Volcanic Tongue Catalogue

Michael Yonkers
It's Only Yonkers

Eclipse GZDLP05

LP
£10.99


Full-length from Minneapolis’s Michael Yonkers, who birthed the staggering avant-garage LP Microminiature Love back in 1968, a no-show on Sire Records at the time and finally released on LP by Clint Simonson’s De Stijl records a few years back and now available as a CD on Sub Pop. It’s Only Yonkers was recorded last year, with Yonkers playing everything straight through in order onto a four track, all first takes, no overdubs. A clutch of miniature blues informed by *that* guitar tone. You know.

United Supreme Council
Oastem! Vibe Orchestra

Eclipse

LP
£10.99


Harvesting set of ritual brain clamour, drone-chuff and synapse chauffeuring blitz from this free-improvising big band consisting of members of Pelt and Rake. This inter-band ensemble blew across the States a bunch of times during their short existence – 1996/97 – and this limited to 330 copies vinyl LP is a beautiful document of their scorching style, an extract from a two-hour performance at Tommy’s in Richmond in April 1997. The line-up is: Mike Gangloff (guitar, shenai, electronics), Jack Rose (lap steel), Patrick Best (guitar, bass resonator, conga), ~SKB (bass and percussion), V2G2 (nylon string guitar, percussion, shenai and voice), Planet C (moog, sax, percussion), Mick (dumbek and dijembe), Beth Jones (dijembe).

My Cat Is An Alien
When The Windmill's Whirl Dies

Eclipse

LP
£12.99


When The Windmill's Whirl Dies comes in a suitably y moody-looking gatefold sleeve and features one side-long piece with Roberto reading his own poetry (reproduced on the inside sleeve) in a voice that sounds like Spacemen 3’s Sonic Boom performing Robert Ashley’s The Wolfman in the spirit of Hammer House of Horror and two shorter pieces on side two. For the most part the music is ultra-minimal, just padding drums and the slow, distant purr of looped electronics. Recordings come from 2003.

Monosov Swirnoff/The Shining Path
Two Recorded Works

Eclipse

LP
£10.99


Second volume of a two-volume set on Eclipse documenting various sonic settings featuring Californian sound artists/composers/improvisers Ilya Monosov and Preston Swirnoff. Side one features two minimal compositions for tape loop, bowed guitar, air organ and voice that are some of the best of the set, with a kind of helium-high Terry Riley-styled sense of dizzy euphoria building slowly across the side. Side two is credited to Monosov and Swirnoff’s rock group, The Shining Path, and is all-blaring in a fractured style that recalls Faust circa Tapes. Limited to only 500 copies.

Monosov Swirnoff
Seven Recorded Works

Eclipse

LP
£10.99


First volume of a two-volume set on Eclipse documenting various sonic settings featuring Californian sound artists/composers/improvisers Ilya Monosov and Preston Swirnoff. Swirnoff’s unsteady piano dominates much of Volume 1, moving from melodic gambits that have an austere, classical edge through moments of Giallo-styled suspense. The whole thing is undercut with some vaguely ominous drone as well as glimpses of hurdy gurdy, harmonica, melodica and organ. Parts of this remind me of some of Iancu Dumitrescu’s more low-level work, maybe the sense of actual identifiable sound sources being put to both tactile and cerebral use along with the backdrop of black, infinite space. Limited to only 500 copies.

500Mg
Vertical Approach

Eclipse GZDLP06

LP
£10.99


Anyone who thinks they’re got Michael Gibbons’ modus-operandi figured from the fathoms of hot sticky fuzz that coat his playing with Bardo Pond better think the fuck again. 500 Mg presents a revealing sideways look at his guitar conceptions and here they’re all about actual physically locatable notes, albeit contorted into profoundly mutant shapes that reference everything from Conny Veit’s work with Gila and Popol Vuh through American frontiersmen like Sandy Bull and Neil Young. Also features a guest appearance from Bardo’s John Gibbons on guitar and lo-fi loops.

Tar Pet
The Artist Revealed Is Taralie Dawn

Eclipse

LP
£10.99


On Eclipse subsidiary Galactic Zoo Disc, Tar Pet is the solo guise of Taralie Dawn, a member of the hysterical Comus/Manson girls-inspired acid folk cabal, Spires That In The Sunset Rise. The Artist Revealed Is Taralie Dawn has been kicking about for a few years as a privately-distributed CD-R and everyone who heard that particular version was floored. So this beautiful vinyl version is a real public service. The atmosphere is bit more internal than the Spires' album but it's just as ancient and disturbed sounding, working weird sepia-tinged moments of occult flux into murky, rust-caked ballads and spiritualist ritual. The more percussive tracks sound as if they're played by a company of lost, faceless children, while the vocals have all the dislocated aspect of a broadcast from out of the ether. This is a beautiful one-off, for fans of Dame Darcy, Josephine Foster, Marissa Nadler, Squeaky Fromme and Madame Blavatsky.

Ilya Monosov
Solo Cello no. 1 For Charles Curtis

Eclipse ECLIP 001CD

CD
£10.99


"When Ilya Monosov handed me the score which he wished me to realize, I was relieved that it revealed a complete absence of composerly attributes; it struck me as an honest, an entirely sincere parallel reconfiguring in pictorial, or spatial form, of the disposition of sounds and sound states, and the feelings that inhere in sounds... in response to the photographs and their airy, sky-directed orientation, I created a group of airy, diffuse, diaphanous, unfocused cello sounds, using the extended corpus of the cello as a unified vibrational field, and expressing the point at which cello sound production breaks up into unspecific matter, or diffuses, freeing itself of singular pitch or any other characteristics lending specificity... I organized these sound states into a continuum from extremely diffuse to not so diffuse, the least diffuse being a high artificial harmonic played sul ponticello (and this the only sound actually played conventionally on a string)... we agreed the most diffuse was to be silence... therefore, including silence, I had at my disposal an incremental set or pallette of eleven sound states... applied to the score, we agreed that, read from bottom to top, the most widely spaced sky-strips, as figuratively admitting the largest volume of air, be assigned the most diffuse sounds; and the narrowest the least diffuse... durations were determined by taking a visual average of the faintness of the two wires delineating a sky strip, with the most faintly delineated strips the longest durations, the most boldly the shortest... to this end Ilya Monosov provided a scale of five durations, in seconds 20, 30, 45, 80, 100... thus with five durations and eleven sound states I identified seventy-one separate events and played them accordingly..." Charles Curtis

Monosov Swirnoff
Five Recorded Works: Volume 3

Eclipse ECLIP 052LP

LP
£11.99


"California sound artists Ilya Monosov and Preston Swirnoff return with two more sonic labyrinths stretched over disparate terrain. As on their previous albums, Monosov and Swirnoff cast boundaries to the wind. Disillusioned and wise to the ways of the world, the duo not only succeeds in propping up the shambolic planet they created on Recorded Works Vol. 1 & Vol. 2, but also in soaring toward the furthest reaches of distant suns. Blurring the line between composition and improvisation, these new installments are rare, unearthed gems. Volume 3 begins with dancing shadows and acoustic myopia. Monosov's minimal vocals lead Swirnoff's piano ramblings deeper into the cerebral maze, inadvertently finding the best route out. Setting off the shaky delicacy of the opener and Side A closer, 'Repeat Again' (with enchanting vocals from Naomi) are the raucous, industrial rhythms of 'Snake Lust' and 'Fly Away.' The Indian-inspired drones of 'With Charles Curtis' top the whole thing off with cinematic splendor. Monosov and Swirnoff manage to seamlessly mesh these ideas into a cohesive whole." Brad Rose. Edition of 500 copies.

Monosov Swirnoff
Split LP: Volume 4

Eclipse ECLIP 053LP

LP
£11.99


"Where Volume 3 is steeped in elegiac drones and tones, Volume 4 turns off the main road and heads toward a fuzzed-out oblivion. This record is actually a split between the Monosov/Swirnoff duo and their band Habitat Sound System. Opener 'Needle's Eye' throws back to Side B of Volume 2 and another Monosov/Swirnoff band, The Shining Path. With spaced-out hints of Les Rallizes Denudes, this is a cosmic transport into the stratosphere. The other duo track, 'Desire Sings Just One True Song,' is the antithesis of 'Needle's Eye.' Unplugged and methodic, it unfolds like an impulsive narrative where the ending seems as unlikely as the storyline. Organic drones of hurdy gurdy, harmonic, and bowed banjo meander over streams of abstract percussion. It pours perfectly into a dub-infused rhythm that closes out the side. Habitat Sound System pick up this theme with impressive ease with four tracks straight from the Kingston underground. Smoke-filled jams sound as though they've been hibernating all winter complete with horns, synthesizers, organs, and more. In the Habitat Sound System, it never rains, only shines." Brad Rose. Edition of 500 copies.

Double Leopards
A Pebble In Thousands Of Unmapped Revolutions

Eclipse No Cat

LP
£29.99


Original copies of this long-OOP and rare side from NYC’s legendary Double Leopards, *the* drone band of the past few decades: issued in an edition of 500 copies in 2001, this was the second Double Leopards LP and the first one to fully fuse their vision of contemporary eternal music with bastardised technology and the sound of an army of ghosts. Still sounds spectacular, highly recommended.