Reviews

Imperial Topaz, ‘Full of Grace’

June 27, 2014

Imperial Topaz, ‘Full of Grace’ Tranquility Tapes, 2/18/2014 Tranquility Tapes has one of the most instantly recognizable visual aesthetics in all of the cassette underground. This, of course, is credited to the artistic talents of Caroline Teagle, sibling of Tranquility Tapes head Franklin Teagle. Caroline’s striking and colorful... 

Indian, ‘From All Purity’

June 27, 2014

Indian, ‘From All Purity’ Relapse Records, January 2014 One of the best recent heavy releases I’ve heard found its way to my ears this month1. The album is called From All Purity. The band is called Indian. The album comes to us from Relapse Records. The band comes to us from Chicago. It is impossible to buy an Indian... 

Virilio, ‘Signature’

June 26, 2014

Virilio, ‘Signature’ Record Label Record Label, 1/1/2014 A white sheet hangs in front of a black backdrop on the cover of Signature, and right away we’re shuffled into what will surely be a mysterious production. What are they hiding behind there exactly? What’s beneath the curtain? The fact that it could be... 

Popnoname, ‘7°’

June 23, 2014

Popnoname, ‘7°’ Camp Magnetics, January 2014 In a number of ways, Jens-Uwe Beyer’s Popnoname guise exists at the precise intersect of Kompakt’s signature pop, techno, and ambient sounds while simultaneously branching out into the label’s more experimental offshoot Magazine imprint as a member of Cologne... 

Keir Neuringer, ‘Ceremonies Out of the Air’

June 19, 2014

Keir Neuringer, ‘Ceremonies Out of the Air’ New Atlantis Records, 5/22/2014 Keir Neuringer uses his New Atlantis début, Ceremonies Out of the Air to hijack the crazed ensemble energy of free jazz and apply it in a visceral, lonely setting. Neuringer’s loneliness is not one of sadness, but one of individual tenacity and destiny. Ceremonies... 

Alexis Zoumbas, ‘A Lament for Epirus, 1926-1928’

June 12, 2014

Alexis Zoumbas, ‘A Lament for Epirus, 1926-1928’ Angry Mom Records, 4/19/2014 Why is it that we need an act of violence to express the depth of expression another human is capable of, that our own ability to verbally convey the intense passion of certain musicians must be reduced or exaggerated to an act of violence undoing them from our auricular... 

Franz Rosati, ‘Ruins’

June 10, 2014

Franz Rosati, ‘Ruins’ Nephogram Editions, 4/28/2014 Franz Rosati’s Ruins can be placed on a spectrum somewhere in between fuzzed out, dreamy noise-ambient and what my college radio peers might call, “transmitter static.” Neither a narcotic wash nor harsh noise, the Italian artist’s latest release on his Nephogram... 

Cloud Becomes Your Hand, ‘Rocks or Cakes’

June 6, 2014

Cloud Becomes Your Hand, ‘Rocks or Cakes’ Northern Spy/Feeding Tube Records, 2/25/2014 Energy pumps through Cloud Becomes Your Hand‘s Northern Spy/Feeding Tube début, Rocks or Cakes. The album features a range of blissful synthetic sounds, boundless percussion, and violin, but the consistently upbeat energy of the songs outpaces any... 

Bois, ‘Lost’

June 4, 2014

Bois, ‘Lost’ Spirit Cat / Self-Released, 8/25/2013 To most perspectives Florida is characterized by palm trees, tropical beaches, vast breathtaking swampland and freshwater springs. For many others that natural beauty is juxtaposed with cluttered tourist trap hot spots, noisy honks and hollers of traffic backed... 

Unicorn, ‘Playing with Light’

June 2, 2014

Unicorn, ‘Playing with Light’ Fabrica Records, 2014 W. T. Nelson’s Unicorn project put out this material on CD-R a while back — ten years ago, to be exact — and Brooklyn’s Fabrica Records have wisely reissued it on LP, allowing Unicorn’s fragile and evocative jams to reach the ears of those (like me) who...