Music

Splice Girls – ‘Spliceworld’

February 21, 2017

Splice Girls – ‘Spliceworld’ Splice Girls‘ Spliceworld is the sort of clever aside I hope against hope will somehow come to define 2017 and these early days of confusion and bewilderment — certainly the sort we should all be expecting more often from labels like Suite 309. As you might imagine from the double use of... 

Persona Mercure – ‘Replacement’

February 17, 2017

Persona Mercure – ‘Replacement’ Utilizing a maximum of three sound sources per composition, Samuel Mercure (working under the name Persona Mercure) has honed a quartet of skeletal audio constructions, each of which takes shape like an origami figure, fold by intricate fold. The simplicity of the palette from which these pieces take... 

Havre De Grace – ‘Black Sea II’

February 8, 2017

Havre De Grace – ‘Black Sea II’ Havre De Grace is an international trio comprised of Krys Drazek and Brent Fuscaldo from Chicago’s Mako Sica, and Jorg Schneider of the German projects Roji & Nicoffeine. Does playing together live sound difficult yet? In order to record, Brent and Krys flew over to Germany, and,  as you may... 

Premiere: David Liebe Hart & Chip the Black Boy – “Nature Rmx”

February 7, 2017

Premiere: David Liebe Hart & Chip the Black Boy – “Nature Rmx” If you’ve been even tenuously following the meteoric rise of L.A. troubador and puppeteer David Liebe Hart, you should be able to share my joy that his star is hitched — at least for a moment — to anything with the words “chopped” and “screwed” involved. The... 

Nick Malkin – ‘Interrupted Verse’

February 6, 2017

Nick Malkin – ‘Interrupted Verse’ The promotional video for Nick Malkin’s new EP shows a screenshare with multiple open .rtf and .mov files, one of which displays a quotation from anthropologist Marc Augé’s book Non-Places: “It is becoming more difficult by the day to distinguish between the exterior and the interior, the elsewhere... 

Galaxy Express 555 – ‘Ep. 3, S(oil) & Water: From the Nearctic to the Neotropic’

February 2, 2017

Galaxy Express 555 – ‘Ep. 3, S(oil) & Water: From the Nearctic to the Neotropic’ “Listen to everything all the time and remind yourself when you are not listening.” –Pauline Oliveros It’s in that spirit of mindfulness that longtime solo-recorder Christopher Farstad — otherwise known as 555 and one of the collaborators behind Food Pyramid (Moon Glyph,... 

Arvo Zylo – ‘Sequencer Works: Volume Three’

February 1, 2017

Arvo Zylo – ‘Sequencer Works: Volume Three’ Prolific experimental recorder and No Part of It proprietor Arvo Zylo recently unveiled the third installment in his aptly titled, two year old Sequencer Works series, out via Midwestern stalwarts KaRyeEye Tapes out of Indiana and Dubuque-based Personal Archives — the latter also home to his... 

Glass Frog – ‘Hakuna Montuno’

January 31, 2017

Glass Frog – ‘Hakuna Montuno’ Glass Frog does not lie: there is no montuno to be found in Hakuna Montuno. This is no rumba, this music is a slathering of synthetic secretions; a triptych originating from esoteric circuitry, worn knobs, frayed patch cords, and partially-obfuscated LEDs. Konrad Kamm — the personality behind... 

Premiere: Earthen Sea – “Exuberant Burning”

January 27, 2017

Premiere: Earthen Sea – “Exuberant Burning” Jacob Long is no stranger to reinvention. In the late nineties, Long cut his teeth playing bass in the short-lived hardcore band Amalgamation. In the early aughts, he co-founded Black Eyes, the celebrated outfit that, along with Q and Not U, highlighted Dischord’s post-hardcore heyday. With Black... 

Premiere: Ok Sure – “Scorpion”

January 20, 2017

Premiere: Ok Sure – “Scorpion” Florida-based label Elestial Sound has teamed up with creative collective She/Folk to host GAZE, a two-day music, art, and film festival this weekend in Gainesville. The event is being organized as a celebration of underrepresented artists, with a focus on ” women-identified, non-binary, trans... 

ARIISK – ‘Fatal Errors’

January 18, 2017

ARIISK – ‘Fatal Errors’ There isn’t much info available about ARIISK. Having said that, apparently he’s currently based in Los Angeles, has also spent time in Chicago, and has been producing music for over a decade. Following some tapes and compilation appearances, this is his first vinyl EP, and it is utterly... 

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... 

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... 
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