Wednesday, June 29, 2011

rgt #05: Giant Claw - Mortal Earth/Morbid Earth


rgt #05: Giant Claw - Mortal Earth/Morbid Earth C27

    Giant Claw is admittedly a hard sound to define.  Incredibly atmospheric, yet too involved to simply label as ambient or mere synth jams.  Prog elements weave in & out of synth vectors & arpeggiation, but with a light-heartedness devoid of over-showmanship or tacky kitsch.  Bright, often dramatic, and always lush, each side finds Giant Claw’s captivating world unfold in almost orchestral arrangements uncaring of where they’re headed while defying any sort of neat categorization like a shimmering sound vessel shot off as a treat for anyone lucky enough to find it. 
  
  High bias type II chrome tapes with full-color, double-sided folding J-cards.  Limited to 50.


  Giant Claw - Mortal Earth/Morbid Earth preview by Retrograde Tapes

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Review:
· Dumpster Diving blog
· Weed Temple 

rgt #04: Kraken Mare - Kraken Mare


rgt #04: Kraken Mare - Kraken Mare C18

    “Kraken Mare is an appropriate descriptor for this music -- it evokes a vague, almost gothic darkness, something stirring beneath the surface, perpetually brooding. There is something rustic and worn about these feedback and synth drones, where electronic screeches stand in for wailing choirs and violent pedal outbursts replace a forgotten string section. It's as if the instrumentation that could have populated these tracks caked with rust over time, leaving only a bleak, abandoned metallic landscape for our listening pleasure." - Keith Rankin of Giant Claw

    High bias type II chrome tapes with full-color, double-sided folding J-cards.  Limited to 50. 
 
  Kraken Mare - Kraken Mare preview by Retrograde Tapes 


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Review: 
· Dumpster Diving blog
· Weed Temple

rgt #03: M. Akers - The Elders Of New Detroit



rgt #03: M. Akers - The Elders Of New Detroit C20

    Black limousines silently roll into view as dope-slinging shit bags congregate at the docks, poised to pull off the biggest scag deal in Detroit.  Everything is going as planned until the shipment barge from Windsor is suspiciously late and the inside guy at the police station is not responding.  Gunshots break out from all directions as the Detroit 5-0 suddenly storm onto the scene.  Que Matt Akers’s synth grooves to bust in on top of the hailing bullets & gratuitous explosions as we root for a scrappy detective who manages to lay waste to every crooked fucker there & clean up the Motor City, once and for all.   
    Sure to please fans of Carpenter, Tangerine Dream, & b-movie action flicks, Akers’s latest finds him further widening his range, utilizing an expanding library of sound & texture, and honing his overall soundtrack craft to a fine point.  Homage is undoubtedly paid to dusty thrift store VHS scores but more significantly these tracks stand memorably on their own, kicking ass with machismo swagger much like the heroes of the movies they evoke. 
    High bias type II chrome tapes with full-color, double-sided folding J-cards.  Limited to 50.

  The Elders Of New Detroit Preview by Matt Akers

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Review: 
· TMT Cerberus
·Dumpster Diving blog 
·Weed Temple