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album cover MONOLAKE Plumbicon Versions (Imbalance Computer Music) cd 15.98
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MPEG Stream: "Rebreather Mix"
MPEG Stream: "Deadbeat Remix"

MONOLAKE Polaroid (Din) 12" 8.98
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Whoa, Monolake does drum and bass? "Polaroid" is just that, with skitterish but mid-tempo Speed Garage breakbeats and hoovering basslines built out of Monolake's signature metallic synthesis. A bit uncharacteristic for a former Chain Reaction artist, but certainly not bad.

album cover MONOLAKE Polygon_Cities (Imbalance Computer Music) cd 16.98
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We've always been way into Monolake, with their murky hazy "heroin house" sound, all muted four on the floor beats, but as if you were hearing them through the wall from next door. For the last few years though, the haze seems to have been clearing gradually revealing a whole new Monolake, each release a little more polished, a little more uptempo, a little more, well Kompakt. This definitely sounds like it belongs on Kompakt, which is in no way a bad thing. Well, it is maybe if you were still looking specifically for that murky Chain Reaction drugged out techno sound, but hell, we love Kompakt, and that slick thumping skittering Kompakt minimalism. So now we have Polygon_Cities, which is just that, a minimal pulsing slab of modern electronica, clipped beats, and shuffling IDM-ish rhythms, stark and spare, but with warm synth swells and brief flurries of crumbly distortion and bits of that dubbed out Pole sound we used to love so much. Super laid back and smooth, kinda like what we imagine you'd hear in some Eurotrash opium den resting up for your next undercover spy misssion, or maybe the music that plays in a sci-fi movie while you're having your retinas scanned by some beautiful cyborg.
MPEG Stream: "Pipeline"
MPEG Stream: "CCTV"

album cover MONOLAKE Silence (Imbalance Computer Music) cd 17.98
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It wouldn't be that far off to lump Robert Henke alongside Brian Eno as a pioneering force of electronic music. Eno's legacy through his impeccable glam-pop records of the '70s and into his ambient period is well documented; and there's plenty of ripples felt throughout the world from Henke's work both through his minimal techno variations and through his ongoing development of the Abelton Live software. Similarly, in discussing Henke (as with Eno) comes the topic of the superior quality of Henke's recordings. While his compositions are good, the sound those compositions achieve is always exquisite. His tones, textures, and rhythms are rich, silky, precise, and, like any self-respecting techno, coldly detached. As many of you know, these are not necessarily the values we seek here at aQuarius. If some kid in his bedroom can unleash a horrific fury of black metal that's ungodly expressive, we're gonna get really excited about that, especially if all of that rage, hate, and sorrow really translate through the murk, grime, and hiss. So, when it comes to a record like Monolake's Silence which sounds so good, we'll admit that we're less impressed by production skills on display and more by the impressive slippages between dubbed-n-chilled downer techno, dubstep bass rattling, gestures of arctic ambience, and well spatiallized use of clanging metallics, digital textures, and disembodied voices. Fantastic.
MPEG Stream: "Watching Clouds"
MPEG Stream: "Infinite Snow"
MPEG Stream: "Null Pointer"

album cover MONOLAKE Silence (Imbalance Computer Music) 2lp 26.00
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Also, on vinyl! It wouldn't be that far off to lump Robert Henke alongside Brian Eno as a pioneering force of electronic music. Eno's legacy through his impeccable glam-pop records of the '70s and into his ambient period is well documented; and there's plenty of ripples felt throughout the world from Henke's work both through his minimal techno variations and through his ongoing development of the Abelton Live software. Similarly, in discussing Henke (as with Eno) comes the topic of the superior quality of Henke's recordings. While his compositions are good, the sound those compositions achieve is always exquisite. His tones, textures, and rhythms are rich, silky, precise, and, like any self-respecting techno, coldly detached. As many of you know, these are not necessarily the values we seek here at aQuarius. If some kid in his bedroom can unleash a horrific fury of black metal that's ungodly expressive, we're gonna get really excited about that, especially if all of that rage, hate, and sorrow really translate through the murk, grime, and hiss. So, when it comes to a record like Monolake's Silence which sounds so good, we'll admit that we're less impressed by production skills on display and more by the impressive slippages between dubbed-n-chilled downer techno, dubstep bass rattling, gestures of arctic ambience, and well spatiallized use of clanging metallics, digital textures, and disembodied voices. Fantastic.
MPEG Stream: "Watching Clouds"
MPEG Stream: "Infinite Snow"
MPEG Stream: "Null Pointer"

album cover MONOLIGHT Free Music (Rune Gramophone) cd 16.98
The second solo album from label founder Rune Kristoffersen is centered around a series of improvisations using a very basic electronic setup often resulting in strange, freefloating and rhythmic abstractions that occasionally take off in unexpected directions.

album cover MONOLITH, THE Here Comes... (self-released) cd 12.98
Brand new band from our own backyard brings us 9 impeccable pop songs. Their debut album, "Here Comes The Monolith" sounds more like the work of a seasoned rock mainstay than a rookie's first time at bat. The Monolith successfully harken the sounds of Cheap Trick, Beatles, E.L.O., Big Star and more recently, The New Pornographers. The latter probably most noticeably distinguished by the silky vocal harmonies present in every song. Superbly crafted pop arrangements with heart-snagging hooks, bridges & choruses filled with horn sections and strings are merely the icing on the cake. The cherry on the top is the gorgeous production that is so often sadly lacking from debut releases. Highly recommended!
MPEG Stream: "10 X Infinity"
MPEG Stream: "Ruby"

album cover MONOLITH, THE Meet You At The Monolith (self-released) cd 11.98
Oh the yummy pop power of The Monolith! They continue to dish it out in heaping spoonfuls on this their second album. This terrific Bay Area foursome take the standard pop band instrumentation of vocals, guitar, bass and drums, and plush it up so nicely with horns, keyboards and strings. The Monolith sound is alternately reminiscent of Quasi, Apples In Stereo, Big Star, Beatles, Beach Boys, maybe even a bit of Bread too -- y'know, all the best popsters! Bright, bouncy, harmony filled sweetness. Meet you there? You bet!
MPEG Stream: "Fallout Sunset"
MPEG Stream: "Sunday Keeps Returning"

MONOLITHE Monolithe I cd 12.98
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MONOLITHE Monolithe II (Appease Me) cd 16.98

album cover MONOLORD Empress Rising (Easyrider) cd 12.98
Hey, an awesome uber-heavy band from Sweden, what a surprise! Last list we had Salem's Pot, also now on the same label comes this album from psychedelic stoner sludge outfit Monolord. (As in, Lord of the Monolithic riffage!) What they do, and do well, are massive mesmeric doom jams, derived from the devolved DNA of old grandads Black Sabbath. While that's nothing we haven't heard before from the likes of OM and Electric Wizard, Nibiru and UFOmammut, Gonga and Sleep, we're still suckers for it - the blown out speaker-rumbling amplifier worship, the repetitive riffs, extended song structures, the mantric vocal chants (utilizing an echoing underwater-y sort of effect, much more stoned sounding that way). There's five long songs here, one of 'em an instrumental, the others featuring fantastical, occult lyrics fixated on death and ritual. It's OM/Sleep, perhaps, that these ceremonial riff/chant tracks remind us of most, not a bad thing at all. Recommended to all who like to be able to throw on a disc, crank the volume, and be helplessly, hypnotically buried beneath a slow moving, oozing mound of HEAVY.
MPEG Stream: "Empress Rising"
MPEG Stream: "Harbinger Of Death"

album cover MONOLORD Empress Rising (Easyrider) 2lp 26.00
Now we finally have the vinyl version of this Sleep-y Swedish sludgefest to list, yay! here's what we said when we reviewed the cd of this a few months back:
Hey, an awesome uber-heavy band from Sweden, what a surprise! Last list we had Salem's Pot, also now on the same label comes this album from psychedelic stoner sludge outfit Monolord. (As in, Lord of the Monolithic riffage!) What they do, and do well, are massive mesmeric doom jams, derived from the devolved DNA of old grandads Black Sabbath. While that's nothing we haven't heard before from the likes of OM and Electric Wizard, Nibiru and UFOmammut, Gonga and Sleep, we're still suckers for it - the blown out speaker-rumbling amplifier worship, the repetitive riffs, extended song structures, the mantric vocal chants (utilizing an echoing underwater-y sort of effect, much more stoned sounding that way). There's five long songs here, one of 'em an instrumental, the others featuring fantastical, occult lyrics fixated on death and ritual. It's OM/Sleep, perhaps, that these ceremonial riff/chant tracks remind us of most, not a bad thing at all. Recommended to all who like to be able to throw on a disc, crank the volume, and be helplessly, hypnotically buried beneath a slow moving, oozing mound of HEAVY.
MPEG Stream: "Empress Rising"
MPEG Stream: "Harbinger Of Death"

album cover MONOLYTH & COBALT Polarlicht [deluxe] (Time Released Sound) cd 70.00
This fantastically frosty bit of glacial electronic ambient drift comes from the strangely named Monolyth & Cobalt, a French sound artist who finds himself right at home on local label Time Released Sound, his guitar flecked chordal swells, and hushed ambient atmospheres a perfect fit alongside the other ambient alchemists in TRS's stable.
Fans of the 'Time Released SOUND', will be in heaven, as M&C effortlessly conjures up softly heaving swells of gristly thrum, pocked with subtle bits of glitch, and laced with flickering fields of crystalline guitar, all wreathed in clouds of softly swirling shimmer, the sound in constant flux - lush and billowy one second, a barely there whisper the next, some tracks are darkly cinematic, fields of moaning low end beneath weightless melodies and abstract anti-rhythms, others are more ethereal and electronic, sun dappled sprawls of pastoral electronic flecked drone/drift mesmer. Some tracks seem to blossom into Sunroof! like psychedelic ragas, all prismatic and kaleidoscopic, while still others erupt into grinding, lurching rhythms, but even then, those rhythms are pulled apart and recontextualized into something much more tripped out and free form, subtle and minimal, everything eventually blurring and smearing into strangely lovely electro-psych-folk ambience and neo-classical chamber-drone polar drift. All quite lovely, haunting and hypnotic.
Like all TRS releases, there are two version, the standard, which is limited to 150 copies, and is housed in a nice full color digipak, and the deluxe, which is limited to just 70 COPIES, and in this case finds the disc housed in an antique metal 16mm film canister, each one hand labeled, collaged and stamped, inside the canister are 10 round, hi-res photos of the polar ice caps, two attached to the inside of the canister, the others hand sewn into an accordion like booklet. Each one hand made and totally unique. Fantastic!
MPEG Stream: "Polar (Introduction)"
MPEG Stream: "Blooming Stones"
MPEG Stream: "Fluaagel Schlagen"

album cover MONOLYTH & COBALT Polarlicht [standard] (Time Released Sound) cd 14.98
This fantastically frosty bit of glacial electronic ambient drift comes from the strangely named Monolyth & Cobalt, a French sound artist who finds himself right at home on local label Time Released Sound, his guitar flecked chordal swells, and hushed ambient atmospheres a perfect fit alongside the other ambient alchemists in TRS's stable.
Fans of the 'Time Released SOUND', will be in heaven, as M&C effortlessly conjures up softly heaving swells of gristly thrum, pocked with subtle bits of glitch, and laced with flickering fields of crystalline guitar, all wreathed in clouds of softly swirling shimmer, the sound in constant flux - lush and billowy one second, a barely there whisper the next, some tracks are darkly cinematic, fields of moaning low end beneath weightless melodies and abstract anti-rhythms, others are more ethereal and electronic, sun dappled sprawls of pastoral electronic flecked drone/drift mesmer. Some tracks seem to blossom into Sunroof! like psychedelic ragas, all prismatic and kaleidoscopic, while still others erupt into grinding, lurching rhythms, but even then, those rhythms are pulled apart and recontextualized into something much more tripped out and free form, subtle and minimal, everything eventually blurring and smearing into strangely lovely electro-psych-folk ambience and neo-classical chamber-drone polar drift. All quite lovely, haunting and hypnotic.
Like all TRS releases, there are two version, the standard, which is limited to 150 copies, and is housed in a nice full color digipak, and the deluxe, which is limited to just 70 COPIES, and in this case finds the disc housed in an antique metal 16mm film canister, each one hand labeled, collaged and stamped, inside the canister are 10 round, hi-res photos of the polar ice caps, two attached to the inside of the canister, the others hand sewn into an accordion like booklet. Each one hand made and totally unique. Fantastic!
MPEG Stream: "Polar (Introduction)"
MPEG Stream: "Blooming Stones"
MPEG Stream: "Fluaagel Schlagen"

MONOMEN Another Way (Estrus) 7" 4.50
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The sleeve must be seen to be believed -- full on glitter in rich brights (by Thingmaker of course).

MONOMEN Recorded Live! At Tom's Strip-n-Bowl (MONOMEN) cd 13.98

MONOMEN Recorded Live! At Tom's Strip-n-Bowl (MONOMEN) 10" 8.98

MONOMONO The Dawn Of Awareness (Sound Way) lp + 12" 26.00

album cover MONOPOLY CHILD AND BLACK JOKER Nightlife On Horseback (Pacific City Sound Visions) cd-r 8.98
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album cover MONOPOLY CHILD STAR SEARCHERS Bamboo For Two (Olde English Spelling Bee) lp 17.98
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We sometimes think lysergic free noise floorcore duo the Skaters might as well have never broken up. Sure both James Ferraro and Spencer Clark (aka Monopoly Child Star Searchers) have carved their own sonic path, but they seem perpetually linked. On the same label, releasing records at the same time, often playing on each other's records (which makes it the Skaters sort of anyway, right?), sounds that while different, definitely share many similarities, and most notably, both possess a visual aesthetic so appalling and seemingly purposefully eye gouging, it's almost as if they're trying to get people not to listen to their records. Which is a shame, cuz another thing these guys have in common, is almost without exception, their records are fantastic. Tripped out and woozy and warped and psychedelic, each in his own twisted way.
Bamboo For Two is apparently some sort of poetic loveletter to Clark's beloved parrot, unless it's all a put on, but the cover, does feature Clark in a button down shirt, with a parrot perched on his shoulder, with lots of cheesy fonts and palm trees, and yeah, we know it's that weird eighties retro tropical look the kids are digging so much, but ugh. And yeah, the music inside is a little tropical, but it's also a little alien, a little looped and twisted and tangled and freaky and fucked up and weird as fuck. Ferraro joins his former partner in sound, as does Lieven Martens of Dolphins Into The Future and Eva Van Deuren of Orphan Fairytale, the four of them crafting a sound that evokes a visit of the Enchanted Tiki Room at Disneyland, while tripping balls. Warbly retro Casio-scapes, peppered with strange percussion, squiggly melodies, bizarre vocalizations, wheezing organs, fluttery flutes, often sounding like a new age Avarus record, all clatter and shuffle and skitter and looped lysergic mesmer.
As always fantastically far out, a murky mesmerizing chunk of retro-looped lo-fi tropical psychpop, as long as you can get past the garish cover, but do, cuz it's definitely worth it...
MPEG Stream: "A Coconut's Shadow Thrown Across The Stem Of A Rose"
MPEG Stream: "Bouganvillea's Shallow Lobe (Premier Desire)"

album cover MONOPOLY CHILD STAR SEARCHERS Gitchii Manitou (12 Step Retrance Program For Troubled Dream Warriors) (Pacific City Sound Visions) cd-r 9.98
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The name Monopoly Child Star Searchers might not be all that familiar to you, but the man behind the music probably is, it's Spencer from long time AQ faves the Skaters, with a brand new solo tape, under yet another new and obtuse monicker.
But as weird as the band name is, it probably won't prepare you for what lurks inside. Sonically, it's definitely reminiscent of the Skaters, but where the Skaters dabbled in murky tribal jams, and stumbling free folk rituals, the sound here is much more chaotic and playful, almost circusy at times, sounding like some cracked pop record rolled in tape his, and played back at the wrong speed, all bass and no treble, so even the high end sounds like a buzzy blur. Super hypnotic, a looped landscape of hiccupping stuttering melodies, dizzying and dense, while in the background, long drawn out tones drift in the background, synths or vocals, hard to tell, but they sound angelic and haunting. The tape is all variations on this strange looped alchemy, sometimes stripped down to just percussion, but even then it's a mumbled barrage of thumps and skitters, all jumbled up into a chaotic little tangle of rhythms.
Not sure if you can tell from the above, but this just might be our the best thing we've heard from the Skaters camp EVER!
MPEG Stream: "1"
MPEG Stream: "2"
MPEG Stream: "3"

album cover MONOPOLY CHILD STAR SEARCHERS Infant Spirtuality Rates Coconut Percent (Pacific City) cd-r 9.98
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album cover MONOPOLY CHILD STAR SEARCHERS Mandala Levitations (Pacific City Sound Visions) cd-r 9.98
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With most noise bands you can usually figure out how the sounds are made, where they come from. Even if the source is run through a bank of effects, totally processed and distorted, it's usually pretty easy to tell if it's a synthesizer, or a guitar or just a voice.
But with Monopoly Child Star Searchers, we are just confounded, gloriously and utterly so. MCSS is a side project of the uber prolific Skaters, and as we mentioned in the last MCSS review, we might dig Monopoly even more than the mother ship. Precisely because their sounds are so totally tweaked. So completely alien. It sounds impossible that these sounds could just be conjured up. They are so rich and textured but the sound is so completely lo fidelity.
Besides all that, the sounds themselves are really hard to describe. It sounds like some dusty old African 78s, being played at 156rpm, broadcast through a spinning Leslie speaker. Everything warbly and murky, lots of high end percussive melody, almost like sped up marimbas or thumb pianos, speaking of which it also sort of sounds like a way sped up shortwave broadcast of some lost Konono live jam.
The whole disc is swirly and tripped out, dense and dizzy, relentless and tribal, druggy and dreamy, so totally hypnotic and mesmerizing. And still after repeated listens, we have no idea what the instrumentation is, how it was recorded, if it's live or sampled, all we know is it's super cracked and weirdly beautiful and we love it!
MPEG Stream: "One"

MONOPOLY CHILD STAR SEARCHERS Piper Maru (Pacific City Sound Visions) cd-r 9.98
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MONOPOLY CHILD STAR SEARCHERS Start Levitating Now! (Pacific City Sound Visions) cd-r 9.98
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album cover MONOPOLY CHILD STAR SEARCHERS The Aqueducts Of Channel Island (Pacific City Sound Visions) cd-r 8.98
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MONOS 360 Degrees (Anomalous) cd 14.98
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A few years back, Darren Tate dissolved his Ora project (which centered around Tate's collaborations with Andrew Chalk, Jonathan Coleclough, Colin Potter, and MNortham), and considered quitting making music altogether. Fortunately, the draw back to the droning manipulations of field recordings grew to strong for Tate to remain inactive; thus, he began the Monos recordings, which have so far netted two self-released CDrs and the "360 Degrees" album for Anomalous. Initially, Monos was simply the solo moniker for Tate, but for this album, he has employed the help of longtime collaborator Colin Potter at the engineering / processing helm. Beginning with field recordings of birdsongs from the English country side, cars rushing along an overpass, and watery floes, Monos blurs the edges of these everyday sounds with an arsenal of glistening reverberations. Certainly, if you're fond of that beautiful droning aesthetic of Ora, Mirror, or any of the Andrew Chalk productions, you'll certainly go for Monos... just pay no attention to the goofy artwork of a puffy Keane-eyed cat that is even sillier than the silliest David Tibet artwork for Current 93.
RealAudio clip: "Landscape"
RealAudio clip: "Clouds"

MONOS A Natural Discordance (Nil Records ) cd-r 14.98
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Darren Tate, founder (along with Andrew Chalk) of the now defunct drone collective Ora, has released his second solo album as Monos. The album starts with a lengthy track of acoustic drones gathered from long wires and gongs, and later processed with tremolo and dense reverb. While this track definitely encapsulates the sound that fellow Ora members (Colin Potter and Jonathan Coleclough, to name a few) have continued to work with, Tate's following pieces depart from this dreamy aesthetic. The second track is quieter, with field recordings of a burbling brook. However these placid sounds are then interrupted by bursts of noisy activity, as if someone was trying to move a 300 pound filing cabinet next to the brook! The final track features a calm layering of keyboard synths. While there are moments of this album that certainly warrant a number of listens, "A Natural Discordance" is perhaps one of the slighter efforts to come from this increasingly prolific school of experimentalists.

album cover MONOS Above The Sky (ICR) cd 15.98
Over the past few years, Darren Tate has been wandering into some wildly weird electronics, broadening the scope of his aesthetic beyond the seminal recordings he made with Andrew Chalk (amongst others) as Ora, and more recently through Monos. For the most part, Monos has been a collaborative project between Tate and Nurse With Wound engineer extraordinaire Colin Potter, but at other times, we're pretty sure that Tate is the only one behind the wheel. For Above The Sky, the Monos line-up includes Tate, Potter, and fellow British dronescraper Paul Bradley; and this record is a top notch, vintage sounding Monos disc for sure.
The extended pieces found on this album were culled from the one and only live Monos gig in 2006, the handful of recordings from that gig were processed, recreated, forgotten about, rediscovered, and processed again throughout various starts and stops over the next four years. The resulting album is surprisingly coherent, presenting itself as a sinewy mass of undulating drones dappled with various textures, shadowy events, field recordings, subtle instrumentation, and then some. The ghostly ambience that introduces this album is sublimely beautiful, like the druggy drones of Nurse With Wound (e.g. Soliloquy For Lilith) or the permafrost laden expanses of Thomas Koner or even a darker version of Leyland Kirby's much-lauded hauntological ambience. Distant sound elements of scraped metal echo to the foreground, as the latent sounds from some occluded ritual in some forgotten place. Shimmering acoustic clouds of resonance peel away into field recordings of numerous birds flitting about. Later on, semi-melodic phrases hover near the event horizon dominated by ominous electrical vibrations and dilated drone fields. Seriously, this is fantastic stuff!
MPEG Stream: "A Place Of Voices"
MPEG Stream: "Cloudless Day"

album cover MONOS Above The Sky (ICR) 2cd 17.98
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Over the past few years, Darren Tate has been wandering into some wildly weird electronics, broadening the scope of his aesthetic beyond the seminal recordings he made with Andrew Chalk (amongst others) as Ora, and more recently through Monos. For the most part, Monos has been a collaborative project between Tate and Nurse With Wound engineer extrordinaire Colin Potter, but at other times, we're pretty sure that Tate is the only one behind the wheel. For Above The Sky, the Monos line-up includes Tate, Potter, and fellow British dronescraper Paul Bradley; and this record is a top notch, vintage sounding Monos disc for sure.
The extended pieces found on this album were culled from the one and only live Monos gig in 2006, the handful of recordings from that gig were processed, recreated, forgotten about, rediscovered, and processed again throughout various starts and stops over the next four years. The resulting album is surprisingly coherent, presenting itself as a sinewy mass of undulating drones dappled with various textures, shadowy events, field recordings, subtle instrumentation, and then some. The ghostly ambience that introduces this album is sublimely beautiful, like the druggy drones of Nurse With Wound (e.g. Soliloquy For Lilith) or the permafrost laden expanses of Thomas Koner or even a darker version of Leyland Kirby's much-lauded hauntological ambience. Distant sound elements of scraped metal echo to the foreground, as the latent sounds from some occluded ritual in some forgotten place. Shimmering acoustic clouds of resonance peel away into field recordings of numerous birds flitting about. Later on, semi-melodic phrases hover near the event horizon dominated by ominous electrical vibrations and dilated drone fields. Seriously, this is fantastic stuff!
The first 135 copies of Above The Sky feature a full extra disc worth of material that easily complements that found on the album proper. Needless to say, these won't last long!
MPEG Stream: "A Place Of Voices"
MPEG Stream: "Cloudless Day"

album cover MONOS Age & Transformation (Infraction) 2cd 21.00
While we've stocked much of the Monos / Darren Tate / Ora back catalogue over the years, this was one that slipped through the cracks, only to be re-released some six years after the fact by Infraction. Age & Transformation was originally self-released as solo Darren Tate album in 2006 through his Fungal imprint in two small editions of about 100 copies each. Now, in this weighty 2cd set, Tate has again adopted his Monos moniker (which sometimes gets applied to solo work, sometimes get applied to work with Colin Potter and Paul Bradley), with the second disc dedicated to a drone-on redux by Mr. Potter. The first track on the original album is one of those bonkers / outsider excursions that Tate has unfurled over the past four or five years, with plenty of ring modulation augmenting his atonal guitar scrapes and muffled electrical drones. The spluttering guitar has the rasping characteristics of Bill Orcutt's damaged anti-blues, although Tate's guitar sounds like he's broadcasting from the bottom of well and playing really slow, with just one hand. The second track is grounded by an industrial din, with a cheap organ sporadically oozing slow melodic phrases.
The first of the two Colin Potter remixes condenses everything from Tate's original into an unhurried collage, just 9 minutes long emphasizing those peculiar melodies and lurchingly hypnotic patterns that Potter found hidden within Tate's recordings. The second redux drones-out for well over 40 minutes revolving around the acoustic reverberations deep inside the bowels of a water tower, with the electro-harmonic chorus from Tate's ring-modulated guitar echoing throughout. Ghostly, through and through.
MPEG Stream: "Untitled 1"
MPEG Stream: "Untitled 2"
MPEG Stream: "Aged (Remixed by Colin Potter)"
MPEG Stream: "Transformed (Remix By Colin Potter)"

album cover MONOS Everyday Soundtracks (Fungal Records) cd-r 13.98
BACK IN STOCK, final copies...
Way back when, we actually had copies of the original cd-r of Monos' Everyday Soundtracks which was originally released in 2001 in an edition of 100 copies. The artwork was pretty dumb but also highly memorable, as Darren Tate simply affixed a sticker of a car or a truck or bulldozer to a black piece of paper. Dumb, maybe, but we definitely remembered that one coming in the shop. The music however was far more subtle than the cover implied, a collection of dense fog and rumbling overtones emanating from these manipulated field recordings. Monos is the ongoing collaborative project between Colin Potter (Nurse With Wound, etc.) and Darren Tate (Ora, etc.); and their work typically begins with the cryptic recordings from Tate (field recordings? actionist events? slumped synth drone? spectral guitar voids? all of the above?) and ends in Potter's studio where he amplifies and manipulates vibrant sonorities and eerie drones from the source material. Such is the case for the three lengthy pieces on Everyday Soundtracks. Tate and Potter allow glimpses into the source materials by allowing for intrusions of the muffled hum of cars passing by or the cooing of a dove or the burbling of water dripping through pipes; and out of these sounds, Monos builds a deep, somnambulant drone that swallows those natural sounds into a lulling stasis. Like the original pressing all those years ago, this one is limited to 100 copies.
MPEG Stream: "Everyday Soundtracks 1"
MPEG Stream: "Everyday Soundtracks 3"

album cover MONOS Generators (Die Stadt) cd 27.00
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For many years now, Colin Potter and Darren Tate have produced some fine droneworks with Potter becoming a regular contributer to Nurse With Wound, and with both Potter and Tate working together first as Ora and more recently as Monos. Over the past few Monos releases, Potter and Tate have been steadily reducing their electronic tones, gestural events, and field recordings toward a bleak, monolithic minimalism. Generators, a sprawling double cd set, continues in this trend with four extended pieces, suitably titled "Sleep," "The Black Sea," "Slowly Fading," and "Generators." These stately electronic meditations parallel the narcoleptic time-shifting of Coil's Time Machines album from many moons ago in their gradual ascension and descension of compelling hums into subtle diversions from a uniform stillness. There's honestly not much to the frozen space of Generator, but it has to be said that few artists have the skills to pull something like this off with this much success.
MPEG Stream: "Generators"
MPEG Stream: "Sleep"

album cover MONOS Landscapes (Twenty Hertz) cd 16.98
Colin Potter and Darren Tate have been working together for well over a decade, as Tate and fellow minimalist Andrew Chalk (under the moniker Ora) began bringing field recordings, bells, gongs, and long stringed instruments down to Colin's IC Studios back in the mid '80s. Along with his uncannily sympathetic ear in engineering their ephemeral dronescapes, Potter also began to supply his own sodden ambient passages and obtuse sounds to Ora's sustained timbres. About six years ago, Chalk fully engulfed himself in the exceptional Mirror collaboration with Christoph Heemann; and Tate renamed his and Potter's collaboration Monos. Where Ora focused on the reconstitution of natural sounds, Monos hedges itself toward the electronic end of the dronology spectrum occasionally harboring a sci-fi paranoiac aesthetic (e.g. Nightfall Sunshine). Landscapes finds Tate and Potter working with Paul Bradley who has developed into an exceptional composer under Potter's tutelege, and it's easily the darkest, most all-consuming record that Monos has released to date. While the source material is thoroughly obscured through Potter's production work, it has a very similar feel to the continuous tidal currents of Troum's twin guitar hypnosis. The trio manifests a constant magnetic pulse from their devices (to be safe if they are not using guitars) whose billowing intensity fortunately does not completely cover all of the subtle, quite textures which exist just below the surface. Desolate, magnificent, and recommended.
MPEG Stream: "Entering"
MPEG Stream: "Surface Form"

album cover MONOS Nightfall Sunshine (Die Stadt) cd 17.98
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In the aftermath of the drone/ambient sound project Ora's breakup a couple of years back, all of the principle voices from that loose British collective have been producing an amazing array of translations of the drone through a variety of improvisations, field recordings, and electronic synthesis. Monos is the project of Darren Tate and Colin Potter, both of whom worked extensively in Ora as Tate collected field recordings for the group and Potter provided his engineering prowess which has also been employed by Nurse With Wound and Current 93. While the two have produced about a half dozen or so super limited CD-Rs as Monos and Dada Lives, "Nightfall Sunshine" is only the second proper CD release for the duo; and is the furthest the two have ventured into pure electronic synthesis. If the field recording is the source material for this album, Tate and Potter have almost completely eradicated the references to natural sounds with only a few instances of bird songs, night-time crickets, and rustling leaves emerging on the album. It's more likely that "Nightfall Sunshine" is the work of Tate and Potter tinkering with the huge arsenal of electronic gear that Potter has been storing up in his York studio for years. The resultant fluttering mirages of electronic warbling, sweeping parametric filtering, tremolo percolations, and atonal clusters make for a cold album of paranoid, sci-fi references not unlike the bleakest computer music from the '60s.
RealAudio clip: "Intro"
RealAudio clip: "Moon Environment"
RealAudio clip: "Sunrise"

album cover MONOS Places (Nil) cd-r 11.98
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Outside of his 'proper' cd productions (one on Anomalous, and one pending on Die Stadt), the congenial yet humble Darren Tate has released a handful of CD-Rs of his amazing drone / field recording constructions that follow in the traditions of the numerous Ora CD-Rs he published through his former Gnome imprint. In spite of the most paltry amount of information (just the name of the project, and not even the title!), it is quite clear that Tate is working again with long time collaborator Colin Potter, as his exceptional ear and studio crammed with gear help extract the vibrant sonorities from Tate's field recordings. Each of the three tracks on "Places" open with field recordings of crackled branches, bird calls, the burbling brooks, and the muffled activity of a heavy log getting pulled through. Out of these, Tate and Potter develop a thick droning mass, stretching samples into wheezing hiss, synthetic ebbings, and deep droning. In conjunction with the recordings of more natural activities , Monos' drone work doesn't lend for an easy listening experience. This is actually the second pressing of this album, and again as a miniscule edition of 50.
RealAudio clip: "Places 1"
RealAudio clip: "Places 2"

album cover MONOS Promotion (Twenty Hertz) cd-r 23.00
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Darren Tate has quietly been producing drone-based compositions out of smeared field recordings and electronics for almost two decades now, but the bulk of his productions have been tiny self-released editions. In the early '90s, he and Andrew Chalk released a handful of cassettes under the moniker Ora, often with help from Colin Potter, Jonathan Coleclough, Michael Northam, and Daisuke Suzuki. Around the turn of the millennium, Tate and Chalk parted ways under amicable circumstances from what we can ascertain, with Chalk focusing on the equally impressive Mirror with Christoph Heemann, and Tate beginning to record as Monos with continuing production support from Colin Potter. Promotion was the first Monos album. While many of the ensuing Monos records had the same dappled deep ambience and impressionist use of field recordings as Ora, Promotion was an entirely different beast. Here, Tate works with a comparatively caustic recording of him dragging a heavy metal object across a concrete surface with all of the abraded textures and rusted growls that one might expect from such an action. Against this, Tate interweaves several long-form electronic drones with off-set oscillation sweeps, recalling more of the bunker electronics of early '60s computer music. Originally, Promotion was released in three tiny editions of 50 copies each back in 2000. Of course, those are long gone; but Paul Bradley has rescued this gem from the dustbin, although this current edition numbers only 200 copies. And, no these won't be long for this world either!
MPEG Stream: "Promotion"

MONOS Sunny Day In Saginomiya (Edition...) cd 16.98
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Over the past couple of years, Darren Tate has been releasing an impressive catalogue of tiny edition CD-Rs for his project Monos, which began as a solo project although more recently has doubled in size with the addition of Colin Potter (who had worked with Tate in the organic drone ensemble Ora). While those CD-Rs go out of print almost as soon as they're pressed, Tate has fortunately allowed other labels access to his recordings for much larger pressings, including the "360 Degrees" and "Nightfall Sunshine" albums for Anomalous and Die Stadt respectively. Edition... (yes, the ellipsis is a part of the label's name) has commissioned Monos for "Sunny Day In Saginomiya," an album as good as any within Monos' catalogue of processed field recordings. Working in Potter's ICR studios (which has not only produced likeminded work from Organum, Jonathan Coleclough, and Andrew Chalk, but also the Dadaist collages of Nurse With Wound), Monos applied thick patinas of reverb and electric synthesis to a set of field recordings provided by another occasional Ora contributor Daisuke Suzuki. The first half of the album couples the reverb saturated field recordings of birds with some eerie spectral guitar drone work from Darren Tate, recalling some of the early Main albums. The second half is far more spartan as Monos works their magic on a Daisuke Suzuki recording of bells, gongs, and rattles occasionally marked by ascending delay patterns and gradually overcome by the analogue electronics found on "Nightfall Sunshine." Quite lovely.
RealAudio clip: "October"
RealAudio clip: "Sunny Day"

MONOS Window (Fungal) cd-r 11.98
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"Window" is another tiny CD-R edition (just 50 copies, of which we got a whopping 10) from the drone ensemble Monos comprised of Colin Potter and Darren Tate. Released right after the "Nightfall Sunshine" album of antique '60s electronics smeared into a paranoid soundtrack, "Windows" returns to more contemplative drones of processed field recordings typical of their previous CD-R editions and the "360 Degrees" album. Behind the thick curtains of reverb which Potter applies to Tate's field recordings, the playful chorus of chirping birds cascades out of the dense fog created by the excess of reverb and is sporadically joined by languid notes from what could be an accordion or a melodica (or maybe even a well disguised cello!) quietly playing alongside the birds. A really nice recording, but one that will certainly not be around for long!
RealAudio clip: "Window 1"
RealAudio clip: "Window 2"

album cover MONOSHOCK Runnin' Ape-Like From The Backwards Superman: 1989 - 1995 (S-S) cd 13.98
A massive scuzzy, sloppy, fuzzed out, psychedelic, deleriously damaged blast of spaced out garage rock from the (not so) legendary Monoshock. This collection gathers up all the singles, compilation tracks and demos from this criminally under appreciated band. Overblown, and lo-fi, stumblingly brilliant, psych rock jams of the highest order. All chaos guitar and splattery drums, howled vocals, and a surprisng amount of hooks buried under all the fuzz and grit and blown speaker detritus. Think Hawkwind played by the Stooges, recorded on a boombox. They even cover the Hawkwind classic "Psychedelic Warlords (Disappear In Smoke)".
MPEG Stream: "Primitive Zippo"
MPEG Stream: "Change That Riff"

MONOSHOCK Walk to the Fire (Blackjack) cd 13.98
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MONOSHOCK Walk to the Fire (Blackjack) 2lp 15.98
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album cover MONOSHOCK Walk To The Fire (S.S.) 2lp 29.00
Now available again on vinyl, the only proper full length from this legendary crew of SF psychedelic punks whose sound was a drunken and drugged out freakout equal part the Stooges, Flipper and Hawkwind, makes sense that some of these guys also play(ed) in the equally noisy and fucked up psych rock garage punk outfit Liquorball!
Needless to say, if you love Liquorball, you'll definitely want to get a load of these guys, who sound like a more fucked up and freaked out Comets On Fire, every track a full bore psych-punk blowout, dirgey and crusty and droned out, the drums and bass locked into endless grooves, the vocals a distorted bark, the guitars thoughÉ wild swirls of wah wah everywhere, constant leads, shredding one second, spitting gouts of textural noise the next, slipping easily from hypno-rock crunch to loose almost free form psychedelic space rock, or dirgey swaggery Stooges-y churn. Gloriously loose and ramshackle, lo-fi and noisy, atonal and angular, the sound constantly on the verge of collapse, but for every stretch of fractured damaged psych, the band were capable of conjuring some equally genius blissed out drug rock radness, often impossible to tell which was which. While maybe a bit too lose and fucked up for the current crop of psychedelic space rockers, this stuff is fierce and feral and delivers the kind of true psych few bands were or are able to conjure.
MPEG Stream: "Crypto-Zoological Disaster"
MPEG Stream: "I Took You To It Baby"
MPEG Stream: "Hong Kong"
MPEG Stream: "Tom Guido Philosophically Stoogely"

album cover MONOSOV SWIRNOFF Five Recorded Works (Recorded Works Vol. 3) (Eclipse) lp 13.98
When we reviewed the first two Monosov Swirnoff releases a couple years back, it was long before Irwin worked at AQ, so only recently did we discover that one half of the Monosov Swirnoff duo is in fact Irwin's brother! Wow. But long before we met Irwin, we were already singing the praises of his brother's haunting drone folk psych rock outfit, a lush blend of creepy ambience and tranquil drones, occasionally interrupted by some freaked out psychedelic rock. And actually we did manage to get a few copies of those two out of print releases back in for those of you who missed out last time.
This here is release number three and finds the duo of guitarist Ilya Monosov and pianist Preston Swirnoff together again, this time utilizing acoustic guitar, piano, percussion, melodica, drums, drum machine, piano keys, strings, analog synth, electric guitar, beats and vocals to whip up another slightly schizophrenic batch of songs. From droney low end rumble, to minimal raga buzz, to dark, dreamy, brooding atmospheric folk, to some super blown out psychedelic space rock swirl, with keening guitars and pounding drums. All of it gorgeous and intense, whether they're drifting along tranquilly, or fully rocking out. Recommended of course.

album cover MONOSOV SWIRNOFF / HABITAT SOUND SYSTEM Recorded Works Vol. 4 (Eclipse) lp 13.98
Release number four from the duo of guitarist Ilya Monosov and Preston Swirnoff (our very own Irwin's brother!) and this one's a split, although that's a bit misleading, as the band they share this lp with, Habitat Sound System, is in fact, also their band. More on that in a second.
Side A features Monosov and Swirnoff as well as a handful of guests, constructing a fuzzy distorted psychrock drift from all sorts of guitars and organs, bass and synths, but also hurdy gurdy, harmonica, bowed banjo, melodica, glockenspiel, gong, Thai whistle and toy piano. The result is as dense and swirly as the instrumentation would lead you to believe. Loping and dreamlike, thick washes of fuzz and hiss, lots of distortion, but muted so it's soft focused and shimmery. The second track is a dark abstract primal tribal drum jam, like No Neck or Sunburned Hand, lots of FX, and distant drones and melodies. The strange thing is near the end of the track (and the side) the band shifts into some straight ahead dub. Not weird or freaked out, just some cool, acoustic classic sounding dub.
Which makes more sense when you flip it over and finally hear Habitat Sound System, who are basically a dub outfit. Pretty clever actually (and a bit cheeky) having the one band suddenly switch gears and change sounds midsong, as if they're saying "Yeah, we know it's the same band, but it's not the same sound..." So side two is just that, all dreamy, laid back dub, some subtle spacey FX, lots of echo on the drums, murky and muted and dreamily buzzy and blurry. Another strange surprise from these guys, but we wouldn't want it any other way.

album cover MONOSOV, DJ ILYA AND THE 21 CENTURY PUNKS New Music (Holy Mountain) 12" 13.98
It seems Ilya Monosov has been letting down his hair of late and going sonically all out (or all in?), and following his muse wherever it might take him, creating a varied and vast array of wild and wonderful sounds.
From his Gainsbourg inspired solo outing on Language Of Stone to his latest 12" of tropical fucked up late night sleeze offered up by The Shining Path, these wildly disparate and super passionate sounds feel light-years away from his earlier, much more academic leanings. These four songs, clocking in at about thirty minutes total, find Ilya completely on fire! The opener "Always Look To You (Extended Mix)" is a motorik burner full of fiery Suicide-isms and a very Wooden Shjips like groove. Next comes "Tropical Relaxation", a dark and infectious prog-like jam rife with otherworldly sounds that unravel into a hypnotic chaos that we could lose ourselves in forever.
The B side opens with "Belly Womb" a dissonant track would feel right at home on an early Matmos record, referencing the more fucked up side of Excepter/Black Dice. The record closes with "Unnatural Ways" which sounds like some late night DJ fading in and out of records by Master Musicians Of Joujouka, Throbbing Gristle, Sun Ra and Cabaret Voltaire. We can't stop playing this 12", so full of vibrant color and bombastic energy while hitting all its idiosyncratic targets so right on!
MPEG Stream: "Always Look To You (Extended Mix)"
MPEG Stream: "Unnatural Ways"

album cover MONOSOV, ILYA Sailor Man (Holy Mountain) lp 15.98
Latest from Ilya Monosov, a one time member of psychedelic outfit The Shining Path, as well as one half of the Monosov Swirnoff duo (along with Irwin's brother Preston), we weren't sure what to expect, but somehow this really wasn't it. That said, we're digging it a lot. The sound is still psychedelic, but it's almost like a classic rock sort of psychedelic, urgently strummed acoustic guitars, crunchy riffs, big drums, even some tambourines, wheezing organs, some rad wild super distorted leads, really, in some way, this could be some classic slab of old school hard rocking psych, EXCEPT for the vocals, which transform this into something else entirely. Not sung, or crooned, but more sort of spoken, delivered in a seriously creepy, whisper, we thought maybe it was just an affectation on the first track, but the vocals are like that throughout, a sort of gruff Tom Waits sung/spoken rasp, ominous and a little bit sinister, all over barrelhouse piano, classical guitar, buzzing rumbling strings, horns and various percussion, dreamy female background vocals, druggy effected 12 string guitars, plenty of fuzz, what sounds like maybe a Theremin, and really, the music sans vocals is all shades of the Doors, and Santana, and War, and Big Star, and Crazy Horse and the like, but then those vocals change everything, and really, that's gonna determine how much you dig this. We're digging it quite a bit.
Includes a download coupon as well!
MPEG Stream: "All Day All Night"
MPEG Stream: "Bird"
MPEG Stream: "Sailor Man"

album cover MONOSOV, ILYA Solo Cello #1 For Charles Curtis (Eclipse) cd 14.98

MPEG Stream: "Solo Cello #1 For Charles Curtis (Excerpt)"

album cover MONOSOV, ILYA & PRESTON SWIRNOFF Seven Recorded Works (Eclipse) lp 13.98
Strange sonic document from two mysterious Californian musicians / sonic technicians, Ilya Monosov and Preston Swirnoff. Seven pieces utilizing hurdy gurdy, harmonica, melodica, organ and piano. Abstract wheezing soundscapes of thick chordal exhalations, stretched into swirly drones over creepy pointilist piano, dense with overtones and drenched in reverb. A tranquil, drowsy drift that builds into Argento style horror movie music freakouts, before drifting off again into clouds of mournful tinkling chimes over strangely tuned pianos and strangely reverberating whirs and thrums. LIMITED TO 500 COPIES!

album cover MONOSOV, ILYA & PRESTON SWIRNOFF The Shining Path (Eclipse) lp 13.98
Another gorgeously abstract sonic outing from the duo of Ilya Monosov and Preston Swirnoff. Side one finds the two exploring similar sounds as on their first lp, utilizing bowed guitars, tape loops and air organ, weaving a lush and organic sounding harmonic soundworld, warm and rich, multi-layered and strangely melodic, soothing and dreamy and languidly stretched out into a smokey blur. Side two finds the duo in their psych rock group The Shining Path, employing guitar and electric organ, and unleashing a throbbing low end, over which is splattered freaked out chaos guitar, huge slabs of atonal psychrock skree and screeched and howled vocals way off in the distance. LIMITED TO 500 COPIES!

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