And so into 2016 by mopping up the rear end of 2015 and running through my top twenty albums of the year.
Theologian’s latest is 70 minutes of industrial noise, buried drum machines, layers of ambience, occasional spoken word, howling guitars and menacing intent. Those bought up on a diet of early Cabaret Voltaire, Throbbing Gristle and Test Department will no doubt enjoy it. It’s a distracting enough listen to get me through a boring New Years Day afternoon with nowt good on the bad telly-v. Anyway it’s called “Dregs” and you can find it on Lee Bartow’s own Annihilvs Power Electronix label. With Bartow on this release are Daniel Suffering (Whorid, Slavernij) and Dave Brenner (Militia Men, Heidnik), together with vocal contributions from Gretchen Heinel, Faith Ciavarella, and additional percussion by BJ Allen (Full Scale Riot). (to be featured on Aural Delights Podcast 163)
Mark Corrin finished off his ambitious plan to release 12 EPs in 2015 with hours to spare. Number 11 is a remarkable trio of stark improvised pieces from a session in Istanbul.
He has saved the best to last with Number 12, a breezy, bright and compelling trio of electro-pop gems which demonstrate Mark’s more accessible side. A fantastic achievement across all 12 releases which demonstrate considerable variety, invention and quality.
A germ ridden Dr Kloos completes a busy year with a great live album from the Crescent in Salford. Containing some of his “greatest hits” the set, which was recorded on the 6th June 2015 by Jim Watts, is a great summary of Johann’s work to date.
I don’t know about a lot of this so-called “nu folk” stuff. Most of it leaves me pretty cold. This chaps voice has a quality and the lyrics are suitably interesting to grab my ear. He is Jamie Beau and this is the lead track from his debut album ‘Tales of the Earth, Tales of the Sea…’. I am reminded, to some degree, of John Martyn.
Richard J. Birkin, so called “sound artist, composer, live concert performer and creative technologist”, will release his new 11-track album “Vigils” on March 11th 2016 via Reveal Records, which will be available in CD, LP and digital download formats. Here’s what he sounds like…
And to close my top twenty albums of 2015 starting with my best of the year…..
The Seven Twenty – The Seven Twenty
Courtney Barnett – Sometimes I Just Sit A Think And Sometimes I Just Think
The Holy Soul – Fortean Times
Alif – Aynama –Rtama
Monkeys In Love – Take The Biscuit (couldn’t find anything on You Tube from the album so here’s a classic)
Dave Graney & the mistLY – Play mistLY for me – live recordings vol 1
Moff Skellington – The Corkscrew Tongue
JD Meatyard – Taking The Asylum
Niche – Heading East
Flies On You – Etcetera
Heroin In Tahiti – Sun and Violence
Dilly Dally – Sore
Mammoth Penguins – Hide and Seek
The Lancashire Hustlers – What Made Him Run
Moff Skellington – Scribnalls
Robert Forster – Songs To Play
Dave Graney – Once I Loved The Torn Oceans Roar
Dead Sea Apes – Spectral Domain
The Masterbakers – Clouds Over Happy Town