Just arrived, Infraction's re-release of
- Keith Berry : the ear that was sold to a fish
includes a second disk, turn right a thousand feet from here,
with 30 minutes of new music.
This is a thing of beauty !!!
The music is excellent, and so is the packaging.
Great work, Jason.
I have that original Crouton version w/the box stuffed with leaves, but just went ahead & ordered the reissue because of that extra disc. If it's anything like The Ear...
, which was a superb piece of work, then me own aural canals should get quite happy soon indeed!
Berry remains one of those enigmatic artists who has nurtured something of a 'cultist' aesthetic about him, mostly due to the fact that he simply isn't as prolific as his colleagues. No matter: I highly recommend all of his work, particularly the austere abstractions found on his release on the late, lamented Trente Oiseaux label, The Golden Boat
, which raised the concept of sound-art/minimalism/onkyoism to new heights.
NP: Agitation Free Shibuya Nights: Live In Tokyo
(pre-release). I'm penning the liners for this, a brand new (albeit live) recording by Krautrock masters Agitation Free. Stunning sound quality, all superbly mastered by Michael Hoenig; only with some incidental applause could one detect this to be a live album. Stellar reworkings of A.F. classics mixed with new pieces. TBR on German label MiG (home of the last remaining volumes in the Klaus Schulze La Vie Electronique
series and the recent Big In Japan
live sets) sometime later this summer, I believe.
Recent plays:Julianna Barwick The Magic Place (Asthmatic Kitty)
. Impossibly beautiful processed voice/vocal choirs solely executed by Ms. Barwick, with the additional odd electronic embellishments woven into the mix. Tough to categorize this one: "ambient" but not, at times glacial, near-gregorian, spiritual (but nowhere near vacuous)...all signifiers are meaningless. Much more mind-bending (& wonderfully bent) than, say, David Hykes' similar explorations, but, for me, far more aurally satisfying.Remy I:dentity (Deserted Island)
. New one by Berlin School upstart is one of the best examples I've heard in the genre of late. First track is a gorgeous piece of "new" sequencer music; the rest puts some recent genre music to shame. Features guests Synth.NL, Gert Emmens, Erik Wollo, and Bill Fox.Ministry Twitch (Sire)
. For some reason, intermittently this past week I've been playing "All Day Remix", well, uh, all day (not really, but definitely during recent car trips, and sporadically indoors). Been "rediscovering" (relistening) to old-school industrial dance (pre-EBM) and somehow Ministry's name came up during net-surfing & Twitch
got stuck in heavy rotation. Completely gave up on Jourgensen's music & methodology after this one — had no use for his subsequent noise/metal phase — but Twitch
& the vastly underrated With Sympathy