Reviews

Tallesen, ‘Stills Lit Through’

January 30, 2015

Tallesen, ‘Stills Lit Through’ Software, 11/11/14 I have been a multitude of shapes, Before I assumed a consistent form. I have been a sword, narrow, variegated, I have been a tear in the air, I have been in the dullest of stars. I have been a word among letters, I have been a book in the origin. — From a poem by Taliesin Ben Beirdd Tallesen,... 

Francisco López, ‘Untitled #281’

January 29, 2015

Francisco López, ‘Untitled #281’ Störung, 7/1/2014 Seeing Francisco López live remains one of the strangest experiences of my life. Booked by Godspeed You! Black Emperor to perform at the 2010 “Nightmare Before Christmas” edition of All Tomorrow’s Parties, the prolific Spanish sound artist took to the stage after a heavy Saturday... 

Josh Millrod, ‘Seeking the Millenary Kingdom’

January 27, 2015

Josh Millrod, ‘Seeking the Millenary Kingdom’ Solid Melts, 5/20/2014 Josh Millrod accompanies Seeking the Millenary Kingdom with a chunk from Julio Cortázar’s Hopscotch. The quote churns together murder, the kingdom, nostalgia, and stately mechanization into a summary of human political motivation and purpose. Without it, Millrod’s... 

Christina Carter, ‘Character Study’

January 22, 2015

Christina Carter, ‘Character Study’ Drawing Room Records, June 2014 Christina Carter has a long musical résumé – ranging from solo work to various collaborations over the years, like her project with ex-husband Tom Carter in Charalambides. She has worked with artists like Pocahaunted, Black Forest, and Gown, and with labels like Kranky,... 

Zeek Sheck, ‘Joinus’

January 14, 2015

Zeek Sheck, ‘Joinus’ Resipiscent, 8/30/2014 Zeek Sheck are veterans of avant-garde circles, beginning their tenure during the glory years of Skin Graft Records. Now releasing with Resipiscent, the gigantic ensemble fully embrace and capture an emancipatory sound that is equally jazz and open, unstructured spoken word. On... 

Talk West, ‘Please the Parting Guest’

January 8, 2015

Talk West, ‘Please the Parting Guest’ Wounded Knife, 8/20/2014 In the United States, the word “West” summons up two visions that seem opposed at first but, on a closer look, reveal the same spirit underneath. In one, the West is a distinct region with unique cultural outlooks, conventions, and dilemmas. In the other, the West is a site... 

Grasshopper, ‘Dark Sabbath: Symbols of Evil’

January 6, 2015

Grasshopper, ‘Dark Sabbath: Symbols of Evil’ Hausu Mountain, 11/14/14 The third vinyl outing from Brooklyn’s Grasshopper finds Jesse DeRosa and Josh Milrod in exceptional form. From the very first moments, we are met with a supremely confident and building blast of deeply pulsing, darkly droning energy. Hausu Mountain has packaged the proceedings...