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Artist: TAIGA REMAINS
Title: Thereafter
Format: Cass
Label: Arbor
Country: USA
Price: $10.00
"Alex Cobbs Taiga Remains project pushes the exact opposite vibes as the name of his Students of Decay label. With use of nothing but guitar and pedals Cobb materializes lush and precise drones which seem to come directly out of the air. So heavy and powerful that they dont even seem to exist, nor could they come from any instrument / human. Total peace and solitude; meditative Eastern vibes transcendent in and of themselves. The A sides "Winter Tai-Tung" is a light and breezy trip through the mist, growing unconsciously, beyond notice until the track ends. The B sides "Spring Shan-Lin-Shi" recalls visions ten seconds of prayer service slowed down and stretched into ten minutes, like the sound right after a bell rings hung in static forever. In an edition of 100 tapes in oversized plastic cases with an insert and printed labels."- Arbor

Artist: TAIGA REMAINS
Title: Works for Cassette
Format: LP
Label: Helen Scarsdale Agency
Country: USA
Price: $19.00
"Here be the final drone/hypnogogic statement from Taiga Remains. The man behind Taiga Remains has now shelved this moniker; but hes far from hanging up his hat, as he now works under his given name Alex Cobb -- also known as the philosopher king who benevolently reigns over his Students of Decay. There are those at the Agency who can claim to speak with the poetics of corrosion, and we have long admired the sympathetic aesthetic in Cobbs gorgeously elegant compositions for guitar, bells, tape hiss, and whatnot. A sadness of things hangs in the air for Cobbs suspended mantras as these pieces evolve through a state of perpetual (un)becoming. For Cobb, the decaying sound is a steady dissolution of one chromatically rippling pattern into another which in turn diffuses into another and the cycle continues; but for every slippery note that pools into watery aquifers, Cobb distances himself from discursive and didactic languages that affix specific meanings onto work. He prefers a mystery and an ambiguousness to hang upon his crepuscular minimalism where the audience can entertain guided excursions of subjective thought. For us, these radiant guitar drones flecked with impressionist melodies bath in the snow of a thousand radios placed throughout Easter Island offering forth their eerie, luminous and beautiful sound that floats amongst those stoic heads that gaze beyond the horizon of the Pacific Ocean towards infinity, or oblivion if you prefer a more sublime reading. As the title to the album states, this album originally published in small cassette editions, long out of print. The material has been gloriously mastered for vinyl by James Plotkin. Those with an ear for Andrew Chalk, William Basinski and those long-form passages from Natural Snow Buildings will find much to celebrate in Taiga Remains." - Helen Scarsdale Agency.

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