Source Tags and Mixtapes
There aren't many tracks on this week's playlist, but don't let that fool you - it's a long one. This two hour special contains only lengthier tracks and has an emphasis on atmosphere designed to suck you in... Or bore you to death, whatever camp you're ultimately going to fall into. First up is the chilling, blistering opener from Californian black metal band Ash Borer's recent album "Cold of Ages", followed up by a gorgeous piece of ambient black metal by Lustre, a project from Sweden.
Songs for Singles is Liturgy's side of the split 12" they released with Oval on Record Store Day last year. It's a really overlooked, trance-inducing sprawl well worth dedicating the time to. Notice I'm bending the rules of Songs for Singles this time - instead of two sides of a 7", I've went for one side of a 12".
Next up is the opener from Godspeed You! Black Emperor's first record in over ten years. This is easily one of my favourite tracks from the band, whose songs are so long I rarely get the opportunity to fit them into a playlist. I'm going for it here. "Allelujah! Don't Bend! Ascend!" is one of the records of the year, and a pretty special event I just had to give the nod to at some point. Well, here it is.
I'm also bending the rules of Recommended Records this week, because instead of featuring one album, I've included three. It's Blut Aus Nord's "777" trilogy, which are all conceptually linked. There's a track (or epitome) from each here in chronological order. Sinister, gloomy, genre-defying music from an ever-mysterious project which has gracefully evolved beyond its black metal roots.
Then there's 40 Watt Sun, a band formed by ex-Warning member Patrick Walker who play drawn-out slowcore/doom/shoegaze. Their record "The Inside Room" came out last year; I just recently heard it, and blew me away. Incredibly heartfelt and emotional whilst remaining crushingly heavy. They stole the show at Damnation Festival this year.
Finally, a new minimalist track from show favourite Planning for Burial. I've been into this guy's stuff for a long time - what can I say? This one's from the new Autumn cassette.16:00 - 18:00