A new offering, and vinyl debut, from Richmond’s Decades/Failures. Darkwave, coldwave, post-punk… Whatever you call it, it’s eight songs of raw and urgent loner pulse. A suite of songs that followed quickly on the heels of this year’s previous cassette releases; the lauded “002” full length and “February 14th” single. “GOODY3″ finds Decades/Failures restlessly evolving beyond the claustrophobic dark-synth frameworks of previous releases, creating a more minimal, airy yet tense atmosphere. The sonic palette has expanded too, the variety of synth sounds are dazzling dark jewels, and a strident guitar cuts through much of the album, with dour nods to Wire and early Cure. This is in part due to the addition of new member Alexis Ivy, whom Decades/Failures’ mainstay Adam happened upon while searching out ancient electronic albums in thrift stores. And though it is said there is strength in numbers, the feeling of utter dejection and defeat that pervades this album will soak deep into the bones of listeners. Just listen to the reverb-cloaked whispers amidst the panicked rhythms of theses songs and know that all is not well. And it never will be…
Joint release with Deadtank Records.
Mastered at London’s Medway Studios.
Virgin vinyl housed in thick 24 pt full color jackets.
Into The Thicket. Dark Night Of The Soul. pop043. c80. Edition of ??. $5.00.
Ritual noise and black ambience and twilit wanderings from this Jacksonville, FL, duo. Two sides of improvised ritual-musical activity making use of modified animal bones, blades, field recordings, contact mics and loop pedals. Members of Into The Thicket have collaborated with T.O.M.B. (Crucial Blast). For fans of Zero Kama and Abruptum.
popnihil is incredibly proud to release new work by Christiana Key/Delphic Oracle. Formerly a member of Cult of Youth and a Zola Jesus collaborator, Key now chases her own muse on her own terms with the Delphic Oracle project. This cassette includes three new songs and a Loreena McKennitt cover. These songs evoke as much the classic 4AD sound as modern darker pop music, all with a heavy emphasis on magick and ritual. Immerse yourself. No digital component.
Various Artists. Obsidian. pop038. c90. Edition of 100. $7.00.
In many ways, it feels like all of the popnihil activity to date has been leading up to this. Twenty-two new tracks of dark sounds and bleak electronics from twenty Jacksonville/St. Augustine projects.
SOS. Ancient Surfari Shindig @ The Ruins. pop031. c90. Edition of 20. $5.00.
popnihil is extremely excited to present this, the sonic goodbye to Jacksonville FL from the Astral Plains Drifter himself. “Ancient Surfari Shindig” is an homage to surf music, yet through the unique SOS filter. Four track tape collages meld alternately seamlessly and insanely with guitars, sitars, and electric drums. Charlie may not surf, but yr third eye certainly will.
Blast & The Detergents. Time Takes A Beating. pop029. c30. Edition of 100. $5.00.
One-off collaboration between veteran St. Petersburg spazzcore outfit and glitch enigma Rate Of Decay. Not a remix album in any traditional sense of the word, as there are no concessions to the politics of dancing, this is instead body music of an altogether more disciplined, unrelenting sense. Rate of Decay remakes and remodels every since track from “Time Misses A Beat” from the ground up, remaining true to the spirit of the original, while twisting the form beyond all recognition. We don’t need no fascist groove thing.