2. Larkspur And Lazarus
3. A Gothic Love Song
5. Soft Black Stars
1. It Is Time, Only Time
2. AntiChrist And BarCodes
3. The Signs In The Stars
4. Whilst The Night Rejoices Profound And Still
5. Moonlight, Or Other Dreams, Or Other Fields
6. Judas As Black Moth
1. Chewing On Shadows I
1. Chewing On Shadows II
2. Chewing On Shadows III
Release Date: 16/11/2018
Originally issued by Ascetic House as a small limited-run cassette release in early 2018, PLYXY’s debut »Gloryland« will now be available on vinyl and digital formats by the Swiss imprint, Hallow Ground. Haunted by the pressing question, »What if?«, the five compositions on »Gloryland« aim to create, in the words of the artist, Ros Knopov, himself, »a hyper-visual audio landscape of a world somebody listening can fall into and drown in.
« The term »nostalgia« originally referred to the longing for a place. The nostalgia that informs »Gloryland« is PLYXY’s longing for his cultural-geographic roots while feeling adrift in an alien environment. Born in Dnepropetrovsk, then the rocket-making capital of the USSR, Knopov immigrated to New York City as a child in 1989.
In »Gloryland,« he dives deep into his uneasy childhood memories and their warped reflections. PLYXY marks the unreliability of his recollections by making it heard - the anthemic qualities of the five pieces are coated in an opaque layer of dream-like textures.
From the elegiac opener, »It Will Be Beautiful,«to the blaring rhythmic noise of »March of Youth,« the greyscale picture painted by »Gloryland« becomes more and more refined below the surface. PLYXY’s search for a past is, however, less a sentimental journey, and more a radical confrontation with the politics of memory and the materials that serve as mnemonic devices.
»Gloryland« draws on field recordings from Knopov’s adopted hometown New York and Soviet films as well as performances from his collection of analog and digital keyboards, with the results filtered and re-textured through the producer’s modular synthesizer setup acting as the final editorial layer in the creative process.
The result is lush and warm throughout, but also demure and distant. While »Gloryland« might thus easily be pigeonholed as a hauntological record, it is one only in the term’s most radical sense. After all, any »what if?« might turn into a »Why not?«
A1) It will be beautiful (4:12)
A2) Gloryland (5:18)
A3) Ungod (4:51)
B1) KatYusha (6:05)
B2) March of Youth (5:27)
Release Date: 16/11/2018
After the solo album 'PATHS OF THE ERRANT GAZE' in 2016 Reinier van Houdt returns to Hallow Ground with IGITUR CARBON COPIES - an album based on the unfinished gothic tale IGITUR – a collection of texts that eventually was abandoned by its author Stéphane Mallarmé in 1869.
Connecting with Mallarmé's obsessions about chance and destiny, IGITUR CARBON COPIES is thef fragmentation of all the roots that ran under its predecessor PATHS OF THE ERRANT GAZE and brings these to a provisional close: guided by David Tibet's voice reading the reworked text we descend through spheres of deserted anthems, disembodied voices, morse signals, crank calls, corroded tapes, radio statics, stones, while doing counting games.
Here the acoustical spaces are manifold, blended or shifted in a heartbeat, where far and near, up and down are relative, where Riemann's god is pointless and angels are enjoying their space. Here perception is a vice that constantly hallucinates realities. Reinier van Houdt started experimenting with taperecorders, radio's and objects at a young age. Later he studied piano at the Liszt-Academy in Budapest & the Royal Conservatory in The Hague. He developed a fascination for all matters that defy notation: sound, timing, space, physicality, memory, noise, environment - points beyond composition, interpretation and improvisation.
He has built himself an unusual repertoire that consistently resulted from personal quests; from composing with non-musical sources, from collaborations with composers & musicians, from research in archives or from unorthodox studies of classical music.
He collaborated with artists like Francisco López, Maria de Alvear, Robert Ashley, Luc Ferrari, Annea Lockwood, Alvin Curran, John Cage, Christian Marclay, Walter Marchetti, Charlemagne Palestine and joined the legendary outsider-collectiveCurrent 93 in 2012.
A1) Annunciation (0:40)
A2) An Empty Set (6:08)
A3) Midnight Rorschach (4:24)
A4) Leaving The Room (1:56)
A5) Descent (7:26)
B1) Riemann Angels (3:55)
B2) Murmurations (4:50)
B3) The Numbers (2:16)
B4) Tomb Ectoplasm (4:02)
B5) Spiral (1:32)
Credits: Music: Reinier van Houdt Text: Stéphane Mallarmé/Reinier van Houdt Voice: David Tibet Cover art: Ruth Stofer
8MM / 'a' Recordings