Robert Haigh: Creatures of the Deep (Unseen Worlds, 2017)

January 13, 2018 at 2:59 pm | Posted in Reviews | Leave a comment

Robert Haigh: Creatures of the Deep

Somehow I was completely unaware that the guy behind atmospheric drum’n’bass project Omni Trio had actually been making avant-garde and modern classical records since the early ’80s, and even contributed to some of Nurse With Wound’s best albums. He retired Omni Trio in 2004, but he’s continued releasing work under his own name. Most of the tracks on this album are relatively short, compact, and melodic, although “Koto Line” and “Sunken Pavilions” are longer and drift out more. There’s enough implied rhythm here that you could imagine heavy rolling beats backing them up, but here they’re left to float free and weightless. “Birds of Cadence” is clear and direct, and definitely the highlight for anyone who loves “Avril 14th”. “From the Mystery” has a gentle layer of reversed notes surrounding its effortlessly pretty melody. “I Remember Phaedra” has more of a sad mystical forest atmosphere to it. The album doesn’t last too long (about 40 minutes), and it ends pretty faintly and unassumingly, making for an easy tansition back into the real world.

Show #427 – 1/13/18

January 13, 2018 at 1:50 pm | Posted in The Answer Is In The Beat | Leave a comment

Hour 1
2:01 am Nabihah Iqbal ~ “Eternal Passion” ~ Weighing of the Heart (new) ~ Ninja Tune ~ 2017
2:06 am Sad Lovers & Giants ~ “On Another Day” ~ Where the Light Shines Through 1981-2017 ~ Cherry Red ~ 1983
2:10 am Sad Lovers & Giants ~ “Things We Never Did” ~ Where the Light Shines Through 1981-2017 ~ Cherry Red ~ 1981
2:14 am Profligate ~ “Needle In Your Lip” ~ Somewhere Else (new) ~ Wharf Cat Records ~ 2018
2:18 am Night Burger ~ “No Connections” ~ Burnin’ Fast ~ Not Not Fun ~ 2012
2:23 am Night Burger ~ “Profligate” ~ What Happens Next? ~ Deception Island ~ 2011
2:29 am Ueno Takashi ~ “track 2” ~ Smoke Under the Water (new) ~ Room40 ~ 2017
2:39 am Shells (local) ~ “Field” ~ Shells 2 (new) ~ Ginkgo Records ~ 2017
2:42 am Graham Repulski ~ “Staring At Zero” ~ Negative Highlight Reel (new) ~ Shorter Recordings ~ 2018
2:44 am Graham Repulski ~ “Especially Neat Lives” ~ Permission To Love (new) ~ Shorter Recordings ~ 2018
2:45 am Brak ~ “Institutionalized” ~ Dr. Demento Covered In Punk (new) ~ Demented Punk Records ~ 2018
2:49 am C-Schulz ~ “Kurze Flitze” ~ Frühe Jahre ~ Unseen Worlds ~ 1991
2:51 am LOFT ~ “shouldn wouldn couldn leavv” ~ NEW YR NEW US 2 (new) ~ The Astral Plane ~ 2018
Hour 2
2:59 am Sote ~ “Musick” ~ XOXO ~ Dielectric ~ 2003
3:04 am Brothomstates ~ “Untitled” ~ Untitled (new) ~ Misc.Works ~ 2017
3:18 am Venetian Snares ~ “She Spoke To It Through A Clock Radio In A Dream And Woke As A Cloudburst Obliterating Her Civilization” ~ She Began To Cry Tears Of Blood Which Became Little Brick Houses When They Hit The Ground (new) ~ Bandcamp ~ 2018
3:21 am Noah Creshevsky ~ “Strategic Defense Initiative” ~ Reanimator ~ Orange Milk ~ 1986
3:34 am Superpitcher ~ “Sleepy Head” ~ The Golden Ravedays 11 (new) ~ Hippie Dance ~ 2017
3:40 am Monster Rally ~ “Giant Leaves” ~ Flowering Jungle (new) ~ Gold Robot ~ 2017
3:43 am Fyvr (local) ~ “Demagogue, Sir” ~ Almost Happy (new) ~ Young Heavy Souls ~ 2017
3:45 am Synkro ~ “Automatic Response” ~ Hand In Hand (new) ~ Apollo ~ 2017
3:49 am Diamond Terrifier Cipher ~ “Not Lit (Celestial Trax Remix)” ~ Chapel Master (new) ~ Styles Upon Styles ~ 2017
3:54 am Funkadelic ~ “(Not Just) Knee Deep – Part 1” ~ scratchy 45 played at 33 off-center ~ WB ~ 1979
Hour 3
4:00 am Strange U ~ “Mr Kill” ~ #LP4080 ~ High Focus Records ~ 2017
4:03 am Sean Price feat. Buckshot & Steele ~ “Apartheid” ~ Imperius Rex (new) ~ Duck Down ~ 2017
4:06 am Spellling ~ “Black Wax” ~ Pantheon Of Me (new) ~ Bandcamp ~ 2017
4:08 am Age Eternal ~ “Temples Are Burning” ~ Wash Away (new) ~ Instruments of Discipline ~ 2017
4:12 am Sutekh Hexen ~ “Pareidolian” ~ split LP with Hissing (new) ~ The Flenser ~ 2017
4:25 am Mika Vainio + Ryoji Ikeda + Alva Noto ~ “Movement 4” ~ Live 2002 ~ Noton ~ 2002
4:35 am Gregor Schwellenbach/Erol Sarp/Daniel Brandt/Paul Frick/John Kameel Farah/Hauschka ~ “Steve Reich – Six Pianos” ~ Steve Reich – Six Pianos/Terry Riley – Keyboard Study #1 ~ Film ~ 2016
4:40 am Robert Haigh ~ “Birds of Cadence” ~ Creatures of the Deep (new) ~ Unseen Worlds ~ 2017
4:43 am Würden & Pfeiffer ~ “Panorama” ~ Pop Ambient 2018 (new) ~ Kompakt ~ 2017
4:49 am Ian William Craig ~ “On the Reach of Explanations” ~ Durbē (new) ~ Recital ~ 2017
4:58 am Anto ~ “Untitled” ~ Air Texture Volume V ~ Air Texture ~ 2017
Hour 4
5:01 am Chapelier Fou ~ “Animaux Flexibles” ~ ! ~ Ici D’Ailleurs ~ 2007
5:05 am Fabrizio Rat ~ “Rubinstein” ~ The Pianist (new) ~ Blackstrobe ~ 2017
5:09 am Steffi ~ “Mental Events” ~ World of the Waking State (new) ~ Ostgut Ton ~ 2017
5:15 am Second Storey ~ “Ajunlei 8” ~ Lucid Locations (new) ~ Houndstooth ~ 2017
5:20 am TSVI & Wallwork ~ “Jaguar” ~ Rambo (new) ~ Nervous Horizon ~ 2018
5:25 am Mariel Ito ~ “Process7” ~ 2000-2005 ~ R&S ~ 2004
5:31 am Pauline Anna Strom ~ “Morning Splendor” ~ Trans-Millenia Music ~ Rvng Intl. ~ 1982
5:37 am Catharsis ~ “Perception Through The Circle” ~ A Purging of Demons (new) ~ Zhark Recordings Berlin ~ 2018
5:43 am Karen Gwyer ~ “He’s Been Teaching Me To Drive (Ron Morelli Remix)” ~ Rembo Remixes (new) ~ Don’t Be Afraid ~ 2018
5:49 am Wetware ~ “Frequent Dreamlands” ~ Automatic Drawing (new) ~ Dais ~ 2018
5:52 am Sun Ra ~ “Discipline 8” ~ Discipline 27-II ~ El Saturn Records ~ 1972

Ueno Takashi: Smoke Under the Water (Room40, 2017)

January 12, 2018 at 10:36 pm | Posted in Reviews | Leave a comment

Ueno Takashi: Smoke Under the Water

On this solo instrumental album for Room40, Ueno Takashi (current member of Tenniscoats, once of Maher Shalal Hash Baz) plays guitar in such a manner that it’s hard to tell he’s even playing guitar. It’s hard to tell if Takashi is meticulously overdubbing and arranging guitar parts or if this is all done live with looping stations and other devices, but he constructs lush, flowing sound tapestries which can wash right over your ears if you’re not listening carefully, but are extremely intricate when you do pay attention. At times, it seems to resemble the cascading maxi-minimalism of pianist Lubomyr Melnyk. The pizzicato spirals of the second track are a bit closer to Dustin Wong, but not quite as buzzy, ecstatic, or high on life. Tracks 3 and 4 are a bit more eerie, and would make good soundtracks for haunted house levels in RPG games. 5 is like some sort of twisted, inverted carnival theme, while 6 seems to branch outward a bit more, and has some sort of demented rootsy bent to it, with a softly humming drone underneath. Each successive piece seems to hint further at different sorts of madness, but never pushing over the edge. It is exceedingly difficult to name any other guitarist who sounds like this, and it all sounds fascinating.

Graham Repulski: Permission To Love tape + Negative Highlight Reel tape (Shorter Recordings, 2018)

January 10, 2018 at 9:52 pm | Posted in Reviews | Leave a comment

Graham Repulski: Permission To Love tape

Philadelphia-based lo-fi artist Graham Repulski just released two 10-minute tapes, both of which contain unique artwork for every copy, seemingly cut out from a book or magazine. Judging by the “Good bye” and “Good night” messages on their Bandcamp pages, these might be the end of the project? He doesn’t appear to have a Facebook page anymore. Anyway, Permission To Love is described on the artist’s Bandcamp page as “7 tracks of funky fun”. His music is a sort of fun, but not in an obvious, crowdpleasing way. This is extremely cryptic, lo-fi tape-collage rock, with big, tuneful melodies stretched out, obscured, distorted, and rearranged. He can very obviously write straightforward power pop songs if he wanted to, but other people do that, so he contorts them and screws them up. Songs that could be proper anthems are cut to shreds, cut off after a minute (the opening title track seems like an anthem in the making that was half taped over), howled under fuzz, and just otherwise fucked around with. The longest track is “Soft As Shit”, which opens side B and consists of 3 minutes of a simple piano pattern with stacks of raucous guitars dancing around. Sometimes lyrics are included on his Bandcamp page, but not for this one, so it’s mostly impossible to make out what he’s saying, but the melodies themselves are likely to stick in your head. Of the two new tapes he’s releasing, this one seems to be the more musical, and maybe the more humorous of the two (titles include “I’d Buy That For a Dollar” and “Malcolm’s Ex”), but the music itself doesn’t contain any obvious jokes or punchlines. But at the same time, it feels like some sort of absurdist performance art, and it’s hard not to find some sort of humor in it.

Graham Repulski: Negative Highlight Reel tape

Negative Highlight Reel is definitely the more experimental of the two tapes. There’s hints of melodies and some rocking out (especially the title track), but lots of abstraction and obscurity. “Staring At Zero” is soft singing and faint strumming masked by abrasive backwards loops. The entire second side seems like the decayed, dried out remains of rock songs, with no discernible lyrics or hooks. “Bad Mop” is entirely backwards, and “Eureka Slink” is just a faint shred of a tune sung over what sounds like the worst phone connection ever, yet there’s a few other layers of beats and background noise patched together. Then “Kimp Notch” is a hair-raising coda of guitar feedback and yowling. This almost seems like a miniature version of Jandek’s “The Electric End”, and if this really is the end, there’s no more fitting way for this project to go out. But then, “The Electric End” wasn’t the end of Jandek, so who can tell, maybe I’m just projecting here. We’ll see!

Show #426 – 1/6/18

January 6, 2018 at 2:01 pm | Posted in The Answer Is In The Beat | Leave a comment

Hour 1
2:02 am Profligate ~ “Somewhere Else” ~ Somewhere Else (new) ~ Wharf Cat Records ~ 2018
2:10 am Godspeed You! Black Emperor ~ “BBF3” ~ Slow Riot For New Zero Kanada Kranky ~ 1999
2:29 am The ears on the trees ~ “Holidays I” ~ New beginnings (new) ~ Constellation Tatsu ~ 2017
2:35 am SCLT (local) ~ “Armature” ~ On Contradiction (new) ~ Life Like ~ 2017
2:42 am Ana & Ina ~ “Come In” ~ On Dockweiler Beach ~ Constellation Tatsu ~ 2017
2:50 am Koltay (local) ~ “Spring Patch (side A)” ~ untitled tape ~ Life Like ~ 2017
2:58 am Curved Light ~ “Dream Sequence” ~ Quartzsite (new) ~ Constellation Tatsu ~ 2017
Hour 2
3:06 am Utica (local) ~ “Isostatic Rebound” ~ untitled tape (new) ~ Life Like ~ 2017
3:21 am Canada Effervescent ~ “Ridin’ America II” ~ Ridin’ America (new) ~ Constellation Tatsu ~ 2017
3:27 am Forest Walker ~ “Saved Video of a Postcard” ~ UV Sea ~ Constellation Tatsu ~ 2017
3:33 am Soda Lite ~ “Senses” ~ In Eco ~ Constellation Tatsu ~ 2017
3:39 am 2814 ~ “2814スカイライン” ~ 2814 ~ Dream Catalogue ~ 2014
3:46 am Leyland Kirby ~ “Dig Deep March On” ~ We, So Tired Of All The Darkness In Our Lives (new) ~ History Always Favours The Winners ~ 2017
3:53 am Moth Cock ~ “The Flesh Shall Never Enter” ~ 0-100 At The Speed Of The Present (new) ~ Hausu Mountain ~ 2017
3:56 am Form a Log ~ “The Sizzler” ~ At A Festival (new) ~ Hausu Mountain ~ 2017
Hour 3
4:00 am Bullshit Market (local) ~ “Our Apologies to Matt Luczak” ~ split tape w/ Dental Work (new) ~ TRASHFUCK Records/Placenta Recordings ~ 2017
4:05 am Little Princess (local) ~ “Gold Dollar” ~ Punk House (digital bonus track) (new) ~ MOCAD ~ 2017
4:09 am Brett Naucke ~ “Hallucinations I – XVII” ~ Multiple Hallucinations (new) ~ Hausu Mountain ~ 2017
4:23 am Coil ~ “5-Methoxy-N,N-Dimethyl: (5-MeO-DMT)” ~ Time Machines ~ Dais ~ 1998
4:35 am Cygni ~ “untitled #4” ~ Gesto (new) ~ Line ~ 2017
4:37 am Emptyset ~ “Eye I” ~ Skin (new) ~ Thrill Jockey ~ 2017
4:42 am An Gella ~ “Bad Analogy” ~ Perma (new) ~ Anyines ~ 2017
4:46 am Build Buildings ~ “Honey Locust” ~ Glass EP (new) ~ Audiobulb ~ 2018
4:49 am Cid Rim ~ “The Material” ~ Material (new) ~ LuckyMe ~ 2017
4:53 am The Khan Jamal Creative Arts Ensemble ~ “Breath of Life” ~ Drum Dance to the Motherland ~ Eremite ~ 1973
Hour 4
5:00 am Golden Teacher ~ “What Fresh Hell Is This?” ~ No Luscious Life (new) ~ Golden Teacher ~ 2017
5:04 am Chimpo ~ “DidDieDoDat?” ~ single ~ ? ~ 2017
5:08 am Samiyam ~ “The Boat Can Leave Now” ~ Pizza Party (new) ~ Stones Throw ~ 2017
5:10 am Martial Canterel ~ “Astralize” ~ Lost At Sea (new) ~ Dais ~ 2017
5:14 am Stacian ~ “Telephony” ~ Person L (new) ~ Night School ~ 2017
5:18 am M.E.S.H. ~ “Inspired By True Story” ~ mp3 (new) ~ Soundcloud ~ 2018
5:24 am Fret ~ “The Waiting Room” ~ Over Depth (new) ~ Karlrecords ~ 2017
5:31 am Steve Reich + So Percussion ~ “Drumming, Part Three” ~ Drumming Live ~ Dog W/ A Bone ~ 2013
5:36 am Anna Burch (local) ~ “2 Cool 2 Care” ~ Party (new) ~ Life Like ~ 2017
5:40 am Shells (local) ~ “Recollection” ~ 2 (new) ~ Ginkgo Records ~ 2017
5:43 am Yves Tumor ~ “Synecdoche” ~ Experiencing the Deposit of Faith (new) ~ self-released ~ 2017
5:47 am DJ Python ~ “Todo Era Azul (Versiòn Afuera)” ~ Dulce Compañia (new) ~ Incienso ~ 2017
5:53 am Sun Ra ~ “Neptune” ~ Discipline 27-II ~ El Saturn Records ~ 1972

AllMusic Loves 2017

January 1, 2018 at 9:30 pm | Posted in AllMusic | Leave a comment

For the third year in a row, I participated in AllMusic’s year-end polls. Here’s the individual staff writers’ lists (mine included):
AllMusic Loves 2017
My Spotify playlist.
Also, I helped whittle down the Favorite Electronic Albums list, and I wrote about 75% of these reviews.

Also, I posted by Best of 2017 editions of The Answer Is In The Beat and Crush Collision here on this site.

Enjoy, and happy new year!

Angel 1: Terra Nova tape (Constellation Tatsu, 2017)

January 1, 2018 at 1:02 am | Posted in Reviews | Leave a comment

Angel 1: Terra Nova tape

Angel 1’s first tape on CTatsu in 4 years, following acclaimed releases on 1080p and Beer on the Rug, plays like a series of subconscious DJ sets, with lengthy, slow-moving tracks drifting through various moods, beats, and samples. “Speed” is not fast at all, progressing through steady yet vaporous beats and a submerged Kanye sample. “Volunteering” begins in a sort of interstellar spa, with a bizarre growling/wailing sample interrupting an otherwise peaceful session, and eventually it heats up into a thumping, bubbling house track. “The German Idea of Freedom” is bursting with fuzzy lo-fi guitars and another screamy sample which is looped rhythmically, along with laughter and trippy voices, ending with a much more smoothed-out ending section. “Humanitarianism” continues with the sly playfulness of earlier tracks, with silly recurring samples and elementary piano notes setting the pace, ending up with the sounds of slurping, gushing waters (field recordings? digital approximations? a mix of both?) and resonating metal bowls. “Karaoke” is another lush, leisurely rainforest cruise, with a harmonica-like melody and sporadic voices whispering the word “passion”. This tape doesn’t have the unexpected harsh drum’n’bass moments of previous Angel 1 releases, but there’s still plenty of surprise and mirth to it. Tape/DL available from CTatsu’s Bandcamp.

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