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Me, Claudius – ‘Reasons For Balloons’

January 16, 2017

Me, Claudius – ‘Reasons For Balloons’ Considering the glut of high-profile deaths in 2016, my first reaction to a project called Me, Claudius is a moment of gratitude that Derek Jacobi is still alive. He’s actually one of several surviving and famously well-liked old white men from the BBC’s adaptation of Robert Graves’ novel I, Claudius... 

Ben Zucker – ‘Confluere’

January 12, 2017

Ben Zucker – ‘Confluere’ There is often room in the arts for randomness and chance, disparate elements that work together into something unexpected — poetic word pairings, blended pigments, or unrelated melodies that lace into one another. London expat and now California-based multi-instrumentalist Ben Zucker’s new... 

Tristan Welch & Ron Oshima – ‘God Bless America’

January 6, 2017

Tristan Welch & Ron Oshima – ‘God Bless America’ To say the title aloud of DC-area multi-instrumentalists Tristan Welch and Ron Oshima’s recent drone and brass collaboration, God Bless America, is a weirdly evocative thing to say at the beginning of 2017 — for now at least, it almost automatically captures our deer-in-headlights moment... 

Endurance – ‘City of Signals’

January 4, 2017

Endurance – ‘City of Signals’ The quiet beauty and sheer stillness of abandoned cities must be breathtaking. To take in the crumbling facades, buckled asphalt, and low-hanging wires through which no current flows can only be a humbling experience. But what if a depopulated city sprang back to life? What if the traffic signals began... 

Stream: Owen McLean – ‘BOX 2016’

December 20, 2016

Stream: Owen McLean – ‘BOX 2016’ The two new Owen McLean (aka Joseph Nanner) albums recently packaged together as BOX 2016 by the erstwhile Crissy imprint, aka (perhaps at some point fka?) Crazy Iris Records, feel almost achingly apt — titled Eternal Headache and Quorum Sensing, the combined maximalist infusion feels like a close... 

The Fun Years – “Ask For The Omega Man”

December 16, 2016

The Fun Years – “Ask For The Omega Man” The Fun Years, comprised of Ben Recht (guitar) and Isaac Sparks (turntables), began with a number of self-released CD-rs — early experiments that exposed their dim and moody fits of blurred post-rock, flirting with moments of what I would describe as utter perfection. After a handful of years... 

Ropal Jagnu – ‘Junior’s Choice’

December 13, 2016

Ropal Jagnu – ‘Junior’s Choice’ Junior’s Choice is a mighty fine serving of sludge. Not a toxic waste sort of sludge, but a confection with the texture of melted ice cream mixed with the thickest caramel. This music flows, but it resists motion. Ropal Jagnu’s synths, guitars and vocals are slathered in grime, emblazoned... 

Holy Palms – ‘Jungle Judge’

December 12, 2016

Holy Palms – ‘Jungle Judge’ Moscow-based Pavel Eremeev records exotic, expressive music under the name Holy Palms. There’s tangle and humidity in his sound, as this tape’s title suggests, but also plenty of desert. The spicy, distorted guitar riffs could be compared to the work of several artists (old and new) released... 

Dino Felipe – ‘PRŌJEKT​!’

December 7, 2016

Dino Felipe – ‘PRŌJEKT​!’ Miami-area artist Dino Felipe works a bit in the vein of R. Stevie Moore, with dozens of releases of deconstructed pop spanning numerous styles and techniques. Though he’s probably still best known for his mid ’00s glitch/IDM albums on Schematic, he’s also been released by Sublight,... 

Metropol – “Bandido Blanco”

December 6, 2016

Metropol – “Bandido Blanco” This Thanksgiving NY-based Pastel Voids unveiled a new digital white-label series dubbed White Void, with a seven-minute slab of pummeling post-nerd house courtesy of the label’s own Charlie Perez, aka Metropol. The track, “Bandido Blanco,” is limber and subtly wide-ranging, tunneling... 

Stream: BKGD Audio – ‘Fluid City’

December 5, 2016

Stream: BKGD Audio – ‘Fluid City’ For the last of their 2016 offerings, NY’s Sweat Equity has a truly spectacular treat: a new album from Dälek’s Alap Momin, aka Oktopus, via the BKGD Audio moniker he debuted earlier this year with another NY imprint, Internet and Weed. The long story made very very short, it is a corker.... 

Stream: Alleyes Manifest – ‘Fall Colors’

December 2, 2016

Stream: Alleyes Manifest – ‘Fall Colors’ This week Chicago’s devoted 1980 Records unveil their inaugural rap tape, from Oakland-via-Chicago rapper Michael Bridgmon, aka Alleyes Manifest. His latest, Fall Colors, is a self-conscious and charged cassette, not surprisingly for a young but still relatively experienced recorder —... 

Premiere: Meta – “Eva”

December 1, 2016

Premiere: Meta – “Eva” The RE:VIVE Initiative is a relatively new project within the Netherlands Institute for Sound and Vision, touting a mission to bring “together the worlds of archives and music to change the way people hear the past.” Essentially, the project pairs artists and archives, RE:VIVE setting parameters... 

V/A – ‘I’m on My Journey Home: Sacred Harp Singing, 1927-1938’

November 29, 2016

V/A – ‘I’m on My Journey Home: Sacred Harp Singing, 1927-1938’ Sacred Harp is a distinctive strain of devotional singing that was popular in early 19th century America, one that originated in New England from the shape-note movement but achieved its peak primarily in the Deep South — Alabama and Georgia, though it spread farther afield, thanks also... 

Premiere: ‘HVRF SAMPLER #3’

November 22, 2016

Premiere: ‘HVRF SAMPLER #3’ Looking back on 2016, ostensibly Ukraine-based hardvapour imprint H.V.R.F. CENTRAL COMMAND and their rapidly expanding catalog have at least been one of the year’s most focused and rigorous developments in underground music. Over little more than half the year H.V.R.F. has accumulated nearly... 

ROW – ‘Live Den’

November 16, 2016

ROW – ‘Live Den’ While most routines invariably revolve around a menagerie of domestic concerns, the Power Moves Library blazes through a wide orbit that encompasses shades of rustic dub, prepared experiments, field recordings, and guitar. In the vein of guitar, proprietor Kevin Cahill and his brother Patrick recently... 

Billy Gomberg – ‘Slight at that Contact’

November 15, 2016

Billy Gomberg – ‘Slight at that Contact’ Students of Decay alumnus and strange-dream-inducing electronic composer Billy Gomberg returned to the SoD fold last month, bringing with him another collection of near-ambient, glitch-sprinkled electro-acoustic sound works. Slight at that Contact offers eight lush fog banks that drift in a space located... 

Honnda – ‘Diamonds in the Microwave’

November 11, 2016

Honnda – ‘Diamonds in the Microwave’ Last September Brooklyn-based producer Honnda helped Orange Milk push deeper into their vein of net-skronk and inquisitive footwork with his Diamonds in the Microwave cassette, a bass-heavy bounce and burst of carefully recycled sonics. Tiny Mix Tapes called it “crispy around the corners and... 

Daniel Wyche – ‘Our Severed Sleep’

November 10, 2016

Daniel Wyche – ‘Our Severed Sleep’ When he’s not booking shows at Chicago’s Elastic Arts, or studying religion at the University of Chicago, Daniel Wyche spends his time among any assortment of musicians and instruments, crafting forward-thinking compositions — compositions not necessarily tied to the linear narrative of imprisoned... 

Devata Daun – ‘Look’

October 18, 2016

Devata Daun – ‘Look’ The debut album from Minneapolis-based Devata Daun (Nikki Pfeifer) is an immediately captivating set of leftfield pop tunes. Her songs fully embrace warped, smudged tape effects, saturating the blown-out bass and queasy synth melodies with a constant warble. As damaged as the textures are, these are... 
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