The new Ex Abyssō issue is out NOW!28 pages full colour + 2-track EP with music by Argiflex and uncertain. Available in digital or print/CD edition.
Ἀρέθουσα has been Elysian Dreaming again. In her secluded fields, snatches of song, the sound of the landscape, the drone of a dream.
Ἀρέθουσα’s playlist, featuring Biosphere, Jordi Savall et al., Gyütö Tantric College, Halftribe, Lesa Listvy, Mark Gergis, Silent Vigils, Virtual Forest, Visions & Phurpa, and Witxes.
Mix for August, feat. Lycia, Troum & raison d’être, Dark Day, The Cure, Martyn Bates Sixth Comm, Les Discrets, Pure Ground, Witxes, Tangent, AUN, The Body, Shape of Despair, Sanne de Neige, and Amesoeurs.
Electric Crystal Bodies is intended as a soundtrack for a campaign of the RPG Numenéra I’m playing with some friends. I was mainly inspired by the area we are currently exploring: The Cloudcrystal Skyfields, but also by the general feel of the game: mysterious, a blend of science fiction and fantasy. I looked for songs mostly by word association with the title, but since my collection quite often meshes together nicely, making a coherent mix out of it didn’t prove too difficult. So, a journey through strange landscapes, encounters with ancient advanced technologies, and a rocking bonus track at the end. Enjoy!
Witxes’ debut album Sorcery/Geography almost made it to our list of last year’s favourite releases, and now, after not too long a wait, we’re treated to a strong follow-up album. It’s the first release on new label Denovali, and it coincides with a rerelease of the first album bearing the same new imprint. In short: that’s two double LPs worth picking up.
A Fabric of Beliefs starts off a bit slow, perhaps, with the tripartite “Through Abraxas”, but these tracks do show that composer Maxime Vavasseur still has a firm grip on his electronics, drones, and some chugging rock parts. The buildup is very good, and it works towards a pretty dark climax, which is beautifully offset by the bright and shimmering acoustic guitar of “The Strands”.