Bandcamp, Necrome Studio, 2022
As a relative newcomer to the world of Enemy on Tape, a few things have become evident as I tentatively step into the shadows. The band members are very mysterious; they are all about the darkness and their music evolves with every release.
Who are they? Who knows? It doesn’t really matter. They let the music do the talking. They maintain an air of anonymity, wearing masks in their artwork and publicity shots, and often using heavily distorted or filtered imagery. It’s all part of the story, the image and theme they have built around themselves. Is it to obscure their identities and make them anonymous? Perhaps. Maybe they want you to listen to the music and create your own narrative.
CD/Digital, Sirenwire, 2020
Life consists of journeys, the most arduous of which have a starting point but no definitive end point and no defined duration. “I Am In Pieces, Can You Hold Me Together?” marks a milestone in one of those journeys but to understand it’s significance, we first need to understand the story behind its conception.
At the beginning of 2019, Susan Matthews was looking forward to a busy year working on music projects, releasing the music of like-minded musicians through her Sirenwire label and continuing to work on her vintage clothing company, Cherry Pie Vintage Clothing. All this stopped when she was diagnosed with breast cancer.
One-sided 12in single, Sacred Bones Records
Available as a limited edition one-sided 12 inch remix single limited to 500 copies with a hand stamped label, this single sees the meeting of the critically applauded purveyor of new electronica, Blanck Mass, and avant-garde industrial music activist, Genesis Breyer P-Orridge (known to some as GPO).
Blanck Mass is the solo electronic project of Benjamin John Power of the band Fuck Buttons. GPO, an original member of legendary industrial band Throbbing Gristle and later a founder member of Psychic TV, never shies away from the controversial, unorthodox or challenging.
Touch has long been a label that embraces experimental electronic music by an array of respected musicians, many who have released material over an extended period of time through the label. Resplendent in founder Jon Wozencroft’s distinctive sleeve designs, Touch is always mindful of quality both aesthetically and musically, Touch continues to deliver the best in experimental electronic listening music that is high in concept and creativity.
At the beginning of last year, Tympanik Audio opened their annual release schedule with a clutch of releases in the form of ESA’s remix collection, a new Displacer album and free to download MP3 EP also from Displacer. Despite significant changes in musical retail in recent years Tympanik Audio have successfully managed to maintain their popularity with a regular release schedule (mostly on physical formats) and a strong stable of both new and established artists.
[CD, Tympanik Audio]
With an avid interest in all things visionary and listing amongst his influences the American writer William Gibson and Russian film director Andrei Tarkovsky, 25 year old New Yorker Rob Lioy (aka Access To Arasaka) named his project after an evil corporation in the cyberpunk related card game Netrunner.
Self-releasing an album and several EPs (that are still available) through his own website and an album and EP through net label Illphabetik, Lioy made his debut with a joint release for acclaimed US label Tympanik Audio and the now sadly defunct Greek label Spectraliquid with Oppidan in 2009. The album took its name from a building in an as yet unfinished story, written by Lioy, that won him wide praise from the music press and fans worldwide. For his second album, Lioy again draws on his passion for all things futuristic and bases void() on the concept of system hacking from it’s roots to the distant future with a sonic interpretation of what an electronic system might feel when subjected to such an attack.
[CD, Àsino Elettronico]
Transitional is Koneyn’s debut solo release for Serbian label Àsino Elettronico and follows two self-released EPs – Stormfields and Enclosed – both issued during 2008. Released digitally and also as a limited pre-ordered edition in nicely produced handmade packaging, Transitional consists of five fairly short tracks covering a 20-minute duration.
De Frie Elementer is a live recording of guitarist Alf Terje Hana and vocalist Line Horneland performing as Sonarophon at Helgåleiren kunst- og kulturfestival in Ogna on 5th November 2008. Composed around a core of experimental and ambient electronics, their set features the six string skills of Hana combined with the vocal yet wordless vocal techniques of Horneland. Recorded as it was performed, De Frie Elementer comprises of a single 24 minute track split into a number of linked elements.
[Digital, Drawn Recordings]
Early in the New Year, a new label based in Bristol (UK) releases their first full artist release. Having already released a free label compilation through their website (still available) their first output is the final release by London-based artist Simon Smerdon, otherwise known as Mothboy.
On 13th November 2004 the Coil website at Threshold House went pure black; no links or anything, just black. Something was happening. Later that day the news broke that John Balance, the lyricist and frontman of the band, had tragically passed away following an accident at his Weston-Super-Mare home in the UK.
On November 25th 2010 – Thanksgiving Day in the USA – the Threshold House website once again turned black. Chris Carter, a close friend and bandmate of Christopherson in the legendary band Throbbing Gristle, broke the news via his personal Twitter account. Peter “Sleazy” Christopherson had died peacefully in his sleep during the early hours of the previous night.