Single's Cruise 10.19

Patricio García - "Monotone Talk"

In an ever increasing need to scramble to the top of the heap of content upon content, everything we hear - from politician's speeches to pop music - is increasingly built upon a wobbly platform of reheating familiar patterns as a means of having something to say instead of spending the time to create something original. This idea, of course, has been thought-pieced to death. The Argentinian composer Patricio Garcia's exploration of repetition to the point of nonsense and banality is put on center stage on "Monotone Talk". Using samples upon samples, Garcia creates a propulsive, maddeningly complex track that retains the urgency and energy of rock and roll's most unbridled promises sans guitars or drums. "Monotone Talk" places him among bands like Battles and Liars building towering rock anthems from heady ideas and the primal energy of repetition.

 

JEFF MORRIS - "UPZY" INTERFACES (RAVELLO RECORDS)

For INTERFACES, Jeff Morris has concocted a prescient group that explores the boundaries of what can be considered jazz - piano, percussion and laptop. Rather than shoehorning's Morris's work as an experimental electronic musician into the mix of a standard jazz trio by electroacoustic accouterments, Morris acts as a conduit or on-the-fly-editor, shaping and squeezing these sounds through a bevy of digitally manipulative tactics until the birth on the other side is both true to the tone and texture of Karl Berger and Joe Hertenstein's piano and percussion but miles away in terms of listening experience. 

Dire Wolves - "Unfettered and Alive" Paradisaical Mind (Feeding Tube Records)

I was really excited to hear new work from Dire Wolves. Representing the a spirit of psychedelic depth-plumbing that never really died away in San Francisco, the free-rock band gets immediately into some pretty heady territory on "Unfettered and Alive". Spindly guitar lines weave themselves into ouroboros designs around exploratory fiddle and vocals that push past well-worn searching and enter into some kid of pre-cog field of unwritten communication. Plus, members of Lau Nau, Spires that in the Sunset Rise and Jackie O-Motherfucker - some of the most "for the heads" acts of the mid-00's lend their talents to this beautiful endeavour. 

Blackhill - "A Farewell to a Child" 

There's a dark light shining through the Pula, Croatia based post-punk band Blackhill's "A Farewell to a Child". Augmented vocals haunt this track, from the wailing disembodied female wail behind the chorus to the omnipresent pitch-shifted monastic hum running throughout. These vocals are paired with sharp strings cutting through a glitching, self-destructing electronic miasma of HD percussion splattered all over the stereo field. What was once a patient build up turns into a gripping combination of unwieldy Amnesia Scanner beats and swelling classical motifs. It's a journey.

Lifestyles - "Wail" Split EP w/ Meat Wave (No Trend Records)

Taking cues from the locked in minimalism of The Wipers and Flipper and the pure maximalist everything-in-the-red aggression of modern acts like IDLES or Vacation, Lifestyles steers this bus of carefully composed destruction into huge post-grunge rave-up choruses and shout-along breakdowns. Hanna Hazard takes her wail into vocal chord shredding territory narrating the imposed isolation and bad-faith relationships of groups like Scientology. "Wail" is the lead single off their 7" with Chicago rippers Meat Wave.

Alexandra Stréliski - "Overturn" Inscape (Secret City)

Following several acclaimed scores for television and film that explored the damage the HIV crisis (Dallas Buyers Club) and the exacting pressures of the American elite (Big Little Lies) had on the psyche of its protagonists, Alexandra Streliski's album Inscape, explores a mental terrain similarly affected by loss and tragedy. She composes the sudden burst of energy away from destructive pursuits into simple compositions that expose the raw nerve of longing under the base of our most vital emotions.

Tristan Eckerson - "Sepelo" 

Tristan Eckerson's excellent solo piano work explores the rhythmic interplay of subtle electronic percussion between the notes of this simple piano melody. The percussive pitter-patter - delightfully understated - has the effect of acting as a propulsive force through this track. "Sepelo" is taken up on momentum like a leaf caught in an updraft - wending its way up with a discernable, guided path.

Marcel Heah - "Eves" 

On this somber composition from the Melbourne, Australia based artist, "Eves" narrates the coaxed relationship between a piano playing the bluest notes and a violin playing to the rafters. "Eves" is caught in a deluge of beauty composed for its own sake, an unabashed pairing designed to evoke peaceful feeling of drowning in melancholy.

October 19th, 2018