Monday, May 8, 2017

CORY STRAND "REALLY I DON'T" CDR (AOW 473)

New ambient drone EP.  This recording began as an HNW piece, but i ran it through so much reverb and additional "murkifiers" that it no longer has an sense of harshness; it's a wall reduced to its most base elements.  Severely empty stuff.
Packaged in a regular jewel case and released in a limited edition of 6 hand-numbered copies.  $7 ppd. in the United States, $23 rest of world.

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CORY STRAND "INTO THE COLD" CDR (AOW 472)

New full length recording of bleak drone ambient.  "Into The Cold" is comprised of two larger pieces composed alongside the material i've been working on for Zero Sum Recordings.  It's dense, it's engulfing and oceanic; it's completely sad and forlorn.
Packaged in a regular jewel case and released in a limited edition of 6 hand-numbered copies.  $7 ppd. in the United States, $23 rest of world.

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Thursday, May 4, 2017

CHIER "THE MADNESS IS THE METHOD" 5CDR BOX SET (AOW 469)

Very pleased to be releasing this massive box set of recordings from Chier, who has become one of my very favorite HNW artists currently in the scene.  This box set is inspired by, and a tribute to, the ethereal, eerie works of photographer Lauren Simonetti, who crafted truly unsettling work without the use of digital manipulations or retouchings (all of her effects were done in-camera.)  This method of working mirrors Chier's approach to HNW: no digital manipulations, no post-editing.  The artist behind Chier builds many of his own pedals and synths, giving the project's recordings a sound like no other.  For me, Chier's HNW is what HNW is supposed to sound like: it is dirty, lofi, sepulchral, distant, muffled, huge, majestic, and engulfing.  I am very honored to be releasing this work; it is simply an amazing set of varied and haunting HNW compositions.
Packaged as a 5-disc set, with each disc housed in an individual DVD case with its own unique artwork utilizing the photos of Simonetti.  The five discs are packaged in a cardboard box with a paste-on cover; each set includes a numbered insert.  Released in a limited edition of 10 hand-numbered copies.  $40 ppd. in the United States, $56 rest of world.

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NECROTIK FISSURE "SHIFTING INSIDE THE ANCIENT SURFACE" CDR (AOW 468)

A crushing onslaught of true, gargantuan HNW from Necrotik Fissure, the prolific project of Daniel Kozma, who runs the fine experimental label The Level Of Vulnerability.  "Shifting Inside The Ancient Surface" is a dense, fiercely crackling, hyper-aggressive 66 minute wall that will appease fans of extreme audio severity as well as those looking to dive deep into textures and tonalities.  As intoxicating through the headphones as it is leveling your speakers.
Packaged in a regular CD jewel case with extremely minimal artwork and insert.  Released in a limited edition of 12 hand-numbered copies.  $10 ppd. in the United States, $26 rest of world.

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Saturday, April 8, 2017

CHLOE STEVENS "DEBUT" 3XC20 SET (AOW 456)

Chloe Stevens is a new collaborative project between myself and Scott Kindberg (She Walks Crooked.)  There's no greater idea at work here-we just wanted to make an awesome noise project in honor of one of our favorite people, Chloe Sevigny.  The pieces were created by Scott and myself through a process of continuous trading and layering; you'll hear echoes of our individual approaches, but overall it becomes difficult to tell exactly who did what (which to me is the symbol of a great collaboration.)  The sounds here are definitely HNW, but they're tweaked to a degree; there's a definite sadness and melancholy to these six pieces, as well as aggression.  But there is also an element of beauty and yearning at work, and a cold, distanced sort of disdain.  It's different than what you'd expect from either of us, I think, but it's HEAVY.
The presentation for this set is insane, and it took an enormous amount of planning, resources, and execution.  Layout and design was done by the misery chick.  Each cassette is packaged separately, with unique exterior and interior artwork utilizing some of our fave images of Chloe from her film and fashion work, and housed in individual slipcases.  The three cassettes are then bound with an OBI strip, and housed in a small canvas bag.  Each set comes with some additional inserts and a button.  This is one of the most ambitious AOW releases, and really one of the most beautiful.  I'm beyond proud of it, in terms of both aesthetic and sound.
Released in a limited edition of 10 hand-numbered copies.  $35 ppd. in the United States, $51 rest of world.
There will be no repress of this, so if you are interested, don't hesitate!

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BRIDE WORE BLACK + PHANTASM NOCTURNES "SHE WAS BEFORE THE GODS" SINGLE-SIDED C52 (AOW 467)

Awesome new collaborative cassette from Bride Wore Black and Phantasm Nocturnes, a super-intense series of three pieces that form a suite of sorts.  The sounds here range from creepy, empty and hollowed out-ambient to raging, venom-filled PE style explosions and all-out noise terror to eastern-sounding trickles of melodies and synth gurgles.  Layers upon layers of sounds here, a masterful display of orchestration and arrangement.  This stuff sounds ancient, dusty, and severely evil-or perhaps simply unbound by time or morality.  If you're familiar with either project's solo work, then you know that both artists are adept at creating suffocating, horror-infused atmosphere of ambience and noise.  Together, they've created a work of immense power, suffused with an aura of raw, sanity-destroying terror.  Fucking amazing work, highly recommended!
Released in a limited edition of 20 hand-numbered copies.  $8 ppd. in the United States, $24 rest of world.

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BRUISING PATTERN "WHAT DOES MY HAPPINESS AMOUNT TO?" C40 (AOW 471)

Brand new full-length release from this young HNW project out of Austria.  Bruising Pattern trafficks in a dense, crushing, bleak and forlorn style of wallcraft; the two tracks on this cassette deal out a heavy dose of emotional pain and droning, embittered sonics.  Enervating and exhausting in the best possible way, with layers of sound attacking and retreating across each track's span.  Total desolation and despair.  There will be a split between Bruising Pattern and Eugene Critchley in the future.
Released in a limited edition of 10 hand-numbered copies.  $10 ppd. in the United States, $26 rest of world.

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