Sudan Archives @ Deluxx Fluxx, 3/5/20

March 21, 2020 at 1:22 pm | Posted in Photos | Leave a comment

So WCBN is suspending live broadcasts for the time being, and I’m working from home for now. Not a whole lot to do other than stay at home and read and listen to music. In the meantime, here’s photos from the Sudan Archives show at Deluxx Fluxx in Detroit earlier this month!

Om Unit: Submerged 12″ EP (Submerged, 2020)

March 15, 2020 at 10:59 am | Posted in Reviews | Leave a comment

Om Unit: Submerged 12″ EP

Om Unit continues to expand and refine his singular fusion of multiple genres on this latest EP. Atmospheric jungle breaks, insistent footwork bass, and dub fx are all perfectly tuned into each other, building up tension and pressure which is sustained throughout these 6 tracks. “Runes” is some seriously futuristic mystical dub, while “Patterning” and “Long Summer” have tighter, more complex rhythms, reminiscent of mid-’90s intelligent jungle but with a tiny bit of a half-time bounce in them. The stormier “Peninsula” tips closer to darkness, but there’s enough light surging through that the music remains positively uplifting. Fantastic work, as always.

Craven Faults: Erratics & Unconformities (Leaf, 2020)

March 8, 2020 at 4:11 pm | Posted in Reviews | Leave a comment

Craven Faults: Erratics & Unconformities

Described on Bandcamp as “Half-remembered journeys across post-industrial Yorkshire”, Craven Faults follows several EPs with a sprawling LP containing 6 lengthy tracks approximating countryside train rides. There’s rising synth arpeggios and steady beats, but the beats aren’t heavy or fast enough to dance to, and on tracks like “Deipkier”, they don’t quite land where you think they would. They do move everything forward one step at a time, and the synths slowly progress through different stages and sequences. The tracks don’t feel as long as the track times read, however, since this really does feel like being transported somewhere. You press play and let the music guide you, and the minutes just fly by. The music is remarkably free of tension or suspense, or if there is any, it’s more subtle and not overbearing. It’s like an endless horizon, but it does move, and you do end up somewhere else.

Jade Helm: Days Gone 7″ (Gilgongo, 2020)

March 8, 2020 at 12:47 pm | Posted in Reviews | Leave a comment

Jade Helm: Days Gone 7″

Magnificent post-punk from a band fronted by Phoenix-based guitarist/vocalist Jackie Cruz. The A-side is dark and driving like Joy Division, but the vocals switch from reserved murmuring to brash riot grrrl shouting from line to line. Really refreshing, energetic, and powerful, a blast of both gloom and sunshine, and it curiously ends with a brief sample of almost carousel-like music, from what I imagine is a faded old record found in a thrift store somewhere. B-side “I’ll Decide” is another ecstatically charged post-punk delight, much in the same vein. It’s worth mentioning that this record is currently available as a pre-order, and all proceeds will directly benefit Cruz, who is fighting cancer.

Moth Cock: Mystics and Statistics tape (Unifactor Tapes, 2020)

March 7, 2020 at 6:40 pm | Posted in Reviews | 1 Comment

Moth Cock: Mystics and Statistics tape

The newest Moth Cock tape is something different than the usual hijinks we’re used to from the freewheeling duo. Instead, each side is one extended drone, with waves of reeds carried and shaped by effects. “Mystics” is a lonely wind tunnel drone with some frigid, harsh bleating at one point. “Statistics” is filled with electronic chirps, and a bit more melodic playing, and it’s also a lot trippier than the first side. This is a lot darker and more isolated than what these guys usually do, it feels like a look into a side of them that they rarely ever reveal, and it’s just as fascinating.

Show #538 – 3/7/20

March 7, 2020 at 12:48 pm | Posted in The Answer Is In The Beat | Leave a comment

Mic break music = Bibio: Phantom Brickworks
2:02 am Jan St. Werner with Mark E. Smith ~ Molocular Meditation ~ Molocular Meditation (new) ~ Editions Mego ~ 2020
2:21 am Sissy Spacek ~ Garbage Matte ~ Blear ~ Gilgongo ~ 2019
2:39 am Sissy Spacek ~ entire LP ~ Freaked With Jet ~ Gilgongo ~ 2008
2:53 am John Wiese ~ Scorpion Immobilization Sleeve ~ Seven of Wands ~ Gilgongo ~ 2010
3:06 am John Collins McCormick ~ How To Consider It Done ~ Ad For Nails (new) ~ Gilgongo ~ 2019
3:27 am Filthy Grin ~ Saturn in the Mirror ~ Saturn in the Mirror ~ Gilgongo ~ 2018
3:39 am Leandro Fresco and Rafael Anton Irisarri ~ Elevado Como Barrilete ~ Una Presencia En La Brisa (new) ~ A Strangely Isolated Place ~ 2020
3:44 am Jordan Reyes ~ Playing at the Pool ~ Fairchild Soundtrack + Border Land (new) ~ Whited Sepulchre ~ 2020
3:48 am Euglossine ~ Dryocampa Messenger Service ~ Psaronius (new) ~ Orange Milk ~ 2020
3:52 am Jacoti Sommes ~ Subblue ~ Travel Time (new) ~ Orange Milk ~ 2020
3:56 am Rejoicer ~ Pre-Memory Circle ~ Spiritual Sleaze (new) ~ Stones Throw ~ 2020
4:01 am Kleerup ~ TRU ~ 2 (new) ~ U OK? ~ 2020
4:05 am Davey Harms ~ Position True ~ World War (new) ~ Hausu Mountain ~ 2020
4:10 am Tobias. ~ 1972 ~ 1972 (new) ~ Ostgut Ton ~ 2020
4:19 am JB³ [Joey Beltram] ~ Loose Kick ~ Close Grind ~ NovaMute ~ 1996
4:24 am Multiplex ~ The Cool Rule Natural ~ Born Techno 7 ~ Nova Zembla ~ 1997
4:38 am Klute ~ Take A Breath (Klute remix) ~ Take A Breath (Klute remix) ~ Commercial Suicide ~ 2019
4:43 am Current Value ~ Megacity ~ SENEX LP (new) ~ MethLab Recordings ~ 2019
4:48 am Morgantics ~ Sake Dreams ~ mp3 ~ Soundcloud ~ 2018
4:52 am Machine Girl ~ Splatter! ~ U-Void Synthesizer (new) ~ Bandcamp ~ 2020
4:55 am Giant Swan ~ 55 Year Old Daughter ~ Giant Swan (new) ~ Keck ~ 2019
4:58 am Shearing Pinx ~ Cursed Heart Matter ~ Poison Hands ~ Gilgongo ~ 2006
5:00 am Soft Shoulder ~ Wellness Line (Move a New Way) ~ Aerosol Can Stand 7″ (new) ~ Gilgongo ~ 2020
5:05 am Jade Helm ~ Days Gone ~ 7″ (new) ~ Gilgongo ~ 2020
5:08 am Cold Beat ~ Gloves ~ Mother (new) ~ DFA ~ 2020
5:11 am Carla dal Forno ~ Don’t Follow Me ~ Look up Sharp (new) ~ Kallista ~ 2019
5:16 am Black Tape for a Blue Girl ~ The Sound of Waves ~ Ashes in the Brittle Air (reissue) ~ Projekt ~ 1989
5:20 am Lisa Gerrard & Pieter Bourke ~ Shadow Magnet ~ Duality ~ 4AD ~ 1998
5:38 am Daniel Davies ~ One Hundred Years ~ Signals (new) ~ Sacred Bones ~ 2020
5:44 am Tycho ~ Cypress ~ Simulcast (new) ~ Mom + Pop/Ninja Tune ~ 2020
5:50 am Nodern ~ Pauset ~ Personal Settings 2 ~ Quatermass ~ 2002
5:55 am System Error ~ Scan Queue Overflow ~ Nothing ~ Headphone ~ 1997

John Collins McCormick: Ad for Nails LP (Gilgongo, 2019)

March 6, 2020 at 7:02 pm | Posted in Reviews | Leave a comment

John Collins McCormick: Ad for Nails

The artist once known as Sky Thing presents two sidelong compositions consisting of found sounds and music performed using non-musical objects. I’ve seen him perform twice, and the first time it was during an outdoor event, and he was so quiet and so far away from me that I didn’t even know he was playing until after the performance had ended. The other time it felt like more of a live sculpture or art-making session than a concert, the audio definitely seemed secondary. This album begins with a chaotic, blown-out drum solo, then there’s a long stretch where it sounds like motors running or oscillators humming. It’s hard to tell if these are just normal items he’s found that he’s operating, or special machines or devices that he’s built or re-assembled, and listening to it makes you question what difference it makes if it was either, because it’s the sound itself that matters. And eventually some more free jazz-like drumming re-emerges, and some thin but persistent electronic tones seep through. It gets near silent for a moment before more fractured drumming occurs, and there’s a low rumbling behind it. Then there’s some low reed hissing and fluttering, even sounding like a didgeridoo at one point. The second side seems a bit more scattered, with sounds that may be clanking keys and failing car motors, lots of conversational recordings, and also a few unpredictable bursts of some basement noise eruptions. More so than the first side, this one sounds like different perspectives of environments crashing into each other, reflecting several ways in which we hear sound and perceive our surroundings.

Leandro Fresco & Rafael Anton Irisarri: Una Presencia En La Brisa (A Strangely Isolated Place, 2020)

March 1, 2020 at 2:22 pm | Posted in Reviews | Leave a comment

Leandro Fresco & Rafael Anton Irisarri: Una Presencia En La Brisa

Absolutely lovely, billowing ambience from two longtime masters of the genre. Super rich and expressive. It washes over you but at the same time it holds you captivated and you get lost inside of it. At certain points there’s windy guitar drone, or there’s lurching pulsations, but it all feels equally soothing and melancholy, and it’s all incredible.

Jacoti Sommes: Travel Time tape (Orange Milk, 2020)

March 1, 2020 at 1:51 pm | Posted in Reviews | Leave a comment

Jacoti Sommes: Travel Time tape

Somehow managing to be funk, ambient, and IDM at the same time, Jacoti Sommes’ first Orange Milk tape is smooth and relaxed but filled with complex, imaginative rhythms. “Subblue” encapsulates this fusion of brainy electro-funk with soothing pads washing through it all. “Pulse Start” is a more straightforward crowd-mover, then “Push On” is where you realize this is actually a journey through the cosmos. This is one classy rocket ship though, and even while we’re shooting through the galaxy, there’s such a laid back party atmosphere that nothing feels out of the ordinary, it feels just like celebrating at a friend’s house. “Everything Is Fine” ups the good-time factor with some disco strings and pianos, and “I Got Your Back” is just a friendly and reassuring as it sounds. Really positive, uplifting, and just naturally different.

Christopher Icasiano: Provinces (Origin Records, 2020)

February 29, 2020 at 7:06 pm | Posted in Reviews | Leave a comment

Christopher Icasiano: Provinces

The first solo album from Christopher Icasiano (of Seattle-based jazz group Bad Luck) contains two continuous suites (“Provinces” and “Taho”) related to the complexity of cultural identity as a second generation Filipino-American. The album consists entirely of complex, sometimes frenzied drumming mixed with ambient synths as well as some field recordings from the Philippines. On the first track, which goes for ten minutes, he keeps up a rapid beat which almost sounds like grindcore drumming but isolated from the smothering guitar riffs, but then he twists it into some mind-bending phasing patterns. Then the second track begins with a breakdown, after which the drumming returns, more splintered and broken, and the synths rise up into some triumphant melodies. by the fourth track, drums have been replaced by icy drum machines and the synths are like a gust of frozen wind. Finally, a wistful late-night melody emerges, and then in the last movement the drums return as an explosion of color and feeling. “Taho” begins with some more brain-scrambling rhythmic patterns, but then the second movement is more of a study of experimental drumming techniques, some very outside-the-box stuff. The final movement is where an abstract melody whisks back in, along with more partly electronic drumming. Really creative stuff.

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