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Micromelancolié – ‘Anatomy of Modern Paintings’

June 29, 2017

Micromelancolié – ‘Anatomy of Modern Paintings’ A beguiling addition to the expanding catalog of Antwerp tape imprint Audio Visuals Atmosphere: the canny, textural Anatomy of Modern Paintings by Micromelancolié, aka Polish experimental sound and video artist Robert Skrzyński. Anatomy of Modern Paintings is an edit from two performances at the National... 

Ash & Herb – “Skull Rock”

June 26, 2017

Ash & Herb – “Skull Rock” Sometimes when I’m sad about the current state of affairs, I imagine a future when the earth reclaims itself from humans and the power of nature overtakes roads and buildings, turning skyscrapers into garbage tombs. Dense urban landscapes crack as  prairie, wetland, and forest all resume.... 

Premiere: C. Lavender – “Self-Imposed Quarantine”

June 22, 2017

Premiere: C. Lavender – “Self-Imposed Quarantine” C. Lavender is a NY-based sound artist, educator, and healer with an understated string of cathartic cassettes on the likes of Ecstatic Peace! and Primitive Languages. Largely existing in the glorious fringes of noise, drone, and amorphous industrial ambient music, C. Lavender now issues Vanishing... 

Pun Collins – ‘World Wide Wave’

June 21, 2017

Pun Collins – ‘World Wide Wave’ Coming across a beat-tape titled World Wide Wave attached to someone called Pun Collins, add in a label named Dirty Tapes and you’ve set some undeniably high expectations for a first listen — even higher if you already know the label’s reliability as a source for off-kilter beat... 

Kyle Clyd – ‘Eaux’

June 15, 2017

Kyle Clyd – ‘Eaux’ Artist and composer Kyle Eyre Clyd was born in Louisiana, raised in Alabama, and now calls New York City her home. About a decade ago, she “began her solo noise project using unclaimed electronics left behind at her residence, Brooklyn’s Silent Barn,” and has since performed at spaces such... 

V/A – ‘Doom Mix Vol. 1’

June 13, 2017

V/A – ‘Doom Mix Vol. 1’ To date LA-based Doom Trip Records has cultivated a small, impeccably curated set of releases that — even so — cannot properly foreshadow their first Doom Mix. The compilation features a set of associated artists alongside an expanded gang of electronic outsiders, full dark and intense ambient... 

Adderall Canyonly / Ak’chamel – ‘TT019’

June 12, 2017

Adderall Canyonly / Ak’chamel – ‘TT019’ The latest split from Jakarta-based Morgan McKellar’s Tandem Tapes is a corkscrew bullseye of a pairing, featuring Field Hymns’ in-house kraut-loon Adderall Canyonly and noir-ish downers Ak’chamel. Together the sides are suitably monochromatic and doomish, but also striking for both... 

Stream: Populous – ‘Azulejos’

June 8, 2017

Stream: Populous – ‘Azulejos’ I hadn’t heard Italian producer Populous before stumbling across the first single from his new LP, Azulejos, and to be honest, I listened primarily because of the name. Populous is Andrea Mangia, based in the Apulian city of Lecce, but his recording moniker is taken from the video game series... 

Decoder Podcast #06: Boomarm Nation, Bedlam Tapes, & Arachnidiscs

June 6, 2017

Decoder Podcast #06: Boomarm Nation, Bedlam Tapes, & Arachnidiscs While we finish off with our proofs for the new Decoder print issue, we’re thrilled to share a label-focused installment of our podcast. This heady episode features segments produced in-house by each imprint involved. We start off with a wide-ranging look into the celestial and experimental veins... 

Various Jah Warriors – ‘Jungle Selecta.’

June 6, 2017

Various Jah Warriors – ‘Jungle Selecta.’ Saint Petersburg tape imprint Hair Del. has been around since 2014, more than long enough for me to regret not bumping into them sooner — though my introduction was still entirely accidental. For me, I owe thanks to the fickle tides of Facebook algorithms and a link from a Russian friend of a... 

Daniel Johnsson / Mark Aubert – ‘Tom’s Hot Dog Stand’ & ‘Tracks to Pinky’s’

June 5, 2017

Daniel Johnsson / Mark Aubert – ‘Tom’s Hot Dog Stand’ & ‘Tracks to Pinky’s’ Earlier this year Sweden’s Daniel Johnsson — aka Horrible Houses, a fixture on Alabama’s Happenin’ Records — known for his catchy, lo-fi bedroom recordings, teamed up with Bay Area producer Mark Aubert for a split on French beat outpost Cindy’s Tapes. Titled Tom’s... 

Video Salon – ‘S/T’

June 2, 2017

Video Salon – ‘S/T’ Listening to music, you’re likely to come across the occasional fragmentary but focused, explosive but short track that offers nothing but a few critical coordinates, just a direction or orientation. The sort of bits that music writers tend to call “gestures” or “moves,”... 

Stream: Canadensis – ‘Chance’

June 1, 2017

Stream: Canadensis – ‘Chance’ Canadensis is  David Fylstra and Tom Asselin (Dragon Turtle), proprietors of Anima Recordings and Oscillating Color respectively. Their slow-brewed collaboration is named for the small community in the Pennsylvania woods that brought the two together to forge the wind-worn drones of Chance, an album...