Reviews

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, 9.26.2016 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... 

Klaus Johann Grobe, ‘Spagat der Liebe’

August 10, 2016

Klaus Johann Grobe, ‘Spagat der Liebe’ Trouble in Mind, 5.6.16 Toward the end of their debut LP on Trouble In Mind Records, Im Sinne Der Zeit, Swiss rockers Klaus Johann Grobe — Sevi Landolt and Daniel Bachmann — cleared their monolithic bass-and-keys drive into breathtaking, wide open spaces. The trend begins around “Aufstand,”... 

Icepick, ‘Amaranth’

August 3, 2016

Icepick, ‘Amaranth’ Astral Spirits, 1.22.16 In a poetic doubling of firsts, Icepick, the first project to release a cassette on the outward-bound Monophonus Press imprint Astral Spirits, returned earlier this year with their and the label’s debut vinyl offering, Amaranth. If you started collecting the Astral... 

Garde Forestier, ‘S/T’

July 29, 2016

Garde Forestier, ‘S/T’ Field Hymns & Cocktail Pueblo, 6.15.16 Garde Forestier of Tours, France seem intent on presenting themselves as nebulous. Their self-titled debut cassette is a collection of brooding loops that meander through a twilit wilderness, fitting for a moniker that translates to “Forest Ranger.” They... 

Boy Harsher, ‘Yr Body is Nothing’

July 26, 2016

Boy Harsher, ‘Yr Body is Nothing’ DKA Records, 6.20.16 The mesmerizing debut LP from the Northampton, MA-based cold wave duo Boy Harsher is a terrible kind of beauty. Highly danceable fantasy narratives of desire and nuanced discomfort manifest in the ten dark tracks on Yr Body is Nothing. Originally formed under the moniker Teen Dreamz,... 

Joanna Brouk, ‘Hearing Music’

July 19, 2016

Joanna Brouk, ‘Hearing Music’ Numero Group, 5.6.2016 Hearing Music is more or less the only accessible collection from Missouri-born and later California-based composer Joanna Brouk, outside of a modestly successful string of self-released cassettes in the 80s and a re-issue of one — Sounds of the Sea — in the early... 
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