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.
Limited stock of the Blsphm/Gezoleen/Hadals/Knoll split cassette available again from Tapes Of A Neon God…
I failed to post about last month’s flash fiction stories on The Five Hundred. I’ve mentioned it before . . . but if you enjoy writing, and you enjoy a challenge, then this writing group is a great place to scratch those itches. On the first of each month, writers receive a prompt from the curator, and then respond by the 16th with a 400-600 word piece. Great fun, and I can certainly feel my writing getting better. Most everyone involved in the group comments on each month’s pieces, and many offer excellent constructive criticism.
Last month, the prompt was “Let a little light in.” I responded with Make It Uglier.
This month, the prompt was “If you catch my drift.” I responded with Encrypted For 7C, which I feel (for the first time, honestly) is one of my more successful submissions to the group. Or, at least, I feel better about the writing than I have for many of the other things I’ve done on there.
And, one final update . . . I got together in Birmingham with some lovely lads yesterday to make a little new noise related to what’s below (more info soon!)…