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East of the Valley Blues, ‘Fayet’

November 21, 2017

East of the Valley Blues, ‘Fayet’ East of the Valley Blues is Patrick and Kevin Cahill, twin brothers playing acoustic guitars. It’s really as simple as that. Their improvisation-heavy pieces are recorded using a simple studio setup and published without additional overdubs or much mixing. While this means that the results are... 

V/A – ‘In The Eyes of Violence Iris Lies In Silks’

November 16, 2017

V/A – ‘In The Eyes of Violence Iris Lies In Silks’ Where do you start with a review on a two-hour, twenty-two track, three-cassette compilation overview of a specific regional scene? “Twenty-two track” in this case also means “twenty-two artist.” Yeah, it’s a doozy. Let’s begin with some thoughts from Fraternity as Vanity... 

DJ DJ Tanner & Ross Wallace Chait – ‘Split’

November 15, 2017

DJ DJ Tanner & Ross Wallace Chait – ‘Split’ Iowa sampling guru DJ DJ Tanner is back to work, this time with a split tape alongside Ross Wallace Chait of Los Angeles. For the a-side  Tanner wanders the corridors of his burgeoning music library, picking and choosing bits to incorporate. Titled Mint Cork, his side opens with a slightly severe... 

Endurance – ‘S/T’

November 13, 2017

Endurance – ‘S/T’ A lonely astronaut becomes stranded in outer space and is infected by a parasite that forces him to endure the entirety of the universe, until it collapses in a singularity akin to an inverse Big Bang. As the universe slides into nothingness, the astronaut meets up with a plethora of creatures, each... 

Premiere: Seki Takashi – “Voices”

November 9, 2017

Premiere: Seki Takashi – “Voices” Attractive Coincidence, or ACR for short, has only been at it for a year now, but the London-based imprint has made big moves in the ambient-leaning corner of the cassette world. The label has issued two volumes of a mind and body-numbing compilation called The Opposite of Aloof, featuring sounds... 

World War – ‘Soundsystem’

November 8, 2017

World War – ‘Soundsystem’ Davey Harms’ Soundsystem cassette — released as World War — starts on a restrained note, with woozy but beat-sure psychedelics. It’s a thick enough brew that it defies my expectations while reading about it on Hausu Mountain’s website. The “workout” is there... 

Premiere: Dallas Acid – “29 Palms”

November 3, 2017

Premiere: Dallas Acid – “29 Palms” Following on their 2xLPOriginal Soundtrack and a busy year in between, Austin-based trio Dallas Acid have a new album out later this month titled Spa Hunter. Fleshed out while “watching vintage BMW commercials,” Spa Hunter is both a cosmic head-trip and a series of more and less subtle... 

Holy Family – ‘The Doubting Organ’

November 2, 2017

Holy Family – ‘The Doubting Organ’ Flexible, Chicago-based noise artist Will McEvilly returned this summer for a new pair of recordings under his ambient Holy Family moniker, this time airing things out even more than previous efforts. The 32 minute album — The Doubting Organ — is paced by two longform compositions, each... 

Rob Lye – ‘Ink’

November 1, 2017

Rob Lye – ‘Ink’ While Rob Lye is perhaps best known to some from his time spent with free-jazz and improv-folk outfit Le Drapeau Noir as well as experimental- and psych-folk explorers Chora, he’s recently stepped out with his own cache of dizzying and dazzling recordings under his own name. Released on his own...