Apr 112017


Photo courtesy of Gillian Bowling
After the long overdue release of Drew McDowall’s debut solo album Collapse in 2015, the experimental music underground saw McDowall as an arrival of an artist that was always here, hiding in plain sight. He was quietly in the background, pulling the levers on some of the most influential recordings in electronic music and with shifting his focus from the role as band member of such legendary acts as Coil & Psychic TV along with his recent collaborative efforts alongside Tres Warren (of Psychic Ills) in Compound Eye, McDowall came to finally identity as a singular artist and figurehead to a movement that has vitally required his presence.

His second full length endeavor for Dais Records is aptly titled Unnatural Channel, allowing McDowall to allocate offerings to the ghosts of his past using methods not fully understood.Moving forward from the impact left with his first album, Unnatural Channel moves McDowall into more uncharted territory. From the opening mark, Drew’s distinct fingerprint is evident on the track “Tell Me the Name”, his signature ambient ebb and flow to pulsing electronics painted over reverberated percussions that have been pulled apart and spun around the spectrum.

Once the introduction has been made, the album moves forward into more rhythmic territory using classic industrialstructures found on his previous work but fused with tumbling aural friction complimented by more techno-based cadence. Views into McDowall’s unconscious are ever-present in “This Is What It’s Like”, a reflective decent into madness brought on by the anxiety of sleep deprivation. Looping the title mantra, the listener gets caught into the author’s own delusion and lost within the auditory hallucination.

The two part suite of “Unnatural Channel” subjects us to a torrent of fluttering and panic-stricken electronics, subtle in its dispatch but powerful in its impact. Field recordings of the most personal, hypnogogic dream-state, lost within itself until McDowall unveils his unbalanced, sequential patterns of fibrous, metallic waveforms and subsonic bass kicks that hit the air with such strength and coercive forcethat it is impossible not to be converted. Ending with the statement of “Unshielded”, the album ties off with the primal voice talents of artist Roxy Farman of the Brooklyn avant-techno duo Wetware. Roxy’s confused phrasing seemingly crashes head-on with McDowall’s cathartic finale, using every method of sonic hypnosis athis disposal to finish with a bold yet disconcerting assurance.

Dais Records is thrilled to release Unnatural Channel by Drew McDowall on May 26, 2017 with a standard black vinyl edition and digital, as well as limited edition colored vinyl versions and features artwork by visual artist Nina Hartmann. Mixed by Josh Eustis (Telefon Tel Aviv / Nine Inch Nails)

LISTEN: Drew McDowall – “Unnatural Channel (Part 2)”

PRE-ORDER: Drew McDowall – Unnatural Channel

Drew McDowall
Unnatural Channel
Dais Records
May 27, 2017

1. Tell Me The Name
2. Habitat
3. This Is What It’s Like
4. Unnatural Channel (Part 1)
5. Unnatural Channel (Part 2)
6. Recognition
7. Unshielded

Apr 102017
Out Now!
New Double album by Russia’s unique shamanic ritualists PHURPA.
“This album blurs the lines of reality, hyper reality, and surreality. Everything sort of blends together into a miasmic, cacophonous maelstrom of sound and audacity.” (Resounding Footsteps)
“Gyer Ro” 2CD / Digital
New offering from Russia’s shamanic ritualists PHURPA. Channeling the void with their eerie and engulfing overtone ritual chants rooted in the BON tradition of Tibet, their mesmerising rituals are used as a tool of transmogrification. The chanting meditations are accentuated by the use nga drums, rolmo cymbals, gyaling oboes, as well as telescopic dunchen horns, dunkar shells and short wandun horns. Their performances are meant as exercises in aural power, channeled primordial sounds aimed to alter ones consciousness, otherworldly prayer mantras pulsating through the chakras.  This exhaustive Double album was recorded in Moscow, Russia in March 2016. Let go and touch the emptiness…
Edition of 500 Copies in Gatefold A5 sleeve. 4 Tracks on 2 CDs. Running Time 2:03:36
Release Date: April 5 2017
Label: Cyclic Law
Cat No: 91st Cycle
File Under: World / Tibetan / Ritual / Drone
Format: Double CD In Gatefold A5 Sleeve
Pressing Quantity: 500 Copies
4 Tracks. Running Time 2:03:36
UPC: 089902506919
1. Laughter Of To-Nag-Ma
2. Hundred Syllable Mantra
3. Mu-Ye
4. Three Mantras Of Bon
Upcoming Titles:
VACCUM AETERNUM “Project Darkscapes” CD (92nd Cycle)
SVARTSINN “Collected Obscurities” CD (93rd Cycle)
More tba…
Apr 062017
Like the video game garbled insult of its namesake, spoony bard (lowercase, please) is the result of a cultural collision as well as an honest and self-deprecating exploration of life. The hybrid of L.A. beat scene, electronic, jazz and avant-garde takes a fresh approach to musical soul-bearing with compelling sonic textures and introspective lyrics. spoony bard combines hints of Flying Lotus, Dalek, DJ Premier, Herbie Hancock, Aphex Twin and more.
spoony bard is the alter-ego of musician David Nord. Originally a jazz composer/guitarist, Nord’s equal interest in hip-hop and electronic sounds brought about an evolution in his work, leading him to merge these styles and explore the possibilities of an alternate musical vocabulary.
“Just playing jazz wasn’t cutting it anymore,” Nord says. “I started hearing the L.A. beat scene type stuff that was coming out and got inspired to really dive deeper into synthesizers, sampling, music software, etc., while also continuing to hone the harmonic and melodic approach that I had developed as a jazz musician.”
Dweeb is the 8-song full length debut of spoony bard. The album is filled with delightful instrumental passages like the glitchy organs, tiny piano plinking and diced rhythms of the title track, as well as contemplative sung/rapped passages like, “I’m living with so many misgivings, they weigh me down but I don’t care / She once told me that I scare them away, I said well they scare me, but at least I’m not afraid of myself like I used to be.” Elsewhere, mellow trip-hop leaning tones and beats turn on a dime into cathartic raps. Throughout, Dweeb is a thoroughly unique and revealing album from an artist unhindered by genres and rules.
Dweeb will be available for download on May 12th via Bandcamp, iTunes, Spotify, Apple Music, etc.
Apr 032017

Our 2 new titles, 1 Transfusions 12″, and a limited re-press of ECT vol 1 will ship soon.

All of these technically come out 4/22 (Record Store Day), but none of them are “exclusive”. That means we can ship them when we want and will send them out soon!

MR-070 Ironing Music “S/T” LP (in conjunction with Crispy Nuggets)
MR-071 Autocreation “Mettle.” 2LP
MRT-004 L/F/D/M “tele-” 12″
MR-028 V/A “Electroconvulsive Therapy Vol 1” LP re-press!

Links below:

MR-070 Ironing Music “S/T” LP  $20


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MR-071 Autocreation “Mettle.” 2LP

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MRT-004 L/F/D/M “tele-”  12″ single  $13

Preorder HERE (comes with instant download)

MR-028 V/A “Electroconvulsive Therapy Vol 1” LP $18

Preorder HERE (Comes with instant download)

Purchase Backstock here 

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