Günther Beckers - Walkman (1982, Milky-Music)

Blogsplooge belatedly presents the original 1982 edition of Walkman by Günther Beckers. An amalgam of minimal guitarwork, ethereal electronics, and haunting vocals evoke sonic landscapes with more than enough depth for exploration. Just don't forget to report your findings. Finally, excuse my recent absence -- I've been working on a reissue and new album for a top secret project. Keep it real.

Bandcamp Roundup #1

Here's some recent bandcamp gold that is worth hearing and paying for. 🙉

Aural Alchemy Vol. 2

Aural Alchemy Vol. 2 invites the listener to an auditory voyage through mystical territories and imperceptible worlds to reveal precious relics that lay within. Fourth world, jazz fusion, funk, and otherworldly oddities may be found along the path. Plop this here to begin.
A1. Shel Silverstein - My Beard
A2. Nahid Akhat - Oh My Love
A3. Richard Horowitz - Baby Elephant Magic
A4. Bruno Spoerri - Saxellite
A5. The Doubling Riders - Vietcong Details
A6. Ka Baird - Tok Tru
A7. Ursula K. Le Guin & Todd Barton - Heron Dance
A8. Lee Ryda - Meltdown

B1. Axxess - Owls
B2. Bob Chance - Jungle Talk
B3. Ramuntcho Matta - Conk
B4. Congarilla - This is Not a Sayonara
B5. Larry Chernicoff - Woodstock, New York
B6. Iury Lech - Diran Nadir
B7. Região Abissal - O Amor Inovou
B8. Frédéric Rousseau - Zaire Safari

Céline Gillain - What Happens If I Open My Mouth? (2017, Lexi Disques)

"A video maker and performer living in Brussels, Céline Gillain is discreet, almost secretive, when it comes to her music. As a producer, she's using straight electronics to push people into her own zone of sci-fi, feminism and existential philosophy in the virtual world. Combining her love for what's shiny and a dark sense of humor, these 2 first songs on record are questioning roles assigned – and not only as women searching for their own ways in the boy's club." - via Lexi Disques

Javier Segura - Lamento Bereber (1989, Jaja Records)

Here's a Spanish musician who received attention in December 2017 from a new label, Passat Continu, which released "El Sol Desde Oriente (Selected & Unreleased Recordings 1980-1990)," an anthological collection of Javier Segura's unreleased and rarely-heard works. This was shortly followed in March 2018 by the release of Arte Moderno's "Musica Cabeza," eight tracks recorded by Mandi Copote and Segura in the early 80's. Segura described the project as “not electronic, not pop, not rock and not avant-garde. Not art and not modern. And of course we felt miles away from what was to be known as the movida. Arte Moderno had its leanings towards the extreme social/political views, which is what usually happens when you do not feel at ease with anything around you. Its critique is against everything and everybody, but especially against the then-current trends, musical and otherwise. There’s some poetry in its expression, showing up just to be crashed down. There’s love without love. There’s light in darkness."

It's difficult to effectively describe Segura's music. He touches upon a wide variety of styles: musique-concrete, noise, ambient, tribal, new-age, new-wave, and post-punk. Yet none of those descriptors give Segura's music the wide-breadth that it deserves. It crosses interstylistic and interdimensional boundaries, warping one's understanding of what music can sound like. It's tough stuff, but highly rewarding.

What I've brought you today is Javier Segura's "Lamento Bereber," released in 1989 on Jaja records. It's a disorienting record, but in the most satisfying way imaginable. I hope y'all will enjoy it as much as I have.

Elephant Chateau - Dreamings (1988, Halb Tanz Halb Schlaf)

"When I saw Elephant Château‘s record at a car boot sale, all these memories came back to mind. Many elements made this record likeable at first sight, from the Peter Saville-esque artwork, to the surrealist name of the band and the highly evocative ones of the label and the songs. When I listened to the record, the music matched both my expectations and the setting perfectly (a sunny field in the middle of the French countryside): an otherwordly voice speaking about pink flamingos, backed by a nagging rhythm machine pattern and soon joined by an ethereal choir and a nonchalant saxophone.

Retrospectively, what might be the most important thing about this record – apart from its quality – is how much of a snapshot of Zürich‘s alternative scene in the late 1980’s it is. Produced by Zürich-based artist Christof Vetsch (who, I assume, is the brother of Elephant Château‘s Johannes Vetsch), the members of the band all played on other musical projects from the Swiss city, some of them released on BOY (on which was also released Elephant Château‘s LP), a sublabel of the influential RecRec Music (home to UnknownmiX‘s albums). Even the picture on the cover reminds us of the Swiss origins of the band, a painting by the country’s « national painter », Albert Anker." - via Okonole y trompa