Here’s an unexpectedly beautiful take from Static Cleaner Lost Reward’s new cassette on Altered States Tapes. The work of Tarquin Manek of Bum Creek, Static Cleaner Lost Reward is but one cassette among at least three that he’s released of late: two under his own name, and one as Static Cleaner. The track at hand is less frenetic than the material we’ve featured by another of Manek’s projects, Thugquota, as it makes a break from the lurid humour of that project into a sound you can dream inside of. I’ve just read Rendezvous with Rama by Arthur C Clarke, so it kinda reminds me of that scene where the stranded astronaut realises there are things living in that foreign cylindrical ocean. We’ve got a bunch of Manek’s material we want to write about in greater depth soon, so keep an eye out.
This previously unheard The Mermaids track is just one cog in a larger machine. This is the Newcastle duo’s contribution to a huge double cassette compilation releasing shortly on Altered States Tapes called Feral Flotsam. The tape is due some time this month, and it has a huge track list that will boggle the mind of folk this way inclined. Here are but a few of the 34 artists who feature: Castings, xNoBBQx, X-Wave, Tailings, Bitter Defeat, Astral Social Club, Joel Stern, Muura, Cured Pink, Oranj Punjabi, 6majik9… the list, obviously, goes on.
The tape will launch in Melbourne on November 24 with several bands on the compilation performing, including Mshing with Military Position, VDO, Chronox, Tim Coster, Mu and Dry Mouth. The details are on Facebook. In the meantime, listen to this Mermaids track and prepare. Definitely the weirdo tape event of the year.
This is a project consisting two former Newcastle residents – Nick Senger of Castings and Cooper Bowman – along with a person named Kerry, who for lack of better information we’ll say is a “citizen of the Earth”. The track below is one of four songs taken from their new tape I-IV, which is out now through Altered States Tapes. There’s a fairly dry, suggestive beat accompanied by canned bell chimes and a kind of noise “lead break”, but it sounds more like some live circuitry asserting itself for the last time before finally giving up the ghost.
Two members of the group, Senger and Bowman, are playing at Sydney’s Red Rattler on Saturday night alongside Mist, Outer Space, Mad Nanna and Radio People. I’d go, but I’ll be in Samoa fending off rabid wild dogs and getting high on kava-kava.