Dispatches: Oneida, Mountains and Blanck Mass

Posted: May 4, 2011 in Dispatches
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A lot of news on a number of new releases from a number of killer bands including Mountains, Oneida, Thurston Moore and a new project from Fuck Buttons:

Mountains Set To Issue New LP Through Thrill Jockey

Mountains is Brendon Anderegg and Koen Holtkamp, two sonic explorers whose long history, shared philosophies, and love of sculpting sound, has resulted in some of the most densely layered and blissful music crafted in recent memory. The duo is known for obscuring the boundaries between acoustic instrumentation and electronics. Their debut Thrill Jockey release Choral was universally critically acclaimed, sold through three LP pressings, and ended up being one of the label’s best selling releases of 2009, a remarkable achievement.

LP version features alternate color artwork and is pressed on 150gram vinyl with a free download coupon. First pressing limited to 1,500 copies (1,000 pressed on black vinyl, 500 pressed on clear vinyl.

Source: http://www.thrilljockey.com/catalog/?id=105300

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New Rock Action-Backed Project From Fuck Buttons Man References Carl Sagan


Blanck Mass is Benjamin John Power, a young musician in thrall to Carl Sagan, Ennio Morricone and the infinity of nature, both universal and personal.

His eponymous debut album, a collection of tracks loosely themed around cerebral hypoxia and the beautiful complexity of the natural world , features ten songs which were written, recorded and self-produced at home in London between Summer and Winter 2010. An interstellar journey that defies classification, revealing itself further and further with each listen; offering more with each visit. 

Source: http://blanckmass.bandcamp.com/

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Oneida Complete ‘Thank Your Parents’ Triptych


Absolute II is the final piece in Oneida’s Thank Your Parents triptych of releases, begun in 2008 with Preteen Weaponry and followed by 2009’s acclaimed triple disc Rated O. With this release, the Brooklyn group concludes a challenging and profound long-term project. The Thank Your Parents triptych, totaling around 200 minutes, is intended to be listened to as a whole or in its component parts.Absolute II stands on its own, in addition to serving as a chapter in an immense whole.

The music on Absolute II is startling, rigorous and demanding. Oneida is a band that has been strongly identified with the frenetic, fluid drumming of Kid Millions and the relentless pulse of classic Krautrock, but this release contains neither audible drums nor identifiable “rock” music. The recordings move freely across accepted boundaries of rhythm, harmony, and tonality – not in the form of dramatic, willful experiment, but as a musical distillation of several themes that have emerged in the wake of Rated O’s dynamism: paralysis, entropy, stasis, possibility, and finality among them. Absolute II will be available June 7 in digital and vinyl formats. Oneida has set up a Bandcamp page which gives a complete overview of the Thank Your Parents series with audio from all three releases including Absolute II available for preview

Source: http://jagjaguwar.com/blog/2011/04/oneida-complete-the-thank-your-parents-triptych-with-absolute-ii/

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