Single's Cruise 11.09


Shon's "Nightwalk" is full of gentle pulls of shifting tones that sound as if they are suspended by string. Each one brightly overlapping each other as the timbre reaches its full expression and slowly recedes into the night. Or, to mix metaphors here, each tonal arc a street light glimpsed out of the passenger seat of a slow moving car at night. Breath creating spiderwebs of condensation against the thick glass. Either way, this passage is breathtaking in its simplicity.

Nylenda - "Fires Light" 

Sounding like Lindstrom taking up residency with LCD Soundsystem, the Norwegian trio known for their completely analog approach to creating swirling pastiche of Madchester psych rock and heavy Kraut influences, push this aesthetic to its fullest potential in “Fires Light”. The song clocks in at 6 minutes, but sounds like it could take off at any moment pushing this into the realm of a 20 minute freak out. Which, to be honest, would be absolutely perfect.

The Sun Aesthetic - "Holly"

When it gets to be this time of year and the leaves start falling, I become even more of a sucker for these electro-acoustic arrangements where every beat sounds birch-twig sharp, bells chime in empty pockets of sound every melody sounds propulsive in some sunlit and ascending trajectory. The Sun Aesthetic follows a through-line of artists like The Album Leaf, The Lymbyc Systym, Arms & Sleepers merging live percussion and piano with electronically augmented beats and heavy synths. Wonderful stuff if you can relate with any of the above.

Colurer - "The Morning After You Passed"

Following the sickening gut-punch of news when you find out someone close to you has passed there is this eerie silence where everything around you seems to be held in some kind of stasis. “The Morning After you Passed” soundtracks this moment with startling accuracy. Quiet strings, just above the threshold of hearing seem to quiver in mid-air before being joined by a prodding piano line, horns, an elegiac violin line. What I love about this track is that it never seems to build into any kind of crescendo, rather just hangs in mid-air like an ever-present cloud of grief.

Palm Haze - "Wildflower"

“Wildflower” is that perfect little slice of shoegaze heaven where everything is fuzzed out and buzzing with exquisite sadness. The young Canadian duo stretch this aesthetic into a 9-minute track that spirals from clean guitar playing with floating, ethereal vocals right into explosive, reverb-rich rippers that achieve release from the earth’s gravitational pull for a hot minute. Palm Haze has a strong ear for what makes the classics so irresistible and an uncanny sense of when to ease off and when to floor it.

Leon Louder - "Flashes"

The Canada-based Leon Louder has created a stunningly complex work of HD percussion that seems to ping-pong off each other, gather only to burst apart and follow a pachinko-led course from first thought to carefully sculpted output. While not as aleatoric as Seth Graham or Oneotrix Point Never, “Flashes” still maintains that sense of barely controlled chaos where repeated listens illuminate avenues of melody and internal logic that don’t immediately jump out. It’s a heavily percussive track that rewards deep listening.


Whettman Chelmets - "You are Still Alive"

"You Are Still Alive" is an achingly beautiful drone-heavy track that climbs in additive measures through processed guitar lines that reach the rafters. It is difficult to imagine compressing any more sound through the track's volume-intensive crescendo. If you are a fan Tim Hecker's early work Swans dronier work, Whettman Chelmets's track will leave a mark. 

 R. Seiliog - "Opal Drift"

The U.K. based R. Seiliog has created a tonal drift of a track that tracks a steady passage through ambient-techno muted percussion and synth lines and washes that sneak in from the periphery until they make up the song's gossamer bone structure. Latticing out towards the center, picking up bits and fragments of beats spawning like single-cell organisms. "Opal Drift" eventually finds the beat bursts wide open revealing a busy world of mutated analog and digital sounds. 

November 9th, 2018