A recurring series, featuring mesmerizing songs for one to lose sense of time and space, mind and body. This installment is a particularly intense one, reserved for those who understand that noise can be a hypnotic mechanism. Here are intensely aggressive sounds from The Silent Moon, minimal techno from Silent Servant, and offerings and remixes from ERAAS.
The Soft Moon
Somehow, Luis Vasquez of The Soft Moon (and Lumerians) can release tracks like “Die Life” and embrace gothic dance vibes without coming off as annoyingly trite. Zeroes, his latest album to be released via Captured Tracks, doesn’t seem like the cheeriest of records, as it seems to not only wallow but actively embrace all things doom and apocalypse.
You can also here “Insides” on Captured Tracks’ Soundcloud.
The press release gives a summary of the album’s tracks as follows:
Zeros opens with “It Ends,” a rumbling eerie epic that explodes and then fades. The slowing breath and pulse at the finish signify our break with reality as consciousness drifts deeper into Vasquez’ world. Welcoming us into “Machines,” a demon utters unclear incantations over snapping drums and flange-warped tones, while the titular song gives us a beat to dance to as a strange voice gushes lascivious “aahhhs” from a cloud of swirling synths. Songs like “Insides” and “Crush” feel utterly inward-looking-a loner’s cry buried in soil and metal shavings-but “Remember the Future” bounces like a twisted John Carpenter score, and “Die Life” lashes out at everything within reach. Listen closely and you’ll hear the sounds of the creatures and people that survived whatever catastrophe created this space: chirping insects, bawling whales, strained howls, jungle percussion, tribal chanting.
I’ve not heard the album in its entirety yet, but it comes out the day before Halloween, and if “Die Life” is any indicator, it will serve as the perfect soundtrack to that pagan holiday. Tracklisting and tour dates in the full post.
Newfound Brooklyn label Felte are doing pretty well for themselves considering they don’t even have a release yet. The debut LP from ERAAS will also be the debut LP for the label, and this remix of “Briar Path” gets a glitched out sci-fi remix from Silent Servant, who we’ll talk more about below. Not much happen in terms of rhythm in this remix, so reliance is heavy upon the floating airy synths and distorted mouthpiece vocals, which are heavily manipulated from the original. “Briar Path” in its original form relies on dramatic percussive elements reminiscent of bands like Young Magic. Another track, “Fang”, and its Black Marble Lost Borough Remix, can be heard on Felte’s Soundcloud, and the record will be released on October 2nd, 2012.
Full tracklisting below, along with some tour dates ERAAS has with The Soft Moon. A complete circle in this post!
ERAAS – “Briar Path” (Silent Servant Reinterpretation)
ERAAS – “Briar Path” (Original)
ERAAS – ERAAS TRACKLISTING
On his highly anticipated debut release, producer Juan Mendez comes to us with Negative Fascination, an exploration of bleak and brooding techno universes. Like The Soft Moon, above, droning rhythms and pattering industrial noises create a slowly-building sonic image where not much comes into view, save for the gradual addition of layers and layers that contribute to an overall dystopian lack of color. Negative Fascination is limited to 900 copies on vinyl, via Hospital Records. Below, you can also catch a recent Silent Servant reinterpretation for an upcoming track from ERAAS.
The Soft Moon (cont’d)
THE SOFT MOON – ZEROS TRACKLISTING
1. It Ends
5. Remember the Future
7. Die Life
8. Lost Years
10. ƨbnƎ ƚI
THE SOFT MOON TOUR DATES
* with Cold Showers
^ with Group Rhoda
% with Eraas
09-20 Brooklyn, NY – Glasslands * %
09-21 Montreal, Quebec – La Sala Rossa *
09-22 Toronto, Ontario – The Drake *
09-23 Pontiac, MI – Crofoot Ballroom *
09-24 Indianapolis, IN – White Rabbit Cabaret *
09-25 Pittsburgh, PA – Brillobox *
10-26 Denver, CO – Larimer Lounge ^
10-28 Grinnell, IA – Grinnell College Gardner Lounge ^
10-30 Manhattan, NY – Bowery Ballroom ^
10-31 Middletown, CT – Eclectic House ^
11-01 Rochester, NY – Blug Jar ^
11-02 Cleveland, OH – Beachland Ballroom ^
11-03 Chicago, IL – Schubas Tavern ^
11-04 Columbus, OH – Ace Of Cups ^
11-06 Atlanta, GA – 529 ^
11-07 Athens, GA – Caledonia Lounge ^
11-08 Durham, NC – The Pinhook ^
11-09 Washington, DC – Black Cat ^
11-10 Philadelphia, PA – North Star Bar ^
12-12 Echo – Los Angeles, CA ^
12-13 Casbah – San Diego, CA ^
12-14 The New Parish – Oakland, CA ^
12-15 Mezzanine – San Francisco, CA ^
12-18 Holocene – Portland, OR ^
12-19 Barboza – Seattle, WA ^
12-20 Waldorf – Vancouver, British Columbia ^