Plutonic Rainbows

Thomas Harris - Cari Mora

Announced back in October 2018, this is the author’s first novel in thirteen years.

Twenty-five million dollars in cartel gold lies hidden beneath a mansion on the Miami Beach waterfront. Ruthless men have tracked it for years. Leading the pack is Hans-Peter Schneider. Driven by unspeakable appetites, he makes a living fleshing out the violent fantasies of other, richer men.

Cari Mora, caretaker of the house, has escaped from the violence in her native country. She stays in Miami on a wobbly Temporary Protected Status, subject to the iron whim of ICE. She works at many jobs to survive. Beautiful, marked by war, Cari catches the eye of Hans-Peter as he closes in on the treasure. But Cari Mora has surprising skills, and her will to survive has been tested before.

Monsters lurk in the crevices between male desire and female survival. No other writer in the last century has conjured those monsters with more terrifying brilliance than Thomas Harris. Cari Mora, his sixth novel, is the long-awaited return of an American master.

Available to pre-order on Amazon.

HMV 1985

HMV photographed during the mid-1980s. I used to shop there. That was a long, long time ago.

RAW & HEIF

Shooting RAW images and looking at them after in the photo viewer with Halide, the camera seems to be taking a JPG rather than an HEIF file (even though I’ve specifically set it to shoot RAW/HEIF). I’m on an iPhone XS Max with all latest updates.

Decorations

Started putting up Christmas decorations these last few days. Also put up a link to some old photos from between 2006 and 2009. I’ll leave it in the footer notes too.

SK U KNO - U KNO (Digital Edition)

This arrives on Friday with some extended stuff that only makes a great EP even better. You can pre-order the album here and the vinyl is also still available too.

Sandra Kerr & John Faulkner - The Music From Bagpuss

Due this Friday (16th November).

The 32 tracks that make up the main body of the compositions are – like all good folk music – a patchwork of traditional pieces, half-remembered tunes and pure improvisation. It’s testament to Sandra Kerr and John Faulkner’s musicianship that the recordings work so well, not only within the context of the television episodes, but as an album in its own right. Of the recording, Oliver Postgate (in his exquisite autobiography ‘Seeing Things’) says: “Between them Sandra and John could play every sort of instrument from a mountain dulcimer to an Irish fiddle. They knew and could sing every tune in the world and didn’t bother with written music, except as a last resort. They were exactly suited to Gabriel the Toad and Madeleine the Rag Doll and in those roles were happy to play whatever music and sing whatever songs would be needed.”

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Various Artists - Don't Look Now: Aural Apparitions from the Geographic North

Boomkat:

Geographic North present an expertly curated, horror-themed compilation of exclusive aces from Félicia Atkinson, Pinkcourtesyphone, Ka Baird, Suzanne Kraft, CV & JAB, Jefre Cantu-Ledesma, Eluvium, Clarice Jensen, Arp, Ilyas Ahmed, Algiers and many more, all right in time for Samhain 2018.

Mantled in reference to the seminal Nicolas Roeg flick, ‘Don’t Look Now’ (1973), Geographic North’s 2nd collection of Halloween music shares much in common with the titular film’s classical scenery and unsettling psychology, with each contributor preferring inference and shadowplay over anything explicitly gory or sh*t-the-bed scary.

Bookended by prologue and epilogue from Sweden’s Arp, the set runs to 21 pieces in total, amounting to induce a nervously furtive state of mind fleeting between clammy anxiety, pensive midnight romance, and unshakeable uncanniness. It’s testament to Geographic North’s fine-tuned ears that the whole thing works so well, holding our attention by a silk thread for its feature-length 90 minute duration.

Like a movie, it’s best consumed in one go, but it’s worth pointing to key scenes such as Ka Baird’s nest of shivering keys in ‘Clearing’, and the cool tension between spiralling rhythms and tranquil chords in Felicia Atkinson’s ‘Little Things’ as crucial to the sequence, especially when contrasted with the more dread-filled nooks such as Robert Donne’s crushing dedication to Mika Vainio in ‘Rakkauslaulu’, the carmine seep of Jefre Cantu-Ledesma’s viscous organ wooze in ‘O Virtus Sapiente’, and the starkly sepulchral dynamic of ’Stabbing’ by Suzanne Kraft.

For our money comps rarely work, but much like PAN’s Mono No Aware, Geographic North prove that with the right curation you can sometimes end up with something much more weighty then the sum of its parts, in this case an engrossing narrative full of darkness and light.

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Rafael Anton Irisarri - El Ferrocarril Desvaneciente

In the dreamlike trip of El Ferrocarril Desvaneciente, or ‘The Vanishing Railway’, Rafael Anton Irisarri regales the story of an overnight train journey across Spain he took many years ago.

Marking Rafael’s 3rd release with Mexico City’s Umor Rex in just over a year, this one finds him in a beautifully heavy-lidded state of reverie, using distant pulses and finely tempered rhythmic noise to connote a sense of intimate movement through vast space, while his gauzy harmonics and half-heard melodies limn the fondly remembered journey with an intimate, nostalgic poignancy. Ideal walkman fuel for your next long journey, and fans of Tim Hecker, The Caretaker, Lawrence English, William Basinski.

Tim Hecker - Konoyo

New ambient excursions from Tim Hecker on the Kranky label. Konoyo finds this Canadian artist expanding his palette of sounds in new and interesting ways. On this album, Hecker works with the Tokyo Gakuso Ensemble to stunning effect. The pieces are beautiful and confounding - his trademark sound. Highly recommended.

Konoyo is available here on vinyl, compact disc and digital downloads.

The Radiophonic Workshop - Possum (OST)

Pioneering UK electronic research lab The Radiophonic Workshop has announced the Possom OST, its very first soundtrack for film.

The minds behind the Doctor Who theme song have come together for the soundtrack, which contains remastered material from the Delia Derbyshire archives – discovered in boxes of tapes in the late composer’s attic.

These tapes make up the foundation of the soundtrack, as the collective marry dread synth tones with bowed percussion and pastoral flute for a sound that is reminiscent of classic Italian Giallo scores and British industrial giants Coil.

Possum is the directorial debut from Matthew Holness, most famous for co-writing and playing the title role in cult horror-comedy series Garth Marenghi’s Darkplace.

Returning to the genre with a much straighter face, Possum tells the story of a disgraced children’s puppeteer returning home to face dark secrets that have taunted him throughout his life.

The Possum OST arrives on CD and digital formats on November 30, with vinyl to follow in 2019. You can preorder the score at The Radiophonic Workshop Bandcamp. Possum arrives in cinemas on October 26.