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Premiere – Group Rhoda – “Sea or Be Sea”

September 26, 2017

Premiere – Group Rhoda – “Sea or Be Sea” Often when I think about darkwave, I associate it with emotional distance: air-tight rhythms, chilly sound palettes, singing that submerges its self-aware expression deep under hiss and reverb. This isn’t to knock its biggest current practitioners — I’m thinking of Drab Majesty and Black... 

Premiere: VVV – “Give it Time”

September 22, 2017

Premiere: VVV – “Give it Time” A scant seven months after making his label debut with Why El Paso Sky, Austin bass music producer Shawhin Izaddoost has gifted us with his Shadow World LP– which marries his prior work in ambient music, his Persian heritage, and the ruminative, rain-slicked tracks that bubbled up from the... 

Ridgewell, ‘Mill City’

September 20, 2017

Ridgewell, ‘Mill City’ Though Mill City may be collagist and Haju Tapes proprietor Ridgewell’s debut full-length, it has the appropriate weight and lived-in quality for a decade-in-the-making homage to the artist’s own home in the Bay Area — in On the Road, Sal made Mill Valley and Marin City one and the... 

Altars Altars – ‘Before We Dive’

September 19, 2017

Altars Altars – ‘Before We Dive’ I recently happened to learn that the word “experience” is a compound term, built with junctions (ex + peri + ence) that are still very present in German but somewhat unperceived in the other languages I know. The meaning goes back to a spectacular sense of knowledge gained outside one’s... 

Ama Divers – “37.3656788, -121.9201651 at Sunset”

September 18, 2017

Ama Divers – “37.3656788, -121.9201651 at Sunset” The story goes something like this: Renee Mendoza Haran, across the span of many work trips, collected sounds from her travels at the beginning and end of each day. She then sent the recordings back to her husband Brian who remixed them before he and Renee reunited, along with guitarist extraordinaire... 

Premiere: Country Florist – “The Prayer Tower Is On”

September 15, 2017

Premiere: Country Florist – “The Prayer Tower Is On” From his house in Little Rock’s “rhythmic wilderness,” Andrew Morgan is back in full swing as Country Florist with a new album, Waveland. Following his EP as Ettiem (via I’m a Cliché) and his trilogy of CF tapes on Drawing Room Records, Waveland sees Morgan further plumbing... 

V/A – ‘La Danza Del Agua’

September 14, 2017

V/A – ‘La Danza Del Agua’ After a pair of successful collaborative compilations with Argentina’s spectacular Pakapi Records, Arizona-based and UK-born Was Ist Das? returns for a third, this time more open-form: just “a collection of outstanding, leftfield electronic music from the other Americas south of Trumpland.”... 

Thugwidow – ‘Dead Colony’

September 13, 2017

Thugwidow – ‘Dead Colony’ Manchester-based producer Thugwidow’s Dead Colony, their debut on Kudatah (Edmonton, Alberta), starts out with “Take Me Down With You,” a dark and delicious opening mission statement, with processed vocals drifting in and out. Infatuated with stripped and broken-down drum breaks, the album’s... 

Jasper Stadhouders & Aaron Lumley – ‘Strung Out’

September 12, 2017

Jasper Stadhouders & Aaron Lumley – ‘Strung Out’ Montreal resident Aaron Lumley is a ferocious contrabassist, with a no holds barred approach to his instrument — an instrument that is almost as large as the player himself. Lumley thrums, plucks, strums, beats, bows, and outright attacks his bass with a fiery energy that is only matched by the... 

Mike Herr – ‘Continual Debrief’

September 7, 2017

Mike Herr – ‘Continual Debrief’ When I was a teenager, I had a friend who played bass but never had anyone to jam with. He thought if he released a solo bass record, no one would listen to it. At that time we hadn’t heard of Jaco Pastorius, whose bass playing thrust the usually accompanying instrument into a brash, expressive lead.... 

PANXING – ‘Anti Gone’

September 6, 2017

PANXING – ‘Anti Gone’ Making use of warped beats, amorphous electronic experiments and distorted voices, Anti Gone — the debut tape from Copenhagen’s Pernille Zidore-Nygaard and her PANXING project — can be as unsettling as it is intriguing. The Danish musician uses a wide palette of sounds to great, often... 

Stream: Thurston Moore and Umut Çağlar – ‘Dunia’

September 5, 2017

Stream: Thurston Moore and Umut Çağlar – ‘Dunia’ In 2016, Astral Spirits released Live at Islington Mill, a cassette chock full of funky, left-of-center jazz that defies gravity and tugs at the boundaries of our plane of existence. That tape featured a Turkish crew that goes by the name of Konstrukt, alongside 808 State’s Graham Massey and Tombed... 

Private Anarchy – ‘S/T’

September 1, 2017

Private Anarchy – ‘S/T’ “When not capturing the sounds of everyday bric-a-brac for his tape collage duo Maths Balance Volumes or his solo project Termite Acropolis, Clay Kolbinger has been holed up in his Madison bunker for the past couple of years honing his personalized take on the rock idiom.” Private Anarchy...