MACHINEFABRIEK – Apollo CDr & Vloed – the very limited Apollo CDr consists of ‘found’ space program voices, pulses and washes – even the occasional rhythm. Reminiscent in some ways of a live set he performed in Edinburgh a couple of years back (would love to hear that again, but it hasn’t been released). Vloed is an album-length expanded reissue of pieces from around 2007/8, and has a Frippertronicky feel to it, not dissimilar to stuff on Weleer or Dauw – long, looping pieces gradually building towards a climax – although falling short of Lawine noisebath proportions. Both are excellent releases that’ll stay close to the top of the Machinefabriek pile.
UNICAZURN – Temporal Bends – bought for the Stephen Thrower of Cyclobe/Coil connection. Haunting, slow low growers, and a production that makes the cat’s ears twitch wildly. Not sure if she likes it or not. Not sure that I do either.
ROEDELIUS – Gift Of The Moment – yet another Bureau B rerelease. Seems to be a game of two halves, with what was probably the first side of the lp consisting of less treated piano works.
THE RESIDENTS – Talking Light Presents: Chuck’s Ghost Music – paid download from RSD. In last month’s update I bemoaned the decreasing effectiveness of The Residents ‘storyteller’ albums over the years, mentioning that they occasionally obscured stunning instrumental work. Seems that The Residents themselves are aware that at least some of their fans might feel the same, and so here’s a download-only album containing the instrumental backdrops to the Chuck’s Ghost Stories DVD. Whilst the DVD is probably going to end up fairly close to the back of my Rez collection, shorn of its fripperies the music has an swooping, throbbing, swirling, meandering quality awash with forgotten memories that sets it up there with their better recent work.
Also picked up a couple more ‘vintage’ Muslimgauze releases, but I really should stop delving now – additional acquisitions aren’t delivering any variant of the Muslimgauze oeuvre that I’ve not encountered before, and I’ve no desire to become a completist. 30 is enough.