Music

Premiere: EXEK – “U-Mop”

January 15, 2018

Premiere: EXEK – “U-Mop” Melbourne’s EXEK began as the solo studio project of Albert Wolski, but quickly expanded into a regular four-piece in 2014 with the addition of Andrew Brocchi on synthesizer, Henry Wilson on bass, and Nell Grant on saxophone. On new song “U-Mop” — taken from their upcoming Ahead... 

Nev Lilit – ‘Donnie’

January 12, 2018

Nev Lilit – ‘Donnie’ Young, Stockholm-based tape imprint Moloton has released four exciting cassettes since launching, the first of which — the “minimalist gloom” of Sonja Tofik — was discussed eloquently by R Stan Molina elsewhere on this very site. The label’s sophomore release is also a fine... 

Syko Friend – ‘Angel’s Ride’

January 9, 2018

Syko Friend – ‘Angel’s Ride’ Sophie Weil — Los Angeles musician by way of Minneapolis — has channeled somnambulant drifts under the solo guise Syko Friend since 2011. As expected from an occasional contributor to countrified outlets Clay Camero’s County Line Bandits and Itasca, Syko Friend fails to shy away completely... 

Premiere: Pun Collins – “Mainframe” (feat. Nico Niquo)

January 4, 2018

Premiere: Pun Collins – “Mainframe” (feat. Nico Niquo) The last we heard from French producer Axel Lacan was in April 2017 with his decayed and engrossing World Wide Wave cassette for Brooklyn’s Dirty Tapes. His new 12″, titled Lunar Influence, for UK-label Them There Records is an introspective contrast, a somnambulent flip-side to the more... 

Chikiss – ‘New Season’

December 21, 2017

Chikiss – ‘New Season’ According to Not Not Fun, Galina Ozeran — aka Chikiss — began working on this tape of overcast, calmly flowing pieces after she lost her voice for a whole month. Reading about her experience brought me back to my middle school rock singer days, before I learned vocal technique. I’d scream... 

Melange – “Cotard”

December 19, 2017

Melange – “Cotard” Winding a path through some reimagined vein of older rock is Melange, a Madrid-based quintet that rides the softer edges of jazzy rock into mournful stomps and understated melodic twists. Following an era that often interpreted psychedelic rock with a hammer, Melange use their album Viento Bravo to... 

Valise – ‘Thistles & Covenants’

December 11, 2017

Valise – ‘Thistles & Covenants’ Concocted in Ableton with a computer keyboard midi, live vocals, and field recordings used for textural purposes, Thistles & Covenants shows Valise mastermind Maralie meditating on “tighter, darker spaces, inner-space, shadow work, [and] intimate durational pain.” As befitting an artist with... 

Ivy Meadows – ‘Zodiac’

December 8, 2017

Ivy Meadows – ‘Zodiac’ In 2013, Brooklyn-based artist Rachel Day conceived and executed a serial collaborative art project centered around the signs of the zodiac. She and a host of collaborators produced postcards, posters, zines and other art objects which were delivered monthly to eager subscribers. For her contribution... 

Roger Tellier-Craig – ‘Instantanés’

December 7, 2017

Roger Tellier-Craig – ‘Instantanés’ In typical fashion, Root Strata allows neither genre nor geography to set boundaries on its catalog — including the grim elegance of Roe Enney, the solemn guitar meanderings of Hisato Higuchi, and the abstract and alien sound experiments by No UFO’s. Now, the imprint continues their eclectic... 

Taavi Tulev & Kristjan Raidna – ‘AB’

December 6, 2017

Taavi Tulev & Kristjan Raidna – ‘AB’ In 2014, Estonian experimental recorder Taavi Tulev darted across our radar with his imaginative treatments of field recordings and novel, interactive CD packaging. Though his studio work has always been wide-ranging, since 2014’s Kuku! CD his focus has clearly shifted more heavily toward... 

$$$TAG$$$ – ‘Fractals’

December 1, 2017

$$$TAG$$$ – ‘Fractals’ Asem Tag’s new $$$TAG$$$ cassette Fractals, out last month via UK imprint Seagrave, is a world where meandering, electronic soundscapes exist with an almost divine beauty. Writing as Blade Runner 2049 comes down from the peak of its hype, this album sounds like something that was made with... 

Premiere: Video Duct – “Talk Like A Man”

November 28, 2017

Premiere: Video Duct – “Talk Like A Man” In many ways, the greater American Midwest is a place of natural extremes that the rest of the United States experiences differently. It can be isolating and remote, a fearful prospect for many these days, though for just as many it’s unavoidably home. Depending on your cosmic spin or human trajectory,... 

Premiere: Autumn Casey – “This Is No Dream (Excerpt)”

November 27, 2017

Premiere: Autumn Casey – “This Is No Dream (Excerpt)” For its first release, American Damage — the Chicago imprint of occasional Decoder contributor Jordan Reyes — enlists experimental rocker and classically trained pianist Autumn Casey, who comes armed with a new long-form solo composition titled This Is No Dream. Usually of noise-rock duo... 

East of the Valley Blues, ‘Fayet’

November 21, 2017

East of the Valley Blues, ‘Fayet’ East of the Valley Blues is Patrick and Kevin Cahill, twin brothers playing acoustic guitars. It’s really as simple as that. Their improvisation-heavy pieces are recorded using a simple studio setup and published without additional overdubs or much mixing. While this means that the results are... 

V/A – ‘In The Eyes of Violence Iris Lies In Silks’

November 16, 2017

V/A – ‘In The Eyes of Violence Iris Lies In Silks’ Where do you start with a review on a two-hour, twenty-two track, three-cassette compilation overview of a specific regional scene? “Twenty-two track” in this case also means “twenty-two artist.” Yeah, it’s a doozy. Let’s begin with some thoughts from Fraternity as Vanity... 

DJ DJ Tanner & Ross Wallace Chait – ‘Split’

November 15, 2017

DJ DJ Tanner & Ross Wallace Chait – ‘Split’ Iowa sampling guru DJ DJ Tanner is back to work, this time with a split tape alongside Ross Wallace Chait of Los Angeles. For the a-side  Tanner wanders the corridors of his burgeoning music library, picking and choosing bits to incorporate. Titled Mint Cork, his side opens with a slightly severe... 

Endurance – ‘S/T’

November 13, 2017

Endurance – ‘S/T’ A lonely astronaut becomes stranded in outer space and is infected by a parasite that forces him to endure the entirety of the universe, until it collapses in a singularity akin to an inverse Big Bang. As the universe slides into nothingness, the astronaut meets up with a plethora of creatures, each... 

Premiere: Seki Takashi – “Voices”

November 9, 2017

Premiere: Seki Takashi – “Voices” Attractive Coincidence, or ACR for short, has only been at it for a year now, but the London-based imprint has made big moves in the ambient-leaning corner of the cassette world. The label has issued two volumes of a mind and body-numbing compilation called The Opposite of Aloof, featuring sounds... 

World War – ‘Soundsystem’

November 8, 2017

World War – ‘Soundsystem’ Davey Harms’ Soundsystem cassette — released as World War — starts on a restrained note, with woozy but beat-sure psychedelics. It’s a thick enough brew that it defies my expectations while reading about it on Hausu Mountain’s website. The “workout” is there... 

Premiere: Dallas Acid – “29 Palms”

November 3, 2017

Premiere: Dallas Acid – “29 Palms” Following on their 2xLPOriginal Soundtrack and a busy year in between, Austin-based trio Dallas Acid have a new album out later this month titled Spa Hunter. Fleshed out while “watching vintage BMW commercials,” Spa Hunter is both a cosmic head-trip and a series of more and less subtle... 
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