Thursday, November 21, 2013
AST035: HALF HIGH – SHAPELESS ADVICE 7”
Half High is a Sydney duo made of up of Lucy Phelan (Lucy Cliché, Knitted Abyss) and Matthew Hopkins (Four Door, Hochman & Hopkins), both previously of Naked On The Vague. This 7”, the first on Altered States, features two tracks of the same uneasy ambience presented by the group on their debut cassette (now on vinyl care of R.I.P. Society) released earlier in the year. The A-side is predominantly synth and tapes at work. The B-side is vastly more industrial. Maltreated vocals float over a distorted thud. 150 copies on black vinyl. $10 + post.
Friday, October 25, 2013
Friday 8th of November
James Rushford & Joe Talia
The following day The Mermaids and a slew of other excellent artists who've released stuff on Altered States in the past play the Breakdance The Dawn showcase at 107 Projects in Redfern. Should be a ripper weekend.
Sunset Flips (Crabby Bogman + Cock Safari) cassette. Listen here. Available from Grog Pappy or from me soon.
Crabby Bogman / Cock Safari split CS. 60 minutes of fun-filled looped musique concrete and synth confusion! Listen to excerpts here. This and releases from Altered States and Mazurka available from Distort.
Thursday, October 24, 2013
AST036 – TEEN AX – “FORBIDDEN LOVE” C19
Sydney duo Teen Ax, made up of Sam Chiplin (Housewives) and Toney McKey (the almighty Pleasure Bros), have been making a cacophonous noise for the last few years now with releases on Mazurka Editions and their own Street Muscle imprint. In contrast to their usual balls-out wall of guitar noise style scree, this is a much creepier affair. Guitars are the primary source in this drooling tangle, but silence figures just as heavily. Sounds pretty close to some of the sounds issued by Breakdance The Dawn over the last millennia.
AST037 – ORINOKOFLO – “WHITE ETHNIC” C54
An uncovered gem recorded straight to tape before Orinokoflo played their last show in Newcastle late last year. Woozy synth textures, beats and dense atmospherics feature, kinda sounding like a lost Radiophonic experiment in parts. Same recording on both sides.
AST038 - VDO – “FISH TANK FULL OF COINS” c60
One part Mouving (Joshua Petherick) and other part Moffarfarrah, et al (Christopher LG Hill), VDO specialise in etching dense webs of manipulated tape sampling. Plundered synth bleeps, new age muzak and tape screeches form a miasma of (un)easy listening. Mmm, fishy.
Tuesday, September 10, 2013
Saturday, August 17, 2013
Recorded at The Gasometer, 03/08/13 by Harriet Stewart.
Wednesday, July 3, 2013
I never thought I'd get hip to e-commerce, but Altered States now has a bandcamp page where you can listen to tracks and buy stuff if that's what you do. More will be uploaded soon.
To everyone who has asked about the Feral Flotsam comps - there will be some copies available really soon, just sorting out some packaging shortages. More new releases soon, including a 7" by Half High and tapes by a whole bunch of people. Until then, live free or die hard.
Saturday, June 29, 2013
AST029: STATIC CLEANER LOST REWARD - $MILE$ C36
I feel like I’ve been sitting on this release for an eternity. SCLR = sounds created by Tarquin Manek, member of Bum Creek and numerous other entities. Static Cleaner sees Manek using similar tools as he would under Thug Quota (another of his solo projects), here the gtr/drum/clarinet/whatever else forges lo-fried psych. Looped hallucinations in the vein of Lamborghini Crystal, but wholly unique.
AST033: UNWAR – SLEEP DOPE C60
Unwar is a relatively recent guise cultivated by Michael Donelley, curator of the MYMWLY / Hashram collectives and grand dragoon in rituals including 6majik9, Sun Of The Seventh Sister, No Guru, et al. None of this is especially relevant to Unwar though, as the order here is synthesiser music from eras past, albeit firmly planted in the present. I’d describe Sleep Dope as kosmiche if the word didn’t reek of record-collector semen. Sections of ecstatic alignment are bookended by slightly more concealed glimmers. A long stretch of space to get lost in.
AST034: ORINOKOFLO – ARNICA C34
Orinokoflo was a short-lived Melbourne trio made up of Sam Kenna (Radio CaCa, Castings), Mark Leacy (Cistern Corrupt, Castings) and Cooper Bowman (Flat Fix, Junk Sick). The point being made here was druggy, beat-driven weirdness. The halfway point between Idea Fire Company and Hieroglyphic Being? Maybe not. But the names dropped give you some indication of what was being attempted. Following one of the four shows that we played, someone labelled us “electronic free jazz”. That’ll do. This is Orinokoflo’s first release proper and probably the last.