There's too many of you crying
Brother, brother, brother
There's far too many of you dying
You know we've got to find a way
To bring some lovin' here today, yeah
We don't need to escalate
You see, war is not the answer
For only love can conquer hate
You know we've got to find a way
To bring some lovin' here today
Hi again friends, it's so hard to ignore the suffering and destruction around the world right now and make meaning of what's happening around us without it completely overwhelming us. What to do? Apart from giving aid, where to direct our energy? It's all so heartbreaking. Will love, peace, and mutual respect ever prevail or will men continue to solve problems with violence and aggression? And change...when is it coming? Change of heart. Change of institutions holding on to power and change of economical and political systems.
Ramble label news
On the label front there is a lot happening as always. We have just released pre-orders for Black Brunswicker and Staraya Derevnya - two stunning recordings.
Black Brunswicker's High Peaks is an ethereal piece of ambient folk that floats above the clouds with gorgeous fingerpicking set to a backdrop of loops and drones.
The international krautfolk avant-garde collective Staraya Derevnya's "Forgot what was important' is a compilation of several years worth of recordings and covers material from their first five albums. Drawing on krautrock, freak folk, prog, jazz and psych rock "Forgot' is a nice primer for those uninitiated and should prepare folks for their new release Boulder Blues, due in several months.
This week we also released Malaysian/Singaporean artists George Chua and Dharma's brilliant electro free-improv release Portal. Portal is a comprise of analogue glitches, sci-fi scratches and scrapes, drones, and intergalactic feedback with George Chua on modular synth and Dharma on prepared and conventional guitar.
Experimental artist Helecho Experimentar from Argentinian also released Apaisido. Eight tracks of experimental electronica and guitar that ranges from dark, doom-laden soundscapes to free improv guitar laden with effects.
On April 25 we continue our commitment to release unconventional guitar recordings with 2 wonderful noise/improv releases.
Maryland guitarist Ryan McDermott's Nord-Sud is a powerful noise-drone, improv release filled with thunderous feedback and fuzz with some gorgeous introspective moments.
Thai guitarist and composer Manop Nakornchai is a free improv guitarist based in Bangkok and an integral part of the exciting underground music scene blossoming there that includes the Bangkok Street Noise group that jams and livestreams regularly. https://www.facebook.com/groups/bangkokstreetnoise
2EPs is a fantastic collection of compositions that range from solo guitar, duo (percussion) and some wonderful acid psych vocal tracks.
Mail-order news: new labels added
On the mail-order side of things, we are thrilled to announce that new material has arrived from legendary Sheffield, UK label Discus Music. Founded by improvisor Martin Archer, Discus Music has been releasing cutting edge free improv, prog, jazz and avant-garde since 1994.
Among a swag of releases is the Cecil Taylor and Tony Oxley recording Being Astral And All Registers - Power Of Two, Tony Oxley's Unreleased (1974-2016), and Derek Bailey, Mick Beck, Paul Hession's Meanwhile, back in Sheffield...
All of these recordings are well worth checking out and unavailable any where else in Australasia.
Ramble is also excited to be offering a bunch of titles from the Melbourne experimental label Shame File Records. Run by Clinton Green, Shame File Records has been documenting Australian experimental music, both contemporary and historical since the 1990s.
Also happy to announce that Ramble mail-order will soon have copies of the brilliant psych, astral boogie release Enter the Sky from The Living Sky
https://home-and-garden.bandcamp.com/album/enter-the-sky as well as the entire catalogue from Home & Garden.
For customers in Europe, we have a whole bunch of titles available through Clear Spot and more will be added in the next month. North American disto coming soon.
Be kind to one another and stay well until next week.