Reviews

Architectural, ‘Metropolitan Opera’

May 17, 2017

Architectural, ‘Metropolitan Opera’ Architectural Records, 1.27.17 Architectural constructs minimal techno tracks asserting the traditional European sound. Releases like last year’s Elastic Layouts and Architectural 07 are competent dub and Detroit constructions, but Metropolitan Opera lifts producer Juan Rico’s imagination... 

Glochids, ‘Water on Silver’

April 18, 2017

Glochids, ‘Water on Silver’ Lime Lodge, 11.28.16 Since launching the summer of 2015, Lime Lodge has been a low-key but consistent outpost for sonic exploration sourced from all over the world. Since then the label, helmed by Angelo Harmsworth, has released a maniacal series of LPs and tapes from the experimental jet set, including... 

Brad Laner, ‘Micro-Awakenings’

April 13, 2017

Brad Laner, ‘Micro-Awakenings’ Drawing Room Records, 11.11.16 Brad Laner is a musician that isn’t afraid to explore disparate genres and take some rather extraordinary creative risks. Formerly of Savage Republic, Electric Company, notable 90’s shoegaze/noise pop act Medicine, and many, many others, Laner has since expanded... 

Alain Neffe, ‘An Introduction Into the Insane World of Alain Neffe’

April 7, 2017

Alain Neffe, ‘An Introduction Into the Insane World of Alain Neffe’ STROOM, 11.4.16 Sometimes you get introduced to some music and immediately wish you’d heard it before; a curveball that makes you reassess an era and rekindles an excitement. An Introduction Into the Insane World of Alain Neffe, out on Ghent-based radio station come record label STROOM, is such... 

Ver Sacrum, ‘Manifest Destiny’

April 3, 2017

Ver Sacrum, ‘Manifest Destiny’ Lugubrious Audio, 8.19.16 Searching online for the person or people behind Ver Sacrum yields little beyond its English translation (“Sacred Spring”), alongside information on the magazine of the same title published by Gustav Klimt, Max Kurzweil and Josef Hoffmann’s Vienna Secession... 

Ekin Fil, ‘being near’

March 22, 2017

Ekin Fil, ‘being near’ Helen Scarsdale Agency, 6.24.16 The most unsettling track on Ekin Fil’s latest LP being near is side B’s “timesickness.” It opens with a punctuated, subby purr of synth bass mastered at a very soft volume. The effect is a sensation almost more tactile than auditory — like a phone vibrating... 

NoinoNoinoNoino, ‘8’

March 16, 2017

NoinoNoinoNoino, ‘8’ Caoutchou Records, 1.17.17 “Supergroups” or even any true collaboration can be hazardous propositions, but fortunately they often enough bear fruit. NoinoNoinoNoino’s 8 cassette for Caoutchou Records documents one exemplary success. The collaboration brings together Kiki Hitomi’s... 

Samara Lubelski, ‘The Gilded Raid’

February 15, 2017

Samara Lubelski, ‘The Gilded Raid’ Drawing Room Records, 6.10.16 For all the rich sensations and complex realities that loud, distorted, oddball psychedelia has produced in recent years, sometimes it’s the quieter, ruminative side of the genre that is most compelling. Samara Lubelski’s The Gilded Raid hails from that quarter,... 

Rod Hamilton and Tiffany Seal, ‘Versatile Ambience’

February 3, 2017

Rod Hamilton and Tiffany Seal, ‘Versatile Ambience’ Ehse Records, 9.2.16 Baltimore’s freak scene has gotten a lot freakier in the decade-and-change since Dan Deacon started parading around his glowing green skull and getting his awkward sweat on, electronically. Perhaps even deeper and weirder than Deacon and his Wham City gang is the perpetually... 

Posset, ‘The Gratitude Vest’

January 11, 2017

Posset, ‘The Gratitude Vest’ Invisible City Records, 9.26.16 By now established as something of a stalwart on the UK outsider scene with micro-edition releases stretching as far back as 2000 on labels such as Fencing Flatworm Recordings and Total Vermin, Dictaphone abuser Joe Murray — aka Posset — returns with The... 

Council Estate Electronics, ‘Arktika’

January 3, 2017

Council Estate Electronics, ‘Arktika’ Glacial Movements, 10.31.16 There are about a half-dozen or so mind-bending avant-electronic projects rooted in Godflesh’s industrial metal, either through incredibly prolific core member Justin Broadrick or alumni Robert Hampson — Council Estate Electronics, which comes to you courtesy of... 

Dylan Golden Aycock, ‘Church of Level Track’

December 9, 2016

Dylan Golden Aycock, ‘Church of Level Track’ Scissor Tail Editions, 9.16.16 On his latest release, Church of Level Track — described as his debut long-player, and “follow up” to 2012’s Rise & Shine — Oklahoma’s Dylan Golden Aycock delivers an affecting blend of American primitive guitar stylings and darkly... 

William Fowler Collins & James Jackson Toth, ‘Under Stars & Smoke’

November 21, 2016

William Fowler Collins & James Jackson Toth, ‘Under Stars & Smoke’ Bear Tree Records, 4.7.16 This spring’s collaboration from Wooden Wand’s James Jackson Toth and New Mexico-based ambient/noise composer William Fowler Collins, Under Stars and Smoke is an evocative triptych of compositions that traverse the geography of the mind. The album is a departure... 

Jefre Cantu-Ledesma, ‘In Summer’

November 7, 2016

Jefre Cantu-Ledesma, ‘In Summer’ Geographic North, 8.7.2016 The liner notes for In Summer describe it as a “catalogue of photographs,” and throughout the tape it’s easy to detect the haze of memory that weaves and curls through its glowing noise. Notions of memory and remembrance have long been central to Jefre Cantu-Ledesma’s... 

Bastian Void, ‘Nippon LP’

October 19, 2016

Bastian Void, ‘Nippon LP’ Moss Archive, 7.3.2016 How do you imagine Japan? I’ve never even left the USA. But, I have been EVERYWHERE in the USA like a dozen or more times.  Enough, in fact, that I can use past experience to splice together the tech-iest NYC jumbotrons, busiest apple stores, cheeriest cherry blossom trees,... 

||| |||, ‘Feireenesse’

October 5, 2016

||| |||, ‘Feireenesse’ Entr’acte, 6.21.2016 Entr’acte, the Antwerp-based label renowned for its stripped-back approach to packaging and presentation, has released its most enigmatic artefact yet in the form of Feireenesse, the new (perhaps only) album by ||| |||, aka Six Swords — an artist or group of artists... 

Maher Shalal Hash Baz, ‘Hello New York’

September 28, 2016

Maher Shalal Hash Baz, ‘Hello New York’ 5.5.2016, OSR Tapes There is this point of no return for “no wave,” where the expansion of structureless blues, punk energy, and loose collaborative networks is can be used expand on bleak or aggressive visions. Following this no wave thread, Maher Shalal Hash Baz provide a full inversion... 

Talk Midway, ‘you wish us both in the water’

September 21, 2016

Talk Midway, ‘you wish us both in the water’ 6.28.2016, Already Dead Tapes At first listen, Talk Midway’s you wish us both in the water is an aural portrait of a day’s passing painted with synthesizers, acoustic guitar, and field recordings. Side A begins with “dawn,” opening on a collage of two separate field recordings, the sounds of... 

Aria Rostami & Daniel Blomquist, ‘Wandering Eye’

September 2, 2016

Aria Rostami & Daniel Blomquist, ‘Wandering Eye’ Glacial Movements, 6.20.16 Aria Rostami and Daniel Blomquist are both San Francisco based sound artists. Rostami — whose excellent Sibbe was a standout on David Newman’s Audiobulb imprint — leans toward shuddering, techno-influenced soundscapes, while Blomquist goes the way of shadowy tape collage.... 

Sister Grotto, ‘Blindside’

August 16, 2016

Sister Grotto, ‘Blindside’ Heavy Mess, 4.19.16 In an interview this past April, as she told Decoder about the long process of unearthing her voice as an artist, Madeline Johnston pinpointed a moment when she realized her music “could find a home in a larger body.” She was talking about hearing Married in Berdichev live — recognizing... 
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