01. Ichinomiya 5.3.6
With simultaneous beauty and isolation, this album isn’t a dedication to my home in rural Japan but rather an attempt to replicate the mindset the village inspires and put the listener in the same headspace. Please listen to the disc in its entirety. Turn everything else off and play loud. – Mike Shiflet (Troniks)
A monster of a resonant meditation on Mike Shiflet’s surroundings in his adopted homeland. Superlative, evocative work calling to mind Eliane Radigue’s extended stasis and the delicate rumble/whine of any number of “classic era” live-electronic improvisors… (Mimaroglu Music Sales)
If I am not mistaken (I usually am), this is the first ‘real’ CD for Mike Shiflet, the man behind the lovely Gameboy Records, as well as a member of Scenic Railroads and a solo artist in the realms of noise. Loud noise that is, but it’s also of the more interesting kind. Here he doesn’t opt for the true harsh noise, but plays around with a violent, motor like piece of drone music. Present on all levels in the dynamic spectrum, from the low end hum to the high end piercing sound, this moves only slowly around, with subtle changes that occur with regular intervals. Although minimal and conceptual in approach, Shiflet produced a work, one track only, that never leaps into boredom or repetition. It’s a work that can be played loud or soft, that can be a menace but also a work that can be regarded as a beautiful drone. Exactly this makes Shiflet one of the more interesting noise artists, adding something new to the genre in which so many copycats dwell. A great work. (Frans de Waard, Vital Weekly)
FR Quand un disque au départ catalogué noise découvre Eliane Radigue et s’en va rejoindre la grande famille du drone (si ça n’éveille pas votre curiosité…). Je crois que je vais changer le nom de ce blog : ça s’appellera La Baraque à Drone (plus de lecture politique, aucune tromperie sur la marchandise, ça sonne bien, non?).
ENG Noise turning into Radigue, turning into drone. You’ll have to update your bookmarks soon, because I plan to change the name of this blog. It will be called ‘The-Drone-Hut-Formerly-Known-As-Musique-Irrégulière’.