Monday, November 18, 2019

avaible

Tapes

Samara Lubelski & Marcia Bassett - Neue Schachtel
Miminokoto: KOENJI 07/02/2016
Kris Vanderstraeten & Frederik Leroux: Live at The Audioplant
My Cat Is An Alien & Nad Spiro - La Casa Encendida
Kabouter Chismus - S/T

Lp

Louise Landes Levi/Timo van Luijk/Bart De Paepe: Kami
Fursaxa - Immured
Ilta Hämärä - Saivo
Ilta Hämärä - Velloa 7" (Meeuw Muzak)
Louise Landes Levi/Timo van Luijk/Bart De Paepe - Ikiru (Oaken Palace)
WENDINGEN 1918 ~ MUZIKË MUUSIKA (Des Astres d'Or)
Variouse: Au-delà (Meakusma)

Books

Bart De Paepe - mellow my mind: a sloow tapes discography
Malcolm Ritchie - Encounter with the Great Mother. Ayahuasca in the Andes



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Monday, November 04, 2019

Louise Landes Levi/Timo van Luijk/Bart De Paepe



Louise Landes Levi/Timo van Luijk/Bart De Paepe
Kami
Sloowax 007



Like the ever changing shapeshifting nature of Kami in Japanese Shinto faith, the music on this new collaborative lp is a mirror reflecting, obscuring or modifying the ever changing rivers of sounds.
Louise Landes Levi has a long history in music from studying sarangi with Annapurna Devi and La Monte Young to performing with like minded poets as Ira Cohen and Simon Vinkenoog. As on the previous Ikiru lp she collaborates with Timo van Luijk (Af Ursin, Elodie, Asra, In camera etc) and Bart De Paepe (Ilta Hämärä, Bombay Lunatic Ensemble etc). The trio weaves several delicate threads together into a surrealist, organic but overall poetic language. Includes a postcard. Limited to 500 copies.

Since launching in middle 2000s, the dual imprint Sloowtapes / Sloowax, founded and run by visual artist and musician, Bart De Paepe, has been proved to be among the more ambitious platforms for the wild and wonderful sounds emerging from the contemporary scenes of avant-garde and experimental music. Whether viewing individual releases, or the catalog as a total context, theirs is a world which pointedly defies easy definition and being nailed down. Sloowax’s latest, Kami, a stunning collaboration between Louise Landes Levi, Timo van Luijk, and Bart De Paepe, is among their most stunning LPs to date, riding high among our favourite records of the year.

With a practice dating back to the 1960s, over the last decade the poet, musician, and performer, Louise Landes Levi has slowly emerged as one of the most fascinating and engaging figures in the contemporary landscape of experimental music. A founding member of Daniel Moore’s Floating Lotus Magic Opera Company, performing alongside the likes of Terry Riley and Angus Maclise, a student of a number of the most important figures in 20th century Indian Classical music - Sri Annapurna Devi, Ustad Abdul Majid Khan, Ustad Ali Akbar Khan, and Pandit Ram Narayan, as well as a close associate of La Monte Young, Marian Zazeela, Ira Cohen, and Catherine Christer Hennix, she stands among the great links between high psychedelia, the countercultural explorations of Artaud and Michaux, Eastern mysticism, Hindustani music, and the sonic avant-garde. Despite her exceptional place in history, recordings of Levi’s remarkably singular music have only begun to emerge over the last decade. Last year’s Ikiru or The Wanderer and Colloidal Love were two of our favourite albums of 2018. Her latest, Kami, a collaboration with Timo van Luijk (Af Ursin, Elodie, Lumine, etc.) and Bart De Paepe, takes the already high bar up a notch.

Laden with abstraction - one foot in the ethereal, mysterious, and ancient past, the other arching into unknown futures yet to be seen - Kami is a total world, imagistically rising through sound. Vocals, tanpura, sarangi, synths, bells, flute, and numerous other acoustic sound sources, intertwine in a droning, delicately percussive tapestry, amounting to brilliant musical hybrid, the depths of which few have realised since the days of Third Ear Band and Aktuala - an avant-gardism grown from mystical roots - fragments of ancient traditions which take the ear beyond the boundaries of time, pushing forward toward utopian dreams.

Brilliant, immersive, and challenging at every turn, Levi, Luijk, and Paepe’s Kami presents a beacon of creativity and hope for the end of the year. The album comes complete with a postcard containing artwork and poem by Louise Landes Levi. For those who missed it the first time around, we’ve also just received copies of the brand new repress of her brilliant LP for 2018, Ikiru or The Wanderer, both are absolutely essential and not to be missed. (Soundohm)


Aching, poetic and psychedelic elegies for the destruction of the planet, inspired by Japanese Shinto faith and played by some of Belgium’s most attuned for Bart De Paepe’s Sloowax

Working in each other’s orbits for years, but meeting as a trio on record for the first time, the result of Louise Landes Levi (Bombay Lunatic Asylum), Timo Van Lujik (Af Ursin, Elodie), and Bart De Paepe’s (Silvester Anfang II) debut speak to a rustic, pastoral conception of psychedelia and folk music inspired by the Shinto faith’s belief in Kami - spirits or holy powers manifest as forces of nature ranging from the elements to landscapes.

In communal voice the trio limn four beautifully organic, shapeshifting scenes that perhaps suggest a world running low on electricity and reconnecting with its analog essence and capacity for telepathic communication - of which improvised music such as ‘Kami’ is surely a form of. Yet while democratic in its structure and division of duties, the vital spirit of Louise Landes Levi really helms the album with her classical Indian vocal stylings and incredibly lush, roving sarangi lines.

Drawing on her studies under Annapurna Devi and La Monte Young, recordings with CC Hennix, and performance with poets Ira Cohen and Simon Vinkenoog; Louise’s presence is crucial to the album’s heavy-lidded, Atavistic feel and appeal, especially in the opening and closing sections, while the mid-section is given to some really trippy business in the vein of Smegma, and a sublime drift recalling the tremulous filigree of Van Lujik’s Elodie and Af Ursin recordings. (boomkat)

Thursday, March 07, 2019

Samara Lubelski & Marcia Bassett


Samara Lubelski & Marcia Bassett
Neue Schachtel
Sloow Tapes - One sided CS 60


Live recording of Samara Lubelski (Metabolismus, Hall of Fame) and Marcia Bassett (Hototogisu, GHQ) when they played in Neue Schachtel, Germany. Cosmic rays of inner twilight violin and guitar drones highligthing swirling patterns into the vortex of the mind’s eye. Relax, smoke a cigar and drink a glass of red wine. 70 copies.


Thursday, September 07, 2017

Miminokoto

Miminokoto
KOENJI 07/02/2016
Sloow Tapes – CS 40

Latest from Miminokoto, the trio of Suzuki Junzo (20 Guilders), Koji Shimura (Acid Mothers Temple) and Nishimura Takuya (Che-SHIZU/Maher Shalal Hash Baz), catching the space-blues live in Tokyo. Re-imagining classic psychedelia and garage rock. Edition of 100 copies.

Miminokoto are guitarist and vocalist Suzuki Junzo, drummer and Acid Mother Koji Shimura and bassist Nishimura Takuya. Their gig at the Penguin House, Koenji, Tokyo in 2016 was released simultaneously in 2017 on Suzuki Junzo’s own label Plunk’s Plan (as a CD and a digital album) and on Sloow Tapes (as a limited edition cassette). Suzuki Junzo’s frail and unsteady voice wavers over his intense and psychedelic guitar work. Koji Shimura and Nishimura Takya, both gifted musicians themselves, are solid partners on his bluesy trips and at times follow a wild path of their own, only to join Suzuki Junzo again in one of his long psychedelic pieces or more conventional rock songs on this album. Miminokoto. From Tokyo. With love. (Sea urchin)

Kris Vanderstraeten & Frederik Leroux

Kris Vanderstraeten & Frederik Leroux
Live at The Audioplant
Sloow Tapes – CS 70


Abstract duo of two grand masters: Kris Vanderstaeten (percussion, objects) and Frederik Leroux (guitar). Both explore the endless possibilities of their instruments in terms of dynamics, texture and space. A surreal mix of instant composing, free improvisation and minimalism. Edition of 70 copies.

Percussionist Kris Vanderstraeten, bringing his long experience in free improvisation, and relatively young guitarist Frederik Leroux teamed up in November 2016 for a concert at De Audioplant, Antwerpen, where they were recorded by Simon Beeckaert. During the recorded session each musician skillfully explores his instrument and together they get involved in a shuffle of gentlemen-pugilists. Sloow Tapes did well to publish this disruptive continuum of small amplified movements and sounds. (Sea Urchin)

Sunday, April 16, 2017

Malcolm Ritchie


Malcolm Ritchie
Encounter with the Great Mother. Ayahuasca in the Andes
Sloow Tapes – Book


Malcolm Ritchie was born in London, in 1940. He spent his childhood in Scotland and later on moved to Cornwall where he attended art school. Since then he has traveled widely and has lived in Wales, London, California, New York, and for nearly 10 years in Japan. He now lives in Scotland again, on the Isle of Arran. His books include The Shamanic Healer and Village Japan. Limited to 50 copies.

Friday, April 07, 2017

Ilta Hämärä



Ilta Hämärä
Saivo
Sloowax 006 – LP


Out of the twilight emerges this debut offering by Ilta Hämärä, the duo of Bart De Paepe (Sylvester Anfang II, Bokrijk, Charles Vögele) and Timo van Luijk (Af Ursin, Elodie, La Poupee Vivante). An imaginary source that combines Bart’s hazy psychedelic antics and Timo’s subtle and abstract sound manipulations in otherworldly spheres of cosmic dimensions, like a spectral veil covering an odoriferous botanical garden. The gates are open to golden clouds… Limited to 300 copies.

Addendum to the sweet batch of Timo Van Lujik-centred LPs (Af Ursine, Elodie, Lumine) newly in stock this week, Saivo documents The Belgium-based Finn farther exploring the heavily psychedelic duo, Ilta Hämärä alongside Bart De Paepe (Sylvester Anfang II, Bokrijk, Charles Vögele) for De Paepe’s Sloowax - an offshoot of the prolific Sloow Tapes label.

The scope for Saivo is perhaps more dilated than Van Lujik’s trio of new releases, and somewhat closer to the electro-acoustic wanderlust of his Af Ursin project thanks to the a mutual sense of trippiness that we’d also associate with De Paepe’s work in Sylvester Anfang II. Essentially the pair divine a sort of pineal alchemy inside, gingerly approaching from stereo extremes to frame a widescreen, lysergic sound between the eyes and around the head with beautifully illusive and elusive mixing treatments.

They first draw us in with a magickal shimmer of percussion and keys in Spektrin Huntu before seamlessly segueing into the ascendent kosmiche trajectories of Sielun Ankalo, then following the spirals of Tuoksuva to the lense-smearing astral creme of Kynttilänvalon Jumalat and the bifurcating raga drone helixes of Kuvitteellinen Alkuperä at the run-out.

That all appears to be a sort of mental preparation for the steepest leg of the journey, the summit of Tähdenlentoja on the B-side. Freed of time restraints, here they really billow outward and upwards, buoyed by updrafting strings and angel’s breath harps to a pinched highpoint where oxygen is in short supply and depth perceptions become warped, intangible. (Boomkat)


Monday, February 20, 2017

My Cat Is An Alien


My Cat Is An Alien & Nad Spiro
La Casa Encendida
Sloow Tapes – CS 60


Live collaboration by My Cat Is An Alien and Nad Spiro with an introductory note by Mk Ibañez. Unfolding galaxies of shooting stars slowed down to my speed. Another blast from the alien void. 100 copies.