs pretty deep stylistically too, as he seems to draw inspiration equally from brooding post-rock, classical minimalism, Harold Budd (particularly his love of heavily reverb-ed piano), and probably even Martin Denny-style exotica ….  delicately melancholy piano motifs, but the many curious and sudden dynamic shifts and detours make Morpheum feel more like the soundtrack to a film than a stand-alone suite.  I think it’d be a pretty compelling film though.”

Moonwood, “River Ghosts” LP

Reviewed by Nicholas Zettel

…the subtle layers and shimmering dynamics between the sparse folk elements might not be apparent on a first, glancing listen. Jakob Rehlinger… provides a stunning experimental guitar approach, a surprisingly “organic” electric guitar sound. The buzzing drones and scorched swells sound like they are produced by a cranked, clean amplifier, and the chiming reverb and tremolo naturally follow the signal’s original dynamic …. alternate between oscillating gourd flute and ringing, deceptively simple guitar lines. Alternate instrumentation and percussion enter the background from time to time, building the intensity and providing phantom noises: choirs, gurus, spiritual awakenings. I cannot emphasize enough the sparse composition of the elements throughout this side, rendering each set of simultaneous percussion, flute, and guitar swells more intense for each occurrence …. Over multiple listens, themes of deserted landscapes, rituals, and awakening vibe through the overtones and drones. Moonwood’s experimental folk might not grab you at first listen, but the textured sounds definitely reward multiple listens.


Andy Futreal / Babel : Split tape series sides 7/8

28/06/2011


Andy Futreal / Babel (C-46) 2011. Deluxe cloth bag edition of 50 w/two full colour inserts. Free digital download link included. Loosely based around “Tectonic Disasters in Asia”, this is the first themed release in the split tape series.

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$7.00 CAD (includes shipping)

Side 7: Andy Futreal — Night Train to Xi’an / For Wenchuan

A vivid soundscape travelogue collaged from field-recordings and performances recorded in China during. 2008-2010. Andy has created vivid journey out of everything from a metal dishrack to the ambient sounds of Zhengzhou train station and the overnight train from to Xi’an. A piano score is derived from Sichuan Wenchuan earthquake gravity wave traces mixed with edited VOA broadcast. A haunting tribute to a harrowing disaster. (www.myspace.com/andyfutreal)

Side 8: BabelMorpheum (1-4) / 4 Bowls / 4 Japan

Falling somewhere between the 20th century minimalists and the no-wave noise composers of the 1980s, Morpheum explores the tranquility and violence of dream states though a suite of duets and quartets for piano, mallet instruments, electric guitar and Taiko-inspired percussion. Languid, evolving melody lines sleepily weave through each other before cascading arpeggios awaken like a tsunami crashing through a nuclear reactor. Subtle and epic, peaceful and cacophonous, safe and perilous as an ocean or a dream.

Andy Futreal and Jakob Rehlinger (Moonwood) were  previously paired up on a split tape released by Folkwaste Recordings.


Andy Futreal / Moonwood split cassette

31/05/2010

Not an Arachnidiscs release, but  Moonwood has a new EP on a split cassette put out by fOlkwaste

From the fOlkwaste library website:

Side A – Andy Futreal: Returning from Asian travels, Futreal combines a mysterious smoke blown through wooden flutes. Perhaps the malaria medication is giving us these intense dreams. Side effects merge into effect pedals, rivers of bicycles flowing through market streets, dodging cattle, their bells ringing in time with the chimes of metal hammered into unrecognizable tools.

Side B – Moonwood: Towers of Babel fall. The god of Reverb bears a human child. Meditation as medication. Religious experiences are discarded in favor of deep soul searching. Doors fly open as an organ signals new moonwood. Transcendental floss.

Limited edition of 18, hand numbered and painted cassettes. Tied up in collaged envelopes with storybook insert. each one unique. Please send $7 in North America or $9 for rest of the world… paypal to individual6079 {at} yahoo {dot} com” ~ Folkwaste.com


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