Having connected with this enigma years ago, it seemed almost inspired that we’d have the opportunity to work together on the release of “autremonde”.
The album is a collection of material crafted in various apartments & houses across the United States over a decade & a half. A mired collage of field recordings, simple percussion, synth dirges, digitally processed guitar swaths, & the occasional haunted vocal that coalesce into a single presentation over 77 minutes in length.
Repeated listens will prove rewarding as new opportunities to drink in the life of this world are exposed. Part meditative discourse, part soul-searching exploration, all challenging to the ear as well as the heart.
RIYL: Peter Gabriel’s “Birdy“, Brian Eno’s “Apollo“, Scott Walker’s “The Drift“
All sounds performed, captured, & assembled by A.Momentomori. Concept dreamt up by C. Scott Baker. Cover art courtesy of Stilyagi.
Who is “Oahu”? Todd Webb, illustrator, visual artist, & occasional seamonster
After seeing the them perform together this past spring, HSAL asked both acts to create a single composition of roughly 20 minutes in length for a split release. While akin in spirit, both acts turned in a unique experience. On the A side, honeybrandy weaves astrological readings into their trademark collage of synths, lap steel, & field recordings. The result is uneasy on the surface but soothing over time. Oahu’s B side is comparatively minimal, with subtle electronic layers lapping into the speakers like an impending tidal shift. Each side was tracked, performed, & mixed by the artist. The release was mastered by Andrew Horton.
NOTE: The digital copy of HSAL #29 includes a bonus track from each artist recorded in the same sessions as the cassette material.
AVAILABILITY: black shell c42, digital download (begins shipping 08/26) ARTWORK: courtesy of HSAL; initial collage by Joanna McGlothlin PURCHASE: here
HSAL #25: Benjamin Mauch, “For My Friends” CASS $5 (+ S/H)
Benjamin Mauch is somewhat of an expatriate from the Old Dominion, currently residing in South Korea. Prior to his move abroad, Mauch grew up along the fall line & attended university in the foothills of the Blue Ridge (that’s about as “Virginia” as it gets). “For My Friends” was birthed out of close relationships formed during post-secondary education. Ambient tones & paths carved out with simple instruments (keys, guitar, laptop) are Mauch’s mode of communication.
Originally self-released, HSAL fell hard for this collection & sought out the chance to give “Friends” a physical release.
AVAILABILITY: gray cassette + digital download, run of 50 ARTWORK: courtesy of Benjamin Mauch (assembled by HSAL) PURCHASE: here