♫ Listen: Mondo Lava – “Air Walk”

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When Hausu Mountain first dropped Mondo Lava’s hypnotic album Parrot Head Cartridge in 2014, I was swept away by the Davis, CA duo’s blurry drum-circle hallucinations, which followed in the steps of foragers like Dolphins Into the Future in mapping out the trailheads of an island halfway faded to a mirage. Now, the partnership of Jame Kretchum and Leon Roc Hu have returned, taking their jams even further down the path of exotica with the loungey, haunted “Air Walk.” Somewhere between a particularly luscious elevator zone-out and an alternate theme song for that weird resort island in the live-action Scooby-Doo movie, it’s a slippery slide of a track that hints at great, bizarre things to come from Mondo Lava’s forthcoming album, Ogre Heights.

Ogre Heights comes out July 20th on Hausu Mountain, so peruse the vegetation of “Air Walk” until then.

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
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

Interview: Eartheater

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The last major releases from Eartheater — NYC-based composer/choreographer Alexandra Drewchin — were the double-hit of RIP Chrysalis and Metalepsis. Dropped back in 2015 on Hausu Mountain, both albums used Drewchin’s hardware accented guitar-and-operatic-vocals to build a strange, special, and beautiful discography that, free of easy comparisons, felt a little like a planet unto itself.

Of course, a lot has happened in the world since 2015. And although Eartheater’s newest record IRISIRI (out now on PAN) leans into sounds that appear much darker and harder — including Drewchin’s meticulous use of electronics now taking more of a lead — the truth remains that nothing sounds quite like Eartheater.

On the heels of the video for album-orbiting track “Claustra” and the release of IRISIRI, we had the chance to catch up with Alex on the phone one afternoon.

Can I ask what your astrological sign is?

[Laughs] I’m a Pisces/Leo/Scorpio.

Do you feel any sort of connection to those signs?

In all the mirrors that reflect reality, they all receive ourselves, so, I mean… Humans are paranoid schizophrenics when it comes to pattern recognition and that shit. It’s a decision, really. Sometimes it’s very useful for me to be like, “Oh, it’s just because I’m a Pisces.” I’m not doubting the planetary, astral pull, but people spout on that shit constantly.

It’s a little interesting that people who are about our age are looking back to these kind of ancient tools, like astrology and the Tarot, and reclaiming them in a very internet-based sort of a way.

As far as an oracle that I will admit to consulting, I really love the I Ching. My good old friend Greg Fox turned me onto it — I think I was probably 20, and he gave me an I Ching workbook, and I found it to be very helpful. You know, it’s one of the oldest texts in the world. It’s based on chance. What I like to do is throw the I Ching. To me, it’s much more gratifying — it’s like I’m engaging in some choreography, harnessing my energy and really able to focus and manifest myself into the situation. You ask it a question, but I try not to ask it a question in words. I try to close my eyes and put [myself] in this hypothetical place where there’s this infinite number of outcomes. I know it sounds a little abstract, but that’s part of the beauty of it. It’s sort of synesthetic.

In a lot of your music, it seems like you’re taking these forms that feel ancient and putting them alongside sounds that appear more contemporary. IRISIRI feels very “of the millennium.” Could you talk a little about the beginnings of the record and what were the first pieces that came up?

I never work consecutively. I don’t work in a linear fashion. The record that I first sent Bill [Kouligas, PAN label head] had mostly all completely different songs than what ended up on [IRISIRI]. It really was just a matter of chaos and chance that these were the songs that ended up [on it], because we were getting down to the wire, and I was like, “Okay! These are the ones.” Because they all have a specific through-thread, in spite of them exploring very different sound palettes. [“Claustra”] I consider to be part of the record — I’m calling it a “ghost track.” I know that’s creating some kind of obfuscation, for press and capitalism, but to me, it’s part of the whole thing. There was a limitation — I could only have 40 minutes on that record. In some ways, I feel like the next thing I need to do is release an IRISIRI Two and Three. Pull some Migos shit, just because there’s so much music. IRISIRI to me spans much farther than just the perimeter of just this particular tracked record.

What would you say is that through-thread of this bigger project?

I think that, maybe to a fault, I’m overly emotionally inspired by different expressions and sounds. I have this huge impulse to try all these different things, and I think that’s what it is, ultimately. It’s purging all of these intense desires just to sort of get it out, because I do sense that there are some much more focused, more modal-sounding records underneath. I feel like I’m in this purging of pent-up inspiration that is almost conflicting inspiration.

Your albums sound very composed and controlled, and I’ve wondered to what extent are those kinds of explorations present on the records, or whether that’s something you keep private?

I’m such an emotional creature. When I listen to the record, it’s like I’m watching a movie.

I definitely thought long and hard about the sequence of these songs and the way that the narrative happens. Everything was pretty symbolic in terms of the placement of each track. I’ve heard that they say, “Oh, yeah, you need to put all the singles up in the front,” because, you know, millennial attention span is, like, nil. I didn’t buy into that, obviously, on this record. I was like, “I’m going to put the really weird, conceptual, saccharine, lusty-ass track up there,” because that seemed like what the “film” needed. Then “Curtains” is the seventh track, and that’s the centerpoint of the 13 tracks, so that’s the intermission, which symbolizes a switch, and then the next song is “Switch”…

When you’re making a record, is there a point when you know what you’re working on is part of a whole? When does that center begin to form?

I’ve made so much music that didn’t even wind up on the record, so when I think about these particular songs, I need to comb through all of the stuff that is still attached, in my view of it, that nobody else can see or understand. I think the thing that is different about this record is that I actively wanted to challenge my comfort zone. With Metalepsis and RIP Chrysalis, I was functioning from a very comfortable place. Even the guitar as a blueprint instrument, things just flow out so naturally that way. So I wanted to challenge myself. On each track, I was trying to explore something different from the track before. And it wasn’t, “I’m going to master this one thing for this record, all the songs are going to sound cohesive in this particular new flex.” With Camae [Moor Mother]’s track [“MMXXX”], I got really obsessed with cutting up all these field-recorded glass sounds, and car doors slamming, and engine sounds, and painting in these micro-edits. And I’d never done anything like that before, ever, and I was just so pumped on it. Even little things, like, “I’m going to throw in the 3-against-4 woodblock polyrhythm sound” — and for all these techno kids out here who are probably just like, “Well yeah, duh,” for me, as the guitar, little romantic RIP Chrysalis/Eartheater baby, that was really exciting.

IRISIRI by Eartheater

Then the same with the Odwalla1221 track [“Inhale Baby”]. I made so many tracks like that, this hyper, glitchy, ambient drama. I made that one track, and I was just, like, “This is for Odwalla, they need to be on this.” So that was a new thing for me, exploring producing a track and feeling like I don’t have to be the vocalist.

And then with the tracks “Not Worried” and “Inkling,” this sibling little duo thing happened. That came from a sort of cosmic, internet artist love affair between me and Ghost Drank, this adorable baby in Dallas — you should check out his visual art; it’s gorgeous. He secretly produces a lot, and this weird thing happened where he would send me a track, and I would just write a song in one take right over it, and both of those songs are just first take, all the lyrics right there, and I’d just double it and it was done. Those tracks really mean a lot to me. They’re very emotional and sweet.

For some reason, I feel like those tracks are like “Be Careful” on the new Cardi B record [Invasion Of Privacy], and the way that people didn’t expect that from her. They didn’t expect this more gentle music. My last two records were very melodic and soothing. People would say, like, “This is my bathtub record.” Meanwhile, my performances are summoning hell very often.

I saw you play at St. Vitus a while ago, and I remember thinking, “This is a very dark performance.”

It was probably that embarrassing one.

It felt very ceremonial.

I’m actually not a very witchy person. [Laughs] And then the track “MTTM” (“Married To The Moment”), that track is all modular. It was the second modular track that I made. So there’s a lot of infantile moments on the record. It’s all new things. And “Switch,” that was literally one of the first beats I ever made that wasn’t hardware. Every track is kind of standalone in me trying to figure out something new.

Something that comes up in your lyrics a lot is the idea of transforming from one thing into another thing, whether it’s some kind of body cyborg thing or something more internal. Like in the video you made for [mispronounces “Ecdysisyphis”] —

“Ecdysisyphis.” I’m so extra with the titles sometimes.

That same human/computer energy is really present on the new album. At what point in the recording process did that energy take over?

I think it was very present from the beginning. The post-RIP Chrysalis Eartheater was for sure really feeling that “The Internet Is Handmade” through-thread, which goes through all three records. It’s just so much a part of me, it’s hard to even talk about.

Thinking about the album as a film, to you does that mean more of a sensory, visual thing, or a long piece of narrative?

Both. I hope that it can remain pretty free-associative. I think the more you listen to the album, the more you’ll feel the characters — the parts of me, the different voices, the different feelings, the different moods that become like characters in this thing. I don’t know if it comes off super personal, because it’s all drenched in encryption at times, but it does feel very exposing to me. So maybe it’s me also protecting myself from feeling that vulnerability in viewing it as a film, to sort of separate the almost triggering emotions that can happen when I listen and hear these encapsulated emotional pockets.

Does thinking of IRISIRI as a film make it feel less or more personal?

It makes it feel less personal, but that doesn’t lessen the emotional intensity. I generally am mostly drawn to art that is very explicit and intimate and grotesque and strange and unpredictable. Something that I really love in film is the power of the scene cut — the change of scene and the change of atmosphere. I love feeling that one’s hormones and adrenaline and chemicals in your brain respond to the difference in how a film is edited. The difference you feel in a song like “C.L.I.T.” versus what you feel at the beginning, in a song like “Inkling” or “MTTM,” that arc — the different landscapes, that hyper-difference — is way more exciting to me than just a modal landscape. At least now, in the drama of this. There’s this emotional thing that’s going on, and there’s this structural thing. All these different scenes. The tracks all have their own locations.

So much of what Eartheater is — in your videos of performances — is movement-based. Do you see the choreography being as much a part of “Eartheater” as the songwriting and the albums? And how do you differentiate between working in those two modes?

One is a simulacrum from the other. I can feel the movement for a specific nuance in the body for every single song, every single lyric. Every little thing can be so clearly expressed and drawn out physically. That language — I flip-flop from feeling like it’s very hard to express myself to then feeling a hyper-sense of poetry in language. And sometimes that’s really frustrating for me, at least verbally. As a child, I was a really late reader. I had terrible dyslexia and was brutally teased because I could hardly read, and I had terrible test anxiety. But ever since I was young, I felt an incredible sense of body language. It becomes kind of an abstract concept, but I feel like I’m much more comfortable speaking with movement than I am sometimes even just speaking with words. It’s where I actually feel the most life and the most pleasure. That trinity of music, lyrics, and movement — it wouldn’t be a triad without that last point of movement. It’s absolutely one shape.

Other that Cardi B, is there any other art right now that you’re hype on?

[Laughs] Yeah fuck it, I love Cardi. I was in the studio with MOMA READY. He makes such beautiful dance music, and he’s also a really good dancer, and that was a cool moment that happened recently. We made a track really fast. I don’t know, I love my friends. That’s all I can think about, really. You know, my FLUCT girls, I love them so much. And Tara-Jo Tashna, she did an incredible performance at Company Gallery in Manhattan. It was so gorgeous… And then Deli Girls, I love those babies. I’m forever in love with Juliana Huxtable. I work with AceMo, they’re the best. Shoutout AceMo. Shoutout graveyards. Uh… I’m looking at the books next to my bed. Octavia Butler, Lilith’s Brood. Shoutout The Gentrification of the Mind by Sarah Schulman, an amazing book. Witness To A Lost Imagination, this book is fuckin’ good. Oh then of course Jacques Attali, Noise: The Political Economy of Music. Shoutout cactuses, jade, aloe, palm trees… I am in this place where I feel like this gooey little worm. I feel like such a little baby, and really open, and it’s probably not cool. But the baby is there. Big time.

Hausu Mountain preps new release from Brooklyn drone-duo Long Distance Poison and first label compilation HausMo Mixtape I

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Collecting a nebulous mass of like-minded music-makers, Hausu Mountain is simply one of the underground labels you should be making a fuss about. From nocturnal drones to ebullient weird-pop, vulgar free-jazz experiments to tightly wound electronic sounds, broken pulse stories to soupçons of psych soup; the range on the label is staggering but the feel of every release is consistently and unmistakably “HausMo.” Hausu Mountain’s forthcoming cassette releases showcase everything listed above plus much more. The label’s first compilation HausMo Mixtape I is out this Friday, April 20, followed by a new album by Long Distance Poison on May 25.

Yes, the 25th of May is the day when the latest drone throwdown from Brooklyn’s Long Distance Poison comes out to play. The duo of Erica Bradbury and Nathan Cearley have been releasing modular masterpieces on a slew of great labels for years now, so it is only appropriate that they will be putting their best-yet sound-drift Knock Magh out on Hausu. Pellucid analog keyboards and shadowy drones are LDP’s specialty, as evidenced on the intoxicating eight-and-a-half-minutes of “Crop Circle K” below.

For HausMo Mixtape I, 22 tracks of flab-free highlights from Hausu Mountain’s first five years (2012-2017) have been compiled for your listening enjoyment. This is the label’s first compilation and includes all the usual HausMo suspects like Fire-Toolz, TALsounds, Tiger Village, Brett Naucke, label bosses Doug (MrDougDoug) and Max (Mukqs), plus 16 more idiosyncratic acts. Covering then to now, HausMo Mixtape I is not only a handy introduction but a well-rounded gathering of harmonious sounds.

Pre-order and check out a few songs from Mixtape I here, including the incredibly catchy 80’s soccer ‘n’ steroids movie score vibe of “Orion Beach” by D/A/D, extracted below. HausMo Mixtape I is available on cassette, CD, and digitally THIS FRIDAY.

As a wise man might once have said, “If the Hausu Mountain will not come to Muhammad, then Muhammad must go to the Hausu Mountain” (btw, you, dear readers, are Muhammed here; I am NOT the wise man!).

Knock Magh tracklisting:

Side A:
01. Crop Circle K
02. Qllow

Side B:
01. Ooch Nuch

HausMo Mixtape I by Many HausMo Artists

HausMo Mixtape I tracklisting:

01. D/A/D – Orion Beach
02. FIN – Pike
03. Quicksails – The Compound Blues
04. World War – Dingo
05. TALsounds – I Am Why
06. Lockbox – Pridenjoy
07. Rick Weaver – Far East
08. Black Hat – Digital Playpen
09. BANG! BROS. – Smoked Artemis
10. Do Pas O – Six in the Dark
12. Khaki Blazer – Vibrato Rap
13. Potions – Herb Break
14. Kill Alters – Ego Swim
15. Form A Log – Riff Country
16. Eartheater – Mask Therapy
17. MrDougDoug – Arena Snake Ref 196
18. Moth Cock – The Flesh Shall Never Enter
19. Brett Naucke – Hallucinations I-V
20. Tiger Village – Tarantism
21. Andrew Bernstein – Thought Forms III
22. Mukqs – Fisherman’s Edit

New album of tumultuous tones coming from free fusion quintet ADT, out next month on Hausu Mountain

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People who know this finger know that it’s rare that it goes around waggin’ itself — but if a good wagging is what is needed, then WAG it shall! And this isn’t one of those fingers that you can just shoo away like a fly buzzin’ around your mid-morning lemonade. This finger is THIS finger. This finger will never let you go. This finger is the one that fingered Freddy. This finger kills fascists. And this finger will needle your brain until it comes to its senses. If you haven’t drunk the Hausu Mountain Kool-Aid yet, you deserve the finger-wag. And if you haven’t drunk the Hausu Mountain Kool-Aid yet…well, what the hell are you waiting for?!?!

For everyone who loves the Chicago-based label, it should be no surprise whatsoever that HM will hit 2018 running with a release of Epic Free Music proportions. Unrestrained noiseniks ADT will release Insecurities next month on LP and DL.

Comprising some of Chicago’s finest measureless musicians (i.e. Jake Acosta, Ben Billington, Carlos Chavarria, Kyle Drouin, and Adam Tramposh on Insecurities), ADT trample through seven tracks with unfettered emotional abandon and hypnotic electro-jazz-psych improvisation on the Cooper Crain (CAVE, Bitchin Bajas)-produced affair. Check out the fantastically titled “Commotional Rescue” down below for further proof.

HAUSMO 60 will be available February 23 as a silver vinyl release, in resealable bag, with artwork created by Eddy Rivera’s mad mind. Pre-order the Insecurities vinyl (or digital) here now. Don’t make me unleash this finger again!

Insecurities tracklisting:

01. Apply For
02. Unlimited Self-Service
03. Commotional Rescue
04. Redream
05. Retroactive Continuity
06. Ersatz Bridge
07. New Body

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: Do Pas O – “A Covert Life”

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Deep-stream gazes here in new video for Do Pas O single “A Covert Life.” Lots of accidental algorithms stirring a vibrant laboratory of mayhem. Not necessarily sickening, but delirious. Or a propaganda picture for “change,” and change is more like “correction,” so if Do Pas O has anything to say about it, sounds emerge in “A Covert Life” with a certain surprise. And that’s just the single off new Hausu Mountain cassette, Join The Fucking Drum Circle. Snoop “A Covert Life” video below, and head on over to Hasus Mountain’s Bandcamp for all the pain.

Hausu Mountain announce last batch of 2017: cassette releases by Brett Naucke, Moth Cock, Form a Log

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My, time flies. It seems like just last month we announced the latest batch of goodies from perennial gifters Hausu Mountain. Well, not to come over all S.E. Hinton on you, but: That Was Then, This Is Now. And NOW is the time to announce the LATEST, and LAST, set of releases from Hausu Mountain for 2017.

For the past five years, the Chicago label has been issuing strange sounds and dumping square conventions one rectangular cassette at a time (though they do press vinyl and CDs sometimes). Or three at a time, as is the case this time around. November 17 sees the release of a trio of tapes by Hausu faves Brett Naucke, Moth Cock, and Form a Log. All are available on cassette and digital download. Pre-order here separately or here for all three packaged together in a “WTF LOL” batch.

Dedicated followers of the Mountain of Hausu will already be acquainted with the hypnotic ambient machinations of Brett Naucke, the boss romps and cracked journeys of Moth Cock, and the perplexing rumble-jumble of Form a Log. Whether you are or are not, feel free to check out tasters from Naucke’s Multiple Hallucinations, Moth Cock’s 0-100 at the Speed of the Present, and Form a Log’s At a Festival respectively below.

Multiple Hallucinations tracklist:

01. Hallucinations I-XVII
02. Hallucinations XIX-XXXV

0-100 at the Speed of the Present tracklist:

01. A Year of Independence
02. Catastrophic Currency
03. Persevering Power of Pulp Paperbacks
04. A Gust That Night Never Ended
05. 0-100 at the Speed of the Present
06. The Flesh Shall Never Enter
07. Let Us Share a Coke
08. The Trees’ Faces Reflect Our Own
09. The Haggard Gaze of the Caged
10. World Weary Travelers
11. Leveraging the Lodestone

At a Festival tracklist:

01. Riff Country
02. Hot Rags, Real Drums
03. At a Festival (The Ska Tapes)
04. Raymond
05. This Is Your Captain Speaking (Black Box)
06. The Sizzler
07. A Wanted Man
08. The Ska Files

Black Hat and World War releases on Hausu Mountain out in September

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Recently, my mom (of all people) told me that record label Hausu Mountain is not named after an actual mountain. She also told me about two new releases coming out in September. Geez, mom, are you working for Hausu Records now?

Turns out, yes, my mom actually owns Hausu Records now. She said Black Hat will release a new album called Impossible World on September 22. Black Hat is a project from Neslson Bean that mixes beat music with soothing ambient textures. Bean’s compositions include an assortment of synth programming and layered precision lines that evolve into, in my mom’s words, “real bangers.”

As my mom told me this info, she stuck her hand down her sweatpants, cupped a fart, and then covered it over my mouth. She then kicked me and called me a nerd. After laughing for five minutes she told me that World War’s new album Soundsystem will also be released on September 22. I guess Davey Harms’ World War project “brings more of a techno/cyborg vibe to the label,” and it’s also Harms’ first release there. Then, between noogies, mom also said something about both albums being released on cassette. She then crushed an empty beer can on her forehead. Really well.

After collecting all of this dope info, I asked my mom if I could get an internship at Hausu. She just quietly directed me to her computer screen and played a video compilation of Jake the Snake DDTs.

Impossible World tracklisting:

01. Digital Playpen
02. Diary
03. Cucullu
04. Cracked
05. Headband
06. Marine Layer
07. Speedskating
08. Unfortunate Statement
09. Heliotrope
10. Gorilla House
11. Impossible World
12. Far Gone
13. Frequency Follower

Soundsystem tracklisting

01. California
02. Same in the World Red
03. No Time 4 Tremor
04. Finally Human Hair
05. War Dudes
06. Dingo
07. Expert Man (The Refined Man)
08. Enemies Against Power
09. Bass

Kill Alters to release still-personal new album, No Self Helps, on Hausu Mountain

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…On the contrary, Mukqs, I took care to learn about the backstory, and I think I was more terrified than I would’ve been if I was completely ignorant of how personally derived Bonnie Baxter’s debut album as Kill Alters was. Plenty of releases make a show of being superficially frightening, but it’s questionable how many of those come from some place deep within an emotional core, which theoretically allows listeners to connect with the music on a sincere and borderline-subconscious level. Knowing that Baxter started Kill Alters as a consequence of the non-musical tapes that her mother invariably recorded when she was younger, and knowing that her mother continues to suffer from two debilitating disorders; it’s tough to remove one’s stone face listening to that first effort. Take it from Bonnie, after all; the product (by design) ultimately self-soothed more than crowd-pleased.

The second effort from Kill Alters, No Self Helps, somewhat re-utilizes the tape inspiration that got this whole project started in the first place, but this time, contributions from drummer Hisham Bharoocha (formerly of Black Dice) go a long way toward moving things off Baxter’s serious, intensely-personal, and hard-to-access island. That means more energy, complemented by Baxter’s continued reaching for vocal octaves, many of which might fall confoundingly between the “elated” and “in-immediate-need-of-an-exorcist” categories. The results still feel pretty wild overall.

No Self Helps is out July 28 on cassette and CD (note: the CD version also includes Kill Alters’ 2015 debut as bonus material). It’s the first Kill Alters release on Hausu Mountain and follows their recent joint album with Yasushi Yoshida on Deathbomb Arc. Head to Hausu Mountain to pre-order either iteration, and eviscerate yourself with bonus track “The Holder” down below.

No Self Helps tracklisting (CD version):

01. LaLaLa Song Part1
02. Sensory
03. LaLaLa Song Part2
04. Ego Swim
05. LaLaLa Song Part3
06. Mosquito’s Gonna Bite The Shit Out of You
07. The Holder
08. LaLaLa Part4
09. Shrill Birdy
10. Wart Therapy
11. A09
12. Silencio
13. D15
14. I’m Laughing
15. D03
16. My Father
17. D20
18. Something To Remember Me By
19. Love Me Or Murder Me