Aug 2011 09

Various Artists - Drinking the Goat's Blood
Various Artists
Category: Compilations / Experimental / IDM
Album: Drinking the Goat’s Blood
Stars: 2.5
Blurb: New compilation that offers a very specific foray into a corner of electronic music that often gets over looked.

 

Drinking the Goat’s Blood is a new compilation from an independent label based in California, known as Record Label Records. Featuring artists from the label’s own roster, as well as acts from Hymen Records and Ant-Zen, Drinking the Goat’s Blood features a notably diverse range of sounds and approaches.

While it’s impossible not to hear a little Boards of Canada or Aphex Twin at times, much of the music on this disc is more abstract and directionless. Featuring anything from frantic beats to nearly comatose noise, the music here encompasses a wide range of moods and minimalistic styles. Senryl’s “Dusted” is one of the high points of the record, offering a melancholy and somewhat rhythmic piece.

Unfortunately, there is a great deal of repetitiousness. Considering that some of these songs are in the near seven minute range, it can become quite a drag after awhile. There are also a couple of tracks that are particularly pointless and, as it happens, outright annoying. Mike Dunkley’s “Rap Career” probably deserves this honor the most, in addition to the honor of being the album’s first featured artist.

While this writer can’t conceive that this album will find sizeable audience, the varied nature of the recordings and their repetitive nature does encourage their use as sample fodder for other artists to take advantage of and experiment with. “Ice Berg Marimba” by Jacob Jarnigon is one of those tracks just aching to be manipulated and added to.
 
Track list:

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  2. Wobbly – I Can’t Speak
  3. Fluorescent Grey – Acoustic Barber Pole
  4. Column One – 100 Märsche & Tänze (Grey Version)
  5. Candle Labra – Physmod Pt 1
  6. Ata Ebtekar – Nuke Concrete
  7. Nommo Ogo – Chromomiasma
  8. Wisp – Ptolemy Sphere
  9. Dalglish – Yvonlin Bck
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  11. Koyxen – 410b
  12. Claroscent Dray – Seraphim (Excerpt)
  13. Contagious Orgasm – A Present Spot
  14. Sean Niessen – Backwards (Excerpt)
  15. Jacob Jarnigon – Ice Berg Marimba
  16. Upside Down Umbrella – Egg in the Head (Excerpt)
  17. Wobbly – A Wall of Blood
  18. 10-20 – Baltimoriole
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  20. Bloodysnowman – Psychic Sunrise (Bonus Track)
  21. Candle Labra – Physmod Pt 2 (Bonus Track)
  22. Yoshihide Nakajima – Room (Bonus Track)

 
Record Label Records Website http://www.recordlabelrecords.org
 
Purchase at:
Amazon MP3
 
2010-12-07
 
Brian Backlash (BrianBacklash)

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