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Strange Mountain – Slow Midnight

October 31, 2013

Strange Mountain – Slow Midnight Decoder’s very own Marcel Thee hails from Jakarta, Indonesia and – like many of our writers – is involved in a number of projects. Not only is he a member of the eclectic-sounding Sajama Cut, Thee also records under his own name and crafts otherworldly soundscapes as Strange Mountain. Released... 

SSLEEPERHOLD – Ruleth

October 31, 2013

SSLEEPERHOLD – Ruleth It is fitting that SSLEEPERHOLD and Holodeck chose to put out this scorcher of a record near Halloween; this cavernous beast snarls and crackles, burrowing deep into your subconscious from the first listen. Ruleth maps out a sonic trajectory that veers between rough industrial wallop and a deep void... 

Various Artists – Otherworldly Mystics: Book One

October 30, 2013

Various Artists – Otherworldly Mystics: Book One There’s nothing like a solid compilation. Sure, they’re often a mixed bag of unworthy throwaways, recorded half-ideas and forgettable curiosities with a couple gems buried within, but sometimes they’re a fitting document of a motley scene perfectly capturing bizarrely connected music... 

White Manna — Dune Worship

October 30, 2013

White Manna — Dune Worship On sophomore album Dune Worship, White Manna waste no time getting back to business and like an adrenaline shot to the veins, the riff comes quick. Returning to Holy Mountain for the follow-up to their 2012 self-titled debut, White Manna feels right at home with label mates Wooden Shjips on those early... 

Son of Dad — “Armon”

October 29, 2013

Son of Dad — “Armon” It’s no revelation the dudes in Ridgewood, NJ jangle pop outfit Real Estate were into more than Galaxie 500 and the Clean. Matt Mondanile’s earliest Ducktails material was a surprisingly dark flirtation with 60s psych and 80s lo-fi, before the project’s recent turn into living room... 

Dan Svizeny – “It’s Beautiful”

October 29, 2013

Dan Svizeny – “It’s Beautiful” Philly-native Dan Svizeny is a surprisingly prolific dude. As though his main lo-fi, noise pop project Cough Cool wasn’t enough, Svizeny has found the time to sweetly create off kilter pop under his birth name. Following the astounding Plays the Hits tape on Lee Noble’s No Kings label, Svizeny... 

Machinefabriek – Stroomtoon II

October 29, 2013

Machinefabriek – Stroomtoon II If you were once a devoted follower of the now-dormant Foxy Digitalis site, and have since become a member of the cult that is Decoder, you’re probably familiar with the music of Rotterdam-based electronic sound sculptor Rutger Zuydervelt, also known as Machinefabriek.  This cat’s been... 

Street Gnar — Shrine EP

October 25, 2013

Street Gnar — Shrine EP   Shrine is the latest release from Lexington, KY outfit Street Gnar after a run of cassettes on Burger Records, Night People and Gnar Tapes. Released as a 12-inch through French label Atelier Ciseaux (Dirty Beaches, Mount Eerie, Ela Orleans), the seven songs on this EP soundtrack a nocturnal surf party... 

Jay Daniel – Scorpio Rising EP

October 25, 2013

Jay Daniel – Scorpio Rising EP Detroit is known for a lot of things: cars, Motown, techno and a bunch of other stuff generally considered relatively great. Though the city’s history has become more checkered, plagued by financial distress and local divides, music has always and will always be a positive outlet for the city.... 

White Visitation — “Permanent Swing”

October 24, 2013

White Visitation — “Permanent Swing” When we last heard from White Visitation, Mexico City’s most minimal dub-techno producer, details of the project’s background were scarce and projections of its future even scarcer. With a string of four tapes (the sequentially numerical 1, 2, and 3 and bizarrely out-of-sync Dubs),... 

Venera 4 – “Deaf Heartbeats”

October 24, 2013

Venera 4 – “Deaf Heartbeats” “Deaf Heartbeats” finds Venera 4 blending equal parts rock, pop, and shoegaze into a scorching introduction to their recently released Deaf Hearts EP. Out of the silence the Paris quartet delivers a searing wall of guitars, powerful drumming, and lead singer Morgane Caux’s cooly detached... 

Rezzett – S/T EP

October 23, 2013

Rezzett – S/T EP Trilogy Tapes, the always amazing London dance imprint has released an incredibly raw new self-titled EP from producer, Rezzett; though his Facebook gives some sign he may also be based in London, beyond that the page features mostly blurry photos and points only to Youtube clips of  similar imagery... 

Atom Eye – “The Otolith Sessions (Trailer)”

October 23, 2013

Atom Eye – “The Otolith Sessions (Trailer)” Elsie Martins will make her long-awaited return as Atom Eye next month, with The Otolith Sessions, her first collection of new music since last year’s uniquely unsettling Trilogy120 series, due for release through Forwind on November 18. The limited edition CD package will include a book of images... 

Department Tapes: September Batch

October 22, 2013

Department Tapes: September Batch Last month, México-based cassette label Department Tapes released a new batch of tapes: four different albums by four artists spread across the label’s characteristic purview; ambient, lo-fi drone, acousmatic music, etc. At the top of this particular pile is Florida experimental musician,... 

Bliss Club – “Preda”

October 17, 2013

Bliss Club – “Preda” Vancouver, Canada based duo Bliss Club (aka, Sarah Common and Ian Johnston) delight us with a fresh new track, this time showcasing more of their electronic influences and refining the melancholic, dreamy structures that they’ve explored more freely on past singles. “Preda’s”... 

Erik Jourgensen — “Tame”

October 17, 2013

Erik Jourgensen — “Tame” At a glance, Erik Jourgensen‘s (Toujours, Magic Fingers) recent batch of uploaded ephemera (aka the San Diego producer’s Soundcloud stream) might seem like passable, interlude-worthy snippets of spaciously minimal grooves and dropped out electronica. But listen a little closer and realize... 

Dogs in Ecstasy – Dat Cruel God

October 17, 2013

Dogs in Ecstasy – Dat Cruel God I first took notice of Milwaukee’s Dogs in Ecstasy last New Year’s Eve, when they took to the stage of Quarter’s Rock ‘N Roll Palace and unleashed a thick sonic stew of grunge and power pop. The band consists of Molly Dvora on synths and vocals, Tony Dixon on drums, and Willy Dintenfass on... 

FFFour KMSU Fall Pledge Drive 10″ Lathe and Digital Compilation

October 17, 2013

FFFour KMSU Fall Pledge Drive 10″ Lathe and Digital Compilation You know what everybody hates? Pledge drives. We all. Hate them. Especially the ones on PBS… I remember growing up having to put up with those damned pledge drive weeks (weeks!), always interrupting my regularly scheduled Antiques Roadshow and/or Arthur binges. If there was ever a way to make... 

Sly & The Family Drone – “Grey Meat”

October 16, 2013

Sly & The Family Drone – “Grey Meat” Using only a bare-bones drum kit (which is often dispensed with into the crowd, for them to keep time), a collection of crackpot cassette loops, oscillators and electronically muddled vocals, Sly & the Family Drone are a self-proclaimed “primal orchestra” who create a pummelling amalgamation... 

Pairs – “Gig of the Week”

October 16, 2013

Pairs – “Gig of the Week” Shanghai noise punk duo Pairs return to the fray alongside New Zealand rockers God Bows to Math for a split 7” that balances abrasive thrash with a more structured sonic assault. The bands present two songs apiece, with Pairs’ being the most immediately accessible. Pairs have amassed a substantial... 
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