My Home, Sinking - King of Corns

The My Home, Sinking project is one that has been in the works for well over a year. Enrico Coniglio is the artist behind the MHS name. He collaborated with a multitude of other artists and vocalists on 'King of Corns'. It is a combination of Talk Talk's latter day Spirit of Eden/Laughing Stock style of restrained tension, experimental chamber music akin to Rachel's, chilling vocal deliveries, finnish folk and windswept ambience.

The double LP set and CD are set for release in September. In the meantime, there is a limited run of 50 posters featuring the cover art. Design by Chris Bigg.

In the next few weeks pre-order information will be made available for all formats.  

Beautumn with coffee and flapjacks

When ‘Bordeaux’ by Beautumn arrived, I was surprised. It was a mystery. I had then, and have now, no recollection of ordering the CD, knew next to nothing about the band and, as far as I know, read and heard nothing of the album before it slid from the padded envelope. So I checked my Bandcamp account and there it was, unnoticed in my collection, CD definitely ordered and Download waiting. I looked at the Bandcamp page for the album. Not much to go on there except that this is the first album in nine years and is ‘eagerly awaited’ by some. So I searched the internet for reviews, something I wouldn’t normally do until I had listened and made up my own mind, but by now I was intrigued. Nothing. So when the time came, I made the coffee and cracked open ‘Les Grandes Galettes de la Mere Poulard (au Mont Saint Michel depuis 1888, of course!)’ and gave the mystery a listen. Afterwards, I had more questions: why? Why can I find no reviews? Why is this album not the talk of the internet?

Right from the off, listening only added to the sense of mystery. Gentle and calming, with deeply buried melody and melancholy, it feels like exploring a long abandoned and crumbling city, alone except for the ghosts of its former inhabitants. Every now and again, the ghosts make their presence felt, snatches of human voice, the rhythm of an old machine, sounds suddenly appear, close, just out of reach, then vanish. We continue our exploration.

Wandering, we come across the quiet centre piece, the title track ‘Bordeaux’, and stop, transfixed by its most magical melody. All too soon, it’s gone.

The album draws to a close, it is time to reluctantly leave the city. We know little of its mystery but we will return to its haunted and yet comforting decay.

A truly sublime album that will reward repeated and attentive listening.

Surprise. Mystery. Surprise. Beauty

Beautumn - Bordeaux review SWQW

Here is the google translation :

Patience in isolation, beauty in agony and Winter Is Coming (I dare).

Yes, I know Beautumn is the project of Russian Alexander Ananyev . No, I have not dug more than that his previous albums so far. At the same time, I do not know him before this edition release in offense ten years after its previous album Northing , I consider myself half forgivable (because there still is a little lazy at the bottom of it) . But I know from cons offense has already released some pretty tasty pieces, including a Along the Mantic Spring of Pausal and the meeting between Pleq and Offthesky entitled A Thousand Fields , which synthesize their own way the best of the atmosphere. Today it covers and invites itself in colder countries with Bordeaux .

Forming the soundtrack of a late autumn that never ends, the new instant colors ranging from gray and ocher, speckled blue and purple, seem to belong only day of the winter solstice, marking the transition between the decline and immobility. Always modestly accepted, the compositions parent of little tricks, but this silent missive to minimalism that gives a suggestive force to Bordeaux . The ambient tablecloths originally soft and temperate are weakened by a cold filter winter melancholy stray transmissions in the air and other Rattled hardware buckle indefinitely such pieces of memories whose meaning has been removed, continuing now traveling aimlessly after the non-existence. There we find comfort in sadness, beauty in agony, harmony in dissonance. A little more reverb in the low frequencies and it's like well in a dark ambient album, genre of choice for those in search of isolationism fatalist and irreversible.

However, perhaps more than the loneliness is slow, enveloping us in these pieces. So many dumb declarations of love to the absent contemplation, that we lose in drilling pads barely fog of pale pulsations, where timid records stand the hair on our backs as the frost stings our ends. Personal pinnacle of this album, the track giving his name to the work: the sporadic incursions of a violin ghostly look to shine one last time in Bordeaux , offering us a swan song of those who are engraved in our interior grooves, one of those furtive meetings that mark the soul forever. A mixture of tenderness and melancholy. An unstable balance between regret and hope. It is as fragile as it is touching, and it is especially devilishly handsome.

These 48 minutes exploring the final moments of life before the winter stasis resonate deeply despite the apparently simple (but not simplistic) of Bordeaux . They imply a false blueprint of the harsh winter and withdrawal, but imply a real invitation to patience and cocooning. For in the image of the cover, even if it is a kind beaten by the blizzard that sees, it is especially necessary there guess the moments of life that burrow deep there, waiting for their call to start another cycle .

Hard at work Offthesky & Pleq

One of the projects that has been fairly time consuming over the past year has been a collaborative 2xLP set by Offthesky & Pleq entitled "A Thousand Fields".  The planning and manufacturing are just about finished and we're hoping to have not only a 2xLP set to offer, but also a limited bonus 7" to the first couple hundred copies ordered.  Limited vinyl colors too!  Here is a mesmerizing video by Alan Kępski & Co.