Sounds from the edges of culture and between the cracks of category
Latest Releases- Cassette Imprint
LOR108 - Peter Nagle -An Equal and Opposite Reaction
The composer Peter Nagle's first release for Linear Obsessional is this expansive collection of microtonal and minimalist works. featuring three short tracks of textural experiments and acoustic experiments and two long tracks of dissonant drone featuring cello, feedback, guitar and percussion. Although firmly in the tradition of Tony Conrad, LaMonte Young and the pre-Velvets work of John Cale, these pieces carry their own surprises as the microtones pile up - whether sudden snatches of dialogue and field recordings, or the monolithic alusions to doom metal on "Veranderung". "An Equal and Opposite Reaction" with its apt reference to Newtonian physics, is a compelling and vital release. To stream or purchase please visit the release page
LOR117 - Daniel Spicer and Paul Khimasia Morgan -Sepertae
The sixth cassette in the Linear Obsessional cassette imprint is by two improvising musicians from Brighton, UK. "Sepertae" is two long works - textural, stately and absorbing with sustained sequences of floating tones and mysterious incident. Daniel Spicer plays violin, bugle, bamboo sax and piano, Paul Khimasia Morgan plays acoustic guitar body with electronics. Released as a cassette and a free/name your price download. To stream or purchase please visit the release page
LOR116 - Jeffrey Larson -414: 4-Track Studies
The fifth release in Linear Obsessional's Cassette Imprint is this scintillating collection of pieces by the Texan musician Jeff Larson. Using his four-track recorder Larson piles up the simple phrases of his guitar into dense enveloping washes of juddering mesmerising sound. The results resemble to an extent the early minimalist experiments of the 1970's minimalists, but with an almost punky DIY texture and urgency. Available as a profesionally duplicated cassette in yellow shell, and full colour inlay card, or as a download. To stream or download please visit the release page.
LOR105 - Ben Glas -Music for Listeners
The fourth release in Linear Obsessional's cassette imprint is this phenomenal collection of compositions by the American composer Ben Glas... "This record is a collection of psychoacoustic and experiential aural pieces composed without a teleological result in mind. ...What I sought to compose was not necessarily limited to a sonic experience; with these works I was seeking to explore expanded forms of hearing, listening and experiencing" -Ben Glas music is an audio hall of mirrors, wherethe phantom melodies are being produced by your own imagination. The resulting Ben Glas (b. 1992) is an interdisciplinary artist and composer based in Portland, OR. "Music for Listeners" is available as a limited edition professionally duplicated cassette and as a download and comes with a PDF booklet of notes. To stream or download please visit the release page
LOR123 - Viv Corringham -Until I Understand the Language of Vegetable Mineral
Latest Releases - Compact Discs and Downloads
LOR120 - Steven Ball -Bastard Island
"the weather is routinely unseasonable no reliable reports unpredictable set up the microphone time enough to prepare..."
Linear Obsessional is proud to release the new album of songs by Steven Ball - whilst his fusion of avant-garde sounds and field recordings with composed songs bears comparison with Walker and Sylvian "Bastard Island" with its geographical imagery and pertinent subject matter combined with meticulously chosen backings is a unique and wonderfully unsettling experience. Plummeting short wave noise, distant guitar and organ drones create a shifting bed for the composer's distinctive croon. His strongest album yet. Available as a CD and download with PDF booklet. To stream or purchase please visit the release page
LOR107 - The Static Memories -Puddling
The Static Memories are a free improvising duo from Brighton, UK, consisting of Gus Garside on double bass and electronics and Dan Powell on electronic and acoustic objects. "Puddling" is a collection of 10 pieces. Each of these shorter pieces is a wonderful exploration of timbre and mood - subtle, mysterious and enchanting. "Puddling" presents this duo at the top of their game - ever inventive and forging a very individual identity. Available on CD and download. To streamor purchase please visit the release page
LOR113 - Kev Hopper -Corbyn Sceptic Club
We're very proud to present the latest solo album by Kev Hopper (Stump, Ticklish, Prescott) his second for Linear Obsessional Recordings. The mischievously entitled "Corbyn Sceptic Club" is a joyous collection of new tracks, some are abstract and beautiful vignettes- tone colours and splanging electronics and his unique electric bass sound, others use the quirky gurgles and squelches Hopper has rather made his trademark, and some, including the majestic title track, are glorious pop songs complete with heroic twangy guitar and lush vocoder choruses. Limited edition of 100 CDs. Available as a CD (limited to 100 copies) and as a download.
Following on from his slow burning self-released cassette "Unweather", "Lutra" is the first CD release by smallhaus (AKA South London based guitarist, electronicist, percussionist David Little). It expands his singular sound environment into a full-screen, full-colour and hugely enjoyable collection. At times this almost feels like a tribute to the classic sounds of 70's ambient - the choral textures, the infinite guitars, the synthesizers, but it's done with a knowing wink and a contemporary layer of grit and dust. But mostly it's an enveloping, immersive wash of precision moulded sound.
Released as a CD in plastic wraparound cover with insert and download.