PML CDR 05/PMLibrary 017

KWC – Fruit Rosary Sacred Hour Service

I have a new release for the library – I’ve been mostly working on mixtapes with Phong Tran for the Excavation Series, so new things hitting the library shelves generally have been put on pause, but this album escaped and is now live.

This album is visiting an earlier reflection, where what was real has been completely washed away in the unconscious over time.

A curio that in a roundabout way mimics mass or a strange gospel performance by intercutting perceptions from early years and concealed every-day reconstructions, a weird latent long form tape-pitch lap steel (sacred steel-inspired) collection with found sound and voice breaks as collage. It just came from next-to-nothing. Staring at beautiful churches and remembering going to them when I was a kid.

Fruit Rosary Sacred Hour Service

A slow-motion devotional-like music and hyper-spoken out-there outreach program spread out across two half hours, broken into performance, group and spoken segments.

Loose memories of childhood church-going, the running pictures and films of the mind when partly under that spell, seeing all these different churches near our home, hearing street preachers on corners, seeing Jehovah’s Witness people waiting outside subway stations, thinking about religion and preaching and wanting higher powers while living in a congested free-for-all city that has everything coming at you a mile a minute, and thinking about finding a retreat from the city inside the city, and inside the mind, and how we have a natural way of playing characters out that are subconscious and buried a bit inside and how words and speaking them can help bring different shapes and meanings once aloud, and how trance forms and repetitions bring about new meanings and altered presences, and how wanting things to happen you have to shout for them to happen, and thinking about the sound of the lap steel as heavenly and how playing in a sacred steel style taps into the mysterious gospel shape note spirituality, through the music and the repetitions we can get closer to something, using technologies and manipulations we can try and transcend the ordinary and reach out in that great preacherly way for something higher, or something above us, so we can look up and be in awe, we want to be in awe, I want to be in awe, and I gladly put all of my confidence in lost causation but it still finds its way back into deep dreams and lower thinking levels and finds its way into the front of the brain and into the voice and into the breath and onto the dust and onto the tape…

Youth visions blending into the next city’s perpendicular reality.

This album is available on two formats, a CD-R edition of 20, PML CDR 05, home-burned with home-printed black-and-white artwork on heavy card stock in recycled paper envelopes. And a mono tape edition of 13, PMLibrary 017, home-dubbed on a mono duplicator machine with heavy card stock j-cards in black-and-white in recycled clear cassette cases. The mono tape is rough and raw, don’t hold the quality against me, I wanted to see the full project through on this and that vision included finding an old tape at a church bazaar, for example. The CD-R edition is highest quality listening. Either way, I hope yr interested and want to pick something up to give a deeper listen or just sit back and grab the free digital files on Bandcamp or at Free Music Archive, they are there for the taking, free of guilt.

As always, thanks for reading and listening!

Peace,
Kev

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Excavation Series 6 – Maghreb Sharit Mix No 4 – Gimbri Special

Next up in our steadily growing Excavation Series of mixtapes is a killer mix of Gimbri-focused Moroccan music sourced and compiled by Natalia Beylis and Willie Stewart (of the excellent Irish psych-improv group Woven Skull) from their private stash.

The two often travel to Morocco and when visiting it’s expert digging and we’re lucky enough to reap the rewards here. This isn’t the first Moroccan mix that they have put together either, this is number four in a series they’ve been uploading on Mixcloud under the Maghreb Sharit name, and we encourage you to dive into those as well, each one is phenomenal and worthy of yr attention. We can’t thank them enough for wanting to help us out with our thing here, and having the chance to put these pieces back on tape under a compilation-like new light is a total pleasure.

Sometimes rough, sometimes crackly, all of the time with that radical tape vibe, the pieces included in this mix are incredible. The languid and snaky flow of the gimbri and the wild rhythms present, the group chanting and singing, the pacing and repetitions too, this is heavy folk music, deep and intense and despite the sorrow-filled haunting blues in a few of the numbers, it’s joyful and full of life and overflowing with passion. A truly beautiful music.

Tapes were professionally duplicated while the printing and packaging were done here at home again. Available here.

There are a small amount of tapes with our UK/Euro distro again too, Crow Versus Crow, so reach out to him if yr in that geography, he can be reached at crow_versus_crow@hotmail.co.uk and he already has the tapes in his mitts, now ready for yrs. Andy’ll get you sorted.

More to come! June will have two new mixtapes, one continuing down our digging ethnographic/geographic on-location folk music w/ radio and layered oddities to boot, and a brand new mixtape first going in a totally different direction, hopefully opening up new terrain that we’d like to continue with again. News on these soon. There are other tapes coming together as well, but it’s early days, further details forthcoming when we start getting the masters, but we’re beyond excited to share everything and make real what we’re discussing/compiling behind the scenes and an early thanks to everyone helping us along.

And thank you for the support so far for being into the tapes and the free digital downloads.

Thanks for reading and listening!

Peace,
Kev

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Excavation Series 5 – AIR Tapes 1

New release is live, continuing with the Excavation Series of mixtapes, this time via Phong Tran, my partner with this side-label (which will be taking up most of my attention going forward), and it’s number 5 in the series.

All India Radio recordings taped by PT when in India, circa ’96-97.

This run is pro-dubbed as my machines were leaving a little to be desired in the quality department, have been working them a bit too hard lately, and they sound really good. Price has gone up two bucks but you will save on shipping if yr in USA, as Phong has a box waiting for yr mitts. He’ll be tackling most of the stateside mail, which is still through the bandcamp, just cheaper postage checkout totals, and I’ll cover Canada and International mail.

UK friends, I have a small distro, as part of a label-swap, with Crow Versus Crow. Andy has a box currently on route, soon to be ready for you. Easiest way to grip one of these is to directly email him at crow_versus_crow@hotmail.co.uk.

You will save a few bucks for sure on this, and I hope you’ll hit him up for a tape if you want one. If he’s out of copies then head back over to the bandcamp and hopefully I’ll still have a few left. So it’s UK copies that will be separate, the rest is still through bandcamp or by directly contacting me at powermoveslabel@gmail.com.

This run was in an edition of 40 copies, and I printed the artwork and stamped the envelopes here at home.

More to come in May and June, Excavation Series #s 6, 7 and 8.

Lastly, there is a stand-alone bandcamp for this series now: https://excavationseries.bandcamp.com

(I wasn’t writing about the others in the series as this started as a neat little way to put some mixes together and share them via tape and free d/l, keeping them very casual, but Phong and I are really excited with the progress and some of the tapes we have lined up, fingers crossed always, are a little mind-blowing. Can’t wait to keep sharing them.)

Peace!
Kev

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