Saturday, August 18, 2018

Yasutaka Tsutsui / Kohsuke Ichihara / Masahiko Satoh - デマ Rumour (1973)

Hella tight, far-out psych/fusion. I don't really understand the deal with author (and noted non-musician) Yasutaka Tsutsui being credited with writing the "script" for the album, as it's all instrumental. Maybe it's the score for one of his plays? But I do know that it makes me feel like I'm floating around in outer space doing blow with aliens and dodging meteors.

Track listing:
1. Prologue
2. Information1 - Information21
3. Information22 - Information49
4. Epilogue

In the mirror land

Keep on floating:
George Russell - Electronic Sonata
for Souls Loved by Nature
Annette Peacock & Paul Bley -
Dual Unity (1972)

Friday, August 17, 2018

Sentimen Beltza - Bizitza Osoan Zehar Sortu den Etsipenaren Ondorioak (2011)

Basque (oops) raw depressive black metal. Please don't make me say any more, I'm tired.

Track listing:
1. Hosto Eroriak
2. Ni Eta Nire Bakardadea
3. Zauri Zakonak
4. Etsaien Garaipena
5. Etsipenaren Ondorioak
6. Depresio Itzalak

Ascension from the abyss

You should also listen to:
Triumphus Mortis -
Crepuscolo Spirituale (2008)
Pure - Art of Loosing
One's Own Life

Black Faction - Internal Dissident Part I (1999)

Glitchy, abstract IDM from English producer Andrew Diey. Stuttering beats, sample fragments, and misfiring digital synapses, echoing within a spacious, pitch-black aural environment. There's gotta be something I'd rather be doing right now than listening to electronic music with headphones on while slowly getting more and more stoned, but offhand, nothing really comes to mind.

Track listing:
1. Introduction
2. Manchestique Concrete
3. Virgil's Bride
4. Caucus Burial Tape Part II
5. Sepia Indate
6. Afghan Front v1.1
7. Odessa
8. Caucus Burial Tape Part I

Magnetic navigator

You should also listen to:
A Small Good Thing -
Cool Cool Water (1996)
Pole -
CD 1 (1998)

Thursday, August 16, 2018

Augustus Pablo - This Is Augustus Pablo (1974)

Instrumental roots reggae and dub from melodica player Augustus Pablo. To me, the melodica almost always sounds melancholy, and that holds true here.

Track listing:
1. Dub Organizer
2. Please Sunrise
3. Point Blank
4. Arabian Rock
5. Pretty Baby
6. Pablo in Dub
7. Skateland Rock
8. Dread Eye
9. Too Late
10. Assignment No 1
11. Jah Rock
12. Lovers Mood


You should also listen to:
The Upsetters -
Return of Django (1969)
Linval Thompson -
Negrea Love Dub (1978)

Tuesday, August 14, 2018

Thy Serpent - Forests of Witchery (1996)

Wintermoon - Reh. Demo 1/1995 + The Mightiest Stand Above (1995)

Majestic, keyboard-heavy Finnish black metal. Epic and sorrowful.

Track listing:
1. Flowers of Witchery Bloom
2. Of Darkness and Light
3. A Traveller of Unknown Plains
4. Only Dust Moves
5. Like a Funereal Veil of Melancholy
6. Wine from Tears

The ring of the reaper
We all kiss at birth
We call him King
Yet strangely shun his work

Also listen to:
Algaion -
Oimai Algaion (1995)
Alghazanth -
Thy Aeons Envenomed Sanity (1999)

Onur Özer ‎- Kaşmir (2007)

Impeccably produced, nocturnal Turkish tech-house, with a tasty backdrop of cinematic dark jazz.

Track listing:
1. Eclipse
2. Innervoice
3. Terpsichorean Echoes
4. Sahara
5. Traumbone
6. Astronomy Glance
7. Seraglio
8. Aica


For more along these lines, try:
Jacek Sienkiewicz -
Téchnè (2002)
Cosmin TRG -
Simulat (2011)

Sunday, August 12, 2018

Soul Capsule - Overcome (1999) + Las Ramblas (1999)

Two EPs of mesmerizing, acid-tinged deep house, courtesy of a trio of UK producers. Ideally, to be consumed using headphones and a drug of your choice.

Track listing:
1. Overcome
2. Lady of Science (NYC Sunrise)
3. Lady Science (tek mix)
  -Las Ramblas-
1. Las Ramblas Pt. 1
2. Las Ramblas Pt. 2
3. Las Ramblas Pt. 3

Take as needed for pain

Also listen to:
Luomo -
Vocalcity (2000)
Binh -
Basic Trance Induction (2014)

Saturday, August 11, 2018

Syrinx - Syrinx (1970)

Abstract synth adventures from Canadian synth-maestro John Mills-Cockell, with accompaniment from percussionist Alan Wells and saxophonist Doug Pringle. Relatively sparse but warm and instantly likable, with a composed but explorative spirit. The rip is a bit rough -- there's a fair amount of crackling and more than a few skips, especially on the B-side -- but it has been out of print for almost 50 years, so I'll take what I can get. Someone reissue it and I will pay up to $30 for a copy.

Track listing:
1. Melina's Torch
2. Journey Tree
3. Chant for Your Dragon King
4. Field Hymn
5. Hollywood Dream Trip
6. Father of Light
7. Appalosa - Pegasus

Tumblers to the vault

You should also listen to:
Vangelis -
L'Apocalypse des Animaux (1973)
Terry Riley -
Le Secret de la Vie (1974)

Proyecto Mirage - Two Tons of Rubble (2001)

Second album from this Spanish rhythmic noise duo. Driving beats, feedback, and tape manipulation -- all red-lining, all the time. I've never smoked meth, but I feel like this would be great to listen to on meth.

Track listing:
1. Otro Paso Más
2. La Invasión Divine
3. Conspiracy
4. Bello
5. Dark Side
6. Dancing with My Victim
7. Longing for Change
8. Naima
9. Radio Orbit
10. Ich Werde...
11. Demolish Once More
12. Baila Entre las Ruines de Madrid
13. Colapso Neuronal

I'll try anything once

Similar listening:
Hocico -
Autoagresión Persistente (1994)
Xylocaine -
Experiment in Fear (1995)

Friday, August 10, 2018

Draug - Drift into My Palace of Terror (2017)

Acerbitas - Urkaosets Svarta Vredesdom (2011)
Grav - Mental Illvilja (2011)
Helgedom - Den Mörka Skogen af Ondo (2011)

Ghostly, immersive Swedish black metal. The dissonant, reverb-soaked, clean-and-distorted guitar miasma is similar to what we've heard from some of their related projects, but with a considerably faster, more viscerally intense approach. Probably would have made my year-end list, but for the fact that, despite its cohesive, album-like sound and presentation, the band considers it a demo compilation.

Track listing:
1. Impression
2. Consciousness I - Fall
3. Consciousness II - Presence
4. Consciousness III - Captured
5. Consciousness IV - Silence

In glorification of dark legions

You'd also like:
Benighted in Sodom -
Reverse Baptism (2011)
Onirik -
Casket Dream Veneration (2015)

Mandré - Mandré Two (1978)

Maxayn - Maxayn (1972)

Phenomenal, synth-tastic funk excellence from Andre Lewis, who's known more for his work as a Motown producer than for the two amazing albums he made under the Mandré pseudonym. The A side is all bangers, then the B side drifts into the outer reaches of the cosmos. Yet another record that I saved from possible burial in an unmarked grave (i.e. getting put in a box in a dusty warehouse) then selflessly brought home. I'm a model human being. But who the fuck would box up an LP that looks like that?? Raises serious concerns about my coworkers' taste levels.

Track listing:
1. Love Comes Rushin' In
2. I Like Your Freaky Ways
3. Fair Game
4. Code Name: MM3
5. Maxymus Lyte (Opus III)
6. Iles dans l'Espace
7. Light Years (Opus IV)
8. Doing Nothing, Nothing Doing

Just relax
Enjoy the ride

More along these lines:
T-Connection -
Totally Connected (1979)
Don Blackman -
Don Blackman (1982)

Thursday, August 9, 2018

Black Wood - Religious (2003)

Russian raw black metal. Keyboards, drum machines, killer riffs, disgusted vocals, and a 19-minute epic called "Darkness" that belongs in the hall of fame. If you need a buncha fancy shit with your black metal, look elsewhere, but it you like a nice, perfectly-cooked black metal steak, this album's for you.

Track listing:
1. Fratres Militae Satanae
2. When Coldness Wraps This Suffering Clay
3. Winged by Autumn Lake
4. Their Sun Is Set
5. Through the Storms of the Last Winter
6. Darkness
7. Cosmic Keys to My Creation and Times [Emperor cover]

The world is a Christian funeral pyre
Corded by our blackest will and desire

More like this:
Blackdeath -
Saturn Sector (2001)
Nehëmah -
Requiem Tenebrae (2004)

Osamu Kitajima - Benzaiten (1976)

Previously on OPIUM HUM:
Osamu - Passages (1987)

Glorious psych from Japanese multi-instrumentalist Osamu Kitajima. A dynamic, expansive instrumental palette whirling up a colorful, hypnotic haze. I discovered Kitajima through his later new age work, then worked my way back to his smooth jazz stuff, then finally had my mind blown by this stuff.

Track listing:
1. Benzaiten - The God of Music and Water
2. Taiyo - The Sun
3. Tengu - A Long Nosed Goblin
4. Benzaiten - The God of Music and Water (Reprise)
5. Whoma - Immortality

Turning to stone

You'd also enjoy:
Älgarnas Trädgård - Framtiden Är Ett
Svävande Skepp, Förankrat I Forntiden
Ghost -
Ghost (1991)

Wednesday, August 8, 2018

Naked Whipper - Pain Streaks (1995)

Siiiiiiick German grind-y black/death metal. There's a single, physical AND mental illness-ridden branch of my family that's Catholic, headed by an uncle who once, in front of my gay brother, said he "despise[d]" gay people, and every time I post something like this, I get a glimmer of hope that ol' Uncle Hatemonger somehow becomes aware of this blog -- through Facebook, maybe -- and dies a little inside when he discovers my love for songs like "Whore of Damnation" and "Nunrider". It's the little things that get us by.

Track listing:
1. Pagan Pussy Gore Intruder
2. The Ultimate Molestator
3. Whore of Damnation
4. Perverse Delight
5. Nunrider
6. Impure
7. Anal Queen
8. Painstreaks
9. Naked Whipper
10. Hyperincest
11. Nuclear Solutions - Creation of a New Demonic Age
12. Nunrider (Live)
13. The Ultimate Molestator (Live)
14. Whore of Damnation (Live)
15. Perverse Delight (Live)
16. Pagan Pussy Gore Intruder (Live)
17. Impure (Live)
18. Hyperincest (Live)
19. Naked Whipper (Live)
20. Painstreaks (Live)
21. Anal Queen (Live)
22. Nuclear Solutions - Creation of a New Demonic Age (Live)

Experience in excrements

If you like this, listen to:
Abhorer -
Zygotical Sabbatory Anabapt (1996)
Black Devotions -
Ceremonial Rituals of Demonic Chaos (2013)

George Howard - Asphalt Gardens (1982)

Smooth AF debut LP from soprano saxophonist George Howard. Laid-back, smoky nocturnes and funky, uptempo, grooves, with some vocals from the man himself.

Track listing:
1. Asphalt Gardens
2. Brand New (And All Made Over)
3. Rocket Love
4. Bright Eyes
5. The Preacher
6. Is This Commercial Enough for You?
7. As We Grow

I bet you won't sleep tonight
'Cause you're way too busy riding clouds of white

You'll also enjoy:
Caldera -
Time and Chance (1978)
Bernard Wright -
'Nard (1981)