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  • bastian void / kyle landstra – split – lilerne tapes

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    It’d be hard for me to pick a better combo of rippers to wind down 2015 with than the two on this tape. Joseph Bastardo’s Bastian Void project has been blowing me away for quite some time, and these new compositions are some of my favorites to date. His contribution to the split is an energetic and immersive world of hypnotic synth lines and beautifully arranged rhythms. It’s rare to hear music that is as transcendent as it is present and demanding of one’s attention. Real otherworldly areas—the perfect exercise playlist for a workout in space or some true headphone therapy. Landstra’s ability to be a prolific performer and recorder without sacrificing quality or emotional impact is what’s drawn me to his work. His side is the perfect comedown after the flight. Warm melodies and pulsating layers of synthesizer come and go, meeting together and dissipating, creating a satisfying sense of cathartic movement. Truly human and emotional work translated through electronics. This tape is a knockout! Edition of 75 homedubbed Type II/Chrome cassettes. Artwork and printing by Joseph Bastardo.


  • patrick piper – in the aureole of lowness – lillerne tapes

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    In The Aureole Of Lowness begins with five distinct, resonant tones. They sound like church bells, but their origin is not exactly certain. Throughout the course of the cassette, these deceptively simple sounds are cut, manipulated, layered and reworked into a powerfully meditative piece of music. The clarity and deliberateness of this manipulation lends an importance to every newly created pattern, noise or rhythm. The pace is as challenging and engrossing as it is patient and respectful of the original and untouched samples. The idea of tempo change and the slight, barely discernible differences in speed become relevant as the recording unfurls. As the loops speed up and repeat, a sense of exhaustion and degradation arises. Patrick Piper is a young, Chicago-based musician and composer. This is his first cassette, and a follow-up to 2013’s Echoes CD-R on Organic Industries. This is an edition of 50 home-dubbed, chrome cassettes.
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    released 02 April 2014


  • sparkling wide pressure – press the reverse and give me the tape – lillerne tapes

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    A truly captivating and powerful set of songs from Frank Baugh’s prolific solo project. Hazy, distant guitar melodies swim through hypnotic vocal loops, and piles of tape detritus and layers of beautiful harmonies drape over every moment of the album. “Holiday World (New Lives)”, the b-side’s lone track, is a gripping twenty minutes that manages to time travels seamlessly through quiet sections of ambience into moments of impeccably arranged pop sensibility. Edition of 75, home-dubbed cassettes.


  • former selves – on forgetting and letting go – lillerne tapes

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    Paul Skomsvold’s Former Selves project never fails to deliver those moments of deep reflection and emotional response, but this release in particular has even more weight and personal narrative buried between the cracks. Each track is an exercise in uplifting ambience blended with hopeless feelings and somber moments alone in one’s head. Gorgeous, textured synth lines wrapped up in thoughtful and staggeringly profound moments that never exist as long as you want. Real catharsis achieved through building up and letting go. Edition of 75, home-dubbed cassettes.


  • strange mountain – shadow of the metropolis – lillerne tapes

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    Shadow of the Metropolis is Marcel Thee’s second cassette on Lillerne, and a major shift towards a higher fidelity and broader approach to ambient music. While Slow Midnight contained tranquil pieces of somber reflection in its warbled, tape-affected loops and atmospheric field recordings, this newer material is more up front in both its stark beauty and raw melodic power. Vast synth arrangements that expand and build, layer upon layer, until they slowly fade away into lingering memories and silence. The sound of your city streets at night. Edition of 50, home-dubbed cassettes.


  • final pov – tender feeling night sky – lillerne tapes

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    Debut cassette from Chicago’s Final POV. A truly confident and focused release full of transcendent melodies and a deep, cavernous foundation. The use of bass and lower frequencies becomes a refreshing addition to the already lush and dynamic layers of drones and synth flourishes. Each section weaves back and forth between the brink of sonic overflow and quiet, atmospheric moments of clarity. Tender Feeling Night Sky relies less on nostalgia and more on true of-the-moment power and musical impact. Highly recommended. Headphones a plus! Edition of 50, home-dubbed cassettes.


  • dolphin tears – spa world – lillerne tapes

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    for this one i spent some time thinking about what spa world means to me. flashes of sweaty memory, human fitness, relaxation…communing with a steamy body of water…(a glitched out hand waves you toward a fogged tent, ones and zeroes drippin off like nothin). you don’t ask questions — day spa is an automatic response, lil pavlovian sizzle goin off in your brain. droolin for the spa. those most dedicated to the art of the liquid state dont so much consider spa world to be a manifest physical location but rather a state of mind they can enter at any moment. dude sittin on the steps of a smoked up eastern temple, eyes rolled into the back of his skull, salt water dripping from the edge of his hairline. the whole scene oozes aromatheraphy…” Edition of 50 home-dubbed chrome tapes.


  • sky stadium / potions – split – lillerne tapes

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    Twenty minutes each from Colonia, NJ’s Sky Stadium and Chicago, IL’s Potions. Sky Stadium (Jeff Roman), fresh off of great 2011 releases on Monorail Trespassing, Bridgetown, Goldtimers and more, offers six tracks of truly beautiful and warm synth ambience. “Gatefold” and “A Vision So Close” are unique and true space soundscapes with enough texture and depth to mix well with the thick layers of synthesized melody and powerful drones on the rest of the side. Listen to “Right Now” on the sampler below. Potions (Tom Owens) has made a good name for himself on the local Chicago DIY scene with his improvised live performances and ability to cover a lot of ground stylistically with the Potions moniker. “Booby Trap” is a squiggly and rhythmically tight jam that moves into the darker and deeply psychy and mesmerizing “Mars Castle” (listen below). “Lazy River” is a great example of Potions’ ability to bring together a beat-oriented song structure, bordering on pop music, into the realm of ambient synth work and more loose improvisations.