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Gregg Skloff – ‘The Glacial Enclosure’

September 30, 2016

Gregg Skloff – ‘The Glacial Enclosure’ Seattle’s Eiderdown Records has had a relatively slow summer, so I could feel worse for accidentally keeping Oregon-based contrabassist Greg Skloff’s The Glacial Enclosure under my hat since late spring — but not much. As the name and cool swirls of artist Aubrey Nehring‘s... 

Tom Hamilton – ‘City of Vorticity’

September 27, 2016

Tom Hamilton – ‘City of Vorticity’ There’s a disclaimer on the Pogus label’s website that reads “Caution: Listening to Pogus CDs may cause you to become one with the universe (or at least your immediate environment).” It’s true. The uncompromising experimental music imprint has been an onward-chugging musical force... 

V/A – ‘Stand With Standing Rock’

September 26, 2016

V/A – ‘Stand With Standing Rock’ After spending the last season feeling relatively powerless and immobile in the face of updates on North Dakota’s Standing Rock protests and the Dakota Access Pipeline project that the huge, pan-tribal coalition is blocking, I’m thrilled that I can finally mash my impotent fingers against... 

Premiere: Off World – “Choral Hatch”

September 23, 2016

Premiere: Off World – “Choral Hatch” Off World is the brainchild of Toronto-based musician Sandro Perri, an established member of the Constellation roster with a versatility proven across a range of compositions as Polmo Polpo. Years of collaborative exploration with other producers and songwriters including M J Silver (Mickey Moonlight),... 

Premiere: Dura – “Gradient Descent + Regression”

September 22, 2016

Premiere: Dura – “Gradient Descent + Regression” Ambient tinkerer Mattson Ogg is a recurring feature at Decoder and his Dura project is a name that rarely seems to fade, having released a number of deep listens with the likes of Patient Sounds, Bridgetown, and Blankstairs, among others. Now, working with Seattle’s impeccable Marmara Records... 

Premiere: ZOZO Tek – Side A, ‘Live 2/27/2016’

September 20, 2016

Premiere: ZOZO Tek – Side A, ‘Live 2/27/2016’ ZOZO Tek is Joe Berns and Mariel Oliviera, a frequently shifting Minneapolis duo that — according to MJ MJ Records at least — typically gravitate toward “avant garde disco or some kind of acid pop.” You can probably hear that dimension obliquely in their latest, a slow-step and... 

Mankid – ‘Mankid 2’

September 19, 2016

Mankid – ‘Mankid 2’ There’s definitely something a little disturbing about Sean Kelly’s new Mankid material for Visual Disturbances — truly, after Mankid 2, you might be picturing some pretty unusual things. The cassette has a warped religious dimension via manipulated interview segments, used... 

Premiere: Storm Ross – “We Need To Be Fugazi Now, More Than Ever”

September 16, 2016

Premiere: Storm Ross – “We Need To Be Fugazi Now, More Than Ever” Ann Arbor guitarist Storm Ross released an incredible LP a few years ago called The Green Realm, that floored me with its aggressive but well controlled guitar squalls and jazz-inspired freakouts. His next album is called Welcome, Sunshine and it will be released on October 14 courtesy of Satellite... 

Sunken Cheek – “From Behind”

September 15, 2016

Sunken Cheek – “From Behind” Judging from its beginnings, I thought that “From Behind” — from Sunken Cheek’s eponymous flexi on Soft Exit Records — was going to be a fairly straightforward listen. A little John Carpenter, a little noise, but boy was I wrong. While I could easily describe the track as “dense,” its... 

HOGG – ‘Solar Phallic Lion’

September 14, 2016

HOGG – ‘Solar Phallic Lion’ I’m often obsessed with “logic” releases, or releases in which a group or artist explore a particular circuit or structure that gives some insight into their other releases. For the latest HOGG, this group digs deeper into their electronic toolkit to find their clearest convergence —... 

Beachers – “Honey You Can Drown Me Anytime”

September 13, 2016

Beachers – “Honey You Can Drown Me Anytime” Daryl Worthington’s first releases as Beachers throbbed like hangovers from his days based in London where his Kostoglotov project took root and remained as the artist upped sticks and fled to Latvia. Pretend (J&C Tapes, 2014) presented a sense of shackles tentatively being shaken free — gone,... 

Simulation – ‘Nalumbanet’

September 12, 2016

Simulation – ‘Nalumbanet’ Though born of a paranormal experience that preceded a series of tour disasters — car troubles, show cancellations, and the like — Simulation isn’t beholden to its accidental genesis. In fact, for anyone familiar with Whitney Johnson and Laura Callier’s solo outlets Matchess and Gel... 

Premiere: Jeffry Astin – “When the Ground Opens Beneath Me, I Dissolve in a White Sunburst of Dawn”

September 8, 2016

Premiere: Jeffry Astin – “When the Ground Opens Beneath Me, I Dissolve in a White Sunburst of Dawn” If you’re reading sites like Decoder in mid-2016 chances are you’ve come across Jeffry Astin’s work, whether through his prolific Housecraft label or an album from his Digital Natives or Xiphiidae projects. Astin’s work feels hyperstitial, as a name like Digital Natives might... 

Reidemeister Move Plays ‘Borromean Rings’

September 7, 2016

Reidemeister Move Plays ‘Borromean Rings’ Both the project name Reidemeister Move and the composition title Borromean Rings are borrowed from the mathematical field of knot theory. The graphical score — composed by microtonal tuba inventor and maestro Robin Hayward and imprinted directly on the vinyl LP– echoes its Euclidean origins,... 

Hydropark – ‘LP’

September 6, 2016

Hydropark – ‘LP’ Hydropark are an instrumental quartet who have been practicing, gigging, and releasing tapes (on band member Fred Thomas’ Life Like label) for a few years. The short story: there are two synth players, a drummer, and a bassist, and their music is pretty clearly influenced by Krautrock. While...