Posts tagged with "Opal Tapes"

Gondwana – ‘Miccaotli’

April 4, 2017

Gondwana – ‘Miccaotli’ Andrea Taeggi’s work both in Lumisokea (with Koenraad Ecker) and in Gondwana never veer too far from their respective conceptual focuses on ancient civilizations and occult phenomena. Despite this, they always manifest as distinctly present, immediate, and engaging. “Huehueteotl”, the... 

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),... 

Michael Vallera – “Dream Lense”

June 30, 2015

Michael Vallera – “Dream Lense” When not recording with Cleared (with Steven Hess) and the moniker COIN, an alias under which he previously recorded for Opal Tapes, Michael Vallera remains quite active solo, with a few recent standouts that include a murky, guitar-laced track titled “USA Self” for the 2015 edition... 

Russell E. L. Butler – ‘God Is Change’

May 8, 2015

Russell E. L. Butler – ‘God Is Change’ Russell E. L. Butler recently stepped further out of his wonderfully left-field synth-pop project Black Jeans for a new release under his own name; titled God is Change, it arrived mid-April via Opal Tapes, a little less than a year after the longer and more lo-fi Constructions cassette that he self-released... 

Gondwana – AUM

February 11, 2015

Gondwana – AUM Opting for a name like Gondwana could be a prohibitively distracting association to draw with any kind of abstracted music, but the primordial, electroacoustic zone-out that builds from Andrea Taeggi’s debut solo effort AUM manages to add its own kind of dimension to the shadowy proto-continent... 

Week in Review #25

June 28, 2014

Week in Review #25 It’s been a good couple weeks for mixtapes, with several goodies slipping under our radar until recently. Beko and Peking Tapes released a new tape compilation highlighting bedroom popsters from the latter label’s home territory, Australia, to start things off. I’ve only listened up... 

Hedonism, Recorders, and Kids’ Songs: Bobby’s Year-end Feature

January 20, 2014

Hedonism, Recorders, and Kids’ Songs: Bobby’s Year-end Feature 2013 had quite a few memorable moments for me, musically. In October, I was given the honor of stepping in as Decoder’s Blog Editor, a position that only cemented my understanding of the undeniable wit, uncanny ear, and impeccable writing style lent from the writers of Decoder. Aside from that,... 

Dreamweapon – Living In Hell On Earth

December 6, 2013

Dreamweapon – Living In Hell On Earth Although the newly announced batch of Opal Tapes cassettes includes expansively abstract techno from heavy hitters like Personable and Lumisokea, the assemblage also includes a slew of new names, including the likes of Manse, COIN and Body Boys. But one of these newcomers immediately caught my eye,... 

Patricia – Body Issues

October 2, 2013

Patricia – Body Issues Though Opal Tapes has long been one of the labels we associate with incredibly off the wall dance music, they’re driving home the point this year. The label has mainly propagated itself via tapes but is slowly beginning to release vinyl as well, having maintained a conspicuous roster of artists... 

Techno, Art, and Arcology: Inside the World of Huerco S.

September 19, 2013

Techno, Art, and Arcology: Inside the World of Huerco S. The sounds emanating from Huerco S.’s debut LP, Colonial Patterns, draw you toward the interior of a decaying warehouse, inexplicably tucked away in a forgotten corner of a dark, expansive wilderness. This makes more sense when you meet Brian Leeds, the man behind the music. This is not to say that... 

White Visitation — ‘Dubs’ and ‘3’

July 29, 2013

White Visitation — ‘Dubs’ and ‘3’ Dubby, abstract techno isn’t a new thing. Chain Reaction and the Basic Channel crew peddled spacious beats, anonymous low-ends and airy production trademarked by genre greats like Porter Ricks, Vladislav Delay, and Monolake throughout the mid 90’s. As Gas, Wolfgang Voigt produced darkly...