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DEATH CHANTS 2006
Time-Lag



About: "reissue of the band's self released cassette debut from summer 2005, and to our ears one of best new projects birthed last year. these guys appeared out of nowhere with this all too brief dose of lifted folk/psych... the disc opens with a plaintive acoustic guitar & cello lullaby, shifts into a slowly unfolding mutant raga launch, and climaxes with ass-shaking throwdown stomp, complete with infectious vocal nah nahs, killer detuned drumming, snaky flute, and chugging acoustic riffing... all executed with a great spontaneous vibe & warm lo-fi glow... packaged in an art paper cover with paste-on art fully reproduced from original cassette. hand stamped black bottom cdrs. hand numbered edition of 180 copies."
(Time-Lag)

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I HAVE SEEN A THOUSAND SWIM THROUGH DARKER SKIES THAN THESE 2006
Sloow Tapes



About: "Follow-up to their self-titled cd-r which appeared on Time-Lag earlier this year. Closed eyes and minds getting lost into more of those sweet twirling folk/psych jams drifting away in late-night bedroom psychedelic atmospheres. Sleepscapes of haunting melancholic blue melodies. Comes with wonderful cover art by Paul Grimes. Numbered edition of 100 copies."
(Sloow Tapes)
"Even more blissful and spaced than their two self-released tapes with clarinet echoing from afar and drones drifting like sea mist, this is pastoral cosmic folk at its best."
(Boa Melody Bar)

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ETHER WORKS, VOL. 1 2006
Self Released Cassette



Review: "Enigmatic Maryland residents Death Chants are a relatively new group, but already their homegrown space folk ramblings have drawn some well-deserved attention. Nemo Bidtrup over at Time-lag HQ has seen the light and has released two stunning CD-Rs of Death Chants material and a cassette has been unearthed by Belgium’s Sloow Tapes. The self-released Ether Works series of cassettes (there are 2 as of now) are akin to the hazy dream world previously explored by Darla Records’ Bliss Out series, where bands would explore the ethereal side of their musical cosmology. This particular cassette is the first in the series and is definitely anchored in the stratosphere. The A side features a few supple organs laying down a billowy, melodic drone; the B side is closer in spirit to the group’s self-titled Time-lag release, with acoustic guitar and bells augmenting the organ drone. Death chants seem to succeed at exploring the cosmic side of folk music, and are definitely a group to keep an eye on. I definitely recommend snatching up anything you can get your hands on by these guys."
(Bryon Hayes, Foxy Digitalis)

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ETHER WORKS, VOL. 2 2006
Self Released Cassette



Review: "The new DIY Americana of bands like Death Chants has merged the familial comforts of porch friendly music with the ethereal sweep of modern psychedelia. “Ether Works – Volume 2,” is a two-song cassette that melds equal parts instrumental aquatic murk with nocturnal and delicate electronic organ driven sweep. And what this five piece is able to accomplish in two tracks is enough to send you off far away from wherever you came, and leave you better off for having done so.
The production values are pretty much what you would expect from a self-produced, cassette only project: a little tape hiss, and a slightly muffled overall sound; but with the underwater ring of this tape, the murk actually lends a fragile beauty to it.
The two songs presented here are both instrumental affairs, fairly stripped down, and confidently unpretentious. Sun Harp, the first track, delivers a late summer afternoon buzz that keeps you warm despite the cooling wash of underwater space. The ringing electronics blend perfectly with the wavering oscillations of the synthed organ sounds that drone throughout. The second track, titled Big Sky, Black Sky is an expansive song that, at first, brings to mind the river drift of Popol Vuh in the Aguirre soundtrack, and then, through jingling bells and a reverb soaked violin, leads you into a sad, open seascape in which only you could possibly exist. This is lonely and intimate music, stark and gently beautiful. There’s a dreamlike isolation here that reminds me of what I occasionally hear in my mind as I dream.
What with my copy being number 73 of 99, finding this release may not exactly be easy, but if you find the chance to get one, I suggest that you do. I hope to hear the rest of the Death Chants material soon, but in the meantime I will definitely wear out my copy of “Ether Works Volume 2.” "

(John Cramer, Foxy Digitalis)

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LIVE ONE 2006
Self Released CDr



About: "These handmade cdRs contain two thoroughly rockin live performances (at Liv and Mark's 09-11-05 & at 611 Florida 3-25-06) by Death Chants that range from multigalactic ambience to tobacco-and-moonshine folk to junkyard psychedelia, totalling over sixty minutes of music."

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RAFI BOOKSTABER
A GLOSSAMER VEIL 2007

Azriel



About: "Space meditations, bedtime hymns, starlight ragas and bent blues for wood and wire and tape hiss. Member of Death Chants. Hand painted and lettered covers with an insert. Hand numbered ed. of 76."
(Azriel)

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Thanx 2 Kid Shirt for DC interview!

3 комментария:

african комментирует...

2 hippi: thanx for this. good band! it was a discovery)))

Анонимный комментирует...

it is new to me to. thank you for the post. also, bands that r similar. VxPxC, spektar folk. i think of more. see ya

aum shinrikyo комментирует...

wow! great work here! never even heard of some of these x