Cold Spring Bi-Weekly Newsletter – 22nd December 2011
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WISHING ALL OUR CUSTOMERS A VERY MERRY FESTIVE
SEASON AND A PROSPEROUS 2012!
Thanks for all your support in 2011! We have lots of exciting releases for you in 2012 including:
Hirsute Pursuit CD/12″ (feat Harley Phoenix, Bryin Dall, Boyd Rice, Peter Christopherson & more)
Steven Severin ‘Vampyr’ CD
Sleep Research Facility ‘Stealth’ CD
Lull / Beta Cloud / Andrew Liles ‘Circadian Rhythm Disturbance Reconfigured’ CD
Kreuzweg Ost ‘Gott Mit Uns’ CD
Heldentod ‘The Ghost Machine’ CD
Plus albums from MZ. 412, Skullflower, Dave Ball, Deadwood, Wicked King Wicker, Sagittarius, K11,
Iron Fist Of The Sun, 3 x Psychic TV mid-price albums and many more!
COLD SPRING CHRISTMAS DRAW!
|1st prize: £100 worth of goods from our mailorder catalogue (all at UK prices, no matter where you are!)|
3 runner up prizes of any free CD from our catalogue (to the value of £11 in UK / £12 in EU / £13 ROW)
All orders received through our website between 00:01 1st December and 23:59 24th December
will be automatically entered into a special prize draw, which will be made on Christmas Day.
Winners will be announced in the next newsletter after the draw and will be contacted directly.
(Please write ‘no draw’ with your order if you do not wish to enter).
Good luck everyone!
|SUTCLIFFE JUGEND | With Extreme Prejudice CD (CSR143CD) £11 / £12 / £13|
Harsh extreme electronic pioneers Sutcliffe Jugend return with an album of all new material. Three years in the making, “With Extreme Prejudice” finds Sutcliffe Jugend at the top of their game. Forcing the listener to question their own prejudices and taboos, as modern man struggles to confront and control his inner demons. Musically and lyrically this is SJ’s most varied album to date, ranging from harsh electronic onslaughts to a new kind of musical oblivion. Production and sound values are closer to industrial music than ever before. Enter if you dare, the very twisted and real world of Sutcliffe Jugend as they execute With Extreme Prejudice. 6-panel digipak.
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|VARIOUS ARTISTS | John Barleycorn Reborn: Rebirth 2CD (CSR150CD) £13.50 / £14.50 / £15.50|
The compilers of ‘John Barleycorn Reborn’ (2007), faced an embarrassment of riches – a testament both to English folk heritage and the health of the contemporary folk music scene. So here we have the second crop from that original sowing. Originally released for download only, now finally available as a stunning double CD, with every track completely remastered to the highest quality. 33 tracks from the cream of current dark British Folk music.
Click here for track listing!
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|MACHINEFABRIEK | Veldwerk CD (CSR156CD) £10.50 / £11.50 / £12.50|
Sublime drone music and field recordings by Rutger Zuydervelt. A travel diary from Slovakia inspired by Chinese sound artist Yan Jun; field recordings, long train journeys and live performances from Russia; a sonic protrait of the Erasmus bridge in Rotterdam; indoor pieces and radio signals from Germany; and a film score from Tokyo. Digipak.
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|BURIAL HEX / IRON FIST OF THE SUN | Actaeon / Grown Under English Ice LP (CSR153LP) £15 / £18.50 / £22|
Superb trans-Atlantic Power Electronics / Death Industrial face-off between Wisconsin’s Burial Hex and Birmingham’s Iron Fist Of The Sun. Ltd x 500.
|ANNI HOGAN | Mountain CD / DVD DualDisc (CSR132CD) £16 / £17 / £18|
Artists Anni Hogan, Robert Strachan and Itchy Ear, film maker Bob Wass and mountaineer Cathy O’Dowd. Piano soundscapes inspired by Himalayan conquests.
|SKULLFLOWER | Fucked On A Pile Of Corpses CD (CSR151CD) £10 / £11 / £12|
The most remorseless, brutal Skullflower ever! Lo-fi primitive rock and granular lo-fi primitive Power Electronics.
|EMME YA | Atavistic Dreams & Phallic Totems CD (CSR127CD) £10 / £11 / £12 |
40 minutes of dense astral emanations and magickal paradigms transmitted through the ritual mantras generated by Emme Ya. Based on the mysterious African Dogon tribe.
HIRSUTE PURSUIT feat. BOYD RICE – ‘Boyd Keeps Swinging’ 12″ (CSR157EP)
HIRSUTE PURSUIT – ‘Tighten That Muscle Ring’ CD (CSR158CD)
HELDENTOD – ‘The Ghost Machine’ CD (CSR131CD)
|ALL AVAILABLE COLD SPRING TITLES|
• 8 Dec 11, Avant-Garden, Houston, TX (US) – with Black Leather Jesus, Steel Hook Prostheses, TEF
• 9 Dec 11, Elysium, Austin, TX (US).
• 17 Dec 11, 20 Jahre Loki Foundation, NATO, Leipzig (DE).
– with S.E.T.I., Bad Sector, Herbst9
• 18 Dec 11, The Victoria, Dalston, London (UK).
– with Konntinent, The Boats
• Dec 11-Mar 12, Worldwide tour.
• 12 Jan 12 – 25 May 12, ‘Vampyr’ tour. (UK) (DE)
IRON FIST OF THE SUN
• 2 Mar 12, The Victoria, London (UK)
– with Shift, Hal Hutchinson
SKULLFLOWER / PRURIENT
• 4-6 May 12, 30 Years Of Broken Flag, The Dome, London (UK).
– with Ramleh, Consumer Electronics, Controlled Bleeding, Con-Dom, The New Blockaders, Kleistwahr, Le Syndicat & more!
FULL DETAILS IN EVENTS SECTION
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|AIDAN BAKER – ‘Bach Eingeschaltet, Vierter Band’ 7″ (Reue Um Reue) – £12 / £13 / £14|
The fourth installment of “Bach Eingeschaltet” by Canadian guitar-drone hero Aidan Baker (Nadja) is a double-edged sword: his interpretations of the maestro are both the closest to the originals, almost academic in execution, and in the end the most deconstructive. The live arrangement for electric guitar of the famous cello suite ‘Prelude’ slowly but surely drowns in a mist of effects abuse, while the epic and lush metal-drone version of a menuet is carried away by Nadja-esque lumbering guitar chords in streams of boundless distortion. Packaged in a cardboard foldout sleeve and limited to just 166 (!!) hand-numbered copies on clear silver grey vinyl.
• All Aidan Baker Titles • All 7″ Vinyl
|ALL MY FAITH LOST – ‘Still White Air’ CD (Pocket Records) – £11 / £12 / £13|
This is a ‘best of’ compilation released exclusively for the band’s Chinese tour in 2011. Features tracks for “In A Sea, In A Lake, In A River… Or In A Teardrop”, “As You’re Vanishing In Silence”, “The Hours” and “Decade”. Features melancholic and romantic poetry, male and female vocals, acoustic and classic guitars, flutes and delicate synths… creating frail and profound, dark and ethereal moods. A wonderful excursion into the history of this Italian ethereal / romantic / darkwave act!
• All All My Faith Lost Titles
|ARGENTUM – ‘Aguilas De Libertad’ CD (UFA Muzak) – £11 / £12 / £13|
The new album from the Argentine team is a tremendous step forward from their previous works. At over an hour long, they present a lot more songs and live percussive instruments. A very original work combining combative military pop and neofolk songs with neoclassical and post-rock instrumental tracks in the spirit of O Paradis and Canaan. The lyrics of the album touch on the degeneration of modern society with modern man being colonised by consumerism. Presented in an A5 sleeve with 2 inserts.
• All Argentum Titles
|ASPECTEE – ‘Jour Cinq’ CD (Black Drone) – £11 / £12 / £13|
Second full-length album, following the debut “Morben” on First Fallen Star. Aspectee is a project of German musician Michael Frenkel (Evoke Scurvee). With “Jour Cinq” Aspectee presents a massive droning creation, dark and intense while transparent and organic at the same time. Over one hour of hypnotising music. This is the pure art of drone!
• All Aspectee Titles
|BJ NILSEN & STILLUPPSTEYPA – ‘Big Shadow Montana’ LP (Helen Scarsdale Agency)|
– £14 / £17.50 / £21
After producing their frozen trilogy of intoxicated dronemuzik for the Agency, these Scandinavian gentlemen have ventured into more absurdist territories through fictionalised soundtracks for imagined Mondo films and science fiction serials. It is in this context that BJ Nilsen & Stilluppsteypa present the apparitional “Big Shadow Montana”, an album of slow-motion delirium manifested in occluded smears, nocturnal gasps, and arcane tones from a variety of analogue synthesizers. A spiraling symphony of bubbling electronics and spectral drones that mutate on both sides of the record into lugubrious yet carnivalesque waltzes. A pyrrhic jubilation of calliope harmonies set down by organs and synths turning a pale-blue hue in the wake of all that white skin shivering underneath the arctic sky. Comes with a download code.
• All BJ Nilsen Titles • All LP/12″ Vinyl
|FATUM ELISUM – ‘Homo Nihilis’ CD (Aesthetic Death Records) – £10.50 / £11.50 / £12.50|
Four long tracks of awesome and epic Doom! Since their self-titled debut, Fatum Elisum have progressed and matured, and have now forged their own style of Doom, albeit with a healthy reference to the early 90s sounds of Cathedral, Paradise Lost and My Dying Bride. A thoughtful and melancholic album – with a stunning vocal display from Ende. 71 minutes long. Quality recording and great artwork – highly recommended album!
• All Fatum Elisum Titles
|IN SLAUGHTER NATIVES – ‘Insanity & Treatment’ 3 x CD (Infinite Fog Productions)|
– £26 / £28 / £30
The bloody awaited new release from the cult Swedish Industrial / Dark Ambient act! Jouni Havukainen has never released his records too often. In over 20 years of existence, ISN have produced just five full-length albums, each of which is an approachless peak in the history of dark music. “Insanity & Treatment” is a collection of the group’s live performances, the best of which have been carefully selected and remastered personally by the author. You’ll discover the legendary radio recording of Mort Aux Vaches, concerts in Madrid, France, Prague and Moscow. Rediscover classics such as ‘Purgate My Stain’, ‘Death, Just Only Death’ and ‘You Are The Dead’. Features appearances from Tomas Pettersson (Ordo Rosarius Equilibrio), Kathleen Binder (Transistor) and Peter Andersson (Raison D’Etre). Ltd x 999 copies in a stunning digibook designed by Jerome Nougaillon (Propergol).
|KENTIN JIVEK – ‘Ode To Marmaele’ CD (None) – £9 / £10 / £11|
Kentin Jivek is an artist from Paris France. With “Ode…”, he returns to his trademark tri-lingual Neofolk style in French, English and Spanish, going one more step this time by adding German to his repertoire. He also showcases an array of vocal styles ranging from the melancholic styles of Current 93 to the straight up southern rock style of Days Of The New. Jivek showcases his skills in multi-instrumentality through guitar, piano, organ, percussion and experimental sounds. Slimline jewelcase.
• All Kentin Jivek Titles
|KEY – ‘Silver Moon Slumber’ CD (Anima Arctica) – £10.50 / £11.50 / £12.50|
Hailing from the cold but beautiful climes of Finland, Key are purveyors of dreamy and evocative Neofolk. “Silver Moon Slumber” is a beautiful album, at once trancelike and atmospheric, conjuring cold but joyous landscapes in the mind’s ear. Musically, the album’s architecture is built around jangling acoustic guitars, expressive basswork, and fluid drumming. Resonant and eerie vocals provide the direction for the music, which is occasionally supported by chimes or fiddle. Key are gloomy and at times heavy in that particularly Finnish folk music way; but they are also playful and uplifting.
|MAA – ‘Tuhkankantajat’ CD (Anima Arctica) – £10.50 / £11.50 / £12.50|
A groundbreaking band, right on the leading edge of what neofolk as a genre can be capable of. “Tuhkankantajat” draws together folk, classical, experimental, ambient and noise influences with quiet and organic perfection. Although built on a core of acoustic guitar, bass, drums, and pathos-laden Finnish vocals, MAA also use piano, chimes, strings, and various electrical devices. Each song invites us into a rich weave: introspective, sombre, edgy, emotionally complex. Mournful-wistful-joyous, weary elation, measured but indefatigable momentum. Aching beauty, inky and dark and heavy, yet dappled with sunlight like the earth in a primordial forest. “Tuhkankantajat” is darkness tempered with ecstasy; raw and sophisticated; deeply interior yet verging on the boundless. These Finnish masters have been quietly forging rich new possibilities for Neofolk. Ltd x 500 copies.
|NECROPHORUS – ‘Underneath The Spirit Of Tranquility (Redux Version)’ CD (Wrotycz)|
– £11 / £12 / £13
Necrophorus is a project of Peter Andersson (Raison D’Etre). “Underneath the Spirit of Tranquility” is a painted story canvas for the otherwise unreachable astral world. Adorned with esoteric ambience, one feels as though embarking on a path of inner ascension while breathing the immaterial tranquilities. This redux version of ‘Underneath the Spirit of Tranquility’ (originally released 1996) has been carefully re-mixed for enhanced experience and spiced up with two additional tracks. The artwork consists of drawings by Elinros Henriksdotter. 75mins of music. Comes in a folding outsize cover with 6 card inserts.
• All Necrophorus Titles
|NORDVARGR – ‘Re-Awaken’ CD (Eibon Records / Code666) – £11 / £12 / £13|
Revamped, remixed, remastered and expanded version of the long time sold out cult album “Awaken”. Thick, massive and utterly dark soundscapes of true black ambience coming from one of the founders of the now legendary Swedish industrial scene. Drones, strings and voices of the dead join forces in the cavernous cellar of Bohult. Comes in a stunning digisleeve with inner sleeve.
• All Nordvargr Titles
|PHURPA – ‘Trowo Phurnag Ceremony (Sacred Tibetan Music Of Bon Tradition)’ CD|
(Sketis Music) – £11 / £12 / £13
Tibetan Tantric overtone chanting in rgyud-skad style, throat singing. The ritual Tibetan instruments as used by the ensemble include the following: dunchen, gyaling, silnyen, bub, damaru, kanling, nga, shang. The ensemble adheres to the rgyud-skad tradition of Tantric overtone chanting. Recently reissued onto vinyl by Ideologic Organ / Editions Mego. Very few copies in stock – ACT FAST!
• All Phurpa Titles
|PYHÄ KUOLEMA – ‘Saavun Vaikken Kulkisi’ CD (Anima Arctica) – £10.50 / £11.50 / £12.50|
Pyhä Kuolema is a solo project of Mikko Pöyhönen after the Neofolk duo Tuhat Kuolemaa Sekunnissa disbanded. Out of the ruins grew something new, beautiful and fresh – the birth of an extremely intimate, emotional, personal, and spiritual solo-project. Traditional to the bone, ”Saavun Vaikken Kulkisi” brings forth a dozen of atmospheric, national romantic, extremely emotional and personal songs sung in Finnish. The style of playing and singing varies from solemn ritualistic Neofolk songs to troubadour-like playful approach to traditional folk. Ltd x 300 copies.
|SEWER GODDESS – ‘Verdigris’ 7″ (Baseborn) – £7 / £8 / £9|
The bodies of two teenage girls were discovered on Sunday, July 29, 1973 on a dirt road near Coquille, OR. Both were nude and each girl shot once in the chest. The weapon used in the killings was a .22 cal rifle. The teenagers had been on a hiking and camping trip in LaVerne Park when the two met Roger Lynn Green who would later kill the two girls without provocation in a sudden and spontaneous act of violence. “Verdigris” was released on the 37th anniversary of the murders as a commemoration of sorts. The focus of this record is on the two victims Kathleen Marie Bechtel & Vicki Louise Fawcett. Fetid Death industrial. 2nd edition in a black print on grey sleeve with insert.
• All Sewer Goddess Titles • All 7″ Vinyl
|SPIRACLE – ‘Ananta’ 2 x CD (Helen Scarsdale Agency) – £15 / £16 / £17|
Hitoshi Kojo (aks Spiracle) professes to have some difficulties in falling asleep. When sleep comes to him, it can often arrive at dawn, when the colours of the sun begin to break through the darkness of night. Ananta is a twin set of compositions that urge the listener toward a dreamless sleep-state, while reflecting the glowing warmth of a blossoming sunrise. In constructing the two variations of Ananta, Kojo began with finely tuned drones extracted from a Dilruba and a Sarangi, and applied a process of merging sympathetic field recordings and other tonal interferences alongside those instrumental sounds. The resulting pieces are elliptically static drone compositions that brightly shimmer with hues of gold, crimson, and aquamarine. Ltd x 300 copies.
• All Spiracle Titles
|SUI GENERIS UMBRA – ‘Ater’ CD (Dying Art Productions) – £11 / £12 / £13|
Sui Generis Umbra is the new guise of Polish act Umbra. Dark haunted occult music, similar to Aghast. The music of Umbra has a special, magical, dark and secret atmosphere. It flows out of a lonely heart which belongs to a creature from another world. A world with no time, a world freed from reality. Hidden in the world of solitude and darkness, living among the old superstitions Lady Lugalla describes a world in which the unreal coexists with the real. Howling of the distant wind, scornful yells, the singing of bells playing the demons’ song called Ater. A song which comes straight out of the depths of Lady Lugalla’s heart. A spell that takes the listener on a trip to the magical world of The Witch! Originally released in 2000 by Fluttering Dragon, now re-issued with new artwork in an edition of 500 copies.
• All Sui Generis Umbra Titles
|WHISPERS OF GHOSTS – ‘Simultaneous Silence’ CD (Black Drone) – £11 / £12 / £13|
Second release from Mexican act Whispers Of Ghosts. 7 tracks of ethereal, neoclassical, ambient, darkwave which form the soundtrack to a short movie of the same name by Erick F. Rivera. Also contains an extra 4 bonus tracks from the early demo recording “Forest Of Shadows”, which has been completely remastered. Remember: “Always listen to your ghosts…”
• All Whispers Of Ghosts Titles
|YAN JUN – ‘Music For Listening On The Moon’ CD (Kwanyin Records) – £13 / £14 / £15|
One hour of continual sound, entwined with the other dim sounds of your room. “Music For Listening On The Moon” is a continuation of “Wormhole Trip OST” (Kwanyin, 2009). “A contemplative album of innerspace travel. The album transcends its humble productions of sinusoidal flutterings of pedal sourced feedback and squiggling aquatic field recordings treated with ring modulation, as Yan seeks a radically different approach to the cosmic listening embarked by the likes of Cluster and Tangerine Dream, whose baroque expansiveness has been subsumed by the vacuum of outerspace, with just those two sources intertwining in an endless mobius strip of silvery drone and pointilist tactility. It sounds more like Steve Roden taking over an Asmus Tietchens album and allowing the electronically treated sounds and tones to organically evolve into a radiant blossom instead of the purposefully cold and sometimes stiff compositions that Tietchens often produces” (Aquarius). Digipak.
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ASBAAR – ‘Corona Veli Aurei’ CD (Black Drone) – £11 / £12 / £13
Asbaar is a new dark ambient musical project by Marc Merinee (Eldar). “Asbaar is a meeting with our ancestors who speak to us in our dreams, and teach us how to run our lives, everything that lies between the energies that move the world. To hear is to connect with our collective conscience, irrational consciousness that unites all living things together with all the energy that moves the universe.” (Marc Merinee). 6-panel digipak.
ENEMITE – ‘Wuyuan’ CD (Dying Art Productions) – £11 / £12 / £13
Enemite offer angry and dense atmospheres; more of a ceremony, a circle of forming. Lost in the noise of hell, an evil creature wanders up and down forever. “Please close the doors and windows to turn off the light and listen alone!” Dark, gloomy and sinister. Death-inspired Ritual Ambient with an inherent Chinese feel. Comes in a stark A5 B&W gatefold sleeve / “ecopack” with insert and Chinese text throughout. Ltd x 1000 copies.
HYPNOZ – ‘Breath Of Earth’ CD (Zhelezobeton) – £11 / £12 / £13
Hypnoz is a project of Dmitry Zubov, a Moscow musician, who endowed lovers of post-industrial music with such names as Hum and Staruha Mha. Since 1993 Hypnoz has released one CD on Russian label Insofar Vapour Bulk, which gathered tracks from different periods and a couple of very limited editions. The basis of most of the tracks for “Breath of Earth” was recorded by Dmitry together with Evgeny Voronovsky (Cisfinitum) during their joint night psychedelic sessions, and this is evidently felt in their mood. Stylistically this can be called tranquil electronic ambient with a remarkable experimental touch. Slowly twisting sound helixes, drawing inside the astral subspaces, pulsating rhythms, cosmic sounds of old analogue synths. Outsize package. Ltd x 500 copies.
IRR. APT. (EXT.) – ‘Kreiselwelle’ CD (Helen Scarsdale Agency) – £11 / £12 / £13
Irr. app. (ext.) is a project of Californian M.S. Waldron (recent live member of Nurse With Wound). “Kreiselwelle” (“Spiral Wave”) is the third and final installment to a body of works composed under the influence of Wilhelm Reich, the unorthodox 20th Century psychologist. Waldron returns to the same collection of field recordings which began this trilogy; however, he restricted himself to those with spiralling origins: resonating springs, the ocean cyclically churning over pebbles on the beach, the wafting of air around various objects… A richly dark and oddly serene amalgamation. Nice artwork with spot varnishing.
ZHURONG – ‘Zhurong’s Anger’ MCD (Dying Art Productions) – £9 / £10 / £11
Reissue of the great fantastic debut from this Chinese act (Ltd x 100 copies, 2005). “Zhurong’s Anger” (“Anger Of The Fire God”) is a Cathay Martial, dark ambient epic about the Qin Dynasty’s invincible legion. 4 tracks of dark, solemn and despotic music. Ltd x 500 copies in a card sleeve with printed paper inner sleeve and insert. Chinese import.
VARIOUS ARTISTS – ‘It Just Is (In Memoriam: Jhonn Balance)’ 2 x CD
(Fulldozer Records / Nocharizma) – £12.50 / £13.50 / £14.50
Dedicated to the memory of Jhonn Balance (1962-2004) of Coil. Feat: The Threshold Houseboy’s Choir (Peter Christopherson), Thighpaulsandra (feat. Balance), Theodor Bastard, Kotra, Alec Empire, Chris Connelly, Phillip Klinger (PBK), KK Null, Alexei Borisov, COH, Alva Noto, Scanner, H.H.T.P., Noises Of Russia, Kryptogen Rundfunk and many more. Russian import.
Over n` out!!
THE COLD SPRING TEAM