Two of the finest practitioners of unsettling and enveloping audioscapes team here for varied takes on drone, noise, and sonic wrangling.
Alabama’s Clawing is a collaboration between the prolific trio of Jeff McLeod (Gezoleen, Saragashum, Bert) Austin Gaines (Calques, Hadals, Japanese Women), and poet / spoken word artist Matt Finney (It Only Gets Worse). Their work here is an expansion on the ghostly world conjured on their masterful debut, Spectral Estate, with an unsettling aura that rests atop a current of anxiety and contemplation.
Offerbeest is one of the many guises for Dutch artist Maurice de Jong, perhaps best known for his work in the twisted black metal / experimental terror that is Gnaw Their Tongues. With Offerbeest, Maurice relies on analog synths to conjure bleak passages through demon haunts. High quality cassettes (edition of 100), digital downloads and streaming courtesy of Portland’s Nailbat Tapes.
You float through the void in your doomed ship, your mates all dead, biding your time staring into a dim mirror, repulsed and entranced by a hideous reflection.
Volume 5 in a series of joylessly noisy musicks is now available for download and streaming on my Bandcamp page. I have to say that this is my favorite in the series. Deep, dark and thematic. Board the doomed ship and find out. Features excellent artwork once again by Austin Gaines.
The upcoming Clawing/Offerbeest split is now up for preorders at Nailbat Tapes. Get two downloadable tracks now, and the full digital release and cassette when it comes out on June 1. Clawing is my noise/drone/soundscape trio with Austin Gaines (Calques, Japanese Women) and Matt Finney (It Only Gets Worse, Heinali), and Offerbeest is Mauric de Jong (Gnaw Their Tongues). 4 tracks from each.
Also, I’m putting the finishing mastering touches on Joyless Noise, Vol. 5. Austin Gaines is once again doing the artwork. 4 songs lost in deep space on a doomed ship. More info soon…
Dead Dream City, my split CD with TN’s Degtras is available now from Wood & Stone Productions. The disc features 2 longform tracks of darkest drone and deep, pummeling synthesis to rattle your brain. Degtras’ Road To The Dark City puts you on the bleak highway, and my Thomas Ligotti-inspired Nethescurial heralds your arrival in the dead city.
You can order the limited run CDs direct from Wood & Stone, or contact me here to get the right from me. If you’d like a copy, definitely hit one of us up, as they are just about sold out. Digital downloads and streaming are available on Bandcamp.
2 cassettes and a split with Offerbeest are on the horizon from my noise/drone/spoken word group Clawing (Austin Gaines, Matt Finney, Christopher Davis, et al) as well. More info on that as it all comes together.
I also have two new songs on the game soundtrack/gamplay radio station for the horror boardgame magazine Freakface!!! My tracks are Skeletal Reflection 1 & 2 and are presented under the name Joyless Noise.
Thanks for listening!
Preorders are up now for my upcoming split CD with TN’s Degtras. It’s called Dead Dream City, and features two lengthy tracks of deep drone and dark synthesis from each of us, as well as fantastic thematic artwork by Austin Gaines. The CD will be released on December 21 by the fine folks at Wood & Stone Productions. Copies are extremely limited, so preorder now to set out on the road to the dark city Nethescurial (thank you, Thomas Ligotti!) and get lost there with us.
Seems like not has been happening musically this year, but I’ve finally done an update to my website and the newest gowith recording (Universal Field Recording 1) that’s been out for a while is up there.
I’ve been working in the shadows on many other things.
We’ve got a new batch of Witchchord songs ready to go for a second release. Just have to get things together to record all the new stuff. Very guitar-heavy this time, which is awesome because Shane is such an incredible guitarist.
Finished work on a new project called Clawing that is a creepy ambient doom drone concept called Spectral Estates. Currently mixing it right now. Austin Gaines from Calques and Japanese Women and Matt Finney from How We Lived and It Only Gets Worse are involved, and their work is incredible. Should have some sounds up soon, and hopefully a cassette release.
Check out the News and Works sections on the website for updates and links!
More stuff is coming!
And they are just sounds. Not just any old sounds–but just sounds, really, after all. Different arrangements of synthesis presented in very raw form. These are the final reports from me, soundwise, for the year. I plan to do more Joyless noise and related volumes next year. I also plan on finishing up a long-dormant noisework called Randy & Gary recorded with my friend Jim Tankersley many years ago. But back to the recently-finished Now . . . now.
The first of the last is the third in a series of Joylessly Noisy musicks. Joyless Noise, Vol. 3 is the most joyless of the bunch, I believe. It’s also the least noisy, but that doesn’t mean that it’s any less unfriendly.
Downloads of Joyless Noise, Vol. 3, of course, are free or pay-what-you-want.
The second of the last is a split cassette release with Montreal’s Drub on Cuchabata Records. Two sides of intense drone. My track takes up side B (the empty black side). It’s a 28-minute grind down into an emptiness called “Thoss.” The tapes are available from the Drub site and through the player below. They’re a hand-numbered edition of 50, and include a digital download of the recording. You can order from the above folks, or contact me directly in the U.S. I should have my copies later in the month. Downloads, once again, are free or pay-what-you-want.
I’m also in the process of doing a better job of updating my personal website, as well as trimming it down to something very minimal. Feel free to visit there any old time, and write to belittle me as I fail to update it again for 3 or 4 months.
I’ve got a new short story up on The Five Hundred writing group site. It’s called Normal Horrible. I’ll go on and tell you that there’s a crummy oversight in proofreading on my part that completely ruins the story. Feel free to write me and make me feel shitty about that also.
That’s it. Mostly just some music to help you through the holidays.
I’d like to present you with Volume 1 of Joyless Noise. This is the first in what I plan to be a long-running series of noise releases. This one was primarily created with analog synths, with some glazing added by Wolfgang Palm’s amazing WaveMapper application. Each of these volumes will feature wildly-different methods of creating noisy musicks for bolstering the purging, summoning or enslaving of personal and non-personal demons. “The Catalog Of Woe” on this volume is a nasty little collaboration with Dylan Hawes-Glynn from The Most Amazing Century Of Science. Perfection of imagery by the always spot-on Austin Gaines.
This was a completely immersive and intense session for me . . . and I really hope that the experience of listening will be equally so. Please listen loud, through your favorite reproduction method–and see what it gives you.
This, and all future volumes of Joyless Noise, will be available only on Bandcamp and will always be competitively-priced at $1. Please spread the Unjoy.