12/07/19: RUSALKA – Base Waters LP out now! + New Arrivals from Angst, Deadline, Receiving Vault, White Centipede Noise


RUSALKA – Base Waters LP

Absurd Exposition is proud to present the debut LP from Vancouver’s RUSALKA.

Kate Rissiek has been a mainstay of the west coast Canadian harsh noise scene for over a decade now and “Base Waters” comes nearly seven years after Rusalka’s initial involvement with Absurd Exposition (“Blood Comes Anyway”, 2013). Within those years a line can be traced that has continued to tighten around a formidable body of work – from solo releases on stalwart labels such as New Forces, to splits with the likes of MK9 and THE RITA on Neural Operations, and a compilation appearance on heavy electronics powerhouse Tesco Organization. “Base Waters” showcases an artist dedicated to their craft and at the top of their game. However, if anything is evident during Rusalka’s past eleven years, it is that “peak performance” negates the fact that there are still more peaks to climb (and make no doubt – they will be climbed). This is a much-deserved LP from one of the most consistent and ever-improving noise acts of our time.

Using a theremin as a centerpiece, Rusalka leads us straight into a harsh noise odyssey of oceanic depths – but something is lurking beneath the waves. It’s dark. Fog horns sound. A lighthouse is pulsating. Underwater evasion. Capitulation. Receding tides. No respite. These waters run thick.

Recorded May 2019
Mastered by Pentti Dassum
Rusalka is Kate Rissiek

Absurd Exposition AE34

Edition of 221. Includes insert and download code. Stream/download.

5 art edition copies are also available (total edition of 30).

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New Arrivals

Angst
CIRCUIT WOUND – Burnt Landscape Panorama CS
COLD CLIMAX – Brute of Opportunity CS
CRACKED SLIT CS
HERETIC GRAIL – With Ropes and Broken Will CS
HYMENAL OPENING – Believing a Victim CS + Poster
IGOR RUZ – “Inhumanities” Art Book
MASKHEAD – Climax of the Flesh CS

Deadline / Next Halloween / Room 2A
BLACK LEATHER JESUS – A.N.T.I. CS
BLACK LEATHER JESUS – Juliet of the Spirits CS
BLACK LEATHER JESUS – Anti-LaVey CS
BLACK LEATHER JESUS / MSBR – Sonic Destruction CS
BLACK LEATHER JESUS / THRESHOLD OF SLEEP – Dead Fetus in the Womb CS
EDWARD KA-SPEL / NUITS ROUGES – Midnight Pharmacy LP
MANPLUG – Show 2CS
MRAT – Scanning Tongues of Echoing Triggers CS
MSBR / RICHARD RAMIREZ – Sonic Aggression CS
MY GEISHA SUCK HOLE CS
RICHARD RAMIREZ CS
SMELL & QUIM – Noize On Feel the Cum CS
THE SIAMESE MODEL – Murderous Clitoris CS

Receiving Vault
RUSALKA – Manipulate-Decimate CS
SISSISTERS – Spectator CS
WINCE – Fester CS

White Centipede Noise
HEAT SIGNATURE – Disguised Human Presence CD
JEPH JERMAN – Arcane Facture CD
WINCE – Shame CD

Incoming titles from Chefsideologens Bolag, Damien Records, Fourth Dimension, Hospital, New Forces, Segerhuva, Total Black, Unrest, Urashima, White Centipede Noise

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12/01/19: New Arrival from The Helen Scarsdale Agency


VARIOUS – On Corrosion 10CS Wooden Box

ten cassettes housed in a handmade wooden box, complete with reproductions of the corroded photography by jim haynes of some of the artists in the box, a booklet including liner notes from emily pothast, drew daniel, donna stonecipher, and jim haynes.

if anything, ‘on corrosion’ is a monumental project – a 10 cassette anthology housed in a handcrafted wooden box and featuring full albums from kleistwahr, neutral, pinkcourtesyphone, alice kemp, she spread sorrow, g*park, relay for death, francisco meirino, fossil aerosol mining project, and himukalt. the collection also stands as the 50th release for the helen scarsdale agency, an imprint founded in 2003 and dedicated to post-industrial research, recombinant noise, surrealist demolition, existential vacancy and then some.

the overarching theme of this compilation refers to that of jim haynes, the agency’s founder and the curator for ‘on corrosion.’ entropy. disintegration. collapse. decay. yet, from the beginning of the boxset’s production, the focus was directed elsewhere, with other artists invited to present their ideas, aesthetics, concepts, and strategies upon the theme at hand.

ten albums housed in a wooden box with a near seven hour running time, with texts provided by drew daniel, emily pothast, donna stonecipher, and jim haynes, and audio mastering by james plotkin.

neutral is the no wave / anti-rock duo of dan johansson (sewer election, ättestupa, amateur hour, etc.) and sofie herner (leda, enhet för fri musik), both with deep connections to the swedish noise scene. as neutral, the two smear voice, guitar, organ, and smoldering noise into narcoleptic songs that rewire the strategies of dome by way of gate and mars.
‘lågliv’ translates to ‘lowlife,’ an apt metaphor for neutral’s subterranean murk and shambolic discontent that they languidly manifest as a punk dourness emptied of all rock ’n’ roll theatrics. desperate, demolished, and dejected.

kleistwahr is the solo project of gary mundy, the legendary power electronic and noise-rock musician who is a founding member of ramleh and runs the highly influential broken flag label.
solemn drones and elegiac long-form passages gird kleistwahr’s ‘winter,’ which often chimes, glistens, and glows through a unhurried constructs for organ, synth, guitar, and electronics. yet mundy pivots throughout with triumphant explosions of shrill noise, redlined overload, and harrowingly anguished vocals from the great unknown. quintessential kleistwahr.

pinkcourtesyphone is the pseudonym for the los angeles based minimalist richard chartier. under this moniker, chartier indulges in an emotional torpor through his hauntological compositions for forgotten dreams with an opiated grandeur and subtle application of certain nostalgic camp.
‘shouting at nuance’ glances back to chartier’s earliest works that were recorded onto tape, with allusions to decay as an unrecognizable reconstruction of past works, whereby his ghostly ambience becomes a dub of itself, echoing back a dispersion of drift and drone into a feedback loop of disintegrated memory.

francisco meirino is an swiss experimental musician and polymath, exploring the tension between programmable material and the potential for its failure. such investigations take place through modular synths, tape manipulation, emf detection / disruption, field recordings, and various home-made electronics.
‘a collection of damaged reel tape loops’ culls those eponymous loops from a found set of reel-to-reel tape which meirino systematically mangled (buried, crumpled, soaked in water, scratched, etc.) and worked into composition. accretions of surface noise, textural sibilance, and muffled distortion pile into dense masses of sound amidst the elliptical repetitions of the ghostly song fragments that broadcast from the original tapes.

alice kemp is a british artist articulating a broken and illogical syntax of the subconscious through trance states and as she puts it, “erotic mourning.” she has performed extensively, occasionally as an associate to the schimpfluch-gruppe of swiss extreme aktionists.
it is a rarified violence that the kemp invokes on her ‘9 dreams in erotic mourning.’ something disfigured. something fucked. something left behind. the subject matter of her investigations are deliberately inscrutable as she grotesquely amplifies a moment of terror, or fear, of sadness through pockets of piano melodies broken by psychoacoustic noise, razor-cut silence, ghastly vocalizations, crushed acts of physical aggression, and buckets of high-pressure suspense.

at the onset of fossil aerosol mining project’s ‘hydration disequilibrium,’ a detuned fragment of a sickly sweet disco-muzak melody broadcasts from the past as an ugly reminder that not all things from previous decades should be treasured. upon this necessary reminder, fossil aerosol continues their case for chronicling the residues from disintegrated media and the utterances of a zombified past.
since the mid-1980s, fossil aerosol mining project has excavated the refuse from the late 20th century wasteland of america. moldering audio tape, cracked vhs cartridges, and damaged 35mm film have proven to be a rich source material for their hauntological suites of deconstructed media samples and gauzy hypnosis, often reminiscent of their occasional collaborators :zoviet*france:.

she spread sorrow is the work of italian industrialist alice kundalini. in her sparse and grimly atmospheric applications of noise, tone, and electronic sequencing, she spread sorrow expresses a volatile emotional core that speaks to abuse and repression with an unblinking candidness.
kundalini’s signature whispered vocals once again beckons her audience closer on ‘orchid seeds.’ kundalini states that the album, “is about 5 different women of my family. each track is about one of them with their difficult story and strengths. my family is totally destroyed now, no relation between anyone, but in the past there was a strong tradition of women with interesting personalities” this sibilant allegorical history comes into focus amidst a claustrophobic and cinematic pall of dark ambient blight and death industrial torpor.

g*park is the long standing schimpfluch member marc zeier, whose cryptic assemblages manifest through technically precise yet psychologically strenuous strategies of musique concrete and controlled noise.
‘nosode’ follows his impeccable ‘gour,’ ‘sub,’ and ‘reuters’ albums with a dislocation of source material from human voice, piano, and field recordings into disfigured utterances, uncomfortable passages of creaking wood, bone, metal, etc., and whipcrack punctuations of sonic violence. zeier locates these razor-cut activities against deathray drones and blackened shadow.

relay for death is the noise project for the twin sisters roxann and rachal spikula. their hermetic works consistently reflect a bleak nihilism, all the while carving an autonomous space for survival as the rest of the existence crumbles. previous works have been published by hanson, no rent, and rrrecords.
‘mutual consuming’ is a dire piece of isolationist thrum, spectral caterwaul, and heavy gloom through an oblique and abstracted coupling of electronics, noise, and ominous field recordings. as immersive as thomas köner’s haunting ambience but fully entrenched in the industrial meditations of mb.

himukalt’s ‘torn asunder: the half girl’ was born of tragedy in the wake a relationship that failed. just as she manifests the amplifications of desire, rage, anxiety, and despair from her previous works, himukalt’s ester kärkkäinen navigates the territory of spurned love through a demonstratively personal if explosively detrimental take on power electronics and heavy industrial electronics.
the nevada based artist began himukalt in 2016 as a vehicle for her noise constructs and crude programming that found references to puce mary, anenzephalia, and atrax morgue’s mörder machine. since then, she has maintained a manic schedule with releases for malignant, found remains, total black, no rent and now this return to helen scarsdale who published her first cassette. 

 

Incoming titles from Angst, Deadline, Fourth Dimension, Hospital, Receiving Vault, Total Black, Unrest, Urashima White Centipede Noise

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11/24/19: New Arrivals from 4iB, Ballast, Breathing Problem, Dead Gods, Neural Operations, No Rent, Outsider Art, Phage, Untitled

4iB
KNURL – Risk of Entrapment CD

Ballast
ARVO ZYLO – Children of the Stones Re-Envisioned by Arvo Zylo 2 x 3” CD-R

Breathing Problem
AHLZAGAILZEHGUH – Black Destination LP
SUBKLINIK – Cremator / Of Bones and Death 2LP

Dead Gods
BLIND DATE – Cowpoke 2CS
JACKSON-PRATT – Showgirls 2CS
MISTLETOE – Azoth 2CS

Neural Operations
PRAYING FOR OBLIVION – Doppelganger CS
WHIP OF THE UFO – AFB CD-R

No Rent
JACOB WINANS – Delaware CS

Outsider Art
NATURAL ORTHODOXY – The Moment of Imminent Danger CS
ORDEAL BY ROSES – A Petty and Childish Obsession CS
OTTERANS – Canal Ghosts CS
SATORI – The Braver the Bull the Better the Bullfight CS

Phage Tapes
BACULUM – I Would Rather Feel Empty Than Full of False Hopes 2CD
BONEMAGIC – Reflex Bleeding CS
COUMADIN / SPRING BREAK CS
FRATAXIN / POLLUTANT CS
SHORT EYES CS
SPRING BREAK – Scared Little White Boys 2CS
STRAIGHT PANIC / NATURAL ORTHODOXY CS
STRAIGHT PANIC + LICKING WOUNDS / WITCHES OF MALIBU CS
VARIOUS – Metalchemy CD (GRUNT / RICHARD RAMIREZ / KNURL / K2 / etc)

Untitled
UNTITLED #1 Zine (RUSALKA / TED BYRNES / THRONE HEAP / etc)

Incoming titles from Angst, Deadline, Helen Scarsdale Agency, Hospital, Receiving Vault, Total Black, Unrest, White Centipede Noise

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11/10/19: New Arrivals and Restocks from Amphetamine Sulphate, Gracious Host, No Rent, Uninvited

Amphetamine Sulphate
MARTIN BLADH – “Marty Page” Chapbook
SAM MCKINLAY – “The Rita: Anatomical Charisma” Art Book
NEW JUCHE – “The Devils” Book (with art cards)
JOSH PETERSON – “Granite City Blues” Book
JOSH PETERSON – “Missing” Chapbook

Gracious Host
FORM HUNTER – Wrecked CS
INTERNATIONAL KLEIN BLUE – 09.20.17 CS
MAGNETIC CORONER – Black Hole CS

No Rent
HISTORY OF LEATHER – Digging In CS

Uninvited
DOSIS LETALIS + KADAVER – I CS
EATING SCABS FOR PROTEIN – Underneath the Visual CS
SCALD HYMN – Voices Trapped In Yearning CS

Incoming titles from 4iB, Angst, Ballast, Breathing Problem, Dead Gods, Deadline, Hospital, No Rent, Untitled, White Centipede Noise

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11/3/19: New Arrivals and Restocks from Fusty, New Approach, Oxen + New P.I.T. tape. + Rusalka/MK9 Tour

Fusty Cunt
CADU TENORIO – Corrupted Data孤独死 CS
FULL SERVICE AVAILABLE – II CS + Zine
HERETIC GRAIL – We Shall Overcome LP
MONDO CARNAGE CS
ROSEBUD – Erroneous Existence CS
SEWER SYSTEM – … CS
SHAMEFUL – Impossible Navigation CS

New Approach
CONCRETE MASCARA – Bilharzia CD

Oxen
CUNTS – Destroy 3: Live at Koenji Studio Dom 3” CD
FORM HUNTER – Chrome Tint CS
HEAT SIGNATURE – Dehumanization In Progress CD
P.I.G.S. – Live at Soup CS
PRIMITIVE ISOLATION TACTICS – We Are Flaming and on Fire CS
SCATHING CS
SEWER SYSTEM / UNSUSTAINABLE SOCIAL CONDITION 3” CD

Incoming titles from Amphetamine Sulphate, Ballast, Breathing Problem, Gracious Host, Hospital, No Rent, White Centipede Noise


PRIMITIVE ISOLATION TACTICS – We Are Flaming and on Fire C20 is out now on Oxen.

“Taylor Geddes (Scream & Writhe) as Primitive Isolation Tactics guides ominous, unrelenting dissonance soaking in a fervent surging foulness of harsh noise. Meticulous in his calculated bedlam, Taylor gives us a merciless and squalid beating of essential euphoric breakthroughs into a disorienting, surging harsh noise reverse gravity. The universe’s trend toward disorder is a fundamental law which says that any system can only move from more to less ordered, and that the chaos or disorder of a system, it’s entropy can never decrease.”

Assembled this past spring during the height of the Merzcast when many of us were feeling reinvigorated and excited about Merzbow and harsh noise in general. This has all the same elements as last year’s tape, Past Spheres and Present Circles, just turned up a few notches. Many thanks to Matt for wanting to get this out there and for releasing it alongside the indomitable forces of FORM HUNTER and SCATHING.

Available from myself, oxen-label.com and likely fine distributors known to carry Oxen titles.

RUSALKA and MK9 are currently on tour in the US. MK9 has copies of the recently-released Contaminants CS, and RUSALKA has limited artist edition copies of the upcoming Base Waters LP which will be officially released later this year.

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10/27/19: New Arrivals and Restocks from Alien Passengers, Chondritic Sound, Cipher Productions, Detachment Programs, Found Remains, Modern Decadence, Urashima

Alien Passengers
SKIN GRAFT – Guilt LP

Chondritic Sound
ANARCH PEAK – Vitarium CD
LIEBESTOD – Escaping Freedom CD

Cipher Productions
ACTUARY – Last Thing CS
BLACKFIRE CS
HOSTAGE PAGEANT & THE CHERRY POINT & KAZUMA KUBOTA CD
NIGHT SCIENCE III Zine + CD

Detachment Programs
ONE DARK EYE – Someone Is Watching CS
ORDER DISONIC – Collapsed Literary Forms CS

Found Remains
HIMUKALT – Come October CD

The Level of Vulnerability / Obsessive Fundamental Realism
THE RITA – Costumes and Masks 1 CD
THE RITA – Linked Arms and Touching Torsos CD

Modern Decadence
CERVICAL SMEAR – Desu Fairu / Atrocidades CS + Zine
FORCED TRAUMA – Dogma of Hate CS
HERETIC GRAIL & REAPER – Gaping Revenge CS

Urashima
ATRAX MORGUE – Autoerotic Death LP
THE HATERS – Future Cheers LP
INCAPACITANTS – Extreme Gospel Nights LP
K2 – Hepatopolitika LP
MASONNA – Bursting Absolute Moods: The Lost First Album 1989 LP

Incoming titles from Amphetamine Sulphate, Breathing Problem, Fusty, Gracious Host, New Approach

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10/6/19: New Arrivals from 16 Shots Per Second, Black Rose, Lake Shark Harsh Noise, Makade Star, Monorail Trespassing, No Part of It, No Rent, Total Black, Wonderland Media

16 Shots Per Second
K2 & KAZUMOTO ENDO – Yomishura CD
KAZUMOTO ENDO – Keiyo CD
SPORE SPAWN – Dousekurunode CD
VARIOUS – Genzai CD + Tokuten CD
VARIOUS – Noise Index 2018 DVD

Black Rose Recordings
CONTRASTATE – An Exercise In Defascination 7”

Lake Shark Harsh Noise
THE RITA / BACILLUS – Collimators, The Ocean CS

Makade Star
ASTON COLES – Star Cage CS
B.P. – Nisidotan CS
IRENE BINDI – Vipere Sotto CS
VARIOUS – The Pool of the Black Star CS

Monorail Trespassing
FLEETING BREATH – Unfiction CS
OJERUM – Under Rode Maner CS

No Part Of It
BLOOD RHYTHMS – Civil War 2LP

No Rent
BUCK YOUNG – Buck II: Where Do You Want It? 2CS
BUCK YOUNG – Buck II: Where Do You Want It? 2LP
BUCK YOUNG – Buck II: Where Do You Want It? CD
JASON LESCALLEET – 20th Century Music CS

Total Black
DEATH KNEEL – Adaptive Emotional Use LP
NO NATION – Dodgy Days CS
OIL THIEF – The Colony LP
PERSONNAGE 77 – Noise In My House CS

Wonderland Media
MEG MCCARVILLE – Tick DVD
ORCHID SPANGIAFORA – Appilepsy 7”

Incoming titles from Breathing Problem, Chondritic Sound, Cipher Productions, Detachment Programs, Gracious Host, Lake Shark Harsh Noise, Modern Decadence, New Approach, Oxen, White Centipede Noise

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9/21/19: Four new releases on Absurd Exposition

  • BLOOMER – Battle’s Sign CS
    Operating as FLATLINE CONSTRUCT as well as his own name since the late 90s, Ryan Bloomer is someone that should be synonymous with Canadian harsh noise. His Trauma Tone label and custom-built noise devices solidified his status in the genre’s canon of the 2000s. Alongside his solo efforts on various legendary labels such as Harsh Head Rituals, New Forces, Self Abuse, Troniks, etc. Bloomer has worked in various collaborative projects with the likes of Dominick Fernow (PRURIENT) and Sam McKinlay (THE RITA). Now with a re-adoption of the BLOOMER moniker, ‘Battle’s Sign’ delivers an extremely satisfying barrage of crumbling decay and ranks high as a personal favourite under the Absurd Exposition banner.

    Edition of 110 pro-dubbed on white tapes with one-sided pad-printed labels. Includes download code. Stream/download.

  • MK9 – Contaminants CS
    For the past fifteen years Michael Nine, the man behind the infamous DEATH SQUAD, has been taking a more sonically-subdued, but no less intrusive, approach to showcasing the weightiness of the human condition through his project MK9.

    The varying scenes of post-apocalyptic deconstruction and barrenness found throughout ‘Contaminants’ are interchangeably representative of a dead and dying world and a mind being slowly crushed under that weight or, perhaps moreso, a mind being crushed under the weight of its own self.

    Tethered to the constants of self-annihilation. A radioactive sunset is always on the horizon.

    Edition of 101 pro-dubbed on beige tapes. Includes download code. Stream/download.

  • THE RITA – Sharks and the Female Form CS
    The aesthetics and patterns of a woman’s physical form violently and tragically manipulated in the arts.

    A revisit of classic sharks/women fetish themes and crackling walls synonymous with THE RITA.

    Originally released in 2018 by Old Europa Cafe as a special limited edition of 39 copies, Absurd Exposition is happy to work with OEC to reissue this in a more accessible standard edition.

    Edition of 100 pro-dubbed on black tapes with one-sided pad-printed labels. Includes download code. Co-released with Old Europa Cafe. Stream/Download.

  • TASKMASTER CS
    At long last, TASKMASTER finds his way to Absurd Exposition.

    An oft-revered project operating in the harshest realms of Canadian noise for nearly fifteen years now. This latest offering provides two variations on a theme… where the theme is dragging your own face across burning asphalt for a quarter of an hour – only stopping to turn the other cheek and repeat the process before throwing yourself into the abyss where none but the filthiest, ugliest, most horrendous dark entities can exist.

    Coming off of a recent tape on FTAM Productions, as well as last year’s split with KAKERLAK on Narcolepsia, this is a much-welcomed increase of activity.

    Edition of 103 pro-dubbed on blue-tinted tapes. Includes download code. Artwork by Claudia Burneo. Stream/download.

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