Reviews

Ultralyd, “Geneva 13.10.10″

February 27, 2015

Ultralyd, “Geneva 13.10.10″ 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... 

BCH+C, “Live: Taking A Shot”

February 18, 2015

BCH+C, “Live: Taking A Shot” 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... 

Jefre Cantu-Ledesma, “A Year With 13 Moons”

February 10, 2015

Jefre Cantu-Ledesma, “A Year With 13 Moons” 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... 

CAVE, “Release”

February 5, 2015

CAVE, “Release” 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... 

Tallesen, “Stills Lit Through”

January 30, 2015

Tallesen, “Stills Lit Through” Software, 11/11/14 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 Tallesen,... 

Francisco López, “Untitled #281″

January 29, 2015

Francisco López, “Untitled #281″ Störung, 7/1/2014 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... 

Josh Millrod, “Seeking the Millenary Kingdom”

January 27, 2015

Josh Millrod, “Seeking the Millenary Kingdom” 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... 

Christina Carter, “Character Study”

January 22, 2015

Christina Carter, “Character Study” 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,... 

Zeek Sheck, “Joinus”

January 14, 2015

Zeek Sheck, “Joinus” Resipiscent, 8/30/2014 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... 

Talk West, “Please the Parting Guest”

January 8, 2015

Talk West, “Please the Parting Guest” 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... 

Grasshopper, “Dark Sabbath: Symbols of Evil”

January 6, 2015

Grasshopper, “Dark Sabbath: Symbols of Evil” 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... 

Ibrahim Khider, “Muslimgauze: Chasing the Shadow of Bryn Jones”

December 16, 2014

Ibrahim Khider, “Muslimgauze: Chasing the Shadow of Bryn Jones” 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... 

Nick Storring “Endless Conjecture”

December 11, 2014

Nick Storring “Endless Conjecture” 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... 

Lewis, “Romantic Times”

December 4, 2014

Lewis, “Romantic Times” 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... 

Ital, “Endgame”

November 26, 2014

Ital, “Endgame” 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... 

Grouper, “Ruins”

November 21, 2014

Grouper, “Ruins” Kranky, 10/31/2014 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... 

Onibaba/Nick Millevoi, “Split”

November 18, 2014

Onibaba/Nick Millevoi, “Split” 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... 

Fabio Fabor, “Pape Satan”

November 12, 2014

Fabio Fabor, “Pape Satan” Plastica Marella, 4/4/2014 Eschatology — the study of the “end times” — need not be gloomy or obsessed with doom. Depending on one’s take, humankind’s salvation is already realized here on earth, persisting throughout the natural order of things, throughout the human... 

German Army, “Jivaro Witnesses”

November 4, 2014

German Army, “Jivaro Witnesses” Burka For Everybody, June 2014 Does the mere mention of a new German Army release get your engines revving anymore, all hot and bothered? Is it still titillating or tantalizing? Or is the magic somehow… gone? OK, so this review kind of started out as if we’re all in some kind of marriage... 

Alex Cobb, “Marigold & Cable”

October 28, 2014

Alex Cobb, “Marigold & Cable”  Shelter Press, July 2014 Alex Cobb’s music, whether under his own name or as Taiga Remains, is consistent in the way he blends drone and ambient improvisations into a streamlined, coherent vision. When reading the press sheet for Marigold & Cable, his most recent record, you’ll learn that... 
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