Posts tagged with "Kranky"

Demen – “Ambur”

May 25, 2017

Demen – “Ambur” Irma Orm’s music is lowercase-g gothic in the oldest and deepest sense. In advance of her new record Nektyr, Irma Orm told Uncut Magazine that the word “gothic” evokes for her “something that is both dark and beautiful. This to me is the definition of beauty: the surrender to, and elevation... 

Premiere: Justin Walter – “Unseen Forces”

April 14, 2017

Premiere: Justin Walter – “Unseen Forces” Ann Arbor-based trumpeter and producer Justin Walter’s work has always relied on interesting tone experiments and a well-calibrated sense of scale, but his sophomore album for Kranky, Unseen Forces, pushes the extremes of that out into its own closed, interior/exterior loop. Introspection and... 

Premiere: Earthen Sea – “Exuberant Burning”

January 27, 2017

Premiere: Earthen Sea – “Exuberant Burning” Jacob Long is no stranger to reinvention. In the late nineties, Long cut his teeth playing bass in the short-lived hardcore band Amalgamation. In the early aughts, he co-founded Black Eyes, the celebrated outfit that, along with Q and Not U, highlighted Dischord’s post-hardcore heyday. With Black... 

Video Premiere: Forma – “Ghosts”

September 23, 2016

Video Premiere: Forma – “Ghosts” Physicalist is the third LP from Brooklyn-based kosmische trio Forma, though it’s far more than just the latest entry into their catalog. It’s the band’s first album on the ambient institution Kranky, first double-LP, and the first since multi-instrumentalist John Also Bennett replaced founding... 

Premiere: MJ Guider – “White Alsatian”

July 7, 2016

Premiere: MJ Guider – “White Alsatian” The best qualities aren’t always the most immediate ones. Sometimes, a song’s virtues are buried in a blur of sound. MJ Guider, the recording project helmed by Melissa Guion, is the perfect embodiment of this sentiment. The New Orleans-based musician and recent Kranky signee surfaced late... 

Year of the Dugg: Steve’s 2015

January 28, 2016

Year of the Dugg: Steve’s 2015 What a shitty year. Personally and globally, it’s hard to see how much worse 2015 could have gotten. My own year was riven asunder by brain surgery; the world’s by wave after wave of terrorist atrocity, economic hardship, deadly weather and swathes of people so terrified to remain in their homeland... 

Steve Hauschildt, ‘Where All Is Fled’

November 16, 2015

Steve Hauschildt, ‘Where All Is Fled’ Kranky, 9.25.2015 A bit of orientation: referencing a tradition in electronic music with an intense cult following, Kranky calls Where All Is Fled “a modern kosmiche milepost.” Hauschildt’s former group, Emeralds, has its own deeply devoted fanbase and its own complex universe of musical influences.... 

Parts Disappear or Change: An Interview with Loscil

October 27, 2015

Parts Disappear or Change: An Interview with Loscil Since first recording as Loscil in 1998, Scott Morgan has produced some of most sincere and striking music fluidly floating across minimal techno, ambient, and super-subtle experimental territories. With albums and EPs released by the likes of Kranky, Ghostly International, Gizeh, and Glacial Movements... 

Week in Review #88

October 3, 2015

Week in Review #88 #1 – 9.27.2015 – Ant’lrd, Colin Blanton’s outlet for dreary, snow-tinged ambient sounds, dropped a new cassette on the always awesome Inner Islands imprint. Clouding Indefinitely features seven new songs custom-tailored for Autumnal listening, so there’s not better time... 

Week in Review #85

September 12, 2015

Week in Review #85 #1 – 9.8.2015 – Chondritic Sound unveiled half a dozen new tapes, a batch orchestrated to couch their magnificent 300th release, a label compilation sporting “18 artists reflecting the past, present and future of the label,” titled All the Little Devils Are Proud of Hell. The... 

Benoît Pioulard – “X”

August 18, 2015

Benoît Pioulard – “X” I nearly jumped out of my chair when I found out Thomas Meluch announced another new album this year as Benoit Pîoulard. As soon as I hit the play button on “X,” though, my excitement evolved into a delicious strain of heightened serenity. With his slew of drone-leaning releases from 2015 —... 

Helen – “Violet”

August 14, 2015

Helen – “Violet” Last time Decoder ran into veritable supergroup Helen and their debut LP on Kranky, I focused on their lead cut’s hazy, undefined, or “dulled” production qualities. If those qualities were a blunt edge on “Motorcycle,” the power trio’s latest track positively slices... 

Week in Review #80

August 8, 2015

Week in Review #80 “It’s that time of year again where my old pal Chris Berry of the Soft Abuse and Fruits & Flowers labels makes his annual trek down to Mankato to join me on the podcast show. This is something we’ve been doing since the start of the podcast, for five consecutive years now (maybe more even),... 

Week in Review #78

July 25, 2015

Week in Review #78 #1 – 7.18.2015 – A slightly out of date item from late last week, neglected because the 18th was my birthday (and the date of a show my wife’s band was playing, sans their usual lead singer [in fact, mostly sans vocals], for the first time) — but if you found that tidbit absolutely... 

Helen – “Motorcycle”

July 10, 2015

Helen – “Motorcycle” Kranky is ably walking the boundaries between ambient, experimental waters and steadfast rock in 2015. Announcing the debut album of dreamy supergroup Helen, Kranky double down on the sounds of earlier releases such as Valet’s Nature. While Valet pushed a somewhat-punky blend heavy on ethereal... 

Week in Review #73

June 20, 2015

Week in Review #73 #1 – 6.15.2015 – Weird Canada shared a mixtape of “weird-noise and soft-tones” for 2015’s Suoni Per Il Popolo Festival, a diffuse summer experimental festival spread out across a variety of venues and months, ranging from the instrumental Casa del Popolo and (a reminder... 

Embracing Contingency: An Interview with Benoît Pioulard

May 12, 2015

Embracing Contingency: An Interview with Benoît Pioulard It’s easy to introduce Thomas Meluch and his music as Benoît Pioulard by talking about dreams — for example, by mentioning how parts of his new album Sonnet (and even his moniker) came to him while he was asleep. But I really want to begin by emphasizing how beautiful Sonnet is. It’s... 

Valet – “Nature”

April 29, 2015

Valet – “Nature” There are few tracks that so perfectly summarize an album as “Nature” foreshadows and outlines Valet’s forthcoming LP from Kranky. The title cut from Honey Owens’s third Kranky effort, “Nature” turns her layered pop sounds outward, resulting in a bright, ethereal... 

Premiere: Ken Camden – “Curiosity”

April 20, 2015

Premiere: Ken Camden – “Curiosity” Although largely associated with Implodes, the Chicago psych outfit that errs on the side of hazy, exploratory post-rock, guitarist Ken Camden has no problem venturing into aural depths solo. You could almost argue that he prefers it, retreating into complete and utter isolation with only his guitar... 

Week in Review #53

January 24, 2015

Week in Review #53 We’re beginning this Week in Review with a couple exciting announcements. From now on, Free Form Freakout’s exceptional, ongoing FFFoxy Podcast will be co-hosted every weekend in the Week in Review, heading up alternate installments. The FFFoxy Podcast was born out of the free range approach... 
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