Single's Cruise 10.26

Julian Alfombra - "Renaissance Boys"

Julian Alfombra buries lullabies of queer angst underneath miles of reverb and shoegaze production. Deep drones and major key updrifts against the driving snow of thick synthesizers with the occasional flurry of crystal clear arpeggios and the flutter of a harp against the glistening black. Great find from Northeast UK.

Mattia Cupelli - "Lost"

Gorgeous and ebuillent neo-classical that centers itself around motifs that seem to be constantly dovetailing in and out of each other until they find a beat about halfway through the track in which a steady 4-4 marshals them around a lilting piano and processed electro-acoustic instrumentation. "Lost" reaches a crashing, string heavy crescendo of distortion-heavy waves of noise heaving themselves beyond the bounds of this track.

Kin Hana - "The Wolf"

Kin Hana channels huge, tectonic movements of sludge-metal riffage and otherworldly atmospherics through a strange drone-pop filter that picks up on the inherent foreboding but skimps on the nihilism embedded in true practitioners. The result is closer to Earth meets Band of Horses, or Mount Eerie's fascination with Black Metal. Two major movements are broken up by a slight foray into atmospheric drone and left-field piano glinting brightly beneath the surface. It's a pretty breathtaking track that balances the darkness and light with wind-up bird balance.

Haruhisa Tanaka - "Sinker" 

Haruhisa Tanaka, an ambient artist from Japan, starts "Sinker" off of the album Touch with what is objectively one of the best sounds of all time - an arpeggio filtered and manipulated to the point where it sounds like it you are hearing it through a busted eardrum. Panned back and forth to create a woozy sense of closeness, Tanaka poises perfectly the placid and understated beauty of this effect with a floating sense of unease. It's a gorgeous juxtaposition on an even more gorgeous record.

Hauschka - "Curious" A Different Forest

Hauschka's deeply impressionistic and soothing work on "Curious" reveals a rich playbook that the the German neo-classical pianist has been working from for quite sometime, although most recently he has gained prominence for his propulsive prepared piano work that calls out the inherent percussive nature of the piano itself. "Curious", however, unfolds like a time-lapsed image of a tree budding and then shedding its leaves. Seasons being the only reliable time markers when everything else is in flux.


Amparo - "Oakwood" Palm House (Modularfield recordS)

Amparo has created an impeccibly beautiful guitar composition on "Oakwood". Looped passages by themselves rarely accumulate meaning when the source itself isn't something that demands repeated listening to fully soak up the beauty the first time. The looped passages on "Oakwood" by themselves are stately, simple compositions that after ping-ponging off each other and later augmented by the light touch of strings, burst to life as something much greater than their individual parts. This song took me by surprise and I look forward to hearing what other worlds she is able to create with sparse arrangements and obvious attention paid to timbre and timing.

October 23rd, 2018