Reviews

Biosphere Deathprod, ‘Stator’

September 2, 2015

Biosphere Deathprod, ‘Stator’ Touch, 3.30.2015 Stator finds Biosphere and Deathprod, two of Norways’ most elusive and cherished ambient producers teaming up for a second round of brooding transcendence and refined, tonal dismay. Having last teamed up in 1998 for a split of sorts reimagining and retooling works by fellow Norwegian... 

Fox Millions Duo, ‘Lost Time’

August 27, 2015

Fox Millions Duo, ‘Lost Time’ Thrill Jockey Records, 7.24.2015 Lost Time is the latest LP from Greg Fox and Kid Millions, or the Fox Millions Duo, out via an increasingly apocalyptic Thrill Jockey, leading me down some roads of hyperbole and jazz-dissing, as well as disrupting my kid’s nap with all that confounded loud drum... 

Andrew Weathers Ensemble, ‘Fuck Everybody, You Can Do Anything’

August 19, 2015

Andrew Weathers Ensemble, ‘Fuck Everybody, You Can Do Anything’ Full Spectrum, 6.1.15 “Please dont mistake the humor in the album title for irony I am absolutely sincere I dont have enough time on earth for irony” -@andrewweathers, May 12 Yes, it reads beautifully as a title, but what does an album called Fuck Everybody, You Can Do Anything sound like? I had... 

Shawn David McMillen, ‘On The Clock With JJ & Mitch’

August 6, 2015

Shawn David McMillen, ‘On The Clock With JJ & Mitch’ 12XU, 4.28.2015 I first heard Shawn David McMillen on the third volume of Tompkins Square’s excellent Imaginational Anthem series, a group of compilations that pair “American Primitive” guitar architects of the ‘60s and ‘70s (John Fahey, Robbie Basho, Sandy Bull) with current progenitors.... 

Metaphysical Circuits, ‘400/100’

July 30, 2015

Metaphysical Circuits, ‘400/100’ Metaphysical Circuits, 6.12.2015 Earlier this spring, Copenhagen-based Metaphysical Circuits crowdfunded a massive label compilation, 400/100, so named to mark the 400th release that proprietor Christian Kann has worked on, and the 100th on tape. Though Kann had written on the label’s website... 

Stephen Molyneux, ‘The Shape of Clouds to Come’

July 7, 2015

Stephen Molyneux, ‘The Shape of Clouds to Come’ La Station Radar, 12.8.2014 Stephen Molyneux’s The Shape of Clouds to Come is a record for the small hours, gently rushing past your ears with its delicate touch. Released on La Station Radar, this EP is very different from my previous listen to Molyneux’s work — a nifty tape on No Kings from... 

Seth, ‘This Is True (Sunseth)’

June 16, 2015

Seth, ‘This Is True (Sunseth)’ 1080p, 6.2.2015 The blurb that comes with 1080p’s latest release is as ambiguous as it is accurate: “The tape is a cartridge: by inserting it in your machine, you unlock the SETH exotic realm; flaming away into ashy night. Poing, volatile, poing.” All you can know about SETH before... 

Alex Cobb, ‘Chantepleure’

June 5, 2015

Alex Cobb, ‘Chantepleure’ Students of Decay, 5.12.2015 It’s been nearly a decade since I was first introduced to Alex Cobb’s music via the Snowfallout CD-R that Brad Rose released on his Foxglove micro-label. At the time, Cobb was going by the moniker Taiga Remains and producing chord organ and melodica canopies... 

Polish Nails, ‘Musical Youth’

June 4, 2015

Polish Nails, ‘Musical Youth’ Self-Released, 3.9.2015 I just finished the first round of volunteer medical studies on this new product Musical Youth. Wanted to let everyone know here on this forum who’s struggled with the same issues over the years — it stopped my brain shivers! I’ve been spinning strong and looking for... 

Jim O’Rourke, ‘Simple Songs’

June 3, 2015

Jim O’Rourke, ‘Simple Songs’ Drag City, 5.19.2015 Simple Songs is the first Jim O’Rourke solo record with a title that doesn’t reference a film by Nicholas Roeg. It seems something of a private chuckle for O’Rourke to name the most conventional releases in his catalogue after some of the director’s boldest deconstructions... 

Kara-Lis Coverdale & LXV, ‘Sirens’

May 29, 2015

Kara-Lis Coverdale & LXV, ‘Sirens’ Umor Rex, 5.8.2015 Since launching in 2006, Umor Rex has, for the most part, led a noble campaign for finding exploratory experimental, synthetic music with actual heart. While the Mexico City-based imprint has flirted with its love for wispy folk and electronic music of all shapes and sizes, Umor Rex’s... 

TALsounds, ‘All The Way’

May 26, 2015

TALsounds, ‘All The Way’ Hausu Mountain, 5.26.2015 All The Way, the new album from Goodwill Smith member TALsounds (aka Natalie Chami) is by turns hypnotic and gripping, with swaths of gorgeous texture that metamorphose into songs and back again before your ears. Listening to the album is kind of like taking a late-night walk... 

Night Cleaner, ‘Sketch for Winter III: Green Sleeves’

May 21, 2015

Night Cleaner, ‘Sketch for Winter III: Green Sleeves’ Geographic North, 2.26.2015 My ear hit a downward spiral after All The Saints’ debut LP, Fire on Corridor X (Killer Pimp, Touch & Go). At the very beginning of my exposure to independent, outsider psychedelic music, Atlanta buried my ear in the greatest depths of dense, impenetrable tremolo... 

Rectal Hygienics, ‘Ultimate Purity’

May 14, 2015

Rectal Hygienics, ‘Ultimate Purity’ Permanent Records, 2.17.2015 Recently, Dangerous Minds featured an article about one of Nirvana’s infamous South American concerts, in which Kurt Cobain and the gang responded to the audience’s violence against Calamity Jane with their own form of mockery. The pure noise that opens the show... 

Andrew Broder, ‘Picture of the Hostage Holding Today’s Newspaper’

May 13, 2015

Andrew Broder, ‘Picture of the Hostage Holding Today’s Newspaper’ Brian Records, 2.9.2015 On this massive 10-sided release, courtesy of the self-proclaimed weirdos at Brian Records, prolific turntablist/band leader/electronic indie rocker, Andrew Broder serves up mountains of grooves. I’m talking about mashed potato gloppings of heavy, thudding beats paired with... 

Beast Nest, ‘Songs For Puppies’

April 28, 2015

Beast Nest, ‘Songs For Puppies’ Full Spectrum, 3.2.2015 Beast Nest is the straight-A kid who skipped every class. Beast Nest is the drug you could never quit, the dream you could never relive, the home you never found. More literally, Beast Nest is the project of Oakland artist Sharmi Basu, a mind-shattering experimentalist who breaks... 

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,... 
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