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Current 93 – Sucking Up Souls

Stapleton stated he was going for a hospital vibe with this one; though he apparently left the word ‘psychiatric’ out. This is from the 1985 album ‘In Menstrual Night’


Faust – Miss Fortune

Faust’s debut album was a dizzying collage of avant-rock, noise, freak folk, and everything in between; it was certainly radical at the time, and would still unsteady the uninitiated to this very day. The third track, which covered the whole of side B, continued in this cut up style, and takes the listener on a journey through the 1971 German underground. One minute you feel like you’re walking through a beautiful meadow, only to suddenly be confronted by a hideous industrial structure belching smoke. Also, check the section where the band clearly took direct inspiration from the Velvet Underground’s ‘The Murder Mystery’.

Biota – Rackabones (Full Album)

Incredible stuff from the American band. This was after they’d changed their name from Mnemonists, and forged forward as the musical project Biota. Under the new moniker, the collective were quieter; more discrete. However, the music oozes towards you in an extremely unsettling manner; rolling, cracking, clumping, and dissolving then reforming before your very eyes. This is the whole album from 1985.

[0:00] “Vagabones: Part I”
[26:39] “Vagabones: Part II”
[52:59] “Rackabones: Part I”
[1:11:02] “Rackabones: Part II”

Skullflower – Furthur

Pure psych noise from the UK’s Skullflower. The point where psychedelic consciousness just blacks out. This is from the band’s most recent album, 2017’s ‘The Spirals of Great Harm’.

Andrew Liles – The Ether Reel

Creepy and melancholic at the same time; in true Nursey fashion. Thank you Andrew Liles. From his 2004 album ‘My Long Accumulating Discontent’.

Black Dice – Miles Of Smiles

Field recordings meet the Dice’s noise boxes from this 2004 EP on Fat Cat records. This was back in the day when one didn’t quite know what to expect from Black Dice; apart from the fact that the music would be heavy duty lysergic sonics. Distorted marching bands and crickets abound on this 13 minute piece. See also the other track from the EP titled ‘Trip Dude Delay’, found elsewhere on The Sentinel.

Wolf Eyes – T.O.D.D

Wolf Eyes ordered their noise somewhat on 2015’s brilliant ‘I Am A Problem: Mind In Pieces’ (possibly their finest album yet), which honed its power rather than diluting it; the B Movie Horror feel they have always been so good at delivering has just gotten eerier, which ups the tension. Hints of Butthole Surfers and Throbbing Gristle on this track, as well as the rest of the album. This tune gets a great accompanying video that was directed by Paris-based artist/filmmaker Will Benedict, in collaboration with Copenhagen-based artist Steffen Jørgensen.

Lull – In The Distance

Twisted noise/drone piece from Mick Harris under his ‘Lull’ guise. Terrifying stuff that belongs alongside Nurse With Wound, Coil, et al. Fantastic piece from 1993’s ‘Journey Through Underworlds’.

Black Mountain Transmitter – Black Goat Of The Woods

Black Mountain Transmitter is a one man project by J.R Moore, and was imagined as some long lost soundtrack to a low budget VHS Horror. This 2010 ode to Lovecraftian lore is lo-fi noise/drone that recalls the Radiophonic workshop; along with the Industrial cassette culture from the late 70’s/early 80’s. Dark, dank, and dingy……..enjoy.

The Heliotropic Lodge – Concentrated Advice For Maximum Potential

Source: Free Music Archive: The Heliotropic Lodge – Concentrated Advice For Maximum Potential

There’s not much to go on with this lot, who have been on the last 2 Classwar Karaoke ‘Surveys’. The only blurb floating around in the ether is this one – “Assignment one is currently underway: A wide range of self-healing modalities from a variety of formats are being processed through the lodge, rendering them PSYCHICALLY potent and compatible with assignment one.” – which isn’t bad. Talking of ether, this track sounds like you have been transported to a place where you can hear everyone’s thoughts at once.

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