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Forest Management – ‘Acclimation’

August 25, 2016

Forest Management – ‘Acclimation’ Over the years John Daniel‘s efforts have naturally evolved into something great. The Cleveland-bred, Chicago-based producer works at a steady pace, releasing minimal drifts of ambient music and curating the promising Sequel imprint — which has already issued majestic works by Celer, Chemtrails,... 

Schoolhouse – ‘Fade’

August 24, 2016

Schoolhouse – ‘Fade’ Schoolhouse is Manchester-based sound artist Peter J. Taylor’s vehicle for numbing, nocturnal head-trips. His debut for Tombed Visions, Soft Focus, was built around guitar tones, but a year later electronic beats crept into its follow-up Herd, suggesting a further descent into shade. This is the... 

Stream: Future Ape Tapes – ‘1093’

August 23, 2016

Stream: Future Ape Tapes – ‘1093’ I feel dramatically under-qualified to unpack a band with the scope and history of Athens, GA-based head trip Future Ape Tapes. Maybe a live show would help, but even then, familiar or not, there are massive challenges to tracing the history of such an inventive blob. The group began as warped sample... 

N.M.E.S.H. – ‘Welcome to Warp Zone’ Giveaway

August 22, 2016

N.M.E.S.H. – ‘Welcome to Warp Zone’ Giveaway Alex Koenig, aka N.M.E.S.H.’s three-cassette Welcome to Warp Zone (circa 2014) is easily one of my favorite themed and executed mixtapes of the last several whatevers. For anyone that grew up with a Sega or Nintendo loading screen, other than actually hooking up a console there probably isn’t... 

Stream: Baby Birds Don’t Drink Milk – ‘Droopy McCool’

August 22, 2016

Stream: Baby Birds Don’t Drink Milk – ‘Droopy McCool’ Baby Birds Don’t Drink Milk christened their comeback with last year’s Kill The Fuzz, ready to serve as the vanguard of a scene so deep it made the paper of record. Decoder fanatics will probably know the group by their tantalizing pop complete with dense circuitry and sweet vocal harmonies.... 

James Chen – ‘Taiwanese Folk Style’

August 19, 2016

James Chen – ‘Taiwanese Folk Style’ At last, extensive proofs that the robust, garlanded pop of Hewson Chen’s the New Lines may not have appeared in a vacuum! For the latest from Oakland psych outpost Moon Glyph, Hewson — along with bandmate Davis White — revisits his father James Chen’s understated guitar and... 

Zomes – “Song Asking For Mercy From The Bushes”

August 17, 2016

Zomes – “Song Asking For Mercy From The Bushes” On Who Shall Be The Sun, the new Zomes cassette — built around a recitation of David Wagoner’s hard-to-find collection “Who Shall Be The Sun: Poems Based on the Lore, Legends, and Myths of the North-West Coast and Plateau Indians” — Hanna Olivegren and Asa Osborne tread new,... 

Tristan Welch – ‘Washington D​.​C.’

August 15, 2016

Tristan Welch – ‘Washington D​.​C.’ To say that D.C. residents being denied a vote and Congressional representation is absurd would be a dramatic understatement. To call it a monument to American cognitive dissonance would be closer to the truth, with dimensions encompassing six or so hundred thousand people. Admittedly there are problems... 

Premiere: Nawksh – “Exile & A Mirror (ft. SMAX)”

August 9, 2016

Premiere: Nawksh – “Exile & A Mirror (ft. SMAX)” Mythic Tales of Tomorrow II, debut LP from Karachi’s Nawksh — the impish, at times, masked moniker of Game developer and musician Danial Hyatt — is set to come out next week on Tokyo-based Guruguru Brain. According to his own description, Nawksh helms a strange, clandestine delivery operation... 

Chimess – ‘Growth’

August 8, 2016

Chimess – ‘Growth’ Just before summer ((Cave)) Recordings, the imprint of San Mateo-based Robert Thurtle and Ben Seevers, unveiled a pair of cassettes and a new Bandcamp page to compliment their longtime Blogspot and BigCartel. I could place one of the two, a stellar new release from Oakland-based James Seevers,... 

Multa Nox – ‘S/T’

August 5, 2016

Multa Nox – ‘S/T’ Chicago-born and now Brooklyn-based noise musician Sally Decker cites Canadian poet, translator, and classicist Anne Carson as key backdrop for her self-released cassette debut Multa Nox — which takes its name from an invented phrase in Carson’s book Nox, meaning “late in the night,... 

Driftmachine – ‘Colliding Contours’

August 4, 2016

Driftmachine – ‘Colliding Contours’ The Driftmachine duo is a fairly young enterprise, the pair having released their debut LP Nocturnes for the Umor Rex imprint as recently as 2014. That being said, both members have been actively performing and producing music for decades, Andreas Gerth as a member of Tied & Tickled Trio (among... 

Premiere: Nina Ryser – “Slip Through”

August 4, 2016

Premiere: Nina Ryser – “Slip Through” One third of New York (via referential Canadiana) band Palberta, Nina Ryser has kept up a steady series of solo releases predating her group efforts. I Hope All of Your Dreams Come True is the fourth album under her own name and the 14 tracks on it represent a continuation of many sounds explored on... 

The Bellybuttons – “One Million Ways”

August 2, 2016

The Bellybuttons – “One Million Ways” As the wise old saying goes, “If a man lacketh a Pavement-shaped hole inneth his heart, then that man hath ventricles that doth not fucking worketh properly.” Candidates to fill that hole come and go, promising much but delivering little, sending us scurrying back to our dusty shelves to... 

5599 – ‘Heureusement Que le Sang Seche Vite’

August 1, 2016

5599 – ‘Heureusement Que le Sang Seche Vite’ Last month the Cairo-based Nashazphone imprint unleashed a mighty bundle of vinyl — 5 releases to be exact — with each album begging to be acquired and admired. American prankster and Sun City Girls associate Porest, established French sound artist Èlg and his ultra-prolific fellow countryman... 

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.”... 
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