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Podcast Episode 433: September 15, 2019 (guest artist HTRK)

HTRKEpisode 433 of Brainwashed Radio: The Podcast Edition is now live featuring guests Johnnie and Nigel of HTRK

HTRK have just released their fourth album, Venus In Leo, through Ghostly International. The duo is on tour currently and took some time while they were in London to phone in. Also featured on this episode is new (and newly available) music from Have a Nice Life, Missions, Patrick Cowley, and Rrose.

NOW AVAILABLE through SPOTIFY and AMAZON (links below) in addition to the other platforms.

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Forced Exposure New Releases for the Week of 9/16/2019

New music is due from Barker, Lee 'Scratch' Perry, and Shasta Cults, while old music is due from Merzbow, Lord Echo, and Ecstatic Vision.

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Daniel Garcia

Daniel Garcia and Yulia Krashennaya

Daniel Garcia launched hollyfeld.org in 1995. In a world before multinational multibillion dollar social media empires, Dan provided a place for numerous communities to flourish. Hollyfeld.org began hosting the email discussion lists for Coil, Meat Beat Manifesto, The Legendary Pink Dots, Cabaret Voltaire, and Throbbing Gristle, among others, all out of the kindness of his heart, all 100% free of cost and advertisements. All lists remain active however the future is uncertain.

Daniel and Yulia lived life to the fullest, were active in photography, travel, digital arts, and remained supportive of the brainwashed music community. Our hearts go out to their closest family and friends. We will miss you dearly.

 

Forced Exposure New Releases for the Week of 9/9/2019

New music is due from Flaty, Little Skull, and L'Epee, while old music is due from Bourbonese Qualk, Nervous Eaters, Conrad Schnitzler, and a selection of various artists from the infamous "Nurse With Wound List" (Strain, Crack & Break).

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Dødsmaskin, "Ødelagt"

cover image The enigmatic Norweigan duo of Dødsmaskin made the decision to intentionally split the sound of Ødelagt into two distinct types on their first vinyl release.  The first half showcases their more structured industrial tendencies:  surges of noise, harsh abstract rhythms and rumbling bass synth passages.  On the other half there is less structure and more flow:  melodic passages that drift like a harsher Tangerine Dream and a sound that is dark, but not oppressive.  Taken separately both are great, but paired together it makes for an even better release.

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Colin Andrew Sheffield and James Eck Rippie, "Exploded View"

cover image The concept of artists re-purposing existing music and other recorded sounds into an abstract collage or new composition has certainly been done before, and quite often.  However, when it is done expertly, such as on Exploded View, it can be an amazing method of work.  Colin Andrew Sheffield and James Eck Rippie approach the methodology from two technological extremes:  analog turntables and digital samplers.  The final product bears little resemblance to anything identifiable, resulting in a piece of music that is entirely their unique work and is captivating regardless of its construction

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Loscil, "Equivalents"

cover imageI cannot think of many other artists in the ambient/experimental milieu who are as unwaveringly reliable as Scott Morgan, although his last major release (Monument Builders) admittedly threw some unexpected new elements into the mix.  With Equivalents, however, he returns to his comfort zone for yet another lovely suite of lush and elegantly blurred ambient soundscapes.  Morgan’s inspiration this time around was Alfred Stieglitz's iconic series of cloud photographs, which could not possibly be less surprising or more apt: the Loscil aesthetic has long been the musical equivalent of a sky full of slow-moving, abstract cloud shapes and Equivalents is an archetypal example of that.  Nevertheless, the Loscil aesthetic still continues to evolve in subtle ways, as Morgan eases up a bit on his characteristic melancholy, resulting in one of his warmest and most quietly lovely releases to date.  It is possible that Morgan may have learned a thing or two about balancing light and dark from Stieglitz's striking photos, but the real beauty of this album lies in how he masterfully and seamlessly dissolves chords and melodies into gorgeously dreamlike and gently churning abstraction.

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Consumer Electronics, "Airless Space"

cover image After two amazing, although tantalizingly short albums in the past five years (2014's Estuary English and 2015's Dollhouse Songs), the Consumer Electronics trio lineup of founder Philip Best, Sarah Fröelich, and Russell Haswell have decided to go all out on this hour long, double record masterpiece.  Turning the thematic focus from the bleakness of austerity, pre-Brexit United Kingdom to the bleakness and violence of Donald Trump's America (where Best and Fröelich emigrated before the recording of this record), Airless Space is another work of fragmented, destroyed electronics and forceful, violent vocals.  Besides how strongly it stands as an individual work of art, Airless Space also makes it abundantly clear how much CE has evolved since beginning as a teenaged Best with a shortwave radio, a microphone, and a lot of annoyed people around him.

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Ramleh, "The Great Unlearning"

cover image Following their last work, the lengthy two CD Circular Time, the double record The Great Unlearning features core Ramleh members Gary Mundy and Anthony Di Franco again staying largely in rock mode, but comparably bringing a bit more of their noise history back into the fray.  With an expanded roster of both drummers Stuart Dennison and Martyn Watts, as well as long time collaborator Philip Best and his Consumer Electronics partner Sarah Fröelich, the final product is their most varied, fully realized work to date, blending their guitar focused sounds with the early electronic experimentation from the band's inception.

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Kali Malone, "The Sacrificial Code"

cover imageI was recently very surprised to discover that Kali Malone is from Colorado, as she has been quite an uncannily ubiquitous and quietly influential presence in European experimental music circles over the last couple of years.  That role is especially remarkable given how her solo work increasingly sounds like it could have been composed a few hundred years ago (a direction largely rooted in a fateful meeting with an organ tuner).  This latest release is the culmination of Malone's recent passion for pipe organs, following in the wake of last year's brief yet excellent Organ Dirges 2016-2017 EP (Ascetic House).  The two releases are quite similar aesthetically, as Malone remains quite found of slow-moving and meditatively drone-like compositions, but The Sacrificial Code is simultaneously simpler and more ambitious than its concise predecessor.   In fact, this sprawling double album of organ works is an absolutely monolithic statement (and a fitfully mesmerizing one at that).  To my ears, it admittedly errs a bit on the side of overwhelming, but The Sacrificial Code is probably exactly the album that longtime fans were hoping Malone would someday release.

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