Reviews

Camel Heads, ‘Anoluz’

January 31, 2014

Camel Heads, ‘Anoluz’ Captcha Records/Department Tapes, 10/22/2013 The image of the desert represents one extreme polarity in psychedelic rock. Psychedelic, at its core, suggests “mind-manifesting” or “soul-manifesting.” Through waves of repetition, our very being can simultaneously exercise memories,... 

Angola Soundtrack 2: Hypnosis Distortions & Other Sonic Innovations 1969-1978

January 28, 2014

Angola Soundtrack 2: Hypnosis Distortions & Other Sonic Innovations 1969-1978 Analog Africa, 12/16/2013 A common scenario: my friends were in a hurry, and I was late. Back home in Maryland for the winter holidays, I had nothing better to do than go watch some high school buddies try their luck busking in a rich suburb. They honked the horn again. Shit, the mail! I rushed out... 

Gareth Dickson, ‘Collected Recordings’

January 24, 2014

Gareth Dickson, ‘Collected Recordings’ 12k, 11/19/2013 Gareth Dickson’s intimate bedroom dream guitar music remains as arresting as it was to me when I first heard it a handful of years ago. Since releasing The Dance, the Noon EP, and most recently, Quite A Way Away, Dickson has managed to capture some interest in the music community.... 

James Plotkin and Paal Nilssen-Love, ‘Death Rattle’

January 21, 2014

James Plotkin and Paal Nilssen-Love, ‘Death Rattle’ Rune Grammafon, 10/18/2013 There’s a small yet rich history in both rock and improvised music of guitar-drum duos, and it might be tough to imagine anyone adding much that’s truly new to the canon. And yet that’s exactly what has happened here – an improvised duo set that defies the odds by... 

Circuit des Yeux, ‘Overdue’

January 20, 2014

Circuit des Yeux, ‘Overdue’ Ba Da Bing, 10/29/13 Haley Fohr’s music as Circuit des Yeux has come a long way over the past five or so years, encompassing four full-length LPs for the venerable De Stijl imprint, and a smattering of singles, tapes and EPs. Her early efforts were a grab bag of 4-track tape experimentation, hazy... 

Sapphire Slows, ‘Allegoria’

January 17, 2014

Sapphire Slows, ‘Allegoria’ Not Not Fun, 11/5/2013 There are moments while listening to a new record that I wonder about the course my taste in music has followed. Over the past six or seven years I’ve been immersed in electronic music; club jams and minimal techno to  more experimental, noise-inflected works. It’s still... 

Quttinirpaaq, ‘Let’s Hang Out’

January 15, 2014

Quttinirpaaq, ‘Let’s Hang Out’ Rural Isolation Project, 10/20/2013 Reader, can I be candid with you? I’m sick of ordinary noise-rock. Absolutely fed up. Sometimes I’d almost rather listen to the artificial junk on Top 40 radio than the next “For Fans of (early) Swans” band, because at least my outrage and disgust can be more... 

Lucrecia Dalt, ‘Syzygy’

January 14, 2014

Lucrecia Dalt, ‘Syzygy’ Human Ear Music, 10/10/2013 On what might be the highlight of Lucrecia Dalt’s ghostly Syzygy, an animalistic, low-end loop drives a near-industrial dirge. This loop on “Volavérunt” takes some kind of savage sound, filters it through a computer, and douses it with reverb, which, alongside wood... 

Great Valley, ‘Continental Lunch’

January 10, 2014

Great Valley, ‘Continental Lunch’ Feeding Tube Records, 7/23/13 Man, you’d swear there is something in the water in Vermont with all of the great weirdo pop music coming out of that fair state over the past few years. Artists like Ryan Power, Son of Salami, Chris Weisman, Happy Jawbone Family Band, and (the now Brooklyn-based) Blanche... 

Log Across the Washer, ‘Pancakes’

January 9, 2014

Log Across the Washer, ‘Pancakes’ Crash Symbols, 9/3/2013 There is a “narrative” strand of rock music, perhaps one that spiritually culminates with Pedro the Lion or Neutral Milk Hotel, that works through the spectrum of emotional depth in exchange for relatively straightforward pop songs. The speaker stands front and center,...