Margaret Chardiet was born and raised in New York City. She has been making power electronics / death-industrial music under the name Pharmakon for five years. As a founding member of the Red Light District collective in Far Rockaway, NY she has been a figurehead in the underground experimental scene since the age of seventeen. She describes her drive to make noise music as something akin to exorcism where she is able to express, her ?deep-seated need/drive/urge/possession to reach other people and make them FEEL something [specifically] in uncomfortable/ confrontational ways.? Engineered by Sean Ragon of Cult of Youth at his self-built recording studio Heaven Street, Abandon is Pharmakon?s 1st proper studio album and also her first widely distributed release.
Children's Hospital: Alone Together
War: At War For Youth
An ongoing collaboration between two of Copenhagen?s most active musicians in its burgeoning punk scene. Loke Rahbek co-runs the Danish label Posh Isolation, sings for the band Sexdrome, and records with Skurv and Damien Dubrovnik while also performing under the solo moniker of LR. Elias Bender Rønnenfelt sings and plays guitar in Iceage and is a member of Marching Church and Pagan Youth. Between the two of them a rich lineage of musical history and influences can be traced, but within the context of SB releases, War is a band who falls somewhere between Daily Void and Trust.
David Lynch: Bad The John Boy
On the heels of David Lynch’s hugely successful sophomore full length, The Big Dream, comes a very limited edition 12”, Bad The John Boy. While technically this track qualifies as a non-album or bonus track, this song was made around the same time as the track, We Rolled Together. Producer Dean Hurley elaborates, “In the bridge of that song, David was trying to do this thing where he was shuffling around lyric-based sentences: "Street the up, going girl little crazy..." Bad The John Boy has this shared idea...instead of 'John the Bad Boy,' it's Bad The John Boy..."good to up no" (up to no good. This track is more left of center than the songs on the full length, with vocals being processed straight into the spirit realm, sounding deeply non-human.
Complimenting this sci-fi dirge, on the B-side is a Venetian Snares remix of the album’s title track. Despite the fact that Canadian electronic musician Aaron Funk has been known for reinventing breakcore, in this remix he breathes completely new life into this song, turning it into something far from your typical dance remix.
The Pink Noise: Birdland
On the heels of the deeply well received 7? single Candy Walls which Sacred Bones released this spring, Toronto?s Trust are back with a four-on-the-floor dance floor anthem. Cashing in on the promises delivered by the KLF, Bulbform is the next in line to define a genre and a generation. The B-side, FTF is an epic masterpiece in its own right about the trials and tribulations of love affairs and will most certainly appeal to fans of their slower, darker work.
Formed in late 2009, Trust have made a lasting mark on the electronic music scene in Toronto. Their music has been described as a "poppy dream sequence soundtrack from dark hearts". They have played shows with the likes of Crystal Castles, Hercules and Love Affair, Washed Out, and Zola Jesus. Trust made their SXSW debut last March, their NYC debut in April, and supported Austra on an East Coast US tour in May. They will be touring the US and UK throughout the fall.
The Men: Campfire Songs
While holed up in a house in upstate NY, The Men took full advantage of their rural surroundings, in-house studio, and lack of recording timelines and obligations. They tracked over twenty-five songs. On top of that they also managed to record five songs acoustically, while sitting around a campfire outside the house.
Before this year is over (2012) they will have already recorded an entire new full length. To say this band is prolific is an understatement; they are teeming, borderline prodigal even. Two of these acoustic jams are alternate takes from the album, ?I Saw Her Face? and ?The Seeds?. The plugged in version of ?Water Babies? appeared on the b-side of their 7? from January, ?Patience? and ?Turn Your Color? are two entirely new beautiful tracks that highlight this band?s ability to be as gentle as they are commanding.
Lust For Youth: Chasing the Light
Swedish electronic producer, Hannes Norrvide (aka Lust For Youth) has been inconspicuously hinting at his brighter side throughout his last couple of releases. What began as a lo-fi, atonal, bedroom drone-synth project in 2009 has slowly but surely been evolving into a full frontal synth-pop assault. The Quietus quite aptly caught on to these genres? overlapping breeding ground in his review of Growing Seeds for The Quiteus, ?If you take the two musical genres of noise and synth pop and trace them back, back through Wolf Eyes and La Roux, all the way back to Throbbing Gristle and Cabaret Voltaire and The Normal, you reach a point where the two lines wind together and fuse?..In the last few years, a number of groups have emerged who, whether by intention or not, are working to reconcile these two paths of noise and synth-pop.?
Christmas Island / Meth Teeth: Christmas Island / Meth Teeth
On the heels of singles for HoZac and Sweet Rot and debut full-lengths for Woodsist and In The Red respectively, we're finally ready to roll out the long awaited double 7" EP from Meth Teeth and Christmas Island. These two West Coast bands offer opposing sides of the same coin. San Diego's Christmas Island don't play holiday music, but they do offer two sides of shambling melodic guitar-and-xylophone driven bubblegummy garage. The poppy vibes of the A-side "Ex-Beach" coupled with "Drawing Skulls", a revved up slide-driven stomper serve as a counterpoint to Portland's downer folk stalwarts Meth Teeth. Their dirge-like "Don't Come Home" is coupled with "Control" a song whose loner vibes might be the last thing you'd want to hear while jacked outta your mind on amphetamines.
Moon Duo: Circles
After releasing Mazes, one of Sacred Bones? best selling albums of 2011, and the accompanying limited edition lP of remixes, Mazes Remixed, Moon Duo are set to release Circles with Sacred Bones this fall. The band will also set off on a worldwide tour in support of the album, after living and playing in Europe for most of this year.
Moon Duo?s new material was birthed from a long period of winter isola- tion in the Rocky Mountains. The album was primarily recorded at home in Blue River, Colorado in February 2012, with additional recording taking place at Lucky Cat Recordings in San Francisco in April. Like it?s predecessor, the album was mixed at Kaiku Studios in Berlin. Inspira- tion for many of the songs? themes, as well as the album title, came from Ralph Waldo Emerson?s 1841 essay ?Circles? on the symbol and nature of ?the flying Perfect.? From the opening lines: ?The eye is the first circle; the horizon which it forms is the second; and throughout nature this primary figure is repeated without end.? And so it goes. Rust never sleeps.
Zola Jesus: Conatus
In the last three years Nika Roza Danilova has gone from being an outsider experimental teenage noise-maker to a full fledged internationally celebrated electronic pop musician. It was a huge feat to accomplish, and despite her age (young), her geography (mid-western, desolate), her accelerated scholastic requirements (high school and college were completed in three years each) and her diminutive physical size (4”11, 90 lbs) she has triumphed. She has emerged as a figurehead-- a self-produced, self-designed, self-taught independent woman.
Conatus is a huge leap forward in production, instrumentation and song structure. It says it all in the definition of the title: the will to keep on, to move forward. From thumping ballads to electronic glitch, no sound goes unexplored on her new record. It is an icy exploration in refined chaos and controlled madness, an effort to break through capability and access a sonic world that crumbles as it shines.