Blog

Tom Hamilton – ‘City of Vorticity’

September 27, 2016

Tom Hamilton – ‘City of Vorticity’ There’s a disclaimer on the Pogus label’s website that reads “Caution: Listening to Pogus CDs may cause you to become one with the universe (or at least your immediate environment).” It’s true. The uncompromising experimental music imprint has been an onward-chugging musical force... 

V/A – ‘Stand With Standing Rock’

September 26, 2016

V/A – ‘Stand With Standing Rock’ After spending the last season feeling relatively powerless and immobile in the face of updates on North Dakota’s Standing Rock protests and the Dakota Access Pipeline project that the huge, pan-tribal coalition is blocking, I’m thrilled that I can finally mash my impotent fingers against... 

Premiere: Off World – “Choral Hatch”

September 23, 2016

Premiere: Off World – “Choral Hatch” Off World is the brainchild of Toronto-based musician Sandro Perri, an established member of the Constellation roster with a versatility proven across a range of compositions as Polmo Polpo. Years of collaborative exploration with other producers and songwriters including M J Silver (Mickey Moonlight),... 

Premiere: Dura – “Gradient Descent + Regression”

September 22, 2016

Premiere: Dura – “Gradient Descent + Regression” Ambient tinkerer Mattson Ogg is a recurring feature at Decoder and his Dura project is a name that rarely seems to fade, having released a number of deep listens with the likes of Patient Sounds, Bridgetown, and Blankstairs, among others. Now, working with Seattle’s impeccable Marmara Records... 

Premiere: ZOZO Tek – Side A, ‘Live 2/27/2016’

September 20, 2016

Premiere: ZOZO Tek – Side A, ‘Live 2/27/2016’ ZOZO Tek is Joe Berns and Mariel Oliviera, a frequently shifting Minneapolis duo that — according to MJ MJ Records at least — typically gravitate toward “avant garde disco or some kind of acid pop.” You can probably hear that dimension obliquely in their latest, a slow-step and... 

Mankid – ‘Mankid 2’

September 19, 2016

Mankid – ‘Mankid 2’ There’s definitely something a little disturbing about Sean Kelly’s new Mankid material for Visual Disturbances — truly, after Mankid 2, you might be picturing some pretty unusual things. The cassette has a warped religious dimension via manipulated interview segments, used... 

Premiere: Storm Ross – “We Need To Be Fugazi Now, More Than Ever”

September 16, 2016

Premiere: Storm Ross – “We Need To Be Fugazi Now, More Than Ever” Ann Arbor guitarist Storm Ross released an incredible LP a few years ago called The Green Realm, that floored me with its aggressive but well controlled guitar squalls and jazz-inspired freakouts. His next album is called Welcome, Sunshine and it will be released on October 14 courtesy of Satellite... 

Sunken Cheek – “From Behind”

September 15, 2016

Sunken Cheek – “From Behind” Judging from its beginnings, I thought that “From Behind” — from Sunken Cheek’s eponymous flexi on Soft Exit Records — was going to be a fairly straightforward listen. A little John Carpenter, a little noise, but boy was I wrong. While I could easily describe the track as “dense,” its... 

HOGG – ‘Solar Phallic Lion’

September 14, 2016

HOGG – ‘Solar Phallic Lion’ I’m often obsessed with “logic” releases, or releases in which a group or artist explore a particular circuit or structure that gives some insight into their other releases. For the latest HOGG, this group digs deeper into their electronic toolkit to find their clearest convergence —... 

Beachers – “Honey You Can Drown Me Anytime”

September 13, 2016

Beachers – “Honey You Can Drown Me Anytime” Daryl Worthington’s first releases as Beachers throbbed like hangovers from his days based in London where his Kostoglotov project took root and remained as the artist upped sticks and fled to Latvia. Pretend (J&C Tapes, 2014) presented a sense of shackles tentatively being shaken free — gone,... 

Simulation – ‘Nalumbanet’

September 12, 2016

Simulation – ‘Nalumbanet’ Though born of a paranormal experience that preceded a series of tour disasters — car troubles, show cancellations, and the like — Simulation isn’t beholden to its accidental genesis. In fact, for anyone familiar with Whitney Johnson and Laura Callier’s solo outlets Matchess and Gel... 

Premiere: Jeffry Astin – “When the Ground Opens Beneath Me, I Dissolve in a White Sunburst of Dawn”

September 8, 2016

Premiere: Jeffry Astin – “When the Ground Opens Beneath Me, I Dissolve in a White Sunburst of Dawn” If you’re reading sites like Decoder in mid-2016 chances are you’ve come across Jeffry Astin’s work, whether through his prolific Housecraft label or an album from his Digital Natives or Xiphiidae projects. Astin’s work feels hyperstitial, as a name like Digital Natives might... 

Reidemeister Move Plays ‘Borromean Rings’

September 7, 2016

Reidemeister Move Plays ‘Borromean Rings’ Both the project name Reidemeister Move and the composition title Borromean Rings are borrowed from the mathematical field of knot theory. The graphical score — composed by microtonal tuba inventor and maestro Robin Hayward and imprinted directly on the vinyl LP– echoes its Euclidean origins,... 

Hydropark – ‘LP’

September 6, 2016

Hydropark – ‘LP’ Hydropark are an instrumental quartet who have been practicing, gigging, and releasing tapes (on band member Fred Thomas’ Life Like label) for a few years. The short story: there are two synth players, a drummer, and a bassist, and their music is pretty clearly influenced by Krautrock. While... 

Premiere: 10th Letter – “Heike’s Army”

August 30, 2016

Premiere: 10th Letter – “Heike’s Army” It was nearing this time last year when we covered Atlanta-based producer 10th Letter’s Portals & Compasses cassette for Harsh Riddims, so I couldn’t be more thrilled that his new album — The Revenge, slated for Psych Army appropriately enough — is a dramatic concept album,... 

Olli Aarni – ‘Muovia’

August 29, 2016

Olli Aarni – ‘Muovia’ The title of Olli Aarni’s most recent release is the Finnish word for “plastic.” It’s a subtly charged word to choose. It can describe the material that saturates almost all aspects of world trade, and as an adjective it can become an insult, a synonym of phoniness. For Aarni, though, plastic... 

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... 
Next Page »