VIDEODRONES

CHARLOTTE ROSE BENJAMIN – “BACK TO THE FUTURE”

An improbably spot-on rendering of 90’s alt-singer-songwriter by Martha’s Vineyard based Charlotte Rose Benjamin. Out on the always lovely Moshi Moshi Records, “Back to the Future” –  the wistful and worried composition – with a roaring chorus – is emphasized with an absolutely lovely video traipsing through the sleepy vacation town of empty fields and …

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BOODAMAN – “COMPLEXITY”

The Swiss electronic artist Boodaman offers an insanely complex and time-intensive collage of moving images to score his similarly complex single…”complexity”. There’s a theme here. “Complexity” is full of hard driving bass lines and triggered synth arpeggios contribute to the track’s overall feeling of locomotion. A driving passion towards an end. Lovely work.  https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=3upZ_84mpjQ

JOSHUA CARLTON – “HER GRAND ARRIVAL”

Full screen on this one. Joshua Carlton narrates a beautiful and enigmatic journey through fog-shrouded dense foliage through his impressionistic neo-classical work. Sparking from a delicate piano line “Her Grand Arrival” accrues more and more weight and intensity as it gets closer to the center. Strings and piano lines cluster around a driving melody that …

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LAGAS TURMALES – “AL + CAMS”

Light dappling a monochromatic grey background is the perfect visualizer / palate cleanser for a day growing gradually shorter as we speed through late-era capitalism. The enigmatic ambient producer Lagas Turmales – who once performed a series of similarly transcendent and mysterious compositions under Actasomno – provides a portal to lapping waves of drone like …

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16 FACES – “INTO THE ABYSS – THE CIRCADIAN MIXES”

Incredibly beautiful and evocative imagery  by Petter Jensen is met with otherwordly sound design and forward thinking electronic composition by 16 Faces on “Into the Abyss” for the Japanese fashion brand Beaugan. The Australia btw of Berlin composer and electronic artist weaves deep and darkly circadian drones and haunting melodic phrasings into deeply percussive and …

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KUMI TAKAHARA – “TIDE”

This may be one of the most beautiful things I have heard all year. A stirring symphony in miniature set on a bed of interweaving fugue and columns of bass, with strings that soar into the sky, way above the shifting tide. Fade out into oblivion-bliss with this video from Kumi Takahara.  https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=slOi-q5-Vww

A WINGED VICTORY FOR THE SULLEN – “SO THAT THE CITY CAN BEGIN TO EXIST”

The latest video and single from the upcoming A Winged Victory for the Sullen LP Invisible Cities, is a predictably beautiful and stillness producing composition that revels in gorgeous drones and the interplay between silence and heavy piano chords. Tension is ratcheted up through the use of droning strings, but nothing quite breaks the serenity …

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HYENAZ – “BORN FROM DEATH (BAD CONSCIENCE REMIX)”

It’s great to hear new work from the Berlin electronic / performance duo of Kathryn Fischer and Adrienne Teicher. The duo are known for pushing their forward thinking electronic music and confrontational performances into fully realized artistic expressions. On “Born from the Death” the two use snippets of conversation and the experience of working on …

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PAUL COUSINS – “AN ABSTRACT PLACE”

Paul Cousins is a deeply thoughtful ambient artist creating delicate arpeggios of synths against surging and lapping tape loops and a mixture of organic and digital effects that explore ideas beyond the need for a solipsistic expression. The video for “An Abstract Place” explores the following: “The accompanying video by director Edward Harber is an …

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