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Embassy – ‘S/T’

July 27, 2016

Embassy – ‘S/T’ For around four years, Virginia-based Otherwordly Mystics has kept up a slow but consistent trickle of colorful tape releases. Over that time they’ve filled their catalog with drone, atmospheric pop, and shades of electronica, long seasons of new music book-ended by genre-leaping compilations:... 

Premiere: Soft Gang – “Beautiful Human”

July 22, 2016

Premiere: Soft Gang – “Beautiful Human” There is a lot to be said about Soft Gang’s ambitious self-titled debut, but the quartet enters a statement of their own with the album’s opening cut. “Beautiful Human” is also the album’s longest track, and placing it first amplifies the opening sentiment: this is not... 

Science Fiction – ‘Terrible Lizards’

July 21, 2016

Science Fiction – ‘Terrible Lizards’ It’s unknown how many copies of Science Fiction’s 1980Terrible Lizards LP were originally pressed, but since Discogs’ inception, the LP has sold for up to ninety dollars. There’s currently a listing for a sealed copy on the Out Of Print mail-order site going for 125 Euros. It’s a rare record,... 

Clawed – ‘Rob’

July 20, 2016

Clawed – ‘Rob’ For their new album Vancouver experimental duo Clawed took royalty-free vocal samples created by a “guy named Rob” and transformed them into this collection abstract pieces. From their description: “There’s this guy named Rob. He uploaded a set of royalty-free vocal samples.... 

Panabrite – ‘Transfer’

July 18, 2016

Panabrite – ‘Transfer’ Though Deep Distance acknowledges that it’s been two years since Panabrite’s Transfer was assigned a catalogue number, they posit via Bandcamp that the end product makes up for the lengthy term in limbo: “to say the wait was worthwhile is understated here, this is an incredible set.”... 

Premiere: MJ Guider – “White Alsatian”

July 7, 2016

Premiere: MJ Guider – “White Alsatian” The best qualities aren’t always the most immediate ones. Sometimes, a song’s virtues are buried in a blur of sound. MJ Guider, the recording project helmed by Melissa Guion, is the perfect embodiment of this sentiment. The New Orleans-based musician and recent Kranky signee surfaced late... 

San Kazakgascar – ‘Twice-Baked Coma’

July 6, 2016

San Kazakgascar – ‘Twice-Baked Coma’ Jed Brewer is nothing if not prolific. When he’s not busy reuniting his long-dormant band of alt-country also rans Harvester for Mt. Tallac, their first new work in over a decade,  he’s improvising long, heady drones with his gourd guitar for Swimming in Bengal; if he’s not with... 

Premiere: Rick Parker and Li Daiguo – “A Steady Heartbeat is the Sound of Death”

July 5, 2016

Premiere: Rick Parker and Li Daiguo – “A Steady Heartbeat is the Sound of Death” Free World Music is the unexpected confluence of Brooklyn’s Rick Parker and China’s Li Daiguo soundtracked over the course of two years. Li Daiguo, a prominent figure in China’s experimental traditional music contributes with several string instruments, overtone singing, and beatboxing across... 

Stream: Big Neck Police – ‘Don’t Eat My Friends’

July 1, 2016

Stream: Big Neck Police – ‘Don’t Eat My Friends’ Big Neck Police, a self-described “power-trio” comprised of Mac Kelly, Hugo Stanley, and Paco Cathcart, traffic in noise-affected bursts of discomfort. There’s not a moment on their record Don’t Eat My Friends, a collaborative release from Ramp Local and Feeding Tube, without tension. Though... 

Hi Tide – ‘Rest Easy, Volume 1’

June 29, 2016

Hi Tide – ‘Rest Easy, Volume 1’ On June 15th Hi Tide, a new label “focused on relaxed recordings from across the globe,” launched with an inaugural compilation of forward-thinking but invariably mellow jaunts titled Rest Easy — the first installment in a projected series that will undoubtedly live up to its name.... 

Lacanthrope – “Breathplay”

June 28, 2016

Lacanthrope – “Breathplay” “Breathplay” is the first track on Anxiety Diet, the debut cassette from Richmond-based Lacanthrope, aka artist Xylon Genesis Otterburn. Bridging white noise and industrial undulation, I could more easily imagine the track’s instrumental portion helmed by a monstrous fan or whirling mechanical... 

Justin Meyers – ‘Negative Space (1981-2014)’

June 24, 2016

Justin Meyers – ‘Negative Space (1981-2014)’ Having drooled over the massive drone festival The White Page that he released alongside the prolific and pervasive Jason Lescalleet, it was only a matter of time before I’d be swoon over a Justin Meyers solo release. It took awhile to digest and ruminate on this slice of electro-acoustic wonder,... 

Copley Medal – ‘Mal A​.​E.’

June 22, 2016

Copley Medal – ‘Mal A​.​E.’ I first stumbled across Copley Medal with last year‘s fantastic and harrowing Marble Cage cassette for Vitrine — a sordid and beautiful meandering through post-industrial movements and atonal resonances that left me wanting way more. Luckily, the project’s sole member Ryan Martin... 

Kink Gong – ‘Erhai Floating Sound’

June 21, 2016

Kink Gong – ‘Erhai Floating Sound’ With a name like Kink Gong (aka prolific field recorder Laurent Jeanneau), you might expect Erhai Floating Sound to be some oddity of mutant shoegaze or obtuse new-wave… or an obtuse mutant, which it still probably qualifies as (in the best and broadest way possible). Italian label Artetetra... 

Secret Pyramid – ‘Distant Works II’

June 20, 2016

Secret Pyramid – ‘Distant Works II’ As Secret Pyramid, Amir Abbey creates mind numbingly serene and surreal ambient music that feels immediately timeless, thoroughly expansive, and deeply personal. Best heard on recent classics The Silent March (initially released on Konrad Jandavs’ (No UFO’s) Nice Up International before... 

Wander – ‘Kat Gat Sea’

June 15, 2016

Wander – ‘Kat Gat Sea’ In modern times the human soul can feel detached from its immediate reality, and this detachment gives rise to new, mutant pathways. This openness gives us a taste of freedom, of options, and then it challenges us to consider “What do I do with it? How to walk this open field?” One can... 

Nickolas Mohanna – ‘Mantis’

June 14, 2016

Nickolas Mohanna – ‘Mantis’ Nickolas Mohanna can seemingly do no wrong. The productive New York-based sound artist has quietly issued some of the most emotionally gripping experimental music on trusted standbys like Low Point, Preservation, Metaphysical Circuits, and Run/Off. Now, Mohanna returns to Preservation for another bout... 

Machine Listener – ‘Endless Coil’

June 10, 2016

Machine Listener – ‘Endless Coil’ Matthew Gallagher crafted his Machine Listener alter ego from early experiments peeking into and deriving sound works from the electromagnetic radiation that emanates from household electronic gadgetry, though he’s slowly grown his repertoire to include synthesizers. Patched correctly, these... 

Deadbeat – ‘Big Forever’

June 8, 2016

Deadbeat – ‘Big Forever’ Named after a creative living space in Humboldt Park, Big Forever is the distillation of a summer marked by communal living. “In a way [Big Forever is] a sort of homage to the living space and all the people involved, and is also, for me, a sort of sonic ‘photo album’ of that time in my life,”... 

Pay the Rent – ‘Soft On Glass’

June 6, 2016

Pay the Rent – ‘Soft On Glass’ From the tape’s opening moments, Soft On Glass creates an engrossing, neon-tinged world of surreal ambiance. Pay the Rent, a trio comprised of Pete Mudge, John Kasunic, and Mike Kasunic, compose a plush and breezy mix of synth-and-guitar-based bliss outs, nodding to serene dream-makers Brian... 
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