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Artist: The Sand Rays
Title: A Mysterious Disc
Format: 3" MiniCD
Label: The Ceiling (@)
Rated: *****
This is another mysterious disc. I have previously reviewed one of these mysterious discs by The Infant Cycle and it was quite enjoyable, if mysterious. I had not heard of the Sand Rays, but this seems to be yet another of Jim DeJong’s monikers. So with this mystery revealed, let’s get into the music itself. This is technically two tracks, but the second one is only 9 seconds, so the bulk of the disc is taken up by the first track. This is lovely, complex drone in the vein of Troum. There is a lot going on here, like listening to a chorus of synth in a windstorm. Halfway through it fakes you out by fading out, only to start again, then end, then become more noisy and crackling with sound cutting out and suddenly decreasing, then increasing in volume like your speakers are going out.
Track 2 is 9 seconds of incredibly quiet drone. So far, I have yet to hear a mysterious disc that I didn't enjoy. Quite nice. This album weighs in at around 21 minutes.


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Artist: This Is What I Hear When You Talk
Title: Love Died With You
Format: 3" MiniCD
Label: Inner Demons Records
Rated: *****
This Is What I Hear When You Talk is the harsh noise wall project of Dan Fox, the man behind the Inner Demons label. He has been pretty busy lately with this, and sent several of his recent releases in this batch to review. Let’s see what this one is like, starting with disc 1. If you are looking for his wall of noise material, this isn't it. This is heavy, subterranean drone. It is constantly evolving, and shifting, but remains dark and heavy. When you consider the title of the album, you get a sense of what sorrow sounds like. Really nice listening. Disc 2 consists of one long sine wave of tone that pulses ever so slightly and has little bits of sound buried so far underneath it that you begin to wonder if they really are there. One thing I will say for this is that when it is over, your ears are incredibly aware that it is gone. If disc 1 was the depression that comes after loss, then this one seems to evoke the numbness that comes after you have run out of tears. For me, this was a mixed bag. Disc 1 was great, but disc 2 was too static for my tastes. It does make for an interesting backing track though. When you listen to this, let your mind wander and bring in all of the other noises around you (in the spirit of Cage's 4:33). This set weighs in at 42 minutes and is limited to 42 copies.





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Artist: This Is What I Hear When You Talk
Title: Didn’t / Couldn’t
Format: 3" MiniCD
Label: Inner Demons Records
Rated: *****
This Is What I Hear When You Talk is the noise wall project of Dan Fox, the man behind the Inner Demons label. He has been pretty busy lately with this, and sent several of his recent releases in this batch to review. So let’s see what this one is like. Disc one is simply titled “Didn't.” This is slightly warbling drone, with some underlying synth that pulses along like a heartbeat in the track. This would be right at home in the soundtrack to a 1950s sci-fi movie. “Couldn't” is drone of a different kind. This is heavy bass drone with an ominous feel to it. There is slight variation throughout, but like a lot of TIWIHWYT material, the goal seems to be to carry on a particular mood for the entire track. I like the feel of both of these tracks, but I would have liked for him to do more with them. They do make pretty good background music for reading or doing other work. If you want something to just kind of sink into, this would do the trick. This set weighs in at 40 minutes and is limited to 42 copies.




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Artist: This Is What I Hear When You Talk
Title: Untitled (IN 078)
Format: 3" MiniCD
Label: Inner Demons Records
Rated: *****
This Is What I Hear When You Talk is the harsh noise wall project of Dan Fox, the man behind the Inner Demons label. I have had some mixed reviews of this project in the past, but this one was rather enjoyable. Begins with low end drone. This has some slight buzzing that rises and falls throughout the track. The overall effect is like standing inside of a power plant in the summer. There is a calm hum that fluctuates with the immediate electricity needs of the community. All around you, you are vaguely aware of the cicadas buzzing nearby. This is music that shifts incrementally, but the movement is there. The overall effect is peaceful and hypnotic. Suddenly, it’s over. This album consists of one 21 minute track and is limited to 42 copies.



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Artist: t. r. hand & The Glove of Bones
Title: The Fifth Sun
Format: Download Only (MP3 + Lossless)
Label: Submarine Broadcasting Company


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This new 5 track EP from Adrian Nicholls' project Glove Of Bones is a tricky melange of samples, basslines, dubby lo-fi hip hop beats, structured ambience and concept.
The semi-naive colourful cover art indicates the surprisingly optimistic mood in midst the chaos of changes related to the year of the rat (as per the Chinese zodiac) as in "Hip Metal Rat", the Age of Aquarius and Aztec Myths on the circles of creation and recreation, hence the title track "Fifth Sun".
The current turmoil of events leaves no one entirely unaffected and here The Glove Of Bones with the aid of t.r. hand or vica versa steer through the waves of changes showing love, care, passion and the will to find the positive aspects and possibilities. Detailed soundwork, well crafted rhythm constructions and layers of well used samples without getting lost in the abstract.

I currently hardly make a day without listening to this at least once (26 Minutes total length is not too long here), especially as the concluding track "Cusp" tops it off with a beautiful hypnotic sequence paired with a women narrator and an unusual delayed upbeat which qualifies to me as one of the highlights of this year.




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