RELAY FOR DEATH

Birth Of An Older, Much More Ugly Christ

(Hanson - HN203) LP $18.00 (Out-of-stock)

Recorded in 2009 by sisters Roxann and Rachal Spikula during their participation in a health study that required them to drink nothing but Shasta for like two weeks. (The master tape, according to Hanson, arrived duct-taped inside a hospital gown with the address written on it in Sharpie.) Menacing organ drone kicks off and mutates into the lo-fi skree of an empty room, eventually becoming a swirling abyss of tape hiss and the sound of nothing happening in a hospital. Distant creaks, buzz, and hums littered with hiss. A very unsettling frenzied drone. The flipside is a crunchy noise inferno that eventually leads to what sounds to Hanson like watching the earth exploding from outer space. A saddening, descending synth wave appears, buried by blasts of destroyed earth. It ends and you are disturbed. Everything fucking sucks. Edition of 300. Heavy duty black and silver silkscreened jackets with the Hanson droll flaps.

RELAY FOR DEATH

Natural Incapacity

(Helen Scarsdale - HMS039) 2xCD $19.50

The noise mantras of twin sisters Rachal and Roxann Spikula transcribe the harsh realities of urban blight that complicate and threaten their survival. As with Birth Of An Older, Much More Ugly Christ (Hanson 2010), Natural Incapacity sprouts from a similar research and development, manifesting from the sonic pollution that proliferates in their current residence of Richmond, California: the seamless, glacial accretion of locomotive grind, subharmonic environmental rumble, nocturnal street sweeping, and the quavering hum of toxic chemicals perpetually leached into the water table. By design, Natural Incapacity’s oil-stained drone is completely relentless, implying neither beginning nor end to this cycle of contamination. The duo’s industrial meditation recognizes abjection, horror, and defeat as the prevalent conditions to existence. Even as a declared rejection to those conditions, Natural Incapacity is engulfed in a bleak nihilism constantly churning back upon itself. Grizzled antecedents can be found in the apocalyptic works of Maurizio Bianchi, Kevin Drumm’s Imperial Distortion, and Organum’s Vacant Lights. Includes download of the composition in unedited form. Hand-rusted metal covers by the corrosion artist Jim Haynes. Edition of 150