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King Pong Dub System – ‘Dub Brut’

August 31, 2017

King Pong Dub System – ‘Dub Brut’ In the sixth episode of the Decoder Podcast, founder Jakob Rehlinger introduced his Toronto-based Arachnidiscs Recordings imprint and its diffuse focus on free-form psychedelics — so it is and isn’t a surprise to find he’s been hiding a dub project for much of that time, called... 

Premiere: High Aura’d – “All the Spirits That Dance”

August 29, 2017

Premiere: High Aura’d – “All the Spirits That Dance” John Kolodij uses his guitar to coax an uncanny mix of lightness and darkness. The versatile Ohio-based musician deftly moves from forlorn, elegiac folk music to wafting, all-encompassing drone suites, and just about everything in-between, while working solo or in collaboration with a number of adept... 

Synthetic Love Dream – ‘The Royal Scotsman’

August 24, 2017

Synthetic Love Dream – ‘The Royal Scotsman’ Three years after organizing an ensemble to record his album Synthetic Love Dream, Brooklyn multi-instrumentalist David Lackner is reviving that name for a new ensemble and an unusual concept, once again produced via his own Gallta imprint. For their debut, the new Synthetic Love Dream ensemble —... 

Run Dust – ‘Leisure Village’

August 23, 2017

Run Dust – ‘Leisure Village’ Late this spring we posted about Run Dust’s excellent split tape with Sadistic Candle, on his own Cuts By Calzonetti label. For his latest LP, Leisure Village, he returns for a third release on In Paradisum, a Parisian label run by Guillaume Heuguet and Paul Régimbeau (Mondkopf). Serf Rash,... 

Small Axe – ‘Comedy Vol. II’

August 18, 2017

Small Axe – ‘Comedy Vol. II’ Ehse calls Small Axe a “Soul Jingle duo,” and they’ll get no arguments from me. The Baltimore two-piece occupy a zonked, jangly outpost at the intersection of pazz and jop, sounding something like music conjured out of a gramophone haunted by millenials. The two take flight and spin... 

Eola – ‘Hamamatsu’

August 14, 2017

Eola – ‘Hamamatsu’ Edwin White, one half of the brothers Tonstartssbandht, has spent the better part of a decade now turning Eola into its own wonderfully expressive hymnal with the almost glossolalic movement of his nimble croon. His new Hamamatsu tape is an easy fit, released just this month though it was apparently... 

Premiere: Secret Pyramid – “Memory Within Memory”

August 4, 2017

Premiere: Secret Pyramid – “Memory Within Memory” Since first emerging in 2010 with a self-released CD-r, Amir Abbey’s Secret Pyramid has forged a quiet but steady run of wistfully dreamlike ambient music. Now, following a run of releases on No UFO’s Nice Up International, Students of Decay, and his own Proposition imprint, the project... 

Impulse Array – ‘Extrasolar’

August 2, 2017

Impulse Array – ‘Extrasolar’ The Concrète Tapes cabal is dedicated to promoting the experimental sounds of the English Northwest, via the label, and through their in-house blog and club night. As of my writing, their latest missive is also the latest from Lancaster resident Mark Burford under his Impulse Array moniker, an EP... 

Papillon – ‘Aqueducts’

August 1, 2017

Papillon – ‘Aqueducts’ Gonçalo Cardoso, head of UK-based label Discrepant, has a penchant for the exotic and dreamlike. As far as Cardoso’s extended work is concerned, Papillon is a relatively young project. Under the moniker Gonzo, he conducts listeners through sweltering travelogues or dark, ambient meditations on...