"Multifarious Visions from the Sonic Margins"

Wednesday, 17 December 2014

Sub Loam reviewed in The Wire

Sub Loam's latest was given favourable notice in the 2014 Rewind issue of The Wire magazine.

See below for more details:


For anyone intrigued in further exploring the tangled sonic undergrowth of the Sub Loam back catalogue the following titles are still available direct from dissolving

Sub Loam - Ruderal Memory (Henge 008)  £9.00

Sub Loam - A Concise Dictionary of Plants and Their Uses (Henge 010)  £9.00

Limited copies of the Unofficial Countryside release that features the Sub Loam piece reviewed in The Wire are also available from dissolving. 

Additionally, for anyone wanting to push on further towards related outer sonic reaches, other projects involving Thomas Shrubsole that are still available from dissolving include:

Space Capsule - Space Capsule (Henge 009) £9.00

T. Shrubsole - C. Tattersall - Cassette (Other Ideas OTC 002) £6.00

Prices do not include postage.

As always, mail for orders, enquiries, trades, etc.

Wednesday, 1 October 2014

Botanical Reflections

Stuart Marshall in The Sound Projector about Sub Loam's Concise Dictionary of Plants and Their Uses:

"Again and again I return to this intriguing mini CD from Sub Loam (i.e. saxophonist and SP reviewer Thomas Shrubsole), as if it would yield to me its mysteries, but alas! Swiftly am I ensnared and borne upon its pulsating airways, yet just as swiftly it’s over! Where fled those rogue minutes? In this wise, concise designates more than botanical taxonomy, though both here are central concerns: manifest in the splicing of Shrubsole’s pithy breath work and the bloom and swirl of spectral electronic backdrops. Most distinct is this in the first of the three untitled pieces: multiple rows of delicate, trowel-headed honks slowly summoning wispy, electroacoustic spirits, while at the same time suggesting an attitude of horticultural preparation that inspires me to chop carrots in concert. Tracks two and tree are (even) giddier: a tiny sax twittering like butterfly wings caught in swerving currents of pure colour; and finally a slow kaleidoscopic reimagining of all that has preceded. It’s an unearthing of unearthly sensations that could well uproot your mental stability. 39 further copies of the CDR are in existence, all of which are accompanied by a hand-numbered A4-sized abstract print by the artist."


Limited copies still available direct from Dissolving. As always, email for availability for this, any other Dissolving and related releases and for any other enquiries.

Sunday, 10 August 2014

Related Release

T Shrubsole & C Tattersall

Collaboration between Thomas Shrubsole (Dissolving Records, Sub Loam, Jesus on Mars, Dissolving Orchestra etc.) and Craig Tattersall (Other Ideas, Cotton Goods, The Humble Bee, The Boats, The Remote Viewer, Dissolving Orchestra etc.)
new cassette out on Other Ideas.

Copies available at Boomkat, Other Ideas and through Dissolving. Email For availability.



Dissolving back catalogue items also available.

Monday, 28 July 2014

Early Analogue available @ Boomkat


"Dissolving Records' Thomas Shrubsole - aka Sub Loam, In The Field, Jesus On Mars - presents early, archival recordings, using his birth name for the first name. It's a personal and far-reaching suite of disparate sounds tripping from Decimus-like astral chaos thru vivid synth wormholes to surprising Detroit techno deviations , gamelan-like percussive meditations and extended passages of atonal noise, all free as you like and unhindered by anything but his own wild imagination."

Monday, 31 March 2014

Radio Waves

Ed at the Sound Projector played a track from A Concise Dictionary of Plants and Their Uses on last Friday's Sound Projector Radio Show on Resonance FM. Tune in to the podcast below, it's always a great listen and this edition of the show is crammed full with plenty of nutritious and stimulating contemporary experimental music.

Now Available

Dissolving releases are now available to be purchased from Beatnik Records in Altrincham, which is in the south of Manchester for those of you who are local and who enjoy visiting a bricks and mortar, as the saying goes, record shop. Many fine records and CDs as well as Dissolving editions there, lovely people in charge, well worth a digging expedition! https://twitter.com/beatnik_shop http://beatnikshop.co.uk/

Saturday, 15 February 2014

One Hour and Thirty Nine Minutes

Richard Cunliffe has very kindly played another track from A Concise Dictionary of Plants and Their Uses on the latest edition of his Soundart Radio show 'It's Just Music Baby'. The show is two hours long and features plenty of fun sounds for your ears, listen out particularly at 1 hour 39 minutes to hear the Sub Loam track: https://soundcloud.com/its-just-music-baby/its-just-music-baby-thursday As ever, if these sounds please you then orders or any other communications can be achieved simply by mailing: dissolving (dot) records (at) yahoo (dot) co (dot) uk

Wednesday, 12 February 2014

A Sound Project

Just a little reminder that the current issue of one of this label's favourite music mags has been issued not that long ago, For those of you unfamiliar with it Editor Ed and a small band of contributors do a sterling job of presenting out-sounds from around the world. At 180 pages of reviews and interviews it is pretty much guaranteed there will be something unfamiliar and enticing in there for all and will be a tome you return to again and again. http://www.thesoundprojector.com/current-issue/ Dissolving's own Thomas Shrubsole also contributes to this issue conducting an interview for Ed with Guido Huebner.

Monday, 3 February 2014

Hisvoice review A Concise Dictionary of Plants and Their Uses

Thanks are due to Tomáš Procházka who has listened to and pondered Sub Loam's latest and has written a thoughtful and sympathetic review in the excellent Czech magazine hisvoice: Jedná se v podstatě o EP o třech skladbách se shouhrnnou délkou necelých šestnáct minut, tak aby se pohodlně vešly na třípalcové CDr, na kterém vychází spolu s autorskou grafikou Thomase Shrubsola v počtu čtyřiceti kusů. Hudba byla nahrána na čtyřstopý kazetový magnetofon a jde, jak ostatně název napovídá, o poctu rostlinnému světu a životu. Jednotlivé skladby označené pouze čísly, jsou věnovány půdě, slunci a rostlinným vláknům. Pokud si nepřečte legendu, která se k nahrávce váže, může být leckterý posluchač zklamán, hudba zní jako jaksi divně úporný minimalismus, saxofon má škytavku a štěká na jednom místě jako opuštěný pták v polích, zajímavé elektronické zvuky za ním nejsou pro změnu téměř slyšet. V druhém tracku má zase šum pásku téměř stejnou důležitost jako užitečný hudební záznam a v pozadí diktuje nějaký lunatický varhaník do kláves náhodná data. Ani třetí track nevysvobodí posluchače z chaotických chuchvalců mimozemského jazzu, bloumavé melodie saxofonu se proplétají s vyťukávanýmy klávesovými zvuky a trochu archaicky znějící elektronikou. Pokud ale posloucháme A Concise Dictionary of Plants and Their Uses s vědomím, že jde o umělecký obraz “chlorocentrického” světa, nalézáme zajímavý amorfní hudební tvar, poměrně výstižně přibližující představu rostlinných světů, klíčení, rašení, rhizomatické spoje, tlení, vznik i zánik probíhající v jediný moment. V tomto vesmíru nic nemá přednost, vše pracuje v součinnosti s ostatními elementy, tomuto světu je efektní čištění za účelem přehlednosti či ušlechtilosti. Toto je hudba permakultury - cenný pokus připomenout pyšné lidské kultuře existenci i jiných vesmírů, než toho, ve kterém aktuálně žijeme. Přál bych si aby takových pokusů bylo víc. Link here: http://www.hisvoice.cz/clanek_1763_sub-loam-a-concise-dictionary-of-plants-and-their-uses.html

Tuesday, 28 January 2014

Reed Streams

A track from Sub Loam's Concise Dictionary of Plants kicks off the latest mix from our friends over at the Kosmiche Club... There's Conrad Schnitzler, Cosey Fanni Tutti, Palais Schaumberg and more in there, too. Listen here: http://www.mixcloud.com/Kosmische/the-kosmische-club-kosmik-elektronik-part-1/

Monday, 20 January 2014

Airplay for Today

Friend of the label Richard Cunliffe played track three from Sub Loam's A Concise Dictionary of Plants and Their Uses on last Thursday's 'It's Just Music Baby' show on Sound Art Radio in Devon. The whole show is available on Soundcloud to listen to for your delectation and enjoyment https://soundcloud.com/its-just-music-baby/its-just-music-baby-on

Thursday, 16 January 2014

Three of a Perfect Pair

A Trio of Recent Reviews...

As a reminder that Space Capsule is still orbiting sound systems in living rooms across Europe (and also that there are a couple of foil-fresh copies still available from here and from Boomkat) here are two lovely reviews, the first from hisvoice magazine in the Czech Republic and the second from Bad Alchemy in Germany, both of whom have also reviewed previous Dissolving albums favourably.   

Space Capsule: Space Capsule

Thomas Shrubsole se na debutovém albu svého projektu Space Capsule pouští zostra na území free jazzu a kosmické elektroniky. Domácí produkce pomocí dvojkazeťáku není prezentována jako znouzectnost, ale jako záměrné vyznání neutuchajícího páskového futurismu. Pod nánosy páskového šumu zní prolínání mírně hysterického saxofonu, klavíru a zklidněné elektroniky tak nějak zaobleněji, bez ostrých hran, a i když je hudba dosti energická a nespoutaná, tak celkové vyznění alba má zvláštně meditativní charakter. Občasné zavytí syntezátoru, zvuková mračna a prapodivné atmosféry dotváří silně kosmické ladění a třeba dodat, že se nejedná o žádnou levnou, podbízivou psychedelii, ale o řádně mimozemský úlet.
Postupné opakování spojené s pomalou destrukcí klavírního motivu v první skladbě 1 může sloužit jako chvilková jistota, ale o náhlé změny na albu vůbec není nouze. Repetice se náhle odebéře kamsi, aby se meditativní nálady ještě více rozvinuly ve zpomalených zvukových mlhách zaechovaného saxofonu, občasného úderu do klaviatury a ztišených syntezátorových efektech. Shrubsole se nebojí vedle sebe stavět melodické a disonantní linky z útrob saxofonu, ale výsledek nezní nikdy zmateně a Shrubsole se suverenitou sobě vlastní vytváří neobydlené zvukové světy. Strhující závěr první skladby v taylorovské kadenci je nepochybně vrcholem alba, zatímco druhá skladba se posouvá spíš dále do vod zklidněného meditativního zvuku, nikdy však neupadá do určitého druhu podbízivosti, kterou lze najít v žánrové škatulce "ambient". Podivně rezonující klavírní úvod skladby 2 může krátce připomenout Basinskiho páskové orgie, nicméně dlouho se nezastaví na místě, a po chvíli zamíří zpět do oblasti free improvizace. Syntezátor se prolíná s klavírem a pod vrstvou efektů může posluchač nacházet stále nové zvukové nuance.

Nazývat tuto muziku jako kosmický jazz, či po anglicku "space jazz" může znít jako stokrát omleté klišé, ale svádí k tomu jak název projektu, celkové mimozemské vyznění desky. Pokud plánujete v brzké době opuštění sluneční soustavy, toto album může být na cestě velmi příjemným společníkem.

Jan Sůsa

SPACE CAPSULE Space Capsule (Dissolving Records, Henge 009, CD-R w/ A3 poster): Thomas Shrubsole ist einer, der im Himmel wie auf Erden zugange ist, unten als Sub Loam und In the Field, oben als Jesus on Mars oder Space Capsule. Wobei sein Oben Kopfsache ist, nicht eine Frage von Hightech oder Weltabkehr. Drei Instrumentalstimmen mischen sich, umgarnen sich: Das schreitende und repetierte Klimpern eines Pianos, die Klangspuren eines Keyboards, die träumerischen und kaskadierenden Tonfolgen eines Sopransaxophons, bisweilen gefolgt von seinem Echo oder Doubles. Das mischt sich vielschichtig, um nicht zu sagen mehr und mehr chaotisch. Klingt aber dann doch nicht so (so chaotisch), weil alle Stimmen dezent, luftig, versponnen weder unter sich um die Oberhand ringen, noch auf Aufmerksamkeit pochen. Es geht da eher eine schleichende Eindringlichkeit von diesem Klanggeflecht aus. Eine ätherische, liquide, psychedelische Suggestivität, wie sie für gewisse weltoffene und luftige Formen von Jazz der Hippiejahre nicht untypisch gewesen ist. Erst als crescendierendes Finale wühlt sich das Piano cecil-tayloresk in sämliche Gehirnwindungen. 'Space Capsule 2' beginnt mit einem prickelnden Geräusch und von feinsten Keyboardsounds umschweiftem Einfingerpiano. Ein hubschrauberndes Wummern mischt sich leise ein und überträgt dem Keyboard sein Wummermotiv. Die Finger klopfen dazu erratische und dissonante Noten, in zunehmender Häufung, raunend, trillernd kaskadierend. In der 10. Min. setzt auch das Soprano ein, mit wieder träumerischen und kaskadierenden Wellen. In einer Wellenlänge, nicht weit von denen auch Evan Parkers elektroakustische Abenteuer schwingen. Und fällt der Blick nach oben, ziehen da Wolken, faszinierender als jedes Ufo.

[BA 79 rbd]

Plenty more great reviews in that issue of Bad Alchemy, as always, I can thoroughly recommend picking up a copy.

On to newer pastures Frans de Waard has reviewd Sub Loam's Concise Dictionary of Plants in the latest Vital Weekly http://www.vitalweekly.net/915.html

Thomas Shrubsole is an active person, working with such guises as Jesus On Mars and Space Capsule (the latter reviewed in Vital Weekly 902) and Sub Loam. His releases are in a small edition, but recently also started to look better. Here with a larger print on cardboard and the CDR packed in another print, folded around the CDR itself. There are three pieces on this release, with a total length of sixteen minutes. That's not much, I was thinking, when playing this. The website learns me this is "Composed and played by Sub Loam using organic, acoustic and electro-mechanical instruments and means, composted direct to 4-track tape." Nice; composted. However, when I first played this, I was thinking that the opening piece, the longest of the three, was made with the use of a saxophone, multi tracked and processed using computer means. A bit like Lol Coxhill once did, on his split release with Eyeless In Gaza, but less jazzy. Maybe another point of reference would be Nurse With Wound with a more sparse use of resources. A tape collage of saxophone sounds. But then perhaps I am all wrong, and I happen not to know what these organic, acoustic and electro-mechanical instruments are. Of course you could as easily argue it is not really interesting to know these things. Do I like what I hear? Yes I do. Do I care what how it was made? Not really (and when I wrote this before someone said "so you also don't care your shoes are made in a third world sweatshop?" - it seems something different to me, entirely). Like Space Capsule this is vaguely rooted in the world of jazz, but then, perhaps, also connected to the world of musique concrete - more that than jazz, I was musing. Excellent small release, great package, but way too short, I'd say.  (FdW)

It is included on the podcast, too, here: http://www.vitalweekly.net/915.mp3

Many thanks to Jan, Rigo and Frans for taking the time to listen and write such lovely things about Dissolving music...

As ever, to order any Dissolving releases simply drop an email to dissolving (dot) records (at) yahoo (dot) co (dot) uk 

Friday, 10 January 2014

A Concise Dictionary of Plants and Their Uses - Available to order now.

Sub Loam's A Concise Dictionary of Plants and Their Uses is now available from

Boomkat: http://boomkat.com/cds/904978-sub-loam-a-concise-dictionary-of-plants-their-uses

Norman Records: http://www.normanrecords.com/records/144883-sub-loam-a-concise-dictionary-of-plants

And direct from Dissolving by contacting the usual email address.

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Wednesday, 8 January 2014

New Sub Loam Available from Friday (10/01/14) in Shops

Sub Loam's latest, A Concise Dictionary of Plants and Their Uses will be available to purchase from the end of this week at http://www.normanrecords.com/ and http://boomkat.com/
Keep an eye on the weekly mailouts!
As always you are also always welcome to order direct from the label, mail for prices.

Sunday, 5 January 2014


New Release January 2014

Sub Loam - A Concise Dictionary of Plants and Their Uses

Sub Loam returns with a new release for 2014, a limited art edition 3" CDr containing three herbal vignettes dedicated to the soil, the sun and the foliate filaments linking them. Composed and played by Sub Loam using organic, acoustic and electro-mechanical instruments and means, composted direct to 4-track tape.
Three chlorocentric worlds in miniature.

 This edition is packed in folded paper sleeve of one of 5 designs printed both sides with unique artwork by Sub Loam. Each copy also contains a hand-numbered art print suitable for framing also designed by the artist. Hand-numbered edition of 40.

 Sub Loam - A Concise Dictionary of Plants and Their Uses (Henge 010)
Released: 10/01/14

1 - 7.21
2 - 4.43
3 - 3.32


 Copies are £13 each, P&P in the UK is £1.50, Europe £3.50, Americas £4.70, R.O.W. £5.00
 Email dissolving (dot) records (at) yahoo (dot) co (dot) uk to order or to add yourself to the mailing list