I've been listening to the recent Bull of Heaven releases so that you don't have to! Although, even if you've long since dismissed BoH as being a joke band, you really should check out some of their latest stuff--not only is it surprisingly listenable and engaging considering the sort of stuff they usually put out, but it's actually compelling music on its own, taken independently of the remainder of the band's discography. Indeed, for the last two years they've been putting out some pretty great stuff, and I don't use the word great loosely. (I don't think.) Anyways, here are what I think to be their two most worthwhile releases this year so far:
Extinctus Amabitur Idem
Ex Umbra in Solem
Both are lengthy, slow-evolving pieces, though both were built in very different ways. Extinctus Amabitur Idem is pure plunderphonics, taking bits and pieces of other music (maybe Bull of Heaven's own stuff, I don't really know) and then re-purposing it, transforming it into a very hypnotic, percussion heavy work. Ex Umbra in Solem re-explores the spacey jazz-rock of what's probably their most 'acclaimed' work from people who take their music seriously, 261: A Feeling for the Order Lying Behind the Appearance.
Recently they've been doing a lot of 'un-numbered' works, and I think it's really been doing them some good to get away from the very minimalist, very lengthy, very droney stuff that's long been their calling card. I don't think this is at all signaling a new direction for the band, as just recently they've picked up their regular numbered series again and look to be moving ahead with that at a good clip, but be sure to grab these and give them a listen. Both are free from Bull of Heaven's Facebook page, though you'll have to look at a cached version from early September to grab the link for Extinctus Amabitur Idem. Enjoy!