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Week in Review #47

November 29, 2014

Week in Review #47 “Forget grooving with a Pict” says Eiderdown Records, of their new live cassette from Seattle’s Fungal Abyss, “this species of furry things are blasting away, the sounds echoing across ancient underground river beds where blind cave-fish raise their heads and say ‘Right... 

Premiere: Signor Benedick the Moor – Opus 3: Man Atop the Tower

November 24, 2014

Premiere: Signor Benedick the Moor – Opus 3: Man Atop the Tower Signor Benedick the Moor‘s self-released debut El Negro was like King Lear filtered through Janelle Monae’s Archandroid, a grandiose, genre-hopping tour de force as deep and glorious as any rap album released over the past half decade and, for my money, the single most impressive hip-hop... 

Premiere: Magic Fades – Push Thru

November 20, 2014

Premiere: Magic Fades – Push Thru In its only one-and-a-half years of existence, Vancouver-based cassette imprint 1080p has become one of the most consistent labels around, releasing cassettes that speak to a focused but ever-sprawling reach of modern electronic music. With a release schedule that grows exponentially from month to month,... 

Disappears – “Another Thought”

November 20, 2014

Disappears – “Another Thought” Even as Disappears have slowed to a schedule of one new album every eighteen months, their sound is still evolving at a breakneck pace. Just as luckily for us, their trajectory feels almost completely separate from any larger trends in the past five years. When the band dropped Era last year and pivoted... 

Lesser Beings – This Is All There Is

November 19, 2014

Lesser Beings – This Is All There Is This Is All There Is comes from Austin based lo-fi recorder Lew Houston, his first recent release not “recorded in an RV in a driveway in Austin, TX,” as with his three prior Breatherholes releases, and the first recorded with a full band, now re-christened Lesser Beings. Mixed and recorded... 

Week in Review #46

November 18, 2014

Week in Review #46 #1 – 11/17/14 – Portland based synth recorder Daryl Groetsch shared a new long-form ambient composition, his first work to date formatted as a typical,  YouTube relaxation video, with suitably relaxing keywords trailing the title “Sleep, Meditation, New Age, Ambient, Synth;”... 

Big Hush – Wholes

November 18, 2014

Big Hush – Wholes Big Hush has got this sound down pat. The sound is one that functions not unlike the band’s name would leave you believe. It’s a sound that barrels through a wooly cavern with robust, toothy guitars, hypnotically layered vocals (and sweet in that their voices remind me of The Weepies), and glassy,... 

Night Riders – “Sombre Danse”

November 17, 2014

Night Riders – “Sombre Danse” The ascending, pulsating, relentless synths that open Night Riders’ debut full length are deliciously misleading. Just as soon as you’re grabbing ahold of steady ground, weathering that synthetic storm, the combo blast their 2xLP Future Noir wide open, into cool grooves. Opening cut, “Sombre... 

Week in Review #45

November 14, 2014

Week in Review #45 We’re kicking this week’s stream off with the latest from Russian imprint Full of Nothing, a collaborative three-way EP from label proprietors Love Cult and friends released at the beginning of this month: “Pick a Piper / Squalloscope / Love Cult is a collaborative EP by three artists... 

Gail Ghimp – Fire / Failure Soundtrack

November 14, 2014

Gail Ghimp – Fire / Failure Soundtrack As the sordid story goes, Abigail Rosa Ghimp was born in London in the early eighties, moved to Germany to study Art History and began recording sounds with little to no listenership whatsoever – basically passing around her dark, mysterious sound collages to close friends. In 2012, Ghimp suffered... 

Orange Milk Split Series – Larry Wish, Drut PD, Elegance, CH Rom

November 14, 2014

Orange Milk Split Series – Larry Wish, Drut PD, Elegance, CH Rom The ever-prolific Larry Wish dropped another sprawling synth odyssey upon us, this time as part of the new Orange Milk Split Series.  The series is designed to, as the label puts it, “highlight four artists from different regions independently focusing on similar, culturally connected musical strains.”... 

Leisure – “Gone Again”

November 13, 2014

Leisure – “Gone Again” Having just heard the full, uncut version of The Smiths’ “How Soon is Now?,” the only criticism I can offer regarding the second single from Leisure’s debut EP is that the band does not hammer their layers of bass-driven, chorused pop into deep repetition. “Gone Again,”... 

Riley Reasor – Tumbleweeds

November 13, 2014

Riley Reasor – Tumbleweeds The desert is limitless in its perspective and treachery, but Riley Reasor translates that infinite sense into playfulness and numerous genre disguises. The singer-songwriter recorded his Tumbleweeds tape in the California version of the desert, and he exits with a case of robust jazz arrangements and... 

Premiere: Stara Rzeka / Innercity Trio / ARRM – Split

November 11, 2014

Premiere: Stara Rzeka / Innercity Trio / ARRM – Split We’ve had an eye on Warsaw-based cassette imprint Wounded Knife since its inception as a guaranteed distributor of thoughtful experimental music, ranging from caustic drone to free jazz and just about everything in-between, all packaged with tender loving care. Highlights have included mind-melting... 

Timm Mason – Time Release

November 10, 2014

Timm Mason – Time Release Although his name may not ring immediately ring any bells, Timm Mason has been involved with a surprising amount of modern psych-rock and -folk gems, having recorded with his main band Midday Veil or been involved with the likes of Master Musicians Of Bukkake, Akron/Family, Timba Harris, Wolves in the... 

Week in Review #44

November 8, 2014

Week in Review #44 #1 – 11/2/2014 – Canadian producer Lnrdcroy shared a new video for “Sunrise Market” off of his 1080p cassette Much Less Normal; tapes are long gone, incidentally, but the almost hour long album will only set you back $5 Canadian for a digital version. The video comes from enigmatic... 

Taavi Tulev – Kuku!

November 7, 2014

Taavi Tulev – Kuku! Taavi Tulev is an Estonian experimental electronic composer, field recorder, sound designer… an artist with an interest in context and presentation, which is perhaps a large part of why he seems to be developing a distinct penchant for unusually packaged CDs. In 2013 he released a compact EP of... 

SoulThePoet – “We’re Beautiful”

November 6, 2014

SoulThePoet – “We’re Beautiful” Leicester, UK newcomer Samuel Chuku displays a keen ear for a beat and a subtle lyrical dexterity on the self-produced, goofy science guy sampling “We’re Beautiful,” a stand-out track from his breezy debut EP Can’t Complain. Going under the pen name SoulThePoet, Chuku stakes... 

Gabriel Saloman – Movement Building Vol. 1

November 6, 2014

Gabriel Saloman – Movement Building Vol. 1 In the four years that have passed since Going Places was released it’s become increasingly obvious why that was the point at which Yellow Swans had to end. Both Pete Swanson and Gabriel Saloman were indeed heading somewhere, but their destinations were way too far apart. But while Swanson’s... 

Fleshtone Aura – Soliloquy for Lieven

November 6, 2014

Fleshtone Aura – Soliloquy for Lieven I consider myself lucky enough to have worshiped at the spliced tape altar thrown up by Toronto’s Andrew Zukerman for almost a decade now. As half of the jump-cut jester duo known as Gastric Female Reflex, and under many solo guises (Charles Balls, DJ Longhorn Grille, etc.), Zukerman has demonstrated... 
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