Wednesday, 23 February 2011

HEXVESSEL - Invocation Summoning

To accompany the wonderful 'Dawnbearer' album that was released earlier this month, HEXVESSEL unveil the video to 'Invocation Summoning' today. Enjoy.

We should be getting copies of 'Dawnbearer' shortly too, so watch out for this occult folk artifact in the Paradigms online webstore in the very near future.


Now, this disc is blowing our minds right now. A sound collage / horror soundtrack of sorts - mixed by the macabre sonic alchemists DEMDIKE STARE and ANWORTH KIRK during the witching hour of 31st October 2010. May we introduce you to "SAMHAIN SLANT AZIMUTH".

We've been rather taken by DEMDIKE STARE's output of late. From the debut 'Symbiosis' cd to the recent 12" vinyl trilogy - their witching atmospherics and dub-noir horror electronica is truly otherworldly. So this collaboration with Anworth Kirk immediately caught our attention and has been haunting our dreams ever since. A rich 69 minute sound work of true OCCULT EXOTICA and esoteric wonder -- researched from long lost archive sound libraries of the 60's, obscure Italian horror scores and Eastern psyche through to Germanic Kunstmärchen and blackened outsider art / field recordings.

To put it bluntly, "SAMHAIN SLANT AZIMUTH" is quite incredible. Lose yourself in it's hypnotic black ritual of alluring magick sound.

Super limited too and not widely distributed, we've managed to grab a few of these arcane items to sell at the Paradigms store, so check it out here . It's our featured distributed item this month, and deservedly so. Splendid indeed.

Saturday, 19 February 2011

Upcoming new releases on Paradigms in March!

We can already sense that 2011 is going to be a wonderfully vibrant year for exciting new music and the upcoming Paradigms release schedule is surely testament to that, in our humble opinion at least. We've spent the last few weeks immersed in some truly extraordinary new albums that we'll write about here over the coming week but it's with great anticipation that we announce the first two Paradigms editions of the year, further expanding our unified vision of challenging, uncompromising and beautifully eclectic work.

So watch out for both of these in early March, but in the meantime, here is a bit of a low-down:


The debut album from Stuttgart's HÖHLENMUSIK ENSEMBLE is an absolute triumph of experimental electronica, avant jazz and modern composition. A major step forwards into the ether for Paradigms, this ensemble effortlessly crafts a luscious debut album incorporating some of the finest players in the scene and a cosmic jazz milestone to blow minds. Fusing rich strings, vibes, double bass, woodwind and precision percussion alongside delicate electronics into a vast musical vision. Truly spectacular and highly recommended for appreciators of Jaga Jazzist, Isotope 217, Alice Coltrane, Supersilent, Tortoise and David Axelrod, perhaps. Totally beyond.


In stark contrast, we're very privileged to introduce Seattle's GREAT FALLS to the Paradigms family. Their self titled debut is one truly mammoth mechanised beast of angular, pulverizing noiserock from distinguished stock indeed. Featuring ex-members of Kiss It Goodbye and Playing Enemy with a very special vocal appearance from Ryan McKenney of TRAP THEM, such predigree speaks for itself. Mathematical heaviness prevails throughout it's industrial beauty with moments of atmospheric light between the claustrophobic bleakness. Intelligent, calculated walls of black sound with nods to The Jesus Lizard, Godflesh, The Austerity Program, Shellac and other such noise pioneers. Colossal.

Watch out for both of these releases at the Paradigms Recordings webstore in early March, along with audio samples and other good stuff. Each album will be immaculately presented and limited to 500 copies. Now we are excited, so join us...