I’m a total sucker for a killer concept album, especially when it also has a killer design. 156’s newest release, Memento Mori, hits both nails on the head. All the sounds on the album were played on human bone. Creepy, yeah, maybe, kinda. But if you dig out-there industrial/ambient stuff (think Zero Kama), you’ll be right at home. The 10″ record is pressed on bone-colored vinyl, with lovely lavender/bone accompaniment on the jacket and label artwork. The complete package, which also includes photographs of the instruments, is definitely something to behold. -MLE
156 – Memento Mori EP 10”
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“Nine / eighteen tracks of the standard 156 sound, except all the music on this release was made using only human bones, or breath passing through human bones. While still in the spirit of the early industrial of Einstürzende Neubauten, Test Dept., and Z’EV, this record will serve as – for those who cannot obtain one – the skull’s replacement in the ritual room where a scholar contemplates death in the Renaissance rite of ‘ars moriendi’ (‘The Art of Dying’).
These sessions have been sporadically recording since 2012, due to the scarcity of the instruments, which include skulls, femurs, vertebrae, bone whistles, and Tibetan thighbone trumpets (kangling).
The vinyl was pressed at 45rpm, so as to be able to play it at 33rpm during storms (titled ‘Thunderdrone Versions’). The digital release contains the original recordings, plus all Thunderdrone Versions (33rpm on the vinyl edition). Mastered by James Plotkin for both the vinyl and digital release.”
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