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Deaf Center – Recount

July 31, 2014

Deaf Center – Recount Erik K. Skodvin and Otto A. Totland join forces once again on Sonic Pieces, this time under their Deaf Center moniker. Skodvin and Totland collect two performances, respectively from 2008 and 2012, on the “mini-album” Recount (which is still quite substantial at 27-minutes long). Deaf Center... 

Brett Cimbalik – “I Wish I Could Say The Same” b/w “Goldenrod”

July 30, 2014

Brett Cimbalik – “I Wish I Could Say The Same” b/w “Goldenrod” A while ago, I posted about Chambray‘s last release, the Toil EP by Snakepiss. Now the Detroit label is releasing a solo 12-inch by Brett Cimbalik of Super Public, whose classic self-released EP More Than A Marathon was re-released by Chambray. Cimbalik is based in New York now, but the duo... 

Richard Ginns – Fall, Rise

July 30, 2014

Richard Ginns – Fall, Rise As the solemn story goes, Richard Ginns‘ latest disc of frostbitten, elegiac sounds is the direct result of the producer’s near death experience in the French Alps. As Ginns not so cryptically explains, “Inspired by a snowstorm/whiteout I was alone and the weather was turning fast,... 

Wilder Gonzales Agreda – Lima Norte Metamúsica

July 29, 2014

Wilder Gonzales Agreda – Lima Norte Metamúsica Peter “Sonic Boom” Kember was one of the two dominant personalities in the now-defunct British outfit Spacemen 3 (the other hemisphere being Jason “J. Spaceman” Pierce, who went on to front Spiritualized). Reinventing himself as a drone deity under the Spectrum and E.A.R. umbrellas, Kember has... 

Paper Armies – Trying

July 28, 2014

Paper Armies – Trying The newest batch of tapes from Bridgetown Records is chock-full of winners, but the one I absolutely can’t get over is the new Paper Armies tape, Trying. A total leaps-and-bounds improvement over Jason Calhoun’s earlier work, this is devastating, soul-searing music. The huge crashing waves... 

Week in Review #29

July 26, 2014

Week in Review #29 We’ve got several things to share, catching up with this week; on July 17th the FADER’s Ruth Saxelby profiled several artists based in Karachi, Pakistan, the largest city in the Muslim world, and currently in the second day of a pervasive power outage. Though the report doesn’t claim... 

Side-by-Side: A Selection of Metaphysical Circuits’ June/July Batches

July 25, 2014

Side-by-Side: A Selection of Metaphysical Circuits’ June/July Batches In the two months since releasing its May batch of three tapes, Metaphysical Circuits has issued eight cassettes that broaden the scope of its already varied discography. Split into two groups (June and July), these eight tapes sprawl from expansive and droning sets of electronic noise to rhythmic and... 

Duane Pitre & Cory Allen – The Seeker and the Healer

July 25, 2014

Duane Pitre & Cory Allen – The Seeker and the Healer Once again, here’s a case of an album I received for review that has ended up serenading me to sleep every night. Minimalist superstar Duane Pitre has been known for participating in more challenging works, such as his exotic solo album Feel Free. Teaming up with the Texan musical MacGuyver Cory... 

Majeure – Termination Shock

July 25, 2014

Majeure – Termination Shock With its opening track, “Crystal Light,” Majeure‘s new cassette on VCO Recordings, Termination Shock, descends into some refulgent underground cavern, inviting the listener to spelunk in the luminescent sonic labyrinth of its creator’s mind. At first these close quarters breed... 

Premiere: Fat Creeps – “In Name Only”

July 24, 2014

Premiere: Fat Creeps – “In Name Only” Do you ever wonder why east coast and west coast surf artists don’t have violent battles? Frankly, it’s a complete ideological split, with each tradition embracing different elements of reverb-drenched, pseudo-psychedelic culture. Where those west coast surfers can afford to be bright and... 

Premiere: Gouda Hoop – “Range Four Harry”

July 24, 2014

Premiere: Gouda Hoop – “Range Four Harry” Dropping Gems has long been a reliable source for vibrantly rhythmic and lushly left-field sounds that sprawl across the sonic landscape staked by the catch-all “electronic” tag. For the fourth installment of the Portland, Or-based electronic imprint and show/party-thrower’s maxed-out Gem... 

Ancient Ocean – Through the Fear of Aging EP

July 23, 2014

Ancient Ocean – Through the Fear of Aging EP Kentucky native John Bohannon currently crafts his sublime brand of ambient drone in Brooklyn, the New York borough at the crossroads between urban decay and skyrocketing property values. One block you’ll be passing an organic kombucha store, and on the next you’ll be staring at boarded-up row houses... 

Swimming in Bengal – “Walking Alone”

July 22, 2014

Swimming in Bengal – “Walking Alone” Sacramento trio Swimming in Bengal makes music like hookah smoke. Slow, sensual and snakish, their Indian-influenced blend of drone and raga builds exponentially past mere Eastern imitation and into a state of pure, hypnotic Param dhama. Since 2011’s Early Plunges Jed Brewer (gourd), Tony Passarell... 

Danny – “Pontchartrain Beach”

July 22, 2014

Danny – “Pontchartrain Beach” Danny is the new incarnation of old trailer park favorites Jane Jane Pollock, who used to haunt the Florida-Georgia border with tales of ghouls, freaks, and deformed felines. Interestingly, the new Danny album drops the overt spookiness in favor of sweet nostalgia. Pontchartrain Beach filters classic... 

Premiere: Karina ESP – A still from the film

July 21, 2014

Premiere: Karina ESP – A still from the film Karina ESP is long-running solo project charted by Chris Gowers, a sullen perpetrator of guitar-based drone and melancholy based out of London. Though he’s also spent a considerable amount of time in collaborations (Signals, a duo with Phil Julian, and Rome Pays, a trio with Crawford Blair and... 

Charlatan – Night Circus

July 21, 2014

Charlatan – Night Circus Night Circus is an apt title for this, the glitchy noises and far-out electronics hinting at a world that’s familiar yet slightly off from the sights and sounds we know so well. The title track exemplifies this mood the best, with samples that sound as if they’ve been pasted together to... 

Week in Review #28

July 19, 2014

Week in Review #28 Just before this week began, it turns out the gang at Hausu Mountain announced a tour — Goodwill Smith and Sugarm will be cavorting in a compressed squiggle from Ohio through the northeast, then south for a moment, and back north to terminate at the Voice of the Valley Noise Rally less than an hour... 

Holly Herndon – Body Sound

July 18, 2014

Holly Herndon – Body Sound Infinite Greyscale is a publishing house that has relatively recently widened their wheelhouse to include the release of artful ten-inch vinyl discs; their platters are replete with some of the most captivating and thought-provoking music out there. I was fascinated by the Jan St. Werner record they... 

Karl Fousek – Codicil

July 18, 2014

Karl Fousek – Codicil Toronto’s Adhesive Sounds launched earlier this year as a cassette imprint focusing mostly on Montreal and Toronto’s vibrant experimental scene, and since there’s no shortage of interesting music bubbling up from the scene, the imprint is already eight tapes deep into its catalog with... 

Nima – See Feel Reel

July 17, 2014

Nima – See Feel Reel Here we are just a couple of months after the release of Emotional Suspect, a warped but sincere writ of demented seduction by Fit of Body, a.k.a. Harsh Riddims’ proprietor Ryan Parks, the Atlanta-based label is back with a new tape of equally charming pop that’s frayed around the edges... 
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