Reviews

Anthony Pasquarosa with John Moloney, ‘My Pharaoh, My King’

August 15, 2017

Anthony Pasquarosa with John Moloney, ‘My Pharaoh, My King’ Feeding Tube Records, 3.24.17 My wife and I spent most of November 9th last year laying around in a daze, pondering what we ought to do for our young son, and listening to John Coltrane’s A Love Supreme. Around mid-day, a friend texted to commiserate — he was doing essentially the same thing,... 

Science Fiction, ‘Terrible Lizards’

August 11, 2017

Science Fiction, ‘Terrible Lizards’ Stimulus Progression, 5.17.16 Science Fiction, the enigmatic West Coast avant-garde duo, is almost as mysterious in 2016 as it was in 1980. Comprised of M. Kappenman and R. Curtis, Science Fiction released one full-length record and a 7” single. It’s unknown how many copies of Science Fiction’s... 

Threes And Will, ‘Purge of Genden’

August 8, 2017

Threes And Will, ‘Purge of Genden’ Nothing Out There, 3.10.17 Threes And Will is an anonymous Estonian alias debuted early in 2014 via local imprint Trash Can Dance. Since then, he’s been looping and conjuring his own distinctly warped and psychedelic cross-pollination of stoner rock with obtuse industrial new wave. Later in 2014,... 

Ingrid Schmoliner & Elena Kakaliagou, ‘Nabelóse’

July 27, 2017

Ingrid Schmoliner & Elena Kakaliagou, ‘Nabelóse’ Corvo Records, 3.3.2017 Nabelóse, released by Berlin-based sound art label Corvo Records, is a collaboration between Austrian prepared piano virtuoso/yodeler Ingrid Schmoliner and Greek French horn player Elena Kakaliagou, breathing new life into traditional folk songs from both artists’ native... 

Jeff Burch, ‘S/T’

July 26, 2017

Jeff Burch, ‘S/T’ The Spring Press, 3.3.2017 Jeff Burch founded his Spring Press imprint while living in Sydney, Australia. The label has been a way for the American-born and New Zealand-raised artist-musician to share and showcase the work produced by others that he has had the privilege to come into contact with. ... 

Robin Lohrey, ‘Robin Lohrey EP’

July 19, 2017

Robin Lohrey, ‘Robin Lohrey EP’ Vanity Press Records, 1.30.17 Patience is a virtue in dance music — it’s as much a part of the craft as knowing when to let a groove run, a pattern unfurling in the dancer’s head, rather than just tweaking the jam ad infinitum. Intricacy and insight can be fun, but sometimes it takes a record... 

Travis Laplante & Peter Evan, ‘Secret Meeting’

July 12, 2017

Travis Laplante & Peter Evan, ‘Secret Meeting’ NNA Tapes, 2.5.2016 The nature of Peter Evans and Travis Laplante’s dialogue on Secret Meeting is, naturally, secret, encrypted in a code of horns. Remaining is the record — four pieces that rise and fall in swells of codependent exuberance and exasperation, each coming from and returning to... 

Los Greys, ‘Angel Lust’

June 20, 2017

Los Greys, ‘Angel Lust’ Night-People Records, 2.15.17 Angel Lust, the second full-length from Boston psychedelic pop band Los Greys, is drenched in gentle, hook-oriented beauty. The band, comprised of Nick Rocco and Jeff Coyne, began as an ambient collage project indebted to the school of tape manipulation and sampling. Their... 

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... 
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