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. 

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1. Slowdive - Slowdive (Dead Oceans) - It would be easy to call this a return to form for the legendary shoegaze band. But honestly, this is beyond any form that Slowdive ever melted into. Infectious, ear-worm melodies underneath shimmering guitar tones and washes of pure spectral light.

2. Dino Spiluttini - To Be a Beast (Cut Surface) - Austrian musician employs processed piano recordings to create blown out melodies and searing, jagged holes in the moving architecture of a stately drone.

3. Demen - Nektyr (Kranky) - On the enigmatic Swedish musican’s debut for Kranky, Demen paints with deep blues and reds to create a palate somewhere between Marie Davidson’s nocturnal excursions and Portishead’s unaffected cool.

4. Lafidiki - Chinabot (Memory No. 36/Chinabot/We Be Friends) - London-based Cambodian beatmaker turned his latest record into a showcase of sorts for a broad coterie of aspiring Asian musicians. The result is an inspiring, vexing, turn-on-a-dime mix of influences, memories and throttle-held groove.

5. Nico Niquo - In a Silent Way (Orange Milk) - A sleek, meditative masterpiece of patience and timing - huge movements and tiny phrases that make compulsive repeat listening mandatory. Pure synthetic pleasure.

6. Lawrence English - Cruel Optimism (Room40) - “This record is one of protest against the immediate threat of abhorrent possible futures. It’s an object of projection, from me to you and onward from there”. A deeply felt melodic drone record that feels like a thousand dark rain clouds bursting all at once.

7. Caroline No - No Language (Students of Decay) - A record, so much unlike others on this list, that exists in chance, spontaneity and first-take-best-take breeziness. The result is a wonderfully crafted, heartwarming slice of slightly off-kilter pop. RIYL: The Pastels, Tenniscoats, Mazzy Star.

8. Hiro Kone - Love is the Capital (Geographic North) - A staggeringly astute dive into tight, linear techno - a jet stream of swirling rhythms disembodied vocals and corporeal beats. A timely, overwhelmingly political dance album that grips so tight so as to make surrender impossible.

9. Chihei Hatakeyama - Mirage (Room40) - Every year deserves a perfect ambient record. 2017 got theirs in the form of Hatakeyama’s heavily melodic, unapologetically moving piece of aural sculpting. Perfect in almost every way.

10. Terence Hannum - Impiety (Umor Rex) - I have an insane amount of respect for Terence Hannum and Locrain. Hannum’s latest on Umor Rex is a ghostly masterpiece. Comprised of Hannum’s voice and minimal synths, he creates false cathedrals of unholy dirges sent out to no gods. An eschatological document focused on the final death of man, yet oddly hopeful and triumphant.

11. Lee Noble - The Hell of You Came In (No Kings)

12. Roger Eno - This Floating World (Recital)

13. Scott Tuma - No Greener Grass (Dismal Niche)

14. Stag Hare - Starlights Gloom (Inner Islands)

15. Planning for Burial - Below the House (The Flenser)

16. Bus Gas - Live On Leave Us (Spring Break Tapes!)

17. Josh Mason & Nathan McLaughlin - On the Brink (Eilean Rec.)

18. Matt Jenick - Weird Times (Hands in the Dark)

19. High Plains - Cinderland (Kranky)

20. Atariame - Fear is the World (Constellation Tatsu)

21. Solid Waste - Visions (Dismal Niche)

22. Stabilo & Moshimoss - FIIEII (Sound in Silence)

23. From the Mouth of the Sun - Hymn Binding (Lost Tribe Sounds)

24. Sympathy Pain - Tangled Molten Skull (Hellscape)

25. Trupa Trupa - Jolly New Songs (Blue Tapes)

26. Machine Girl - Because I'm Young Arrogant and Hate Everything You Stand For (Orange Milk) 

27. jitwam - ज़ितम सिहँ (Cosmic Compositions)

28. Jefre Cantu-Ledesme - On the Echoing Green (Mexican Summer)

29. VA - The Hired Hands: A Tribute to Bruce Langhorne (Scissor Tail Editions)

30. Alex Cunningham - Ache (Personal Archive)

31. Pauline Lay - Alloy/Pulp (Heavy Mess)

32. Bryce Hackford - Looking Off (Perfect Wave)

33. The Fun Years - Heroes of the Second Story Walk Up (Spring Break Tapes!)

34. More Eaze - Firesid3 ch@t r00m (Orange Milk)

35. William Ryan Fritch & Matt Finney - A History in Boxes (Lost Tribe Sound)

36. VVV - Shadow World (Holodeck)

37. Forest Swords - Compassion (Ninja Tune)

38. Crown Larks - Population (Already Dead)

39. Justin Walsh - Unseen Forces (Kranky)

40. BELL WITCH - Mirror Reaper (Profound Lore)

41. Cloakroom - Time Well (Relapse)

42. Forest Management - The Elevated Quiet (Constellation Tatsu)

43. Uniform - Wake In Fright (Sacred Bones)

44. Guenter Schlienz - Sterne über Der Stadt (ΠΑΝΘΕΟΝ)

45. Buffalo Voice - Buffalo Voice Pilgrim Takes His Spill (Antiquated Future)

46. AMULETS - Still Lifes (Heavy Mess)

47. Big Walnuts Yonder - Big Walnuts Yonder (Sargent House)

48. Mogwai - Every Country's Sun - (Temporary Residence, LTD)

49. Elkhorn - The Black River (Debacle)

50. Vince Staples - Big Fish Theory (Def Jam)

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