Monday, November 23, 2015


A trio of brothers from Co. Wexford (who also perform in synth/drone vehicle mvestle), Síoraí Geimhreadh are now in their tenth year of obscure existence. Beginning as a black metal outfit, their current sound is informed by doom and noise rock, but beholden to their own experimental impulses rather than any genre norms.

This release consists of two subtly different versions of the same half-hour piece based around a doggedly-repeated, glacially-paced riff and an eliptical, Beckettian text. The results lie somewhere between the sustained bleakness of Khanate and the more skeletal side of Fushitsusha's output.  

Cassette edition of 100, including printed lyrics and download, or download only.

Side 1 - Not a Room    (31:02)
Side 2 - Also Not a Room    (31:12)

GEORGE WORRALL - Changing Tenses - FEF43

Though rooted in bluegrass and blues influences, the music of Co. Dublin's George Worrall has evolved into a highly idiosyncratic style, with oddly aphoristic lyrics following meandering guitar and banjo melodies. Worrall's understated and unaffected delivery make for disarming directness and intimacy.

Available on cassette in an edition of 75 including lyric insert and download, or as a download only.

Side 1
1) Bottom of the Sea (3.47)
2) Play the Piano (3.54)
3) The Last Lines (4.29)
4) The Better Part of the Night (3.56)

Side 2
1) Entirety (3.10)
2) Con Away (2.04)
3) Build a Rome (2.52)
4) My Heart Won't Bleed a Drop (3.04)
5) Messenger (4.45)

All songs written & performed by George Worrall 
1, 2, 5 & 9 recorded by Graham Watson 
3 & 4 recorded by Alan Weldon
6, 7 & 8 recorded by George Worrall

DELPHINE DORA - L'au​-​delà - FEF42

French musician Delphine Dora is prolific both as a solo artist and as a collaborator with the likes of Éloïse Decazes, Aine O’Dwyer, Half Asleep, Bruno Duplant, and Sophie Cooper. 

The songs on L'au-delà are improvised on piano, organ and synth, and feature lyrics collaged from her own writing and other sources, with delay and multitracking creating an especially eerie, dreamlike, sometimes queasily tense atmosphere. It's her darkest, strangest music to date, abounding in emotional and sonic variety and depth.

Cassette edition of 100 with download, or download only

Side 1
1) Jaillissements cathartiques   (7.28)
2) A la dérive   (5.20)
3) L’impossible échappée   (2.14)
4) Kronos  (3.25)
5)Melancholia  (3.58)
6) Interlude  (1.42)

Side 2
1) Primitive State of Terror I   (2.02)
2) Le monde à l’envers   (1.58)
3) Primitive State of Terror II  (1.16)
4) Where My Treasure Is: a Grave   (0.57)
5) Les chevaux de feu   (8.44)
6) L’au-delà   (3.20)
7) Primitive State of Terror III   (1.16)
8) The End   (4.03)

Piano, vocals, organ, synth, effects, samples: Delphine Dora
All tracks composed, recorded, mixed by Delphine Dora during 2014 - 2015

JON COLLIN - Non-accidents, 2014 - FEF 41

Based in the Northwest of England, Jon Collin is a guitarist of extraordinary subtlety and sensitivity, working in of a lineage that could be said to include Loren Connors, Peter Green and Neil Young. 

This electric material was recorded just before the recent acoustic LP Early Music (released on his own Winebox Press label). The atmosphere is pastoral and earthy, occasionally dissolving into ecstatic drone.

Side 1
1) On the Beach (8.53)
2) Papinade (3.02)
3) Was That Me 1 (4.10)

Side 2
1) Was That Me 2 (5.20) 
2) The Waves (5.27) 
3) Landing (5.39)

Guitars, recorded to tape in Stockport, October 2014

Cassette edition of 75 with download, or download only

Thursday, June 18, 2015


The maestros of electrical fizz & fuzz last graced FEF with the studio jams of WHOK Lab Emissions Vol I. Here they return in full  "proper album" mode: somewhat more considered, but no less incendiary.

As ever, the tracks seem to have formed via unspeakable methodologies of igneous violence and alchemical obscenity. This might be the duo's most punishingly beat-driven release to date, but they still find time for slack-jawed ecstatic droning noise oblivion.

The title refers to fever visions of biomechanical swine experienced by the artists. It's a fitting analogy for the calculated unruliness of this release.

Side One
1) P!!ggz (6.01)
2) Setablaze (3.32)
3) AV Flux (4.54)
4) Endless Bucolica (5.10)

Side Two
1) Noumenon (4.21)
2) Faulterkammer (5.11)
3) Clipd Scene/Blowback (5.50)
4) Permafroste (3.59)

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Whirling Hall Of Knives is: Magnetize + Barry M

BLOOD ROOM - Mazikeen Scheme - FEF39

Currently based in Portland, Oregon, this is the second release from nomadic UK producer Blood Room (Seagrave Records, IXTAB), following the Habitus cassette on Indole Records back in January.

The title references mischievous demons of Jewish mythology, and matches the music's playfully sinister tone, which suggests indefinable dread in haunted post-industrial spaces. Disturbed sonics and gritty beats are set in a spacious mix, and worm their way into the listener's consciousness regardless of consent. A tape of bangers for the agoraphobic. 

Side One
1) N A S (5.54)
2) K'K (6.00)
3) H (4.48)
4) O P (2.50)

Side Two
1) QUELL (5.32)
2) STRAY (5.20)
3) JUBAL (3.38)
4) BARIUM (Ovis Aurum remix)* (5.00)

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*Remix by Gary James Geiler
Cover art by Stuart Munro


Arma and Refusenik are both solo artists based in Vilnius, Lithuania. This release captures a single 18-minute collaborative improvisation on synths and electronics (repeated on both sides of the tape). Sparse abstractions gradually coalesce into plaintive Kosmische harmonies before an eventual dissolve into nothingness. It remains decidedly in the proverbial Zone throughout. 

Kol Kas (18.23)

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Recorded in Vilnius using various synths and electronics 
Mixed & mastered by Arturas Bumsteinas aka Refusenik 
Cover art by Declan Kelly:

GERMAN ARMY - Chigwe - FEF37

This recent interview shed some light on this mysterious California-based project, but it remains harder to fathom their unusual combination of prolificness with a rich, complex style.

Chigwe is a disorienting yet potent mashup of exotic samples and rhythms that may or may not amount to a dream-logic rumination on neocolonialism and orientalism. If any subtext is ambiguous, that's not due to vagueness, but the dizzying collision of vivid, evocative sounds - like shortwave-era Holger Czukay jamming with Lee Perry.

The accompanying digital download includes both sides mixed as they appear on the cassette, as well as the separate individual tracks. 
Side One
1) Mining Consent (2:09)
2) Royal Gold (2:26)
3) Prince of Instinct (2:36)
4) Decorated Hands (3:32)
5) Bedouin Land Claim (1:30)
6) Dark Suit (1:08)

Side Two
1) Contested Grounds (1:25)
2) Bagualeros (2:31)
3) Cross Current (2:57)
4) Trauma Group (2:54)
5) Treacherous Support (2:13)

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German Army is Peter Kris and Norm Heston. 
All songs recorded in San Bernardino, Pomona, and Riverside areas.

Wednesday, February 25, 2015

CLAIRE POTTER & BRIDGET HAYDEN - Mother to No Swimming Laughing Child - FEF36

Merseyside artist and writer Claire Potter works to blur the line between the written word and performance. Here she performs readings from her book Mental Furniture (VerySmallKitchen, 2014), framed by noise and treatments from Bridget Hayden (Vibracathedral Orchestra et al). Tensely-delivered, visceral monologues referencing violence and sexual abuse with morbid humour, and a raw, harsh sonic setting makes for an intense, uneasy but compelling listen.

Side One
1) Ste's Face is Full (3:02)
2) Still Woman Cold (5:01)
3) Brendan Brady (4:58)

Side Two
1) Picking (3:54)
2) Wild Water Pigeon (4:14)

Extracts from Mental Furniture written and performed by Claire Potter 
Production and additional sounds by Bridget Hayden

Edition of 100


Andrew Fearn is best known as the can-supping musical half of Sleaford Mods, but his minimalist stage persona belies a prolific if low-key musical history, notably including a pair of electronic albums under the name Infant in the early '00s. This current solo vehicle has been represented by a diverse slew of digital releases, and more recently, the Just Tracks double CD and Unttld 10" (both on Fourth Dimension Records).

By compiles conceptually and stylistically related material from 2011, most of which previously appeared on a pair of similarly-titled Bandcamp albums. The mood is depressive and downbeat, evoking bad comedowns, paranoid dread and urban isolation, via fractured beats at creeping tempos, spacious atmospheres, and forlorn fragments of acoustic melody. It's like an insular, non-verbal flipside to the eloquent rage of Fearn's "other" band.

The accompanying download includes four bonus tracks.

Side One
1) Lay By (4:21)
2) By Hand (5:42)
3) By Arrest (5:26)
4) By Day (4:30)
5) By Working (7:15)
6) By Half (6:53)

Side Two
1) By Myself (3:43)
2) By Eye (4:30)
3) Death By (5:40)
4) Let By (3:51)
5) Lost By (7:09)
6) Stand By (4:39)

Download-only bonus tracks:
1) By Default (1:49)
2) By Harm (5:47)
3) By Now (7:28)
4) By Storm (9:10)

Produced some time in November 2011 
Thanks to Simon (Baselab)
All music by Andrew Fearn

Edition of 100