Mark Kirschenmann: Cybersonic Outreach (New Focus Recordings/Panoramic Recordings, 2021)

May 17, 2022 at 8:53 pm | Posted in Reviews | Leave a comment

Mark Kirschenmann: Cybersonic Outreach

Longtime University of Michigan educator and experimental musician Mark Kirschenmann has a truly distinctive approach to improvisation, outfitting his electric trumpet with a multitude of pedals and plug-ins, blasting the instrument far beyond its usual capabilities. His new album contains eight pieces that each tap into their own unique space and explore them at length. “The Cascades” has a buzzing, reedy tone that flitters from the edges, while swampy electronics burble underneath. “Turning Time Tables” has more EWI-like textures, applied to sparse, alien vibrations. “Duet for Vocaloid Trumbots” is a beamed-out space lament sung by two robotic near-voices, both individually and then layered together. “Out of Bounds” is frigid yet vibrant, an extended glimpse at a supernatural happening. “Color Wheel” seems similar at first but gets razzier, and also more twinkly. “Lamentation for My Mother” rips a whole lot of emotion from that atomic trumpet, set to another nervous, eerie drone.

Willis Anne: I’m the same distance as you 12″ EP (LAN, 2022)

May 16, 2022 at 7:11 pm | Posted in Reviews | Leave a comment

Willis Anne: I’m the same distance as you 12″ EP

The title makes it seem like coming up with radically different rhythms is so easy. Maybe it isn’t as hard as it seems, but Willis Anne is far removed from your average producer. “da = db” seems placid at first, then abrupt percussive hits start dropping from the sky out of nowhere. Highly detailed without being dense and weighty, it’s a precise arrangement of something crumbling apart. “a/b = d/d” would be a smoothed-out deep house cut if not for the jittery, panned percussive loops that simply do not budge for most of the song. “a/b = 1” is almost more straightforward in how it sets busy drum machine programming (with unusually splashy cymbals) over glowing synth pads. “a = b” is similar, and has a sort of mellow Squarepusher feel.

Sir Tad: You’re Home tape (Tynan Tapes Temporal, 2022)

May 15, 2022 at 11:13 am | Posted in Reviews | Leave a comment

Sir Tad: You’re Home tape

The other project of Tynan Krakoff is just as fixated on hazy memories as Meadow Argus, but instead of long, disintegrating loop-based pieces, this one works in more digestible pop song-length snippets. Using autoharp, melodica, Stylophone, lots of cheap keyboards, and various tape loops, answering machine messages, and home recordings dating back to the 1960s, he makes avant-pop dream scenes which reenact moments shared with family members. “You’re Home” is a supremely comforting opener, with melodica waves stretched out into accordion-like drones, and a rolling, dubby rhythm. “Quinn” is splashed with an array of scattered keyboard melodies, adding a sharp playfulness to Odd Nosdam-like zoned-out beats. “Bird of Paradise” is gleeful autoharp psychedelia, and “Break a Leg” is much more sorrowful than you might expect for a song based around a recording of a kid singing the KitKat jingle (the voice in question is Tynan’s brother, who died unexpectedly earlier this year). “Potential” pulls samples from a radio talk show discussing misunderstandings of communism and the rise of fascism. While this is one of the album’s more serious moments, it’s immediately followed by the malfunctioning tape whimsy of “Slitherin’ Slop”. “Tumbled Down” is a minimal synth comedown with more of that luscious melodica.

Show #628 – 5/15/22

May 15, 2022 at 9:15 am | Posted in The Answer Is In The Beat | Leave a comment

12:00 am TSVI & Loraine James ~ Gloom ~ 053 (new) ~ AD 93 ~ 2022
12:04 am They Hate Change feat. Vritra ~ Reversible Keys ~ Finally, New (new) ~ Jagjaguwar ~ 2022
12:10 am Matmos ~ Flashcube Fog Wares ~ Regards/Ukłony dla Bogusław Schaeffer (new) ~ Thrill Jockey ~ 2022
12:14 am Shygirl ~ Firefly ~ Nymph (new) ~ Because Music ~ 2022
12:18 am Skee Mask ~ DIY Letterbox ~ A (new) ~ Bandcamp ~ 2022
12:23 am Brainwaltzera ~ ad interim ~ ITSAME (new) ~ Film ~ 2022
12:28 am Shelley Parker ~ Cage ~ Wisteria (new) ~ Hypercolour ~ 2022
12:35 am Om Unit ~ Ghosts (SKRS VIP) ~ Acid Dub Versions (new) ~ self-released ~ 2022
12:39 am Brian Jackson ~ Nancy Wilson (Shigeto Remix Feat. Ahya Simone & Dez Andrès) ~ Jazz Is Dead 10 (Remixes) (new) ~ Jazz Is Dead ~ 2021
12:49 am Tommaso Moretti ~ Italiano in America ~ Inside Out (new) ~ Bace Records ~ 2022
12:57 am Joyfultalk ~ Particle Riot ~ Familiar Science (new) ~ Constellation ~ 2022
1:02 am William Basinski & Janek Schaefer ~ . . . on reflection (three) ~ ” . . . on reflection ” (new) ~ Temporary Residence Ltd. ~ 2022
1:08 am Pascäal ~ Hyphae Drip ~ Body (new) ~ Dreamtone ~ 2022
1:14 am Thyme Lines ~ Galactic Templates VII ~ Galactic Templates / Palm Rubber Land (new) ~ Cudighi Records ~ 2022
1:18 am Nightports w/ Tom Herbert ~ Lumin ~ Nightports w/ Tom Herbert (new) ~ The Leaf Label ~ 2022
1:23 am D’Arcangelo ~ Duty ~ Arium (new) ~ A Colourful Storm ~ 2022
1:25 am T. Gowdy ~ U4A ~ Miracles (new) ~ Constellation ~ 2022
1:32 am Automatisme & Stefan Paulus ~ Marwees ~ Gap/Void (new) ~ Constellation ~ 2022
1:37 am Mark Kirschenmann (local) ~ Our LightHouse ~ Cybersonic Outreach (new) ~ New Focus Recordings/Panoramic Recordings ~ 2021
1:43 am Uzu Noir ~ Jx-Q ~ The Wire Tapper 58 (new) ~ The Wire ~ 2022
1:46 am Lucy Liyou ~ Patron ~ Practice ~ Full Spectrum Records ~ 2021
1:49 am Sir Tad ~ Potential ~ You’re Home (new) ~ Tynan Tapes ~ 2022
1:52 am Temp-Illusion ~ Lethal Corrosion ~ Sounds From The Iranian Ultraverse (new) ~ Shaytoon ~ 2022
1:57 am Roger Eno ~ Bells ~ The Turning Year (new) ~ Deutsche Grammophon ~ 2022

Brainwaltzera: ITSAME (Film, 2022)

May 14, 2022 at 7:24 pm | Posted in Reviews | Leave a comment

Brainwaltzera: ITSAME

In which the anonymous IDM sensation reveals himself to be an iconic video game character. No, actually, this is a sprawling set of synth tracks with non-serious song titles and loads of personality. This comes a little closer to Ilian Tape finely tuned club propulsion than the Rephlex braindance it clearly models itself after, with parts that dip into slo-mo synthwave dizziness (“re: laps (roll with iD)”) and rainy day guitar introspection (“PROVE UR NOT A ROWBOAT [SKIPPER]”). The skittery, sad IDM (“a star is bored”) and glitched-out breakbeat (“tracing Rays [reality glo]”, “ad interim”, “medal headz [G.B.D.F]”) tracks especially deliver the goods, but there’s no lack of quality here.

Tommaso Moretti: Inside Out (Bace Records, 2022)

May 13, 2022 at 6:33 pm | Posted in Reviews | Leave a comment

Tommaso Moretti: Inside Out

Percussionist, guitarist, composer, and vocalist Tommaso Moretti‘s music alternates between several different perspectives and influences, incorporating Afrobeat and samba rhythms as well as bits of surf rock into its fluid, polyrhythmic jazz base. Yet he never feels like he’s trying to smash a bunch of random, unrelated sounds together, so his transitions never sound jarring. Opener “Italiano in America” bops, swings, and jitters, but never loses its cool. “Redefine the Purpose”, a vocal number with flute and xylophone, is a bit loungey, but still anxious and winding. “Edge of a Decade”, one of a handful of songs with cornetist Ben Lamar Gay, is a more celebratory outer-limits samba jam. “Going Home / Flying Away From Home” is a dazzling 9-minute suite featuring inventive violão playing by Edinho Gerber. “Era De Maggio” is a more nostalgic, swaying tune with earnest vocals, sounding much more traditional than some of the album’s more ambitious tracks, which at times feel like calmer Zappa compositions.

Show #627 – 5/1/22

May 1, 2022 at 2:27 am | Posted in The Answer Is In The Beat | Leave a comment

12:00 am Grand Puba ~ Soul Controller ~ Reel to Reel ~ Elektra ~ 1992
12:04 am Raw Poetic/Damu the Fudgemunk ~ Guide ~ Laminated Skies (new) ~ Def Pressé ~ 2022
12:09 am Congotronics International ~ Kule Kule Redux ~ Where’s the One? (new) ~ Crammed Discs ~ 2022
12:14 am Innov Gnawa ~ El Ghaba ~ Lila (new) ~ Daptone ~ 2021
12:22 am Grupo De Experimentación Sonora Del ICAIC ~ Canción Con Todos ~ Cuba: Music And Revolution (Culture Clash In Havana Cuba: Experiments In Latin Music 1975-85 Vol. 1) ~ Soul Jazz Records ~ 1974
12:25 am Grupo Sintesis Aqui Estamos ~ Cuba: Music And Revolution (Culture Clash In Havana Cuba: Experiments In Latin Music 1973-85 Vol. 2) ~ Soul Jazz Records ~ 1979
12:29 am wzrdryAV ~ Manitoba ~ West Coast Systems Vol. 2 (new) ~ Line ~ 2022
12:35 am Noel Campbell & the Gladiators Band ~ Sufferation ~ Black Man’s Pride 3 ~ Soul Jazz Records ~ 1974
12:38 am Ebi Soda ~ Gated Community With a Public Pool ~ Honk If You’re Sad (new) ~ Tru Thoughts ~ 2022
12:41 am dBridge & Madison Willing ~ One Note ~ Made In Silence (new) ~ Exit Records ~ 2022
12:44 am Homemade Weapons ~ Nabilone ~ Heiress EP ~ Samurai Music ~ 2017
12:49 am Torn with Homemade Weapons ~ Acheron ~ Internal EP ~ Samurai Music ~ 2018
12:56 am HTRK ~ No Big Thing ~ Death is a Dream (new) ~ N&J Blueberries ~ 2022
12:59 am Winged Wheel (local) ~ Blue Pigeon ~ No Island (new) ~ 12XU ~ 2022
1:03 am Deafheaven ~ Dream House ~ 10 Years Gone ~ Sargent House ~ 2020
1:12 am Built to Spill ~ Goin’ Against Your Mind ~ You in Reverse ~ Warner Bros ~ 2006
1:21 am Erica Eso ~ Y.L.M.E ~ 192 (new) ~ Hausu Mountain ~ 2022
1:30 am William Basinski & Janek Schaefer ~ . . . on reflection (four) ~ ” . . . on reflection ” (new) ~ Temporary Residence Ltd. ~ 2022
1:41 am King Tubby ~ Wreck Up a Version ~ Dub Gone Crazy – The Evolution Of Dub At King Tubby’s 1975-1979 ~ Blood and Fire 1975-79
1:43 am Lee Perry ~ Dreadlocks in Moonlight ~ Arkology ~ Island ~ 1976
1:47 am Scientist ~ Dub 16 ~ Dub in the Roots Tradition ~ Blood & Fire ~ 1976-79
1:51 am Magnetic Fields ~ Swinging London ~ Holiday ~ Feel Good All Over ~ 1994
1:53 am Magnetic Fields ~ All the Umbrellas in London ~ Get Lost ~ Merge ~ 1995
1:56 am Magnetic Fields ~ 100,000 Fireflies ~ Distant Plastic Trees ~ Red Flame ~ 1991

Crush Collision 4/30/22

April 30, 2022 at 2:23 am | Posted in Crush Collision | Leave a comment

12:00 am Conflict at Serenity Pools ~ Voices
12:05 am Charlotte Adigéry ~ Paténipat
12:08 am Sueño Latino ~ Sueño Latino (Cutmaster G Mix)
12:14 am S Olbricht ~ Fadaisco
12:18 am Route 8 ~ Relaxed
12:24 am L.B. Dub Corp ~ Look Shiny
12:31 am Fort Romeau ~ The Truth (Ron Trent Remix)
12:38 am Captain Mustache ~ Everything (Instrumental)
12:43 am Maxime Alexander ~ Take My Hands
12:45 am Huey Mnemonic (local) ~ Respect My House (I-94 Mix)
12:50 am Robert Hood (local) ~ The Struggle
12:54 am Model 500 (local) ~ The Chase (Smooth Mix)
12:59 am Sandilé ~ Trayvon (Malin Genie Remix)
1:04 am Saturday Night Rush ~ Where Did 24 Hours Go
1:08 am AceMoMA ~ Revolutionary
1:12 am Nathan Fake ~ Torch Song (Jon Hopkins edit)
1:15 am yehno ~ Always
1:19 am Sweet Trip ~ Foencahl (AKAI S6000 Mix)
1:26 am Pentax ~ Konkret track 1
1:28 am Nala & Nikki Nair ~ The World Is Always Ending
1:32 am Hooverian Blur ~ Square Jazz
1:36 am Denham Audio ~ Feel The Panic
1:42 am Color Plus ~ Tension Banter
1:45 am DJ Swagger ~ Smartphone Love
1:48 am Loraine James ~ Anyways
1:51 am Nazar ~ Berghain
1:54 am DJ Diaki ~ Shekey Mix
1:57 am Dopplereffekt (local) ~ Neural Impulse Actuator – Mirror Neuron

Winged Wheel: No Island LP (12XU, 2022)

April 29, 2022 at 5:42 pm | Posted in Reviews | Leave a comment

Winged Wheel: No Island LP

Winged Wheel is a remote collaboration between four musicians whose various projects are always a must-listen: Whitney Johnson (Matchess), Cory Plump (Spray Paint), Matthew Rolin (Powers/Rolin Duo), and Fred Thomas (no intro necessary). Fred sent drum loops over to Cory, who added guitar and bass parts, Matthew added further guitars, and Whitney sang in her familiar submerged style, although her voice is a little clearer in the mix here. While clearly a studio creation, there’s such a distinctive chemistry to this album that it’s obvious that all four musicians’ spirits are in one place, even if their bodies aren’t. The drums hold it all in place, and the guitars and effects are just vast canopies of sound, with the vocals driving it all home. “Blue Pigeon” is just some next level dream pop. All of the artists involved bring their own personalities to this group, from Spray Paint’s blown-axis distortion to City Center’s basement punk dreaminess and Hydropark’s motorik pop to Matchess’s out-of-body mysticism, but here they coalesce into something else entirely. Wonderful.

Ambassador Hazy: The Traveler LP (Hazy House/Cardinal Fuzz, 2022)

April 27, 2022 at 8:37 pm | Posted in Reviews | Leave a comment

Ambassador Hazy: The Traveler LP

The second album in as many years from this lo-fi project delivers more ramshackle psych-pop that goes on impulses rather than fine-tuning ideas and perfecting the performances and recordings. It delivers the hazy feel the artist name promises, but it’s not overly indulgent or meandering, and it’s energetic and sometimes quite memorable. “Simple Thing” is a drum machine-based winner with some tasty fuzz guitar and nice trippy fx. “Gone to My Head” is more of a ’90s indie pop gem, with a wail-along chorus. “Don’t Smash It To Pieces” gets by with its knocking drums and insistent refrain. Even when the songs aren’t so catchy, they’re still delivered with feeling, and the album is brimming with homespun creativity.

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