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 plane...one 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.

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

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

It's been awhile since I've done one of these, but this fully orchestrated and gorgeously paced ballad by Swedish songwriter Muxica77 had me all sorts of wistful for days of TTTWM past when Scandinavia seemed to be sending us their best and brightest on the daily. Highly choreographed winter conjuring from some Swedish witch miming kabuki vamping had my eyes glued to the screen. "Algestern Varwe" moves from black hole noise terror to sparse, slide-guitar led ballad, to ramping up to psych-lite excess. Alt-Country btw of Calexico filtered through Sweden's eternal winter rather than Tucson's scorched wasteland. A nice reprieve for the coming onslaught of tapes I've been digesting.

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Monday, November 16th, 2015 | Add New Comment (0)

Two videos spaced about 9 months apart from one of the most unique voices I have run across here at the Tome. Nate Henricks captivates me, not because he breaks all the rules when it comes to composition or does great violence to any sort of hyphenated genre dividers. Rather, Henricks plays the role of the sly trickster. A Chris Weisman character who uses genre conventions to create something deeply weird and truly moving. These two videos show the great versatility of both Henrick's songwriting and composition. On "DUMBFOUNDMENDTATION" Henricks moves from Z's minimalism and intensity to a slow fade out to...Quicksilver Messenger Service (that guitar solo tho). All the while Henrick's simulated dancers move in a way that approaches humanness but, like Henrick's compositions, get approximately close to genre-form but stop just short of full participation. Simulations to get at something much deeper. The same goes for "Evil Knieval at the Beach" which in some ways is as straightforward as they get - a heavily strummed acoustic ballad - but included in it are lyrical interplays that, like the Chris Weisman comparison, don't quite hit you until the second or third time you hear it. Exhibit A: the opening line, "I was living in a cartoon poster/of a different kind of cartoon". Manufactured realities within manufactured realities. Myths with their own mythology. Yep.

DUMBFOUNDMENDTATION from Nate henricks on Vimeo.

Evil Knievel Live At The Beach- Nate Henricks from Nate henricks on Vimeo.

Tuesday, October 13th, 2015 | Add New Comment (0)

We love it when Room40 allows us to premiere videos from their shimmering catalog of world-class experimental acts. For this journey into rich, sustained tones of surging softened-noise, tectonic pulls of sound are paired with earthy reed beds offering up the stillness of an early morning expedition in stunning HD. Except, in each shot there is such movement: The way the tops of the reeds sway in slow-motion to an unseen, unfelt wind that seems to come in on the waves of sound produced by the Spanish noisemaker, or the way they blur from the foreground in the baby Moses-level tracking shot. Beautiful footage over an exciting release from one of our favorite labels.

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Sustainer - Radiolas #1 from ROOM40 on Vimeo.

Thursday, October 8th, 2015 | Add New Comment (0)

Dag Rosenqvist (otherwise known as Jasper, TX) represents a major milestone in my journey to musical discovery. For his latest on the expertly curated Eilean Rec., Rosenqvist strips away a lot of the long-form drone of his work under the moniker Jasper, TX and lays bare some of the most simple and heartbreaking compositions to date. Chords on pianos pressed down with the utmost sincerity. The weight of the world pressing down on on three piano keys left to ring into ominous, pregnant stormclouds full of static-charged electronics and wisps and whispers of augmented tones. This excerpt is a perfect indication of where Rosenqvist is heading. Compositional still-life that is highly choreographed, highly charged in the not-silence between ringing notes. In the blackness the image is still burned into our retinas. How long can a person tread water? How long can we hold our breath as we gi through tunnels burrowed beneath sound? Another chord is like coming up for air.

eilean rec. 37 : dag rosenqvist - the forest diaries (VI) (excerpt) (07.07.15) (video by jenny larsson) from M.V / EILEAN REC. on Vimeo.

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Pendel is Belgian guitarist Yadayn's second full-length. For those of you who remember, his debut Vloed was one of my favorite albums of last year. A completely suprising, gut-punch of virtuosity and emotion from a masterful acoustic guitarist who, refreshingly, seems to take as much from Eastern classical guitarwork as he does from any sort of American Primitive style. Pendel, his first for Eilean Rec., swings from abstract pieces of strange, percussive guitar explorations of ringing overtones and auxilliary soundmaking to the emotionally charged and ruminating work towards the latter half of the record. On Pendel (Dutch for pendelum) the pendel certainly does swing stylistically back-and-forth - thus allowing Gowaart to explore rich, sonourous landscapes between rigorous experimentation and the hypnotic, textural, folk-meets-Tortoise repetition on tracks like "Rust" or the mournful "Kerk". An exceptional follow-up to a startlingly mature, and out-of-nowhere debut that floored me. The video accompaniment, taken from Alexander Sokourov's 1997 film "Mother & Son" appear like moving photographs. Perfectly framed, removed and intiontally far off. A perfect foil for music that is so intimate that you can hear Gowaart's calloused fingers sliding against steel strings on their way to briefly find another chord.

eilean rec. 25 : yadayn - in (08.08.15) from M.V / EILEAN REC. on Vimeo.

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Lastly, Lake Mary. What would I do without Lake Mary's music? Look back through the archives and I don't think I've missed a release. Chaz Prymek's masterful guitarwork and newfound compositional confidence have found a logical, if only temporary, home on Eilean Rec. Prymek's latest work has opened up quite a bit, allowing long, billowing passages of exploratory roaming on acoustic guitar, banjo and a bevy of other stringed instruments (and musical partners) to settle in and just about get comfy before launching into one of Lake Mary's characteristic intense and technically proficient journeys up and down the fretboard. On And the Birds Sing in Chorus First Chaz begins with a cumulus gathering of stringed passages that assemble and gestate, rubbing against each other to create static electricity before Lake Mary's intense solo lines ring out - channeling American Primitivists' fascination with Near Eastern ragas and transcendental repetition punctuated by flurries of notes. Nothing in Lake Mary's latest offering sounds rushed or hurried, but rather unfolds in the way mountain afternoons often do: long spaces between moments of poignant beauty. For the video, more Sokourov footage of clouds and perfectly framed trees in both winter and spring give perfect visual counterpoint to the aural footage shot by Lake Mary's deep familiarity and conversations with mountain grandeur. Lake Mary has expanded in both compositional scope and in membership, but in doing so, communicates explicitly what it means to be and to feel very, very small.

eilean rec. 12 : lake mary - had I been born (08.08.15) from M.V / EILEAN REC. on Vimeo.

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Tuesday, September 29th, 2015 | Add New Comment (0)

This video is how I imagine the mind of a ritalin-prescribed, medication non-compliant, edgy teen in 2015 functions. A never-ending cascade of emoticons, fucked-up Reddit rabbit hole images and free-associating 90's cultural references without the privilege of growing up in the 90's. We have reason to fear the youth...I know you didn't ask for this video. For me, it is very early here, and I just consumed, within an hour of being awake, about all the visual/cultural information my great-great-great-great grandparents did in their entire lives. And so what do I do with it? I share it, of course. This is the way the virus replicates. When you have such wealth only a scumbag keeps it to himself. Banging, forever-ascending arpeggios from the Paris/Phnom Penh duo Dorcelsius perfectly scores the infectious, seizure-inducing bad-trip by roving, maniac Moscow-based Huckleberry Friend. None of us are the 99 %. Everything is the internet. Internet is everything. 

Komodo Commodore - Dorcelsius from Huckleberry Friend on Vimeo.

Friday, June 26th, 2015 | Add New Comment (0)

The "Beasts in the Garden"'s video, with its sharp alto-sax stabs and fluttering flute, serve as an effective visualization of the rich, Eden-like soil that Ka Baird and Taralie Peterson tilll on their eponymous latest album. Returning to instruments that have been gathering dust in parents' closets next to old yearbooks and many-times-raided piggy banks, Baird and Peterson dig out the flute and alto sax respectively to create lush, minimalist-influenced passages that meld Riley-esque cycles into heavily processed acoustic instrumentation and electronics buoyed and narrated by Baird's fearless operatic vocals that explore and mine richness and timbre out of any pitch. 

The accompanying video, a lush, many-filtered, tight-aperture affair that explodes into kaleidoscopic visuals of richness and depth only captured on film, is perpetually critter-view. A type of POV walk-through of front yards and city-lots as experienced by weasel or mink. In a way that serves as a nice visual bookmark for Baird's voice on this track. Slinking through pitch and hue until it explodes into kaleidoscopic bars that showcase Baird's ability to ring emotion out of the tiniest of pitch changes.

Centered squarely in the Chicago improv/jazz community, this album sounds like it was inspired by countless jam sessions with some of Chicago's most fearless. "Portabittaclog" is a mid-album punch in the face. Full of faint tribal rhythms, heavily plucked string instruments , with Peterson's Ayler-influenced skronks and wails and Baird's flute scratching the ceiling of the upper register and her voice dipping into a ragged baritone. Beasts in the Garden is an affecting, color-filled document that sounds way better than it sounds on paper: Two friends play instruments they haven't touched since high school play free-jazz influenced, minimalist compositions. In fact, it sounds way, way better. This, hands-down, is my favorite and STITSR to date. 

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Beasts in the Garden by Spires that in the Sunset Rise (film by Lori Felker) from Lori Felker on Vimeo.

Monday, June 15th, 2015 | Add New Comment (0)