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.

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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)

Combing through all the tapes I received this year and I stumbled upon this one that has been a pebble in my shoe since I received it. Sonically and experientially - it is a weird tape as you will see soon enough. Basement black-mass ritual gothic post-punk located in a universe where a 2008 experimental-pop song could soundtrack some student-made snuff film. Consumer-grade Casio effects complete the circle of getting super-hyped on handmade special fx that don't fool anyone but are celebrated because of what they signify. Stood Up has a homespun type of amicable charm to it although that seems incidental. This could be the missive from a very insular scene in Norfolk, VA or an intensely personal bedroom project. The eclecticism and electrical tape that holds the thing together suggests the first. The video for the titular "Stood Up" is a perfectly terrifying look into the degrading and dehumanizing world of fraternity hazing...the same sort of ritualized terror the same defense contractor bros would perpetrate in black site prisons across the Middle East (and Chicago). Another circle closes in an even more singular and sinister culture under a much more socially acceptable veneer. Got your back, bro.

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Also included the video for "My Trick Bike" because the song is killer with one hell of a bass line hook.

Friday, December 4th, 2015 | Add New Comment (0)

16mm films of foliage bathed under an eerie purplish-green chemical bath is a perfect foil for The Oscillations' Demian Castellanos outwards-bound pushing guitar work. Overtop a sturdy Kraut groove, Castellanos takes kamikaze guitar dives into the heart of the sun only to emerge through the otherside on another slightly more purified and stranger than this one. We are thrilled to premiere their first video from their new album Beyond the Mirror (Rare and Unreleased Tracks) out on All Time Low which is a killer look back through their (almost) 10 year history as a band. Both the Oscillation and Demian Castellanos's solo records warrant obsessive amounts of listens. Dig below.

Pre-Order Beyond the Mirror Here.

THE OSCILLATION 'Kissing The Sun' from JULIAN HAND on Vimeo.

Monday, November 23rd, 2015 | Add New Comment (0)