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. 

Cop the tape here

Friday, May 4th, 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)

Post-punk, at it's root, is a music of discomfort and unease. A jittery, every-worst-case-scenario-all-at-once nameless anxiety pulses through the best of it - even when it tries to explore themes of companionship or pleasure. Enter Crime of Passing, a Cincinnati-OH trio and late-entry contender. Their video for the single "Eleventh Hour" off their 2017 EP Dancing Prick - crafted by the video production group Channel 77 made up of Brian McCabe and Brooke Shanesy - maximizes discomfort and unease through a series of subject-obscuring close ups overlayed a distorted analogue wasteland. I've always been a fan of how distorted images can get when our field of vision competes with scanning lines, the ghostly doubling, the time-stretching start and stop. Images of faces, hands, lips, roses appear out of the discordia while kept in time with hyper-focused images of instruments in isolation to desperate vocals, haunted synths, discordant saxophone and guitar and bass that marshal this track into rigid staccato time. It's a visceral pairing. 

Crime of Passing- Eleventh Hour from channel 77 ⓥⓗⓢ on Vimeo.

Monday, March 5th, 2018 | Add New Comment (0)

The latest video off of braeyden jae's Fog Mirror is an invitation to vertigo. High spatial profile and three-dimensional layering as we descend through the copper-plated tunnel of a brass instrument or calcified lotus pod while color-shifting liquid boils. A primordial soup that matches braeyden jae's roiling ambient passage "Two Mirrors Looking" that teems and builds with gentle tonal shifts, heavily strummed guitars and resolute piano emerging from deep below the surface of all that top-level swell and noise. A beautiful visual interpretation of a beautiful song. 

Fog Mirror available on Whited Sepulchre Records.

Thursday, September 29th, 2016 | Add New Comment (0)

"Wine into Water" is a seamless transition from analog imagery into fractal digital pixelation under the heavy-lidded spell of Jennifer William's delicate song craft, silken guitar lines and refractions into noise-laden interludes. The transformation from liquid to crystallization takes eons to occur, on "Water into Wine" we are lulled into this full change with images of inky liquid superimposed into spidery tendrils until, through the course of the song and almost invisibly, those images harden into full digital crystallization, pulling itself apart as Gossimer's lithe fingers compose the transubstantiation. Gossimer's tape Close the Circle, Lay the Stone are full of these moments. Shapeshifting compositions that twist and turn into spirals and shifting crystal staircases. It is out now on braeyden jae's Heavy Mess label. 

Monday, September 12th, 2016 | Add New Comment (0)

Highlighting Jacob Koestler's penchant for eking the beauty out of post-industrial rustbelt cities by showcasing our collapsed industry's ubiquitous infrastructure as novel and sadbeautiful against the lithe movement of the human form in high definition, "Spacer" embodies the human warmth he brings to cold dead places - underpasses, train yards, sofas along the side of a rural highway. A visual artist and musician living in Cleveland, OH, Koestler's Rural Carrier project keeps the human heartbeat and cold technology in tension with one another. Koestler utilizes plenty of dubby percussion, harsh tones and start-stop arpeggios that provide a hypnotic, dread-inducing backdrop in which dancer Maria Custer slow-motion vogues to. It is chilling in its effect. A mournful elegy - dancing atop the remains of a post-war future. Make America great again.

Jacob Koestler is a co-founder of the Johnstown, PA arts collective My Idea of Fun.

Spacer by Rural Carrier from Jacob Koestler on Vimeo.

Friday, September 9th, 2016 | Add New Comment (0)

"All aboard!?" El Tryptophan's absurdly deep meditations head sidelong on the rails of a single riff churned ad nauseam into a swirling pastiche of crystalline-clear guitar wisps, layers of synths, a clanging motorik percussive motion and epic guitar freak-outs/melt downs/rave-ups. The result is something that hits somewhere in the pan-mysticism of Popol Vuh and the High Desert inflected Andean psych of Follakzoid. El Tryptophan is a project of NYC-based Gryphon Rue and enlisted the assistance of Dean Wareham, Will Epstein and others to toil away at this towering monolith of sound. Brilliant. 

El Tryptophan - Insect Express from El Tryptophan on Vimeo.

Thursday, January 14th, 2016 | Add New Comment (0)