First off, I would like to apologise for the tardiness of my second column, I’ve been a bit busy sorting out a schlepp 350 miles southwards with all my possessions. But ne’er a worry, I still managed to hunt down some sick sounds for you lot to check out.

Before I start though, I want to point out that not everything in these columns is going to be completely current. As is the way of hunting down the types of music I’m writing about, it was probably released on ‘One Man and His Dog Records’ by one man and his dog on C90 limited to about 17 and a half copies. It’s not specifically a news-y column (and if you want up to date info, Twitter exists – just sayin’), just a place where I can hopefully turn some people onto some of the incredible and mind bending stuff people have turned me onto.

Secret Pyramid were brought to my attention by a friend who spent some time down and out in Vancouver, and I’m really glad he did. Their two current releases – Ghosts and The Silent March are a bitch to get hold of, yet readily available to stream and download online – with the artists’ consent (here, for example).

The solo project of Amir, from Toronto’s dream pop overlords Solars - Secret Pyramid occupies that unreal place in between consciousness and sleep. The intense drones almost feel corporeal, so breathy you could imagine them escaping like vapour on a frosty morning and so shrouded in reverb it envelopes all around it. It also made the post-war fittings in my mum’s house rattle, which is hella cool.

Moving away from the organic to the, ahem, completely un-organic, another happy find this month has been Alteria Percepsyne. AP is Oxford native Emily Griffiths, who has been producing electronic music of varying forms since 2004 – with the more familiar minimal techno sounds you can hear now beginning in 2009.

Taking inspiration from the cyclical repetition of Steve Reich, old school dub techno like Basic Channel and Gas - and a bit of post-punk and shoegaze – Emily/AP creates submersive pad sounds and hypnagogic beats that really stir the porridge (that’s a real saying, honest). In her own words, "…with [AP] I try to create an immersive atmosphere and open a dream-world to the listener, whilst inducing deeply emotional experiences."

There are currently two AP releases - Intangible Flutter (2010) and Cloaks of Perception (2011) – with plans for a 12” release some time this year. Good.

Moving on to something a bit more between the lines, You Are Genius, the second album by Berlin five-piece Condre Scr is due to drop February 24th via Oxide Tones. As a newcomer to the band, I was put off by what I at first perceived to be sub-Mogwai post-rock circa 2004. But perseverance proved fruitful, as tracks like ‘The Excellent Cook’ evoked the same static head-fluff as Eluvium’s ‘Lambent Material’. Largely though, this is instrumental post-rock that sounds a bit like Mogwai circa 2004, and should be treated as such. If you like that, you’ll like this. Etc.

Another bunch of posthumous props this week goes to Tampa, Fl. sonic terrorists Neon Blud. Thanks to those wonderful folk at Maximum Rock’N’Roll, I went from having never heard of Neon Blud to realising they’re the best thing ever (hyperbole alert), to realising they are on ‘indefinite hiatus’ as of last August in the space of about five minutes. Doesn’t matter though, as there is still a remote chance that a shelved album will be coming out via Cult Maternal soon.

In the meantime, nab the out of print Whipps CS here and revel in its snotty-as-fuck Teenage Jesus meets Polvo mess. And then cry, because you will never see it live.

On the live front, there are two particularly exciting events happening in the near future. First off is the sixth and final British Wildlife festival at the Brudenel Social Club, Royal Park and Oporto in Leeds. It’s criminally cheap (the Friday and Sunday nights are donation only, and the Saturday all-dayer is £8) and features some of the UK’s finest noiseniks. Particularly exciting is a chance to catch the eight-piece sturm und drang of Hey Colossus, legendary UK underground psych-heads Ashtray Navigations and the hardcore-meets-bonkers psychedelia of Zun Zun Egui. British Wildlife runs from the 2nd to 4th or March, and you can get tickets here.

And finally, in news that should please everyone, everywhere, Liz Harris (AKA Grouper) is to bring a completely new live project to the UK. Violet Replacement is a set of tape loops and field recordings due to be performed live in specially selected locations. Anyone who has encountered Grouper’s particular brand of echoplectic, keys and guitar driven drone-folk before will know what a treat it will be to hear a new project from her. A CD of the material is also due to be released early this year. The UK dates run through mid-March and can be found over at The Wire.


You can read the previous edition of 'Black Vase' by clicking here.