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Pyramidal – ‘Come Home’

March 21, 2017

Pyramidal – ‘Come Home’ A word from the tail-end of 2016 sure to lighten what’s shaping up to be a pretty dismal new year: Pyramidal’s warm and transportive sophomore effort Come Home, on Already Dead Tapes. Come Home is about as fantastic a collection of downtempo beats and atmospheres as you could hope for, with its... 

Gilles Aubry – ‘And Who Sees the Mystery’

March 15, 2017

Gilles Aubry – ‘And Who Sees the Mystery’ My first thought as I begin reading about Swiss-born, Berlin-based veteran musician and recorder Gilles Aubry  and his new LP built from “sound check situations,” is that my soundcheck archive probably sounds a good bit different — not that you’d expect overlap with West Virginia... 

Fuck Lungs – ‘S/T’

March 13, 2017

Fuck Lungs – ‘S/T’ Curt Oren has a new hat — or he did have a new hat back in 2015. He was so proud of his new hat, he went out and rented a billboard to announce it to the world. But enough about Curt’s new hat. Oren also happens to be a nomadic saxophonist, who can turn his lungs inside out and spit fire.... 

Dane Law – ‘r​.​bit’

March 8, 2017

Dane Law – ‘r​.​bit’ First you make a roux. The adage of cajun and creole cooking is so familiar that it can even be applied to music. If the story is to be believed, Dane Law discovered an Orbit techno tape in an abandoned car off a North West England highway — a relic that would provide the source material roux... 

Stream: Michael Vallera – ‘Vivid Flu’

March 7, 2017

Stream: Michael Vallera – ‘Vivid Flu’ Although Michael Vallera is a versatile collaborator and band member — see Cleared with Steven Hess and Maar, with Joseph Clayton Mills —  his solo efforts have proven to be the more emotional and thematically interesting. At times rooted in the realm of abstract techno (as COIN) or conducting... 

Multiple Man – ‘New Metal’

March 6, 2017

Multiple Man – ‘New Metal’ I think aptly named Brisbane duo Multiple Man’s debut longplayer for DKA will be a particularly satisfying record for any fan of the label, particularly as it closes a gap begun nearly a full solar orbit ago with Boy Harsher’s Yr Body Is Nothing. Though in all fairness, each addition to... 

Rake Kash – ‘S/T’

March 2, 2017

Rake Kash – ‘S/T’ Omaha multi-instrumentalist L. Eugene Methe’s Rake Kash ensemble have become a favorite this winter, thanks to their varied and amiable self-titled LP on his increasingly active Gertrude Tapes imprint. Spending time in the Midwest for work the last several months, the album was a timely introduction... 

Vapor Lanes – ‘Hieratic Teen’

March 1, 2017

Vapor Lanes – ‘Hieratic Teen’ No, this isn’t what you’re expecting — strictly speaking, it has nothing to do with the wide world of vaporwave. Though A. Karuna’s new Vapor Lanes album, Hieratic Teen, starts off suspiciously fuzzy and soothing, embedded in tape hiss, it quickly seems to start wobbling off... 

Saint Abdullah – “Mossadegh’s Revenge For 52”

February 24, 2017

Saint Abdullah – “Mossadegh’s Revenge For 52” Tucked into Portland-based Boomarm Nation’s globetrotting new Family Album sampler is an appealing bit of syncretism, a standout track from Saint Abdullah, and the compilation’s longest contribution. Though the origin of their name is a simple juxtaposition, it seems easily provocative... 

Splice Girls – ‘Spliceworld’

February 21, 2017

Splice Girls – ‘Spliceworld’ Splice Girls‘ Spliceworld is the sort of clever aside I hope against hope will somehow come to define 2017 and these early days of confusion and bewilderment — certainly the sort we should all be expecting more often from labels like Suite 309. As you might imagine from the double use of... 

Persona Mercure – ‘Replacement’

February 17, 2017

Persona Mercure – ‘Replacement’ Utilizing a maximum of three sound sources per composition, Samuel Mercure (working under the name Persona Mercure) has honed a quartet of skeletal audio constructions, each of which takes shape like an origami figure, fold by intricate fold. The simplicity of the palette from which these pieces take... 

Grape Room – ‘WHAT the Frog-Man Knows’

February 16, 2017

Grape Room – ‘WHAT the Frog-Man Knows’ Grape Room is the outer child of “OSR correspondent” Peter Nichols’ inner child, advancing the same positive, purple agenda we found on his Purple Slime cassette for BUFU and Cartoon Land LP on Feeding Tube back in 2015. His latest, adequately described as a “report on the... 

Havre De Grace – ‘Black Sea II’

February 8, 2017

Havre De Grace – ‘Black Sea II’ Havre De Grace is an international trio comprised of Krys Drazek and Brent Fuscaldo from Chicago’s Mako Sica, and Jorg Schneider of the German projects Roji & Nicoffeine. Does playing together live sound difficult yet? In order to record, Brent and Krys flew over to Germany, and,  as you may... 

Premiere: David Liebe Hart & Chip the Black Boy – “Nature Rmx”

February 7, 2017

Premiere: David Liebe Hart & Chip the Black Boy – “Nature Rmx” If you’ve been even tenuously following the meteoric rise of L.A. troubador and puppeteer David Liebe Hart, you should be able to share my joy that his star is hitched — at least for a moment — to anything with the words “chopped” and “screwed” involved. The... 

Nick Malkin – ‘Interrupted Verse’

February 6, 2017

Nick Malkin – ‘Interrupted Verse’ The promotional video for Nick Malkin’s new EP shows a screenshare with multiple open .rtf and .mov files, one of which displays a quotation from anthropologist Marc Augé’s book Non-Places: “It is becoming more difficult by the day to distinguish between the exterior and the interior, the elsewhere... 

Galaxy Express 555 – ‘Ep. 3, S(oil) & Water: From the Nearctic to the Neotropic’

February 2, 2017

Galaxy Express 555 – ‘Ep. 3, S(oil) & Water: From the Nearctic to the Neotropic’ “Listen to everything all the time and remind yourself when you are not listening.” –Pauline Oliveros It’s in that spirit of mindfulness that longtime solo-recorder Christopher Farstad — otherwise known as 555 and one of the collaborators behind Food Pyramid (Moon Glyph,... 

Arvo Zylo – ‘Sequencer Works: Volume Three’

February 1, 2017

Arvo Zylo – ‘Sequencer Works: Volume Three’ Prolific experimental recorder and No Part of It proprietor Arvo Zylo recently unveiled the third installment in his aptly titled, two year old Sequencer Works series, out via Midwestern stalwarts KaRyeEye Tapes out of Indiana and Dubuque-based Personal Archives — the latter also home to his... 

Glass Frog – ‘Hakuna Montuno’

January 31, 2017

Glass Frog – ‘Hakuna Montuno’ Glass Frog does not lie: there is no montuno to be found in Hakuna Montuno. This is no rumba, this music is a slathering of synthetic secretions; a triptych originating from esoteric circuitry, worn knobs, frayed patch cords, and partially-obfuscated LEDs. Konrad Kamm — the personality behind... 

Premiere: Earthen Sea – “Exuberant Burning”

January 27, 2017

Premiere: Earthen Sea – “Exuberant Burning” Jacob Long is no stranger to reinvention. In the late nineties, Long cut his teeth playing bass in the short-lived hardcore band Amalgamation. In the early aughts, he co-founded Black Eyes, the celebrated outfit that, along with Q and Not U, highlighted Dischord’s post-hardcore heyday. With Black... 

Premiere: Babe, Terror – “Mirakel Hoorn”

January 24, 2017

Premiere: Babe, Terror – “Mirakel Hoorn” This Friday UK-based Phantasy Sounds will release Ancient M’ocean, the new album from São Paulo producer Babe, Terror. The work consists of 15 tracks that sound like chapters of a great saga, about a mysterious people on the other side of Antarctica, “in a world adjacent and just out of... 
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