Natural Snow Buildings
Oh boy, this is a complete live set from Natural Snow Buildings European tour earlier this year. We took two recordings, one from the mixing desk and one room recording, and took them to Andrew Liles (Nurse With Wound, Current 93 and many more) to mix together and master. The results are VERY satisfying.
For about a year or two, I had been hoping Natural Snow Buildings would tour again because this time I had a much more atmospheric and appropriate venue for them than the one I put them on at before. Cragg Vale is a beautiful, wooded valley steeped in macabre history. The Tour De France took advantage of it having England’s longest continuous gradient just a couple of weeks after the gig. It reaches from the bottom of the Calder Valley up to the bleak moorlands, going up 968 feet in just over 5.5 miles.
The Robin Hood pub has been in business since around 1800 and has a strange little function room round at the back. With its low roof it creates an intimate feeling and focuses the sound right through the audience. We got a nice, deep sounding P.A. in there and set up the band in front of two large windows looking out across the valley. With the gig being so close to midsummer’s night, I turned out all the lights for the gig and the band played as the light slowly died behind them, reducing them finally to silhouettes in front of the green.
It was my third Natural Snow Buildings gig and the best. It felt like the perfect location, the perfect time, the perfect sound. Just perfect. So glad we have this auditory snapshop of the night to offer to you. I was entranced by both the atmospheric room recording that John Miller made and the detailed desk recording by Gareth Babb. Liles has seamlssly blended them together to create the best of both worlds, not to mention some quality mastering.
This is over an hour of Natural Snow Buildings playing live. Limited edition of 160
“a more tactile, extended side of the duo with swooning slow motion string drones that flit between Popol Vuh-styled swarms of broken occult melodies and the eerie future/ancient music of Nijiumu/Toho Sara et al.” – Volcanic Tongue
Isengrind is Solange Gularte, one half of enigmatic French duo Natural Snow Buildings. This uncanny masterwork is a stunningly beautiful affair like rain in the wilderness. Almost hints of Popol Vuh’s work for Herzog or even Vangelis’ Blade Runner soundtrack but invoking the landscape of their rural French retreat. Solange’s classical training shines through on this one.
Strictly limited edition of 100 made for the Natural Snow Buildings 2014 European tour. Directly dubbed from the master to tape with a double-sided inlay featuring Solange’s unique artwork. Flesh pink cassettes in cream shells.
Age of Steel
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“This is Isengrind at her very best, and while certainly her masterpiece under the name, it’s perhaps also the finest work in the genre” – The Quietus
“Underflesh exists somewhere between Hosianna Mantra-era Popol Vuh, the sunbleached acid folk of Linda Perhacs and the haunted European exploitation soundtracks of the late Jean Rollin, with an impossibly ancient and otherworldly atmosphere married to future synth stylings and visions of Europe endless. Recommended. ” – Volcanic Tongue
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- Hush Arbors – Albion Way
- Nihilist Spasm Band / Metabolismus – split album
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- These Feathers Have Plumes / Isnaj Dui
- David Colohan – Hill Of The Moon
- Various Artists – Noise In The Wood
- Gwendolen Osmond – The Mermaid
- Jake Blanchard – Shade
- Various Artists – Industria Tropical
- Ø+yn & Madrugapha – The Dark Side of the Moon
- Cheval Scintillantes
- Delphine Dora & Sophie Cooper – Distance Future
- Chicaloyoh / Terrine – Elles Sont Barrées Elles Ou Quoi?
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- Suzuki Junzo – If I Die Before I Wake
- Ekca Liena – Lacia Is Joined
- Daphne Oram – Pop Tryouts
- Kawabata Makoto – In the Lodge of Prince Frederick