ALBUM REVIEW: Tom Osman vs Existent / Nonexistent – Industrial State of Mind


Tom Osman in case you weren’t aware is a writing colleague over here at Ghost Cult and looking at the albums he’s reviewed previously, I can see he has a tendency towards for the most part the more esoteric and avant-garde as evidenced by names such as REZN, Fågelle, Soothsayer Orchestra, Holy Fawn and Black Magnet. Prior to Industrial State of Mind (Drama Recorder), Tom had recorded and released the so much for all in a day’s work album in the early part of 2022. 

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Enablers – Zones

Most people’s experience of ‘spoken word’ music, outside of the Rap genre, is Jim Morrison‘s ‘American Prayer’. Beat Poetry, for this is essentially the format, is a hugely involving yet highly personal style which often resounds with the listener. This is most definitely the case with Enablers: a San Francisco post-Punk four-piece whose beguiling, occasionally fiery music is set to the poetry and narrative of frontman Pete Simonelli.Continue reading

Enablers Releasing The Rightful Pivot April 10th


San Francisco’s Enablers will release their fifth full length album The Rightful Pivot on April 10, 2015 via Exile On Mainstream handling the CD release in conjunction with Lancashire and Somerset handling the LP and Atypeek Music releasing the album digitally. Watch the album trailer here.

The Rightful Pivot Track Listing:
01. Went Right
02. She Calls After You
03. The Percentages
04. Look
05. Solo
06. Good Shit
07. West Virginia
08. Enopolis

Formed in 2002, Enablers’ subsequent four LPs and two EPs have all achieved a certifiable non-compliance with standard approaches to “spoken word” music, and their latest proves to be a further development in the band’s powerful sense for difference and absolute indifference to classification. The Rightful Pivot will come as a treat to explorers of unique expression.

Since the 2004 release of their first LP, End Note (Neurot Recordings), Enablers has established a new direction in spoken word music. The prose and poetry of Pete Simonelli (published poet, writer, and audiobook narrator) is intricately woven into the dynamic interplay of guitarists Joe Goldring (former Swans, Toiling Midgets, Touched By A Janitor) and Kevin Thomson (former Nice Strong Arm, Timco, Touched By A Janitor), and is punctuated by drummer Sam Ospovat (PIKI, Beep!, tUnE-yArDs, William Winant).

Musically, the compositions range from melodic minimalism to heavy, rhythmically challenging thickets of sound. Following End Note was Output Negative Space (Neurot Recordings) and Tundra (Exile on Mainstream) as well as two EP’s featuring extended improvisations (The Achievement on Awesome Vistas and Now You Can Answer My Prayers on Lancashire and Somerset). With an almost entirely DIY approach to touring and intense live performances, the band continually pleases fans in the underground of the European continent and the UK, and have earned merit as a consistently visible band, always on the road. Their last release, Blown Realms and Stalled Explosions (Exile On Mainstream and Lancashire and Somerset Dance Society), found Enablers evolving even more. The record’s textural and evocative sound realized a new direction while maintaining the distinct elements of musicianship and imagination that made the previous releases so engaging.

ENABLERS Tour Dates:
Mar 02: Chaff – Brussels (BE)
Mar 03: La Zone – Liege (BE)
Mar 04: Le Petit Bain – Paris (FR)
Mar 05: Periscope – Lyon (FR)
Mar 06: Black Sheep – Montpellier (FR)
Mar 07: Les Pavillons Sauvages – Toulouse (FR)
Mar 08: Satellite T – Bilbao (SP)
Mar 10: Lata de Zinc – Oviedo (SP)
Mar 11: Club Vila Real – Villa Real (SP)
Mar 12: Musicbox – Lisbon (SP)
Mar 13: The New Rio Pincon Sound – Don Benito (SP)
Mar 14: La Faena – Madrid (SP)
Mar 15: Centro Cultural Las Armas – Zaragoza (SP)
Mar 16: Lupita Del Raval – Barcelona (SP)
Mar 18: L’embobineuse – Marseilles (FR)
Mar 19: Teatro Della Maddalena – Genova (IT)
Mar 20: Circolo Agora – Milan (IT)
Mar 21: Freakout – Bologna (IT)
Mar 22: Stadtwerkstadt – Linz (AU)
Mar 24: 007 – Prague (CZ)
Mar 25: Klub Re – Krakow (PL)
Mar 26: Dwa Osiem – Warsaw (PL)
Mar 27: Ut Connewitz – Leipzig (DE)
Mar 28: Shockoladen – Berlin (DE)
Mar 29: Hafenklang – Hamburg (DE)
Mar 31: The Joker – Brighton (UK)
Apr 01: The Cube – Bristol (UK)
Apr 02: Gullivers – Manchester (UK)
Apr 03: The Maze – Nottingham (UK)
Apr 04: Electrowerkz – London (UK)
Apr 05: Ramsgate Music Hall – Kent (UK)

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