Music

Small Axe – ‘Comedy Vol. II’

August 18, 2017

Small Axe – ‘Comedy Vol. II’ Ehse calls Small Axe a “Soul Jingle duo,” and they’ll get no arguments from me. The Baltimore two-piece occupy a zonked, jangly outpost at the intersection of pazz and jop, sounding something like music conjured out of a gramophone haunted by millenials. The two take flight and spin... 

Eola – ‘Hamamatsu’

August 14, 2017

Eola – ‘Hamamatsu’ Edwin White, one half of the brothers Tonstartssbandht, has spent the better part of a decade now turning Eola into its own wonderfully expressive hymnal with the almost glossolalic movement of his nimble croon. His new Hamamatsu tape is an easy fit, released just this month though it was apparently... 

Premiere: Secret Pyramid – “Memory Within Memory”

August 4, 2017

Premiere: Secret Pyramid – “Memory Within Memory” Since first emerging in 2010 with a self-released CD-r, Amir Abbey’s Secret Pyramid has forged a quiet but steady run of wistfully dreamlike ambient music. Now, following a run of releases on No UFO’s Nice Up International, Students of Decay, and his own Proposition imprint, the project... 

Impulse Array – ‘Extrasolar’

August 2, 2017

Impulse Array – ‘Extrasolar’ The Concrète Tapes cabal is dedicated to promoting the experimental sounds of the English Northwest, via the label, and through their in-house blog and club night. As of my writing, their latest missive is also the latest from Lancaster resident Mark Burford under his Impulse Array moniker, an EP... 

Papillon – ‘Aqueducts’

August 1, 2017

Papillon – ‘Aqueducts’ Gonçalo Cardoso, head of UK-based label Discrepant, has a penchant for the exotic and dreamlike. As far as Cardoso’s extended work is concerned, Papillon is a relatively young project. Under the moniker Gonzo, he conducts listeners through sweltering travelogues or dark, ambient meditations on... 

V/A – ‘Rogue Pulse/Gravity Collapse’

July 24, 2017

V/A – ‘Rogue Pulse/Gravity Collapse’ From Wolf Eyes to Dreamcrusher, DJ Spooky to Sun Araw, and alongside a slew of in-house and Bay Area contributors, Ratskin Records’ 184-track, 10-disc, 12-hour Rogue Pulse/Gravity Collapse is undeniably “MASSIVE.” The tracklist corresponds to an international outpouring of support... 

Zhao Cong – ‘Afternoon’

July 21, 2017

Zhao Cong – ‘Afternoon’ Earlier this summer I spent some time with Zoomin’ Night imprint of Beijing-based Zhu Wenbo, thanks to tidbits of news emerging about his compilation of Chinese experimental music There Is No Music From China — curated with Yan Jun for release on Zoomin’ Night and Noel Meek’s... 

ARU – ‘More Songs About Dubbing’

July 17, 2017

ARU – ‘More Songs About Dubbing’ While Dubuque-based Randy Carter, aka ARU, readies himself for a bout of touring next season (“Mountains of Dub Tourette 2017”), I’m catching up with his new More Songs About Dubbing CD for Denver’s Forbidden Place Records. Conceived as a dubbed out companion to Carter’s... 

James Fella – ‘Inactive Parts’

July 13, 2017

James Fella – ‘Inactive Parts’ Inactive Parts is a project that has taken many forms. Performed live on the radio in the summer of 2014 — the piece was called “New Material” at this point — and then as an installation later that winter, with a different version appearing on two sets of single-sided acetate LPs.... 

former_airline – ‘The Discreet Charm of the Ghostmodern World’

July 11, 2017

former_airline – ‘The Discreet Charm of the Ghostmodern World’ The Discreet Charm of the Ghostmodern World is an album of clockwork ghouls and polite ghosts, conjured by Japanese sound artist Masaki Kubo — his seventh album as former_airline. The tone is engrossing, made even more hypnotic thanks to meticulously stacked loops and synth sequences. As an... 

Sonja Tofik – ‘Neuros’

July 7, 2017

Sonja Tofik – ‘Neuros’ Moloton is a new label, grown out of the experimental electronic scene in Stockholm, Sweden. Their debut release, Neuros, is also the first from artist Sonja Tofik, a member of the Stockholm collective Drömfakulteten (“dream faculty”). Neuros is all minimalist gloom play with droning... 

Micromelancolié – ‘Anatomy of Modern Paintings’

June 29, 2017

Micromelancolié – ‘Anatomy of Modern Paintings’ A beguiling addition to the expanding catalog of Antwerp tape imprint Audio Visuals Atmosphere: the canny, textural Anatomy of Modern Paintings by Micromelancolié, aka Polish experimental sound and video artist Robert Skrzyński. Anatomy of Modern Paintings is an edit from two performances at the National... 

Ash & Herb – “Skull Rock”

June 26, 2017

Ash & Herb – “Skull Rock” Sometimes when I’m sad about the current state of affairs, I imagine a future when the earth reclaims itself from humans and the power of nature overtakes roads and buildings, turning skyscrapers into garbage tombs. Dense urban landscapes crack as  prairie, wetland, and forest all resume.... 

Premiere: C. Lavender – “Self-Imposed Quarantine”

June 22, 2017

Premiere: C. Lavender – “Self-Imposed Quarantine” C. Lavender is a NY-based sound artist, educator, and healer with an understated string of cathartic cassettes on the likes of Ecstatic Peace! and Primitive Languages. Largely existing in the glorious fringes of noise, drone, and amorphous industrial ambient music, C. Lavender now issues Vanishing... 

Pun Collins – ‘World Wide Wave’

June 21, 2017

Pun Collins – ‘World Wide Wave’ Coming across a beat-tape titled World Wide Wave attached to someone called Pun Collins, add in a label named Dirty Tapes and you’ve set some undeniably high expectations for a first listen — even higher if you already know the label’s reliability as a source for off-kilter beat... 

Kyle Clyd – ‘Eaux’

June 15, 2017

Kyle Clyd – ‘Eaux’ Artist and composer Kyle Eyre Clyd was born in Louisiana, raised in Alabama, and now calls New York City her home. About a decade ago, she “began her solo noise project using unclaimed electronics left behind at her residence, Brooklyn’s Silent Barn,” and has since performed at spaces such... 

V/A – ‘Doom Mix Vol. 1’

June 13, 2017

V/A – ‘Doom Mix Vol. 1’ To date LA-based Doom Trip Records has cultivated a small, impeccably curated set of releases that — even so — cannot properly foreshadow their first Doom Mix. The compilation features a set of associated artists alongside an expanded gang of electronic outsiders, full dark and intense ambient... 

Adderall Canyonly / Ak’chamel – ‘TT019’

June 12, 2017

Adderall Canyonly / Ak’chamel – ‘TT019’ The latest split from Jakarta-based Morgan McKellar’s Tandem Tapes is a corkscrew bullseye of a pairing, featuring Field Hymns’ in-house kraut-loon Adderall Canyonly and noir-ish downers Ak’chamel. Together the sides are suitably monochromatic and doomish, but also striking for both... 

Stream: Populous – ‘Azulejos’

June 8, 2017

Stream: Populous – ‘Azulejos’ I hadn’t heard Italian producer Populous before stumbling across the first single from his new LP, Azulejos, and to be honest, I listened primarily because of the name. Populous is Andrea Mangia, based in the Apulian city of Lecce, but his recording moniker is taken from the video game series... 

Decoder Podcast #06: Boomarm Nation, Bedlam Tapes, & Arachnidiscs

June 6, 2017

Decoder Podcast #06: Boomarm Nation, Bedlam Tapes, & Arachnidiscs While we finish off with our proofs for the new Decoder print issue, we’re thrilled to share a label-focused installment of our podcast. This heady episode features segments produced in-house by each imprint involved. We start off with a wide-ranging look into the celestial and experimental veins... 
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