Reviews

Stephen Molyneux, ‘The Shape of Clouds to Come’

July 7, 2015

Stephen Molyneux, ‘The Shape of Clouds to Come’ La Station Radar, 12.8.2015 Stephen Molyneux’s The Shape of Clouds to Come is a record for the small hours, gently rushing past your ears with its delicate touch. Released on La Station Radar, this EP is very different from my previous listen to Molyneux’s work — a nifty tape on No Kings from... 

Seth, ‘This Is True (Sunseth)’

June 16, 2015

Seth, ‘This Is True (Sunseth)’ 1080p, 6.2.2015 The blurb that comes with 1080p’s latest release is as ambiguous as it is accurate: “The tape is a cartridge: by inserting it in your machine, you unlock the SETH exotic realm; flaming away into ashy night. Poing, volatile, poing.” All you can know about SETH before... 

Alex Cobb, “Chantepleure”

June 5, 2015

Alex Cobb, “Chantepleure” Students of Decay, 5.12.2015 It’s been nearly a decade since I was first introduced to Alex Cobb’s music via the Snowfallout CD-R that Brad Rose released on his Foxglove micro-label. At the time, Cobb was going by the moniker Taiga Remains and producing chord organ and melodica canopies... 

Polish Nails, “Musical Youth”

June 4, 2015

Polish Nails, “Musical Youth” Self-Released, 3.9.2015 I just finished the first round of volunteer medical studies on this new product Musical Youth. Wanted to let everyone know here on this forum who’s struggled with the same issues over the years — it stopped my brain shivers! I’ve been spinning strong and looking for... 

Jim O’Rourke, “Simple Songs”

June 3, 2015

Jim O’Rourke, “Simple Songs” Drag City, 5.19.2015 Simple Songs is the first Jim O’Rourke solo record with a title that doesn’t reference a film by Nicholas Roeg. It seems something of a private chuckle for O’Rourke to name the most conventional releases in his catalogue after some of the director’s boldest deconstructions... 

Kara-Lis Coverdale & LXV, “Sirens”

May 29, 2015

Kara-Lis Coverdale & LXV, “Sirens” Umor Rex, 5.8.2015 Since launching in 2006, Umor Rex has, for the most part, led a noble campaign for finding exploratory experimental, synthetic music with actual heart. While the Mexico City-based imprint has flirted with its love for wispy folk and electronic music of all shapes and sizes, Umor Rex’s... 

TALsounds, “All The Way”

May 26, 2015

TALsounds, “All The Way” Hausu Mountain, 5.26.2015 All The Way, the new album from Goodwill Smith member TALsounds (aka Natalie Chami) is by turns hypnotic and gripping, with swaths of gorgeous texture that metamorphose into songs and back again before your ears. Listening to the album is kind of like taking a late-night walk... 

Night Cleaner, “Sketch for Winter III: Green Sleeves”

May 21, 2015

Night Cleaner, “Sketch for Winter III: Green Sleeves” Geographic North, 2.26.2015 My ear hit a downward spiral after All The Saints’ debut LP, Fire on Corridor X (Killer Pimp, Touch & Go). At the very beginning of my exposure to independent, outsider psychedelic music, Atlanta buried my ear in the greatest depths of dense, impenetrable tremolo... 

Rectal Hygienics, “Ultimate Purity” LP

May 14, 2015

Rectal Hygienics, “Ultimate Purity” LP Permanent Records, 2.17.2015 Recently, Dangerous Minds featured an article about one of Nirvana’s infamous South American concerts, in which Kurt Cobain and the gang responded to the audience’s violence against Calamity Jane with their own form of mockery. The pure noise that opens the show... 

Andrew Broder, “Picture of the Hostage Holding Today’s Newspaper”

May 13, 2015

Andrew Broder, “Picture of the Hostage Holding Today’s Newspaper” Brian Records, 2.9.2015 On this massive 10-sided release, courtesy of the self-proclaimed weirdos at Brian Records, prolific turntablist/band leader/electronic indie rocker, Andrew Broder serves up mountains of grooves. I’m talking about mashed potato gloppings of heavy, thudding beats paired with... 

Beast Nest, “Songs For Puppies”

April 28, 2015

Beast Nest, “Songs For Puppies” Full Spectrum, 3.2.2015 Beast Nest is the straight-A kid who skipped every class. Beast Nest is the drug you could never quit, the dream you could never relive, the home you never found. More literally, Beast Nest is the project of Oakland artist Sharmi Basu, a mind-shattering experimentalist who breaks... 

Tim Cosner, “DEADTECH​/​MODERNHOMES”

April 23, 2015

Tim Cosner, “DEADTECH​/​MODERNHOMES” Bonding Tapes, 2.17.2015 Tim Cosner’s DEADTECH/MODERNHOMES begins with a series of gorgeous misfires. “Scrapes Low,” the first song on Cosner’s debut solo album, stutters and skips before mounting into full attack. Each track that then follows increases in intensity, making the track that preceded... 

Jacob Kirkegaard, “5 Pieces”

April 22, 2015

Jacob Kirkegaard, “5 Pieces” Posh Isolation, 1.23.2015 When it comes to modern field recordings and processed, situational drone music, you’d be hard pressed to find a more apt or agile producer than Jacob Kirkegaard. The Danish sound artist, currently based in Berlin, has issued work after work of dark and weighted meditation... 

Kane Pour, “Hyper Pollen Temple”

April 13, 2015

Kane Pour, “Hyper Pollen Temple” Elestial Sound, 11.15.2014 The tracklist of Hyper Pollen Temple, the new album from Kane Pour, holds many mysteries. Who is the “Wooden Twin?” What is the “Frog’s Puzzle Box?” How can one begin to unravel the web of references lying beneath the album’s surface? Not everyone... 

High Aura’d & Mike Shiflet, “Awake”

April 8, 2015

High Aura’d & Mike Shiflet, “Awake” Type, 3.17.2015 Mike Shiflet and John Kolodij are two guitar players whose approach to the instrument is vastly different from most six-string slingers. Their past work has reflected an ability to cherry-pick elements from disparate sonic traditions and unify them in an elegant fashion. Harsh static,... 

Protector 101, “Collar OST”

April 7, 2015

Protector 101, “Collar OST” Revolving Door Records, 1.1.2015 Protector 101 — aka Ventura, CA native Jake Freeman — has risen steadily to become one of the more celebrated modern artists working in his particular field. Most often found among the generally excellent Aphasia Records roster, Freeman has spent the past couple... 

Heroin in Tahiti, “Sun and Violence”

April 6, 2015

Heroin in Tahiti, “Sun and Violence” Boring Machines, 4.6.2015 If any kind of charge can be leveled at  Death Surf, the Italian duo Heroin in Tahiti‘s otherwise outstanding 2012 combination of propulsive surf rock and dirt-caked Morricone-infused desert blues, it is that it becomes increasingly difficult to withstand over the course... 

U SCO, “Treffpunkt”

April 2, 2015

U SCO, “Treffpunkt” New Atlantis Records, 9.23.2014 It is difficult to find a narrative to coincide with U SCO‘s latest album, Treffpunkt. Their first release with New Atlantis Records finds the punk trio engaged in an endurance battle that is as uncompromising as it is genre-defying. Not surprisingly, it is difficult... 

Oren Ambarchi & Jim O’Rourke, “Behold”

April 1, 2015

Oren Ambarchi & Jim O’Rourke, “Behold” Editions Mego, 3.3.2015 For their second collaborative LP, Behold, microfamous multi-instrumentalists Oren Ambarchi and Jim O’Rourke convened again in O’Rourke’s adopted hometown of Tokyo for another round of introspective, expansive improvisation. Recorded at O’Rourke’s studio Steamroom and... 

Various Artists, “DoubleCASS”

March 24, 2015

Various Artists, “DoubleCASS” 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... 
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