Worked and re-worked over the past year, Shredded Nerve’s output is only gaining in depth and distress. Justin Lakes has further shattered the pieces left of this project and built it into something new. A definitive piece of the puzzle. Edition of 100.
This EP contains two new pieces from Oil Thief, created in the process of completing the new LP “The Colony” (out later this year on Chondritic Sound). These two pieces, Phobos and Foibles, were integral to the ideas behind the record and refining of technique, but were ultimately phased out of the track list as new pieces crystallized. A misshapen view of things to come, neither here nor there, still sounding like Oil Thief but not indicative of the full-length to come. Edition of 100.
Australia’s BEAD offers up four tracks of minimal, doom-laden acid techno recorded live in the studio on analog hardware. Classic sounds with a dirty, nihilistic vibe; raw electronics soaked in atmosphere. Edition of 100.
The three compositions on Old Dominion are hymns to a birthplace, with portions recorded throughout 2014-2016 in a period of consecutive relocation. Ecstatic, organic, expansive and wistful electronics created in the search for something called home. Mastered by Eric Trude. Edition of 100.
After years of dormancy, Birthright returns with two tracks of vitriolic power electronics. “Soft Pig”, a diatribe ridiculing opportunists and the transactionalisation of all things, is presented here in two unique arrangements. Grinding analog electronics bury barked voice, shrouded in muted and caustic atmospheres. Edition of 18.
JFK is a solo project of Anthony Di Franco of RAMLEH/SKULLFLOWER/AX. In 1987 JFK released their first album on Broken Flag. In 2017 JFK release their first full-length album on Chondritic Sound.
“In Cuba, the term nganga refers to a certain creation made with an iron cauldron into which several items (such as bones and sticks) are placed. It also refers to the spirit of the dead that resides there. In Palo, it refers to an iron cauldron used to imprison evil spirits using chains, padlocks, knives, etc., which can be used for black magic.”
The Edward Humes book “Buried Secrets”, about the Matamoros murder case and activities of “El Padrino de Matamoros” Adolfo de Jesús Constanzo, inspired the title. In Constanzo’s macabre religious practice animal and even human sacrifice was permissible, and when the victims soul passes in fear and confusion it is captured in the Nganga and wedded to the sorcerers’ will – he is then able to control and direct the vengeful souls of the dead to his own ends; a savage and terrible theology.
For Di Franco, the implication is obvious – wielding the fear and confusion of souls who have passed on, this energy could be channeled not by a magical adept, but into the types of chaos and destruction we see in the modern world – mass extinction events, bombings, terrorist attacks. Perhaps Di Franco himself has managed to harness these energies into sound, as he states “I wanted each of the tracks to have its own separate identity, like invocations of different spiritual entities clashing together in the cauldron. The entities have different characters: some are malevolent, some exultant, some beatific. I will admit that I haven’t always felt in complete control of the forces generated through this music.”
Present here are the dense metallic tones characteristic of Di Franco’s earlier AX pieces, constantly changing and shifting between crushingly oppressive and blissful overtones. These shards of sound spin seemingly out of control, at times kept in place with the assistance of staccato thuds, or the occasional blast of machine-gun rhythms. The pieces fall where they may throughout most of the album, a caustic and dangerous creation. As the record draws to a close, the sounds of distress and collapse are relieved by a choir-like transformation, smothered under layers of distorted metal and synth. This is followed by an almost devotional organ drone, but in this context it still manages to evoke the sinister – the proud architect of decay, surveying the results of their labor.
Edition of 300 copies black vinyl, 140 copies red vinyl. Includes download of LP. 40 copies available with lathe-cut 7″ of two exclusive tracks, “Tenebrae” and “Star-Killer II”
Two new lathe releases are up in the store, open editions until the end of the year. This means I cut them as they are ordered, plus copies for the artist, and they ship within two weeks of the edition close date. Sales will stop on New Year’s Day, 1/1/2017. These are square 7″ lathes with center labels and color covers. There will be more lathes in 2017 in this style, so sign up for the mailing list if you’re interested.
Previews from four upcoming cassettes:
Elden asked me to an all-Chondritic episode for KXLU. The focus was on past, present and future. Two things I wanted to play didn’t burn properly to the CDRs I brought (Scott Arford and Trojan Self Image) so are unfortunately left off. Elden plays a lot of Chondritic releases normally so I didn’t bring things I know he’s played already, which includes most of the recent vinyl. I took out all the speaking parts and transitioned between the blocks — here it is.