Sunday, 27 May 2012

Norman on Jazzfinger

Sonic Oyster have got another new tape out. I really liked that recent one from Buddha on the Moon so I have high hopes for this one. On here, “Chav's Finger” (as I like to call them) are dropping six sparse, mystical bong meditations with synthesizers and also proper grown-up instruments. Mellow drones with mellow twinkles over the top, sometimes melodic, sometimes freeform and a little bit chuntery...I guess you've got to get into the “zone” for this one and I've not smoked enough chong for that yet today.

The Buddha speaks to Norman

Ooh, this one's right up my street. On here the mysterious Buddha On The Moon bust out two side-long jams with elements of drone and psychedelic rock, which seem to be based around simple echo-laden bass guitar melodies alongside processing and programming and ethereal washed out background vocals which are blended with synth drones to fascinating effect. The simple, repetitive, slooooooow bassline that anchors everything on the first side is totally hypnotic and when the cautiously understated, primal drums start to emerge from the fug about halfway through it has a total ritualistic Master Musicians Of Bukkake feel going on that I know a lot of you will appreciate. The second side, 'Emergence', is far more of an ambient drone trip, with less bassy and more shimmering drones gradually shifting and morphing for a refreshing tone bath. There's totally immersive atmospheres here, but it's too busy to really call drone, especially on the first side. It's more of a slowed down, submerged psych drift with a nod to the post-dubby snail-like pacing of Sun Araw and the semi-musical psychedelic texturing of Expo 70. Sonic Oyster's output tends to be pretty consistent but I think this is my favourite thing I've heard from them yet. Great job lads! (Norman Records)

Sunday, 20 May 2012

Tongue on Finger

Welcome return for this legendary UK underground cell from Newcastle, piloted by Ben Jones and Hasan Gaylani now for many, many years: edition of only 50 copies six-track cassette album that occupies a nocturnal zone of bowed and struck electro-acoustic soundings somewhere downwind of Organum, NNCK et al. That patented Jazzfinger dead-at-the-steering-wheel drone, achieved through the obsessive application of busted cassette decks, is at the heart of this new work, with pulsing low-grade atmospherics over slow Chalk-like accordion drones, buzzing, tactile string work... aspects of MEV’s sci-fi/Industrial masterpiece, Leave The City w/a similarly dramatic and atmospheric approach to junkyard ritual make this one of the highlights of the SOC catalogue to date: recommended! 

Monday, 14 May 2012

Jazzfinger - Night Fall At Borrowed World

Jazzfinger - Night Fall At Borrowed World
Sonic Oyster Cassettes (009)Limited edition of 50
Release date: 21 May 2012
Cost: £6.00 plus postage & packaging

Sonic Oyster welcomes in the night with brand new twisted entertainment from Jazzfinger.
'Night Fall At Borrowed World' serves up six episodes of absorbing, nerve shredding psychodrama. This is the soundtrack of perpetual darkness. Embrace it.

Please note new pricing for POSTAGE & PAYPAL: - CD-R- In the UK, please add £1.00p towards p&p for one CD-R, £1.50 for 2 or more. Outside the UK, please add £1.50 towards p&p for one CD-R, £2 for 2 or more. Paypal is preferred - the address is sonicoysterrecords (at) yahoo (dot) co (dot) uk.