Today we welcome another cosmic traveler to the variable spacetime of the Skrow! continuum, Toronto-based Starpilot. This captain of plasmic luminosity presents us here with a brightly melodious journey through mostly upbeat, often melancholic regions of aural space. It is fresh but nostalgic, it is raw but highly polished, it is deceptively accessible, it is, perhaps, retro-future-chippy-unchip-idm-wave. Don’t quote me.
Enjoy loudly with smiling ears.
- Square Root of Three (4:51)
- Deafening Divide (3:45)
- Monyattah Monday (3:29)
- L’uverybody (Theme to Something) (3:43)
- The Apple Went Through You Are Now (3:22)
- Hexadecimal Heracles (1:45)
- That’s Me, Chief of the Astronauts (2:34)
- Blank Ocean (3:14)
- Adrift in Foreign Circuitry (3:10)
- Living One Vibrational Energy (4:24)
- Delete, I, Everything (3:42)
- Quadrangle (4:31)
- The Heavy Phase (1:40)
- Weightless (9:49)
The first in, perhaps, a line of releases from an entity that may or may not be subordinate to Skrow!’s own devourer of worlds, Unikron; the reductively named Galvani presents these deconstructive documents in an ever-expanding effort to consume the universe slowly by feeding itself to itself through a tube of altered states of pop culture semiconsciousness until significant mass has accreted to cause its inevitable implosive end. Disclaimer: I’m drunk.
We suggest embracing the apo(p)calypse as fashionably as possible by blasting this in one’s car stereo; the usual gestures and shouts to fellow motorists are, of course, encouraged. Try not to like it, if you dare.
- Requisite Botanicals (1:28)
- Outdoorsmen (1:59)
- Lecherous Intent (2:34)
- The Oral Tradition (1:52)
- Two’s a Crowd (1:39)
- Male Objectification (4:05)
- The Sensation of Imminent Release (7:09)
- Viva Bukkake (6:00)
- Funeral March of the Voyeurs (7:02)
- Priapisms (3:06)
- Questionable Hygiene Notwithstanding (1:16)
- Undeniable Creep Factor (2:06)
- CSI: Hopscotch (2:06)
- Pics or It Didn’t Happen (3:29)
- Obsessive-Compulsive Documentation (6:08)
Man. Really blew it on that whole “at least one post a month” thing, didn’t we?
Really kinda disappeared for several months there, didn’t we?
No matter. Back to business shortly. Keep those eyes and ears peeled.
Foreshadowed events actualized, prophesies fulfilled, worlds destroyed. All in a day’s work here at Skrow!, as we drop the debut LP from the plunderphonic beatsmithing force of nature that calls itself Unikron. Come one and all, and feast your ears upon the horrors of cosmic devourment. Shit may get weird. You have been warned.
- Greetings, Bitch (0:07)
- Sit on Your Hand First (2:03)
- Verschränkung! (2:13)
- I’m a Gnome (0:24)
- It Has Come to My Attention That (0:31)
- March of the Voyeurs (1:32)
- Gilligan Brown (0:52)
- Wolfmotherfucker (1:35)
- Mr. Holland’s Olde English 800 (3:09)
- Smells Like B.O. and Discontent (0:33)
- Feels Good Man (2:23)
- Egg My Bum (2:13)
- Don’t Come (1:22)
- Paperweights (0:34)
- Inhale the Tide (3:49)
- What I Be (1:31)
- Wolfmotherfucker (Repugnant Shit Reprise) (0:40)
- The Beginning of the End of the Weak (12:22)
We’ve hit the half-century mark. I’d make a big deal out of it, but it’s just a number, folks. It does, however, seem fitting that we observe this milestone with a release from that same entity which inaugurated this label some five and a half years ago. Getting on with it, then, we’ll let the Lobe describe this latest release himself:
“Roughly a year ago, in a late-night state of altered consciousness, time dilated and my personal universe decontextualised. As the aeons passed, I became increasingly obsessed with imagery of the titular crepuscular avians. I was seemingly unable to turn my mind away from these great bleak shapes silently slicing the blackened sky as they performed aerial maneuvers too terrible to behold. And then they were on me, and I was torn apart, bereft of pain or emotion, my pieces flying away in infinite directions, slowly dissolving forever into invisible particles of potentiality swirling as a mist of vague memory in the collective ebb of existence.”
Must’ve been some good shit.
- Nightbirds (18:05)
Triskaidekaphobics beware: this fine Friday the 13th brings us an epic journey of vintage soundscapes from Skrow! newcomer Jorge Marredo, aka Satisfacción Lab. Aido-Hwedo attempts to give loose sonic form to the mythical rainbow serpent of the same name, and displays a fine palette of aural influence, with obvious nods to early ambient, psychedelia and krautrock, with sprinklings of classic sci-fi sounds and tribal flourishes, as filtered through an amalgamation of analogue and digital manipulations. (Think Doctor Who and Can visit the beginnings of earth civilization.)
The result is a highly organic flowing trip that evokes a variety of sonic imagery throughout its engaging ~51 minute continuous duration. Strap yourself in and enjoy the ride.
1. Aido-Hwedo (50:54)
This was due out on the more appropriate darkly connotative Ides of March, but things happen that are beyond our control, as Macbeth himself would attest, were his head still attached to his neck and whatnot.
In any event, this would technically be the Skrow! debut of one Jason Cox under his most infamous internet pseudonym, though he’s graced our catalogue several times before as the most excellent clinical noisician Hemostat.
Seibabretsen: Alptraum Kinderleider consists of three epic chunks of psychedelic outsider barbershop fuckery which manage to be engagingly creepy and hilarious at the same time. These tracks are actually medleys of the original recording sessions for Xoc’s Nesterbabies project, which is described quite aptly by the following process: 1. Nintendo song slowed and backward; 2. Nesterbabies sing along; 3. Nesterbabies’ vocals sped up and flipped turned upside down.
Minutes of entertainment!
This release, in the absence of step 3 as mentioned above, has the added bonus of revealing to the perceptive listener the secret lyrics found within the finished Nesterbabies versions. Which, frankly, make this release all the better to blast in one’s car in order to confuse, frighten or otherwise disturb one’s fellow motorists. We get into that kinda thing here. And so should we all. Now go forth and enjoy. And stuff.
- ainaveltsachtamrjgnokyeknodyellasnagohswajsuracidikogolmocpackcattanhsurragyrekibeticxe (7:23)
- rennurddlrowfoselttabd3dnalsierutnevdadionakraodnammoccinoibnogardelbuodssendamelbramnoitcennocytic (6:42)
- sorboiramrepuserutnevdasybrikwolliwartnoc2sorboiramrepus (9:04)
We couldn’t resist posting a release on what apocalypse-obsessed, Mayan-misinterpreting alarmists would have you believe to be the last leap day in the age of humankind in this particular plane of existence, so it is only right that it be one by the self-ascribed Bringer of Chaos that calls itself Unikron. As irresistible cosmic forces go, the will of Unikron rivals even that of the most compelling calendrical anomalies.
Today, then, brings us the first single from the forthcoming LP (and a double single at that, nevermind the obvious contradiction in terms), which ethereal whispers swirling deep within our madness-tainted minds suggest may be titled Entropic Sound Part I: Omniversal Eventuality Generator. Foreboding, innit?
“Egg My Bum” delivers a concise display of atmospheric garage spliced with the vocal stylings of a seriously malfunctioning Freddie Mercury robodoppleganger. Its counterpart, “Feels Good Man,” brazenly suggests truth in the wild associative suppositions of one amateur journalist some years ago, and serves the evidence in a twisted fondue of rock, dance, and breakbeats.
Unikron’s conquest of reality is as foregone a conclusion as the heat death of the universe. Of all universes. Surrender yourself and you will be allowed to live a bit longer. Resistance is futile (or useless, depending on your preference). Boink.
- Egg My Bum (2:13)
- Feels Good Man (2:23)
Continuing in the spirit of vault releases, here we have Dan Lillie, aka The Sticky Situation, in a far different incarnation. Written and recorded some 8 or 9 years ago, these are mellow, pensive ambient pieces which exhibit a pervasive minimalist influence - Steve Reich’s phasing technique is experimented with quite a bit throughout, for example. This is, perhaps, particularly notable on “One Plus One Plus One,” which deconstructs a famous riff from a certain ubiquitous metal band.
In all, this release gives us 45 minutes of melancholic atmosphere perfect for a quiet afternoon, or evening, or whatever. Put some headphones on and drift away.
- The Opening Up Chord (3:17)
- One Plus One Plus One (4:29)
- C+Em+G+Bm (5:44)
- 3+4+5 (13:01)
- Beating Sines+Clouds+Birds+Piano (19:30)
Today we present two pieces unearthed from the ‘Lobe vault, which is quickly becoming somewhat vast. Made almost five years ago before being shelved, lost, and found again, this pair of drones de/reconstruct early versions of then-unreleased Saffron Slumber works, taking his penchant for pleasantly pensive atmosphere and twisting it into something somewhat more sinister.
A bit of doom and gloom to brighten your day. Loom ominously with your tenth animal of the Chinese zodiac exposed. Something like that.
- Sleeping Deep in an Obsidian Sea (7:08)
- Striking the Anvil of Cumulonimbus (8:58)
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