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Chikiss – ‘New Season’

December 21, 2017

Chikiss – ‘New Season’ According to Not Not Fun, Galina Ozeran — aka Chikiss — began working on this tape of overcast, calmly flowing pieces after she lost her voice for a whole month. Reading about her experience brought me back to my middle school rock singer days, before I learned vocal technique. I’d scream... 

Melange – “Cotard”

December 19, 2017

Melange – “Cotard” Winding a path through some reimagined vein of older rock is Melange, a Madrid-based quintet that rides the softer edges of jazzy rock into mournful stomps and understated melodic twists. Following an era that often interpreted psychedelic rock with a hammer, Melange use their album Viento Bravo to... 

Valise – ‘Thistles & Covenants’

December 11, 2017

Valise – ‘Thistles & Covenants’ Concocted in Ableton with a computer keyboard midi, live vocals, and field recordings used for textural purposes, Thistles & Covenants shows Valise mastermind Maralie meditating on “tighter, darker spaces, inner-space, shadow work, [and] intimate durational pain.” As befitting an artist with... 

Ivy Meadows – ‘Zodiac’

December 8, 2017

Ivy Meadows – ‘Zodiac’ In 2013, Brooklyn-based artist Rachel Day conceived and executed a serial collaborative art project centered around the signs of the zodiac. She and a host of collaborators produced postcards, posters, zines and other art objects which were delivered monthly to eager subscribers. For her contribution... 

Roger Tellier-Craig – ‘Instantanés’

December 7, 2017

Roger Tellier-Craig – ‘Instantanés’ In typical fashion, Root Strata allows neither genre nor geography to set boundaries on its catalog — including the grim elegance of Roe Enney, the solemn guitar meanderings of Hisato Higuchi, and the abstract and alien sound experiments by No UFO’s. Now, the imprint continues their eclectic... 

Taavi Tulev & Kristjan Raidna – ‘AB’

December 6, 2017

Taavi Tulev & Kristjan Raidna – ‘AB’ In 2014, Estonian experimental recorder Taavi Tulev darted across our radar with his imaginative treatments of field recordings and novel, interactive CD packaging. Though his studio work has always been wide-ranging, since 2014’s Kuku! CD his focus has clearly shifted more heavily toward... 

$$$TAG$$$ – ‘Fractals’

December 1, 2017

$$$TAG$$$ – ‘Fractals’ Asem Tag’s new $$$TAG$$$ cassette Fractals, out last month via UK imprint Seagrave, is a world where meandering, electronic soundscapes exist with an almost divine beauty. Writing as Blade Runner 2049 comes down from the peak of its hype, this album sounds like something that was made with...