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Garrincha & The Stolen Elk Life Is Wasted On The Living LP
WEIRD-099 Garrincha & The Stolen Elk - Life Is Wasted On The Living LP

This is an album about death. More precisely, it's about dying and the realization of one's mortality. Even more precisely, it's about all the worrying thoughts and emotions that smack you in the face in light of this realization: nostalgia, regret, legacy, a vague nagging urgency & the eternal quest to find meaning in any of it. Garrincha & The Stolen Elk wrap these heavy themes in a strange brew of 21st century post-everything music -- drones & processed field recordings nestle snuggly against synths, electronics & guitars that shift from plaintively melodic to heavy headbanging to freak psych-out. Voices play a central role in this music, sometimes through vocals but moreso via samples and musique concrete pieces. A wide range of influences somehow meld into an organic & unique sound; after all, who else marries a throbbing Wolf-Eyeslike beat with new age stylings as on the centerpiece track, “Wait Think Fast”? G&SE, that's who. Just one example of the abundant aural alchemy found on this stellar album.

Front cover artwork by Myste French (Stunned Records).
Mastered by James Plotkin & limited to 200 copies. Digital version available at online retailers and Bandcamp.
$14

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Roped Off / Garrincha split Tape
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WEIRD-080 Roped Off / Garrincha - split Tape

Channelling the ghost of Carl Sagan, Roped Off rip through the space-time continuum on their return to Weird Forest. On their side of the split, Mike Haley and Dave Doyen deliver a moodier piece than was found on their first Weird Forest tape.. This time out is all grimy atmospheric sci-f soundscape that focuses on mood and develops at a leisurely pace.

The other side of the split finds Garrincha dropping their first sounds since shortening their name. After a brief encounter with the supernatural, Garrincha present a travelogue of sorts, with two pieces built around field recordings from their July 2011 national tour.

Special tour edition release limited to 75 copies.
Roped Off / Garrincha - split Tape

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Garrincha & The Stolen Elk Void CD
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WEIRD-072cd Garrincha & The Stolen Elk - Void CD

With a pair of cassette releases in recent months on the venerable tape labels, Stunned Records and 905 Tapes, Garrincha & The Stolen Elk may seem like neophytes on the scene but the truth is Davy Bui and Matt Kretzmann have been making music together in one form or another since 2002. Both have been active in their regional noise and DIY scenes for years with little official documentation other than Bui's releases in Antennas Erupt! for Weird Forest and S-S Records. Garrincha & The Stolen Elk's full-length debut reflects this combined two decades of fully integrated experience and influences.

"I Don't Believe You" kicks off the album with chiming bells and an upbeat church hymn slowed down and matched to a barrage of processed chanting voices. The song morphs into a hypnotic guitar loop layered with ringing synths, guitar washes and ghostly vocals, all building to a cacophonous climax replete with bleating saxes, a buzz metal riff and shredded guitar. "Tower of Babble" begins with sounds of rainfall and something sounding like slowed-down Gregorian chants as a chiming guitar melody softly repeats, eventually giving way to a buzzing organ drone, a tribal drum beat and belted German vocals before taking a final sinister turn with an insistent snare roll propelling the song towards its grand finale. The album concludes with the side-long, three-part "First Rites, Last Communion" suite. Heavily comprised of processed Asian church ceremony field recordings accompanied by occasional guitar and keyboard statements, the piece eventually erupts into a maelstrom of noise blasts, wild guitar and ringing bells before settling into a series of long, drawn out tones.

Mastered by Graham Lambkin (ex-Shadow Ring), this album sounds like little else in the Weird Forest catalog.

Mastered by Graham Lambkin. Design/layout by G+SE & Aaron Winters.
Jewelcase enhanced CD version includes bonus live videos viewable on your computer. Price includes shipping world-wide.
$13

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Antennas Erupt S/T 7"
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Weird-AE Antennas Erupt - S/T 7

The first 7" (full length vinyl due out on S-S Records) from Sacramento's finest utopian non-jazz band, Antennas Erupt. Their spectral sound of yore hovers somewhere between what's available and what's not. Past gestures giving way to new compositional non-jazz explorations. I got stoned one night and decided them as Charles Ives conducting the Portsmouth Sinfonia interpretting the better part of the ESP/Actuel catalogue, Mingus meltdowns, Ascension, solo Dolphy, and Messengers fluidity. They've created something wholly unique and beautiful and groovy. Saxes, cello, and drums combine to make Magical Energy Fields of love, joy, and vigor!

200 copies on clear vinyl.
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Garrincha & The Stolen Elk Void LP
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WEIRD-072 Garrincha & The Stolen Elk - Void LP

With a pair of cassette releases in recent months on the venerable tape labels, Stunned Records and 905 Tapes, Garrincha & The Stolen Elk may seem like neophytes on the scene but the truth is Davy Bui and Matt Kretzmann have been making music together in one form or another since 2002. Both have been active in their regional noise and DIY scenes for years with little official documentation other than Bui's releases in Antennas Erupt! for Weird Forest and S-S Records. Garrincha & The Stolen Elk's full-length debut reflects this combined two decades of fully integrated experience and influences.

"I Don't Believe You" kicks off the album with chiming bells and an upbeat church hymn slowed down and matched to a barrage of processed chanting voices. The song morphs into a hypnotic guitar loop layered with ringing synths, guitar washes and ghostly vocals, all building to a cacophonous climax replete with bleating saxes, a buzz metal riff and shredded guitar. "Tower of Babble" begins with sounds of rainfall and something sounding like slowed-down Gregorian chants as a chiming guitar melody softly repeats, eventually giving way to a buzzing organ drone, a tribal drum beat and belted German vocals before taking a final sinister turn with an insistent snare roll propelling the song towards its grand finale. The album concludes with the side-long, three-part "First Rites, Last Communion" suite. Heavily comprised of processed Asian church ceremony field recordings accompanied by occasional guitar and keyboard statements, the piece eventually erupts into a maelstrom of noise blasts, wild guitar and ringing bells before settling into a series of long, drawn out tones.

Mastered by Graham Lambkin (ex-Shadow Ring), this album sounds like little else in the Weird Forest catalog.

Mastered by Graham Lambkin. Design/layout by G+SE & Aaron Winters.
Vinyl edtion of 300 copies comes with insert.
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Kretzmann, Matt The Emperor's Aesthetics c47 Tape
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WEIRD-062 Kretzmann, Matt - The Emperor's Aesthetics c47 Tape

 

 

 

Long a mainstay in the Sacramento noise scene as a member of Delayed Sleep and now Garrincha & The Stolen Elk, Matt Kretzmann drops this tasty set of noise concrète.

 

 

This ain't no meandering chaotic buzz jam though -- Kretzmann uses destroyed guitar sounds, samples both found & lived and other various audio detritus to carefully craft this strangely melancholic tribute to his grandfather.

 

 

Art by Matt Kretzmann. Hand-stamped, limited edition of 39 tapes (+ second pressing of 10 tapes in black cassette shells) with embossed paste-on covers.
$5
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