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Ballerine Nadiya – S/T

October 31, 2014

Ballerine Nadiya – S/T This unassuming tape of Casio pop has been owning my world for the past couple weeks. “Sour Flower” hooked me immediately, with its casual, singsong vocals and loping preset melody. But the tape just gets deeper, weirder and more confessional. The song titles point to social anxiety and... 

Elisa Ambrogio – The Immoralist

October 30, 2014

Elisa Ambrogio – The Immoralist Bringing a never-before-heard fascination with pop music to the fore, the debut album from Elisa Ambrogio — formerly the frontwoman of noise rock burners Magik Markers — plays like the slower, sultrier answer to Angel Olsen’s Burn Your Fire for No Witness from earlier this year. But while... 

Opaline – Projector Mapping

October 29, 2014

Opaline – Projector Mapping As of last May, Purr Tapes no longer operates as a label, after having been putting out excellent stuff on tape since 2011. Instead, founder Hunter Peter Thompson has shifted focus to his solo music project Opaline. Projector Mapping, Hunter’s latest release as Opaline, finds him at his very best.... 

Oren Ambarchi – Quixotism

October 28, 2014

Oren Ambarchi – Quixotism Oren Ambarchi’s done it again. If anyone in the music world really merits the animal kingdom analogy of “chameleon” it’s this Iraqi-Indian sound-wizard from Australia, who can make a guitar sound like a jet engine or a theremin depending on the need. Fans have had the joy of seeing him go from... 

Trans Upper Egypt – “CCTT”

October 27, 2014

Trans Upper Egypt – “CCTT” There is an argument to be made that Vanilla Fudge captured the novelty, exploitative, and mind-expanding aspects of cough-syrup, organ-driven psych rock as well as anyone since. On their latest work, Trans Upper Egypt display the formula for successfully updating the sound: they mask their track “CCTT”... 

Week in Review #42

October 25, 2014

Week in Review #42 This week we have a pocket-sized review in lieu of a busier than expected close to October, but we pulled together a special slab of disco and other funky productions to open this edition up; enjoy the music, enjoy the weather, enjoy the fall – Godspeed y’all. #1 – 10/21/2014... 

Plastic Response Records Halloween Mixtape Giveaway

October 24, 2014

Plastic Response Records Halloween Mixtape Giveaway South Carolina-based label Plastic Response recently gave birth to a beautiful monster of a Halloween mixtape. Nestled in a custom treat bag and accompanied by a slew of goodies (including some amazing buttons and spooky erasers), the cassette’s art and layout recalls everyone’s favorite... 

Buffalo Tooth – “Sex Priest”

October 24, 2014

Buffalo Tooth – “Sex Priest” San Francisco is the “death of hippy” as much as it birthed that movement. If you’re as sick of the evictions, tech overtake, 49ers, and “garage rock” as the din of the Haight, Buffalo Tooth will answer your disenchanted soul with stoopid-disgusting takes of sex-obsessed,... 

Promieniowanie – Luty

October 23, 2014

Promieniowanie – Luty At the end of September, an article appeared on The Quietus that featured a large batch of Polish DIY labels which specialize in avant-garde outpourings. Alongside labels I’d already heard about, such as Wounded Knife and Sangoplasmo, the Warsaw-based Pawlacz Perski was discussed. A little while... 

Strategy – Cerebral Hut AKA Off The Grid

October 22, 2014

Strategy – Cerebral Hut AKA Off The Grid From its opening moments of glitching space and avian effects, Cerebral Hut AKA Off the Grid naturally escapes to the watery, amorphous electronic work Portland-based knob-twiddler and “boxy music” enthusiast Paul Dickow established in his Strategy guise’s earliest efforts. Best illustrated... 

Premiere: Balmorhea – “Heir I (Orcas Remix)”

October 21, 2014

Premiere: Balmorhea – “Heir I (Orcas Remix)” Since it’s earliest efforts, Austin, Tx quintet Balmorhea has existed between the fringes of post-rock’s fractured and relatively sprawling sub-genres. Not “noisey” by any means, heavy on the strings without going full-Stars of the Lid, tastefully balanced between brooding lows... 

Raphaël Ilias – Vivisection

October 21, 2014

Raphaël Ilias – Vivisection Vivisection – “The act or practice of cutting into or otherwise injuring living animals, especially for the purpose of scientific research.” An entirely self reflexive sound object, potentially conscious. Unpackaging the CD is the definition of the album title is the way in which the... 

ACI Edits – /\\ 04

October 20, 2014

ACI Edits – /\\ 04 Here we are, deep into October and we have the fourth tape from the anonymous auralists of Aught. Staying strictly consistent with the imprint’s now concretely faceless and (basically) nameless ideologies and an adherence to a tape-a-month schedule, the label continues a focused path, attaching... 

Week in Review #41

October 18, 2014

Week in Review #41 This week I’m excited to share information on the newly-minted Eastern Daze festival, a celebration of the intersection of ancient and modern that gives the world “trance music” (broadly speaking). According to the organizers, Eastern Daze is “…a collaborative effort between... 

Premiere: Matt Nelson – “Sunk Cost”

October 17, 2014

Premiere: Matt Nelson – “Sunk Cost” Conservatory-trained saxophonist Matt Nelson’s solo debut Lower Bottoms can’t help but seem to some extent like a counterpoint to the airier outcome of his Battle Trance collaboration, the all saxophone ensemble brought together by Travis Laplante to produce their Palace of Wind LP for NNA... 

Nick Hoffman – Barbarous Tongues

October 16, 2014

Nick Hoffman – Barbarous Tongues Nick Hoffman is the proprietor of Oregon-based Pilgrim Talk Records and a prolific experimental musician in his own right, and though the label seems to have been on hiatus since last year, his personal output at least remains steady. That growing body of work ranges from fields recordings and elaborate... 

Kraus – Interior Castle

October 15, 2014

Kraus – Interior Castle Moniker Records is on an experimental electronic bender in the second half of 2014, and New Zealand’s grand manipulator Kraus showed up to join the fray. On Interior Castle, Kraus brings the logic of dancefloor krautrock and highly structured layers to a surprisingly medieval conclusion by mixing... 

Various Artists – The Many Moods of Healing Power Records

October 15, 2014

Various Artists – The Many Moods of Healing Power Records The old adage about something being in the water really rings true for the city of Toronto. There seems to be a plethora of psychonauts exploring the outer fringes of way-out music, in a cornucopia of genres and modes of expression. Wolf and VC over at Healing Power Records have been documenting the... 

Alfred 23 Harth – China Collection

October 14, 2014

Alfred 23 Harth – China Collection Let not the thin packaging fool you — find here a many layered significantly nutritious acousmatic casserole courtesy of cosmopolitan avant gardist Alfred 23 Harth and prolific poetry/jazz/noise CD/Chapbook label Kendra Steiner Editions. China Collection is KSE’s 275th release since March 2006,... 

Country Florist – “A Better Bird”

October 13, 2014

Country Florist – “A Better Bird” Drawing Room Records recently released a beautiful yellow tape from Little Rock, Arkansas’s Country Florist (aka Andrew Morgan). The tracks are all home-recorded, “unpolished gems,” with some dating back to almost two decades ago; despite that span, the songs have a sense of strong... 
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