Ahee - Xhals
"best of 2012 time! been meaning to post this album since it dropped last month - i've all but worn it out on my tape deck in the meantime. it's a breakthrough release from AHEE, who crafts his records using only found/homemade samples without the use of electronics and synths.
side A is a cheeky mash of random sounds featuring glitched out breaks and earworm-y melodies reminiscent of Gaslamp Killer's neck-snapping live stuff. and while it's fun to play spot-the-sample with the lip-smacks of "daiyatoma" or the multi-ethnic strings and lawn sprinklers of "ulklld," what really takes this release over the top is the fucking brutal side B. the tension mounts as the samples get more abrasive/aggressive until finally going supernova during "slyvlrs" and on through the climax of the predictably caustic "dentist." it's maybe the most compelling and evil bit of audio wizardry i've heard in 2012 - quite the feat in what was, generally speaking, a solid year for new music. "
Ahee Xhals is made entirely from records of the life of Christopher Martin Adams. Over 1000 sounds we're used to create this album. Sounds like a dentist drilling on his teeth. to the sound of an eye blink. To rock pebbles falling through a matrix of differently spaced nails. to florescent light bulbs being shattered. The sound of sprinklers. The sound of eggs cooking in a college dorm room. The sounds of crickets in bushes and the ocean waves crashing in California and Colombia. The sounds of a japanese girl playing an acoustic guitar. The sounds of broken toys, flutes, guitars, harmonicas, cans, buckets, drums. And the many voices of Christopher's Friends. No electronic synthesizers or drum machines were used in the making of this album. Exhales contains songs made from 2005 to 2011. This release is only available through DOME OF DOOM Records.
released 05 November 2012