Aural Delights 239

PLAYLIST

  1. Magazine – The Lights Pours Our Of Me – The Complete Peel Sessions
  2. Captain Beefheart & His Magic Band- Hot Head – Best Batch Yet
  3. The Sexual Objects – Cincinnati Blooms – Marshmallow
  4. m.t.scott & the swing youth – Let Us  Rejoice Pt. 1 – Live at the Edelweiss Lounge
  5. The Dave Graney Show – The Stuff That Night Is Made Of – Kiss Tomorrow Goodbye (Expanded Edition)
  6. Tombstones In Their Eyes – I Want To Fly -Fear EP
  7. Diagram Brothers – Those men in white coats – Some Marvels of Modern Science
  8. Aquaserge – Tour Du Monde – laisse ça être
  9. Hungry Ghosts – Fly – Hungry Ghosts EP
  10. The Sexual Objects – Sometimes – Marshmallow
  11. Trash – Migraines – Trash EP
  12. The Phantom Sound- Voices – Voices
  13. Prag VEC – Cigarettes – Bits EP
  14. Lunar Twin – Waves – Night Tides
  15. Red Crayola – On The Brink – Soldier Talk
  16. m.t. scott & the swing youth -Let Us Rejoice Pt. 2 – Live at the Edelweiss Lounge
  17. Aquaserge – Tintin on est bien mon loulou –  laisse ça être
  18. BardSpec – Teeth – Hydrogen
  19. Essential Logic – Alkaline Loaf In The Area – Beat Rhythm News (Waddle Ya Play ?)
  20. Saint Etienne – Out of my Mind – Home Counties
  21. Punishment of Luxury – Baby Don’t Jump – Laughing Academy
  22. Hungry Ghosts – Peak – Hungry Ghosts LP
  23. Tombstones In Thier Eyes – Fear – Fear EP
  24. The Sexual Objects – Kevin Ayers – Marshmallow
  25. J.P. Shilo – S L E E P (3rd Movement) – S L E E P
  26. Aquaserge – Charme d’Orient – laisse ça être
  27. m.t. scott & the swing youth -The Swing Kids Dance – Live at the Edelweiss Lounge
  28. The Fall – British People In Hot Weather – Telephone Thing
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Aural Delights 238

PLAYLIST

  1. The Screaming Love Collective – Thought It Would Have Been Better By Now – Thought It Would Have Been Better By Now
  2. Aquaserge – Si Lion si proche – laisse ça être
  3. BardSpec – Intro Deposition – Hydrogen
  4. JD Meatyard – Green Flags – Collectivise
  5. The Blackeyed Susans – Can’t Find The Moon – Close Your Eyes And See
  6. The Jackson Code – Yesterday’s Coffee – The Things You Need
  7. Harry Howard and the NDE – Old Black Shoe – Near Death Experience
  8. Dave Graney and the Lurid Yellow Mist – While You Dream, I Live – Supermodified
  9. Nick Cave & The Bad Seeds – Wanted Man – The Firstborn Is Dead
  10. The Jackson Code – Unless We Throw The Scissors Out – The Things You Need
  11. The Blackeyed Susans – Farewell Boys – Close Your Eyes And See
  12. JD Meatyard – Bill Hicks (For President) – Collectivise
  13. The Screaming Love Collective – Kebab Rehab – Thought It Would Have Been Better By Now
  14. Aquaserge – C’est pas tout mais – laisse ça être
  15. BardSpec – Bone – Hydrogen
  16. Big Hogg – Vegan Mother’s Day – Gargoyles
  17. Cleaners from Venus – Julie Profumo – Going to England
  18. Robin Trower – The Land of Plenty – Time and Emotion
  19. Gold – You Too Must Die – Optimist
  20. Fogbound – Gazing at my Grave – Fogbound
  21. Toska Wilde – The Death and Life of A Dreamgirl – Prerelease
  22. JD Meatyard – Go Pray – Collectivise
  23. IIVII – We Live – Invasion
  24. The Screaming Love Collective – Existential Pathology and the Death of Ideas –  Thought It Would Have Been Better By Now

Hydrogen

BardSpec is the Ambient project / band from Enslaved composer/ guitarist Ivar Bjørnson. This June, By Norse will release the debut album Hydrogen. Having launched the project at Roadburn in 2015, BardSpec has since evolved into a fully fledged band, with Steve Austin on guitars/effects, David Hall presenting the live visual aspect of the project, with the layout created by Josh Graham (Soundgarden, Neurosis, IIVII, etc.)

BardSpec combines stirring, hallucinatory synth-sounds with mercurial guitar effects and hypnotic rhythms that navigate illusory landscapes. Field recordings, and other found-sounds also drift and evaporate into the ether. Working intuitively with these elements and with sharpened senses, attuned to inner impulses, this is immersive music, that can exist anywhere, and anytime within the minds of the listener.

Whilst BardSpec might essentially be the same brain and personality making the music, compared to Enslaved, it is a widely different entity. Thematically and sonically, BardSpec is about minimising, subtracting and meditating upon the simplest essence of “things”; the single points: exemplified through the song titles, like “Bone”, “Salt” and so on, the basic elements and foundations that make up the whole. There is an element of “space” in the music, and the artwork, as a representation of the inner workings of the mind and the subconscious.
Enslaved
Inspired by the German masters Tangerine Dream, Klaus Schultze, Conrad Schnitzler as well as contemporary ambient music like Norwegian one-man-band Biosphere and abstract modern electronic music like When (Norwegian also), as well as the electronic/industrial-driven metal like Godflesh. Ivar describes the appeal and trance-inducing aspects of such music to him, “I remember listening to Richard Burmer and his album “Mosaic” from 1984. I thought I fell asleep but I was in a semi-lucid state where I still registered music – but not much else. At the end of side A there’s an explosion so violent and extreme that I jumped two feet into the air and was totally shocked. The weird thing is, I couldn’t remember it being there. When I revisited the music again it was just a little “thud”. I was just experiencing a trance so deep into the music that this deviation from the pattern and frequencies in the foregoing half hour of monotony totally shocked me. I loved it!
Hydrogen is released on 23 June across all formats. The 6-panel CD digipak is available as limited first press to 1000 including bonus track “Teeth”. The double gatefold LP is limited to 500 black vinyl, and the digital format also including the bonus track.
This release delivers yet another fascinating example of the development of ambient post-rock with nods towards electronica and early krautrock which appears prevalent at the moment. Highly enjoyable, it will be featured on Aural Delights 238.

BardSpec, ambient band from Enslaved guitarist Ivar Bjørnson, share track from forthcoming album

 

Whilst BardSpec might essentially be the same brain and personality making the music, compared to Enslaved, it is a widely different entity. Thematically and sonically, BardSpec is about minimising, subtracting and meditating upon the simplest essence of “things”; the single points: exemplified through the song titles, like “Bone”, “Salt” and so on, the basic elements and foundations that make up the whole. There is an element of “space” in the music, and the artwork, as a representation of the inner workings of the mind and the subconscious.

Inspired by the German masters Tangerine Dream, Klaus Schultze, Conrad Schnitzler as well as contemporary ambient music like Norwegian one-man-band Biosphere and abstract modern electronic music like When (Norwegian also), as well as the electronic/industrial-driven metal like Godflesh.

Here’s a very strong taster from the forthcoming album “Hydrogen”  called ‘Fire Tongue’ – excellent sound which makes me all the more eager to hear the album.