Rime Trails – Smoldering

This track “Smoldering” evokes a desolate landscape either on a forgotten world or, simply, forgotten on our own world. Long, understated, and sad or wistful, depending on your mood, this track clocks in at nearly 12 minutes, and from personal experience, I can tell you it makes good ‘study’ music. Danish artist Rime Trails published this track early in the year, but leaves us with virtually no background information, so my best recommendation is simply to keep checking back on their soundcloud.

Dan

Oliver Jensen – Rosemary

Feeling a little wistful here at polishdownpour and to cap it off I’m sharing this beautiful piece from Berlin via Sweden composer, Oliver Jensen, simply titled “Rosemary”. Some trickery happening with the instrumentation lineup which sounds greatly like harp, then piano, then strings, all weaving in and out; miraculously cohering to one another, lilting to make the mindflowers sway.

Dan

Blanck Mass – Silent Treatment

Sporadic and beautiful typically aren’t two terms that coincide in music or reality, but on this track from Blanck Mass, the two are inexorably adhered. Most words aren’t necessary here, and writer Benjamin John Power keeps the intelligible phrases to a minimum with just enough room to interpret for one’s self. World Eater, the name of Blanck Mass’ upcoming release is due out March 3.

Erich

Walter Maioli, Fred Gales, Pit Piccinelli – Amazonia 6891

This 17-minute clip offers us some insight into the highly experimental collection of sounds, field recordings, voices, etc., collected and arranged by Walter Maioli, Fred Gales, and Pit Piccinelli in the 1980s and resurfacing for public consumption recently. A deliciously immersive aural experience, the trio attempted to capture the true experience in both literal audible terms and psychologicallywith  in their arrangement of recordings. There are two parts to Amazonia 6891, each around a half-hour long and you can check them out in full on the black sweat label bandcamp here: https://blacksweat.bandcamp.com/album/amazonia-6891

Erich

Mica Levi & Oliver Coates – Dolphins Climb Onto Shore For The First Time

Very excited to share this track “Dolphins Climb Onto Shore For The First Time”, by Mica Levi & Oliver Coates. Mimicking Dolphins, the single violin here drives the piece like a human voice. The keys in the back, give contrast to the single animal voice, experiencing a new world and encountering forces both in contrast and in harmony with itself. For the Dolphin, some of its new surroundings compliment itself or try to fit with it, and the Dolphin tries to assimilate with them, but as far as I can infer from the coda, it ultimately, either fades into its new home or is destroyed. Beautiful ride though.

Dan

Demdike Stare – Hardnoise

This 10 1/2 minute drone piece is the kind of rhythmic composition that both intrigues and begs for repeat listens. The track gives a sense of dystopian tension, as if the first half is someone saying: “Keep your head down, try to blend in, I am a foreigner, and an outsider”. It’s not until the end do we feel a sense of hope and freedom from this oppression. Certainly the beat itself is simple enough, but how it’s articulated is what gives it its re-listen-ability. It doesn’t reach a true groove until halfway through the track, but it’s all about the ambiguity in the lead up. Spending so much time in contemplation makes the moments on the mountain peak more valuable.

Erich

Valerio Tricoli – I The Hallowed Receiever

A spooky ambient track titled “I, The Hallowed Reciever”, sends us spiraling into a nightmarish world. The composer, Italian artist Valerio Tricoli, does his best to keep us hopscotching from terror to terror in this 13 1/2 minute thrill ride, and he achieves it with blinding success. This piece is from his latest release Clonic Earth, on which he employed the assistance of many artists of varying disciplines including: Thomas Ankersmit, Antoine Chessex, Werner Dafeldecker, Anthony Pateras, and Robert Piotrowicz.

Dan