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KOOL KEITH Black Elvis/Lost In Space (Columbia/Ruffhouse) cd 15.98
Here at Aquarius we are of the opinion that Kool Keith is at his very best on the classic Dr Octagon record, his scatalogical rapping perfectly complemented by the Automator's booming, kick ass hiphop instrumentation and by QBert's inimitable turntablist skills. Followup albums such as 'Sex Style' and Dr Dooom disappointed way more than they pleased, which we strongly think is due to the presence of Kut Masta Kurt, instead of the Automator, at the mixing board. (Perhaps this is a coastal thing -- we know many folks in NYC disagree with us... but they're all wrong!) That said, we are happy to report that Keith's new persona as the Black Elvis is a much more successful effort. Neither Kurt nor the Automator is represented here much, but whoever partnered with Keith this time knew to keep the beats mixed far below the rhymes. Keith's rapping is crystal clear and as full of headscratching nonsequiters as ever. Recommended! LP is not yet available (end of August).

album cover KOOL KEITH Collabs Tape (Nocturne) 2cd 24.00

KOOL KEITH Matthew (Funky Ass Records) cd 17.98
Yet another new album of messed up rap from this Ultramagnetic MC alum (the man formerly known as Doctor Octagon). Though we were rolling on the floor by the end of the first song, the first time around, the joke has clearly begun to wear thin for Mr Keith (for those who didn't see the tarnished brass on his ass a few records back). I don't know, maybe he just needs a really good producer, or a shitload of coke, or maybe a shitload less coke, but whatever it is, he needs something to keep Senstional from stealing his 'most fucked rapper' crown.

KOOL KEITH Sex Style Instrumentals (Funky Ass) 2lp 15.98

KOOL KEITH Spankmaster (TVT) cd 16.98
Slowly but surely, Kool Keith is losing his charm. After three progressively bad post-Dr. Octagon records (plus the inexplicably horrible Analog Brothers), we're beginning to realize just how stale Keith really is without Dan the Automator. Sure, Dr. Dooom had its moments, and Black Elvis was a somewhat humorous dis record, and yes, Keith definitely has an awesome, unmatchable vocal style; but how can he top the brilliant production and weirdness of Dr. Octagonecologyst? Twenty songs, more sex than Sex style. Buy the Cannibal Ox or the new Sensational record instead.

KOOL KEITH Thee Undatakerz (Activate Ent.) cd 12.98

album cover KOOL MOE DEE s/t (Traffic Entertainment Group / Jive) cd 16.98

album cover KOOLAID (GLOBAL TYRANNY) s/t (Agitated) lp + cd 16.98
We first experienced the twisted collaged psychedelic whatthefuckness of Koolaid (Global Tyranny) (and yeah, that's their whole name) on the Agitated Records Record Store Day 12", which also featured the Heads, Carlton Melton and Mugstar, and because of the fact that those are three of our favorite groups, we were guessing we'd probably dig Koolaid too, and we did, big time, describing their track as "the weirdest of the bunch, groovy, and almost funky, thick steel string strum, all wreathed in psychedelic guitar noise, laced with some weird samples, drug related of course... all wound into a sound noisy and weirdly tripped out." It was pretty bonkers for sure, but even as nuts as that track was, it barely prepared us for how fucking utterly far out and deliriously drug addled this new full length is.
Four epic tracks, totally drugged out hypnotic space rock of course, but that's just part of the equation, the band set up a groove, usually super simple and minimal, spaced out and krautrocky, and then over the top, they basically let loose, a barrage of samples, all twisted up and layered and doused in effects, some looped rhythmically, others slowed down and sped up, and on top of that sheets of strange drones and whirs, clouds of swooping echo and delay, all manner of backwards melodies, the musical part slipping easily from minimal hushed lope, to pounding wah wah guitar drenched Stooges-y psychedelic stomp, to buzzy raga, to dirgey almost Buttholes Surfer sounding drug rock, but again, it's what's going on all around it, which is like a symphony of malfunctioning samplers gone haywire, the best moments when the band somehow tangle up samples with soaring shredding leads, it's like Negativland meets the Heads, which sounds fucked up, and it is, but in the best possible way. On top of that, the record comes with a bonus cd, which includes the whole record, BUT it's an entirely different mix of the record, apparently at the insistence of the band. Heavy and twisted and psychedelic and dizzyingly out of this world and the musical equivalent to about a hundred hits of acid washed down with a bottle of cough syrup and a handful of thorazine.
MPEG Stream: "18/11"
MPEG Stream: "Intercity Firm"

KOOZITO Midnight Movie Stills, Volume One (NA# Records) cd 11.98

album cover KOPERNIK s/t (Eastern Development) cd 13.98
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This record is so goddamn beautiful. Hard to know how to describe it. It reminds me of the sonic equivalent of those time lapse films where you watch the seasons pass in a matter of minutes, sunrise, sunset, plants slowly unfurling and blossoming, before wilting and falling to the ground, snow and then rain and then sun, everything moving at an accelerated pace, but blending and merging into a completely mesmeric and hypnotic fugue. Sort of like that. The tag on the cd mentions Godspeed and the Rachel's, and while those are the easiest comparisons (Godspeed because it's so epic, and the Rachel's because it's sort of chamber music) they don't at all hint at the complexity and depth of this Kopernik record. Thick and throbbing, undulating bass is the foundation, cellos, and upright basses, double basses, bowed and plucked, create a viscous and dense bed of rumbling, pulsing low end over which delicate, glistening melodies are sprinkled. This is ambient music, but so rich with layer after layer of delicate sound, that form an impossibly complex and challenging and beautiful listen. While rooted in this bass heavy, epic classical ambience, these songs do stretch in all sorts of improbable directions. Gorgeously lush chamber music, with digital glitches and hiccups, reminscent of Oval's Diskont, but instead of sounding underwater it sounds like it's floating in midair. A medieval court music, sort of grand and pompous, but also a bit forboding, like a much more GRIM Penguin Cafe Orchestra with burbling bass and loping melodies. Dark and cinematic, suspenseful and harrowing noirscapes with thick walls of lower register thrum with heavily affected backward vocals. Lonely and desolate, but so sincere and emotional. A perfect late night record of soothing dreaminess and nocturnal mesmer, but unlike many similar records, it can stand up to serious listening, offering even more when time is taken to explore its rich mysteries.
MPEG Stream: "Ondoyany Et Divers"
MPEG Stream: "Theme For Grace"
MPEG Stream: "Man, Myth, And Magic"

album cover KOPP, HERMANN Nekronology (Red Stream) cd 12.98
Some of us here are definitely beginning to show our age, as we got this in, a collection of soundtracks from these cult eighties (and nineties) horror films, we wanted to reminisce about the movies, and pretty much no one we asked had even heard of them! But for those of you who ARE our age, and who came of age in the eighties and nineties, or who are just weird transgressive film obsessives, you are no doubt familiar with cult horror film director by Jorg Buttgereit, and if not, you are probably at least familiar with his most infamous film, Nekromantik,
Buttgereit was the toast of underground film (although was also loathed by many), his films were ridiculous, and gross, and sometimes hilarious, other times totally disturbing, 1987's Nekromantik is arguably his masterpiece, focusing on a guy who does crime scene clean up and who finds a corpse and brings it home for his wife and him to have a menage a trois with, but then his wife leaves him and takes the corpse with her after he is fired (there's an infamous scene where she sticks a steel pipe into the corpse's pelvis and puts a rubber on it so she can have sex with the corpse), he hires a prostitute, kills her and has sex with here, then kills himself, and ejaculates while dying, nice huh? But at the time, it was like nothing any of us had ever scene. 1989's Ter Todesking was way more disturbing, very abstract and experimental, an episodic look at suicide and violent death, each episode corresponding to a day of the week, and a different death, culminating in an infamous scene where a character bangs his head against the wall until he finally dies (one which aQ Jim remembers as being particularly disturbing), and then finally, the Nekromatik sequel from 1991, with the new main character digging up the old main character from the first film, then of course lots of killing and sex with dead people, severed heads (a scene where the new main character decapitates her partners head and replaces it with the head from the corpse she dug up in the beginning of the film), and so on. Like we said, ridiculous and over the top, perversely entertaining.
We had sort of forgotten about the music, the visuals being so completely mesmerizing, but we just managed to scare up a handful of these collections, which gather the music from all three films, and holy cow, even, removed from the films, these tracks are surprisingly haunting and powerful, darkly evocative and mysterious, strange operatic vocalisations, haunting gypsy folk, minor key string sections augmented by moody synths, chanted voices, chiming bells, wheezing violins, sound effects liberally included, dripping water, which in some cases are heavily effected and transformed into weirdly rhythmic arrangements, mournful horns bleat, drones drift and undulate, a lot of this sounds a bit like those funerary violin cd-r's, super freaky instrumental squeals that ends with what can only be the sounds of a dead limb being hacked off, haunting almost atonal string quartet. like a slowed down, warped Balanescu Quartet, haunting Tom Waits-ish creepy clatter, with whining violing being transmitted through a crappy little transistor radio, with clanking slow motion rhythms, creepy underwater sound scapes of burbling and swooshing space sound effects, industrial buzz, with a distant mournful melody, all scratchy played over the top and even occasional full on synth heavy Goblin horrorscapes, all of the tracks here are pretty great, weird and moody, dark and a little bit ominous, definitely has us wanting to see the movies again, but on their own, if you're after some dark sonic mystery, this stuff might just do the trick.
MPEG Stream: "The Loving Dead"
MPEG Stream: "Poison"
MPEG Stream: "Unholy"
MPEG Stream: "Man Drowning Himself In Bathtub"
MPEG Stream: "Zwi Sabbatai"

album cover KOPSTEIN, JACQUES a (Frenetic) cd 11.98
Jacques Kopstein is actually Marty Anderson of local rockers Dilute. 'a' is his first solo record and it's pretty fucking great. Great, but really, really strange. Anderson plays all the instruments and does all the singing and even drew all the pictures. The disc starts off with wildly careening demented circus music but quickly mutates into gently strummed, dreamy and damaged folk pop, which is where it stays for most of the rest of the record. The Flaming Lips and Mercury Rev come immediately to mind. Beautiful pop songs stretched and twisted and peppered with bizarre sounds and populated by peculiar instruments, Anderson's keening sad boy wail and catchy-as-hell hooks.
RealAudio clip: "Sunshine"
RealAudio clip: "Are To Spend Not Eternity"
RealAudio clip: "Power"

album cover KORAY, ERKIN 2 (World Psychedelia Ltd) cd 17.98
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Anyone who dug last year's cd reissue of Erkin Koray's Elektronik Turkuler LP probably also will want to suck on this aural hookah, the man's second album (we would assume from the title -- the English language info here is scant -- but it might actually be his third!) from the mid-seventies. It's another fantastic, psychedelic foray into the East-West juxtaposition of Turkish folk and acid guitar rock...well, compared to Elektronik Turkuler this is perhaps a blend somewhat less psych, more traditional, but still totally great. We just can't get enough of this stuff (see elsewhere this list for another fine example, the Edip Akbayram & Dostlar album!) and we're pretty sure you can't either. On 2, Turkish guitar god Koray's middle eastern grooves move from stately and orchestrated to more lively, rockin' rhythms, all the tracks drawn from singles circa '72 to '76, plus earlier non-album bonus cuts going back to 1967, including an acoustic version of one of the Elektronik Turkuler hits.
MPEG Stream: "Estarabim"
MPEG Stream: "Gonul Salincagi"

album cover KORAY, ERKIN 2 (Dogan) lp 32.00
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album cover KORAY, ERKIN Arap Saci (Pharaway Sounds) 2cd 26.00

album cover KORAY, ERKIN Arap Saci (Pharaway Sounds) 2lp 36.00

album cover KORAY, ERKIN Elektronik Turkuler (Dogan / World Psychedelia Ltd.) cd 17.98
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The Middle Eastern psych rock obsession continues to rage here at Aquarius! Nothin' better than the exotic sounds of swingin' sixties Istanbul (or a close approximation). Here's a cd reissue of a 1974 album by guitarist/vocalist Erkin Koray, known as the Jimi Hendrix of Turkey. Maybe that comparison isn't the most accurate (there's nothing as heavy as "Purple Haze" here), but at least it gives you an idea of the East-meets-West grooves found on Elektronik Turkuler. Two cultures, one counterculture, it seems. With sinuous "belly-dancing" tunes rocked up with distorted electric guitar, rock n' roll beats, some wild flute playing, and the occasional lysergic organ freakout, this is an authentic "magic carpet ride" as it were, culminating in the 9-minute "Turku" complete with spoken word incantations and freaky sound effects. The traditional-sounding vocals are all in Turkish, some of the tunes are clearly adaptations of traditional Turkish music as well. Anyone who really dug the John Berberian Middle Eastern Rock disc we listed a few months back, or loves those great Turkish Delights or Hava Nargile compilations (both of which feature Koray tracks), should check this album out.
MPEG Stream: "Karli Daglar"
MPEG Stream: "Inat"

album cover KORAY, ERKIN Elektronik Turkuler (Pharaway Sounds) cd 17.98
Nice new reissue of this old fave, yeah! It's been a while since we've had it, in the meantime we've been lucky enough to meet Mr. Koray personally, when he did a meet-and-greet autograph signing right here at aQ last year. What a great guy. We learned then that he hasn't been making any money from most of his recordings, thanks to the Turkish music industry being controlled by what amounts to the Mafia, but hopefully some of the proceeds from the sale of this legit reish will make it into his pockets, since we get it from the same place we get the Sublime Frequencies one that we know he does for sure get paid for.
Here's some of what we said about this when we stocked an earlier version way back when:
The Middle Eastern psych rock obsession continues to rage here at Aquarius! Nothin' better than the exotic sounds of swingin' sixties Istanbul (or a close approximation). Here's a cd reissue of a 1974 album by guitarist/vocalist Erkin Koray, known as the Jimi Hendrix of Turkey. Also the Chuck Berry of Turkey, and the Godfather of Turkish rock music. Maybe the Hendrix comparison isn't the most accurate (there's nothing as heavy as "Purple Haze" here), but at least it gives you an idea of the East-meets-West grooves found on Elektronik Turkuler. Two cultures, one counterculture, it seems. With sinuous "belly-dancing" tunes rocked up with distorted electric guitar, rock n' roll beats, some wild flute playing, and the occasional lysergic organ freakout, this is an authentic "magic carpet ride" as it were, culminating in the 9-minute "Turku" complete with spoken word incantations and freaky sound effects. The traditional-sounding vocals are all in Turkish, some of the tunes are clearly adaptations of traditional Turkish music as well. Koray is accompanied by, among others, the bassist from Bunalim. Considered by many to be Koray's best single album - we haven't heard 'em all ourselves but seems likely.
So, nice to have this back in on cd, looking better than before, and now on gatefold vinyl as well.
MPEG Stream: "Karli Daglar"
MPEG Stream: "Inat"

album cover KORAY, ERKIN Elektronik Turkuler (Pharaway Sounds) lp 28.00
Nice new reissue of this old fave, yeah! It's been a while since we've had it, in the meantime we've been lucky enough to meet Mr. Koray personally, when he did a meet-and-greet autograph signing right here at aQ last year. What a great guy. We learned then that he hasn't been making any money from most of his recordings, thanks to the Turkish music industry being controlled by what amounts to the Mafia, but hopefully some of the proceeds from the sale of this legit reish will make it into his pockets, since we get it from the same place we get the Sublime Frequencies one that we know he does for sure get paid for.
Here's some of what we said about this when we stocked an earlier version way back when:
The Middle Eastern psych rock obsession continues to rage here at Aquarius! Nothin' better than the exotic sounds of swingin' sixties Istanbul (or a close approximation). Here's a cd reissue of a 1974 album by guitarist/vocalist Erkin Koray, known as the Jimi Hendrix of Turkey. Also the Chuck Berry of Turkey, and the Godfather of Turkish rock music. Maybe the Hendrix comparison isn't the most accurate (there's nothing as heavy as "Purple Haze" here), but at least it gives you an idea of the East-meets-West grooves found on Elektronik Turkuler. Two cultures, one counterculture, it seems. With sinuous "belly-dancing" tunes rocked up with distorted electric guitar, rock n' roll beats, some wild flute playing, and the occasional lysergic organ freakout, this is an authentic "magic carpet ride" as it were, culminating in the 9-minute "Turku" complete with spoken word incantations and freaky sound effects. The traditional-sounding vocals are all in Turkish, some of the tunes are clearly adaptations of traditional Turkish music as well. Koray is accompanied by, among others, the bassist from Bunalim. Considered by many to be Koray's best single album - we haven't heard 'em all ourselves but seems likely.
So, nice to have this back in on cd, looking better than before, and now on gatefold vinyl as well.
MPEG Stream: "Karli Daglar"
MPEG Stream: "Inat"

album cover KORAY, ERKIN Mechul: Singles & Rarities (Sublime Frequencies) cd 16.98
Originally highlighted this last year back on New Arrivals #380, and we're listing it again now 'cause, as you may have heard, Mr. Koray is going to be paying us a visit tomorrow! So if you've somehow missed out on Koray's stuff before, this one will clue you in about why we're such fans.
Uh, c'mon, how could this NOT be awesome? Sublime Frequencies never fails us, first off. AND we're already fans of vintage Turkish psych in general, guitarist/vocalist Erkin Koray in particular. So this release, with its excellent eyeballs-shooting-purple-rays-from-space-or-whatever cover painting, was eagerly anticipated at AQ. And yeah it's awesome. As the subtitle says, this consists of singles and rarities circa 1970-'77 from this Middle Eastern psych rock master, founder of "the first underground group of the Orient", a living legend whose career stretches back to the '50s. Rarities? Well, compiler Mark Gergis notes in the liners: "This collection features tracks not found on the many unauthorized Erkin compilations and LP reissues that have emerged in the west over the years." And indeed these eleven tracks were provided to Sublime Frequencies by Koray himself, sourced from his personal vinyl collection! So, listen up, 'cause this is the stuff Erkin wants us to hear, and well, if you're any sort of Turkish psych fan like us, you NEED to hear it. Tracks like "Kendim Ettim Kendim Buldum" and "Hadi Hadi Ordan" are going to make you very happy. Swirling and shimmering, twanging surfy electric saz (or is that oud?), melodic deep droning vocals, bellydancing folk motifs, stirring orchestration, and YES some wild blasts of psychrockguitar distortion, it's the exotic East (lots of East) meets West sort of thing we just love! While some of this is wonderfully moody, a lot of it rocks, all right, ferinstance just crank up "Krallar" (a '75 single from whence that striking cover image comes) with its especially dramatic vocals to match its uptempo urgency.
We originally ended this review with the following: Is it too much to hope that Sublime Frequencies will get Erkin to undertake a Western tour like labelmate Omar Souleyman, one of these days...? Still hoping, and it seems more and more likely, doesn't it?
MPEG Stream: "Mechul"
MPEG Stream: "Ve..."
MPEG Stream: "Hadi Hadi Ordan"

album cover KORAY, ERKIN Mechul: Singles & Rarities (Sublime Frequencies) lp 25.00
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YAY! REPRESSED ON VINYL! Sublime Frequencies lps rarely get repressed, but due to demand for this one in Turkey, they decided give this a second pressing!
Uh, c'mon, how could this NOT be awesome? Sublime Frequencies never fails us, first off. AND we're already fans of vintage Turkish psych in general, guitarist/vocalist Erkin Koray in particular. So this release, with its excellent eyeballs-shooting-purple-rays-from-space-or-whatever cover painting, was eagerly anticipated at AQ. And yeah it's awesome. As the subtitle says, this consists of singles and rarities circa 1970-'77 from this Middle Eastern psych rock master, founder of "the first underground group of the Orient", a living legend whose career stretches back to the '50s. Rarities? Well, compiler Mark Gergis notes in the liners: "This collection features tracks not found on the many unauthorized Erkin compilations and LP reissues that have emerged in the west over the years." And indeed these eleven tracks were provided to Sublime Frequencies by Koray himself, sourced from his personal vinyl collection! So, listen up, 'cause this is the stuff Erkin wants us to hear, and well, if you're any sort of Turkish psych fan like us, you NEED to hear it. Tracks like "Kendim Ettim Kendim Buldum" and "Hadi Hadi Ordan" are going to make you very happy. Swirling and shimmering, twanging surfy electric saz (or is that oud?), melodic deep droning vocals, bellydancing folk motifs, stirring orchestration, and YES some wild blasts of psychrockguitar distortion, it's the exotic East (lots of East) meets West sort of thing we just love! While some of this is wonderfully moody, a lot of it rocks, all right, ferinstance just crank up "Krallar" (a '75 single from whence that striking cover image comes) with its especially dramatic vocals to match its uptempo urgency.
Is it too much to hope that Sublime Frequencies will get Erkin to undertake a Western tour like labelmate Omar Souleyman, one of these days...? (The meet-and-greet he did here this year at AQ was great, but we want him to come play his music too.)
MPEG Stream: "Mechul"
MPEG Stream: "Ve..."
MPEG Stream: "Hadi Hadi Ordan"

album cover KORAY, ERKIN s/t (World Psychedelia Ltd) cd 19.98

KORAY, ERKIN s/t (Turkuola) lp 33.00
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KORAY, ERKIN Silinmeyen Hatiralar (Turkuola) lp 33.00
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KORAY, ERKIN Tutkusu (Underground Masters) cd 21.00
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album cover KORBER, TOMAS Effacement (Cut) cd 17.98
Tomas Korber is a Swiss avant-guitarist who has enjoyed many a collaboration with the likes of Keith Rowe, Toshimaru Nakamura, and Otomo Yoshihide. His work emerges from the microsound school of pristine digitality, with the guitar being an electro-acoustic springboard for noise, grains, textures, harmonics, and overtones that get further distilled through laptop tricks. Effacement is not unlike a Christian Fennesz / Bernhard Gunter collaboration, if such a thing were to take place. Fizzing electricity steadily builds up to crescendos of thick locust chorales; shimmered surfaces of post-Birchville Cat Motel amplifier drones slowly dissolve down to the point of near silence; and rasping clatters of digital noise do blast forth, but in very small doses cast against the long passages of subdued activity.
MPEG Stream: "Thermo"
MPEG Stream: "Too Thin A Skin"
MPEG Stream: "The Synaptic Spell"

KOREA SOUNDBLASTER s/t (Dom Elchklang) cd 17.98
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album cover KOREAN BLACK EYES, THE s/t (PlusTapes) cassette 5.50
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After a flurry of contemporary releases, Chris Connely, Chicago Thrash Ensemble, Mako Sica, PlusTapes returns with another mindblowing archival release, this one comes from Korea, and is the collected works of an all girl trashy rock and roll garage band called the Korean Black Eyes, who totally kick ass. Brash and snotty and groovy. The opening jam, is all buzzing bass, reverbed surf guitar, pounding drums, bleating sax, and some seriously raspy bad ass lead vocals, complete with wild throat shredding screams, her voice rough and raw and so passionate. The second track finds the Black Eyes getting all groovy and funky and soulful, adding some warm whirring organ to the mix, channeling Sly Stone and Funkadelic, but giving it their own twist. The vocals are amazing, and pretty much make the band, sung in English, but with a SUPER thick accent, and it's that total rock bad girl voice, weathered from whiskey and cigarettes, but still so sexy and sultry.
The interesting thing, as with many of these bands, is how did a band like this survive in Korea in the early seventies? In a time when this sort of rock was not at all encouraged. And most certainly not by women.
But we're so glad they did. And we're so glad PlusTapes tracked this stuff down. The B side even gets all ballady, opening with a Moody Blues cover, but it's not at all cheesy, their version is smokey and mysterious, sung in Korean, the sax slithery and slippery, the sound humid and heavy. And then they go off and finish the record with "Jesus Christ Superstar", epic and groovy, and subtly psychedelic, and again the vocals just seal the deal. It's criminal how good these women are. In different circumstances they could have been, should have been huge, and certainly the vocalist would have been a superstar with her tough and sexy Tina Turner / Janis Joplin yowl. Total kick ass bad girl garage rock and roll genius.
LIMITED TO 100 COPIES!! Pink tapes, each one hand numbered and hand decorated, with cover art by Plastic Crimewave.

album cover KOREIN, GEORGE Memoirs Of A Trilobite (2001-2004) (BatHotAxe) cd 5.00
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Hey, remember that crazy Infidel?/Castro! double cd we reviewed last list? Well the guy from the I?/C! duo who isn't also the guy from Behold The Arctopus has released a 28-track solo album about, uh, trilobites! (Y'know, those three-lobed Paleozoic marine arthropods.) It's a completely wacky concept album, featuring (indeed, celebrating!) a musical kitchen-sink approach beyond even what I?/C! is willing to incorporate. There's (fake?) BBC-style documentary samples. Slap bass. Squiggly Yngwie guitar. Jazz. Electronic noise. Drum and bass. Black metal. Munchkin voices. Really, just all kinds of genre-parody ("9+ styles" boasts the sticker on the cover). Including goofy whiteboy rap music that sounds just like our pal Steven Schulz! Indeed, this whole project seems to have a lot in common with the virtuosic but silly aesthetic of such Steven Schultz releases as No One Will Ever Understand Our Genious (by Puny Humans) and I Forgot To Get A Rap Name. So that could be either a recommendation or a warning, depending on your tolerance for dorkiness.
This is so bewilderingly diverse that it could almost be a various artists comp, with all the songs supposedly somehow having something to do with trilobites (though even that's not entirely clear). And as with most comps, you'll probably find good tracks and bad, according to your taste (and theirs!). George Korein is joined in this madness by several guests from the East Coast indie-prog scene that I?/C? is a part of, including members of Behold The Arctopus, Kayo Dot, Dysrhythmia, and Stinking Lizaveta.
MPEG Stream: "Memoirs Of A Trilobite"
MPEG Stream: "Indescribable And Persistent"
MPEG Stream: "The Sound Of Repetition"

KOREKYOJIN s/t (Tzadik) cd 16.98
Ruins mastermind Yoshida's newest group is a fiery combination of the familiar stop and start dynamics of the Ruins, spastic instrumentals, free improv freak outs, and a sort of funky edge (due in no small part to bass player Nasuno Mitsuru).

album cover KOREKYOJINN Arabesque (Magaibutsu) cd 14.98
Tatsuya Yoshida's Magaibutsu label has at last repressed this second disc from Ruins side-project Korekyojinn. And now, it's got BONUS TRACKS (which may elicit an 'argh' from those who got it already, but that's the facts). They're not listed anywhere on the sleeve, but there are indeed four bonus previously unheard live cuts appended to this disc. FYI, here are the titles: "You Know What Yo`u Like", "Careless Heart", "Out Of Head", and "On Reflection".
And here's our review of the original edition:
It's kinda unbelievable, if you think about just how many records Ruins drummer Tatsuya Yoshida has been involved with. Dozens at least. Especially unbelievable since when you check the credits on most things he's played on, it quite often turns out that he wrote *all* the music. A hero to drummers everywhere, eh? He's got to have written literally hundreds of songs. Consider just Ruins albums alone: that's a LOT of music and it's almost all him. Even the larger ensembles he's in, like Koenjihyakkei, he's always the main composer. And, to a fan like me anyway, his stuff is always amazing. It's not a case of quantity over quality, no sirree. He's just a seemingly bottomless well of not just crazy riffs and rhythmic ideas, but songwriting talent (matched with an ability to play like a mofo). So that brings us to this new album, the second release from Yoshida's Korekyojinn band. Here he teams up with a bassist and a drummer, and as you might expect it's a bit like Ruins+1. A bit groovier perhaps, with some classic rock moments riff-wise, and it's all-instrumental. No nutty vocals, just the tricky, twangy guitars of Kido Natsuki, the bulldozering bass of Nasuno Mitsuru, and of course in the driver's seat, the masterful drumming of Yoshida. Eleven more complex compositions from the mind-boggling musical mind of Yoshida, encapsulating Led Zep licks, Hella hyperactivity, and jazz swing... Chances are if you've read this far, you're a Ruins fan, and if you're a Ruins fan, you'll probably want to check this out. But Arabesque would be a fairly accessible place in the pantheon of Yoshida projects to start with, too, if you're not already a convert. An utter prog instrumental monster that never loses the groove despite the chops on hand. Japanese import on Yoshida's own label.
MPEG Stream: "Arabesque"
MPEG Stream: "Exodus"

album cover KOREKYOJINN Isotope (Tzadik) cd 16.98
Loud, heavy, energetic, supple, jaunty, nimble. That's these guys. The instrumental outfit Korekyojinn consists of drummer Tatsuya Yoshida of Ruins, guitarist Kido Natsuki of Bondage Fruits and Nasuno Mitsuru of Altered States -- an utter prog power trio blasting out of Tokyo. They're responsible for two chops-crazed studio albums already, a self-titled debut on Tzadik from '99 and last year's Arabesque on Magaibutsu. And if you thought that this band was impressive on those cds (which they damn sure were), wait until you hear 'em playing live on Isotope!! Yep, this release is a live in concert recording featuring tracks taken from two shows in Tokyo, June and October 2004. Man are they tight. Spot-on playing of Yoshida's typically riffy, complex compositions. Your ears will be falling all over themselves trying to follow this stuff, it's amazing that the musicians aren't. Of course, some will consider this to be beyond-Berklee widdle-wank... and maybe it is, but you can still love it. Any fan of fan of the mad mathiness of Ruins, Stinking Lizaveta, Breadwinner, Orthrelm, that sort of thing ought to. Along with 13 live cuts, this disc also includes one prev. unreleased studio track (the punishing "Hash") that was left over from the sessions from Arabesque.
MPEG Stream: "Hash"
MPEG Stream: "Isotope"

album cover KOREKYOJINN Jackson (Magaibutsu) cd 13.98
Ruins fans, listen up! Jackson is the fourth cd to be spawned by Ruins drummer Tatsuya Yoshida's ultra-tech Korekyojinn trio, an instrumental mathrock juggernaut that's basically the Ruins +1 (a guitarist added to the bass/drums duo), chugging a six pack of Red Bull, going gonzo and making the likes of Don Cab and Hella seem like mere amateur fumblers (well, not quite -- going for a bit of hyperbole there, but still...). This isn't improv, all these complex cuts are compositions sprung from the sweaty brow of Yoshida and the musical genius mind behind it.
The spazmodic yet precise drumming of Yoshida, the virtuoso guitar playing of Kido Natsuki, and the thick bass rippage of Nasuno Mitsuru as displayed on this disc's hard hitting, smoothly energetic opener "Lebanon" is what we want and expect. You'll be left dizzy and drained before its seven minutes are up. But watch out, there's a dramatic shift of gears when portions of the next track "Jackson" dip into an unfortunately funky style of glitterball fusion. Not sure what they were thinking there... maybe a tongue-in-cheek joke? Thankfully despite being the title track, it's a total anomaly on this album, and with the very next cut "Mindgames", we're back into sheer frenzied insanity of heavy prog mania, though melodiousness isn't neglected, with the bright, folky, infectiously nursery rhymey "Kaleidoscope" standing out in that regard, sounding a bit like something by Yoshida's Tairikutoko vs. Sanmyakuonna band. Mostly this album demonstrates that Korekyojinn are very nearly metal in their shredding capabilities, though of course they sound more like the Ruins than anything else...maybe like Stinking Lizaveta too at times. Which leaves us only to say, wow!
MPEG Stream: "Rambling"
MPEG Stream: "Kaleidoscope"

album cover KOREKYOJINN Swan Dive (Magaibutsu) dvd + cd 17.98
Seeing is believing. Knowing that the music they make is pretty much mindboggling, perhaps that's why Japanese power-prog trio Korekyojinn elected to package their new album as a double disc set, one an audio cd, the other a live dvd, packaged in a slim, dvd-sized case. The dvd portion provides the visual proof of their ability to play like this live, if there were any doubt about it, while fans already convinced of their genius will enjoy watching it over and over while bowing down in front of the screen chanting "we're not worthy". And since this unit hasn't toured much outside of Japan, it's also the only way we can get to see 'em short of springing for a plane ticket to Tokyo!
The cd constitutes Korekyojinn's 5th album, Swan Dive, an album entirely, amazingly improvised by the trio of Mitsuru Nasuno (bass), Natsuki Kido (guitar), and linchpin Tatsuya Yoshida of Ruins fame (drums) plus very special guests Uchihashi Kazuhisa and Hoppy Kamiyama, who contribute on guitar and keyboards/vocals, respectively, on two tracks each.
Of course it gets pretty wild, there's only six tracks but they're mostly all loooooong ones, up to 11, 17, and even 24 minutes in length... yet somehow they manage to keep it up, both the energy and creativity, their frenzied improvisations sometimes sounding rather more like the most complex COMPOSED prog rock music you could imagine (Orthrelm?), it's pretty insane. However, their convoluted chaotic outbursts are occasionally tempered by stretches of truly lovely, melodic, momentary mellowness. Melt-Banana meets Mahavishnu???
With herky jerk rhythms and heavy riffing, jazzy tinkling keys (when Hoppy sits in) contrasting with massively distorted electric bass, plus sheer avant-guitar textural shred-grind (the ante on that, upped by Uchihashi), this pretty much rules. As we had no doubt it would, considering who the heck this is (members of Ruins, Altered States, Bondage Fruit, etc.).
On the live dvd (70 minutes, NTSC, all region), they do a dozen songs, mostly from previous albums (though we think a couple, like the title track, are new), all of which we should mention are pieces in fact composed by mastermind Yoshida, NOT improvs. Again, total math-rock madness, very Ruins-esque, but with guitar. We are not worthy!
MPEG Stream: "Magnetic Pole"
MPEG Stream: "Vothqrassent"

album cover KOROUVA Shipwrecks & Russian Roulette (2007) (Khrysanthoney) lp 19.98
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After a bit of a hiatus, the Khrysanthony label returns, with a handful of new releases, as well a a newly hatched label (Loveswirls). The first new release on Khrysanthoney proper comes in the form of Korouva's Shipwrecks & Russian Roulette, a reissue of a long out of print cd-r / download, available on vinyl for the first time, and part of a three lp trilogy (we do have the other two installments, to be reviewed later, but if you want 'em now, check the in stock not yet reviewed section of this week's list). Shipwrecks is probably best known as one of the records 'stolen' by black metal duo Velvet Cacoon, only adding to that group's mystery and controversy, although we imagine there was likely some serious collusion going on between Korouva and VC, regardless, much like the first time we heard this years back, even then thinking it was in fact VC, we were struck by what a darkly lovely and hauntingly creepy record Shipwrecks really is. Folks expecting black buzz or blown out shoegaze will likely be disappointed, as this is all brooding balladry, haunting washed out piano, the sound of rain, and plaintive vocal croons. Miranda "Korouva" Lehman's voice is deep and sultry, reminding us at time of Fiona Apple actually, but much more abstract and minimal, often cooing mumbly wordlessly, those vocals drifting above a slow shifting backdrop of creaking ambience, witchy wheezing harmonica, tinkling chimes, soft swirls of subtle barely there effects, the sound sometimes do distorted it becomes almost avant garde, but at other times so hushed as to be ghostly, the vibe washed out and woozy, faded and dreamily murky. A collection of minimal abstract torch songs, moody, melancholic and mesmerizing, not hard to imagine wandering through some strange city, the rain pouring down, looking for someplace to duck out of the downpour, only to find some mysterious dimly lit dive, and inside, a strange collection of shapes hunched over their drinks, lit only by the flicker of candlelight, while in the corner, sits an old piano, with a shadowy shape at the keyboard, the woman at the piano, providing a mysterious musical balm for the rainsoaked dispossessed, each song a haunting threnody, an aching lament, that speaks to the collective misery, and sadness and hopelessness of the clientele, all drowning their sorrows, waiting for the end.
So gorgeous, and darkly, depressively dreamy. Fans of folks like Chelsea Wolfe and Zola Jesus should check this out too, Korouva's sound laced with a gloomy/gothic vibe that seeps into every ghostly note.
LIMITED TO 200 COPIES, while they last we have the opaque red / black swirl colored vinyl version. Packaged in a thick full color jacket, with an 8 page lyric booklet and a Khrysanthoney insert.
MPEG Stream: "Slowclub"
MPEG Stream: "Dne Eht Ton"
MPEG Stream: "The Rain Song"
MPEG Stream: "Tide"

album cover KOROUVA Sleepwalker (2009) (Khrysanthoney) lp 19.98
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As we mentioned in our review of Korouva's recently reissued Shipwrecks & Russian Roulette record, originally released in 2007, Korouva, aka Miranda Lehman, is probably best know for having that record 'stolen' by black metal provocateurs Velvet Cacoon, but in fact, separate from the hype, it was and is a gorgeous collection of murky, melancholy outsider torch songs, and was in fact the first in a trilogy, of which this is the second part, originally released in 2009, and available again now courtesy of the Khrysanthoney label (and available exclusively from aQuarius), and like Shipwrecks, Sleepwalker is another gorgeously minimal and haunting bit of abstract mood music, Lehman's vocals a mumbled croon, seductive yet mysterious, the music a lush washed out hybrid of haunting chamber folk and brooding slow jazz mesmer, detuned pianos warble though clouds of hiss and static, the melodies lilting and achingly melancholic, tinkling chimes draped over slow chordal swells, and darkly brooding shimmer, faux strings swirling and soaring, everything muddy and murky, giving the proceedings a definite Caretaker vibe, as if these tracks were all culled from some old wax cylinder. Hushed minimal ballads drift into droned out black ambient creeps, which drift into what sounds at times like alternate universe Tom Waits, that sort of Nighthawks At The Diner, dingy dive bar, house band playing mournful laments for all the drunks and lonely hearts, and like on Shipwrecks, there's still a huge gloom/goth vibe, with Lehman's voice reminding us of Chelsea Wolfe and Zola Jesus. But Sleepwalker shows a definite development, slightly more polished, more textured, less lo-fi and raw that Shipwrecks, without losing any of the emotional urgency that made the first record so intense. Gorgeous, haunting, mesmerizing stuff, we of course recommend getting all three, the third will be reviewed on the next list, but you can grab it now (along with the first one, just ask), separate or as a trilogy, all three of these lps come highly recommended!
MPEG Stream: "Marusja"
MPEG Stream: "Close At Hand"
MPEG Stream: "Im Abendrot"
MPEG Stream: "Ghosts"

album cover KOROUVA Unbearable Romance (2011) (Khrysanthoney) lp 19.98
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Finally, the third in this series of reissues, of all three full lengths from Miranda Lehman, aka Korouva, who, as we mentioned in our reviews of the first two (Shipwrecks & Russian Roulette and Sleepwalker, which we still have in stock!), is maybe best know for having her 2007 record Shipwrecks & Russian Roulette, appropriated by black metal jokers Velvet Cacoon. We posited that she was probably in on it, and played some part in the hoax, cuz really it worked out for both groups, cementing VC's reputation, and getting Lehman's music out there and into the ears of folks who otherwise might not have discovered her creepy, gothic, piano ballads. And really, this is about as far removed from the black metal of Velvet Cacoon as you could get, hushed and haunting, dark and dreamily druggy, Unbearable Romance recorded four full years after that purloined Shipwrecks lp, yet instead of displaying a more polished production, or more full arrangements, in fact seems to have gone the opposite way, a super stripped down, bare bones, skeletal songsite, of mostly just vocals and piano, recorded live it sounds like, all the sounds bathed in natural reverb, and wreathed in warm swirls of tape hiss, total 4 track bedroom balladry that is so gorgeous. At times, we're reminded of PJ Harvey in fact, albeit super spare and stripped down, a bit like her White Chalk record. In the other reviews we mention Zola Jesus and Chelsea Wolfe as well, and those comparisons are still pretty spot on, fans of either of those women, will find much to love here, but the sounds on Unbearable Romance are much more intimate and personal, the sounds immediate and organic, more than the other two records, this sounds like Lehman is performing just for you, the listener, as if you're curled up in front of her piano, while he serenades you, her harrowing torch songs ghostly and spectral, mysteriously moody and so so lovely. If you bought the other two already, you're gonna want this one too. And if you've yet to check out Korouva, this record will very likely convince you to by all three!
LIMITED TO 200 COPIES, packaged in a thick full color jacket, with an 8 page lyric booklet and a Khrysanthoney insert.
MPEG Stream: "Exceprt 1"
MPEG Stream: "Exceprt 2"
MPEG Stream: "Exceprt 3"

KOROVAKILL Waterhells (Red Stream) cd 13.98
After a long absence, here's a new, third album from these former Napalm Records recording artists, the sometimes very weird Austrian black metal outfit Korova, now rechristened Korovakill. They've always been one of our favorites, playing unclassifiable epic metal with baroque keyboards and downright bizarre male and female vocals (too silly for some, it must be said) that on their first album even reminded us of the Sun City Girls! The album after that dabbled in electronica, ending up even stranger than some of Arcturus' experiments, but with this disc they rely on more standard, blasting black metal techniques, making for probably their most "accessible" release, but definitely still one for fans of the weird in black metal, along the lines of the aforementioned Arcturus, Borknagar, Enslaved, etc. We haven't had this disc long enough to fully comprehend the watery concept at play here, but "Waterhells" seems to refer to a mythology of the sea that ties together the songs (interesting subject matter for a band from the Alps).
RealAudio clip: "Into The Underwhirls"

KORPBLOD Vardens Fard (Nordvis) cd 13.98

album cover KORPERSCHWACHE Evil Walks (Crucial Blast) cd 13.98
The first appearance on the aQ list by these Texas based guitarnoise terrorists, was a recent collaboration with Irish doomdronedirge outfit To Blacken The Pages, but this is the first proper record of theirs we've managed to get enough of to list. And it's a doozy.
Previously a one man band, and previously more of an oozing blacknoise Skullflower psychguitar buzz drone dirge freakout-fit, the band has expanded to a duo (unless the new member is just the drum machine), either way, the sound has definitely shifted gears, less abstract, less noisy, and more industrial, with proper songs; a lurching, lumbering, downtuned chunk of miserable abject slo-mo heaviness. The programmed beats minimal and robotic, the guitars murky and crusty, the vocals a super reverbed and heavily effected demonic croak, the songs, creeping and crawling, haunting and harrowing, shades of the Swans, Godflesh of course, the label compare their sound to Loop crossed with Abruptum, and we can definitely here that in places.
The sound is way less caustic than in the past, and more psychedelic and hypnotic, "Ouroboros: First Lesson", for all its croaked vocals and grim guitar buzz, locks into a looped mesmer and gets downright psychedelic, like Spacemen 3 covered by some basement black metal band, it's pretty bad ass. And a bunch of the tracks follow a similar path, building to a lurching groove and then getting all spaced out hypnorock. Then there's tracks like "The City Of Lost Girls", that are downright pretty, the guitars smoldering, laced with piano, mournful and melancholy, drifty and droney and dreamlike. And even in the harsher jams, hidden amidst all that crunch and pound and howl are strange melodies, unlikely hooks, gorgeous textures, all woven into a dense industrial tinged, blackened psychedelia, that will most likely have lots of you scrambling for all those Korperschwache releases you missed.
Includes a link for a download to a companion record, featuring early/alternate versions and a handful of unreleased tracks.
MPEG Stream: "There Is A Certain Smell Attractive To Wolves"
MPEG Stream: "Ouroboros: First Lesson"
MPEG Stream: "The Rearing Elephant"

album cover KORPSES KATATONIK Oeuvres Completes (Klanggalerie) cd 21.00
The Austrian post-industrial provocateur Michael DeWitt attained notoriety in the mid-'80s for his project Zero Kama whose sole album was sourced entirely from human bones and skulls, with plenty of smoke and mirror production techniques to arrive at a Crowleyian sound parallel to the likes of early Current 93, Coil, and Psychic TV. Beyond the one album as Zero Kama, DeWitt released another obscure recording in 1982 under the moniker Korpses Katatonik. This cassette - sometimes referred to as Sensitive Liberated Autistiks, sometimes as Subklinikal Leukotomy Aphrenia Spasmophilik Lyssophobo Asphyxia Sinister Lethal Anorex - delved into parallel concerns of societal pathologies and death-obsessed transgressions through very dark electronics. It's very much in step with the classic industrial productions of SPK (when is anybody going to reissue those records again?) and the pre-Brighter Death Now project Lille Roger, with blackened squalls of grim noise belched through slow-grinding rhythms and an ominous proclamation that "we're all fucked." Such doomspeak from Industrial Culture was commonplace, but DeWitt's Korpses Katatonik said it with just as much brutalist force and conviction as SPK, TG, and Cabaret Voltaire at their most zombified. All of the tracks from that cassette and a compilation track make up the entire body of work for Korpses Katatonik, which have been remastered and repackaged for this anthology. The template for much of what Wolf Eyes did later is found here. Terrifyingly great.
MPEG Stream: "Nekom"
MPEG Stream: "Kcock Transplant"
MPEG Stream: "Chronozon"

album cover KORT, ALEXANDER Friend OR... (self-released) cd 9.98
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Friend OR... compiles the incidental music Alexander Kort composed and performed for a three act play titled FOE which was presented by the University of California - Berkeley's department of theater, dance and performance studies back in 2003. Kort, who also performs with Bay Area groups such as Subtle and Themselves, loosely entwines multiple glacial string movements with the sounds of waves, sputtering rainfall and other mysterious effects and sources. The somber moan and creak of Kort's compositions on this cd bring to mind an antiquated ocean liner listing sleepily on a calm eve. Actually come to think of it this makes for a more spartan companion to Nurse With Wound's very nautical Salt Marie Celeste album. Hauntingly beautiful.
MPEG Stream: "The Dead Captain"
MPEG Stream: "Dream Of The Two Islands"

KORT, ALEXANDER Mother Of Pearl (self-released) cd 11.98
Mother of Pearl is the debut from this North Carolina born, Bay Area based solo electric cellist. Slow, viscous and deeply brooding. The strings' dark tones and textures accumulate and build in cloudlike formations - like a thick rolling fog or a billowing thunderhead. You may have also heard Mr. Kort's work with such varied artists as Sole or Jill Tracy.

KORT, ALEXANDER / KITUNDU Eighteen July Two Thousand Four (self-released) 10" 9.98

KORZYNSKI, ANDRZEJ Man Of Marble OST (Finders Keepers) lp 25.00

album cover KORZYNSKI, ANDRZEJ Possession OST (Finders Keepers) cd 17.98
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A lot of the soundtracks we review, are for movies we haven't actually seen. In some ways that's sort of liberating, at least from a purely musical standpoint, hearing the sounds solely for what they are, instead of having those sounds inexorably linked to specific images. And in a lot of cases, we have discovered some incredible films via their soundtracks, and not the more common other way around. We got this soundtrack to this 1981 French horror/thriller (directed by Polish director Andrzej Zulawski, and scored by his longtime collaborator Andrzej Korzynski, also Polish, but more on that in a second) in a few months ago, and instantly, become totally obsessed, spinning it multiple times a day, inevitably folks in the store would ask what it was, because it's so goddamn good. And creepy, and twisted, and pretty much the perfect score, but for what, we weren't sure, as we had not seen the movie. And while are obsession proves that you needn't see the movie to love this, once we actually DID see the movie, we flipped for that too, wondering how the hell we could have missed out on it all these years. It's literally one of the weirdest, most fucked up films EVER. And the soundtrack we had become so familiar with over the last several months, finally viewed in the contest of the film, made both even more bizarre and amazing.
So the film itself, banned until 1991, and at the time classified as a "Video Nasty", stars an American, Sam Neil, who becomes convinced his wife, Isabelle Adjani, is cheating on him, which she is. Neil hires a private investigator, eventually meets the lover, and the lover's mother, but there's so much more to the story, there's a crazily neglected child in the mix, some truly twisted parenting, and SPOILER ALERT!!!! Some sort of super gross oozing monster that lives in an abandoned building that Adjani is in love with, or is at least having sex with? There's tons of screaming and hitting and fighting, and one of thee most dramatic freakouts EVER, with Adjani losing her mind in a tunnel, and ending up spewing and oozing all sorts of weird fluids, there's a particularly psychedelic denouement as well, lots of crazy scenery chewing, the whole thing is utterly and unabashedly over the top. Even right after seeing it, we weren't sure what the fuck just happened. But we did know, we loved the movie, and suddenly, loved the soundtrack EVEN MORE.
Korzynski's soundtrack is a series of short cues, most less than a minute, that find the composer experimenting with synthesizers, drum machines, primitive electronics. It's actually quite progressive, and in places is reminiscent of Carpenter or Goblin, especially in the movie's 'theme'. Check out the opening track "The Night The Screaming Stops", and it will be stick in your head forever, the tense strings, the pulsing rhythmic throb, the mysterious percussion, the swirling synth, and the creepy sci-fi sound effects, not to mention the melody. It's so haunting and creepy, but in the film, it's over the most innocuous sequence, and it's that juxtaposition that makes it so effectively chilling. Seriously if this soundtrack was 2 minutes long, and consisted of that first track, we'd still want a copy!
But dig in, there's plenty more, haunting swoonsome strings, drifting over a lilting organ melody, dreamy and drifty, but so subtly ominous, there's some full on synth prog, again revisiting that opening melody, but with more heft, as the soundtrack unwinds, there's lots of percussion, shakers, little flurries of synth shimmer, deep drones, the orchestral theme is particularly stirring, a refrain of the opening credit sequence, but so much more creepy and hauntingly stately. There are also lots of brief blasts of synthy psychedelia, appropriately titled things like "Detective's Desserts" or "Bloody Embrace", and part of the reason these cues are so short, is that much of the movie is sans incidental music, so the cues come in to accentuate certain events, the sonic equivalent of jump-scares, but super effective, and they add a whole other level of surreal psychedelia to the proceedings, very 'Euro' for sure. The series of "Kreuzberg" variations are particularly freaky, sinister and mysterious, grim ambience and super tense orchestral weirdness. Oh did we mention "The Man With The Pink Socks"? Another perplexing plot point, and one that here gets the bookending closing sequence, revisiting "Meeting With A Pink Tie". Adding some extra wah guitar, and both revisiting that opening theme.
Listen to the sound samples and see if you can resist. But really why bother? You won't be sorry. Even removed from the movie, this score is fantastic, psychedelic, orchestral, proggy, tripped out and bizarre, and no doubt will have you headed to the video store to experience the baffling brilliance of the film, once your sated on the equally baffling and brilliant score.
Like all B-Music / Finders Keepers releases, includes a huge booklet with lots of liner notes and tons of rare photos.
MPEG Stream: "The Night The Screaming Stops (Opening Titles)"
MPEG Stream: "Opetanie 1"
MPEG Stream: "Anna Rewards Mark"
MPEG Stream: "Possession - Orchestral Theme 1"
MPEG Stream: "Kreuzberg 1"
MPEG Stream: "Kreuzberg 4"
MPEG Stream: "What Is it?"

album cover KORZYNSKI, ANDRZEJ Possession OST (Finders Keepers) lp 25.00
A lot of the soundtracks we review, are for movies we haven't actually seen. In some ways that's sort of liberating, at least from a purely musical standpoint, hearing the sounds solely for what they are, instead of having those sounds inexorably linked to specific images. And in a lot of cases, we have discovered some incredible films via their soundtracks, and not the more common other way around. We got this soundtrack to this 1981 French horror/thriller (directed by Polish director Andrzej Zulawski, and scored by his longtime collaborator Andrzej Korzynski, also Polish, but more on that in a second) in a few months ago, and instantly, become totally obsessed, spinning it multiple times a day, inevitably folks in the store would ask what it was, because it's so goddamn good. And creepy, and twisted, and pretty much the perfect score, but for what, we weren't sure, as we had not seen the movie. And while are obsession proves that you needn't see the movie to love this, once we actually DID see the movie, we flipped for that too, wondering how the hell we could have missed out on it all these years. It's literally one of the weirdest, most fucked up films EVER. And the soundtrack we had become so familiar with over the last several months, finally viewed in the contest of the film, made both even more bizarre and amazing.
So the film itself, banned until 1991, and at the time classified as a "Video Nasty", stars an American, Sam Neil, who becomes convinced his wife, Isabelle Adjani, is cheating on him, which she is. Neil hires a private investigator, eventually meets the lover, and the lover's mother, but there's so much more to the story, there's a crazily neglected child in the mix, some truly twisted parenting, and SPOILER ALERT!!!! Some sort of super gross oozing monster that lives in an abandoned building that Adjani is in love with, or is at least having sex with? There's tons of screaming and hitting and fighting, and one of thee most dramatic freakouts EVER, with Adjani losing her mind in a tunnel, and ending up spewing and oozing all sorts of weird fluids, there's a particularly psychedelic denouement as well, lots of crazy scenery chewing, the whole thing is utterly and unabashedly over the top. Even right after seeing it, we weren't sure what the fuck just happened. But we did know, we loved the movie, and suddenly, loved the soundtrack EVEN MORE.
Korzynski's soundtrack is a series of short cues, most less than a minute, that find the composer experimenting with synthesizers, drum machines, primitive electronics. It's actually quite progressive, and in places is reminiscent of Carpenter or Goblin, especially in the movie's 'theme'. Check out the opening track "The Night The Screaming Stops", and it will be stick in your head forever, the tense strings, the pulsing rhythmic throb, the mysterious percussion, the swirling synth, and the creepy sci-fi sound effects, not to mention the melody. It's so haunting and creepy, but in the film, it's over the most innocuous sequence, and it's that juxtaposition that makes it so effectively chilling. Seriously if this soundtrack was 2 minutes long, and consisted of that first track, we'd still want a copy!
But dig in, there's plenty more, haunting swoonsome strings, drifting over a lilting organ melody, dreamy and drifty, but so subtly ominous, there's some full on synth prog, again revisiting that opening melody, but with more heft, as the soundtrack unwinds, there's lots of percussion, shakers, little flurries of synth shimmer, deep drones, the orchestral theme is particularly stirring, a refrain of the opening credit sequence, but so much more creepy and hauntingly stately. There are also lots of brief blasts of synthy psychedelia, appropriately titled things like "Detective's Desserts" or "Bloody Embrace", and part of the reason these cues are so short, is that much of the movie is sans incidental music, so the cues come in to accentuate certain events, the sonic equivalent of jump-scares, but super effective, and they add a whole other level of surreal psychedelia to the proceedings, very 'Euro' for sure. The series of "Kreuzberg" variations are particularly freaky, sinister and mysterious, grim ambience and super tense orchestral weirdness. Oh did we mention "The Man With The Pink Socks"? Another perplexing plot point, and one that here gets the bookending closing sequence, revisiting "Meeting With A Pink Tie". Adding some extra wah guitar, and both revisiting that opening theme.
Listen to the sound samples and see if you can resist. But really why bother? You won't be sorry. Even removed from the movie, this score is fantastic, psychedelic, orchestral, proggy, tripped out and bizarre, and no doubt will have you headed to the video store to experience the baffling brilliance of the film, once your sated on the equally baffling and brilliant score.
Like all B-Music / Finders Keepers releases, includes a huge booklet with lots of liner notes and tons of rare photos.
MPEG Stream: "The Night The Screaming Stops (Opening Titles)"
MPEG Stream: "Opetanie 1"
MPEG Stream: "Anna Rewards Mark"
MPEG Stream: "Possession - Orchestral Theme 1"
MPEG Stream: "Kreuzberg 1"
MPEG Stream: "Kreuzberg 4"
MPEG Stream: "What Is it?"

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