Spectral Hypnosis : Tomat, Hanetration, Father Murphy MP3 Streams & Downloads

A recurring series, featuring mesmerizing songs for one to lose sense of time and space, mind and body. In today’s post, we focus on drone and Europeans manipulating the shit out of genre in exceptionally creative ways. We will begin at the bottom of a deep, dark hole with Father Murphy, gradually climb with Hanetration, and see the light with Tomat.

Father Murphy

How cliche of an Italian band to take all of the meditative qualities of Catholic priestly chants and incorporate them into their craft! Comprised of vocalist and guitarist Reverend Fredie (of course), vocalist, keyboardist, and percussionist Chiara Lee, and vocalist, drummer, and string instrument wielder Vitorio De Marin, Father Murphy supposedly now have their most accessible record, to date, but they’re still channeling some transcendental black metal is-ness here. Anyway, your children will deny it comes out March 13th on Aagoo Records, and was recorded and mixed by Greg Saunier of Deerhoof. Have no doubt that it will leave you wondering just what your children will be denying. May / June Tour 2012 with Xiu Xiu & Dirty Beaches to be announced soon, as well as a split 7″ picture disc with Xiu Xiu!

Anyway, your children will deny it TRACKLISTING
1. How we ended up with feelings of guilt
2. His face showed no distortions
3. It is funny it is rest both came quickly
4. Digging the bottom of the hollow
5. In praise of our doubts
6. Their consciousness
7. In the flood with the flood
8. Don’t let yourself be hurt


I have absolutely no idea where Hanetration is coming from with his moniker (I keep tragically typing it as Henetration, bringing to mind unnecessary filths), but his music certainly fits the goal of Spectral Hypnosis. For one thing, I completely forgot what I was listening to when the extended drones of “Rufus” started wailing, and I am finding myself repeatedly forgetting as I am writing this. This is transportive music, to be buried beneath ground with your secrets, where they will fester while being eaten alive by glitchy bugs. Tenth Oar EP is not nearly as dark as it sounds, though; it’s actually transportive, freeing, unassuming. And best of all: available for free download. (What am I doing?)


Italians, again! Tomat is the solo project of Italy’s Davide Tomat. Dream and drone hold hands on his conceptual release, out March 5th on Monotreme Records. The conceptual backing is a fascinating one. In this technological day and age, it’s always nice to see when experimental artists are actually experimental in their creation process, as well as in their sound. Enjoy two tracks below, along with a brief summary from Tomat:

“This record came to life in 6 days from the 1st to the 6th of June 2010.

Each song is matched to an historical event that happened between the 1st and the 6th of June during human history.
I did a solo real time improvisation session for 6 days in my studio, recording each session in multi-track recordings, using only my voice, an analog monophonic sythesizer and a guitar through effects, loopers, computer and samplers, creating layers over layers of voices, sythesizers and guitar. No over dubs.

After 6 days of improvisation and 7 hours of music, on the 7th of June I started listening to all the music, isolating different tracks…at the end I had 36 different tracks.

I thought about the idea that something that had happened in these 6 days in human history may have inspired me while I was putting out this music and these emotions.

So I did some research about the events that happened in the past between the 1st and the 6th of June and I matched each track to a different event. I tried to mach things and emotions that could be compatible, emotions that somehow inspired me in creating this music.

I isolated 21 tracks to work on and then after some edits I mixed 11 songs and I mastered them on the 7th of September 2011.

This record is made 90% by vocals and 10% by an analog monofonic sythesizer and a guitar. It’s a drony experimental record that evokes sonic landscapes.

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Vivian Hua 華婷婷

Vivian Hua 華婷婷 is a writer, filmmaker, and organizer. As the Executive Director of Northwest Film Forum in Seattle and Editor-in-Chief of the interdisciplinary arts publication, REDEFINE, much of her work unifies her metaphysical interests with her belief that art can positively transform the self and society. She regularly shares human-centered stories through her storytelling newsletter, RAMBLIN’ WITH VEE! In 2020, she will [hopefully] begin production on a comedic Asian-American series entitled Reckless Spirits.

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