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Hi Tide – ‘Rest Easy, Volume 1’

June 29, 2016

Hi Tide – ‘Rest Easy, Volume 1’ On June 15th Hi Tide, a new label “focused on relaxed recordings from across the globe,” launched with an inaugural compilation of forward-thinking but invariably mellow jaunts titled Rest Easy — the first installment in a projected series that will undoubtedly live up to its name.... 

Lacanthrope – “Breathplay”

June 28, 2016

Lacanthrope – “Breathplay” “Breathplay” is the first track on Anxiety Diet, the debut cassette from Richmond-based Lacanthrope, aka artist Xylon Genesis Otterburn. Bridging white noise and industrial undulation, I could more easily imagine the track’s instrumental portion helmed by a monstrous fan or whirling mechanical... 

Justin Meyers – ‘Negative Space (1981-2014)’

June 24, 2016

Justin Meyers – ‘Negative Space (1981-2014)’ Having drooled over the massive drone festival The White Page that he released alongside the prolific and pervasive Jason Lescalleet, it was only a matter of time before I’d be swoon over a Justin Meyers solo release. It took awhile to digest and ruminate on this slice of electro-acoustic wonder,... 

Copley Medal – ‘Mal A​.​E.’

June 22, 2016

Copley Medal – ‘Mal A​.​E.’ I first stumbled across Copley Medal with last year‘s fantastic and harrowing Marble Cage cassette for Vitrine — a sordid and beautiful meandering through post-industrial movements and atonal resonances that left me wanting way more. Luckily, the project’s sole member Ryan Martin... 

Kink Gong – ‘Erhai Floating Sound’

June 21, 2016

Kink Gong – ‘Erhai Floating Sound’ With a name like Kink Gong (aka prolific field recorder Laurent Jeanneau), you might expect Erhai Floating Sound to be some oddity of mutant shoegaze or obtuse new-wave… or an obtuse mutant, which it still probably qualifies as (in the best and broadest way possible). Italian label Artetetra... 

Secret Pyramid – ‘Distant Works II’

June 20, 2016

Secret Pyramid – ‘Distant Works II’ As Secret Pyramid, Amir Abbey creates mind numbingly serene and surreal ambient music that feels immediately timeless, thoroughly expansive, and deeply personal. Best heard on recent classics The Silent March (initially released on Konrad Jandavs’ (No UFO’s) Nice Up International before... 

Wander – ‘Kat Gat Sea’

June 15, 2016

Wander – ‘Kat Gat Sea’ In modern times the human soul can feel detached from its immediate reality, and this detachment gives rise to new, mutant pathways. This openness gives us a taste of freedom, of options, and then it challenges us to consider “What do I do with it? How to walk this open field?” One can... 

Nickolas Mohanna – ‘Mantis’

June 14, 2016

Nickolas Mohanna – ‘Mantis’ Nickolas Mohanna can seemingly do no wrong. The productive New York-based sound artist has quietly issued some of the most emotionally gripping experimental music on trusted standbys like Low Point, Preservation, Metaphysical Circuits, and Run/Off. Now, Mohanna returns to Preservation for another bout... 

Machine Listener – ‘Endless Coil’

June 10, 2016

Machine Listener – ‘Endless Coil’ Matthew Gallagher crafted his Machine Listener alter ego from early experiments peeking into and deriving sound works from the electromagnetic radiation that emanates from household electronic gadgetry, though he’s slowly grown his repertoire to include synthesizers. Patched correctly, these... 

Deadbeat – ‘Big Forever’

June 8, 2016

Deadbeat – ‘Big Forever’ Named after a creative living space in Humboldt Park, Big Forever is the distillation of a summer marked by communal living. “In a way [Big Forever is] a sort of homage to the living space and all the people involved, and is also, for me, a sort of sonic ‘photo album’ of that time in my life,”... 

Pay the Rent – ‘Soft On Glass’

June 6, 2016

Pay the Rent – ‘Soft On Glass’ From the tape’s opening moments, Soft On Glass creates an engrossing, neon-tinged world of surreal ambiance. Pay the Rent, a trio comprised of Pete Mudge, John Kasunic, and Mike Kasunic, compose a plush and breezy mix of synth-and-guitar-based bliss outs, nodding to serene dream-makers Brian... 

Matt Christensen – ‘Your Other Hope’

June 3, 2016

Matt Christensen – ‘Your Other Hope’ Matt Christensen may be best known as guitarist and vocalist for a handful of beautifully leering Chicago-based projects, including Zelienople and Good Stuff House, but he’s also found time to issue a number of meandering movements of utter melancholic under his given name. Your Other Hope,... 

Premiere: Valise – “Come Here I You (Short Walk Version)”

June 2, 2016

Premiere: Valise – “Come Here I You (Short Walk Version)” Often martyred as the animating force behind jihadists, Westboro Baptists, etc., faith gets a bad rap, but only because it’s often strong enough to eclipse reason or history. Still though, that same unrelenting power pointed in a less destructive or fundamentalist direction  can sow wondrous,...