HELLER MASON
Minimalist & Anchored

[Silber Records, www.silbermedia.com]

Nothing quite beats the sound of rain on my roof accompanied by the sound of Nick Drake's "Five Leaves". Now, there's a new classic rain album on the horizon by Todd Vandenberg, whose band is collectively known as Heller Mason. His new record is an unabashed reflection on his mental state, whatever state that may be at a given point in time. Breezy vocals that seem weighed down by today's burdens are what these songs express best. While the majority of the songs are bleak in a country-folk kind of way, there's a ton of real, haunting beauty to be uncovered here. On "Barreling Towards Nowhere Like There's No Tomorrow", Ashlee Gene Krull sounds like one haunted character. His vocal chords accompanied by a lonely guitar and a sad rhythm section is a perfect example of what folk music should be when it keeps to its bare necessities. "So, This is How it Ends?" features some haunting cello playing that meanders around Ashlee's vocals. Washes of lap steel guitar make for some interesting contrasts to the sad beauty that envelops the record from its beginnings. I don't know whether this is music that I should recommend for those suffering from depression or whether this may be a dangerous move after all?

- Tom Sekowski


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RECENZJE

+ Will Guthrie - Body and limbs still look to light
+ The Czars - Sorry I Made You Cry
+ Stuart A. Staples - Leaving Songs
+ Peaches - Impeach My Bush
+ Basement Jaxx - Crazy Itch Radio
+ Mateo Spedicati - Weekend At Pisano's
+ Raudive - No, No, No, No
+ Frequenzberater - Our Galaxy
+ Dan Curtin - Synaptic
+ Mandelbrot Set - All Our Actions Are Constantly Repeated
+ Pharrell - In My Mind
+ Perspects - Peopleskills
+ Pere Ubu - Why I Hate Women
+ Pan American - For Waiting, For Chasing
+ Bill Wells & Maher Shalal Hash Baz - Osaka Bridge
+ Stefan Kuchenmeister - Anti Age
+ Paul Kalkbrenner - ReWorks
+ Kaito - One Million Love
+ Humcrush - Hornswoggle
+ A Guy Called Gerald - Proto Acid - The Berlin Sessions
+ Forest Jackson - Cymbalism
+ New York Dolls - One Day It Will Please Us To Remember Even This
+ Diamanten Und Raketen
+ Daedelus - Denies The Day`s Demise
+ Console - Mono
+ Pretty Boy Crossover & Julio Soto - We Are All Drifting
+ Blues... Is Number One
+ Biosphere - Dropsonde
+ Ammoncontact - With Voices
+ Miles Tilmann - Yes & No
+ The Vines - Vision Valley
+ Donato Wharton - Body Isolation
+ Orla Wren - Butterfly Wings Make
+ Yasushi Yoshida - Secret Figure
+ Zero 7 - The Garden
+ Holger Zilske meets Dave DK - Rainshower
+ Ekkehard Ehlers - A Life Without Fear
+ Shalabi/Kristian/St-Onge - Shalabi/Kristian/St-Onge
+ Wooden Wand and the Vanishing Voice - Gipsy Freedom
+ Bird Show - Lightning Ghost
+ Six Organs of Adimttance - The Sun Awakens
+ Makoto Kawabata - Inui
+ Acid Mothers Temple & The Pink Ladies Blues - Acid Mothers Temple & The Pink Ladies Blues
+ Book of Am - Book of Am
+ Gabriel Paiuk / Jason Kahn - Breathings
+ AIWA - Elnar
+ Valerio Tricoli - Metaprogramming From Within The Eye Of The Storm
+ Eric La Casa - Air.ratio
+ Jon Mueller/Jason Kahn - Supershells
+ GHQ - Heavy Elements
+ nmperign & Jason Lescalleet - Love Me Two Times
+ Gabriel Paiuk, Jason Kahn - Breathings
+ ThirstyEar - Blue Serries - wczesnojesienne remanenty
+ Wadada Leo Smith - Golden Quartet / Wadada Leo Smith' Golden Quartet - Eclipse. A film by Jacques Goldstein / Wadada Leo Smith - Reflectativity / Wadada Leo Smith - Tao-Njia

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+ TK WEBB - Phantom Parade
+ BLACK HAPPY DAY - In The Garden of Ghostflowers
+ JON LANGFORD - Gold Brick
+ RICHARD CHARTIER + TAYLOR DEUPREE - Specification.Fifteen
+ YERMO - Yermo / BEN REYNOLDS - Book of Beyond / GEOFF MULLEN - The Air in Pieces
+ BOB SCHNEIDER - The Californian
+ FOVEA HEX - Neither Speak Nor Remain Silent: One - Bloom / Neither Speak Nor Remain Silent: Two - Huge / MONOS - Generators
+ RYAN TEAGUE - Coins & Crosses
+ TIDAL / PETER DUIMELINKS - Ablution
+ MILIEU - Beyond the Sea Lies the Stars
+ SEBASTIAN MEISSNER / RAN SLAVIN / ERAN SACHS - Presence/Absence: Into The Void
+ STEPHAN MATHIEU & JANEK SHAEFER - Hidden Name
+ ANLA COURTIS - Tape Works
+ RAY WARLEIGH - Ray Warleigh's First Album
+ SKOLTZ_KOLGEN - Postpiano 07.05
+ LINDA RONSTADT / ANN SAVOY - Adieu False Heart
+ TOD DOCKSTADER - Aerial # 3
+ FLYING CANYON - Flying Canyon
+ CLARK - Boddy Riddle
+ CBD Trio - Suspension
+ TETUZI AKIYAMA / OREN AMBARCHI / ALAN LICHT - Willow Weep and Moan For Me / ORGANUM - Die Hennen Zähne / ERHARD HIRT - 25.5.1996 / PHILIP SAMARTZIS / LAWRENCE ENGLISH - One Plus One / PHILIP SAMARTZIS / KOZO INADA - h []
+ ERIC LA CASA - Air.Ratio
>> HELLER MASON - Minimalist & Anchored
+ TRANSMISSION - Beyond Light
+ QUINTET AVANT - En Concert Ă  la Salle des FĂŞtes

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WYWIADY / RELACJE

+ Na jedną kartę - rozmowa z Piotrem Lipką i Bartkiem Pieciakowskim [Bohema]
+ Spełnienie marzeń - rozmowa z Tomaszem Grocholą [Agressiva 69]
+ Nieustanna wojna - rozmowa z Radkiem Łukasiewiczem [Pustki]
+ Mirror Of Soul - rozmowa z Paul'em Kalkbrenner'em