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Maxmillion Dunbar – Woo Daps Mixtape

November 26, 2013

Maxmillion Dunbar – Woo Daps Mixtape Maxmillion Dunbar — the solo project Andrew Field-Pickering maintains when he’s not deep into neon house jams with Beautiful Swimmers — released its stunningly precise and buzzed second LP (House of Woo) earlier this year in RVNG Intl. Having let the album stew for almost an entire year... 

Jitwam – “Keepyourbusinesstoyourself”

November 26, 2013

Jitwam – “Keepyourbusinesstoyourself”   Though beats and fuzzy hip-hop instrumentals may be all the rage in the underground community, producer Jitwam (apparently from Manipur, in northeast India, but currently based in Australia) offers something a little more out of the box with his mellow, soul-induced tracks that sound dredged from... 

Nathan McLaughlin – “Promises (Excerpt)”

November 25, 2013

Nathan McLaughlin – “Promises (Excerpt)” On the surface, Karen Dalton may seem like an unlikely source of inspiration for the reel-to-reel experimentalist and recent Upstate New York transplant Nathan McLaughlin. Dalton was an undeniably great interpreter of folk songs whose gritty, whiskey-singed voice could add new layers of emotional depth... 

Spooks – In Shadows Deep

November 25, 2013

Spooks – In Shadows Deep It’s been a busy season for many of our acquaintances at digital arts collective Living Room Visions; Mind Dynamics announced a cassette on Canadian label 1080p via XLR8R (Tim also covered him for Decoder in his last column), Riot Meadows has a beautiful new cassette on the fabulously named Turmeric... 

Decoder’s Week in Review #1

November 23, 2013

Decoder’s Week in Review #1 In the humane traditions of triage and weekend programming, we’re glad to present the first of our experiments toward a Decoder Week in Review thingy. As of now we imagine each installment as a light diversion between whatever else you might precipitate for yourself on a leisurely Saturday;... 

Bespoken – “Aigre Douce IV”

November 22, 2013

Bespoken – “Aigre Douce IV” Divorce Records has been releasing albums by some of Canada’s best experimental musicians for well over a decade. Their diverse catalog includes albums by Vancouver noise/no-wavers Shearing Pinx, Montreal garage rockers Grand Trine, London, Ontario dream-poppers You’ll Never Get To Heaven... 

FWY! – HWY Trust

November 22, 2013

FWY! – HWY Trust A lot of great music has come out in 2013, but FWY!’s Any Exit cassette blew me away with bright, groovy arrangements that have stuck with me since its spring release. Now, in the waning months of the year, Edmund Xavier and Moon Glyph are back together for HWY Trust, the latest tape release from... 

Algiers – “Claudette”

November 22, 2013

Algiers – “Claudette” There’s a wicked energy that runs through Algiers‘ songs. “Blood,” the band’s debut single, built that energy in slower waves and layers, while its flipside, “Black Eunich,” was unhinged, joyfully danceable rhythm and blues. Their latest single, “Claudette,”... 

Exotic Club – “Freaks (Matt Weiner Remix)”

November 21, 2013

Exotic Club – “Freaks (Matt Weiner Remix)” Atlanta-based producer Matt Weiner has cultivated quite the spread of mechanized techno and cold wave under only a couple of guises (demented industrial dance music as TWINS and techno-paranoia with Featureless Ghost) and labels (forward-thinking dark wave with his co-run DKA label and throwback... 

Anthony Naples – “POT”

November 21, 2013

Anthony Naples – “POT” Since dropping the Mad Disrespect EP back in April of 2012, Anthony Naples has kept plenty busy, with a handful of releases on Mister Saturday Night, The Trilogy Tapes, Rubadub, and his very own Proibito label. The label has also put out tracks from Royal Crown of Sweden (aka Huerco S.) and Hank Jackson,... 

Water of Life – “Sources and Springs / Abercrombie, 1949”

November 21, 2013

Water of Life – “Sources and Springs / Abercrombie, 1949” Funded by Creative Scotland‘s Imagining Natural Scotland initiative, UK artists Rob St. John and Tommy Perman have taken it upon themselves to bring Edinburgh’s extensive water systems to sonic life by releasing a 7″ collaboration alongside a series of essays and prints. Working under... 

Mirror Mirror – Melting People EP

November 20, 2013

Mirror Mirror – Melting People EP If broodingly precise, massively honed art pop is your cup of tea, you’ll be happy to hear NYC duo Mirror Mirror is back with a new EP of catchy psychosis. The Melting People EP is a sunnier affair than anything on 2011’s fantastic(ally underrated) Interiors LP for RVNG Intl. but still... 

The Original Flowering Earth – Hosshin

November 20, 2013

The Original Flowering Earth – Hosshin In addition to recording as The Original Flowering Earth, Kyle Wade is one of three holistic mutants responsible for the Goldtimers Tapes imprint and its optimistic gnosticism; a logical person to find in association with other labels like Planted Tapes in Denver and now ((Cave)) Recordings in San... 

Hellier Ulysses – Ulysses Hellier

November 19, 2013

Hellier Ulysses – Ulysses Hellier There is no band that has left more of an impact on me than the experimental rock sounds of Women. Their breakup, under the worst of circumstances, has left fans searching for new bands to emerge with a similar ability for dissonant melodies. The influence has been deep on several Canadian bands with... 

Moan – “Murmur Of The Zodiac Voices”

November 19, 2013

Moan – “Murmur Of The Zodiac Voices” With a bevy of mind-altering noise and frantic experimentation in not only DMBQ (founder, guitar, vocals) but also Boredoms (guitar), Shinji Masuko now ventures onto his own path armed with a guitar, a swath of effects pedals and a set of sounds culled from all points of his musical past. Think About... 

Somnaphon – An Alignment of Various Things

November 18, 2013

Somnaphon – An Alignment of Various Things Certainly the best biography available for experimental composer August Traeger comes from Louisiana based small press Unlikely Stories: “Somnaphon bicephalic records August Traeger data bending graphic artist supporter of gay marriage supporter of arts experimental music attendee noise installations... 

Lord Dog Bird – “Clandestine Origins of Light”

November 18, 2013

Lord Dog Bird – “Clandestine Origins of Light” The Trinity Knot is the second LP from Northern California’s Lord Dog Bird, and here we have “Clandestine Origins of Light,” which is a peculiar track to come out of Oakland’s Moon Glyph. The alias of former Wilderness guitarist Colin McCann, Lord Dog Bird presents a haunting... 

Twilight of the Century – Hibernation (sampler)

November 18, 2013

Twilight of the Century – Hibernation (sampler) Eric Hardiman is a veritable Renaissance man when it comes to the modern noise scene. Whether recording some of the headiest aural mantras as Rambutan or with the extensively involved astral collaborations (Century Plants, Burnt Hills, Transcendental Manship Highway, Location Ensemble, Menshevik,... 

Mold Boy – Memory Resolve

November 15, 2013

Mold Boy – Memory Resolve Mold Boy is a new project from Montreal via Edmonton musician Alex Calder. A former member of Makeout Videotape alongside Mac DeMarco, Calder has an ability to take simple riffs and layer them into perfect pop songs. Since dropping his Time EP earlier this year through Captured Tracks he has quietly... 

Contact Lens – Euro To Dollar

November 15, 2013

Contact Lens – Euro To Dollar Though the Internet and underground have been getting a heavy dose of dubstep, vaporwave and other sounds that at times can seem overwrought and dull, but every now and then a unique producer like Contact Lens pulls together their disparate influences to further pioneer along slipstream genres. Earlier... 
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