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Rangers – ‘Texas Rock Bottom’

May 31, 2017

Rangers – ‘Texas Rock Bottom’ I’ve been stuck on Rangers’ Texas Rock Bottom for months, self-released on Joe Knight’s Bandcamp late last summer. Since then my “quick review” turnaround was further truncated by the existential burden of realizing that this is the 50th Anniversary of the “Summer... 

Stream: Lips and Ribs – ‘Males in Harmony’

May 30, 2017

Stream: Lips and Ribs – ‘Males in Harmony’ Before I venture to say anything about it myself, Field Hymns’ press release for their cassette with Portland artist Jay Winebrenner clearly lives up well enough to the legend to stand on its own. The text is the synopsis to some kind of absurd, weirdly suggestive, and relentlessly hyped arena... 

Curved Light – ‘Vast & Infinite’

May 26, 2017

Curved Light – ‘Vast & Infinite’ Curved Light, aka Peter Tran, first crossed our radar thanks to his transcendental Prismatic/Loomstate cassette for Baltimore’s Gentle Reminder, beginning an arc of releases that’s brought him from the East Coast to Austin — culminating nicely on May 17th when his latest, Channelview, dropped... 

Demen – “Ambur”

May 25, 2017

Demen – “Ambur” Irma Orm’s music is lowercase-g gothic in the oldest and deepest sense. In advance of her new record Nektyr, Irma Orm told Uncut Magazine that the word “gothic” evokes for her “something that is both dark and beautiful. This to me is the definition of beauty: the surrender to, and elevation... 

Transport – ‘Milchreise’

May 24, 2017

Transport – ‘Milchreise’ Milchreise’s Transport is a work of ecstasy in collision. At times jarring, others soothing, its smashing of languageless vocals, frantic drums and unhinged arrangements captures the conflicts inherent to modern life. Switching from moments of intense clarity, like the crushing freight train riff... 

Premiere: Cevdet Erek – “Flow 1”

May 23, 2017

Premiere: Cevdet Erek – “Flow 1” For his debut LP, Istanbul musician Cevdet Erek offers Davul, seven improvisations for the eponymous instrument culled from a two-day recording session in Berlin — though the final sequence was prepared without editing or overdubs. A common folk instrument across Europe and the Middle East, a... 

Stream: Blak Saagan – ‘A Personal Voyage’

May 22, 2017

Stream: Blak Saagan – ‘A Personal Voyage’ As Italian label Maple Death Records points out, much of the “benefit of the rediscovery of Italian 60s/70s psych” has accrued for foreign labels, so it’s exciting to see their latest turn into the contemporary field with Blak Saagan, aka Venice’s Samuele Gottardello. Gottardello’s A... 

Stream: Mike Majkowski – ‘Days and Other Days’

May 18, 2017

Stream: Mike Majkowski – ‘Days and Other Days’ Double bassist and composer Mike Majkowski relishes the very-much blurred line between modern composition and electronic atmospherics. On the Days and Other Days LP, his second collection for Austin, Texas purveyors of free jazz and other experimental madness Astral Spirits, this tendency finds a heady,... 

Sadistic Candle/Run Dust – ‘Peach Broth’

May 16, 2017

Sadistic Candle/Run Dust – ‘Peach Broth’ Barrett Avner (formerly of lo-fi garage legends Sic Alps) has been using the name Sadistic Candle for a while now, debuting the moniker with a tape on Sun Ark back in 2011. The project has been way more productive as of late, with another Sun Ark release (a double split with his own AC Band) in 2015,... 

Gao Jiafeng – ‘Selected Works 2013 – 2017’

May 15, 2017

Gao Jiafeng – ‘Selected Works 2013 – 2017’ Shanghai experimental recorder Gao Jiafeng is a bit all over the place, literally and figuratively thanks to a relatively rigorous touring schedule and output over the last several years. His CD-R retrospective for the budding NYC-based Reading Group imprint is no different, with six tracks covering... 

Stream: Endlings – ‘S/T’

May 11, 2017

Stream: Endlings – ‘S/T’ When a species dwindles to its final individual, this last lonely creature becomes known as an “endling.” Famous examples throughout history include Benjamin, the Tasmanian tiger, whose kin were slain by farmers protecting their stock from its incredible jaws, and Martha, a passenger pigeon who... 

Gaffe of a Lifetime – ‘Mansa, and the Far End of the Death Spectrum’

May 11, 2017

Gaffe of a Lifetime – ‘Mansa, and the Far End of the Death Spectrum’ The young Connecticut producer Alexandre Louis Petion recently revealed in an interview with Blake Gillespie on the Bandcamp Daily Blog that his ultimate end game is more far-reaching than simply producing dance floor-friendly tunes. His goal is “to reach something else, trying to transcend something... 

Farai – “Inhale/Exhale”

May 10, 2017

Farai – “Inhale/Exhale” There are at least two types of “anthems.” A common one is the anthem of victory: the propaganda piece, the hit that screams catharsis with no strings attached, the stuff that forces you to feel joy as you walk supermarket aisles with your head down. Farai’s “Inhale/Exhale” is a different... 

DJ DJ Tanner – ‘ICE AT 1991’

May 8, 2017

DJ DJ Tanner – ‘ICE AT 1991’ ICE AT 1991 is the latest from DJ DJ Tanner, a guy from Iowa cultivating what must be a warehouse full with records of apparently any imaginable sound or type — which he uses to make music, weaving samples together and manipulating them with effects and loops. Though the project is a fixture... 

Premiere: Marker – “Now I Know What You Really Think”

May 4, 2017

Premiere: Marker – “Now I Know What You Really Think” Medical Records are a dependable go-to but lately they seem to have the market cornered on squirmy new wave and psychedelic variations. New Orleans artist Mike Wilkinson fits the bill nicely, delivering a fantastic combination of cough syrup beats and muted bad vibes on his eponymous debut full-length... 

Line Gate – ‘Den’

May 3, 2017

Line Gate – ‘Den’ Sometimes a simple premise can be incredibly satisfying, particularly when it strikes an interesting balance or underscores something important, pleasurable, or otherwise. Prague-based experimental recorder Michal Vaľko’s new Line Gate cassette Den is that, a “simple concept with a clear...