Reviews

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... 

Powerdove, “Arrest”

March 5, 2015

Powerdove, “Arrest” Sick Room Records/Murailles Music, 9.15.2014 Only / When You’re Near / When You’re Near / I grow steady / You make me steady / Longing / In my dreaming / Wishing / We were stealing / Kisses / Your sweet kisses. Annie Lewandowski seizes her listener from the moment Arrest opens, which is... 

James Place, “Living on Superstiton”

March 4, 2015

James Place, “Living on Superstiton” Umor Rex, 2.24.2015 Phil “PT” Tortoroli co-curates NYC’s burgeoning Styles Upon Styles imprint, which is focused on dropping adventurous slabs of wax in a primarily electronic vein. Alongside the mother imprint, which features arresting music from the likes of Archie Pelago and White Visitation,... 

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... 
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