SEYMOUR GLASS

Indicate Damge Area

(l’Esprit de l’Escalier) CDR $8.00

Live recordings from Philadelphia Record Exchange, Temescal Arts Center, Canessa Gallery, and Red Gate Arts Society, admired by Burning Star Core's C. Spencer Yeh for its rampant “parking garage logic.” Cover art by Toni Lee Smith

SEYMOUR GLASS

Make Yourself Useless

(l’Esprit de l’Escalier) CDR $8.00

Electroacoustics, tape music, field recordings, loops, objects, non-musical music, and like that. As C. Lavender says, “There’s more than one way to play a piano with knives.” Cover art by Toni Lee Smith

GNARLOS / BRUCE RUSSELL

Ruined Again

(l’Esprit de l’Escalier - LELE04) split LP $20.00

Two tape pieces by The Dead C / A Handful of Dust gentleman on one side, using excerpts from texts on urbanism, recorded instrumental interludes, and electronics. On the flip, the side-long track by one of the mutants from Bren't Lewiis Ensemble combines fragments of keyboard drone, spastic violin, field recordings by Silvia Kastel and Joan Of Art, turntables, and diabolically uncooperative reel-to-reel tape. Insert includes companion texts “No: Your City” — Formulary For A New Christchurch” and “The Organ Courier And The Chinese Billionaire.” Cover art by Kate McRae. Edition of 200.

MICHEL HENRITZI / JUNKO

Fear Of Music / Berlin, With Love

(l’Esprit de l’Escalier - LELE01) 7-inch $15.00

The stamina-defying screamer of Japanese noise and longtime vocalist for Hijo Kaidan joins wrecker of civilization and one-third of The Dustbreeders for two sides of very pleasant unpleasantness. Henritzi’s improvised guitar-playing is the real surprise here, with its curiously cinema-conscious restraint, hovering around the perplexing intersection of an imaginary Giallo scored by Morricone and the calm brunch entertainment at a grim eastern European café. Quite a deviation from the “glorious, unholy racket” of his vinyl-noise trio. Junko, meanwhile, colors the foreground with her trademark bird-getting-strangled-by-a-dentist-on-a-chalkboard vocals (say whatever you want, comedian, she’s heard it all before) but here shrieks with almost zero adornment, to the point where she achieves an unusual variation on repetitive minimalism. The sublime tension between the two players forms a rarely heard, abject desperation that seems impossible to satisfy. Edition of 100.

SILVIA KASTEL / NINNI MORGIA / GARY SMITH

Brand II

(l’Esprit de l’Escalier - LELE03) LP $20.00

Free improv by two guitarists renowned for their extended technique work and consistently inventive experimentation, and female electronics vocalist who explores the outer reaches of the voice. Seven rustling matches of self-containment, as if imprisoned inside a Styrofoam-insulated sleeping bag. Electro-chitters and micro-fweent form semi-transparent mosaics on top of the high-res screech of glass tchochtkes melting from the inside out, nth generation birdsong bending in on itself along an event horizon, color-blocked abstractions of mechanical squirrels playing a kalimba, and wolf fetuses horking into a trumpet. With master percussionist sound sculptor Marcello Magliocchi. Includes insert. Edition of 175

LLOYD PACK

At Home With The Lloyd Pack

(l’Esprit de l’Escalier - LELE02) LP $20.00

Dan Melchior, Pheromoans vocalist Russell Walker, Letha Rodman Melchior (ex-Ruby Falls, on keys, guitar, clarinet, viola), Anthony Allman (El Jesus De Magico, on tapes), and Circuit des Yeux’s Haley Fohr (on ethereal vocalizations) seep into tapestries woven from Third And Final Report, chamber ensemble tuning strategies, reenactments of the minutes from staff meetings of The East Village Other, and Davey Williams dreaming of robots counting electric sheep. The debut full-length by Lloyd Pack, which follows up a most evolved seven-inch on Siltbreeze, is a total musical collage, built entirely from prerecorded contributions from the principals, who had no idea how their recordings would end up. The results by the unorthodox, Robitussin-y garage band, guided by heir traffic controller Melchior — inspired by Graham Lambkin, Luc Ferrari, Luc Marrianni, Prominent Disturbance, Yuzo Iwata, The Bren’t Lewiis Ensemble, Frank Bedal, Gus Coma, and many others — enable pulsating yet unresolved tangents to return from a walkabout bearing promises of increased salience of articulation. Includes a booklet of short stories by Melchior. Edition of 175. Scope out the foxy magic here: http://youtu.be/K1Cfohrxd-E