2021 News II

•May 26, 2021 • Leave a Comment

Here are the compilation and mixes I have thus far had the good fortune of being a part of. The tracks from the “Cousin Silas Emporium” are from my back catalogue, but to my knowledge have not been released on any other compilation. The track from the “Vaccine Compilation” is a recently recorded single. Finally, the “Destabalising Energies” mix features a track from my early project Terra Engine (2007-2012) in addition to a single I released a year or so ago (it’s also just a huge honor to be in a mix that also features Jarl).

As always, check out these compilations and mixes in their entirety, as there are many fantastic bands, musicians, and tracks for you to discover and listen to.

Regarding my own work, beyond these tracks, I have mainly been busy with my day job and netlabel. I will be announcing the next Argali Records Netlabel compilation in June. At some point I would like to release a full length John Lithium album that is not cobbled together of various singles, but whether or not this happens any time soon is still up in the air.

Also, a quick note: I will be doing a general overview and spring cleaning of this website. This mainly means I will be removing MOST of the archived music reviews, as many of them were written for a specific college class over a decade ago, and thus may no longer reflect my current views and/or style. Some of the later reviews MAY be kept and/or re-written, but this is a low priority unless people express interest in me keeping these online.

Thank you all very much for your continued support and encouragement. I hope you all have a great day!


News 2021

•March 11, 2021 • Leave a Comment

As always, I am a bit behind on updates. Here are a few recent releases. The “Beginner’s Guide” collections were made for those who wanted a general overview of my music. The “Dark Matter Sessions” is a collection of late 2020 material, namely “The Dark Matter (EP)” along with a few other tracks recorded during the same time. “Alter Ego” is the first single I have released in 2021:

Site-wide updates will eventually be coming. Other than that I am currently busy with my netlabel, Argali Records Netlabel, although I am slowly working on new material off and on. Hope you are all well.

John Lithium – Insomnia (Definitive Edition) Now Available!

•August 25, 2020 • Leave a Comment

This is the ‘definitive version’ of “Insomnia”, the second solo album produced by John Lithium. Originally self-released in 2010, the album tracks were re-rendered in 2015 along with a number of bonus tracks. This album features re-mastered versions of the original nine tracks, and greatly increased the fidelity of a few of the compositions. That is not to say this is a completely polished recording, as the album “Going Places” by Yellow Swans was a huge inspiration in the recording of this album.
For better or for worse, this is my signature artistic/musical statement.
Enjoy, and may you find yourself with peaceful sleep at night.

Original album description:

“For fans of Tim Hecker, Nadja, Aidan Baker, Beyond Sensory Experience, Lustmord, Coil, Yellow Swans, Boards Of Canada, Aphex Twin, Atrium Carceri, and experimental electronica/drone/dark ambient in general.

John Lithium returns with his second ‘solo’ album: “Insomnia”. While the preceding album, “The Mysterious Stranger”, was a harrowing glimpse into the inner mechanics of a melancholic persona, “Insomnia” is an auditory study and presentation of the phenomena of persistent sleeplessness, and the changes created to the perceptive systems during this mental state.

The album restlessly moves from form to form, as clouds of darkened ambience and haze-filled drone coalesce and flow past eyes malfunctioning from weariness. A strange duality occurs as emotive triggers echo memories in your inner vision. Time itself is altered, seemingly rushing past at one moment, only to slow down to a terrifying crawl the next. Thoughts enter the abstract, as previously difficult to grasp ideals and ideological constructs become crystal-clear for a brief moment in time. The psyche becomes, as it will from time to time, a ship lost in the endless waters of the subconscious, or a lone radio receiver, desperately seeking any transmission that should make sense or provide some measure of comfort…

Music worth staying awake for. This one’s for you.

This is ARGREC10.”

In other news, I have been SLOWLY working on a collection of all-new material, tentatively titled “A Dark Matter”. This is planned to be an LP length album, as a previous EP, also titled “A Dark Matter”, was released earlier as a teaser. No definite ETA on this one, but am hoping for an early 2021 self-release. Thank you all, and stay safe out there.

News 2020

•May 7, 2020 • Leave a Comment

Hello all, here is what I have been up to this year:

I also have had a few tracks on compilations (please check out the full compilation as well):

Work has begun on the third Lithium Toolbox. If you are interested in this, check back every few weeks, as I will be adding tracks to this collection on an irregular basis:

Finally, Mystified has just released an album constructed by sounds from the Lithium Industries Lithium Toolboxes I & II. Check it out here:

Inplantuation/Nihil Obstat split now available!

•July 12, 2019 • Leave a Comment

Apart from a few self-released demos, this is the first ‘official’ Nihil Obstat release in about seven years. Two tracks of multi-layered power industrial sound barrages and one track of blistering power drone. Emotional noise for unemotional times. The fourth track by Inplantuation (mhzesent – https://www.facebook.com/69mhz353nt96) turns down the intensity and turns up the unsettling with a massive monolith of abstracted ambient industrialized beatscapes.

The official label release describes the split as : “Heavy object in a universe. This is good for walking the woods at dawn or reading creepypasta. :3”

Can’t argue with that.

“Least Worst Of (2016-2018)” now available!

•July 3, 2019 • Leave a Comment

Collected demos, singles, and selected EP tracks composed and released between 2016-2018. Tracks 4, 5, 8, 9, 12, 15, 16, and 17 were remastered from the original project files. This collection features instrumental, industrial, techno, ambient, dark ambient, electronica, and experimental noise.
As indicated by the Creative Commons license, you are free to remix these tracks and/or utilize them in other works, provided that Attribution is given (please include a link to the Lithium Industries Bandcamp).

PS Will probably go on another (hopefully short) hiatus for a while in order to focus time on personal issues and the Argali Records Netlabel. Am planning to be much more active in 2020…stay tuned…


•August 29, 2015 • Leave a Comment


Now out: a collection of experiments, oddities, and strange ideas, featuring a variety of genre permutations, including techno, industrial, dark ambient, black metal, electronica, and more! As always, pay what you want and licensed under a Creative Commons Attribution license.



•August 24, 2015 • Leave a Comment

Released at the end of June in 2015, this album features a remastered version of the 2010 album “Insomnia”, along with some alternate/original mixes of a few compilation tracks, a few B-sides from 2011 sessions, and finally some experimental ambient and industrial dub tracks from 2015.

“This is a collection of guitar drone / dark ambient compositions collectively known at various points as the “Psychic Negation” series of compositions. Recorded between 2011 and 2015 (with some core elements originally recorded back in 2008)…Included are the two tracks from the original 2011 “Psychic Negation” EP (the first being an extended ‘original’ mix exclusive to this release), a fifty-three dark ambient soundscape remix of the entire “Insomnia” dark ambient/industrial album (also released in 2011), a twenty-two minute drone released in 2014 dedicated to a concept found in the Dune novel series, and two experimental drone doom tracks recorded recently in 2015 (a ‘short’ version which was featured on the Lithium Industries Soundcloud and the ‘original’ version which featured a longer second half with more dark ambient/industrial elements).”

“The second remix collaboration between John Lithium and President Blair (Jon7 / Timetheory Netlabel), this release again features two long-form tracks of spaced-out experimental industrial ambient. Utilizing material from the “Lithium Toolbox” (archive.org/details/ARGREC14), a sound-source collection created for remix/soundtrack/sound-sculpture purposes, prepared tapes were then mixed in a live setting, as is customary for most President Blair releases. The end result is a seething blend of electrical discharges and cosmic radiation: a flurry of industrial movements, with experimental electronics and ambient elements as well. A must for early Controlled Bleeding and Yellow Swans fans.”

Nihil Obstat has contributed a track to the experimental music/noise Poverty Electronics “Poverty Electronics Vol. 3” compilation…

And I (as Nathan J Carter) contributed an experimental electronics/beats track to “Poverty Electronics Vol. 2” compilation…

Coming soon: a compilation featuring various Lithium Industries Soundcloud tracks (many of which never made it onto other other albums), a John Lithium track remixed by Jack Hertz coming on a compilation to be released in late September, and some original material, hopefully coming out by the end of the year…


•June 6, 2014 • Leave a Comment

a dark place small

-New ‘retrospective/rarities’ release from my pre-John Lithium project “Terra Engine”,featuring archival material recorded between 2007 and 2010. Download it here: http://lithiumindustries.bandcamp.com/album/a-dark-place (Free Download)


-After several delays, the next Argali Records compilation is finally released: a massive four-hour collection of experimental music, entitled “An Analysis Of The Past: The Genesis Of Experimental Processes”. The concept of this album was for bands/musicians to submit a track among their earliest presentable experimental recordings. As stated in the official write-up for the compilation: Twenty-five bands answered the call, resulting in a massive four-hour collection. Genres include industrial (in a very wide assortment of styles), glitched-out acoustic, ambient, rock-flavored cut-up collages, electronica, atmospheric power electronics, long-form synth improvisations, noise, guitar soundscapes, and (as always it seems with Argali compilations) many permutations, subversion, and mutations of the above-stated genres.

Download it here: https://archive.org/details/ARGREC23 (Archive.org) or here: http://argalirecordsnetlabel.bandcamp.com/album/an-analysis-of-the-past-the-genesis-of-experimental-processes (Bandcamp)

-Other than that, I don’t have any specific plans for what is next yet…currently taking some time off in terms of music and the label…


News IV

•January 21, 2014 • Leave a Comment


-Eighteen minute remix of a Mister Vapor track (https://soundcloud.com/mister-vapor/4dl). Highly experimental, pure drone bliss!.

-John Lithium also contributed a long, multi-movement track to the Brownian e/motion(s) compilation “To The Prettiest One, Volume IV”. An epic review of this compilation can be found here.

-This massive double-LP was released (collectively) on New Years Day 2014. The end result of several months of work, this is the successor to the previous compilation album “Fragments Of Persona“, and is a collection of material recorded between 2011 – 2013.

-Contributed the track “In The Dark” to the Brownian e/motion(s) compilation, focused on the prevailing sense of dread, paranoia, and unease we currently face.

-Argali Records released an album by “Flat Affect” entitled “Lobotomized Vol. 1“, collecting several rare tracks from out-of-print splits. As mentioned on the album page, “On this release, Flat Affect exudes a toxic auditory haze: an amalgamation of industrial, noise, power electronics, and drone, accentuated at points by obscured glimpses into the foreboding maelstrom of human interactions.”

-The Lithium Industries Soundcloud page continues to be updated on a semi-regular basis. Beats, drone, experimental noise, electronica…you never know what will show up next. Also, I cannot stress enough that many tracks may not remain permanently on the profile. As nearly all are Creative Commons licensed (Attribution), it is actively encouraged that you download and utilize/augment/disrupt these tracks as you see fit…


No specific plans right now. The “Music For The Rest Of Us” and “Stereo Ate My Last Tape” archives STILL need to be looked through, examined, organized, and/or fixed, but unfortunately it might be a while before this happens. No new reviews will be forthcoming until this is completed.

We would also like to release one or two more albums on Argali Records for the first quarter of 2014. Unfortunately, we are not taking unsolicited submissions at the moment, so the delay comes in us seeking YOU out, rather than the other way around. Also, for the foreseeable future, we are NOT releasing multiple albums by the same musician/band unless WE specifically agree to do so.

Also, the “The Road Ahead” compilation will be (eventually) taking new submissions. At this point, it is being updated roughly five tracks at a time. More info on this to be announced…

Hopefully this covers everything. As always, thank YOU very much for yr interest and support.