Another eclectic mix of new music that there was not space for on my radio shows. There is material from Owl, Ryan McGregor, Jeff Gburek, Anatomy of Habit, BIG|BRAVE, Clouds Taste Satanic, TFS, Tomistoma, eLa, Eugene Chadbourne, Fella Cederbaum, and, Robert Forster.
Owl – A King For Every Mountain – Geomancy : The band was formed in 2007 delivering proto-metal, twin harmonies, and doom. By 2010, an album’s worth of material had been developed by Jackson, California brothers Axell Baechle (guitars, vocals, piano) and Alexander (A.K.) Baechle (guitars, vocals) which piqued the interest of industrious local artist, drummer, and yes, third brother, Clint Baechle. They played their first show at a barbecue in the proving ground of Oakland’s then house scene. Their self-titled LP followed in November 2012. Owl toured for more than two years before releasing the full-length Screech on tape in 2014 and vinyl in 2015. Original bassist Melanie Burkett eventually left the band amicably to pursue endeavours outside of music. Enter Jamie Sanitate, the ultimate Iron Maiden fan. Sanitate’s NWOBHM-influenced bass playing buoyed the band through a period of intermittent touring while they grappled with new ideas. Finally in 2018, “Awaken The Mountain” was released as a single, highlighting the band’s heavy-prog interests. Now we have their ambitious Geomancy long player which employs out fuzzed riffing in an epic context which echo Iron Maiden, Scorpions, Thin Lizzy, and King Crimson.
Ryan Mc Gregor – Row On Row – Through Flood, Through Fire : Another release from the excellent Ramble Records. Recorded between the fall of 2020 and Spring of 2022 at the Ranch in Los Angeles and mom’s place in Ormond Beach.FL respectively. Track titles inspired by writings of Janet Frame. Released February 13, 2023 All music composed, performed recorded and mixed by Ryan McGregor who plays Electric and acoustic guitars, effects, penny whistle.
Jeff Gburek – Corduroy Cascade – Corduroy Cascade : Ramble Records. Recorded at various locations between 2000 – 2022. Polish based guitarist, multi-instrumentalist and composer Jeff Gburek follows up his wonderful album of solo guitar Vigilance Suite I & II with the abstract multi-textured Corduroy Cascade. Using the electric guitar as a reference Jeff utilises synthesiser, zither, voice, walkie-talkies, field recordings and even horse shoes on these eight spontaneous compositions.
Anatomy Of Habit – Black Openings – Black Openings – reviewed HERE
BIG|BRAVE – carvers, farriers and knaves – nature morte : the elemental ensemble of guitarist/vocalist Robin Wattie, guitarist Mathieu Ball, and drummer Tasy Hudson, harness an earthen heaviness composed of distorted and textural drones, austere bombast, and Wattie’s heart-rending voice. Like recent collaborators The Body, BIG|BRAVE is at the forefront of reconfiguring the landscape of heavy music. The trio brandish sparseness and density like weapons, cast tense atmospheres with languid tempos and mutate feedback into eruptions of enveloping tempests. nature morte sharpens BIG|BRAVE’s ferocity and expansive sound into emotional elegies for the disenfranchised, wringing abstracted textures and pure fervence into songs of unfathomable mass. The title nature morte is the French term for still life paintings whose literal translation is “dead nature”. BIG|BRAVE colour the songs of nature morte with unease, creating an air of beauty in decay, chords suspended in contemplative stillness. Wattie’s experiences structuring lyrics and song forms on The Body & BIG|BRAVE’s Leaving None But Small Birds informed her work on nature morte, creating stories that, like many folk tales, are at once specific and universal. Wattie’s voice manages to be commanding and vulnerable with impressive range and intimacy. Even her gasps carve their way through the tidal crash of Ball’s distortion wail and the pummel of Hudson’s drums. “the fable of subjugation” conveys pain through strained drones free of time, an aching minimalism that withers slowly before bursting in an outright roar. nature morte is an excavation of dark inner chasms of feelings both ineffable and visceral. The album tackles the folly of hope, the consequences of trauma, often centres on the subjugation of femininity in all its pluralities.
Clouds Taste Satanic – Flames and Demon Drummers – Tales Of Demonic Possession : A 4-song double album clocking in at 1 hour and 19 minutes of hypnotising instrumental doom.
TFS – 1983 (A Merman I Should Turn To Be) – Subversive Behaviour : The Nagambie Speedway four cover a Hendrix classic from Electric Ladyland
Tomistoma – THE CRUSADE (i. “No Man’s Land” – ii. “Your Name On A Missile” – iii. “Holy Warrior”) – Savagery EP : Tomistoma’s 13th release brims with excellent keyboard sounds and prog dynamics. A treat throughout from Cai Brown
eLa – Blossoms In The Sun – Blossoms In The Sun : preview track from the new Daniel Cunnington project with Angela Wilkinson
Eugene Chadbourne – Eventually – What’s Been Baking : Ramble is excited to announce that veteran avant-garde guitarist and improvisor Eugene Chadbourne’s ‘What’s Been Baking’ will was released on Feb 24. Drawing on blues, folk, free jazz, and Appalachian traditions, the good doctor returns to the stripped down format of solo guitar and banjo for an album of genuine outsider free folk – filled with his Inimitable and frenetic playing and irreverent humour.
Fella Cederbaum – How Do You Know? – Speech Acrobats A multi-award-winning Poet, Composer, Author, Short Film Director Fella Cederbaum aka MahnoDahno, has been internationally recognized for her soulful insight into the deepest issues of human existence. Her poetry offers an inspiration, self-exploration and most of all wakes up busy minds to reflect. So crucial in these challenging times.
Robert Forster – When I Was A Young Man – The Candle And The Flame : from RF’s latest album.