Volcanic Tongue Catalogue

Hi-Asobi
3 Films

Pseudo Arcana PA-126

DVD-R
£8.99


Cool new DVD from Pseudo Arcana that features a selection of films put together by Anthony Milton using raw footage culled from You Tube by using the search terms “historical New Zealand Super 8 film”. The resultant visuals have a distant memory vague appeal with a ton of surreal historical detail, airshows, folk festivals, landscapes... all combining in strange abstract forms while Hi-Asobi – the trio of Milton, Peter Wright and David Khan - generate power drones and eerie blues-inflected abstractions that add to overall dream/reverie feel. No region, all players compatible. Comes with a free digital download of the sonics.

Birdcatcher
The Sky Tied Down

Pseudo Arcana PACD-111/112

2XCD-R
£14.99


Pretty much everyone who hear the swanky double cassette release from the NZ duo of Anthony Milton (lap steel guitar/banjo/electronics) and Bill Wood (lap steel guitar/electronics) was floored and the response has been so great that Anthony has gone back and reissued their debut double CD-R set in an exclusive art edition run in oversize folders with stapled-in art book: Birdcatcher take off on a kind of post-Charalambides/Scorces sanctified steel trip, factoring in great fogs of reverb, hovering psychedelic ghost tones, endlessly sustained single-note violence and at atmosphere that is somewhat akin to Reverend Louis Overstreet plays the Hermann Nitsch outer space songbook. Using nothing but a buncha modified electric strings and some cracked electronics Birdcatcher usurp blues form to hymn dead planets, playing in a slow-motion railroad style that trades crossroads for spaceways. Spectacularly great, tiny run, highly recommended. 

A.M.
Dragonfly

Trensmat Records TR-041

LP
£12.99


Massive limited new solo album from big VT fave, New Zealand’s Anthony Milton aka AM: Dragonfly is an epic of fuzz-worshipping/groove mutating monolithic psych rock. The opening “Fake Union Of Uplifted Charlatans” is a mind-blower, with a fucked-up dub bass and handclap percussion over twin six-string all-soloing  fuzz guitars, coming over like a tone scientist take on The Savage Resurrection or a rubberised-Rallizes re-mixed by Matthew Bower. The electro-threat continues across the first side, with pulsing circuitry over spurts of pure wah-wah ecstasy. The set culminates with “True Believers (Live)” that takes the whole Dead C dead amplifier worship run out groove style to new levels of flat-lined guitar/rhythm box violence. Another massive side from Anthony, pressed on blue vinyl, highly recommended!

Birdcatcher
Prey

Pseudo Arcana No Cat

CD-R
£9.99


Beautifully presented limited CD-R reissue of a sold-out cassette from the New Zealand lapsteel and banjo duo of Antony Milton and Bill Wood, recorded on new year’s eve 2013: this is about as far from Appalachian hunch-billy as you could spit, with a massively degraded sound bled straight to tape coming over like a heavy metal Scorces plays the Matthew Bower songbook. There’s a torrential avant/classical appeal to much of Birdcatcher’s music, with great arcs of fuzz and confusion suddenly bisected by lucid small-scale string drones and celestial tone poetry in a way that points towards a more ‘cosmic’ Lost Domain or an American Primitive take on Tangerine Dream’s colossal Zeit double LP. Plus it’s all rendered with that beautiful sun-coming-up-at-the-edge-of-the-world NZ fidelity. Indeed, some of the steel string soloing has the aspect of Loren Connors or even Keiji Haino, albeit teetering on the very edge of a void of drone. Love this, very highly recommended!

Paintings Of Windows
Pororar River Mouth

Pseudo Arcana No Cat

Lathe-Cut LP + DVD
£26.99


Stunning new electro-acoustic visioning of area sonorities from New Zealand’s Antony Milton aka A.M./Birdcatcher/Black Boned Angel/Mrtyu et al on an ultra-limited Peter King cut lathe LP with DVD and download: this one was recorded in Punakaiki, a small beach town on the wild and rugged South Island of New Zealand in 2013. Recorded over the space of one week, this is an album that really takes you *there*, combining sad elegiac drones recorded beneath open skies with oddly affecting field recordings made in the bush and on the shore and a series of hushed, fragile chants and song forms that summon the ghost of Alastair Galbraith as if it was recorded straight to Walkman by Andrew Chalk and Matthew Shaw. All music was made using a battery operated synthesizer and sampler, with recordings typically made at dusk “when the inspiration of the land/sea-scapes were at their most intense.” Indeed, as Antony says “The rush and whisper of ocean waves is perhaps the most dominant of voices here”. The set also comes with a mesmerising DVD featuring a film Antony made to go along with the music that documents his lonely sojourn out there at the edge of the world.  Hard to think of anyone who can so masterfully transmute their own peripatetic wanderings into such beautiful sound/image constructs. A mesmerising set from Antony and a continuation of Pseudo Arcana’s recent stunning form. Immediately sold out at source, very highly recommended!