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Video Premiere: Schwarzmodul – “Jader Burn”

August 10, 2017

Video Premiere: Schwarzmodul – “Jader Burn” Released on Los Angeles imprint Track Number Records, Schwarzmodul’s self-titled debut is a sprawling, mini-epic that interweaves a variety of sonic features and directions. At times bleary and blissed out, and other times heaving and anxious, the tape manages to pull off a surprising range of... 

Video Premiere: YlangYlang – “Serpent Symbolism”

August 3, 2017

Video Premiere: YlangYlang – “Serpent Symbolism” For Montreal auteur YlangYlang the snake is a symbol of self, of repetition and the continuity we all hope for in life. Her track “Serpent Symbolism,” featured on the Sante Fe-based Atrium label’s new compilation Farewell, looks back on her own history with a peaceful, almost elegaical... 

Video: Bonus Beast – “Mental Decay”

June 28, 2017

Video: Bonus Beast – “Mental Decay” There is a sound to every mood, and the grimey, oxidized alleys of your soul have no better soundtrack than Oakland’s raw techno wizard Bonus Beast. Mr. Beast (née Ryan King) makes music often described as “greyscale,” but for his first LP Mental Decay, Ratskin Records decided to add a little... 

Video Premiere: Ogive – “Iso3a”

June 14, 2017

Video Premiere: Ogive – “Iso3a” The name Ogive may not immediately ring any bells, but the fledgling ambient project might be more familiar than you realize. Ogive is actually Spanish sound sculptor Elías Merino and British ambient producer Chris Herbert, both of whom are modest heroes in their respective aural worlds. Together,... 

Video Premiere: Lafidki – “Dokkaebi 哥布林” (feat. Chunyin)

May 23, 2017

Video Premiere: Lafidki – “Dokkaebi 哥布林” (feat. Chunyin) Lafidki is London-based Cambodian expat Saphy Vong, a musician and artist with a strong focus on shifting and expanding the “dialogue surrounding Asian music” — a goal he pursues generally but in particular through his imprint Chinabot. From their collective description: “In... 

Video Premiere: Simulation – ‘Nalumbanet’

May 19, 2017

Video Premiere: Simulation – ‘Nalumbanet’ The story goes something like this: when Laura Callier and Whitney Johnson were touring together, under the guises of their solo projects Gel Set and Matchess, they had a profound paranormal experience, one without a clear or discernible source. Had the messenger come from outer space or the afterlife?... 

Video: Pallas – “Render (Location 13)”

May 5, 2017

Video: Pallas – “Render (Location 13)” Flanked by still fledgling upstarts Omni, Warehouse, and Red Sea (among others), Pallas is among Atlanta’s wave of promising post-punk outfits. The quartet, featuring Danielle Brutto (vocals), Zane Durfree (guitar), Valetina Tapia (bass), and Decker D’alesio (drums), and their peers don’t... 

Video: Jamka – “Igora”

April 11, 2017

Video: Jamka – “Igora” Hailing from the Slovakian noise scene but now based in London, Jamka are a duo with a synthetic palette that speaks well to their varied background. The duo’s video for “Igora” complements the structural, slightly distorted [square wave?] musical threads with fluid bursts of color... 

Video Premiere: El Mahdy Jr. – “Revolt Yourself”

March 31, 2017

Video Premiere: El Mahdy Jr. – “Revolt Yourself” Honing in on an album titled Time to Sell the Golden Teeth it’s hard not to imagine a bright political charge, as with so much of Algerian-born collagist and producer El-Mahdi Rezoug’s recordings as El Mahdy Jr. My encounters with his work have been dominated by dubby slinks and slithers... 

Video Premiere: Doom Tickler – “Turgid”

March 23, 2017

Video Premiere: Doom Tickler – “Turgid” Initially inspired by the carefully grotesque imaginings of Frederik Ruysch, Doom Tickler’s video for “Turgid” is, well… all of those things. Careful, grotesque, and certainly imaginative. It’s an appropriate companion to the track’s queasy, pulsing audio. Leslie Predy, the mind behind... 

Video Premiere: Tyler Holmes & Ah Mer Ah Su – “Heal Spell”

March 14, 2017

Video Premiere: Tyler Holmes & Ah Mer Ah Su – “Heal Spell” For the last several years, Oakland singer and electronic composer Tyler Holmes has had a particular work in progress kicking around. Though nevertheless a damn good song, a fertile bed of soil for a full symphony, this one was still waiting for something. Enter Ah Mer Ah Su, another energetic local... 

Video Premiere: Bobby Sauder – “If Only In My Dreams”

February 27, 2017

Video Premiere: Bobby Sauder – “If Only In My Dreams” Kansas-based cassette veteran Bobby Sauder turns his deft songwriting skills into a somewhat quieter new palette with his latest, Dark Empire Fairgrounds, harking back to the Dunedin sound of 1980s New Zealand and other shades of quietly melodic, well-arranged pop on his “If Only In My Dreams”... 

Video: 10th Letter – ‘Nature in Singularity’ Video Companion

February 13, 2017

Video: 10th Letter – ‘Nature in Singularity’ Video Companion Following closely on last month’s Decoder interview, Atlanta producer 10th Letter, aka Jeremi Johnson, takes a jazzy new turn into the world of hyperrealism on his new EP, Nature in Singularity, part of a recent event inspired by Ray Kurzweil’s concept of technology and development. The... 

Premiere: Bary Center – ‘Just Dust’ Video Companion

December 19, 2016

Premiere: Bary Center – ‘Just Dust’ Video Companion For nearly three years, Mark Williams has been recording subtly volatile but altogether alluring DIY techno as Bary Center. These recordings have surfaced on cassette imprints based all around the globe, including Crash Symbols, MJMJ, Skrot Up, and Phinery. Now, Bary Center returns with Just Dust, a... 

Video Premiere: Sean McCann – ‘Music for Public Ensemble’ Trailer

November 14, 2016

Video Premiere: Sean McCann – ‘Music for Public Ensemble’ Trailer More than three years ago now LA-based composer and label maven Sean McCann released Music For Private Ensemble (reviewed then by our own David Perron), setting himself up ably for the sort of inversion we’ve come to expect thanks in large part to the idiosyncratic dad streak running through... 

Video Premiere: HEXA – “Lumber”

November 9, 2016

Video Premiere: HEXA – “Lumber” While largely known for his solo work, Lawrence English has curated and been involved with some of the most rewarding collaborations in the experimental music world. The Room40 proprietor has recorded and released heady sets of sounds with frequent partners (such as John Chantler and Stephen Vitiello,... 

Video Premiere: Fit of Body – “John Mikel”

October 20, 2016

Video Premiere: Fit of Body – “John Mikel” Ryan Parks’ is a quiet cornerstone of Atlanta’s vibrant underground, mostly sticking to the fringes while keeping y active — the modest producer and label proprietor has let things fall naturally into place. But while preserving his low-profile, Parks has produced revelations of... 

Video Premiere: Isnaj Dui – “Tightrope”

October 12, 2016

Video Premiere: Isnaj Dui – “Tightrope” UK-based Katie English is Isnaj Dui, her primary solo artistic vehicle and a long-running electro-acoustic project she describes as “standing awkwardly between neo-impressionism and electronica” — the pose is perhaps necessarily awkward, at least in 2016, though it might belie the... 

Video Premiere: Headboggle – “IDM PROMO”

October 4, 2016

Video Premiere: Headboggle – “IDM PROMO” Headboggle and Malocculsion are two of the Bay Area’s most prolific artists. Mr. ‘Boggle (Derek Gedalecia) has a staggering discography that, as far as I can tell, is unblemished by mediocrity. Malocculsion’s label Ratskin Records is a central institution to Oakland’s noise scene. Of course... 

Video Premiere: Forma – “Ghosts”

September 23, 2016

Video Premiere: Forma – “Ghosts” Physicalist is the third LP from Brooklyn-based kosmische trio Forma, though it’s far more than just the latest entry into their catalog. It’s the band’s first album on the ambient institution Kranky, first double-LP, and the first since multi-instrumentalist John Also Bennett replaced founding... 
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