Reviews

Ocean Viva Silver, ‘The Sleep in Opera’

April 28, 2016

Ocean Viva Silver, ‘The Sleep in Opera’ The Sublunar Society, 2.8.16 The Sleep in Opera from French artist and experimental composer Ocean Viva Silver (Valérie Vivancos) is an ambient sound exploration into the soft hums of bodily relaxation. The conceptual album is devised wholly of field recordings made from a series of sleep happenings... 

Harry Knuckles, ‘Tónmennt’

April 21, 2016

Harry Knuckles, ‘Tónmennt’ FALK, 2.2.16 Tónmennt, attributed to Harry Knuckles, is reportedly the full-length debut from Reykjavik-based recorder Frímann Ísleifur Frímannsson… reportedly because there’s only a fairly thin thread to follow through the project’s backstory. I can say with certainty that... 

Joe McPhee, ‘Zurich (1979)’

April 13, 2016

Joe McPhee, ‘Zurich (1979)’ Astral Spirits, 1.22.2016 Joe McPhee knows two modes in the solo. He knows the warrior and he knows the sputter. He can occupy everything in between too, percussively amalgamating pieces of phrases, here and there. He is the truest definition of the jazz multi-instrumentalist, having occupied the flugelhorn,... 

John Bellows, ‘L O N G EP’

April 11, 2016

John Bellows, ‘L O N G EP’ Planted Tapes, 1.15.16 About once a year, I try to review a singer-songwriter and find myself working through a tangential monster of a preface having to do with the viability of the form and the lack of lyrical appreciation in today’s culture, based on an imagined transformation of the culture...