Hey everyone, i recently got an email from Paul Anomali from Hypnagogia, the label that was in charge of releasing the Merzcow trilogy 4 years ago. It turns out that Paul was away all this time but now that he is back in the UK, he plans to release the final instalment of the series!
Originally entitled "Goloka" back when "Surabhi", the second instalment, was announced, has been changed to "Gomata". This full length album consisting of 4 tracks recorded earlier this year, will be released late November in a limited edition Digipack CD consisting of 250 copies. His direct email to me can be seen below.
Additionally, another record now called "Goloka" will be released on 2 LPs on Relapse, early next year. Ill make another thread for this release if you guys want to talk about that one in length.
I just thought that i'd let you know that the MERZBOW - 'MERZCOW' Trilogy will soon (finally!) be complete. I spent a lot of the last 3 years in India so had to leave the hypnagOgia label aside, but now i am back in UK for a while. Part 3: 'Gomata' will feature 4 tracks (recorded 2015) and is due for release in late-November as a Limited Edition of 250 DigiPak CD copies.
And a Merzbow album (2xLP) titled 'Goloka' will be released on the Relapse label in early 2016.
To respect Merzbow is to not listen (again) - Paul Hegarty
Post by andypandy380 on Feb 22, 2017 5:02:27 GMT -5
Kamadhenu was definitely the album that turned me into a Merzbow fan. I had a few CDs of his before that, but took a chance on that one and everything fell into place. That opening few minutes especially always stuck with me.
I'm liking how prolific with releases Akita has been recently. I saw an article online about Muen being the first Merzbow album of the year (it wasn't, Aodron was already out) but like another handful of albums have already beaten it to it's release, and we're only in February.
Yeah, Hypnagogia records seems pretty elusive... the albums just seem to appear out of thin air. I like the artwork and layout of their CD Digipaks, especially the New Blockaders albums... simple but they always look really cool.
Post by andypandy380 on Feb 26, 2017 5:34:33 GMT -5
It's finished It was recorded in 2015 but I'm sure every effort was made to tie it in with the same synth heavy psychedelic style of the first two. It's almost definitely harsher than the first two. After a first listen, I think the first and last tracks are the strongest, bearing the most resemblance to Kamadhenu, the middle two tracks feel more similar to the material on recent albums, with lengthy waves of feedback, not bad but i felt a bit like 'its just another Merzbow album' The final track is almost entirely synth based and caries a lot of tension, it all sounds very buzzy and electronic, but weaves in an organic sort of a way like the opening to Kamadhenu also did. I didn't find too many points in the album that blew me away or came with an instant gratification, some interesting rhythmic moments appearing between layers of noise, chirping synths... I think the final passage of the album works especially well though. It's an album that I think will grow with repeat listening. My copy also came with a tiny bull head shaped pendant in a plastic bag with a metallic cow shaped sticker on it... Interested to hear others reactions of this one if you've heard it
That was quick for you to get it... I've been waiting a couple of days for an email reply let alone having it within 5 days from knowing of its existence! Unless you sourced an online recording? Pity it's not such a strong album on first listen. I'll be honest though, Kamad and Surab aren't among my favourites, they're ok but on the meandering side. Though Goloka was great (and wasn't that the original 3rd Merzcow? I can't take the split release with Boris seriously at all with that bit of info in mind, the way that people seem to assume both CDs were created with the other in mind... please correct me if I'm wrong for someone that knows for a fact, but the Boris tracks and the Merzbow tracks have nothing to do with each other and I find it pointless to play them together anymore than I'd put on any random rock album along with any old noise album and ooh and ahh about how lovely a coincidence it is playing them together - which in itself isn't a bad thing of course...)
Post by andypandy380 on Feb 26, 2017 9:32:32 GMT -5
My copy came from discogs, i think direct from the label, or a distro working very closely with it. not an awful album or anything by any means, perhaps i had high expectations given that im a pretty big fan of kamadhenu (i do support what you say in that those albums are on the meandering side though) and I'm kind of expecting in my own head that everythings going to live up to the relative success of Aodron. I haven't yet listened to Goloka on its own, don't know why i never got round to it. Looking back at Gensho, i do do kind of have mixed feelings about it. Strangely, i do think the layered noise adds something to the sprawling droney tracks like 'Huge', perhaps due to the appeal of tracks like that being based on the very intensity of them. i do however think that parts of it don't work on any level really. Its kind of okay as a one-off... in a way, i do hope that its not a trend that takes off with other artists... it doesnt seem like it is.
On Discogs I did change it to turn the information to CDr as it was listed as CD. I sent a message to the label/Discogs Seller ans I am waiting for his answer about it. I think that customer should know before they buy it that it is a CDr. Some people do not care about it. Others yes. I will drop a line here if I receive any answer from Paul Coates.
noisefroind: I have two tapes from this series..
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