GOG > IRONWORKS > LP
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“I did not know then how much was ended. When I look back now from this high hill of my old age, I can still see the butchered women and children lying heaped and scattered all along the crooked gulch as plain as when I saw them with eyes still young. And I can see that something else died there in the bloody mud, and was buried in the blizzard. A people’s dream died there. It was a beautiful dream…” -Black Elk
Ironworks is both literally and figuratively a monolith of unrestrained power. Rapid arpeggios and slow flowing magma clash while lugubrious piano weaves depressive chords. Lurching, overdriven guitar grinds and scrapes in a hollow abyss as tortured vocals rise from the depths. This is metal in the elemental sense, the album built upon a foundation of sound recordings from the Bjella family blacksmith shop. Ironworks is an epitaph for the death of the American dream, one brought on by ourselves, channeling emotions mournful and raging.
Packaged in a heavy, embossed folder with insert. Limited to 300 copies. Black vinyl + download.
RM74 > TWO ANGLES OF A TRIANGLE > 2XCD
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Just like the light shines brighter in the darkness, contrasts are there to remind us of the existence of the other side. And to look inward is possibly the best way to be able to tell more about the true self. Sometimes it’s the only way to confront what lies deep under the skin, to be able to share it with the world outside in pure awareness.Two Angles of a Triangle is profound and introspective, yet it tells you hundreds of secrets, feelings and ideas of its creator in a highly confidential way.
How Reto Mäder musically builds his triangle is similar to a folk music without genre typical folk arrangements. His perspective of music is so deeply rooted in the human soul it’s easy to forget how detailed and complex he shapes his sound material. Slowly bass guitar figures played in open circles and time are recorded with all the mechanical details of its strokes, atmospheric piano and synths building emotional high and downs, electronics treated like an organic instrument, percussions in their own ritualistic rhythms, a metallic vibrating kalimba, a howling theremin, nostalgic music box melodies, the scraping sound of a chalk on slate, oscillated radio frequencies, lost and found tape voices, cracking of tree branches.
The place “Betwixt”, where RM74 aims, is way beyond that and Two Angles of a Triangle is his greatest step on the way to that place. Mäder is a singer/songwriter without words in the never-ending search for his third angle.
Packaged in a six-panel sleeve with art by Thomas Hooper. Liner notes by Seda Nigbolu.First twenty orders will receive a FREE copy of the RM74 “Reflex” cd on Utech Records.
VAGUSNERVE > GO BACK TO THE SIRIUS > CD
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Where are we from and where are we going. Trapped in time and space, always questioning. Go Back to the Sirius. Go back to a state concealed in our genes for aeons. Renounce all conceptions about humankind, all human histories and all human civilizations. Abandon all of our minds, our consciousness, our instinct and our wisdom. The passing on and alternation of interstellar civilizations are in fact a kind of transmigration. The destruction and disappearance of a civilization precedes the birth of another. It happened in the earth, and also in the Sirius. It happened through the memory of light. It is the DNA of our universe and someday we will all be part of it.
Li Jianhong: electric guitar and vocals. VAVABOND: laptop and electronics.
Packaged in a fold-out poster sleeve with art by Marsha Cottrell.First twenty orders will receive a FREE copy of the VagusNerve “Lo Pan” cd on Utech Records.
UTECH RECORDS MUSIC FESTIVAL 2XCD
A small restock of this title. Available while supplies last.
Live compilation produced for KFJC. Art and design by Keith Utech, Aaron Turner and Viral Graphics.
Double digipak printed with black and metallic silver ink. Booklet and replica of show poster included.
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