Every once and awhile we get submissions that don't necessarily make sense to share as part of our podcast but deserve to be heard. So, here are snippets of some artists doing some great things on the periphery of shoegaze, indie rock and neo-classical music. Let's open up this pit.

sam valdez - "Further Away" 

It's difficult to write about this without mentioning two predecessors whose heavy influence on this track appear like guiding lights above a black desert night sky. Mazzy Star and Angel Olsen guide the young Sam Valdez's smoky, lilting croon into swooning, lush shoegaze country. it's a bright and billowing surge of shimmering guitars rooted in place by Valdez's earthbound arrangement and voice. Lovely stuff.

are you having fun yet - "turbo" 

The Norwegian band sprinkles some beautiful hazy textural guitar work and surging synths between their brawny post-punk bass lines. It punches well above its weight, wandering into some oddball pop moments that hit on all the right pressure points. Ever ascending choruses are reminiscent of Mew's fuck-all bravery, while huge tonal shifts recall Beach House at their most animated.  It's a bittersweet question, one that presupposes that we weren't having fun at some point. How much fun are you allowed to have in your 30's? 

approachable members of your local community - "velcro"

Look at these boooooys! Australia's Approachable Members of Your Local Community are both the short and long answer to the question, what happened to Architecture in Helsinki? I'm not sure how AMOFLC would feel about the comparison, but in the fuzzy echo chamber of memory, these things seem to coexist. Playful melodies taking the piss out of the seriousness of indie rock with out being gimmicky, lite-funk bass lines, white boy falsetto, infectious synth lines - all of these conspire together to create ear-worms straight to the throbbing pleasure center of your brain. 

maintain vertical speed - "i can see you from the soyuz"

I accidently had two windows open at once while I played this. It was dizzying and overwhelming in all the right ways. Without this doubling experiment, Maintain Vertical Speed's linear flight into pure minimal bliss where repetition cancels everything else out and all that has ever existed is the arpeggios falling over each other, picking up speed as they tumble through time and space. Open tabs on all possible universes. 

jamison isaak - "us"

Jamison Isaak, under his imprint Teen Daze, has created some damnably fine balearic pop music that I find irresistible and frequent more often than I consciously realize. For his second EP under his given name, Isaak turns to solo piano run through a series of effects to create tonal clusters rooted in House music but exploded into a building, expanding, emotionally-centered work that feels propulsive without rushing towards an end. It could exist as a 2 minute pop song or extend into eternity and still feel like it's just right. 

meg blumberg - "happenstance"

A stunning piece of neo-classical piano work that breaks wide open into a lushly orchestrated song that incorporates string arrangements and melodies that stick with you long after the track is finished. It's gossamer thread with the tensile strength of cable. Melody-rich but still very much cognizant of tonal quality and technical flourishes. A gorgeous intro. 

Tuesday, June 5th, 2018 | Add New Comment (0)

Thrilled as always to bring to you new tracks by artists from all over the world. We move from bucolic ambient, to modular synth work, to solo piano, to noise, to surging electronic music, to knotty indie rock, to experimental folk and back to bucolic ambient. It's a trip. 

daisuke miyatani - "summer child" diario (schole records)

As the summer is arriving and we getting accustomed to new sounds of life returning - birds chirping, the hum of insects in the evening, Daisuke Miyatani's 2018 reissue of Diario helps gently coax us into learning to be present when every part of our bodies are reacting to the heat and humidity. Lovely placid acoustic guitar and drone with field recordings imbuing it with summer evening glow. 

H. Takahashi - "Despair" Elegy (Muzan Editions)

The first in Muzan Editions excellent new batch of tapes. H. Takahashi's excellent follow up to Raum where the composer (and architect) created music on his I-phone while walking the streets of Tokyo. On these soft, minimal tracks composed of gently overlapping piano lines, H. Takahashi creates a world no less immediate than its predecessor but with a bit more distance between object and reflection. It's an inviting, reflective piece that deserves to be listened to with headphones. 

Günter Schlienz - "Bonus Malaise" Liederbuch (Muzan Editions)

On Günter Schlienz's latest, he pushes his excellent modular synth arpeggios through various open portal doors, sending each one to merge with its parallel universe cousin before calling them back. These doubled tones are then sped back through our dimension. Those elongated droning passages are the sound of these twinned tones speeding back down to earth. 

Jesse Woolston - "This Way Comes" µstructure (Studio Woolston)

Jesse Woolston, New Zealand based composer, begins "This Way Comes" with a cascade of piano notes, not quite revealing what is in store as this track begins accumulating heavy double bass strikes, streaking drones, pulsing strings and heavily augmented electronics that gather and quake to reach a quiet climax - a full resolution of building tension and release. 

Nay Shalom - "Nostalgia" (Self-Released)

The London based composer has created an evocative and nostalgic piece of solo piano magic that blooms into a fully orchestrated composition. Embodying a place that feels real but we can never return to, Nay Shalom digs deep into the recesses of unfiltered emotion to bring something vital and breathing to the surface. 

april larson - "D16-38-em7 (dried blood)" there are no endings (muzan editions)

The hyper-prolific musician has created a deeply unsettling, rattling yet unequally beautiful record for her first for Muzan Editions. "(Dried Blood)" pairs unendingly beautiful drones over the skronk and bleat of modular synthesizers becoming self-aware and turning on their masters. It's beautiful, terrifying and cathartic piece of work.

witxes - "Interventions" Orients (Consouling)

"Interventions" gets heavy. Like Ben Frost waiting on that drop heavy. All dramatic tension and release, the French artist creates something that could never be classified as ambient music. It moves through space with a crushing weight, consuming sound like a prescient black hole. "Orients" explores plenty of sonic space, from the beautiful to the terrifying, on "Interventions" we check in with Maxime Vavasseur at his most heavy. 

BELORUSIA - "TOSKA" (SELF-RELEASED)

Coming down into a much more sedated and contemplative mode, the Scottish-based Belorusia take us on a night-drive through deserted backroads. A propulsive and hypnotic track that keeps time with a steady and unrelenting focus. It's a nocturnal and deeply affecting work.

Frog Eyes - "Idea Man" Violent Psalms (Paper Bag)

Violent Psalms is Frog Eyes final album. Frog Eyes has long been one of my favorite "Indie Rock" bands. Carey Mercer' s impassioned vocals, knotty compositions and ability to wring every emotion out of hyper-literate, confessional, obtuse and, often, hilarious lines that don't seethe with the kind of winking self-importance that comes with buzzy bands with intense songs that react to everything from military revolutions, renaissance literature and the passing of his father. Goodbye Frog Eyes.

Seabuckthorn - "Submerged Past" A House With Too Much Fire (Bookmaker / La cordillere)

It's always a great pleasure to get something new from the UK based guitarist Seabuckthorn. Spanning worlds between traditional folk music and weighty neo-classical music, Seabuckthorn's passages are heavy with emotional resonance that jump and spark from a highly expressive style of playing that is traditionally rooted and highly experimental and free-thinking. 

wayne robert thomas - "voyevoda" kbd/wrt (whited sepulchre records)

We end with the Indiana-based Wayne Robert Thomas's gorgeous B-Side his split with Canadian drone legend Kyle Bobby Dunn on Whited Sepulchre Records.  "Voyevoda" utilizes processed electric guitar to fill all available space with lofty and spacious tones that lose nothing of their clarity as the float up to the rafters before settling back down to the nave. A stirring counterpoint Dunn's composition, "Voyevoda" keenly examines one's fidelity to unconquerable nostalgia.

Monday, June 4th, 2018 | Add New Comment (0)

Dumb flesh. Feeling along constricted pathways to burrow into something warm. Leaving slime like breadcrumb trails to mark our paths. Danielle Dahl, the Norwegian artist living in Copenhagen, creates a series of highly visceral, psycho-sexual imagery in her latest video off her album Loosening Orion's Belt. As a member of free-jazz/noise group Tigers Mind, Dahl's saxophone does heavy bodily damage, under her own name, her extended technique creates a steady flatline of drone and voice, equally as disturbing and entrancing as when paired with this imagery.

Friday, June 1st, 2018 | Add New Comment (0)

In this week's podcast we move from ambient/field recordings, into structured experimental/noise then straight into out noise-rock and then back into some more contemplative zones with two solo guitar artists. It's a lot to take in. But it's a three day weekend so, enjoy.

andrew tasselmyer - "The frozen valley in oregon ridge park" places real and imagined (polar seas recordings)

It's 91 degrees here in Cincinnati and this field recording of a frozen valley in Oregon Ridge Park is GIVING ME LIFE! It's hard to imagine, when it's this hot and humid for day after unrelenting day, that there are places that bristle and crack under frigid temperature. Tasselmyer - who is part of Hotel Neon and 1/2 of Grey Acres - plays extended icy drones that weave in and out of field recordings of a frozen valley. This mix of drone and field recordings work well when the the two sources become indistinguishable from one another. The object and the reaction becoming intwined in something bigger than itself.

halftribe - "swimming off that sombre shore" for the summer, or forever (dronarivm)

Halftribe - the UK based sound artist and ambient acolyte - has put out an album almost diametrically opposed to Andrew's recollections of winter. Instead, this is an album of immediate responses to summer nights after sweltering days that seem to last forever, where moisture particles seem suspended in midair and lakes are warm enough to swim in at night. Halftribe's surging, sweltering drones overlaid by hovering piano notes are testaments to those moments of summer that make unbearable days worth it. Out now on the excellent Russian label Dronarivm

celer - "was it okay for myself" something cathartic (polar seas recordings)

The through-line of Will Long's prolific output under Celer is perfectly embodied in the reflective, understated beauty of his latest collection of airy and spacious drones for Polar Seas. Warm, saturated tones filter in like thermal waves, bending and ascending as they enter new atmospheres. Being pushed by an ebullient breeze and patient coaxing.

absinthe father - "skin" good enough (self-released)

Absinthe Father is the solo project of Haley Butters of Columbus, OH. Good Enough is a sedated and serious collection of songs that, while aurally swimming in the same pool of lo-fi gauziness of early Grouper, Atariame and Drowse, bears down on similar subject matter of the latter with a sense of grace and detachment so as to blur the line between narrator and subject. In all that grey, sharp-witted and achingly sweet refrains cut through and leave marks. It's requisite headphone music.

Grant Evans - "Vessel (Arc)" Vessel (Null Zone Tapes)

Last time we checked in with Grant Evans it was with his excellent collaborative album with Frank Baugh (Sparkling Wide Pressure). Looking back, Crawf did an interview with Grant and Rachel (Motion Sickness of Time Travel) as part of their collaborative project Quiet Evenings where they blessed us with a "Smoker's Choice" mix of deep cut Three 6 Mafia, Goodie Mob, Eighball and M.J.G songs. For Grant's latest collection on Null Zone, he cuts a path through radio fog, sick radiators, knife-sharpening drones and computer speaker distortion to find the surprisingly sweet center to this track. A Basinski-ish drone imbuing and running its course through this track. 

NHUNG NGUYEN - "OBLIVION" OBLIVION (PAN Y ROSAS)

The Hanoi, Vietnam experimental musician has an impressive back catalog that I am quite excited to pour through. On her latest for Pan y Rosas, Nguyen weaves in and out of processed electronics, contact mic manipulations, radio fluctuations, found sounds of forgotten and unnoticed places to create a world sound inhabited by ghosts and traces of past lives. It's unsettling, but also extremely peaceful and beautifully realized. Strong contender for sound-art piece of the year.  

MANAS - "II" live at (Null zone tapes)

It's always wondeful to hear Tashi Dorji captured in his element, especially when joined by such ace drummers such as Thom Nguyen. Recorded live in Macon, GA the B-side to this tape is Nguyen and Dorji really starting to ramp up their collaborative performance. Tashi detuning, modifying his guitar before jumping into full assault mode on the fretboard met by Thom's pummeling and expressive percussion work. 

stella - "firing squad" career suicide (scream culture)

With nods to classic No Wave, early 00's Skingraft subversion and Louisville post-punk, this Cincinnati trio has remerged with an enhanced and refocused electronics/keyboards noise section via Tony Squeri. Kevin Hall's acerbic guitar lines and vocals find richer communication with drummer Lauri Reponen, who's job seems to be holding the entire thing together before signaling a planned collapse into discordia and squalor. It's a military grade nail gun of an album, embodying Scream Culture's fuck-all economy.

GREENING LAMBOURNE - "PET FREE HOME" THOUGHT PARTNER (SELF-RELEASED)

The UK based Greening Lambourne and the Spain based Iyari are two artists cut from similar cloths. Both working with solo guitar record with a single loop pedal, both create canopies of soaring, eliding guitar lines with rich, loam-filled noise floors of percussive bass lines. What impresses me about both are their rich middles, full wispy fragments and transitory beauty. Highly recommend both tapes. 

Iyari - "Temps" Ostara (El Malmut Tracut)

Friday, May 25th, 2018 | Add New Comment (0)

Took a week off but we have a new Podcast! New tunes by Dustin Wong + Minekawa + Good Willsmith, Benoit Pioulard + ant'lrd, Chihei Hatakeyama, From the Mouth of the Sun, Mary Lattimore, Landing....So many good collaborations on this one! Serene drone to spaced-out shoegaze. 

dustin wong + takako minekawa + good willsmith - "The garden of earthly flanger" exit future heart (umor rex)

Opening a dream-come-true collaborative record between the fruitve duo work of Dustin Wong and Takako Minekawa and the Chicago trio Good Willsmith, "The Garden of Earthly Flanger" is a perfect ease into an album full of huge twists and turns as each group seizes on different musical ideas and follows them down until they are traced back to the initial synapse firing. Which I assume sounds something like this record. BTW, if you haven't listened to Ponytail since 2009, shit still holds up. 

Benoit Pioulard & ant'lrd - "Docene" Deck Amber (Sounds et al)

Another pairing of musicians that seems too good to be true. The two PNW musicians whose music has circled each other in hazy chemtrails have finally formed one slipstream of shared creative output. "Docene" seems to gather both at their most streamlined and serene, both contributing drones and sustained tones that form eliding currents, bringing together each musicians best ambient tendencies when their output has the tendency to stray a bit from that source - Pioulards into hushed folk and ant'lrd into swirling, percussive synth sounds. This is off their double cassette "Deck Amber" out this June. 

Chihei Hatakeyama - "blue reminder" Scene (Constellation Tatsu)

At this point its hard to imagine Chihei Hatakeyama making anything less than perfect ambient record. For his latest on Constellation Tatsu the Japanese guitarist pours molten tone after molten tone on top of each other until something burnished and refined is formed. Suspended movement held forever. 

Endurance - "Menicus Opulens" Shade Terranium (Constellation Tatsu)

Another flawless diamond by the Canadian born, Japanese artist Joshua Stefane. While the tape itself dips into harsher and more percussive tones, "Menicus Opulens" matches "Blue Reminder" in pace and patient unfolding. The prolific artist has had more than a few great tapes come out in 2017-2018 and its easy to imagine he's just hitting his stride. 

Alex Crispin - "Rosewater" Open Submission (Constellation Tatsu)

As most nu-new age musicians, Alex Crispin is not married to his new age prodecessors aesthetics or closed loop comidifcation of spirituality. His compositions, especially on "Rosewater" are big-hearted works that utilze elements of ambient music and drone to create transportive set-pieces and aural soundscapes that don't require that you exit through the gift shop.

Mary Lattimore - "Never Saw Him Again" Hundreds of Days (Ghostly International)

In what will easily be one of the year's most lauded records, Hundreds of Days is peak Mary Lattimore. Using the harp as her primary musical and emotional vehicle, Lattimore creates worlds within worlds of sound that resemble the resonant rich language of something infinite and pure. Written while a part of an artist reatreat, Lattimore describes her time there as a "nostalgia detox". A deep cleansing and rooting in the present and future, viewing the past as a teacher, not a roomate. *Note to self.*

From the Mouth of the Sun - "About the Death of Stars" Sleep Stations (Lost Tribe Sound)

Continuing on this theme of ace collaborations, Dag Rosenqvist & Aaron Martin's project From the Mouth of the Sun continue to push the duo's string and piano compositions into places filled with ubending grace with gradual shades of foreboding. It's an album to spend a few days getting lost in and establishes the two musicians as absolute masters of their trade. 

Jacksen Elswyth - "Rye Whiskey" Betwixt & Between 1 (Betwixt & Between)

Jacksen Elswyth, a UK-based musician presents the first of his Betwixt and Between series wherein Elswyth interpets traditional American folk songs. Elsewhere on this tape Elswyth is joined by improvisers Laurel Uziell and David Grundy for a rich session of lo-fi electronics and acoustic resonance.

Landing - "By Two" Bells in New Towns (El Paraiso Records)

It's so nice to hear new music from the legendary space-rock, shoegaze band Landing. Not ones to rest on their laurels, the New Haven, Conneticut trio are putting out some of their most vital music after being a band for 20 years this year. These are full-throated songs that seem to have been recorded with the intuitive ear for melody and carefully balanced tone that comes after long-term commitments and settled space-sharing. Lush and spacious, Landing pull out a late-game stunner.

Carriers - "Daily Battle" Peace of Mine/Daily Battle Cassette (Old Flame Records)

Dualism is a lie that we were supposed to have transcended at this point. The mind/body, god/man seperation that throws gulfs between our existence and our purpose takes incredible effort to acknowledge and the exact opposite to begin to mend. This "Daily Battle" seems to be at the heart of this B-Side to the Carriers' debut cassette on Old Flame. The Cincinnati group (with, for recording purposes, include members of the Afghan Whigs and The National) hit somewhere between Laurel Canyon earnest psych-rock filtered through ambience and ether-reality of a shoegaze quintet hitting their stride. Expect to hear about this band. 

Friday, May 18th, 2018 | Add New Comment (0)

New podcast with a truly stunning collection of songs by xu, Blue Nude, Porya Hatami & Arovane, Proud Father, Courtesy and Kyle Bobby Dunn. S'get it.

xu - "it's been more than that" whispers my world (eilean rec)

Xu, the moniker of Italian artist Nicola Fornasari, is a wonderfully understated album full of slight, gossamer melodies that elide into one another and music box percussion that winds its own idiosyncratic rhythm through the composition. Another top-notch release for Eilean Rec.

Porya Hatami & Arovane - "Onva" Kaziwa (n5md)

An incredibly fertile pairing of Berlin composer Arovane and Iranian ambient and experimental artist Porya Hatami. The two create soundscapes of immeasurable depth beneath delicate unfolding piano and delicate, intertwining melodies.

Proud Father - "輝く畑が再訪される" Creations for Electric Guitar (Reserve Matinee)

Creations for Electric Guitar is a loving and obvious tribute to Manuel Göttsching, Shining Fields, the New Orleans artist responsible for this komische rave-up loads all available ear-space with arpeggio after arpeggio creating ping-ponging stereo effects that draws one into the grid and never lets go. 

BLUE NUDE - "~~~" BLUE NUDE (PUFF BOYS)

Holy shit. Puff Boys. Where have you been? This 1980's Japanese-ambient tape has me sprung. Totally simplistic and beautiful little slices of walking-in-the-rain-but-it's-still-sunny magic. 

 

kyle bobby dunn - "The searchers" KBd / wrt (whited sepulchre records)

A bit of a self indulgent add here, but Kyle's new LP on the record label I run is a piece of work that stops you dead in your tracks. Set against the backdrop of the American West, Kyle's shimmering guitar tones sound like mournful trumpets sounding across wide open mesas and deep crevasses. It's a composition to take in one sitting, broad and bright and panoramic in scope. 

Monday, May 7th, 2018 | Add New Comment (0)

It's really nice to hear new stuff from Will McCall. I am most familiar with his soft-energy drone work under Goat Lightning a few years back. With his work with Healers, Will sinks deep into Animal Collective Here Comes the Indian Territory with the sound of strummed guitar chords falling over each other down some marble staircase, warbled heat-death drones punctuating the thick gauze and sing-song vocals catching fluctuations in the atmosphere and spin off into the ether. The video, set against super-imposed images of bare forests, coursing, viscous liquid and metastasizing plastic bags, is shot in the warm, lo-fi world of consumer grade video tape. "Destroyer ID" is off of i out now Ingrown Records - the album is a wonderful slice of throwback hypnagogic pop music we consumed like water back in the mid-aughts. 

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Friday, May 4th, 2018 | Add New Comment (0)

Featuring tracks off of Grouper's almost-too-beautiful Grid of Points, Naps/Lung Cycles tour tape, soaring shoegaze from ANMLPLNT, newcomer Only Swallow, Swedish duo Luton, percussionist wünder-human Dane Rousay and Dayton, OH percussion duo Neutrals.

grouper - "driving" Grid of points (kranky)

What actually needs to be said about Liz Harris's new album Grid of Points? Continuing Ruins' aching piano ballads ringing notes out into the thick aural fog that permeates every Grouper track, "Driving" offers a poignancy that seems universal even while mourning a very specific loss. Essential music for being a human/existing.

naps / lung cycles "First" / "Rvc" split cassette (lily tapes and discs)

I was lucky enough to catch Philadelphia, PA artist Jason Calhoun (naps) and Rochester, NY based Benjamin Lovell (Lung Cycles) on a recent tour. Both artists inhabit a world of floating, sustained drones that change hue and shade as they gradually unfold. Both artists retain their unique musical identities throughout their releases with naps falling into worlds of pointilist modulation and Lung Cycles often employing tape loops, voice and guitar to obscure a tender voice and song. 

anmlplnet "ride" fall asleep (ba da bing!)

On "Ride", the musical duo of SLOTHRUST's Leah Wellbaum and drummer/singer Mickey Vershbow blow the whole song wide-open 3/4 of the way through the song with a roaring swoop of shoegazing guitars atop Vershbow's full-kit pounding into a fist-pumping anthem of getting one's shit together. One of my favorite 2018 musical moments and a major highlight of an album of endless peaks.

only swallow "i can hear you through the walls" stars die, people die (aurawire)

Mysterious swath of synth-bliss from Exeter, UK. Wonderful build up from synthetic wavescapes to ever-ascending arpeggiated star road. Moar plz?

luton "södermalm phantom cab" black box animals (lost tribe sound)

The Italian duo currently residing in Sweden have cast a wide net on their new album. Black Box Animals engulfs whole swaths electronic processing, sweeping strings, woodwinds that evoke moods ranging from tension to wonder. Shadows shift within and between songs, stalking the borderlands of the world as it is and an imagining of the world as it could be. Top notch stuff as always from Lost Tribe Sound.

dane rousay "definitive attributes" divide (already dead)

I always look forward to new work from the San Antonio based percussionist. Able to balance exploration into the seemingly endless sound profile of a drum kit with a keen sense of tension-building and release, Dane is an artist I look forward to seeing continue to stake out new collaborative works while still releasing boundary-pushing solo work. 

neutrals "cleveland" 0318 (alien passengers)

The Dayton, OH percussion duo of Evan Miler and Andrew Seivert have the uncanny ability to pull in sound from seemingly every surface and resonating body. Nothing seems out of place when everything is sound. The duo create improvised works out of studied composition that draw in electronics, percussion, vibraphone and found objects to create a sound bath that is difficult to get out of once you've settled in and made yourself comfortable. 

Sunday, April 29th, 2018 | Add New Comment (0)

Bryce Hample's (aka Reighnbeau) latest electro-acoustic track under the name HEDIA is a stunner. The crisp resonance of strings, low-key glitches, muted pianos, all come together to create a piece of music that deserves to be scored by something large, lush and panoramic. Raya Kim's time-lapsed moving-photography of forests that seem to change seasons in the blink of an eye, tennis courts indifferent to human activity, the mysterious gradations of blackness of a body of water illuminated by moonlight; these images are I-Max quality in terms of resolution and sheer grandeur. But I would suggest watching it the way I did, on your phone laid horizontally on a flat surface. The images are so crisp and the music is so engaging that you get the distinct feeling that you unwittingly opened a tiny portal to another dimension on your desk and you are getting some god-eye view of a place too pure for humans. 

Download 'Untitled 1' here

HEDIA - untitled 1 from BRYCE HAMPLE on Vimeo.

Friday, April 27th, 2018 | Add New Comment (0)

headband - "jinx in space" magnetic earth (unifactor)

Magnetic Earth is composed, supposedly, as a space odyssey. Listening beyond the laser-gun zaps and phasers set to stun, Jinx in Space is upheld by a crystalline drone that sounds sub-atomic, like the sound of some kind yet-to-be-mined of alien-crystals forming and communicating to one another. Duncan Moore has created a fascinating tape here that seems to welcome our attachment to foley sound effects that shape how we view space travel.

mshr - "laughter construction" phased trance constructions (unifactor)

Birch Cooper and Breanna Murphy create multi-sensory experiences that "meshes digital sculpture, analog circuitry and ceremonial performance." The duo creates their own synthesizers and work with "3d modeling programs to design virtual reality spaces, embedded with generative computer music systems."

christian mirande - "tohickon" property line / plunge pool (unifactor) 

Christian Mirande's "Tohickon" is a wonderfully placid dip into a bit of fragmentary ambience that sounds as if it was scrawled with wet fingers onto a hot pool deck. It fades as soon as it makes an impression, creating transitory streaks that slowly change their elemental make up as it evaporates.

marta smilga - "mare orientale" lunar maria, vol 1 (crash symbols)

Marta SmiLga is a Latvian experimental musician and creator of synthesizers. On Lunar Maria, Marta's exploratory ambient-synth passages focus on those dark lunar shadows that were once thought of as seas. Likewise, her synth work delves deep into inaccessible crevices and shadows, conjuring dark and otherworldly sounds and tones. It's an impressive collection of deep and mysterious compositions.

i am just a pupil "conspiracy" the white album (crash symbols)

Intentionally hilarious and rowdy, this album will never get old for me. On "Conspiracy" i am just a pupil mines some of Alex Jones' "lighter" moments where the reliable Trump news source host slips out of his on-the-brink of aneurysm mode to share with us some really great news. It's on like Donkey Kong. 

house of blondes - "modern clock" time trip (alrealon musique)

Locked in step with an internal clock that syncs to Casper Noe's "Enter the Void", the NYC minimal techno quartet create lock-step grooves built upon the linear progression and manipulation of time. It's heady and visceral. 

S oliwa "limits" lost memories (geology records)

I was really excited to see this pairing of the Argentina-based ambient artist and the Milwaukee record label, Geology. If you are familiar with both of these parties you have some sense of what you are in for. Intense emotional content of nameless joy and ennui packaged to be an object of great internal value. S Oliwa soft arpeggios and prismatic drones are on full, hi-res display here, transforming the most mundane activities into soundtracked golden moments.

Fritz Pape "B (excerpt)" Drone Marathon #1 (Futurerecordings)

In March 2018 Cincinnati's Fritz Pape dedicated himself to completing a 5 hour "Drone Marathon" at a local bar that inexplicably lets things like this go on (big ups to Urban Artifact and their sour beers). The result is a shimmering, all-encompassing eddy of sound; gentle gentle cycles and long, arcing melodies processed through a coffin-sized case of pedals. For all of the processing and stretching of tones, clear piano notes ring through rooting these compositions in corporeal states of being. Like being acutely aware of the dirty linoleum floor you are lying on in hour 3 1/2 of a 5 hour composition. 

Sunday, April 22nd, 2018 | Add New Comment (0)