Lot's of great new tracks this week by Sarah Davachi, Bradley Sean Alexander, Sonae, William Selman, the legendary Bush Tetras, Drinks, Wilmoth Axel and AMULETS. Let's get to it!

sarah davachi - "buhrstone" Let night come on bells end the day" (recital program)

Following up two masterful record on Students of Decay, Let Night Come...represents some of Davachi's warmest and most wide-open compositions to date. Composed primarily on mellotron and electric organ, "Buhrstone" is streaked with gorgeous passages of neo-classical strings and patient, plodding piano lines that make up the backbone of this graciously unfolding piece. 

bradley sean alexander - "light pillars" Cascade (pyramid blood) 

Bradley Sean Alexander, moniker for the Polar Seas Recordings mastermind, has created another album of weighted drones that float in that impossible iceberg way. Something with so much mass still able to achieve a state of untethered lightness. 

sonae - "dream sequence" i started wearing black (monika enterprise)

In an album that is filled with minimal techno beats and crackling noise that sound like ghost sheets rustling across a wooden floor, "Dream Sequence" with its resonant bowed strings, carries all of the dread, unease and pointillist sadness that pours from this record. It's a tough, but cathartic listen. Ruminations on haunting melancholia, body politics and a clamoring, world-weary malaise.

william selman - "Thick description" musica enterrada (mysteries of the deep)

"What if music had no beginning, no end? Can music exist "for itself" or "of itself," without structure constraining it, defining it? Can music be non-linear, non-narrative, simply experiential, existential?" The press release from which this quote is taken is careful to note that the new album by William Selman does not answer or suppose this question, but it is tempting enough to segment all of the sounds - the bubbling, tripping, burping fragments -outside of their larger context and just let them reside without any attempt to constrain or corral them. The result would come close to this wonderful little slice of non-linear soundscaping by William Selman. 

bush tetras - "don't stop it" take the fall (wharf cat)

Called "the missing link between Television and Sonic Youth", Bush Tetras are back with their first new music in over 10 years. The result is a band, well worn by life, exploring their present environs by ripping the heads off of some of these tracks. Like how Dead Moon seem to hit one of their many strides much later in their career, Bush Tetras channel the jittery, slash-and-burn guitar attacks of their youth and the subsequent bands that have paid tribute to their vision. 

drinks - "corner shops" hippo lite (drag city)

The more spins this album gets the more brilliant it seems. It's hard to stop. Drinks is the sophomore collaboration between White Fences' Tim Presley and Cate Le Bon. Recorded in rural France in a secluded, but crumbling house, Hippo Lite is an album that betrays its somewhat simple facade and reveals something more knotty, humid and life-affirming. Out on 04/20 on Drag City.

wilmoth axel "you don't have to be right all the god damned time" resonation (personal archives)

"You don't have to be right all the Goddamned time". "You don't have to come out on top in every single fucking encounter". "Just take a moment, calm the hell down". "Sit alone with yourself. Sit alone with yourself and look at your reflection". I've found my new personal mantra for positive living. PNW experimental musicians create music that sounds like it's falling apart at all the right times and in all the right places. Fearless exploration of sound takes the piss out of careerist and centrist rock trappings that were ever embedded in a 12-bar blues scale. 

amulets - "finite light" standard grey / amulets (tandem tapes)

Randall Taylor is a national treasure. Under the moniker AMULETS the newly relocated Portland musician has created a staggering breadcrumb trail of ambient guitar lullabies and tape looped orchestras across a variety of formats and labels. With his split with Nara, Japan's Standard Grey for the excellent Indonesian label Tandem Tapes, AMULETS runs stretched and warped melodies over a shallow ocean floor of scraping/pulling/creaking found-sound/noise loops to create 17 minutes of well-won bliss. 

Monday, April 16th, 2018 | Add New Comment (0)

This podcast makes a pretty large stylistic shift about halfway through. See if you can catch it. Some real ambient bangers on here. Enjoy!

félicia atkinson - "abiquiu" coyotes (geographic north)

A new release by Félicia Atkinson is always something to get excited about. Coyotes is a reflection on her time while traveling through New Mexico. It's a piece of music designed to be accompany both a physical or mental journey through the blazing sun-baked ruins of an inland sea and freezing cold nights. Quilting a transporting passages composed of piano, MIDI synth, various percussive instruments and Atkinson's intimate spoken word poetry, Coyotes is to see the Southwest's topography through a stranger's eyes.

sij - "the end" the krustallos shrine (live) (ΠΑΝΘΕΟΝ)

To really dig into the immense beauty of this album I suggest listening to the 30 minute live version of this. It's a bit long for a podcast but worth every minute of your time. The latest in the "shrine" collection released on the St. Petersburg Russia label run by Tim Six aka Creation VI. It's a gorgeous, ebullient thing. Full of organic, elemental sounds and long, curling drones that sustain themselves for eternity.

hakobune - "leaves unseen" obelisk (polar seas)

Hakobune is another artist who I get very excited about whenever I see they have a new album out. The Japanese guitarist crafts slow moving vessels of sound. Immense, yet inexplicably weightless. Carried in multiple fragments of sound until the whole thing becomes a flowing, endless current.

forest management - "untitled 6" biqui (no rent)

Biqui is a gorgeous collection of deconstructed piano pieces that sound like they were played and recorded in a hollowed out cistern. Reverberation from notes hang in the air as their ghostly doubled selves for ages, creating trails of ellipses through the rest of the composition. A beautiful, understated addition to John Daniel's canon. 

 

free country - "ego death" songs w/ strings (closed eyes)

This song gets me right in the feels organs. A perfect snapshot of those irrational thoughts we have that sneak up on us unexpectedly. Faustian bargains that tell us that one fleeting encounter with our dead would make up for a lifetime of careful neglect.  It's a haymaker, for sure, in an album full of songs that pack an emotional wallop. Undersung singer-songwriter straddling recalling traces of Jeff Hanson and Jim O'Rourke. You should know about this.

zapruder point - "the sprint" stars + specks (self-released)

Cincinnati-based singer-songwriter, Zapruder Point is the solo outing of Dan Zapruder Phillips. Armed with a guitar and a voice that quivers somewhere between Jason Molina and Howe Gelb, "The Sprint" sees the narrator on a cross-state drive with their son to college recalling a fateful event that projects the astral terror and sweet rewards of parenthood to a dangerous degree of emotional exactitude. 

salm - "sulphur and salt water" perched in a sycamore, hurry and come down (rat tail tapes)

While I almost exclusively associate Dane Rousay with some of the most out free-jazz and experimental music I've had the pleasure to come across, to be totally honest I'm super into this emo band Dane released on his label Rat Tail Tapes. Striking somewhere between the shamefully overlooked classic album Hotel of Lost Light by Some Ember and a countryfied Snowing, Salm is a spiritual manifestation of unmitigated yearning with, what's likely, a graduate degree in Theology. 

the midnight vein - "thieves of youth and love" the midnight vein (self-released)

If you live in Western, NY and have a cool $30 in your bank account you can order this tape and have John Toohill aka The Midnight Vein come to your house, deliver the tape and throw a party. Granted, this could be John getting drunk and playing his favorite records. But chances are there would be some gems in there judging from this tape.  Some Nuggets-era psych, some Tim Buckley maudlin, jazzy romps, some Sentridoh lo-fi hooks. You can have all of that and more, however, by spending $5 on the cassette.  It's all in there, party sold separately. 

Monday, April 9th, 2018 | Add New Comment (0)

On this episode of Tome to the Weather Machine we put the new batches of tapes by Umor Rex and Field Hymns under the microscope. Plus some unexpected treats like some super dark/ritual ambience from Greece, noise/drone from Berlin and some homegrown, Cinci beat tape wizardry. It's lit!

byron westbrook - "drifting well / perception depth" confluence patterns (umor rex)

Kicking off this excellent batch of tapes from the Mexico City label is Brooklyn, NYC sound artist Byron Westbrook. A lapping, building surge and drone culminates and build into what Umor Rex accurately describes as a "Tony Conrad meets Black Sabbath" eternal riffing into the void. 

KOHL - "MORAL AUTONOMY" LEARNED ETHICS/IMPOSED ETHICS (UMOR REX)

Nathaniel Young (Blankstairs co-founder) creates a dub album that mixes submerged, noise-scraping beats that sound like they are pulsing from well beneath the sub-basement with high-end frequencies that sound crystal clear. It's a study in contrasts that make this album a wholly unique entry into the world of cold-af dub.

logardecay "things to forget" frgl (umor rex)

Leslie García and Paloma Lopéz of Mexico City craft these compositions that exist somewhere between the intersections of ambient, drone and lo-fi techno by a series of highly experimental techniques including bioelectrical transmissions and custom-made hardware. It's a disorienting, meander through worlds of sounds that are completely unique to the duo. 

rafael anton irisarri - "vasatan" sirimiri (umor rex)

In a beautiful follow up to his 2017 release The Shameless Years also on Umor Rex, Rafael Anton Irisarri delves deep into the format. The analog process informing both the format - Sirimiri can be listened to as a 72 minute piece joined by automatic repetition - as well as the overall sound. The album starts with machinery waking up, spooling life into a tiny ribbon totally saturated with stirring drones and sun-lit ambient passages. 

Illumine - "Be Wise, Take Care (Benoit pioulard" #2 Reworks (Dauw Records)

For this rework of Illumine's song from their acclaimed album #2, the Seattle-based artist reimagines "Be Wise, Take Care" into something wholly his own. The gliding drones are sunbleached and warbled - an audio stamp from his Kranky record Sonnet - while sounding inviting and warm. A few minutes you could spend a couple of days in. 

Seth Graham - "Whisper Slap" Gasp (Orange Milk)

Pulling the rug right out from under you while you were in some kind of blissful drone-coma is the first single from one of the most anticipated and highly acclaimed albums of 2018. The Orange Milk co-founder and Dayton, OH native, Seth Graham's latest, is an album bristling with so many ideas. Classical music composed as a Jackson Pollock painting. Split seconds of innocence and beauty, 30 minutes under the sway of a complete and whole vision. This is the future of music. 

Larry Wish - "Never (Star Track)" How More Can You Need (Field Hymns)

"The robot that makes the music for the claymation children's public access shows since the 1970's is pondering its future and slowly going mad." Starting off this Field Hymns triptych that sounds like it could function as one long form composition is Larry Wish the prolific Minneapolis native who's context-heavy songs are whimsical as they are frighteningly specific to the label description in the first sentence.

lips and ribs - "weep for me" battle in nagoya (field hymns)

An 8-bit blitz through last-boss intense battle music. Sugary synths pulse like they are running straight into your vein. Keep it below 200 BPM and this bus explodes.

oxykitten "boss dog" gleeking the cube (field hymns)

Ending this vintage synth madness is "Boss Dog" by Porltand based Oxykitten. There's a lot to love here. We will start with the album's opener "Battle Choads" and end on the fact that it sounds like a self-aware Casio trying its hand at scoring a caper-heavy 70's police procedural in which one the buddy cop characters is actually just a clump of dark matter that opens wormholes into dimensions in which cats have gained the evolutional advantage. It's lit.

obliferous - "y e l l o w t r a f f i c - light" softboy ep (self-released)

The Cinci noise/hip-hop/experimental producer's latest beat tape is a narcotic nighttime drive through a city with no lights on. Understated beats with healthy amounts of drones that teeter on that knife edge of too much distortion to keep the album's emotional trajectory towards the destination of unending ache. Really excited to see where Obliferous continues to take us. 

Martyria "Nyx" Martyria (Malignant Records)

OG drone music. As in Byzantine, monastic OG music from Martyria, a Greek dark-ambient duo who's output is steeped in holiness and the occult. Feels somehow appropriate to be writing this on Easter. That sacred but mysterious pagan/Christian holiday.

Body Fool - "frk2" Stranger in a Body (Self-Released)

Berlin-based Body Fool is a powerful purveyor of darkly seductive downtempo electronic music that pulls and scrapes itself along corridors adjacent to drone and ambient music. Similar to the Logardecay record, it creates worlds that cannot be inhabited. They exist in fragmentary bursts and then fade into the mist. Album artwork by Agata Cardoso.

Tuesday, April 3rd, 2018 | Add New Comment (0)

On this podcast we move from haunting electronic music, to classic and contemporary avant-garde that encompasses free jazz percussion, conceptual sound art and soundscapes, to Zazz's highly moving new work. We end on a somber, yet hopeful note, with Charlie Morrow's 1970 Requiem for the Victims of Kent State - echoing our own cycle of mourning for senseless gun violence.

entrancer - "cntrl_02+cantstandstill(screwd)" process ~ 2016-2018 (obsolete future)

Denver recently lost a leading light and creative power house in the bodily form of Colin Ward. Colin's multiple projects (alpahbets, Killd By) and his vociferous output of unending quality content was Ryan McRyhew's inspiration for releasing Process. Process is a data dump of "fragments, single takes and live recordings" destined for purging on McRyhew's hard drive, but inspired by and as a testament to Colin's constant creative energy, Entrancer comprised these tracks into a mixtapes of sorts and released them into the world. We are glad he did.

ross khmil - "market of rats" ocean plaza tunnels (lovecrypt)

Recorded after exploring (and arrested for) the tunnels beneath the Ocean Plaza mall in Kiev, Ukraine where the hyper-prolific musician lives, Ross Khmil provides a soundtrack for that experience in recollection. Lo-fi beat riding and vocal samples take us through a labyrinth of never ending beige hallways and fluorescent lighting. Released on the amazing Shanghai, China label Lovecrypt.

VCR5 - "HAND WIZARD" NARC (SELF-RELEASED)

The former SLC-now-Portland experimental artist uses multiple VCRs as the hardware to craft expressionistic aural pop-art that draw upon cult films and pop-icons to let a world of pure Id run amok in some kind of Who Framed Roger Rabbit parallel universe. It's a lot to take in but Joe Greathouse has been honing his craft for years.

charlie morrow - "wave music iv - drums and bugles (1980)" toot! too (recital)

"Recital presents the first vinyl LP by composer/event-maker Charlie Morrow. Toot! Too culls performance recordings from 1970 to 2014. It focuses on his "Wave Music" series, which are compositions based around swarms of like-instruments; i.e. sixty clarinets, conch choruses, and army of drums and bugle horns, etc. The 1978 piece, "100 Musicians With Lights", was performed at dusk in Central Park. One hundred players (brass, reeds, percussion) congregate and march in spiral formations, playing their instrument with penlights attached to them. The piece dissipates and ends as each player marches through the park to their respective homes." Masterful collection and excellent starting point for this towering conceptual genius.

dane rousay and john kennedy - "please don't" audit (congruence)

Dual percussion attack by San Antionio percussionist Dane Rousay and unfuckinggoogleable percussionist John Kennedy create a quiet maelstrom of unconventional time signaling everything-all-at-once sound decadence that coax out golden resonance from many a repurposed artifact. A rising force in the free-jazz/experimental world, Dane Rousay continues to push their craft into new realms of creative freedom. 

similar fashion - "we watched the car sink into the puddle" portrait of (similar fashion)

Multi-instrumentalist Logan Hone leads a team of "avant-rollercoaster-jazz-n-roll" shredders into dizzying highs with nary a terrifying drop or sugar-crash in sight. I'm usually not a fan of parenthesis laden nonsense descriptors but this one is frighteningly accurate. Produced by John Dieterich (are you surprised?) Similar Fashion combines levity with reckless application of finely schooled talent. It goes hard.

kate carr - "I ended out moving to brixton (exceprt)" i ended out moving to brixton (flaming pines)

From Kate: "My work has always begun with the soundscape, and Brixton offers a remarkable one. From outdoor markets, bicycle sound systems, shop stereos and buskers to booming car hi fi systems, sirens, car washes and people simply talking and taking up space on the streets, Brixton is a noisy place. It was through listening to Brixton that I also came to hear voices being raised about how much this area had changed, about rising rents and neglected public housing, about how many people who grew up or used to have businesses here can no longer afford to stay....A soundscape reveals a lot about a place, through its presences, its silences, its rhythms and its pauses. A soundscape is forever being made by us all. It stitches us together in ways both subtle and sometimes overwhelming. I think in both its openness and fragility the soundscape can reveal something about the process of community making, and its sensitivity to change offers both opportunities and risks."

zazz - "forever is a distance" soft harbinger (inner islands)

Zazz is the incredibly fruitful collaboration between braeyden jae and ang wilson (1/2 of Electric Sound Bath). I knew that this was going to be good, I wasn't prepared for it being this good. Drawing on William Baskinski in the discreet push and pull and drawing on elements of modern classical artists like Johann Johannsson (who themselves dabble in minimalism and artifact decay) to inform its linear emotional trajectory, Soft Harbinger is bright, moving, sad and fully immersive. Get it. 

charlie morrow - "requiem for the victims of kent state (1970)"

Lastly we end on this requiem by Charlie Morrow for the victims of Kent State. Another form of gun violence, but still perpetrated at the hands of fascist-fetishizing cowards. It's a bleak world. But the events of this weekend gave me glimpses of hope for our future.

Sunday, March 25th, 2018 | Add New Comment (0)

On the latest episode of the Tome we are joined by old friends and new friends. New tunes by Lee Noble, The Fun Years, Alapastel, Nadia Struiwigh, yndi halda, Eulogy, Drowse and Siavash Amini & Matt Finney

Lee Noble - "Sanyo Loop" Ashenden (Muzan Editions)

In early 2018 Lee Noble toured Japan and recorded much of this beautiful tape out on Nara, Japan's Muzan Editions. Coming off the heels of one of 2017's best records The Hell You Came In, Noble returns to gentle drones, presence of punctuating organics and an uncanny ear for a pitched note at the right level of abstraction, distortion and conveyed meaning.

the fun years - "a beginners guide to telescopes" a heart to heart about our values (spring break tapes)

The Fun Years are one of those bands where I immediately buy everything they put out. Seminal drone mainstays, The Fun Years is still Ben Recht and Isaac Sparks and they are still putting out some of the most beautiful ambient music out there and still taking the piss out of the seriousness of the whole thing. 

alapastel - "bride of the mountains" hidden for the eyes (slowcraft)

The Slovakian composer's vocal parts for "Bride of the Mountains" are some of those moments that stop you in your tracks. In an otherwise gorgeous collection of neo-classical compositions, "Bride of the Mountains" is a showcase to a serious dedication in craft embedded within an inherently emotional appeal.

nadia struiwigh - "bizarph" whrru (denovali)

On her new album for Denovali, the Rotterdam-based artist moves from surging, busy electronica to gossamer threads of sound reminiscent of Biosphere to full on post-classical, electro-acoustic arrangements of building and cresting movements. An immersive listen and portentous release. Out on Denovali on 04.28.

yndi halda - "A Sun-coloured shaker" a sun-coloured shaker (Sound in Silence)

The Canterbury 5-piece play an affecting form of Post-Rock that remains distant cousins to This Will Destroy You or the more song-based Early Day Miners releases. For their one-song release on Sound in Silence the tight, yet ever-expanding composition massages itself into a mournful classical-inspired pop music in the vein of Efterklang or Peter Broderick

drowse - "The Quickening" Cold Air (The Flenser)

We go way back with Kyle Bates. To hear this latest album by the Portland band is a revelation and culmination of all of the warped, warbled MBV-meets-bed(gloom) experiments in self-documenting Kyle's journey with his mental health. These manifestations, however, are presented with a clarity and triumphant resolve that is only befitting for Drowse's Flenser release. I'm pretty sure all LP's are sold out, I'm also pretty sure you will see this again on all sorts of best-of lists. 

eulogy - "fire sermon pt. 1" into the heart of light (self-released)

The Indianapolis OMM artist cites "Neurosis, Snapcase, King Crimson and John Fahey" as musical inspirations, while the content of this twisting-and-turning epic is somewhere close to Oliver Sacks deep looks into the way our brains process and relate to information. Coursing through synapses and crashing into stylistic shifts and data rushes from pole-to-pole, Eulogy is an overloaded, huge album full of peeks into a mind too full of ideas to contain them all.  

siavash amini & matt finney - "Jesus fish" gospel

When Matt Finney says his next record is going to be "tough", please believe that. Matt Finney has never flinched when looking straight into the eyes of the void - into Southern lives torn apart (or never really had a chance) by addiction, poverty, religion, abuse, divorce and deeply disturbed genealogies. His second record with Iranian experimental artist gives Matt Finney's spoken word recounting of sexual violence and religion the right amount bleeding industrial edge and deep discomfort. It's amazing to me that close to 8 years later and I am still writing about and deeply affected by Finney's work. He is always able to find the best choices in collaborators to become not just vehicles, but worlds where his unfortunate cast of characters live in. 

Monday, March 19th, 2018 | Add New Comment (0)

A seamlessly blissful hour of ambient, modern classical, drone and post-folk tracks. Make sure you support the artists by clicking on the links beneathe their photo and picking up a CD, tape or LP. 

 

dedekind cut - "The Crossing Guard" tahoe (kranky)

Definitely my most anticipated release of 2018. Following up with an even more lush, inviting and world-making to the ground-breaking $uccessor, Dedekind Cut has made the ambient record of the year. 

spencer vh - "acceptance" acceptance (self-released)

A lovely, floating track rooted in a minimalist piano line with well-placed accents of barely brushed bass and askew synthesizers that maximize the tracks ethereal and mysterious origins. Perhaps born in a Myst-stylized cliffside overlooking self-generating waves of crystalline blue?

GRAY ACRES - "THE MAPS THEY HELD" GRAY ACRES (SOUND IN SILENCE)

In what's become one of my favorite finds this year, Gray Acres is an album that searches far and wide and deep into tiny crevices along the hearts surface. Tiny pin pricks that bring down an otherwise healthy emotional ship. Twin brothers Andrew and Michael Tasselmyer also create music under Hotel Neon in Philadelphia.

ancient ocean - "benthic life" neró: a collection of works 2010-2016 (Field Hymns)

The forlorn spellcasting of slide guitar above eliding drones of pure prismatic light is something that will never not raise goosebumps. This collection of skeletal arrangements on the always amazing Field Hymns has the plug-in-and-play immediacy and lovingly crafted arrangements that punctuate John Bohannon's collected work. 

dura - "marble templar, k.g." repetition supression (scissor tail editions)

Creating work under Dura, Mattson Ogg has often buried his delicate fingerpicking guitar style under blankets of golden-hour drone. For his latest on our good friends Scissor Tail Editions, Dura plays these songs with little accruement. Just himself an electric guitar and old amplifiers and the sounds of his shuffling feet from late night walks through his old neighborhood. The record comes in a beautiful package of handmade sketch books. Limited to 50.

 

christopher whitley - "Cremations (IV)" - hecca autre (A.V.A)

"Cremations IV" is a simply a small taste of the beautifully augmented song-cycles on the Canadian violinists newest album. The song lurches forward in a self-determined linear journey. The violin's timbre glitching and sputtering underneath heavy electronic editing. 

Walt Thisney - "Walking Home" Piano Moods for a Lo-Fi Living (Illuminated Paths)

While I am not always sure what to make of the Lisbon, Portugal artists online persona, I am sure that these treacly, highly emotional solo piano tracks embody a sort of nocturnal, somewhat disjointed blurriness that comes after sleep deprivation and bit too much to drink. A lovely take on deconstructed home listening classical music.

aries mond - "please" come on let's wait (eilean records)

Continuing in Eilean Records flawless release schedule, the French pianist Aries Mond is not afraid of silence. He lets notes ring out into a void populated by little else than the mechanical sounds of the piano itself. It's a beautiful and stately record that contemplates space and timing in novel ways.

emmanuel witzthum - "soft rain falls.  winter solitude. at night, still" songs of love and loss (eilean records)

Songs composed for viola, voice and electronics, Songs of Love and Loss is the NYC classical artists latest in a canon of songs poured full of emotion, love and drone. 

 

zach zinn - "lunar pill. solar pill" upon rising at dawn, i was unware (self-released)

Zach Zinn is an Olympia, WA based experimental artist who's art evokes ritual and ecstatic communication. "Lunar Pill. Solar Pill" Zach reaches deep and pulls out some some gorgeous crystalline drones that stem from some dream-time elsewhere. 

Wednesday, March 7th, 2018 | Add New Comment (0)

Post-punk, at it's root, is a music of discomfort and unease. A jittery, every-worst-case-scenario-all-at-once nameless anxiety pulses through the best of it - even when it tries to explore themes of companionship or pleasure. Enter Crime of Passing, a Cincinnati-OH trio and late-entry contender. Their video for the single "Eleventh Hour" off their 2017 EP Dancing Prick - crafted by the video production group Channel 77 made up of Brian McCabe and Brooke Shanesy - maximizes discomfort and unease through a series of subject-obscuring close ups overlayed a distorted analogue wasteland. I've always been a fan of how distorted images can get when our field of vision competes with scanning lines, the ghostly doubling, the time-stretching start and stop. Images of faces, hands, lips, roses appear out of the discordia while kept in time with hyper-focused images of instruments in isolation to desperate vocals, haunted synths, discordant saxophone and guitar and bass that marshal this track into rigid staccato time. It's a visceral pairing. 

Crime of Passing- Eleventh Hour from channel 77 ⓥⓗⓢ on Vimeo.

Monday, March 5th, 2018 | Add New Comment (0)

This Episode is all about beats. Hard techno, junk loops, vaporwave chemtrails, dance floor sweat lodges. Don't let the real Kurt Rambis fool you. Sucker free hour starting.....now.

18andcounting & the only ensemble - "hunter" - animal skins (Dismal niche)

"Hunter" from 18andcounting & The Only Ensemble is one of the few artists who could cover Björk and bring something completey new to it. Moving from stuttering, paranoid beats into an anxiously violin-bowed cacophony held under steady command by 18andcounting expressionistic, but fully communicative vocals, Hunter hits hard and square in the gut.

Mezzanine Swimmers - "black cat in heat" - black cat in heat (already dead/fire talk)

Detuned and dirty from dragging its underbelly through some dank back alley, this feral new collection of songs from Mike Greene burst and bloom with the hot and busy claustrophobia of a car with the windows up and a cassette melting into the tape deck.

hdmirror - "pure 2" - anthems (Genot Centre)

All the giddy thrill of watching reality become completely unhinged but doing so with enough presence of mind to describe every sensation in hidef clarity. A bustling, breaking, always peaking cut from the Berlin producer's excellent album on Genot Centre.

Celldöd - "Kall Fusion" Kall Fusion (Medical Records)

Starting off this relentless block of hard techno tracks from Medical Records is the Swedish producer Celldöd. An aggressive dance floor EBM/Techno crossover to soundtrack all of your post-apocalyptic raves.

Lab Personnel - "A2 2-3" Recreation (Medical Records)

Diving deeper into hardware techno world is the Croatian supergroup Lab Personnel. Specializing in pulsing, hard pounding erstwhile techno, the opening track to Recreation hits hard but still manages to sound warm and up-close.

Émanton - "Breathe Outside de Box" Post Tenebras Lux (Medical records)

Argentinean producer and purveyor of "hard esoteric/mystical/mega darkness sound" crafts an intriguing dance track that slowly melts into a hail storm of freaked out electronics toward the songs conclusion. Perfect collapse and ending for this Medical Records triptych.

kurt rambus - "8:08AM" - self-titled (illuminated paths)

The enigmatic Kurt Rambus - not to be confused with this Kurt Rambis - is the moniker of Nigel John, an Orlando based DJ and producer who holds a commanding swagger and attention on his latest collaboration with the ever-prolifc and omnivorous Illuminated Paths label. 

German Army - "Silencing the Past" - More Bitter Fruit (Discrepant)

The San Bernadino occultist dream duo stick to the confines of the sweltering rain forest of water-logged synths where CIA coups and embargo deals hang thick in the air like suspended moisture. A perennial Tome favorite, More Bitter Fruit is a surprisingly great late-entry or mid-entry or early-entry release in the duo's ever expanding catalog. Germany Army is timeless.

Jones - "Diazavert" - Prescriptbr / The Taureg Breaks (Illuminated Paths) 

Hush hush reissue of a beautifully paced beats record that includes a righteous meditation on Mike Tyson's single-minded drive and spirituality. Beautiful pathways on this one. 

Percival Pembroke - "Arc System Works" - Apreggiatorworld++ (Genot Centre) 

A near 40 track masterpiece of self-generating digital landscapes fully rendered in bubbling arpeggios dreamcast drones. 

AF85 -  "ACC" ハイパーオリンピック (Diamond Edition) - (Genot Centre)

In what could be seen as a contender for a top spot in the albums of the year, the all-positivist-all-the-time midi vocal textures and floating drones stick an arrow in that quivering lump of feels vibrating nervously in your chest. Act without fear in the presence of love.

Matthew Bertram - "Loading" - Justice Manor (Illuminated Paths)

"Loading" is a playful, sly and tasteful late-night track slipping into something a bit more comfortable. Lobby music of some slinky back alley android speakeasy.  

Pray for Triangle Zero - "Longing" #100 (Illuminated Paths)

Lot's of music is described as sounding like having multiple tabs open on your browser and all of them playing at once. "Longing" is about the closest we will ever get to that ear-hole exfoliating experience. A thousand voices all singing at different pitches, from different hellscapes of a lawnmower man digital prison.

Monday, February 26th, 2018 | Add New Comment (0)

Heavy on the drones, modern compositions and experimental music from all over the world, this subdued episode welcomes two new artists to the Whited Sepulchre family - Sympathy Pain and Brianna Kelly. As always, support these artists and labels by clicking on the links under each picture and purchasing a tape or two. 

sympathy pain - "blanket burner" brianna kelly/sympathy pain split (whited sepulchure records)

Curating a podcast is kind of like getting all-time dibs on the aux cord. In that spirit I am sharing with you two tracks from an upcoming split cassette on Whited Sepulchre Records, a label I run. Sympathy Pain is Skyler Hitchcox (FKA Silver Antlers) and Casey Hansen of Cult Leader (Deathwish Records). The two imbue these slowburning droney, post-rock songs with living shadows and dead reflections. 

brianna kelly "sanctus" brianna kelly / sympathy pain split (whited sepulchure records)

The other half of this split belongs to Cincinnati artist Brianna Kelly whose patient, wonder-filled songs play out against a ribbon of deep baritone guitar and a voice that seems to seep out of every corner - like light-illuminated dust sifting through loose floorboards. Brianna also sings and plays guitar in the indie rock band Soften

landry riba - "time to listen" mountain songs (self-released)

Andorran composer and bassist Landry Riba has created a really wonderful EP here. Songs built around simple, additive themes that build and break in a pattern that keeps time with your ever growing emotional attachment to them. 

bruno sanfillippo - "lux" unity (dronavirm)

Argentinian Modern classical pianist employs a monastic sense of reverence to his compositions for piano, voice and string. Moving fragments that circle each other in the harmonious dance of our atomized core.

leaaves "the cruelty of orbit" panacea for lightweights (katuktu collective)

Nate Wagner - Finland btw of Philly (just ask him about those Eagles) - is a young maestro in the game. Contemplative and mindful drones make up the living core of this tape, a lightbending, gravitational pull to the center while sparks hover just outside the periphery. 

oxherding - "circular movements" circular movements in the sky (dismal niche)

Saint Louis, MO ambient hopeful and all around great human, Fitz Hartwig's Oxherding project feel completely wide open - from bubbling arpeggios to the huge swelling organs and swells of fuzz lapping over and over like an ocean through tiny speaker-sized holes. A wonderful addition to a growing body of work. 

tapes and topographies - "a year of disappointments" fathoms (simulacra)

Former Crushed Stars founder reaches for desperation and pulls down quiet resignment. Beautiful sound craft here on the warped analog pulls of aching synth melodies and an amplified noise floor of swirling, inky grey drones.

fahmi mursyid - "hareup" fahmi mursyid / ngc 4414 split (tandem tapes)

Jakarta Indonesia based Tandem Tapes is quickly becoming one of my favorite labels. It seems like half of their artists are pulled from the pool of experimental music that the Tome swims in and half are undiscovered gems from around the world the Indonesian based Fahmi Mursyid. I find myself lucky to have discovered something like Mursyid's soundclash of the sacred and profane. Gorgeous vocal drones beneath playful, exploratory electronics that ward off any tendency for the heavy hand. 

presidiomodelo - "mope" presidiomodelo / Machinefabriek split (tandem tapes)

I selected this wonderfully building and ascending track by Novosibirsk, Russia sound artist because we all know, or should know, how anything Machinefabriek brings to the table is going to spot on. A cycling, austere track suddenly breaks into a humid and busy crescendo that pulses along with submerged bass line and the high pitched buzz of carnivorous insects at dawn. 

Monday, February 19th, 2018 | Add New Comment (0)

For the 18th TTTWM podcast we delve into two recent tape batches from Muzan Editions and Unifactor Tapes as well as some new work by Lou Rebecca on Holodeck Records, two tapes from Rat Tail Tapes and an enigmatic Denver producer. As always, please support the artists and labels by purchasing music from the links provided under the pictures. Enjoy!

 

kyle landstra - "within" - within/without (Muzan Editions)

Chicago-based Kyle Landstra's sidelong compositions for the Japanese label Muzan Editions are quietly unfurling spools of auditory ribbons caught in a steady synthetic breeze. Unhurried but constantly moving, a study in sequenced emotional cartography 

overscan - "sferic" - the marriage of violence and desire (muzan editions)

OverScan is a Sydney based soundmaker whose latest on Muzan Editions marries a tendency towards harsh noise with this little slice of heaven on "Sferic" where synthesizers are set to herald in some awaited bliss. 

cheekbone - "Curcuma longa" - つかの間 [Tsuka no Ma] (Muzan Editions)

With one of the most beautiful tapes this year - and any year for that matter - Cheekbone is a Japanese musician with an ear bent towards slightly pulsing, linearly building compositions that tug on the heart strings and encourage deep listening as a rule. (Dog in the Evening) fans should take note. 

brett naucke - "flora counterpoint ii" - the back of the garden (unifactor)

In what is easily Brett Naucke's finest work to date, the Chicago modular synth mavin, unworks the gordian knot of his compositions, opening and unweaving his complex and moving compositions to their base elementals before tying them up again in a rich tapestry that is best observed with at least 4-5 feet of space for optimal viewing.  

Adipsia - "ofelia" - imbue (rat tail tapes)

Released on Dane Rousay's Rat Tail Records, the San Antonio ambient electronic artist creates a surprisingly moving and deeply textured work that warps its bubbling percussive elements around deep and gorgeous drones. 

forest management - "analysis of the before and after" - rotating angle (unifactor)

John Daniel is a hyper-prolific ambient musician ambient artist who has left a breadcrumb trail of tapes and records across a variety of labels that all seem to delve deeper into the "elevated quiet" or moving stillness that inhabit the core of his compositions. 

dominic coppola - "imperial kiss" - honeymoon phase (unifactor)

Dominic Coppola surging and arching drones are sent out that retract with the beauty and grandeur of watching fireworks in reverse. A perfect capstone to this undeniably strong batch by Cleveland's Unifactor tapes.

lou rebecca - "fantôme" - lou rebecca (holodeck)

The Paris/Austin, TX based Lou Rebecca's inaugural EP is a wistful, seductive and stunningly realized slice of left-field pop that channels Marie Davidson and Air with equal clarity. 

andre cactus - "into the tactus" - layups (self-released)

I dare you not to get chills when those saxophones kick in. A gorgeously uplifting piece of downtempo R&B that utilizes chopped and screwed vocals and an kitchen sink style of additive delivery that transports as much as it elevates.

more eaze - "palm on palm" - unnatural light (rat tail tapes)

For this more eaze cut, taken from Rat Tail's Unnatural Light, the Texan musician sculpts a taught 14 minute meditation on a crawling BPM, fluttering pianos, keyed up synths and more eaze's characteristic auto-tuned vocals. 

Monday, February 12th, 2018 | Add New Comment (0)