Reviews

Francisco Meirino, ‘Knowing More How Than Why’

February 26, 2014

Francisco Meirino, ‘Knowing More How Than Why’ Impulsive Habitat, 1/23/2014 It would feel strange to describe an album of field recordings without mentioning its context, so let’s start there. Francisco Meirino, who lives in Switzerland and has been experimenting with sound for two decades, compiled Knowing More How than Why from recordings in... 

Tara Jane O’Neil, ‘Where Shine New Lights’

February 25, 2014

Tara Jane O’Neil, ‘Where Shine New Lights’ Kranky, 1/19/2014 Restraint does not begin to describe Where Shine New Lines, Tara Jane O’Neil’s first LP on Kranky. From her transitions, to sweet, minimal hooks, and whispering, ethereal voice, her effort is a testimony to care, to mindfulness, to embodiment. Each specific detail feels painstakingly... 

Kevin Drumm, ‘Shut In’

February 24, 2014

Kevin Drumm, ‘Shut In’ Editions Mego, 2/18/2014 Headphones on, volume level set to “cautious”; standard procedure for any first listening to a new Kevin Drumm release. I’ve been caught out before. From the panoptic precision of his self titled debut to the crushing, fractured noise of his vintage Mego yield... 

Jack Name, ‘Light Show’

February 21, 2014

Jack Name, ‘Light Show’ GOD? Records, 1/21/2014 The haters can say what they want. One of the best things about Ty Segall‘s ascent to “fame” is the subsequent emptying of Segall’s rolodex into vinyl pressing plants. On his God? imprint with Drag City, Segall uses his muscle to deliver a “who’s... 

Hubble, ‘Hubble Eagle’

February 20, 2014

Hubble, ‘Hubble Eagle’ NNA Tapes, 10/29/2013 Never in the history of the entire world has there been a more adaptable and malleable instrumental sound than that of the guitar string being plucked. Even electronically generated tones from things like synthesizers — with their knobs, which are many and can all be contorted... 

Kid606, ‘Happiness’

February 17, 2014

Kid606, ‘Happiness’ Tigerbeat6, 10/21/2013 My introduction to Kid606 (aka Miguel De Pedro) came about totally at random… a long, long time ago. I was tooling around Chicago one day in the summer of 2000 and one of the local college radio stations played the song “Kidrush” from his album Down With the Scene. The... 

Daniel Wyche, ‘The Fire in the Lacquer House’

February 6, 2014

Daniel Wyche, ‘The Fire in the Lacquer House’ Pretty All Right Records, 1/21/2014 Upon climbing to the highest point in town, a lone siren sounds up from below. A warning, or test: other sirens slowly join in. Oscillating together, and separating at various points, these sirens produce a singular drone for the distant spectator. It is only from... 

Decimus, ‘Jyestha’

February 5, 2014

Decimus, ‘Jyestha’ House of Alchemy, December 2013 Since 1992, the diviners of brain-melting, glossolalia-inducing sound constructs known as the No-Neck Blues Band (NNCK for short) have issued missive after freaky missive from their Harlem loft space. The size of their catalogue is immense, with most releases sailing...