RIYL: Bark Psychosis

Label: Gizeh Records

Gizeh Records with another strong release on the horizon (no surprise). Apparently, this was done in one take and it’s been mastered by Lawrence English(!). Unfortunately, there’s only one track we can hear at the moment but at least it’s got seven minutes under its belt. I’ve written this many times in the past, but post-rock, to me at least, is often either too happy and/or just relies on its crescendos like tweakers and their ice. Not enough post-rock flirts with jazz and the more somber side of the emotional spectrum. Nonland is strongly reminiscent of Bark Psychosis, a la ///CODENAME: dustsucker, and I want to consider this album a spiritual successor to Graham Sutton’s project because it’s looking like another Bark Psychosis is very unlikely (it’s been 13 years…). This may be one take, but I hope it’s not a one-off project. Listen to “Digging Through Time” below via the Bandcamp player and see what you think of it. Cheers!

The Details

Recorded in a single session at Berlin's Golden Retriever Studios on June 18, 2016, Nonland combines atmospheric, looping guitar with textural, polyrhythmic percussion. Having played together live only once previously, these sessions were entirely spontaneous and improvisational, intuitive and expressive...

Aidan Baker is a classically-trained multi-instrumentalist using the electric guitar as his primary instrument. Using prepared and alternate methods of playing the guitar, along with various electronic effects, Baker creates music which generally falls within the ambient/experimental genre but draws on influences from rock, electronic, classical, and jazz. A highly prolific artist, Baker has released numerous recorded works, both solo and with various group projects, like Nadja, B/B/S/, and Caudal, on such independent labels as Gizeh Records, Pleasence Records, Important Records, Alien8 Recordings, and his own imprint, Broken Spine Productions. Baker is also the author of several books of poetry. A regular live performer, Baker has toured extensively around the world, including appearances at such international festivals as FIMAV, SXSW, Incubate, Unsound, and Mutek, among others. Originally from Toronto, Canada, Baker currently resides in Berlin, Germany.

Karen Willems is a Belgium drummer who has performed with o.a , Zita Swoon Group, Jan Swerts, Novastar, Pascal Deweze. Currently, she is leader of the group Inwolves and regularly collaborates with Aidan Baker, Eric Thielemans, Dirk Serries, BARST, and Jean De Lacoste. Her mix of sounds, drums and percussion contains nectar for the soul and does not spin compromises between authenticity and cheap commercial considerations. Willems resides in Adegem, Belgium.

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