12: Gown / RobRobRob (split) 2010. Cassette. Deluxe cloth bag edition w/fold-out (limited run of 50). Free digital download link included. The first two sides in our new split cassette series.
1: GOWN – Jake’s Strut (Live in Sackville, 2009 w/Omon Ra) (20 mins) “MacGregor’s voice floats through the murky composition like a lost firefly, giving off light every so often in hopes that he’ll be found again. A foggy oasis steeped in washed out guitar effects, psychedelic clouds of harmonies that float by like the first black clouds before a beautiful thunderstorm.” ~ Foxy Digitalis
2: RobRobRob – Water / Garden at Night / Pocket Thesaurus / Untitled / Sun on curtains (20 mins) Hailing from Scotland via The Netherlands, guitarist Robert Gray’s style floats between harsh beauty and gentle noise. Free-form improvisations that are neither acid-folk nor shoegaze and somehow both. Something new called Folkgaze? Maybe.
We received the shipment of tapes for “Sides 1 + 2” of the cassette series from the duper yesterday. They look great. Side 1 is Gown (Canada) and Side 2 is RobRobRob (Scotland/Netherlands). Still waiting on a few more components for the deluxe packaging to arrive and then they’ll be released finally!
Work progresses on sides 3 + 4 and we’ve been speaking to a couple fine bands for possible sides 5 + 6.
We’re pleased to announce the official release of Coal Aberrations by Moonwood. Click the image to go to the Arachnidiscs Store.
This is the first Moonwood release to feature performances by musicians other than multi-instrumentalist Moonwood (Jakob Rehlinger).
Moonwood collaborators include Rehlinger’s New Yaki cohorts Andrew Macgregor (Gown/The Bark Haze) and Stephen Wolf (Partli Cloudi/Summer Amp) as well as Ameen (Healthy Animal), Robert Gray (robrobrob), Elgin-Skye, Eli Korsorado (Brave New Waves), Richard Holiday Cartwright (Everything Is Geometry), Rose Redweed (Dirtnap), Mandi Hardy and Kyprieth.
Operating under the maxim “the whole is greater than the sum of its parts“, Moonwood invited an international group of musicians to submit solo improvisations on their instruments (from tin cans to cellos) sight unseen—or sound unheard as the case may be—for him to build full compositions in and around. Some takes were mixed directly into existing arrangements (Eli’s sax/Kyprieth’s flute), others were used as a launching-pad (Dirtnap’s piano/Heathy Animal’s rhythm drones/Gown’s guitar) for whole new pieces.
The result takes Moonwood’s loose acid folk to both freer/noiser extremes (“Deep Soul #3“) and towards more structured, almost neo-classical/post-rock compositions (“We Are Already Dead“) while retaining the brooding, free-form feel of the previous release, Aubade.