Reviews

Beast Nest, ‘Songs For Puppies’

April 28, 2015

Beast Nest, ‘Songs For Puppies’ Full Spectrum, 3.2.2015 Beast Nest is the straight-A kid who skipped every class. Beast Nest is the drug you could never quit, the dream you could never relive, the home you never found. More literally, Beast Nest is the project of Oakland artist Sharmi Basu, a mind-shattering experimentalist who breaks... 

Tim Cosner, ‘DEADTECH​/​MODERNHOMES’

April 23, 2015

Tim Cosner, ‘DEADTECH​/​MODERNHOMES’ Bonding Tapes, 2.17.2015 Tim Cosner’s DEADTECH/MODERNHOMES begins with a series of gorgeous misfires. “Scrapes Low,” the first song on Cosner’s debut solo album, stutters and skips before mounting into full attack. Each track that then follows increases in intensity, making the track that preceded... 

Jacob Kirkegaard, ‘5 Pieces’

April 22, 2015

Jacob Kirkegaard, ‘5 Pieces’ Posh Isolation, 1.23.2015 When it comes to modern field recordings and processed, situational drone music, you’d be hard pressed to find a more apt or agile producer than Jacob Kirkegaard. The Danish sound artist, currently based in Berlin, has issued work after work of dark and weighted meditation... 

Kane Pour, ‘Hyper Pollen Temple’

April 13, 2015

Kane Pour, ‘Hyper Pollen Temple’ Elestial Sound, 11.15.2014 The tracklist of Hyper Pollen Temple, the new album from Kane Pour, holds many mysteries. Who is the “Wooden Twin?” What is the “Frog’s Puzzle Box?” How can one begin to unravel the web of references lying beneath the album’s surface? Not everyone... 

High Aura’d & Mike Shiflet, ‘Awake’

April 8, 2015

High Aura’d & Mike Shiflet, ‘Awake’ Type, 3.17.2015 Mike Shiflet and John Kolodij are two guitar players whose approach to the instrument is vastly different from most six-string slingers. Their past work has reflected an ability to cherry-pick elements from disparate sonic traditions and unify them in an elegant fashion. Harsh static,... 

Protector 101, ‘Collar OST’

April 7, 2015

Protector 101, ‘Collar OST’ Revolving Door Records, 1.1.2015 Protector 101 — aka Ventura, CA native Jake Freeman — has risen steadily to become one of the more celebrated modern artists working in his particular field. Most often found among the generally excellent Aphasia Records roster, Freeman has spent the past couple... 

Heroin in Tahiti, ‘Sun and Violence’

April 6, 2015

Heroin in Tahiti, ‘Sun and Violence’ Boring Machines, 4.6.2015 If any kind of charge can be leveled at  Death Surf, the Italian duo Heroin in Tahiti‘s otherwise outstanding 2012 combination of propulsive surf rock and dirt-caked Morricone-infused desert blues, it is that it becomes increasingly difficult to withstand over the course... 

U SCO, ‘Treffpunkt’

April 2, 2015

U SCO, ‘Treffpunkt’ New Atlantis Records, 9.23.2014 It is difficult to find a narrative to coincide with U SCO‘s latest album, Treffpunkt. Their first release with New Atlantis Records finds the punk trio engaged in an endurance battle that is as uncompromising as it is genre-defying. Not surprisingly, it is difficult... 

Oren Ambarchi & Jim O’Rourke, ‘Behold’

April 1, 2015

Oren Ambarchi & Jim O’Rourke, ‘Behold’ Editions Mego, 3.3.2015 For their second collaborative LP, Behold, microfamous multi-instrumentalists Oren Ambarchi and Jim O’Rourke convened again in O’Rourke’s adopted hometown of Tokyo for another round of introspective, expansive improvisation. Recorded at O’Rourke’s studio Steamroom and...