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...
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...
November 12, 2014
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...
November 4, 2014
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...
October 28, 2014
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...
October 24, 2014
Drag City, 8/26/14
Tracking the evolution of Bitchin Bajas has been one of my favorite music-related endeavors of the decade thus far. When the project emerged as the solo side-act of Cave’s Cooper Crain in 2010 it was in the form of a relatively straightforward drone record, Tones and Zones....
October 22, 2014
Drag City, 7/22/2014
Do you ever pretend that contemporary musicians are gigantic rock stars? I know Ty Segall has actually appeared on TV (in fact, I wish I could come back as a 12-year old just to have his Letterman segment enlighten my ears to the promises of rock), and Darker My Love one-upped those...
September 29, 2014
Jellyfant Records, 9/26/2014
Borne out of Duluth, Minnesota, Nathan Amundson – or Rivulets – also sounds like Duluth. His music is often bleak, occasionally harsh, sometimes melancholic, usually slow, and always reflective. It should be no surprise that his first release came to us via the...
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September 24, 2014
Inverted Music Company, 5/26/2014
In April, Joey Molinaro stormed into a Chicago room and pounced on his audience. The punk violinist unfurled an attack of acoustic, stomp-driven violin storms for a time, beside telling stories, screaming, and processing his violin with synth pedals and an amplifier....