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Ilya S.
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Challenge - write a review in 140 characters or less about a release (or even releases) listed below

Since all rules are made to be broken, any reviews above 140 characters are accepted as well - as are reviews of releases not mentioned on the list

Octopus Project - Inclinations - review via rise804

NTSC地域ロック - My Dust to Where Some Flowers Grow (Wave Racers Collective) - review via Frogkingart

The Home Current and Peter Wix - Unfortunes (Subexotic Records) - review via Soulscorch

Alteri - Trauma (Sengaja Records / Holy Goat Records) - review via Frogkingart

Xqui - Ambients (Wormhole World) - review via Genetic Effects

Armageddon Speaking - Make Believereview via Genetic Effects

Wolfgang Merx / Gateless Gate - Crowd Music (Bad Bat Records) - review via Simon Slater

Insides - Soft Bonds (Further Distractions)

Bendu - Sagittarius (Werra Foxma) - review via Survey Channel

Body in the Thames - Public Domain 3D Terrain (Disintegration State) - review via Alan Morse Davies

Chris Brokaw - Puritan (12XU) - review via James Dillon

Ade Hodges - Lemon Bloody Buffalo (TQN-Aut) - review via Matthew Shenton

Polypores - Chaos Blooms (Polytechnic Youth) 

Survey Channel - Holotype Skybox (Self Released) 

Kieran Mahon - Eternal Return (Castles in Space) - review via Mike Stanton

Lamplighter - Ashlar Ghosts (High Focus) - review via Soulscorch

Sad Man - Music of Dreams and Panic (Wormhole World) - review via F.J. Dominguez Pennock

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Alan Morse Davies
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@admin I'll have a crack at Body in the Thames as I don't know them.

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Thank you!

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@admin Wave Racers Collective . It's a party at the Overlook Hotel. I honestly can't tell if this is a mix of repurposed audio or cleverly designed to sound that way. Hot Spot: "What can I do"

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@admin @admin Alteri -Trauma This hits all my buttons for metal. Textural riffage at commanding speed. Great mix on the vocals, which hint at just enough melody to not tear the vibe apart. Monstrous and aggressive and raw. Hot spot: "Maske"

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Lamplighter - Ashlar Ghosts

18 instrumental, mini, soundtracks composed on custom made synths, with late night, tripped out beats

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@admin - "Crowd Music" by Merx/GG

The spirit of Riechmann is very much alive here - the electronics run the gamut from hypnotically delightful to space-age escapism via full-on zone-out. Amazing guitar solo on Track 1 to boot. Summed up in one word: Wunderbar!

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Belfast band Electric Octopus have been quietly dropping loonnng albums full of red hot jams for a few years now & they just released a new one, Inclinations.

If they were in America, they'd be making all the jamband fans lose their minds while playing 6hr long festival sets that end after dawn. All instrumental, all improvisation, all fun. They make a lot of noise for 3 people & years of playing together has given them that almost psychic connection that every band doesn't have, which helps with changes of direction in the songs.

If this album gets you interested & you need some guidance on were to go next, check out the nearly 4hour long 2017 album Driving Under the Influence of Jams. most,if not all, of their albums are "name your price" so ENJOY!

https://electricoctopusofficial.bandcamp.com/album/inclinations

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Armageddon Speaking — Make Believe

Living room dimly lit by blinking gear lights beaming ambience, with beer bottles on the fringe and smokey air. Small cramped spaces occupied by human kind. Friends' heads bob in time -- sometimes four-on-the-floor guiding them, other times caught up in something nearly ambient. Space is limited. At least that's what comes to mind, as I close my eyes and listen. Armageddon Speaking's recent release is a kind of personal holiday journal. It makes no apologies about what imperfections might surface during the process of setting machines on, generating noise that carry ideas forward, and immersing oneself in the moment where the end result is a long-form, live-performance recording. One track extends to thirty minutes, another runs almost twenty. There's a wonderful freedom and simplicity found in this kind of approach. And all but one track (#2, "Brendon and Rob T Walking Through a Park" — a metal thrashing, with friend on guitar) are made as such, aiming for (stolen from) “Bacchanalian” moments, with friends and family. No over-the-top production trickery. It’s risky -- almost avant-garde, as in “Just Stop (feat. Sensibilium)” -- in places, the essence of a spontaneous, live effort. “In some parts, raw and mono. … Dreamy janktronica with a heavy side of electro metal and 'Silver Apples'-esque synthesizer,” the artist explains.

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@geneticeffects

thank you so much for this wonderful write up. and thank you so much for our conversation today as well. take care out there and thank you for tuning in. 🖤

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Chris Brokaw, the NYC born musician who has been in such bands as Come and Codeine(formed with Stephen Immerwahr, Sooyoung Park of Bitch Magnet, John McEntire of Tortoise and singer, songwriter, guitarist Liz Phair) is about to release i think is his 27th record with 'Puritan'.

This is made up of 9 tracks, starting with the title track, ending with a cover of the late Karl Hendricks' "The Night Has No Eyes"(part of Karl Hendricks Trio who sadly passed away in 2017).

This is a gorgeous record, one minute ripping it up with 'The Heart Of Human Trafficking', to sounding very fragile on the track 'Depending'

There is even a guest appearance from singer, guitarist Thalia Zedek, whose 2018 album Fighting Season (via Thrill Jockey) was one of my favourites of that year.

Over 30 years later and Chris Brokaw is still making some of his best music of his career.

Puritan came out 12th January via 12XU - https://chrisbrokaw12xu.bandcamp.com/album/puritan

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