Cassette Holy Page
I love tape compilations. As much as I don’t miss driving my car a lot (riding a bike is much more doper) I do miss the tape deck in my old VW. I used to pop in a Wizards of the Ghost comp or a Fucked Up “Mixtape” and just listen to it on repeat for days. Comps kinda became like the radio for me. I would sit there hoping my favorite song was up next (not knowing because I wouldn’t follow along on the J card while driving) and getting an awesome variety of driving tunes. Tape is a great format for a comp because you can get soooo much music on it.
Clocking in at 45 minutes-ish, Dark is a heavyweight. It’s perfect for a long late night drive, marathon breakup sex, or a lonely evening in… anything ~dark~. There’s an awesome range of darkness on here, and the tracks flow really nicely one to another. Some are more rock, some are more ethereal and theres even some darkwave but the overall vibe is pretty consistent. This tape feels like a soundtrack to a Korean revenge film, and I mean that in the best way possible. A couple highlights for me are the driving synths of Kangarot and the brooding minimalism of Orca Life, but this isn’t really about hit singles. It’s about a collection of songs that capture something. So listen to the whole thing here…or just go ahead and order one. It’s worth the $5 for the packaging alone. As always, Holy Page has put a lot of thought into the presentation. For me the golden track list card and glow in the dark label really set this one off.
A while back my pal Chris, bka Orca Life, told me about a short film by Jared D. Weiss that he was doing the soundtrack for. I was given an early peek at the sounds, and became immediately excited by what I could only describe as deliciously dystopian. Since then Transmission has been shown at Comic-Con, the Philip K. Dick Sci Fi Film Fest, and a variety of other film festivals and the like around the world. It’s the typical story of a four-eyed alien creature and his dog in a post-apocalyptic world, with an ending that is both dark and beautiful. The film is only about 5-minutes, so I’ll not spoil it. You can also pick up the soundtrack on limited edition cassette now via Otherworldly Mystics for a cool $5.
Orca Life is the nom de plume of electronic artist Chris Roberts, and it’s the means through which he explores a hazy cross-section of minimalist ambient rhythms, paired with a more dynamic, circuit-based aesthetic. His experiments often tread upon ground initially covered in the ‘70s by electronic pioneers like Harold Budd and Brian Eno. But [&]