Singer-songwriter Josh Doss is from Lexington, KY and has spent several years honing his craft and putting out his own CDRs and downloads. Recommended to me by the great James Jackson Toth (who is always right, be it about music shopping, artists or me needing to get glasses), Josh agreed to do a tape for me and put together a band for it. While his songwriting is in the great North American tradition, touching all the greats, his approach to music echoes through the more avant garde side of rock, recalling Velvet Undeground or those classic Spacemen 3 demos that Father Yod put out.
The three piece band sound amazing with a warm, fuzzy, tight sound. There’s some spectacular jammage on tracks like “Come With Me” and “Suspicious” that sounds like Malcolm Mooney-era Can covering California period Fleetwood Mac. It’s a pleasure and a privilege to put this out and I can guarantee you’re going to be hearing more from this guy in the future.
“hazed late-night gems tipping on a fulcrum of damped down boogie blues and sore-throated Americana” – Raven Sings The Blues
The long-delayed WAS32 is finally here and its our first ever professionally made CD. Sound artist and field recordist Ciarán MacAoidh has been the artist in residence at The Dock arts centre in Carrick-On-Shannon, Ireland for a year. This album is the result of one of the projects he worked on.
“Starting with thoughts of mental illness and Victorian insane asylums, forced hydrotherapy treatments for the inmates, then holding sounds of deep frustration, of loss of personhood, and of being trapped inside an ill mind you wish you didn’t recognise.
Field recordings made underground and underwater in the north-west of Ireland. I recorded at one place, above and below the lake over the seasons, not knowing how the sounds would fit into a work on mental illness. A mad piece of synchronicity in finding a man,likely drowned at his own hand, at that place on the lake, brought a different colour to the work.”
The sleeve was hand assembled by the artist, includes a wax and twig sealed booklet. Thought-provoking and atmospheric sounds works, taking field recording to another level.
In what must probably be the most remarkable release methods of our time, the band decided to just put out the masters for this album on their website and declared it copyright-free for anyone to put out. What followed was a global spill of coloured vinyls from over a hundred labels. Yet initally, nobody seemed to be doing a tape version. Of course, by the time I finally got this one out (late March 2018, instead of the promised December/January release – sorry), there were a couple of others (and even an eight-track release!). Psychedelic rock melting into prog-pop with wild abandon.
This release marked a huge betrayal of our D.I.Y. roots by including a proper label. Its all downhill from here, we’ll be listed on the stock exchange and dead from decadence within 4 years.
A delight to bring you the experimental sounds of New Zealand’s Noel Meek, boss of End of Alphabet records. Recorded in Wellington, mastered in Oslo and released in Arizona. An alleged limited edition of 50, I ran off the first batch early so as to be ready for Noel’s West Coast dates in the USA and still haven’t gotten around to finishing the run because life.
Another essential release from the master of analogue synths, Günter Schlienz. Blissful Autumnal liquid drones to overwhelm your mind, body and soul. Nobody can work those analogue synths like he can. When he first sent me the finished tracks, I locked the door, turned off the lights and laid down on my bed to listen and I never wanted it to end. It’s an absolute pleasure and an honour to have him release on Was Ist Das? and just like the Lo Imp CDRs from last time, each disc will have its own unique print art as well as a professionally printed sleeve. Buy now and get an instant download.
After the roaring success of our previous collaborations with Pakapi Records (La Psicotropia and Industria Tropica), comes out third compilation co-release of the finest left-field sounds in South America right now. Less of a theme this time, just a collection of outstanding, leftfield electronic music from the other Americas south of Trumpland.
While it is mostly of the dancefloor persuasion, being full of mind-boggling cumbia n bass workouts, spaced-out reggaeton and 22nd century space Tropicália, there is the odd fully-immersed dip into the otherness such as the track from Anla Courtis (who has collaborated with an astonishing array of people from Pauline Oliveros to Sir Richard Bishop to Damo Suzuki). When you buy the tape, you get 2 songs to download now and with the tape is a download code for an even longer version of the album, extended from 24 to 38 tracks.
If you want to buy a download-only version, it will be available from pakapirecords.bandcamp.com in two parts very soon.
A very limited edition mix only for subscribers. Physical subscribers received a CDR with hand drawn label art, whilst digital subscribers received the mix as a two part download. Only 9 CDRs were made.
Delphine and Sophie’s first collaboration, 2015’s “Distance Future”, was one of our most popular releases, gaining even more plays on Soundcloud than Daphne Oram. So, we are naturally delighted to be bringing you their second, “Think Away”. While the first album was recording in a big church, this one has a small cellar feel, all intimate atmospheres and subtle details. It’s the night to the first albums day, with hints of melancholy and darkness, crossing points ranging from Charalambides and United Bible Studies to John Cage and Jerry Goldsmith.
Limited edition of 80 gold cassettes with artwork by Lucy Atherton.
We’re trying out the CDR format for a change for this one, the debut release by Lo Imp. It is a trio consisting of Sam McLoughlin (Samandtheplants/N.Racker), Bridget Hayden (Vibracathedral Orchestra) and Jake Blanchard [Tor Press]. This captures their first public performance from Halloween 2014 where they created this unnerving soundtrack to accompany a screening of Murnau’s classic silent film “Nosferatu” in the atmospheric setting of Todmorden’s Unitarian Church. As you would expect, it’s synths, homemade instruments and the other worldly atmosphere of a gothic church in sub zero temperatures. Lights out for this one, please.
Limited edition of 52 with professionally printed insert. Each one has it owns unique custom label art.
Orange Car Crash is an astounding debut release. It’s the solo project of Andrea Davi from Italian psyche wonders the Lay Llamas and the more dark, intense Mamuthones and the aptly named The Beautiful Bunker.
As with so much of the underground music coming out of Italy right now, categories become blunt tools for attempting to describe the sounds. What is it? Jazz? Ethnological Forgery? Psychedelic? Minimalist electronics? Percussion jams? Prog? All of the above? At once? And that’s just the first track. It’s a killer album and makes my day with every play.