Prisma Records: Famlende Forsøk “Washing China” LP
May 2, 2015
Vinyl LP. Released May 2015.
Prisma Records is proud to release the new album “Washing China” by the infamous Norwegian experimental band Famlende Forsøk.
Famlende Forsøk was formed in 1981 and came out of the scene around the cassette label SHiT Tapes from the Arendal area in the south of Norway. The original line-up stands today: the duo of Lumpy Davy and ChrispH creates the music and intergalactic poet Brt provides his vocals with highly idiosyncratic lyrics.
Famlende Forsøk’s music draws influences from several sources – coming out of late 70’s industrial noise/cut-up experimental music they fuse their sound with equal parts psychedelia, progressive rock, free jazz, minimalism, ambient, Norwegian folk and eastern classical music.
In contrast to their contemporaries who churned out releases, Famlende Forsøk are known to take their time – even their early cassettes were meticulous put together with a careful attention to detail. In fact, in their 33 years “Washing China” is Famlende Forsøk’s third LP – following “Art Transmutatoria” from 1990 and “One Night I had a Frightful Dream” (a concept album dedicated to H.P.Lovecraft) from 2001.
In 2009 Famlende Forsøk were invited to perform at Henie Onstad Kunstsenter. The band chose to present new material and the concert was recorded. Then followed a period of five years of studio post-production in which the live recording provided the backbone to what is now ready as their new album: “Washing China”. The process of finishing the album was so complex that engineeer and producer Cato Langnes became a new member of the band.
“Washing China” is unmistakenly Famlende Forsøk – layers of acoustic and electronic instruments are carefully waved together creating rich atmospheric and bizarre music of great depth. Brt’s lyrics are in Norwegian, but the album provides extended translations and footnotes in English, providing some guidance into the world of Famlende Forsøk for non-Norwegians.
Prisma Records: Thurston Moore + Mats Gustafsson “Live at Henie Onstad Kunstsenter” LP
Thurston Moore & Mats Gustafsson: Live at Henie Onstad Kunstsenter
Vinyl LP. Released May 2015
Prisma Records are proud to release a limited edition vinyl LP that documents a concert of two giants of the improvised music field.
Thurston Moore’s résumé is monolithic – with his band Sonic Youth and as a solo artist few people has had the same impact on music in the last 35 years. Moore has been instrumental is building bridges between the mainstream and underground experimental music.
Coming out from the jazz scene, Mats Gustafsson holds a similar position, with endless projects, collaborations and three decades of non-stop touring, recording and performing.
The duo have collaborated several times before, starting with Sonic Youth’s participating in Gustafsson’s Hidros project in 2000 and continuing with the Discaholics Anonymous Trio and Original Silence projects. Gustafsson has also guested with Sonic Youth and Moore with The Thing.
On the sunny Sunday afternoon June 9th 2013 the pair performed on Henie Onstad Kunstsenter’s outdoor stage. Not thrown off by the scenic and leisure setting, Gustafsson and Moore dived into a monolithic noise set that was so loud it could be heard across the Sandvikbukta bay.
The LP is limited to 300 copies.
Coming on Pica Disk: Menstruation Sisters “Glass Walking” LP
1. Give Blood
3. Facial Error
4. Top Gun
5. Don’t Fuck
3. Dead @ Mu-Meson
Pica Disk is proud to release “Glass Walking” – an LP of recently unearthed recordings by the infamous Australian noise band Menstruation Sisters.
Over the years the Menstruation Sisters have through a selective, but incredibly varied output of albums steadily built a reputation among music fans as a unique band. It was never a secret who the members of Menstruation Sisters were, yet the band’s aura was shrouded in mystery and confusion, possibly because they would completely reinvent themselves with every new recorded statement. As a fan of the Menstruation Sisters you had to abandon everything you knew with each new piece of the puzzle.
And now we can go back to the beginning, the birth of the Sisters, as by pure luck early previously unreleased material from 1995 was recently discovered in the vaults in Perth’s Endless Studios archives. On these recordings the band was the duo of Oren Ambarchi and Nik Kamvissis, but with producer Anthony Maher assisting and performing on some tracks. Ambarchi and Kamvissis would continue as a duo until Brendan Walls joined in 2001
The material heard on “Glass Walking” has a different flavor to the albums that would follow. Fans will immediately be struck by the almost total absence of drums and guitars, as the music on “Glass Walking” is built around electronics and vocals. This makes the music feel more immediate, urgent and desperate. Tracks like “Give Blood” and “Don’t Fuck” reveals the missing link between Hanatarash, Maurizio Bianchi and the monkeys in the Evolution Revolution band. This is noise music history in reverse.
The album also contains the first Menstruation Sisters live concert, which documents that the band’s ferocious performance antics were also fully developed from the very first time they set foot on stage. This is the complete set, all glorious 9 minutes and 35 seconds of it.
“Glass Walking” will only be available on vinyl and comes with liner notes and archival photos that explains everything.
Sissy Spacek reissue
April 19, 2015
Helicopter has reissued the “Dash/Anti-Clockwise” 58-song CD which has me doing vocals (= growling) and playing (= trashing) drums with the California-based grindcore band Sissy Spacek. “Dash” has been released on cassette and LP previously, “Anti-Clockwise” was originally a 7″, and both were collected and released on CD by Gilgongo Records in 2012. Now it’s out on CD again. This is clearly music that refuses to go away. Order it (and other amazing artifacts) from Helicopter. And if you read Norwegian you might want to search out the “Dash” LP, which had my liner notes on it.
PICA034: PBK / Jim O’Rourke: Unidentified Again [2LP]
April 13, 2015
PBK / Jim O’Rourke: Unidentified Again [2LP]
PICA034. Released May 2015. Gatefold cover.
Distribution by Metamkine.
Norway distributed by Diger Distro.
USA distributed by Tedium House.
Please order from one of the above.
Side A: The Turning Night (17:26)
Side B: Myths in Translation (18:00)
Side C: End of the Landscape (17:01)
Side D: Long Lain in the Stream (20:11)
All music by Phillip B. Klinger (PBK) and Jim O’Rourke, 2014-15.
About “Unidentified Again”:
I first met Jim O’Rourke in 1989. We corresponded by mail and would talk on the phone frequently. Jim was in college at that time and he was very excited about music. He sent me mixtapes, we would talk about his love of Van Dyke Parks, his work with KK Null or Henry Kaiser. I also remember he sent me Godflesh’ “Streetcleaner” album which he likened to King Crimson’s “Red”.
Jim’s soundwork was always special and I released one of his compositions on my “Assemblage” compilation tape in 1990. We talked about collaborating, but then my situation changed suddenly and in 1992 I moved to Puerto Rico with my family. My life got complicated and I fell out of touch with a lot of friends while there. By the time I got back to the States things had changed for Jim as well, and he was in a nomadic phase, drifting around, performing a lot of concerts around the world, but a letter I sent to his parents’ address eventually reached him and in 1997 he wrote back and replied that he was only able to finish about ten minutes of electronic music a year. Still, the interest in collaboration was there, though Jim was very busy and things did not materialize in the collaborative direction for us.
That was the last time I heard from Jim for 15 years, until something coincidental happened in 2012. My cousin runs a label and put out a record by Merzbow. One day my cousin informed me that my old buddy Jim O’Rourke had ordered the album. As I was assisting him with shipping copies of the album, I wrote a note to Jim and threw in a couple of my CDs along with the LP.
Not too long after that, Jim and I were in contact again. As is always the case with us, we fell into vigorous conversations about music and everything else – and again the idea of collaborating occurred. Rather suddenly Jim surprised me with source material I could use. I immediately went to work on it, with the idea that approximately 40 minutes would just about be ideal for an LP project. The sound material Jim sent was likely composed on his Serge modular synth. We’d been discussing synthesizer heroes of ours – Jim sharing his love of Roland Kayn’s expressive work and I’m always going on about David Tudor. I worked on the first two mixes, but I dug Jim’s sources so much I didn’t do any kind of manipulation on them. I built audio environments for his sounds to live in, and they do sound alive, like synthetic landscapes with birds or animals of some primitive, or alien, origin and, of course, also huge drones that could be electrical storms. I sent Jim my own sources and he came up with two beautiful mixes, each quite different from the other.
I’m very pleased we finally got to do our collaboration – even if it took a quarter of a century to make it happen.
Phillip B. Klinger, April 2015
April 12, 2015
Finally found time to update my Bandcamp site with more solo works. There are now 18 albums available for streaming and download. Among them are what I consider my “seminal” solo releases: Science Fiction Room Service (1996), Nothing But Sound From Now On (2001), The Shape Of Rock To Come (2004), The Great Silence (2007) and All Music At Once (2010). Later this year I’ll add collaboration albums + collections of odd compilation/remix/unclassifiable tracks. I have ambitions to upload older cassette releases as well, but don’t hold your breath. A separate Jazzkammer site is in the works as well.