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Premiere: C. Lavender – “Self-Imposed Quarantine”

June 22, 2017

Premiere: C. Lavender – “Self-Imposed Quarantine” C. Lavender is a NY-based sound artist, educator, and healer with an understated string of cathartic cassettes on the likes of Ecstatic Peace! and Primitive Languages. Largely existing in the glorious fringes of noise, drone, and amorphous industrial ambient music, C. Lavender now issues Vanishing... 

Pun Collins – ‘World Wide Wave’

June 21, 2017

Pun Collins – ‘World Wide Wave’ Coming across a beat-tape titled World Wide Wave attached to someone called Pun Collins, add in a label named Dirty Tapes and you’ve set some undeniably high expectations for a first listen — even higher if you already know the label’s reliability as a source for off-kilter beat... 

Kyle Clyd – ‘Eaux’

June 15, 2017

Kyle Clyd – ‘Eaux’ Artist and composer Kyle Eyre Clyd was born in Louisiana, raised in Alabama, and now calls New York City her home. About a decade ago, she “began her solo noise project using unclaimed electronics left behind at her residence, Brooklyn’s Silent Barn,” and has since performed at spaces such... 

V/A – ‘Doom Mix Vol. 1’

June 13, 2017

V/A – ‘Doom Mix Vol. 1’ To date LA-based Doom Trip Records has cultivated a small, impeccably curated set of releases that — even so — cannot properly foreshadow their first Doom Mix. The compilation features a set of associated artists alongside an expanded gang of electronic outsiders, full dark and intense ambient... 

Adderall Canyonly / Ak’chamel – ‘TT019’

June 12, 2017

Adderall Canyonly / Ak’chamel – ‘TT019’ The latest split from Jakarta-based Morgan McKellar’s Tandem Tapes is a corkscrew bullseye of a pairing, featuring Field Hymns’ in-house kraut-loon Adderall Canyonly and noir-ish downers Ak’chamel. Together the sides are suitably monochromatic and doomish, but also striking for both... 

Stream: Populous – ‘Azulejos’

June 8, 2017

Stream: Populous – ‘Azulejos’ I hadn’t heard Italian producer Populous before stumbling across the first single from his new LP, Azulejos, and to be honest, I listened primarily because of the name. Populous is Andrea Mangia, based in the Apulian city of Lecce, but his recording moniker is taken from the video game series... 

Decoder Podcast #06: Boomarm Nation, Bedlam Tapes, & Arachnidiscs

June 6, 2017

Decoder Podcast #06: Boomarm Nation, Bedlam Tapes, & Arachnidiscs While we finish off with our proofs for the new Decoder print issue, we’re thrilled to share a label-focused installment of our podcast. This heady episode features segments produced in-house by each imprint involved. We start off with a wide-ranging look into the celestial and experimental veins... 

Various Jah Warriors – ‘Jungle Selecta.’

June 6, 2017

Various Jah Warriors – ‘Jungle Selecta.’ Saint Petersburg tape imprint Hair Del. has been around since 2014, more than long enough for me to regret not bumping into them sooner — though my introduction was still entirely accidental. For me, I owe thanks to the fickle tides of Facebook algorithms and a link from a Russian friend of a... 

Daniel Johnsson / Mark Aubert – ‘Tom’s Hot Dog Stand’ & ‘Tracks to Pinky’s’

June 5, 2017

Daniel Johnsson / Mark Aubert – ‘Tom’s Hot Dog Stand’ & ‘Tracks to Pinky’s’ Earlier this year Sweden’s Daniel Johnsson — aka Horrible Houses, a fixture on Alabama’s Happenin’ Records — known for his catchy, lo-fi bedroom recordings, teamed up with Bay Area producer Mark Aubert for a split on French beat outpost Cindy’s Tapes. Titled Tom’s... 

Video Salon – ‘S/T’

June 2, 2017

Video Salon – ‘S/T’ Listening to music, you’re likely to come across the occasional fragmentary but focused, explosive but short track that offers nothing but a few critical coordinates, just a direction or orientation. The sort of bits that music writers tend to call “gestures” or “moves,”... 

Stream: Canadensis – ‘Chance’

June 1, 2017

Stream: Canadensis – ‘Chance’ Canadensis is  David Fylstra and Tom Asselin (Dragon Turtle), proprietors of Anima Recordings and Oscillating Color respectively. Their slow-brewed collaboration is named for the small community in the Pennsylvania woods that brought the two together to forge the wind-worn drones of Chance, an album... 

Rangers – ‘Texas Rock Bottom’

May 31, 2017

Rangers – ‘Texas Rock Bottom’ I’ve been stuck on Rangers’ Texas Rock Bottom for months, self-released on Joe Knight’s Bandcamp late last summer. Since then my “quick review” turnaround was further truncated by the existential burden of realizing that this is the 50th Anniversary of the “Summer... 

Stream: Lips and Ribs – ‘Males in Harmony’

May 30, 2017

Stream: Lips and Ribs – ‘Males in Harmony’ Before I venture to say anything about it myself, Field Hymns’ press release for their cassette with Portland artist Jay Winebrenner clearly lives up well enough to the legend to stand on its own. The text is the synopsis to some kind of absurd, weirdly suggestive, and relentlessly hyped arena... 

Curved Light – ‘Vast & Infinite’

May 26, 2017

Curved Light – ‘Vast & Infinite’ Curved Light, aka Peter Tran, first crossed our radar thanks to his transcendental Prismatic/Loomstate cassette for Baltimore’s Gentle Reminder, beginning an arc of releases that’s brought him from the East Coast to Austin — culminating nicely on May 17th when his latest, Channelview, dropped... 

Demen – “Ambur”

May 25, 2017

Demen – “Ambur” Irma Orm’s music is lowercase-g gothic in the oldest and deepest sense. In advance of her new record Nektyr, Irma Orm told Uncut Magazine that the word “gothic” evokes for her “something that is both dark and beautiful. This to me is the definition of beauty: the surrender to, and elevation... 

Transport – ‘Milchreise’

May 24, 2017

Transport – ‘Milchreise’ Milchreise’s Transport is a work of ecstasy in collision. At times jarring, others soothing, its smashing of languageless vocals, frantic drums and unhinged arrangements captures the conflicts inherent to modern life. Switching from moments of intense clarity, like the crushing freight train riff... 

Premiere: Cevdet Erek – “Flow 1”

May 23, 2017

Premiere: Cevdet Erek – “Flow 1” For his debut LP, Istanbul musician Cevdet Erek offers Davul, seven improvisations for the eponymous instrument culled from a two-day recording session in Berlin — though the final sequence was prepared without editing or overdubs. A common folk instrument across Europe and the Middle East, a... 

Stream: Blak Saagan – ‘A Personal Voyage’

May 22, 2017

Stream: Blak Saagan – ‘A Personal Voyage’ As Italian label Maple Death Records points out, much of the “benefit of the rediscovery of Italian 60s/70s psych” has accrued for foreign labels, so it’s exciting to see their latest turn into the contemporary field with Blak Saagan, aka Venice’s Samuele Gottardello. Gottardello’s A... 

Stream: Mike Majkowski – ‘Days and Other Days’

May 18, 2017

Stream: Mike Majkowski – ‘Days and Other Days’ Double bassist and composer Mike Majkowski relishes the very-much blurred line between modern composition and electronic atmospherics. On the Days and Other Days LP, his second collection for Austin, Texas purveyors of free jazz and other experimental madness Astral Spirits, this tendency finds a heady,... 

Sadistic Candle/Run Dust – ‘Peach Broth’

May 16, 2017

Sadistic Candle/Run Dust – ‘Peach Broth’ Barrett Avner (formerly of lo-fi garage legends Sic Alps) has been using the name Sadistic Candle for a while now, debuting the moniker with a tape on Sun Ark back in 2011. The project has been way more productive as of late, with another Sun Ark release (a double split with his own AC Band) in 2015,... 
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