Reviews

Taiga Remains, ‘Works for Cassette’

July 31, 2014

Taiga Remains, ‘Works for Cassette’ Helen Scarsdale Agency, 5/17/2014 In an interview conducted at the beginning of 2014, Alex Cobb described his preference for recording in the morning. “I almost exclusively make music early in the morning, before the day has gotten started,” he said. “I think there’s something about... 

Symbol, ‘Online Architecture’

July 30, 2014

Symbol, ‘Online Architecture’ Holodeck Records, 5/8/2014 From its fluttery first moments, Symbol’s Online Architecture places texture on equal footing with music. This is familiar, intentional, and noteworthy mainly in how it succeeds. Symbol is Christopher Royal King, founding member of This Will Destroy You and lender-of-hand... 

Mohammad, ‘Zo Rèl Do’

July 24, 2014

Mohammad, ‘Zo Rèl Do’ Antifrost, May 2014 At around 140-150db, the physical movement of the air makes it feel as if the body is being compressed under water (the threshold of pain – yes, pain – is 130db). At around 180db the brain “liquifies.” I’m willing to wager that if Mohammad‘s latest... 

Jackie McDowell, ‘Baptisia’

July 21, 2014

Jackie McDowell, ‘Baptisia’ Hairy Spider Legs, 4/22/2014 Under various solo and collaborative aliases, Jackie McDowell has quietly been creating a remarkable body of work across numerous small-run releases on such fine imprints as Digitalis, Stunned, and her own Biological Radio. As Inez Lightfoot, in particular, she melded an... 

Cleared, ‘Drown’

July 17, 2014

Cleared, ‘Drown’ Immune Recordings, 5/20/2014 Cleared‘s first two albums for Immune Recordings both lead up to Drown, the final album in a trilogy and one of pure release. While Breaking Day was noisier than their self-titled début, both of those albums traded in tension and stunning suspense. Instantly, the... 

Parquet Courts, ‘Sunbathing Animal’

July 14, 2014

Parquet Courts, ‘Sunbathing Animal’ What’s Your Rupture?/Mom + Pop, 3/6/2014 “We caught slacker punks Parquet Courts in London last night” (The Line of Best Fit) In case you missed it, New York Yankees shortstop Derek Jeter is retiring this year. The veteran shortstop receives standing ovations in every city, which I personally... 

Many Mansions, ‘Night Sesh’

July 9, 2014

Many Mansions, ‘Night Sesh’ MJMJ Records, 6/17/2014 Many Mansions’ new album, Night Sesh, is an electronic album with the word “night” in the title and an image of a neon hand driving a neon car through darkness on the cover. If one was taking a few mental shortcuts, this album might seem full of shadows, murkiness, and... 

V/Vm, ‘The Death of Rave (A Partial Flashback)’

July 8, 2014

V/Vm, ‘The Death of Rave (A Partial Flashback)’ History Always Favours the Winners, 5/29/2014 When James Leyland Kirby came of age in Manchester, England in the early 1990s, he took advantage of all the things that such a privileged position in time and space bequeaths to wry, intellectual, drug-addled, anti-establishment music obsessives. He was... 

Lawrence English, ‘Wilderness of Mirrors’

July 2, 2014

Lawrence English, ‘Wilderness of Mirrors’ Room40, 7/21/2014 Once in a while, an artist comes along and throws the rulebooks of their craft out the window. On much rarer occasions, audiences can hardly discern this gesture until the proverbial books’ torn pages lay scattered in grimy gutters and alleyways. Lawrence English is one of those...