Cremation Lily is the project of UK based Z.Zsigo. For the past 5 years Zsigo has been consistently working under most people’s radars with his distinctly personal take on power electronics, developing a modest cult following and a respectable catalog of releases through his Strange Rules label.
In 2012 the project was brought to the attention of Steve Underwood from Harbinger Sound who subsequently released the ‘Fertility Servent’ 7” and the project began to gather a more visible live presence thanks to gigs with the likes of Consumer Electronics, Con-Dom, Natural Assembly and on the east coast of America too with Alberich and Âmes Sanglantes. Now Alter is pleased to present the first longform vinyl collection of Cremation Lily material – Fires Frame The Silhouette is compiled mostly from reworked and remixed tracks from previous CL cassette releases. All pieces are thematically linked by a time and place in Zsigo’s life and bringing them together creates a record of masterful atmosphere which ranks high in the industrial / PE canon and closes a chapter in the project’s timeline.
Mastered by Arthur Rizk and cut to vinyl by Noel Summerville - limited one time pressing of 300 copies.
Damien Dubrovnik are Loke Rahbek (Lust For Youth, Var, Croatian Amor) and Christian Stadsgaard, two Copenhagen residents who are known for running the highly respected and prolific Posh Isolation label. ‘Patterns of Penetration’ is a new EP which comes relatively hot off the heels of a USA and UK tour with Helm and their first new material since last year’s Alter debut, the ‘First Burning Attraction’ LP. Lead track and recent live staple ‘Penis Corset’ is the most potent and pointed piece the duo have penned yet – the main body of the track is driven by a crude and primative rhythm made from an electronic bass pulse and blown out synth noise, punctuated by feedback and guttural vocals.
The result is probably the closest the duo has ever come to creating something that fits the traditional ‘song’ format yet fully retaining an industrial atmosphere that is consistent with previous DD releases. On the flip, title track ‘Patterns of Penetration’ presents a calmer side of the duos work yet also find them at their most complex and rich, sonically speaking, with a two note synth lead, spoken vocals and washes of analog tape noise.
Edition of 400 copies with artwork by Danish artist Martin Erik Andersen.
Sane Men Surround is the second album to emerge from Southend-on-Sea’s Liberez. Following on from their 2011 debut The Letter, the 9 tracks here continue to savagely EQ percussion, guitar, violin and electronics into abstraction with tracks like A Warning and My Madness Offends bearing the industrial, almost ritualistic, atmospherics of its predecessor, whilst Nema Te and What’s Mine Is Mine introduce a new style of composition and song writing which pushes the group towards a more bombastic ‘post-punk’ style of abrasiveness. As ominous as it is seductive, Sane Men Surround is a true product of the South-East of England.
It is a work of suburban claustrophobia that lurches around Britain's industrial past and glares at its future. It is an album with a brain and a heart, evoking the rumbling lorries of Essex, its scared sober marshlands, and peace riddled battlegrounds. Previously issued as limited vinyl edition of 100 copies on the Savory Days label, this CD edition features a different master to suit the format.
Tracklisting: 1. Nema Te 2. A Warning 3. Nema Te (Part 2) 4. A C A B 5. What’s Mine Is Mine 6. Unhomely 7. What’s Mine Is Mine (Part 2) 8. My Madness Offends 9. Landscape At Iden 1929
If there's a single guiding motif to this debut recording from Love Theme, it's the melancholic throb of love learnt and love lost, a descent that tumbles and slips through the overall feeling of looking back.
As intimately and carefully as its parts cohesively lament a narrative, it's the after-image that catches your breath, like a memory morphing as it is observed. Comprised of Alex Zhang Hungtai of the now defunct project Dirty Beaches, along with Austin Milne, and Simon Frank, 'Love Theme' is arranged from an improvised session with twin saxophones, synthesizer, percussion, drum machine, and voice. Over the course of a year the material was edited remotely from the members' home cities of London, LA and Taipei.
The record's sullen ambience is never left too long to set in. The aching wane of the saxophone arrangements frisk the propulsive aggro of the mixed percussion, forcing a melancholic halo upon the queasy stupor of the synthetic swing that closes each side of the record. It's a bizarre lust for life that's being divined from equal parts dislocation and invigoration, a potent remedy which perhaps Love Theme can call their own.
Percolating and finding form over time, the record instinctively follows a travel narrative, moving across a series of landscapes, reflecting the innate experiences of the expressions and voices that were first collected in South London back in February 2015.
Tracklisting: 1. Desert Exile 2. Late Crossing 3. Docklands - Yaumatei - Plum Garden 4. She's Here 5. All Sky, Love's End