Show #436 – 3/31/18

March 31, 2018 at 2:59 pm | Posted in The Answer Is In The Beat | Leave a comment

Hour 1
2:00 am Sun Ra ~ “I’ll Wait For You” ~ Of Abstract Dreams ~ Strut/Art Yard ~ 1975
2:13 am Stereolab ~ “Les Yper Yper Sound” ~ Oscillons From The Anti-Sun ~ Too Pure ~ 1996
2:19 am E-Saggila ~ “Carbon Snare” ~ Physically Sick 2 (new) ~ Allergy Season ~ 2018
2:24 am Ben Frost ~ “An Empty Vessel To Flood” ~ All That You Love Will Be EVISCERATED (new) ~ Mute ~ 2018
2:28 am Hakobune ~ “I” ~ Parhelion (new) ~ Constellation Tatsu ~ 2018
2:37 am Longmont Potion Castle ~ “LPC 15 Medley” ~ LPC 15 (new) ~ D.U. Records ~ 2018
2:48 am Neil Hamburger ~ “Hijinx” ~ Great Phone Calls ~ Amarillo Records ~ 1992
2:52 am River Spirit (local) ~ “Dime” ~ EP 2 (new) ~ Atonuv ~ 2018
2:56 am Rose ~ “Seasalt” ~ Transference (new) ~ Constellation Tatsu ~ 2018
Hour 2
3:00 am Lost Girls ~ “Drive” ~ Feeling (new) ~ Smalltown Supersound ~ 2018
3:13 am Celer + Forest Management ~ “Embera” ~ Landmarks (new) ~ Constellation Tatsu ~ 2018
3:18 am memorygarden禅 ~ “ブルーSky” ~ districtアトランティス (new) ~ Constellation Tatsu ~ 2018
3:21 am Steve Reich/International Contemporary Ensemble ~ “Pulse” ~ Pulse/Quartet (new) ~ Nonesuch ~ 2018
3:36 am Arthur King & the Night Sea ~ “Lo” ~ Unknown Movie Night: Pi (new) ~ Dangerbird Records ~ 2018
3:44 am Ross From Friends ~ “John Cage (Edit)” ~ Aphelion (new) ~ Brainfeeder ~ 2018
3:48 am Blawan ~ “North” ~ Wet Will Always Dry (new) ~ Ternesc ~ 2018
3:54 am Oli XL ~ “Stress Junkie” ~ single (new) ~ W – I ~ 2018
Hour 3
4:00 am Flame 1 [Burial + the Bug] ~ “Shrine” ~ 12″ (new) ~ Pressure ~ 2018
4:05 am Daniel Avery ~ “Projector” ~ Song For Alpha (new) ~ Mute ~ 2018
4:10 am James Holden & the Animal Spirits ~ “The Neverending” ~ The Animal Spirits (new) ~ Border Community ~ 2017
4:14 am Chris Carter ~ “Post Industrial” ~ Chemistry Lessons Volume One (new) ~ Mute ~ 2018
4:17 am The Alkaloids ~ “Strychnine Vs Morphine” ~ Entertaining the Invalid (new) ~ Hot Air ~ 2017
4:20 am Brockmann // Bargmann ~ “Muezzin” ~ Licht (new) ~ Bureau B ~ 2017
4:23 am Diseño Corbusier ~ “Golpe de Amistad” ~ Interferencias Vol. 1 – Spanish Synth Wave 1980-1989 ~ Munster Records ~ 1986
4:28 am Asmus Tietchens ~ “Zweiter Nachtschatten” ~ Dämmerattacke ~ Klanggalerie ~ 1997
4:34 am Hellfish ~ “Bangface Time” ~ Bangface – Neo-Rave Armageddon ~ Bangface ~ 2013
4:39 am DJ Taye feat. DJ Manny ~ “The Matrixx” ~ Still Trippin’ (new) ~ Hyperdub ~ 2018
4:42 am East Man & Killa P ~ “Mission” ~ Red, White & Zero (new) ~ Planet Mu ~ 2018
4:46 am Big Daddy Kane & Biz Markie ~ “Just Rhymin’ With Biz” ~ Long Live the Kane ~ Cold Chillin’ ~ 1988
4:50 am Czarface & MF Doom ~ “Captain Brunch” ~ Czarface Meets Metal Face (new) ~ Silver Age ~ 2018
4:52 am Seth Graham ~ “Whisper – Slap” ~ Gasp (new) ~ Orange Milk ~ 2018
4:55 am Hawthonn ~ “Misandrist” ~ Red Goddess (of This Men Shall Know Nothing) (new) ~ Ba Da Bing ~ 2018
Hour 4
5:00 am Dan Weiss ~ “Veiled” ~ Starebaby (new) ~ Pi Recordings ~ 2018
5:04 am The Skull Defekts ~ “A Message From The Skull Defekts” ~ The Skull Defekts (new) ~ Thrill Jockey ~ 2018
5:09 am Brief Candles ~ “Tiramisu” ~ Retreater (new) ~ self-released ~ 2017
5:13 am Bonny Doon (local) ~ “Where Do You Go?” ~ Longwave (new) ~ Woodsist ~ 2018
5:15 am Mount Eerie ~ “Earth” ~ Now Only (new) ~ P.W. Elverum & Sun ~ 2018
5:21 am Ralph White and Steve Marsh ~ “Over the Ledge” ~ Two Distinguished Gentlemen (new) ~ Self Sabotage ~ 2018
5:29 am Astrïd & Rachel Grimes ~ “M1” ~ Through the Sparkle (new) ~ Gizeh ~ 2017
5:35 am Frankie Cosmos ~ “Apathy” ~ Vessel (new) ~ Sub Pop ~ 2018
5:38 am Zaius ~ “Annica” ~ Of Adoration (new) ~ Prosthetic Records ~ 2017
5:43 am Guided by Voices ~ “See My Field” ~ Space Gun (new) ~ GBV Inc. ~ 2018
5:46 am Mint Field ~ “Quiero Otoño De Nuevo” ~ Pasar De Las Luces (new) ~ Innovative Leisure ~ 2018
5:50 am Khruangbin ~ “Maria También” ~ Con Todo El Mundo (new) ~ Dead Oceans ~ 2018
5:53 am Tal National ~ “Pama” ~ Tantabara (new) ~ Fatcat Records ~ 2018

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Crush Collision 3/29/18

March 30, 2018 at 12:06 am | Posted in Crush Collision | Leave a comment

Hour 1
10:00 pm Spirro ~ “Ma-Hero (Dub)”
10:04 pm Principleasure ~ “Komply”
10:07 pm Marcus Marr ~ “High Times”
10:13 pm Will Long ~ “We Tend To Forget”
10:21 pm Throwing Shade ~ “Floors”
10:26 pm Nathan Fake ~ “Cloudswept”
10:32 pm Pional ~ “Tempest”
10:38 pm Night Christ ~ “Conversation Policy (Illum Sphere Instrumental Remix)”
10:42 pm Pursuit Grooves ~ “Stitch Heal Recover”
10:46 pm Professor Rhythm ~ “Zama Zama”
10:50 pm Jade Wells ~ “Staring at the Sun”
10:55 pm The Astral Walkers ~ “Passage”
Hour 2
11:04 pm The Mole ~ “One-Sided Fool”
11:08 pm George FitzGerald ~ “The Echo Forgets”
11:11 pm Chromatics ~ “Nite (Instrumental)”
11:14 pm Bézier ~ “Téléconférence”
11:19 pm TML ~ “RHU (Justin Cudmore Remix)”
11:25 pm Benny Rodrigues ~ “Cocaine Speaking (Alden Tyrell Remix)”
11:29 pm Peggy Gou ~ “Hundres Times”
11:35 pm Population One ~ “Cosmic Drill (Remixed)”
11:38 pm Hieroglyphic Being ~ “Video Jazz”
11:42 pm Elmo Crumb ~ “I’m Still Dizzy”
11:50 pm Hugo Massien ~ “Andromeda Signal”
11:55 pm Jerome Hill ~ “Weird Language”

River Spirit: EP 2 tape (Atonuv, 2018)

March 29, 2018 at 7:53 pm | Posted in Reviews | Leave a comment

River Spirit: EP 2 tape

Detroit trio River Spirit play a gently abstract form of experimental pop, highlighted by Vanessa Reynolds’ vocals, which constantly twist like vines. Their songs seem a bit tense, certainly affected by the frustrations of the world as well as personal isolation, but they’re ultimately strong, uplifting and vibrant. This EP is more electronic than their first one, and the languid but tricky beats and dreamy atmospheres elevate their songs into a strange yet warm and comforting space. The short EP goes by quickly, and all of it sounds wonderful, but they save the best song for last. “Dime” has sluggish trip-hop beats and the right amount of heavenly echo on the vocals, not to mention some big, bulging bass tones. This is a song I’m finding myself hitting rewind on (literally, since it’s a tape). Hear for yourself at Bandcamp.

Arthur King & The Night Sea: Unknown Movie Night: Pi (Dangerbird, 2018)

March 25, 2018 at 2:24 pm | Posted in Reviews | Leave a comment

Arthur King & The Night Sea: Unknown Movie Night: Pi

The second LP from this L.A. improv group in less than a year was recorded as a score to the film Pi, screened as a total surprise to both the audience and the band. Each side of the record is 31 minutes and 41 seconds of loose, lush, flowing dub-jazz, sometimes launching into ragged see-saw rhythms, sometimes flowing calmly like a dark river on a languid summer night (not unlike the group’s name). The second side starts out in the less-busy mode, but things get really obtuse around the 15-minute mark, with far more wavy delay, jazzy figures, and real-time electro beats. It still ends up being largely serene, however.

Show #435 – 3/24/18

March 24, 2018 at 4:41 pm | Posted in The Answer Is In The Beat | Leave a comment

Hour 1
2:02 am Michael Bundt ~ “Neon” ~ Deutsche Elektronische Musik 3 ~ Soul Jazz Records ~ 1979
2:14 am Brockmann // Bargmann ~ “Sylvester” ~ Licht (new) ~ Bureau B ~ 2017
2:18 am James Holden & The Animal Spirits ~ “The Beginning & End of the World” ~ The Animal Spirits (new) ~ Border Community ~ 2017
2:25 am Pursuit Grooves ~ “Steel Care” ~ Felt Armour (new) ~ What Rules ~ 2018
2:32 am Ancient Ocean ~ “Cassini-Huygens” ~ Titan’s Island (new) ~ Beyond Beyond Is Beyond ~ 2017
2:46 am Allenheimer ~ “Hazemaschine” ~ The Wire Tapper 46 (new) ~ The Wire ~ 2018
2:50 am Seth Graham ~ “Kimochi” ~ Gasp (new) ~ Orange Milk ~ 2018
2:53 am Art Zoyd ~ “K-os” ~ 44 1/2: Live and Unreleased Works ~ Cuneiform ~ 2002
Hour 2
3:00 am Sun Ra ~ “Take the ‘A’ Train” ~ Taking a Chance on Chances ~ El Saturn Records ~ 1977
3:09 am Sun Ra ~ “The Shadow World” ~ The Soul Vibrations of Man ~ El Saturn Records ~ 1977
3:25 am Sun Ra ~ “Friendly Galaxy” ~ Sun Ra Exotica ~ Modern Harmonic ~ 1962
3:31 am Ólafur Arnalds ~ “1440” ~ Eulogy For Evolution 2017 ~ Erased Tapes ~ 2007
3:39 am Karl Lumont ~ “Heal Yourself” ~ Project Chicago EP (new) ~ complet. ~ 2018
3:44 am Bizzy B ~ “The Conceded” ~ Bangface – Neo-Rave Armageddon ~ Bangface ~ 2013
3:49 am DJ Taye feat. DJ Paypal ~ “Truu” ~ Still Trippin’ (new) ~ Hyperdub ~ 2017
3:52 am Steve Murphy ~ “Automatic” ~ DJ Haus In The House (new) ~ Defected ~ 2017
3:58 am Essaie Pas ~ “Les Agents Des Stups” ~ New Path (new) ~ DFA ~ 2018
Hour 3
4:05 am Los Iniciados ~ “Soy El Vacio” ~ Interferencias Vol. 1 – Spanish Synth Wave 1980-1989 ~ Munster Records ~ 1982
4:08 am Flame 1 [Burial + The Bug] ~ “Fog” ~ 12″ (new) ~ Pressure ~ 2018
4:13 am I Speak Machine ~ “Zombies 1985” ~ Zombies 1985 (new) ~ Lex Records ~ 2017
4:18 am Chromatics featuring Ida No ~ “Ceremony” ~ Cherry ~ Italians Do It Better ~ 2016
4:23 am Hollie Cook ~ “Survive” ~ Vessel of Love (new) ~ Merge ~ 2018
4:26 am I Marc 4 ~ “Indagine” ~ Nelson Psychout ~ Vampisoul ~ 1971
4:30 am Ueno Takashi ~ “track 7” ~ Smoke Under the Water (new) ~ Room40 ~ 2017
4:36 am Mount Eerie ~ “Two Paintings by Nicolai Astrup” ~ Now Only (new) ~ P.W. Elverum & Sun ~ 2018
4:45 am In Tall Buildings (local) ~ “Curtain” ~ Akinetic (new) ~ Western Vinyl ~ 2018
4:49 am Guided by Voices ~ “Gray Spat Matters” ~ Space Gun (new) ~ GBV Inc. ~ 2018
4:50 am Anna Burch (local) ~ “Asking 4 a Friend” ~ Quit the Curse (new) ~ Polyvinyl ~ 2018
4:54 am Oneida ~ “All In Due Time” ~ Romance (new) ~ Joyful Noise ~ 2018
4:57 am Mint Field ~ “Cambios Del Pasar” ~ Pasar De Las Luces (new) ~ Innovative Leisure ~ 2018
Hour 4
5:01 am Hawthonn ~ “Eden” ~ Red Goddess (Of This Men Shall Know Nothing) (new) ~ Ba Da Bing ~ 2018
5:08 am Dedekind Cut ~ “Spiral” ~ Tahoe (new) ~ Kranky ~ 2018
5:11 am Eric Penington ~ “Night” ~ Death on a Pale Horse (new) ~ self-released ~ 2017
5:13 am The Tear Garden ~ “The Sound of Space” ~ The Brown Acid Caveat (new) ~ Metropolis/Subconscious Communications ~ 2017
5:18 am John Tejada ~ “Quipu” ~ Dead Start Program (new) ~ Kompakt ~ 2018
5:23 am Cut Chemist feat. Biz Markie ~ “Moonlightin’ with Biz” ~ Die Cut (new) ~ A Stable Sound ~ 2018
5:25 am Dabrye feat. Ghostface Killah (local) ~ “Emancipated” ~ Three/Three (new) ~ Ghostly International ~ 2018
5:29 am Tatira ~ “The Light Will Disappear” ~ The Light Will Disappear (new) ~ Inam Records ~ 2018
5:35 am Tal National ~ “Belles Reines” ~ Tantabara (new) ~ Fatcat Records ~ 2018
5:40 am Elephant9 ~ “Actionpack 1” ~ Greatest Show on Earth (new) ~ Rune Grammofon ~ 2018
5:46 am Raoul Björkenheim / eCsTaSy ~ “Doors of Perception” ~ Doors of Perception (new) ~ Cuneiform ~ 2017
5:51 am Khruangbin ~ “Friday Morning” ~ Con Todo El Mundo (new) ~ Dead Oceans ~ 2018

Pursuit Grooves: Felt Armour (What Rules, 2018)

March 11, 2018 at 5:49 pm | Posted in Reviews | Leave a comment

Pursuit Grooves: Felt Armour

Long before “deconstructed club” and “weightless” became buzzwords in the electronic music press, Vanese Smith was making music which greatly reconsidered how beats can be put together, what sounds can be looped into rhythms, what can be rhymed or sung over, and also what can be absent. She’s spent much of the last three years working more on graphic design than music, but her latest album as Pursuit Grooves has surfaced, and it’s another reminder of how brilliant she is. The title Felt Armour suggests a duality between toughness and sensitivity, and the tracks feature rhythms built from blunt, concrete noises, sometimes sounding like firing bullets, opening doors, or hard crashes. But instead of beating you over the head with abrasion, the sounds are smoothed out with contemplative synth pads and soothing bass tones. There’s similarities between these tracks and the ones she produced as 91 Fellows, but these aren’t quite as suspenseful or dubby. All of these tracks are instrumental, and they’re generally midtempo; they’re not conventional dance music, but not entirely removed from it, either. The sounds are shaped into abstract rhythms, without heavy kick drums or basslines that explicitly invite dancing. There’s movement and progression, but also zero-gravity floating. It might take several listens to adjust, but if it clicks, there’s little else that can approximate how it feels. Also, it probably goes without saying that you need to listen to this at high volume, with speakers equipped for handling heavy bass. Available to stream and purchase on Bandcamp.

Seth Graham: Gasp LP (Orange Milk, 2018)

March 10, 2018 at 5:07 pm | Posted in Reviews | Leave a comment

Seth Graham: Gasp LP

Seth Graham’s first vinyl LP (following a grip of cassettes, both solo and with Keith Rankin as Cream Juice) continues in the hyperrealist mode as the majority of Orange Milk’s recent output, acting as a more classical-influenced counterpoint to the latest Giant Claw album, and also complementing the label’s recent Noah Creshevsky album/anthology. This one certainly doesn’t sound as squishy and slurpy as 2014 tape Goop. Instead, it’s more focused on brief pieces consisting of heavily glitched shreds of stringed instruments and voices, flickering across a backdrop of silence. Some tracks like “Binary Tapioca” head into a bit more of a rhythm, and are more heavily populated with sounds, but I don’t want to say they’re overstuffed or dense because it still feels like there’s so much space to them. There’s so many moments where everything seems still for a while, then several sounds crash through at once, and it rapidly switches between being ecstatic, silly, frightening, regal, and somewhat melancholy. “Mas Que Fin” basically sounds like someone circuit bent or hacked into an episode of Teletubbies. The brief final track “Talk” seems to mangle, stretch, and condense an epic string crescendo into a minute and a half, leaving out any anticipation-building tension and just delivering a grating rush, then slapping it down and ending suddenly as if nothing happened. Gasp is such a perfect title for an album so breathtaking, yet also concise.

Ray Kandinski & Karl Lumont: Project Chicago EP 12″ (complet., 2018)

March 10, 2018 at 4:27 pm | Posted in Reviews | Leave a comment

Ray Kandinski & Karl Lumont: Project Chicago EP

The title and Kandinski’s past releases on labels like E-Beamz make this appear to be house, but it’s actually lush, atmospheric jungle filled with birdsong and vintage reggae samples, like the familiar Mikey Dread drop that appears throughout “Make Me Feel So Good”. “Project Chicago” has choppier beats, getting busier but not more aggressive. “Feel It” is more goodtime vibesy with splashing Amens, and “Heal Yourself” is a bit more lo-fi, and with more twisted breaks and spiraling synth pads. There’s also more of a bassline to this track than the others. Next time you’re playing a rave at a botanical garden or conservatory, drop something from this record.

Show #434 – 3/10/18

March 10, 2018 at 11:48 am | Posted in The Answer Is In The Beat | Leave a comment

No archive again. Also, no show next week because I’ll be overseas for Bangface!
2:00 am Hieroglyphic Being ~ “The Red Notes (Original)” ~ The Red Notes (new) ~ Soul Jazz Records ~ 2018
2:13 am John Tejada ~ “Heal” ~ Dead Start Program (new) ~ Kompakt ~ 2018
2:19 am George FitzGerald + Tracey Thorn ~ “Half-Light (Night Version)” ~ All That Must Be (new) ~ Double Six ~ 2018
2:21 am Tracey Thorn ~ “Guitar” ~ Record (new) ~ Merge ~ 2018
2:24 am Hollie Cook ~ “Together” ~ Vessel of Love (new) ~ Merge ~ 2018
2:28 am Nídia ~ “Dedo” ~ Nídia É Má, Nídia É Fudida ~ Príncipe ~ 2017
2:33 am Jules ~ “Stories of Long Journeys in Indochina” ~ Adventures & Explorations (Volume 1) (new) ~ Audiobulb ~ 2018
2:41 am Grouper ~ “Parking Lot” ~ Grid of Points (new) ~ Kranky ~ 2018
2:44 am Ilyas Ahmed ~ “Zero For Below” ~ Closer to Stranger (new) ~ MIE Music ~ 2018
2:48 am Pursuit Grooves ~ “Shot Caller” ~ Felt Armour (new) ~ What Rules ~ 2018
2:52 am The Third Eye Foundation ~ “The Blasted Tower” ~ Wake the Dead (new) ~ Ici d’Ailleurs ~ 2018
2:59 am The Third Eye Foundation ~ “Sound of Violence” ~ Sound of Violence ~ Merge/Domino ~ 1997
3:06 am Operant ~ “Dead Realities VIII” ~ Harnessed to Flesh (new) ~ Instruments of Discipline ~ 2018
3:13 am Fire-Toolz ~ “Passageways to Meeting Areas” ~ Interbeing (new) ~ Bedlam Tapes ~ 2017
3:17 am Alex Augier ~ “The rK Strategies (Roly Porter Remix)” ~ Germination (new) ~ D’Autres Cordes ~ 2018
3:24 am Richard Thomas ~ “An Itch You Can’t Fucking Scratch” ~ Further Mutations: Lo Recordings Volume 4 ~ Lo Recordings ~ 1997
3:26 am Thugwidow ~ “Elara” ~ Moons of Jupiter (new) ~ BLCR Laboratories ~ 2018
3:31 am Special Request ~ “Replicant (Nexus 7 VIP)” ~ Belief System (new) ~ Houndstooth ~ 2017
3:37 am Astrosuka ~ “Туман” ~ mp3 (new) ~ TRRUENO ~ 2018
3:40 am Visionist ~ “Value” ~ Value ~ Big Dada ~ 2017
3:44 am East Man ~ “And What? (Blood Klaat Version)” ~ Red, White & Zero (new) ~ Planet Mu ~ 2018
3:48 am Tal National ~ “Belles Reines” ~ Tantabara (new) ~ Fatcat Records ~ 2018
3:53 am Dur Dur Band feat. Sahra Dawo ~ “Gorof (Elixir)” ~ Sweet As Broken Dates: Lost Somali Tapes From the Horn of Africa ~ Ostinato Records
4:00 am Daniel Avery ~ “Slow Fade (Actress remix)” ~ Slow Fade Remixes (new) ~ Phantasy Sound ~ 2018
4:04 am Antemeridian ~ “Tuesday AM” ~ Ante Meridiem EP (new) ~ The Bunker New York ~ 2018
4:12 am Solitary Dancer ~ “Birth of Saturn” ~ Roman Flügel: Fabric 95 ~ Fabric ~ 2017
4:16 am Arandel ~ “Locus II” ~ Turbatrix (new) ~ Computer Club ~ 2018
4:22 am Beneath ~ “Special Offer” ~ 12″ (new) ~ Mistry ~ 2018
4:29 am The Nightcrawlers ~ “Baba Yaga’s Flight” ~ The Biophonic Boombox Recordings ~ Anthology Recordings ~ 1982
4:37 am Christina Vantzou ~ “Some Limited And Waning Memory” ~ No. 4 (new) ~ Kranky ~ 2018
4:42 am Dedekind Cut ~ “Tahoe” ~ Tahoe (new) ~ Kranky ~ 2018
4:46 am Art Zoyd ~ “Tone Reverse” ~ 44 1/2: Live and Unreleased Works ~ Cuneiform ~ 2000
4:51 am DJ Taye feat. DJ Paypal ~ “Bonfire” ~ Still Trippin’ (new) ~ Hyperdub ~ 2018
4:53 am Oneida ~ “Reputation” ~ Romance (new) ~ Joyful Noise ~ 2018
4:57 am Bichkraft ~ “Ashley” ~ 800 (new) ~ Wharf Cat Records ~ 2018
5:01 am B. Fleischmann ~ “Stop Making Fans” ~ Stop Making Fans (new) ~ Morr Music ~ 2018
5:07 am Anna Burch (local) ~ “With You Every Day” ~ Quit the Curse (new) ~ Polyvinyl ~ 2018
5:11 am Desire ~ “Under Your Spell” ~ II ~ Italians Do It Better ~ 2009
5:16 am Dream System 8 ~ “Shine a Little Light” ~ We Sleep Again (new) ~ Minty Fresh ~ 2018
5:20 am Chromatics ~ “Lady Night Drive” ~ Cherry ~ Italians Do It Better ~ 2016
5:26 am Belle & Sebastian ~ “The Girl Doesn’t Get It” ~ How to Solve Our Human Problems (new) ~ Matador ~ 2017
5:32 am The Electric Nature ~ “The Walker Between Worlds” ~ Shadow Selves Meet in the Light (new) ~ Tape Drift Records ~ 2017
5:37 am Stef Chura (local) ~ “Degrees” ~ 7″ (new) ~ Saddle Creek ~ 2018
5:42 am Dabrye (local) ~ “Vert-Horiz” ~ Three/Three (new) ~ Ghostly International ~ 2018
5:44 am Cut Chemist ~ “Madman” ~ Die Cut (new) ~ A Stable Sound ~ 2018
5:48 am Kalashnikov ~ “Digital” ~ Interferencias Vol. 1 – Spanish Synth Wave 1980-1989 ~ Munster Records ~ 1987
5:52 am The Tear Garden ~ “Forbidden Zone” ~ Eye Spy Volume 2 (new) ~ Metropolis/Subconscious Communications ~ 2017
5:56 am Tatira ~ “Tunnels” ~ The Light Will Disappear (new) ~ Inam Records ~ 2018

Lead: s/t LP (Radical Documents, 2017)

March 4, 2018 at 3:23 pm | Posted in Reviews | Leave a comment

Lead: s/t LP

Minimal name, minimal artwork, and two sidelong, untitled tracks. This album isn’t overwhelming, and it was created with just a few small instruments in an office building, but even though it sounds sparse and airy, the duo get locked into some entrancing patterns and it catches your attention. The first part of side A sounds like a musical recreation of water dripping into a pail as well as a faintly but deeply hissing radiator. Then the second part has minimalist keyboards which seem to get out of sync. Trying to follow where it’s going ends up tricking your mind a bit, even though it doesn’t seem like all that much is happening, and it’s so quiet you have to turn it up and really concentrate. After a period of puttering drum machines, dubbed-out connection noises, and rhythmic scraping, Amy Howden-Chapman’s vocals, alternating between higher fluttering and lower, lonelier reflections, float over a limited but expressive array of synth beams. The side ends with a percussive bit which oddly sounds like an electronic horseback ride. While the first side seems like a suite of several short tracks, the second side is one continuous piece. It begins with slowly dripping keyboard tones and gentle waves, and there’s some low humming which nevertheless seems to cut through the sounds a little bit. A light, metallic clicking develops, and eventually the vocals go into a higher register. For some reason, this is categorized as noise on Discogs, but it’s almost the inverse of a noise record. It seems simple and basic, maybe even “lowercase”, and it captures the essence of a small, intimate space rather than loudly projecting outwards in attempt to repel or express disgust or anger.

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