New release from Edweird! “The Hunt for Blue Harvest” available now!

SU0013_lgCover_72dpiSoiled Utilities Productions is proud to present the first full length album by Edweird since 2011’s  Day Trip To The Insane Asylum.

The Hunt for Blue Harvest is a short story told in sweeping soundscapes about grand space exploration, cosmic battles, great escapes, and… awww who are we kidding. It’s a blatant homage to one of the greatest movies ever made. Minus the lens flares of course.

Recorded primarily live in the studio with very few overdubs during the fall of 2015 and mixed and mastered early winter this is a small taste of what we hope are grander things to come from Edweird.

You can listen to and purchase it from our BandCamp page in multiple formats including FLAC and MP3. Also included is a PDF copy of the liner notes and CD gatefold suitable for printing.

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The Body-I Shall Die Here

IShallDieHereI Shall Die Here is the fourth studio album by American sludge metal band The Body. Released on April 1, 2014 through RVNG Intl. record label, the album was produced by British electronic musician The Haxan Cloak.

It’s rare sometimes that a recording comes along that won’t allow you to skip tracks. This is one such record. From the opening pummel of “To Carry the Seeds of Death Within Me” to the final track “Darkness Surrounds Us” with it’s reverb drenched violin dancing thru the stereo field nothing feels  like filler. The album feels like a post apocalyptic statement on the cruelty of life itself, and is breathtakingly intense and dynamic.

I’m in awe of The Haxen Cloak on any given day, but the production here is impeccable. If this band collaborated with him again I would buy that record without a second thought nor a need to hear it first.

This album begs for a good set of headphones, a single lit candle, and a thunderstorm off in the distance.

A+

This album can be purchased direct from RVNG.

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The Haxen Cloak-Excavation

HaxanExcavationBritish musician and producer Bobby Krlic takes a step forward with his second full length album as The Haxen Cloak. Released in 2013 and using more electronic gear than the self titled album, this album is an amazing work of sound sculpture. Dark and brooding with some seriously well placed bass drops and field recordings I find myself inspired to take my time and more care in my own work.
The producer in me wants to meet Krlic just so I can pick his brain. I’m in awe of the opening of “Excavation (Part 2)”. Sonically it sounds like a collection of dot matrix printers were ran thru a harmonizer or pitch shifter then some heavy deal and reverb only to be tossed around the stereo field like so much flotsam.  Chaos from order.
The use of bass really stands out on the track “Mara” as it slowly builds up under the whirring noise element that sounds like a bull roar. Suddenly colliding together into a lumbering monstrous war zone replete with sirens in the back ground. Simply stunning.
The final 13 minute track “The Drop” is beautiful in it’s synth chimes and analog bass synth tones until, near the mid point, they devolve into a near harmonica and string mix flows over a low growl. Percussion slowly building into a militant driving menacing force. Mind blown.
A+
Album available for purchase from Amazon.
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Nisennenmondai-Live at Clouds Hill

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Nisennenmondai are a Tokyo-based instrumental trio who make music that is both raw and danceable in equal measure. They formed in 1999 and took their name from the Japanese translation of the then-current phrase “Y2K bug.
Live at Clouds Hill is the first record I’ve bought from them and what an entry point. The opening track simply titled “A” is a lengthy drum and guitar track that blends house-like dance beats using live drums along with hyper effects drenched semi-ambient guitar work. I streamed this track from Boomkat and it grabbed me enough that I bought the record
As strong as the opening track is, the rest of the record doesn’t deliver quite the same way. It’s not that the rest of the record is bad. It just doesn’t build the same way as “A”. The next best standout track is “B-1” which touches on some of the same themes as “A” without directly copying it. Slightly more up tempo with much more sparse guitar flourishes, “B-1” is a solid track.
B+
The album can be purchased here.
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KK Null-Eternal Implosion

Eternal_ImplosionKazuyuki Kishino has been making harsh music for decades, both as a solo artist and as the leader of noise rock band Zeni Geva. He also has a cute Chihuahua.
I’ve been following his work since first having Zeni Geva’s Desire for Agony thrust on me. It was their show at Alvin’s in Detroit in 1993 that caused my ears to ring for three days. I’ll never forget how Kaxuyuki asked the sound guy to bring up the vocals in the mix. The guy shrugged at him and essentially said, “Your maxed.”
Eternal Implosion is probably my favorite album from his solo work. A stellar piece from a magnificent discography. It’s one track. The piece opens as if someone is taking a sledge hammer to a piano sound board. In a catacomb. Then that sledgehammer is tossed into space. Spinning and spinning thru space and time being knocked aside casually by forces much stronger then itself only to come back around to that piano sound board.
The secret to this track is something I found quite by accident. As a commuter I do most of my listening in the car either on my way to or from my day job. My phone was set to loop playlists and I caught myself not realizing when the track ended and didn’t care. It loops back on itself perfectly. I went through it two and a half times during my ride to work that day and didn’t mind. Highly recommended for those looking for an entree point into the noise and harsh noise music scene as this is very well thought out and “musical” composition.
Purchase it here.
A+
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The Sea and Cake – Car Alarm

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I admit readily that I’m a huge fan of The Sea and Cake ever since purchasing The Fawn at a gone but not forgot record store in Chicago called The Quaker Goes Deaf in 1997. Formed a few years earlier in that same city and releasing the bulk of their work on the Thrill Jockey label, The Sea and Cake have been one of the more consistent bands that I have in my collection.
Prior to the release of this album, my two favorite records of theirs were The Biz and Oui. I place this record amongst them in quality and craftsmanship. More raucous than their earlier work with a much more raw guitar sound on much of the record than I was expecting, it really straddles between the familiar and the new quite well.
The high spots for me are:
“A Fuller Moon” – A high rev Bossa Nova style song reminiscent of the Biz with some light calypso touches from the steel drums two thirds of the way into the track with a very nice interplay between the guitar and steel drums near the end.
“Car Alarm” – This is the perfect blend of the new and familiar. Grittier guitars even in the quieter parts yet still has that up tempo Bossa Nova approach that the Sea and Cake are known for.
“CMS Sequence” – One would think this small analog synth driven piece would be the weak link on the album but I bought this record at the same time I purchased Sam Prekop’s great solo synth record The Republic. This track is brief prelude to that and makes total sense to me.
From the upbeat and dynamic opening rocker of “Aerial” thru the the steel drum flourish of “Mirrors” this is a solid effort thru and thru. If you’ve never heard The Sea and Cake and wanted a starting point this is not a bad place to jump on, but I would urge you to dig further into the back catalog.
Grade A
You an purchase this record direct from Thrill Jockey here.
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New Site

Holy crap folks! We’ve stayed with the same old layout for too long. A fresh start is what was needed. Please, snoop around. You’ll find this site to be way more efficient than the last two. We’ve simplified things a great deal and have plans to update content more frequently.

We’ve created an album review page called “The Noise” where we will have album reviews of artists from all over the world including embedded links to the album when possible. Artists can submit their work for review thru our contact form.

The Store page now has embedded players from our BandCamp page. No need to go their until you’re ready to buy something. Listen to your hearts content.

 

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