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Artist: DECIMUS
Title: 10
Format: LP
Label: Further
Country: USA
Price: $16.00
"No-Neck Blues Band member Pat Muranos work as Decimus has been a prodigious endeavor to dissolve the ego and conventional notions of form from the creation of music. His latest effort for Further Records, Decimus 10, continues Muranos rigorous yet freewheeling cavalcade of bizarre sound events that baffle and beguile in equal measure. The 21-minute A-side is a fungal, fractured, dream-fever soundtrack that makes the Italian horror-flick scores of Goblin sound like Danny Elfman hackwork. Seemingly recorded in the same infernal warehouse in which some of the stranger Smegma opuses were laid down, this piece leaves flaming shards of audio surrealism caroming around your uncomprehending brain. The 20-minute flipside begins like a minimal techno banger being smothered in its motherboard. Soon it morphs into a subtly horrifying hologram of ruptured ambience that will get Demdike Stare fans knees a-tremblin. In Decimus transformative hands, gothic music comes off as something far more disturbing than its usual cartoonish pantomime. The track trundles to the finish line almost how it began, but with more striated squeals of unknown origin. You may want to sterilize your headphones after listening to it, because music this disturbing leaves enduring residue. Shapeshifting enigmatically with twisted inspiration, Decimus 10 radiates a nether-zonely beauty." - Further.

Artist: DECIMUS
Title: 7
Format: LP
Label: Further
Country: USA
Price: $22.00
“How does one deal with the worlds nightmarish montage of bad news -- the glut of information that incites feelings of futility and insanity? One way to cope is to plunge deeper into the madness, at least temporarily, for a dip into the healing pool of catharsis. Few people in music today provide a more immersive alternate reality on record to combat our own horrible one than Decimus (former No-Neck Blues Band guitarist and synth player Pat Murano). Musical categories dissolve in the mind as one tries to ascertain whats going on in Decimuss sonic universe, realized in a series of 12 LPs dedicated to the zodiac of Roman poet and rhetorician Decimius Magnus Ausonius (c. 310-c. 395). As with some of the most advanced and individualistic musicians (Coil, Demdike Stare, Mnemonists, Nurse with Wound), Murano instinctively generates sounds that seem to bypass normal listening responses and flow directly to the subconscious. Deep immersion in Decimus 7 leads the listener to a disturbing, mind-altering realm. Each aspect of these two epic, side-long pieces feels as if its controlled by a malevolent super-being hell-bent on subverting conventional notions of music. The A-sides untitled track sounds like an alien transmission trying to fight through static and command the listeners soul. Grossly distorted Chrome-like grumbling and icy synth motifs waft over artfully spluttering drum-machine beats, establishing a disorienting, unsettling tone. With alchemical zeal, Murano fills the stereo field with perilous atmospheres, warped and distant melodies, Doppler-effected drones, and bleating percussion. When he brings in a trudging, sludgy 4/4 beat wreathed in mysterious mumbles and aural effluvia, its like an unlikely collaboration between :zoviet*france: and Severed Heads. Side Bs untitled piece starts with distant, bludgeoning beats hitting with unpredictable tempos and force. Four minutes in, a semi-familiar, bulbous rhythm coheres into a bizarre strain of slow-motion trance music, swathed from all directions with slithery, bleepy synth tones and machine-elf utterances geared to enhance your DMT trip. Things inevitably tilt toward chaos and return to the enigmatic static that opened the album. By records end, you have no direction home... nor even a concept of what "home" is anymore. This may be the ultimate distillation of Decimuss chthonic genius. Mastered by Rashad Becker at Dubplates & Mastering. Artwork by Chloe Harris.” - Further.

Artist: DOZZY, DONATO
Title: The Loud Silence
Format: CD
Label: Further
Country: USA
Price: $18.00
“In April 2015, Donato Dozzy took a set of mouth harps to his parents house in the Italian countryside and set about exploring the possibilities of that most basic of instruments. The mouth harp had been calling to Donato Dozzy ever since childhood, and he had begun to see in this peculiar, ancient sound the roots of the music hed been making and playing in clubs. The Loud Silence is the result of those explorations, an accompanied deep-dive into childhood memory, social history, and the roots of psychedelia. Recorded indoors and outdoors; halfway up mountains and on the edge of the Mediterranean Sea, the album is meditative but also powerful. Each track maintains an inviolable central pulse, while delicate, fluttering sounds hint at vast spaces waiting for the listener to connect with them. Field recordings hover below the resonating harps, adding to the mysterious atmosphere. Tracks like "The Loud Silence" and "Downhill to the Sea" are wrapped up in simple rhythms, their strict throb drawing the listener in. The organic physicality of the sound, made in concert with the body itself, generates a primal response in the listener; an undeniably visceral understanding; an empathetic resonance. The Loud Silence is Donato Dozzys second solo album, and it sees him return to Further Records, with which released his first solo album, K, in 2010 (FUR 018CD/LP). The two albums share a sense of dynamic movement within a limited sphere. Its not minimal, exactly -- its hard to describe such a rich sound as minimal or reduced in any way -- but it gets the most out of a small, well-chosen set of tools. As on his 2015 album Sintetizzatrice (SP 038CD/LP), a full-length collaboration with singer Anna Caragnano, the ability to make a single element the center of a musical world is enthralling. Anyone who has followed Donato Dozzys work, whether the celebrated Voices from the Lake collaboration with Neel, the otherworldly mixes hes done for mnml ssgs and electronique.it, or, particularly, his 2013 album of Bee Mask remixes for the Spectrum Spools label (SP 029CD), will see that The Loud Silence is a continuation of a lifelong fascination with sound and its potential to bring people, times, and places together. This album is the first in Furthers series exploring the depth of one instrument, preceding a solo record from Nuel focused on the Ekdahl Polygamist synthesizer.” - Further.

Artist: DOZZY, DONATO
Title: The Loud Silence
Format: LP
Label: Further
Country: USA
Price: $24.00
"Includes deluxe printed inner sleeve, poster, and download code. In April 2015, Donato Dozzy took a set of mouth harps to his parents house in the Italian countryside and set about exploring the possibilities of that most basic of instruments. The mouth harp had been calling to Donato Dozzy ever since childhood, and he had begun to see in this peculiar, ancient sound the roots of the music hed been making and playing in clubs. The Loud Silence is the result of those explorations, an accompanied deep-dive into childhood memory, social history, and the roots of psychedelia. Recorded indoors and outdoors; halfway up mountains and on the edge of the Mediterranean Sea, the album is meditative but also powerful. Each track maintains an inviolable central pulse, while delicate, fluttering sounds hint at vast spaces waiting for the listener to connect with them. Field recordings hover below the resonating harps, adding to the mysterious atmosphere. Tracks like "The Loud Silence" and "Downhill to the Sea" are wrapped up in simple rhythms, their strict throb drawing the listener in. The organic physicality of the sound, made in concert with the body itself, generates a primal response in the listener; an undeniably visceral understanding; an empathetic resonance. The Loud Silence is Donato Dozzys second solo album, and it sees him return to Further Records, with which released his first solo album, K, in 2010 (FUR 018CD/LP). The two albums share a sense of dynamic movement within a limited sphere. Its not minimal, exactly -- its hard to describe such a rich sound as minimal or reduced in any way -- but it gets the most out of a small, well-chosen set of tools. As on his 2015 album Sintetizzatrice (SP 038CD/LP), a full-length collaboration with singer Anna Caragnano, the ability to make a single element the center of a musical world is enthralling. Anyone who has followed Donato Dozzys work, whether the celebrated Voices from the Lake collaboration with Neel, the otherworldly mixes hes done for mnml ssgs and electronique.it, or, particularly, his 2013 album of Bee Mask remixes for the Spectrum Spools label (SP 029CD), will see that The Loud Silence is a continuation of a lifelong fascination with sound and its potential to bring people, times, and places together. This album is the first in Furthers series exploring the depth of one instrument, preceding a solo record from Nuel focused on the Ekdahl Polygamist synthesizer." - Further.

Artist: INNERCITY
Title: Ababababababas (Blue Lion Child)
Format: LP
Label: Further
Country: USA
Price: $22.00
"Do you ever listen to a record and worry about its creators sanity? Granted, it rarely happens, but in the case of Innercity -- Antwerp producer Hans Dens -- its a legitimate concern. Thankfully, Denss apparent madness manifests itself in music so uncompromising and off the charts of classification that it convinces you that any kind of sonic innovation at this late date demands a bit of mental instability. By way of explanation, Dens says, "People forget that there is only magic in this world, mostly black, nothing more." In other news: You will never confuse this Innercity with Kevin Saundersons Inner City. ABABABABABABAS (Blue Lion Child) makes Denss rather strange first album on Further, 2012s A Lion Baptism, seem like radio-friendly fodder by comparison. The producer admits, "This release is surely one of my harsher, bleak ones... I tried to keep it pure, and again bleak. Also put the keyboards in the shelf for this one; its all guitar and violin through an array of effects..." "Baals (Kitten Trumpeteer Choir)" fades in with what sounds like waves of harsh, scalding feedback -- lets call it "the black metal of ambient." Dens conjures pitiless, post-apocalyptic atmospheres, but imbues them with a residual glow of dignity. The tidal "Masks and Mold Matter" could be a noir soundtrack thats too weird and nightmarish even for David Lynch. Its main sound source sounds like the irradiated molecules of a psych-rock guitar riff by Chromes Helios Creed. What passes for a respite in Innercitys harsh sonic universe comes from "Raragrams," with ill oscillations that seem to have escaped from Gil Mellés groundbreaking Andromeda Strain soundtrack (1971). On "In Abra and Umbra," Dens creates a desolate Plutonian ambience thatll give your ears frostbite, unleashing clouds of unidentified frying sonics. With perverse whimsy, Dens lets some unfeasibly heavy beats intrude in the last minute. "A-Baba-Al-One" defines a new form of chilling horror-film soundtrack; its synths actually shiver and moan. The album closes with "And Dead As All Black Acts," which sounds like a yeti trying to pound its way out of a casket. Anguished tones of unclassifiable extremity and distress send us out on a note of ecstatic bafflement. You realize youve reached the end of this record alive, and youre much stronger because of it. Featuring Bart De Paepe from Sloow Tapes. Artwork by Chloe Harris and poetry by Hans Dens. Cut by CGB @ Dubplates & Mastering." -Further.

Artist: JOHNSON, JO
Title: Weaving
Format: LP
Label: Further
Country: USA
Price: $25.00
"British musician Jo Johnsons debut solo album for Further Records, Weaving, betokens an exciting presence in the world of minimalist composition. "Ancestral Footsteps" opens the LP with cascades of cyclical harp-like sounds, an homage to one of Johnsons primary inspirations: Alice Coltrane. Channeling rigorous new age and mesmerizing Riley-esque/Reichian minimalism, the piece accrues heft and intensity, with occasional bursts of synthetic, tribal clapping until it fades out with cinematic flourish. The title-track gradually alters simple guitar and keyboard phrases, along with a chiming motif that multiplies in a hall of mirrors. The disorientating arpeggios form moiré patterns against colossal bass notes. The mood lightens considerably with "Words Came After Music," whose sweeping strings and drones could take you to whatever your idea of heaven is. Interestingly, the title of the piece is inspired by an anthropological theory Johnson stumbled across that musical ability predates language in humans. With its somber, undulating synths and lustrous highs and lows, "In the Shadow of the Workhouse" plumbs profound emotional depths. Epic closer "Silver Threads" starts as an almost silent retreat in the vein of Laurie SpiegelsAppalachian Grove or Eno and Budds The Pearl with the faint hum and buzz of telegraph wires, until four minutes in a stoic pulse and suspenseful chiming motif arise, buttressed by glowing synth sighs and the LPs only percussive thumps (think Incunabula-era Autechre). While inspired by the "serious music" of Arvo Pärt, Wim Mertens and others, Johnsons mandalas of tone mantras offer a playful, DIY sense of adventure, as you might expect from the former guitarist for incendiary punk group Huggy Bear and a long-term co-organizer of Londons Bleep43 techno club night and label. Weaving condenses Johnsons long love affair with free-jazz, minimalism and electronic music and this unique ambient composition is invested with powerful emotional resonance." - Further.
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Artist: O1O AKA AYBEE
Title: Futurespective
Format: LP
Label: Further
Country: USA
Price: $20.00
"Oakland native and Berlin resident Armon Bazile is many things to many people. A deep thinker on the topic of consciousness, as well as a DJ, producer, and label boss. While more commonly known as Aybee for his cosmic house and techno, his o1o alias showcases his abstract leftfield material. "Refuge" features Malena Peréz. Handmade screenprinted sleeve." - Further.

Artist: REINHARDT, JONAS
Title: Palace Savant
Format: LP
Label: Further
Country: USA
Price: $22.00
"On his sixth album, Palace Savant, Brooklyn producer Jonas Reinhardt (aka Jesse Reiner) undergoes a profound solo odyssey. The record may be the most spectacular realization of Jonas Reinhardts outward-bound sonic aspirations. These eight tracks draw on 14th-century architect Peter Parlers breathtaking St. Vitus Cathedral in Prague. "St. Vitus is a statement to the future by the rulers at the time," Reiner says. "Its surreal, grandiose, psychedelic -- and the sheer scale of human ambition involved is almost beyond comprehension." Parler reportedly deviated from the cathedrals initial blueprint and elevated the Gothic style to heretofore-unimagined, bizarre levels. With Palace Savant, Reiner projected Parlers handiwork into Thomas Edisons era of electricity. "I envisioned [Parler] retrofitting his cathedral with excesses of incandescent light, preparing for a coming age of electronics. Palace Savant is what a contemporary electronic performance in that space might sound like." Recorded on tour and in New York over the course of a year and mixed at Transmitter Park Studio in Greenpoint, Palace Savant begins with the instant attention-grabber/pulse-accelerator "Old Kaizen." At once claustrophobic and spacious, it possesses an urgent, chase-scene synth throb that would make John Carpenter or Bernard Fevre jealous. The turbulent "Shattered Remains of Orr" sounds like Edgar Froeses kosmische-ambient masterpiece Aqua (1974) tossed into shark-infested waters. On "Androma," Reiners expertly-modulated arpeggios contrast low and high frequencies, revealing his ability to create suspense with a chiaroscuro of whirs and pulsations. Palace Savant achieves two towering peaks. The first is "Go Sceptre Go," a swiftly-moving, heavenly droner that veers off on a tangent into a much darker, more chaotic direction. The second is "Noctornum," a burbling and soaring piece thats at once aquatic and astral, before an emphatic rhythm forms, pushing things into menacing Szajner-esque territory. The album closes with the mid-tempo arpeggios and muted, wailing siren-tones of "Omat Principle Decay," a moving finale to a record thats taken you so far and tingled your senses so intensely. A high point in Jonas Reinhardts large canon, the dramatic and majestic Palace Savant does exquisite justice to St. Vitus Cathedrals grandeur. Album artwork by Andy Gilmore. Mastered by Rashad Becker at Dubplates & Mastering." - Further.

Artist: RROSE PLAYS JAMES TENNEY
Title: Having Never Written a Note for Percussion
Format: LP
Label: Further
Country: USA
Price: $24.00
"Rrose (Sandwell District, Eaux, Stroboscopic Artefacts) has found her own niche in the American techno underground. Her hypnotic tracks incorporate ideas from ambient and minimalist music as prominently as they do the history of dance music, operating in the same fruitful cross-section between techno and the abstract as many other Further Records releases. Rroses debt to experimental music has never been more obvious than on September 20, 2012, when he performed legendary composer and electronic/computer music pioneer James Tenneys Having Never Written a Note for Percussion live in Washington, DC. The simple yet colossal piece requires the performer to play one percussive instrument constantly, taking it from the quietest point to the loudest and back again. Done well, its a fascinating exploration of tone, volume, and decay, and a showcase for drone musics unusually transportive powers. Never Having Written a Note for Percussion has always been a personal favorite of Rroses. He was inspired to try it out after touring Dupont Undergound, a performance space in a disused trolley tunnel beneath downtown DC, where the possibilities of "seemingly endless and unpredictable reverberations" seemed perfect for Tenneys composition. He made a 32-inch gong played with two mallets the central device of his performance, creating a towering leviathan of sound capable of the softest highs and the deepest lows. Its a vastness that comes across especially well on the live recording of that 2012 performance, a breathtaking 30 minutes that seems daunting at first but moves with a grace as easy as breathing. Rroses take is almost definitive: not only does he stretch out the piece to 30 minutes beyond its usual eight-to-12-minute duration, but, even more importantly, she offers two versions made in two very different settings. The A-side features a performance recorded in a studio during his practice sessions. Dry and micd up close, its almost stuffy quality is the direct opposite of the live version, like its coming from inside your head, where the live recording on the B-side surrounds you with the booming sound of the gong. Never Having Written a Note for Percussion is a powerful study not only in minimalist composition but the importance of the room and environment that a performance, or just pure sound, takes place in, and a potent example of the kind of experimental tendencies that make Rrose one of technos more fascinating figures. Mastered by Rashad Becker at Dubplates & Mastering." - Further.

Artist: SCHNITZLER, CONRAD
Title: Live 72
Format: Double LP
Label: Further
Country: USA
Price: $24.00
"There are not too many names that get us more excited here at AZ HQ than Conrad Schnitzlers. Since the mid-1960s, Schnitzler has been one of the undisputed masters of electronic experimentation, and his name is synonymous with Krautrocks innovation and defiant musical vision. A prolific solo artist, he also founded Kluster (later Cluster) with Dieter Moebius and Hans-Joachim Roedelius, was an early collaborator with seminal Kosmische acts Tangerine Dream and Klaus Schulze, and, in 1967, founded the Zodiak Free Arts Lab in West Berlin, an experimental performance space designed for the exploration of musical and political freedom (where Tangerine and Klaus both played). So, for previously unreleased material from Conrad to become available is is an exciting affair indeed-- especially for those of us not lucky enough to have been in the crowds those nights in the 70s. Further Records have done just that, taking a previously unreleased 1972 performance from the vault and giving it a double LP pressing. As Conrad explains the origins of the performance: "I was invited to be part of an art exhibition, Szene 72 (it means 1972). This was happening in Stuttgart, London and Hamburg. From the London performance there was some music that was recorded to tape, but all this old cheap tape-material does not run on a tape player anymore. This, what you have, this has survived." -Further. "This is a precious artefact of a man fully in control, and ahead of his game." -Daniel Gottlieb, Altered Zones

Artist: SCUBA DEATH
Title: Nitrogen Narcosis
Format: LP
Label: Further
Country: USA
Price: $25.00
"Scuba Death is Ricardo Donosos alter ego. With more of a focus on analog sound, percussion, sampling, and location recordings, there is an organic undercurrent on Scuba Death recordings that isnt as prevalent in his solo work. This music is rich in atmosphere while still tethered to the deeper ideas that Donoso often explores in his work. Treatises on fear and death-­anxiety, the underlining thematic framework for the project, run rampant throughout these claustrophobic electronic passages, and teeter on the edge of being oppressive. Nitrogen Narcosis marks the first full-length and strongest statement in the Scuba Death repertoire after the privately issued, ruthless Demon Seed 12" back in 2011. The album alternates between surprising lethargic dance inflections all nestled between 75 & 100 bpm, the normal resting heart rate for adults, and the more conceptual, numbness­-inducing pieces like "50­70 Meters" and "Nociception." Sequencing plays an integral role on Nitrogen Narcosis as the listener is suddenly thrust into the darkest reaches of the ocean after dark alley grooves are sucked into an aquatic abyss. For a project named after Donosos near-drowning experience in the South Atlantic when he was younger, theres an impressive amount of reflection and vulnerability present -- the field recordings that permeate throughout the album were captured at the same location the undertow caught hold of him that bright summer day 20 years prior. An inner battle between paranoia and euphoria is played out in well-­conceived, precision sonics on Nitrogen Narcosis as Donoso reminds us to look back, break through the surface and go deeper. Ricardo Donosos solo work speaks for itself, but with this new chapter comes new questions and considerations. Scuba Death is enigmatic to a fault and all the better for it. Recorded at Vesica Pisces, September-November 2012." - Further.

Artist: STRATEGY
Title: Noise Tape Self
Format: LP
Label: Further
Country: USA
Price: $22.00
"Working with a quiet intensity since 2003, Strategy has proven himself to be an incredibly resourceful and rewarding musician in both group settings and as a solo artist. In the latter guise, this Portland, Oregon producer/multi-instrumentalist (aka Paul Dickow) has released a prolific amount of excellent work for quality indie labels such as Kranky, Idle Hands, 100% Silk, Endless Flight, and Entracte, putting a cerebral yet sensual spin on dub, ambient, post rock, and house music. For his Further Records debut, Noise Tape Self, Strategy delves ever deeper into his more ambient inclinations and experiments with tape loops. Dickow says he became obsessed with making tape music in 2008, after tiring of using the computer as his main instrument. Fellow Portland producer/ingenious gear-tinkerer David Chandler (Solenoid) taught Dickow "how to make a tape loop that could be put inside a cassette tape. I got really into this, and got a 4 track, knowing this would allow me to have four synchronized loops per tape. I would then run each channel through a series of effects and perform live mixes using the loops. I alternated between using source material of my own devising and using whatever source material happened to be on the cassettes I was hacking." Noise Tape Self kicks off with "Awesome Piano," in which a fragment of a beautiful piano motif gets overwhelmed by a glorious vortex of static and distortion. "Cassette Loop" is a gorgeous ambient piece with a lulling, aquatic quality that recalls such masters of uneasy listening as Rapoon, O Yuki Conjugate, and Aube. "Ominous Lovely Piano" is a ghostly, microcosmic form of dub, an ultimate kind of headphone music of deep psychedelic interiority thats reminiscent of Paul Schützes 1996 masterpiece, Apart. The hypnotic/amniotic ambience of "Lovely Loop" whispers of a peaceful eternity; this track could be an important step toward a new, improved strain of new age. The album closes with "Rhens Loop"; heres where the album really soars into the stratosphere and grows surreal wings. A five-dimensional headfuck of what sounds like analog-synth growls and whirs and desolate drones, "Rhens Loop" is Doppler effected and disorienting, like a more somber take on Conrad Schnitzlers Ballet Statique (MINIMAL 004CD/LP). With Noise Tape Self, Strategy has found a way to build works of compelling, intimate grandeur with some of the humblest of sonic atoms. Its an alchemical wonder. Mastered by Pete Swanson and cut by CGB @ Dubplates & Mastering." - Further.

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