October 2012 Short Reviews (Almeeva, The Hogweed and The Aderyn, Naythen Wilson)


Almeeva - EP#2 [dis­cogs]

Another cool little tape from BLWBCK records in France, this second EP by Almeeva (Gregory Hoep­ffner) holds a little over twenty minutes of excel­lent road music, halfway between dance and rock. Remin­is­cent of bands like Maser­ati, these tracks unavoid­ably make you feel like you’re speed­ing along a boulevard. A dry elec­tronic beat, bass, and delayed snatches of gui­tar melody con­struct that atmo­sphere metic­u­lously.

All of the tracks are short and sweet, not too heavy on the ears, although at some points, espe­cially in the excel­lent “Flares”, Hoep­ffner dares to dive into some darker, slower moods. This isn’t a very weighty or innov­at­ive release, but as a fair-priced tape + digital release, it offers some excel­lent night­time music, whether you’re in your car, or just driv­ing on your sofa.

The Hog­weed and The Aderyn, pro­mo­tional cover

The Hog­weed and The Aderyn [label]

From the stu­dio of Turk­ish label Wounded Wolf Press comes a new EP of exper­i­mental folk with influ­ences from all over the world. The duo of Atay İlgün and Gözde Omay com­bine a selec­tion of folk instru­ments - stringed, flutes, per­cus­sion, metal­lo­phones - with com­pos­i­tions that take as many cues from middle east­ern and asian music as from psych folk.

The four tracks on this self-titled release make the most of that unique com­bin­a­tion, with shift­ing moods, and a pleas­ant atmo­sphere with touches of mys­tery. A good com­par­ison would be Sand Snow­man, with a sim­ilar eclectic set of inspir­a­tions, as well as dreamy female vocals.

Excel­lent stuff, but some­what short. I really hope the duo will  come up with a full-length album soon - in a sim­ilar lovely hand­made release - to work out their prom­ising con­cepts on a lar­ger scale.

This Is a Death Dream

Naythen Wilson - This Is a Death Dream [dis­cogs]

One  spon­tan­eous singer/songwriter with a humong­ous dis­co­graphy cov­er­ing another: this is Naythen Wilson doing Jandek. Per­haps sur­pris­ingly so, a com­par­ison reveals that Wilson remains rel­at­ively faith­ful to the ori­ginal ver­sions of these songs. Sur­pris­ing, because they vary widely in tone and com­pos­i­tion. Most prom­in­ent is a dark kind of bluesy folk, with lots of ringing chords and lack of har­mony, but we also find a funny track like “Janky”, spir­itual chants on “Om” or some heav­ier exper­i­mental rock ele­ments in “Ghost Town by the Sea” and “Ace of Dia­monds”. The digital-only bonus track “Worth­less Recluse” is a spoken word piece last­ing twelve minutes - again like the ori­ginal.

If any­thing, Wilson makes these dis­par­ate songs a tad more musical, but just barely so, stay­ing true to the impro­vised and quirky nature of Jandek’s music. This tape, put out on Ire­land’s Fort Evil Fruit, is cer­tainly recom­mend if you’re look­ing for about an hour of sur­pris­ing and var­ied out­sider folk.