George Hysteric, founder of the “strange music from beyond” group on Facebook, gives us his personal top 10 from the group’s music collection and speaks about how it all began.
The days are getting shorter. More reason to get your sensory pleasure centers working on overdrive. For your extended listening pleasure Lounes Doulache – (music) lover, DJ and SSFB’s editor-in-chief – gears us up with his winter favorites and some added afterthoughts. Get ready to wade into just about 10 hours of lingering ethereal goodness.
Laurie Anderson – Mister Heartbreak
Released in 1984, Mister Heartbreak is the second album by artist, singer and composer Laurie Anderson. This ambitious album is strangely appealing, unique and in a league of its own. Signed to the commercial Warner Bros. Records, one might have a hard time imagining how that ever happened. “Kokoku” and “Blue Lagoon” in particular, are minor masterpieces. The combination of that deep poetic voice with the other instruments, some of which were handmade by Anderson herself, is simply out of this world.
Art Of Noise – Mashup of their slow, chilled out tunes
This video’s description says it all: “Let your brain slip close to the edge of consciousness as The Art of Noise caress and tickle your earlobes. Indeed, allow yourself this time to chill out to The Art of Noise’s slow melodies and their smooth, sensual sounds will wash over you as you slip into a graceful slumber. Relax, you’re quite safe here…”
V/A – Nightlands
Released on the UK label Final Image in 1987, this compilation of experimental and ambient sounds features a sundry of interesting artists. Starting off with a percussive track by experimental musician Muslimgauze, the album slowly eases into more ambient sounds. The placidity in Bourbonese Qualk’s “Lullaby” lifts me right up and keeps me afloat dreaming of faraway oases in distant galaxies.
Midori Takada – Through The Looking Glass
Released in 1983, this highly sought-after album is among the most beautiful things I have ever heard. The amount of detail in this piece of art is mind-boggling (leave that to the Japanese). Press play and prepare to stare out of your window for the next 41 minutes.
Pete Namlook & Tetsu Inoue – Shades Of Orion 2
A cosmic collaboration with subtleness written all over it. An absolute must for ambient heads everywhere. Released in 1995, this classic piece transcends time and space. For all we know this could be the sound of the universe. Space is definitely the place. 1:11:11.
Terakaft – Alone (Ténéré)
“Terakaft is a perfect mix of two rhythm guitars (one keeping the beat effortlessly, the other soaring and sweet) and the deep tones of the bass, resembling the delicate but strong steps of a camel making its way through the desert. The heavy, pulsating heartbeat of the percussion holds everyone together and completes the sound.” The Discogs description hits the nail on the head as far as I’m concerned. With part of my roots originating from the North African Sahara I can imagine this uplifting music immediately gripping me, welcoming me and putting a warm blanket over me during those cold sandy nights.
Danny Wolfers – Swan Song Of The Skunkape Original Soundtrack
“Swan Song Of The Skunkape” follows a handful of cryptozoological researchers on their quest to find evidence of this foul-smelling, bipedal, mysterious creature that is said to haunt the florida swamplands. The music was released on cassette in 2015, on Danny Wolfers’ (Legowelt) own Nightwind Records. It’s also a soundtrack to a short documentary of the same name by Brad Abrahams. Very enjoyable, both music and film.