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Markato DEQ Gentle – “Your Little Boots”

May 27, 2016

Markato DEQ Gentle – “Your Little Boots” It felt like a Foxy Digitalis flashback digging through one of the recent care packages from Camp Decoder, with Markato DEQ Gentle leaping up from a set of well-produced CDs out on California-based recorder J.T. Schweitzer’s new EH46 imprint. Junior Crumble is an astonishing mix of extremely... 

Julian Kendall – ‘EP’

May 25, 2016

Julian Kendall – ‘EP’ The debut EP from Detroit producer Julian Kendall is also the first release on Vanity Press Records, a label founded by David Marroquin dedicated to preserving the history of Southeast Michigan’s vibrant electronic music scene and exposing new artists, much like he does every week with his WCBN... 

CE Schneider Topical – “No Eyes Too”

May 23, 2016

CE Schneider Topical – “No Eyes Too” There’s a chance you won’t hear anything as delightful or playful as musician and designer Christina Schneider’s second LP as CE Schneider Topical with Zach Phillips, but don’t let the enjoyable sheen of this loosely produced pop lull your ears out of focus. On Antifree the... 

Forest Management & Dominic Coppola – ‘Opening Night’

May 20, 2016

Forest Management & Dominic Coppola – ‘Opening Night’ It was only a matter of time before Forest Management (aka John Daniel, now based in Chicago) and Dominic Coppola (of Ann Arbor, MI) paired up on an album together. Daniel recently released Coppola’s fantastic Beloved CD-r on his own Sequel imprint, but the Midwest ambient and drone producers... 

DRI HIEV – ‘Place to Live’

May 20, 2016

DRI HIEV – ‘Place to Live’ We were introduced to DRI HIEV’s aggressive, disorienting blend of post-punk and modern industrial last year with their Contravirtual EP, and their new cassette — Place to Live — maintains a similar level of ear-splitting noise while leaning further into the minimal, synth-heavy... 

$3.33 – ‘Just a Dip, No Why’

May 19, 2016

$3.33 – ‘Just a Dip, No Why’ Just A Dip, No Why is the first physical release and sixth album by LA-based sonic architect Celia Hollander, and it’s filled with an unpredictable 30 minutes of electroacoustic improv and free jazz. Hollander commands an ensemble of musicians playing acoustic instruments, transforming them into... 

Q///Q – ‘Witch Craze’

May 18, 2016

Q///Q – ‘Witch Craze’ If you haven’t been keeping up, German Army is celebrating its fifth year as a surreal font of industrial music. But the reportedly San Bernardino-based project remains entirely anonymous, even after 50 or so releases on labels based all around the globe. And while GeAr’s 2016 output finds... 

Honey Radar – “Fort Wayne Mermaids”

May 16, 2016

Honey Radar – “Fort Wayne Mermaids” According to a short but fun interview with Honey Radar frontman Jason Henn in Noisey last month, “Fort Wayne Mermaids” was inspired by a fake sports team name and a remarkable dream: “In the dream, I-69 between Indianapolis and Ft. Wayne was flooded, and Hank Aaron and I swam to... 

Zach Phillips – ‘Personalizer’

May 13, 2016

Zach Phillips – ‘Personalizer’ It would be an understatement to say that Zach Phillips is keeping himself well busy, orchestrating a hefty docket of projects through his OSR imprint and slinging his own strain of robust but squiggly tape-zolo. Though his ascetic move to make OSR a primarily offline operation was rolled back this... 

Sapphogeist – ‘S/T’

May 12, 2016

Sapphogeist – ‘S/T’ Recording as Sapphogeist, this past March artist and illustrator Zoe Burke released a stunning debut cassette via Philadelphia’s No Rent Records, fluctuating between ethereal atmospherics and minimal noise. The self-titled effort primarily highlights Burke’s vocal constructions, even... 

Beatrice Dillon and Rupert Clervaux – Two Changes

May 11, 2016

Beatrice Dillon and Rupert Clervaux – Two Changes Two Changes highlights one of the more obscure but worthwhile musical pairings in my recent memory. While their collaboration isn’t entirely new, having already released a full-length of colorfully sparse and heady sounds last year with Studies I-XVII For Samplers And Percussion on Snow Dog... 

Sugai Ken – ‘Goto no Yoniwa’

May 10, 2016

Sugai Ken – ‘Goto no Yoniwa’ Sugai Ken is a Kanagawa-based experimental producer obsessed with the Japanese “nightscape,” as Amsterdam-based label Lullabies For Insomniacs puts it describing his latest proper full length, On the Quakefish, out early last March. In a nutshell, his music is somnambulent, sleepy to... 

Premiere: Warm Deltas – “Paranormal After Birth”

May 9, 2016

Premiere: Warm Deltas – “Paranormal After Birth” Though Cyrus Shahmir recently joined the migration of artists and producers to Los Angeles, the Atlanta veteran has not sacrificed the meandering, spacious oddities of that town’s psychedelic blend. Shahmir served as part of Atlanta’s recent resurgence of ’08-’10 Atlanta psych... 

Premiere: Foodman – “Mid Summer Night” (feat. Diskomargaux)

May 6, 2016

Premiere: Foodman – “Mid Summer Night” (feat. Diskomargaux) For the past four years, Foodman, aka Shokuhin Maturi, has released his agile, effervescent jabs of collage-leaning juke and footwork through the likes of Patient Sounds, Digitalis Ltd., and Melting Bot. For the most part, though, the Japan-based  producer has found a comfortable home with Seth... 

Flower Orgy – ‘American Ladyslippers’

May 3, 2016

Flower Orgy – ‘American Ladyslippers’ Massachusetts-based Nate Luce — aka Flower Orgy, proprietor of New Camp Records — continues to expand the scope of his orbits through the intensely human, highly charged peripheries of weird pop, releasing American Ladyslippers this month on Portland’s budding Never Anything imprint.... 

Mads Emil Nielsen – ‘Percussion Loops’

May 2, 2016

Mads Emil Nielsen – ‘Percussion Loops’ Last year, Mads Emil Nielsen’s Arbitrary imprint reissued the ear-grabbing PM016 cassette, in which the composer/synthesist fused samples to his own modular synth explorations. Later that same year, the label launched the Assemblage series of curated mixes, featuring input from the likes of Mike Kitcher,... 

Five Star Hotel – ‘Body Absolution’

April 29, 2016

Five Star Hotel – ‘Body Absolution’ I’ve posted about Detroit’s Five Star Hotel on this site before, but he’s just released his most ambitious work yet, Body Absolution. This album seems way less club-oriented than his previous releases. It feels more confessional, more cathartic, more paranoid, more emotionally scarred.... 

Premiere: Brian Case – “Pattern 1”

April 27, 2016

Premiere: Brian Case – “Pattern 1” For those that know Chicago-based guitarist Brian Case’s work well — he’s been recording for years — his turn into more strictly minimalist composition on his debut solo longer-player Tense Nature is probably not entirely surprising. Plenty of his work elsewhere tends to showcase... 

Danny Paul Grody – “Other States”

April 26, 2016

Danny Paul Grody – “Other States” Just before this new tape made its way to me, I saw Danny Paul Grody put on a disappearing act. At the Starline Social Club in Oakland, performing in Young Moon with his longtime Tarentel bandmate Trevor Montgomery, Grody’s effortless guitar work permeated Young Moon’s sound in the most welcomingly... 

Country Florist – “Pleasure”

April 25, 2016

Country Florist – “Pleasure” Drawing Room Records released the final installment in their Country Florist trilogy late last month, completing a series that sheds light on Arkansas-based Andrew Morgan (CHINESE GIRLS, Ettiem) and his previously unreleased solo recordings. CF-3 sees Morgan parking his vintage pop-powered spacecraft... 
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