Month: January 2020

ELLEN ALLIEN – DUST (BPITCH CONTROL, 2010)

There hasn’t been too much press on Ellen Allien’s latest album Dust put out on her BPitch Control label this year. What a shame, because as much critical fawning as Pantha Du Prince and Four Tet got this year (myself and Crawf included) Dust is just as enjoyable, reveling in the same deep, understated minimal production and self-turning excursions, instead sweaty …

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FROG EYES – PAUL’S TOMB: A TRIUMPH (DEAD OCEANS, 2010)

…Every promise of 2007’s excellent Tears of the Valedictorian is fulfilled in spades on Paul’s Tomb. Carey Mercer’s beguiling vocal vamping achieves undiscovered decibels of war-cry whooping. Mercer and Ryan Beattie’s dueling guitar lines reach heroic levels of arena-sized excesses, all while sounding their most accessible and engaging. Frog Eyes walk that razor-thin line of schizoid prog-pop exuberance and …

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RANGDA – FALSE FLAG (DRAG CITY, 2010)

The above for: category above could have read something like this. All of your favorite guitarists on acid. For example: The opening riff on “Waldorf Hysteria” sounds like Dick Dale, on acid, playing a demented surf riffs. The hyper-kinetic, swirling solos smearing expressionistic tonal freakouts into disciplined structuralist breakdowns on “Bull Lore” sound like Jimi Hendrix…on acid. …

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FIRST DOG – EVERY MACHINE ON (NEVER COME DOWN, 2010)

Woah there, First Dog to Visit the Center of the Earth. Woah there, Boy Fruit. Wha’ happen’ here? You may recall back in March, when the TOME was first made privy to the existence of this wildly creative, talented regime of off-the-charts experimental noise-scramblers that Boy Fruit was the one making the singles, not FDVCE. Well, the tables have evidently turned. …

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FABRIZIO PATERLINI – “EYES CLOSED”

There is a strong parallel between the composition’s stately and sophisticated interplay between melody and minimalism and the ancient villa where this performance was captured. The Italian pianist and composer Fabrizio Paterlini has been making a name for himself with these gentle but powerful compositions. The restraint and intuitive ear towards melody give ample evidence …

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