March 24, 2015
CrackleTimesFavor Cassettes, 1.16.2015
What? Are you kidding me? How do these tapes exist? How have I lived twenty-some whole years of worthless life without this release? How did the universe hold together without these cassettes to imbue each atom with immutable significance? Fuck me, I love this...
March 5, 2015
Sick Room Records/Murailles Music, 9.15.2014
Only / When You’re Near / When You’re Near / I grow steady / You make me steady / Longing / In my dreaming / Wishing / We were stealing / Kisses / Your sweet kisses.
Annie Lewandowski seizes her listener from the moment Arrest opens, which is...
March 4, 2015
Umor Rex, 2.24.2015
Phil “PT” Tortoroli co-curates NYC’s burgeoning Styles Upon Styles imprint, which is focused on dropping adventurous slabs of wax in a primarily electronic vein. Alongside the mother imprint, which features arresting music from the likes of Archie Pelago and White Visitation,...
February 27, 2015
Drid Machine, 10/13/2014
The inner fascist buried deep in your psyche would probably tell you that music this good should be illegal. There’s no way such a raucous din could contribute to a cohesive, well-functioning society. Do we really dare think of the dangers to be incurred if every listener...
February 18, 2015
Small Scale Music, 11/17/2014
Comprised of four mainstays of the Montreal free-music scene, BCH+C convened in the back of Le Cagibi during an edition of the weekly Mardi Spaghetti series, which Small Scale Music brought out on cassette this past November. Encompassing free jazz, noise rock and small-sound...
February 10, 2015
Mexican Summer, 2.10.2015
To those familiar with Jefre Cantu-Ledesma, his new album jacket may look familiar. But something is a little bit off – the image is abstract, evocative, sparse, yet clearly engaged with the familiar concept of “love.” It’s kind of like Joan Miró was commissioned...
February 5, 2015
Drag City, 10.21.2014
On Running’s Castle Face LP, Vaguely Ethnic, the second side diverged into one of the band’s most direct krautrock sequences, spurred by a strange number called “Raven’s Ca$h.” The song churns the trio’s regenerative-guitar-queasy-bass-hammered-drums...
January 30, 2015
I have been a multitude of shapes,
Before I assumed a consistent form.
I have been a sword, narrow, variegated,
I have been a tear in the air,
I have been in the dullest of stars.
I have been a word among letters,
I have been a book in the origin.
— From a poem by Taliesin Ben Beirdd
January 29, 2015
Seeing Francisco López live remains one of the strangest experiences of my life. Booked by Godspeed You! Black Emperor to perform at the 2010 “Nightmare Before Christmas” edition of All Tomorrow’s Parties, the prolific Spanish sound artist took to the stage after a heavy Saturday...
January 27, 2015
Solid Melts, 5/20/2014
Josh Millrod accompanies Seeking the Millenary Kingdom with a chunk from Julio Cortázar’s Hopscotch. The quote churns together murder, the kingdom, nostalgia, and stately mechanization into a summary of human political motivation and purpose. Without it, Millrod’s...
January 22, 2015
Drawing Room Records, June 2014
Christina Carter has a long musical résumé – ranging from solo work to various collaborations over the years, like her project with ex-husband Tom Carter in Charalambides. She has worked with artists like Pocahaunted, Black Forest, and Gown, and with labels like Kranky,...
January 14, 2015
Zeek Sheck are veterans of avant-garde circles, beginning their tenure during the glory years of Skin Graft Records. Now releasing with Resipiscent, the gigantic ensemble fully embrace and capture an emancipatory sound that is equally jazz and open, unstructured spoken word. On...
January 8, 2015
Wounded Knife, 8/20/2014
In the United States, the word “West” summons up two visions that seem opposed at first but, on a closer look, reveal the same spirit underneath. In one, the West is a distinct region with unique cultural outlooks, conventions, and dilemmas. In the other, the West is a site...
January 6, 2015
Hausu Mountain, 11/14/14
The third vinyl outing from Brooklyn’s Grasshopper finds Jesse DeRosa and Josh Milrod in exceptional form. From the very first moments, we are met with a supremely confident and building blast of deeply pulsing, darkly droning energy. Hausu Mountain has packaged the proceedings...
December 16, 2014
Vinyl on Demand, April 2014
As I begin typing this paragraph, news channels around the world are reporting on the worst terror attack to have taken place in Jerusalem for six years. Bringing to a head a month of religious violence perpetrated by Palestinians on Jewish Israelis, two East Jerusalem men...
December 11, 2014
Orange Milk Records, 11/18/2014
Endless Conjecture is the newest from Toronto’s prolific young composer and solo multi-tracker Nick Storring. Like a collection of fabricated field recordings from an imagined dimension, this is a safari of many layers, textures, and moods. Buzzes, cricks, moans, it...
December 4, 2014
Light in the Attic Records, 8/26/2014
I hadn’t heard Lewis before this LP came my way – I slept on the reissue of the first record, L’Amour — and was excited to hear this reissue of his second known LP. For those unfamiliar with his backstory, Lewis Baloue is an alias. He recorded...
November 26, 2014
Planet Mu, 9/8/2014
When Ital debuted back in 2011, Daniel Martin-McCormick’s dance-influenced project sounded light years ahead of its contemporaries, with Ital mining elements of house, pop, and dub, making for a captivating sound that set him apart from his label mates (and, in the case of Magic...
November 21, 2014
The door closes. The sea drifts in listlessly, formed on lilac waves of moonlight through the window, across the wooden floor, onto the bed. A shape in the bed stirs. Out of the house, into the hills, into the grass. Cicadas buzz, mate, frenetically, angelically ignorant of the confusion...
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November 18, 2014
Ivory Antler Recording & Publishing, August 2014
At times, it’s tempting to call every slowly-developing, unfolding, creeping sequence of noise “glacial,” given the expectations and implications that accompany such a term. A glacier moves at a pace that completely defies our logic...