Fire-Toolz announces new LP Skinless X-1 for Hausu Mountain, shares new video

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*Sigh…* You know, sometimes writing for Tiny Mix Tapes is hard. It more or less requires that you try and pin some tacky tags like “post-internet” or “nonbinary breakbeat hypo-information vaporcore” to music that is just downright impossible to define. Yeah, yeah I’m whining… But how would you describe the music of Chicago’s resident transcendent transfemme Angel Marcloid? Huh? If it’s so easy, why don’t you do it!?

That’s what I thought, wise guy person. Lucky for you, you don’t have to take my word for it. Hausu Mountain will be releasing a new full-length record from Marcloid’s Fire-Toolz project on August 24. It’s called Skinless X-1 and is sure to blast your skin clean off. Happy now? And since you just can’t wait to hear for yourself the indescribable sonics of this record, you can stream a gorgeous CGI video for “Ἠλύσιον πεδίον 「Elysian Fields」” below, animated by Dane Patterson and edited by Marcloid herself.

I don’t need to tell you what Hausu Mountain is (you’re reading Tiny Mix Tapes for chrissakes!) As for Marcloid, if you’re unfamiliar with her lineage of solo projects, pen names, and collaborations; or are ignorant of last year’s absolutely wicked Interbeing EP, well then that’s just too bad! Man, you really want me to describe this music huh? Well the press release claims her music is sculpted from signifiers of “genres including jazz fusion, electro-industrial, new age, black metal, vaporwave, and noise improv.” Satisfied????

Ughh, I need to go take a walk. Leave me alone, will you? Just run along and pre-order Skinless X-1 on LP, CD, digital, and t-shirt formats. Oh, sorry, wait, my editor says I still haven’t hit my damn word-count quota for this article: internet internet internet internet internet internet internet internet internet internet internet internet internet internet internet internet internet internet internet internet internet internet internet.


Skinless X-1 tracklisting (emojis not included):

01. Theme
02.✓ iNTERBEiNG
03. Experience ☆ Slips ☆ Away
04. Screamography
05. Second Life
06. Response To Subdivisions ☾
07. Shadowfacts
08. Upper Peninsula ②⓪①⑧
09. μακάρων νῆσοι「Fortunate Isles」
10. Ἠλύσιον πεδίον 「Elysian Fields」
11. Λήθη「Lethe 」
12. In The Computer Room @ Dusk
13. Proxy Bay

Watch: STCLVR – “Paving Over”

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I’ve been making good progress mopping up copious amounts of mental grime lately (Spring, ✿❀ yay ❀✿). It was a lackluster effort until recently, far from the cathartic purge that would probably feel better and be more…satisfying. Sad to say I’m not much of the type to birth a surge of rather stunning, emotionally loaded broodworks but luckily I get gifted with discovering artists of the aforementioned. Score?

STCLVR (being George Moore) presents a sonically-inclined headfuck, some industrial indulgence straight from the grimoire and into the buzzsaw. Oddly enough, I think I found all of that aforementioned mental grime, coating a severed drain pipe ready to return all that anxiety and fear to my head with one swing. I think if his latest video is any indication, STCLVR is a lovely presence but certainly more of the cathartic caliber than I, and strangely in possession of my attention. Not saying a revisiting of these dark emotions is necessary but it’s almost liberating to hear them animalized, sludged up and served back to me on STCLVR’s crypt floor.

STCLVR’s latest offering (mastered by Fire-Toolz, no less) is now available on Phage Tapes’s crypt floor, under the guise of “Hostile Work Environment.” Hope you have things you need to get off your chest, now’s the time.

Podcast: Tabs Out: Laser Focus #16 – Angel Marcloid (Fire-Toolz, Rainbow Bridge)

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Tabs Out is an all-cassette podcast that’s been documenting the prolific tape underground with obsession, humor, and expertise since 2012. Tiny Mix Tapes has teamed with Tabs Out for a show called Laser Focus, in which tape aficionados/fetishists Mike Haley, Dave Doyen, and Joe B hone in on a specific label or artist. Check out the archive here.


“Angel is one of the most prolific and confounding musicians out there. There’s the obvious aspect to that, with Angel putting out a blinding number of tape releases under tons of personas (don’t make me copy and paste info you can find on the Pregnant Spore Discogs page) and running the formerly torrential Rainbow Bridge label. By the way, did you know that the rainbow bridge is what pets cross to get to heaven when they die or some shit? What I find magnificent about Angel is a mastery displayed of soundmatter that the world at large considers trash: vaporwave, jazz fusion chords, pedal noise, screamo, an audiobook of The Perfect Storm. So, that brings us to the Fire-Toolz project, which spent some time as a nu-metal-/vaporwave-sounding thing with crazy video projections of manipulated CG trash, and has slowly oozed into new-age-plust-PTSD-screams territory. No matter what it sounds like, you hope that Fire-Toolz is the project that blows Angel up since the compositions are masterful and the zones so rarefied. Anyway, catch Angel vaping hash oil and ask her about her Rush tattoo before she gets those big industry dollars and disappears into Topanga Canyon like the freaks of yore.” — Mike Sugarman

We spoke with Angel via the internet and talked about the internet, weed, cat food, and a few tapes. This interview features snippets from the following:

– Justin Marc Lloyd – split w/ Collapsed Arc (Rainbow Bridge)
– Sensible Nectar – Minor Devil (2:00AM Tapes)
– Fire-Toolz – s/t (Hausu Mountain)
– Copkiller – split w/ Cops (A Soundesign Recording)
– JML – Has Been Remixed by Developer (Rainbow Bridge)
– Angel Marcloid – In ☯rder F☯r Accessing The C☯re (Lurker Bias)

Cover art for Fire-Toolz’s Drip Mental on Hausu Mountain
Cover art for Pregnant Spore’s Journey To 0​.​004 Rendering #2 on Rainbow Bridge

Angel Marcloid

Premiere: FIRE TOOLZ – “DREAMT HEX CODE”

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Yo, people been mad buggy, b. Expect someone to exact your game, but still they still beefin’ like the deli slicing theys meat too thick. “They just calling me,” leads into a game of who stupid, going to sleep alone, and waking up next to two new people. A freedom beyond inside all of us that will never fully be shared. Updates on updates, and just shut down your computer at least once a week. The ability to keep up in an expansive environment cultured for all of use to be at throws with each other. Familiar feels that divide us even more. Excessiveness to the point your shit don’t match the drapes because there’s not enough coming out as you put in. Vices.

New single “DREAMT HEX CODE” by FIRE TOOLZ, including complementary video, behold a world of pure mayhem in organized disillusion. Field ambience paired in the greatest of green. Relentless dream-state progressions that enhance the tingling effects of ASMR. Wait, are those vocals about Links of data code ripping apart a saxaphone just build for repair in the AOL afterlife of digital sludge that smears like a visual after swimming for eight hours. Infinity like a pit of acid that never completely disolves you, but keeps you alive just long enough to die (legitimately) of “old age.” Tropes that transgress all poles. A binary so exceeding, only the strong survive; pronouns in strength and vitality and dropplets of hearts that look like erasers one puts upon the head of pencils.

Bedlam Records has never been wrong. Squeeze every last drip of creativity from FIRE TOOLZ’s newest INTERBEING for that mighty energy high, and snoop the visual companion for “DREAMT HEX CODE” below:

♫ Listen: Fire-Toolz – “CODENAME BONKERS”

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“May awakening be known in your body at this time.”

I’ve always been at odds with the idea of meditative music being, by necessity, soft or repetitive. The popular notion in the West persists of chanting, chimes, etc. True mindfulness though doesn’t require that set formula or certain boxes of Eastern traditions to check. With a bit of practice and the right mindset, the sounds are somewhat secondary.

There’s a meditative quality to gnarly culture-jammer Fire-Toolz’s latest track “CODENAME BONKERS.” Even beyond the spiritual guidance of queer Buddhist priest Zenju Earthlyn Manuel (a nice sampling touch), this track has a different vibe to it compared to the earlier work of Fire-Toolz. Instead of the visceral, sample-heavy, twenty-songs-all-at-once approach that Angel Marcloid built the project from, “CODENAME BONKERS” is…mellow? The sonic perforation is absolutely still there; there’s a driving kick straight out of a gabber track but over a misty open chord, like rushing through a bonus level in Crash Bandicoot. In fact, it’s a rather bare track in contrast to what Fire-Toolz has previously done. The outrageous EBM sampling and black metal vocals are gone and what is left is a pure rolling beat, adorned with guitar and bass riffs as well as the occasional key squeal. It’s a strangely soothing sound.

In the pursuit of zen, “CODENAME BONKERS” achieves something a little zany but no less sincere and mentally stimulating. With Fire-Toolz giving you all the textures and samples to work this one out, you’ll want to sculpt it with your mind.

“May rage be settled.”

Interbeing by Fire-Toolz is out on CD and beautiful cassette on November 9, through Bedlam Tapes. Stream “CODENAME BONKERS” below:

♫ Listen: Fire-Toolz – “DREAMT HEX CODE”

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“May awakening be known in your body at this time.”

I’ve always been at odds with the idea of meditative music being, by necessity, soft or repetitive. The popular notion in the West persists of chanting, chimes, etc. True mindfulness though doesn’t require that set formula or certain boxes of Eastern traditions to check. With a bit of practice and the right mindset, the sounds are somewhat secondary.

There’s a meditative quality to gnarly culture-jammer Fire-Toolz’s latest track “DREAMT HEX CODE.” Even beyond the spiritual guidance of queer Buddhist priest Zenju Earthlyn Manuel (a nice sampling touch), this track has a different vibe to it compared to the earlier work of Fire-Toolz. Instead of the visceral, sample-heavy, twenty-songs-all-at-once approach that Angel Marcloid built the project from, “DREAMT HEX CODE” is…mellow? The sonic perforation is absolutely still there; there’s a driving kick straight out of a gabber track but over a misty open chord, like rushing through a bonus level in Crash Bandicoot. In fact, it’s a rather bare track in contrast to what Fire-Toolz has previously done. The outrageous EBM sampling and black metal vocals are gone and what is left is a pure rolling beat, adorned with guitar and bass riffs as well as the occasional key squeal. It’s a strangely soothing sound.

In the pursuit of zen, “DREAMT HEX CODE” achieves something a little zany but no less sincere and mentally stimulating. With Fire-Toolz giving you all the textures and samples to work this one out, you’ll want to sculpt it with your mind.

“May rage be settled.”

Interbeing by Fire-Toolz is out on CD and beautiful cassette on November 9, through Bedlam Tapes. Stream “DREAMT HEX CODE” on YouTube below:

♫ Listen: Fire-Toolz – “To See My Hatred Clearly”

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Universes flip. Worlds collide. Speed metals. Grind grizzles. Pide pipers. Taste copper. Hausu Mountain finds purity in Drip Mental (PRE-ORDER AVAILABLE), with genre blending genius from Fire-Toolz. Production sharp and satirical. Poignet rhythmic articulation in retro sampling. Weaving noise to harsh and ambient levels. That Hopesfall CD you once own that now sounds like a glitch-work. Everything from antsy to angsty: nobody understands. I don’t understand. Let Fire-Toolz be your guide. Find the right words in Drip Mental, streaming below: