Friday, April 24, 2009

Songs that change the weather

Our dear friend and ally Withiel (of whom I have previously written) has self-released a new album of surpassing, and sometimes difficult, loveliness. While Withiel is not currently affiliated with This Plague of Dreaming, I think that the deep core he samples will taste familiar to you who have followed the plaguedream this far.

Withiel - King Zeppelin
[direct download, .RAR/~20Mb]

"KZ was originally meant to be a Brit-Steampunk-Emo album, and now I'm not sure what it is. It contains 8 original songs, 1 cover, and little hope indeed. I hope you get something out of it."

1: All Our Lost Loves
2: Dreamers
3: Denial Song
4: Ashtray for your Memories
5: My Way In Time
6: Shackled To Change
7: Drillbit Lostlovesong
8: Dreaming of You (cover)
9: Tory of 0

[This work is licenced under the Creative Commons Attribution-Share Alike 2.0 UK:
England & Wales License.]

On a personal note, KZ hits me in right around the same emotional place as the Wicker Man soundtrack ("corn riggs," and all that, but with a bit more vacant car park and orange sodium glare). Whatever I am doing at the moment, Withiel speaks to the part of me that is quietly preparing to do something else, in a different place.


[To be clear, this is not a TPoD release, just a promotion of a favorite artist who deserves to be more widely heard.]

Monday, April 20, 2009

What I Believe

I believe in the power of the imagination to remake the world, to release the truth within us, to hold back the night, to transcend death, to charm motorways, to ingratiate ourselves with birds, to enlist the confidences of madmen.

I believe in my own obsessions, in the beauty of the car crash, in the peace of the submerged forest, in the excitements of the deserted holiday beach, in the elegance of automobile graveyards, in the mystery of multi-story car parks, in the poetry of abandoned hotels.

I believe in the forgotten runways of Wake Island, pointing towards the Pacifics of our imaginations.

I believe in the mysterious beauty of Margaret Thatcher, in the arch of her nostrils and the sheen on her lower lip; in the melancholy of wounded Argentine conscripts; in the haunted smiles of filling station personnel; in my dream of Margaret Thatcher caressed by that young Argentine soldier in a forgotten motel watched by a tubercular filling station attendant.

I believe in the beauty of all women, in the treachery of their imaginations, so close to my heart; in the junction of their disenchanted bodies with the enchanted chromium rails of supermarket counters; in their warm tolerance of my own perversions.

I believe in the death of tomorrow, in the exhaustion of time, in our search for a new time within the smiles of auto-route waitresses and the tired eyes of air-traffic controllers at out-of-season airports.

I believe in the genital organs of great men and women, in the body postures of Ronald Reagan, Margaret Thatcher and Princess Di, in the sweet odours emanating from their lips as they regard the cameras of the entire world.

I believe in madness, in the truth of the inexplicable, in the common sense of stones, in the lunacy of flowers, in the disease stored up for the human race by the Apollo astronauts.

I believe in nothing.

I believe in Max Ernst, Delvaux, Dali, Titian, Goya, Leonardo, Vermeer, Chirico, Magritte, Redon, Durer, Tanguy, the Facteur Cheval, the Watts Towers, Bocklin, Francis Bacon, and all the invisible artists within the psychiatric institutions of the planet.

I believe in Tokyo, Benidorm, La Grande Motte, Wake Island, Eniwetok, Dealey Plaza.

I believe in alcoholism, venereal disease, fever and exhaustion.

I believe in pain.

I believe in despair.

I believe in all children.

I believe in maps, diagrams, codes, chess-games, puzzles, airline time-tables, airport indicator signs.

I believe all excuses.

I believe all reasons.

I believe all hallucinations.

I believe all anger.

I believe all mythologies, memories, lies, fantasies, evasions.

I believe in the mystery and melancholy of a hand, in the kindness of trees, in the wisdom of light.

-J. G. Ballard, 1930--2009

Monday, April 13, 2009

New Release: Nagual Art - Seance 1931 | Tales from F.

Nagual Art - Seance 1931 | Tales from F.
[free mp3 download]

(darkambient, soundtrack)

Mors Janua vitae?

A soundtrack to a seance: lost voices; a sudden chill; a cold, familiar touch in the dark.

01 A Song from F.
02 Seance 1931
03 S.H.J.
04 Der Wandernde Jude
05 Seemannslied
06 The 1631 Daemon

This audio drama was recorded 2009 at Paralyze Room Freiberg by Volador. Many thanks to the spirits! I know you are dreaming the art.
For more information please visit:

Thursday, April 2, 2009

New Release: The Tales from the Dead Sun Remixes

[I said I had good news for the fans, and here it is!]

[Esc.] Laboratory + The Threshold People - The Tales from the Dead Sun Remixes
[free mp3 download]

(horrorbeat, remixes)

Horrorbeat masters The Threshold People are probed, dissected, and re-stitched by the mad scientists at [Esc.] Laboratory's Department of RMX!

The Threshold People – “The Pit” (from Night of the Threshold People)

01. The Pit (full of snakes pt. I_RMX) by [off:error]
02. The Pit (full of snakes pt. II_RMX) by [off:error]
03. The Pit (full of snakes pt. III_RMX) by [off:error]
04. The Pit (pendulum pt. I_RMX) by [interrupt:Jumper]
05. The Pit (pendulum pt. II_RMX) by [interrupt:Jumper]

The Threshold People - "Deja Vu" (from Seven Legs from an Eight-Legged Beast)

01. Deja Vu (kHz Munster_RMX) by [G.umbatz M.onev`s G.reen E.lecktrode]
02. Deja Vu (caustic_RMX) by [ur:neon:ono]
03. Deja Vu (it rains on doomsday_RMX) by [revolting:Robotniks]
04. Deja Vu (last life got crushed_RMX) by [revolting:Robotniks]

The Threshold People - "The Werewolf`s Cure" (from Seven Legs from an Eight-Legged Beast)

01. Werwolf`s Cure (better off dead_RMX) by [Yahuy-Che-Kabah]
02. Werwolf`s Cure (silver touched_RMX) by [Yahuy-Che-Kabah]
03. Werwolf`s Cure (the curse is better than the cure_RMX) by [Throatwobbler:Manegrove]
04. Werwolf`s Cure (cured by blood) by [revolting:Robotniks]
05. Werwolf`s Cure (cured by flesh) by [revolting:Robotniks]

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I am also thrilled to announce upcoming releases from fan favorites Nagual Art and Sublinear, as well as the PlagueDream debuts of 900piesek and 21 Gramms!