Here’s a sample from Moon Wheel’s forthcoming new cassette through Habitat Tapes. On the evidence of the short samples embedded below – a section from each side of the tape – Olle Holmberg has opted for a less pop-inspired sound in favour of unsettling ambience. It’s not an unwelcome development. The first section sounds like a calmer, more naturalistic Pole, while the B-Side sounds like fields of robotic cicadas. You can’t go wrong. The tape will be available here.
Here’s a new track by Melbourne-based found sound wrangler Isis Aquarium. It’s from a tape called Molten Sulfur due later this month through Habitat Tapes, which is a new tape label also based in Melbourne. Isis Aquarium is spacious ambient music which apparently utilises field recordings, occasional synths and a whole lot of sonic phenomenon I can’t trace to any particular source. It has a weird cultish atmosphere which places it in a much stranger / eerier place than a lot of current new age fetishists, but it’s not really dark. It’s calm.
Habitat Tapes also has tapes forthcoming by the likes of the always excellent Tim Coster and Heart Flew, among others, so it’s worth keeping an eye on the label.