Small Wonders #2

Machinefabriek – Zink 3″ CD-R
Cut Hands (www.cuthands.net)
Super limited 3″ CD-R from the always excellent Machinefabriek (aka Rutger Zuydervelt). Hot on the heels of his 2006 release on Lampse, <i>Marijn</i>, comes this one track affair on Cut Hands. It’s roughly fifteen minutes of beautiful billowy drone. Fans of Fennesz, William Basinski, and Tim Hecker should take note. Zuydervelt is coming into his own in this game, increasing his output exponentially every couple of months. Unfortunately this 3″ CD-R is most likely out-of-print at this point, being limited to a meager 75 copies. Look for my review of his easier to find, <i>Weleer</i> double CD also being released by Lampse in the near future.

Tetuzi Akiyama/Oren Ambarchi/Alan Licht – Willow Weep and Moan For Me 3″ CD
Antiopic (www.antiopic.com)
This is a three way collaboration between abstract guitar hero Oren Ambarchi (best known for his opening tape piece on SunnO)))’s <i>Black One</i>), avant-garde maven Tetuzi Akiyama, and minimalist composer Alan Licht. It was recorded live in 2004 but not released until August of last year. Definitely not the most engaging thing any of them has ever done. Ambarchi employs his trademark processed guitar while either Licht or Akiyama plays slide guitar over the top of it. Not bad, but you could definitely find better things in any of their catalogs than this one off piece.

Raglani – Of Sirens Born CD-R
Gameboy (www.gmby.net)
The Gameboy label brings us this full-length, 40 minute CD-R from St. Louis artist Raglani. Its first two tracks, “Rivers In” and “The Promise of Wood and Water” are exercises in sine wave drone not unlike something Keith Fullerton Whitman or Ethan Rose might produce. The second half of the record is different, with druggy fuckery sounds similar in nature to Double Leopards or Vibracathedral Orchestra. If this is any indication of what’s to come, I can’t wait.

Pocahaunted – Water-Born CD-R
Not Not Fun (www.notnotfun.com)
This CD-R from Pocahaunted comes in a ziplock bag with photo insert and a braid of fabric. It always makes a cool sounding record even better when you know some care went into the packaging. Hand-made in an edition of 100, this one track is like what would happen if Birchville Cat Motel ate that band Beach House for breakfast. It’s slow and beautiful with ghostly female vocals underneath a wall of distorted strumming that eventually overtakes the piece. Fucking rad, two thumbs way up!