Volcanic Tongue Catalogue

Sandoz Lab Technicians
Everything’s Fifteen

Celebrate Psi Phenomenon

CD
£6.99


Archival release of a live performance from 2000 at Robert McDougall Art Gallery in Christchurch New Zealand from the trio of Tim Cornelius, James Kirk and Nathan Thompson. Corpus Hermeticum/Metonymic recording artists Sandoz Lab Technicians’ main conceptual strategy is based around shepherding cavernous pockets of space into flashing, cumulous forms and here they navigate the gulf with melodica, bush sax, reed flute, electric guitars, effects, drums, tin whistle, glockenspiel, violin, autoharp, bass harmonica, bowed cymbal, tapes and keyboards. The muddy, slightly distant quality of the live recording only adds to the dislocated, edge of the world feel.

Sandoz Lab Technicians
Unhemmed As It Is Uneven

Trinder 07

7"
£9.99


Original 1996 EP from this great New Zealand improv/drone outfit. Long out of print.

Hi-Asobi
3 Films

Pseudo Arcana PA-126

DVD-R
£6.99


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!

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! 

Claypipe
A Daylight Blessing

Mie Music MIE-025

LP
£14.99


New album in an edition of 300 copies from the NZ underground duo of Antony Milton (Pseudo Arcana/A.M./Birdcatcher/Sunken et al) and Clayton Noone (Armpit/Futurians/CJA): recorded in the run-up to a support slot with Richard Youngs in New Zealand in 2010, A Daylight Blessing sees the duo taking battery powered and acoustic instruments outside to the sandhills by the beach near Noone’s place in Dunedin. Milton’s describes the vibe as “hippy utopian” and it touches on a bunch of diverse, heady strategies. There are the elegiac long tones and open sky tunings of Taj Mahal Travellers, moments of almost Charalambides-esque floating folk melodies, beams of wordless vocals, even an odd Charlie Nothing-plays-Paralellograms feel that is uniquely transportive. Less amplifier worshipping NZ drone violence and more pastoral free folk ascension, Claypipe come over like an electro-acoustic Scorces playing blunt DIY paeans to elemental, eternal music. Beautiful, recommended. 

Various Artists
NoFi Rainbow Vol. 1

End Of The Alphabet Records EAR 001

CD-R
£10.99


Incredible new very limited proto-Tokyo Flashback scale compilation that attempts to take the temperature of the New Zealand underground circa now, complete with original artwork by Campbell Kneale: this one subverts and bolsters the NZ destructo rock/home-bled concrete tape work tradition, marrying tracks from heavyweights like Bruce Russell and Peter Wright, Campbell Kneale’s Our Love Will Destroy The World and Antony Milton alongside major new voices that range from obliterated almost Omit-scale homemade electronics, evacuate beats and splintered vocals through roaring drone and end of the world soundings courtesy of killer new breed voices like Mischancerie, ETRC aka Shannon Reed, i.ryoko, Oona Verse and Noel Meek. Highly recommended.