Tome to the Weather Machine Podcast 026

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. 

April 16th, 2018