Reviews

Ital, ‘Endgame’

November 26, 2014

Ital, ‘Endgame’ Planet Mu, 9/8/2014 When Ital debuted back in 2011, Daniel Martin-McCormick’s dance-influenced project sounded light years ahead of its contemporaries, with Ital mining elements of house, pop, and dub, making for a captivating sound that set him apart from his label mates (and, in the case of Magic... 

Grouper, ‘Ruins’

November 21, 2014

Grouper, ‘Ruins’ Kranky, 10/31/2014 The door closes. The sea drifts in listlessly, formed on lilac waves of moonlight through the window, across the wooden floor, onto the bed. A shape in the bed stirs. Out of the house, into the hills, into the grass. Cicadas buzz, mate, frenetically, angelically ignorant of the confusion... 

Onibaba & Nick Millevoi Split

November 18, 2014

Onibaba & Nick Millevoi Split Ivory Antler Recording & Publishing, August 2014 At times, it’s tempting to call every slowly-developing, unfolding, creeping sequence of noise “glacial,” given the expectations and implications that accompany such a term. A glacier moves at a pace that completely defies our logic... 

Fabio Fabor, ‘Pape Satan’

November 12, 2014

Fabio Fabor, ‘Pape Satan’ Plastica Marella, 4/4/2014 Eschatology — the study of the “end times” — need not be gloomy or obsessed with doom. Depending on one’s take, humankind’s salvation is already realized here on earth, persisting throughout the natural order of things, throughout the human... 

German Army, ‘Jivaro Witnesses’

November 4, 2014

German Army, ‘Jivaro Witnesses’ Burka For Everybody, June 2014 Does the mere mention of a new German Army release get your engines revving anymore, all hot and bothered? Is it still titillating or tantalizing? Or is the magic somehow… gone? OK, so this review kind of started out as if we’re all in some kind of marriage...