Hy Maya: The Mysticism of Sound & Cosmic Language (Smog Veil, 2017)

November 19, 2017 at 4:17 pm | Posted in Reviews | Leave a comment

Hy Maya: The Mysticism of Sound & Cosmic Language

Hy Maya was a collective founded by Robert Bensick which included musicians who would later form Pere Ubu. This is a collection of previously unreleased recordings from 1972-3, and it doesn’t seem like an exaggeration to refer to them as Cleveland’s equivalent of Destroy All Monsters. Some of it, particularly “Dance of the Electromagnetic ZZZ (A Space Event In Time)”, is even alien enough to draw comparisons to early Throbbing Gristle (but not quite as abrasive), and there’s even some jazzier excursions in the orbit of Sun Ra, such as “The Fabric of Time & Space”. There’s some heavy, driving rock moments which could be likened to Krautrock, like “General Relativity is Relative”, and there’s also a brief lullaby with rushing water sounds (“Albert’s Lullaby”). A few pieces near the end of the first disc, as well as “A Quantum Mechanic Mambo (Bigfoot)” on the second, are lonely, flute-heavy excursions. “Just One Day (The Illision of Time)” is more of a gentle free-folk song. The sound quality is understandably rough and muddy, but these recordings are a rare glimpse into a previously untouched chapter of avant-rock history.

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Show #418 – 11/18/17

November 19, 2017 at 4:10 pm | Posted in The Answer Is In The Beat | Leave a comment

Hour 1
2:02 am Four Tet ~ “LA Trance” ~ New Energy (new) ~ Text Records ~ 2017
2:07 am Giraffage ~ “Earth” ~ Too Real (new) ~ Counter ~ 2017
2:10 am John Maus ~ “Find Out” ~ Screen Memories (new) ~ Ribbon Music ~ 2017
2:13 am CCFX ~ “2Tru” ~ CCFX (new) ~ DFA ~ 2017
2:17 am Escape-ism ~ “Almost No One (Can Have My Love)” ~ Introduction to Escape-Ism (new) ~ Merge ~ 2017
2:20 am Colleen ~ “Summer Night (Bat Song)” ~ A Flame My Love, A Frequency (new) ~ Thrill Jockey ~ 2017
2:25 am Kaitlyn Aurelia Smith ~ “I Am Curious, I Care” ~ The Kid (new) ~ Western Vinyl ~ 2017
2:30 am Bibio ~ “Phantom Brickworks III” ~ Phantom Brickworks (new) ~ Warp ~ 2017
2:38 am Bitchin Bajas ~ “Circles on Circles” ~ Bajas Fresh (new) ~ Drag City ~ 2017
2:47 am HOLOVR ~ “Hillraiser” ~ Likemind 05 (new) ~ Likemind ~ 2017
2:55 am STL ~ “Smooth Selector” ~ Nonzero Sonics (new) ~ Dark Matters ~ 2017
Hour 2
3:05 am Sentient Bleux (local) ~ “Act I” ~ An Expression of Extreme Disgust for White Nationalism: A Three Act Musical (new) ~ Bandcamp ~ 2017
3:12 am Throbbing Gristle ~ “National Affront” ~ The Second Annual Report of Throbbing Gristle (reissue) ~ Industrial Records ~ 1977
3:15 am Throbbing Gristle ~ “Convincing People (live)” ~ 20 Jazz Funk Greats (reissue) ~ Industrial Records ~ 1979
3:22 am Throbbing Gristle ~ “Something Came Over Me” ~ The Taste of TG ~ Mute ~ 1980
3:25 am Coil ~ “Baby Food” ~ Another Brown World/Baby Food ~ Sub Rosa ~ 1989
3:38 am Godflesh ~ “Mirror of Finite Light” ~ Post Self (new) ~ Avalanche ~ 2017
3:43 am The Body & Full Of Hell “Master’s Story” ~ Ascending a Mountain of Heavy Light (new) ~ Thrill Jockey ~ 2017
3:48 am The End “I See the Light” ~ Tears In My Eyes (1983-1985) ~ Spittle Records ~ 1984
3:50 am Hy Maya ~ “Dance of the Electromagnetic ZZZ (A Space Event in Time)” ~ The Mysticism of Sound & Cosmic Language ~ Smog Veil ~ 1972
Hour 3
4:00 am Tiger Village ~ “Pressure of Speech” ~ Tiger Village VI: Effective Living ~ Hausu Mountain ~ 2016
4:02 am Technicolor Yawn ~ “Kaleidoscopic Surface” ~ Format C:/U {Enter} ~ Cluster-Flux ~ 2005
4:17 am Ben Frost ~ “Minesweeper II” ~ Super Dark Times (new) ~ The Orchard ~ 2017
4:20 am Ben Frost ~ “Sola Fide” ~ A U R O R A ~ Bedroom Community/Mute ~ 2014
4:27 am Exoteric Continent ~ “Posicions” ~ Referèndum ~ Hospital Productions ~ 2014
4:32 am MrDougDoug ~ “side A” ~ SOS Forks AI REM ~ Hausu Mountain ~ 2016
4:43 am Smersh ~ “Sideways (JTC Remix)” ~ Sideways (new) ~ Dark Entries ~ 2017
4:49 am Patrick Cowley ~ “Surfside Sex” ~ Afternooners ~ Dark Entries ~ 1982
4:55 am Tony Carey ~ “Tojo” ~ Yellow Power ~ Medical Records ~ 1982
Hour 4
5:01 am Heatsick ~ “Tertiary” ~ Intersex ~ Pan ~ 2011
5:09 am Afterhours ~ “Night and Day” ~ Lowlife ~ Not Not Fun ~ 2014
5:13 am Grails ~ “Corridors of Power” ~ Deep Politics ~ Temporary Residence Ltd. ~ 2011
5:17 am Lightning Bolt ~ “The Metal East” ~ Start Your Own Fucking Show Space ~ Famous Class ~ 2014
5:21 am Sonicdriver ~ “In the Name of God” ~ Lethal Breaks ~ Dwarf Records ~ 1994
5:25 am Aquarelle ~ “A Flare” ~ August Undone ~ Students of Decay ~ 2013
5:31 am Steve Roden ~ “For You the Sunrise” ~ A Thousand Breathing Forms ~ Sonoris ~ 2008
5:49 am Soporus ~ “Ahmadi-Roshan” ~ Windscale Pile No. 1 (new) ~ Burnt Toast Vinyl ~ 2017
5:56 am Sharon Jones & the Dap-Kings ~ “These Tears (No Longer For You)” ~ Soul of a Woman (new) ~ Daptone ~ 2017

Crush Collision 11/16/17

November 17, 2017 at 3:56 pm | Posted in Crush Collision | Leave a comment

I bought a new laptop because my old one just can’t handle mixing anymore. This one has lots of clicks and pops whenever I try to mix, though, so I’m trying to get in touch with Serato’s support in order to see if I can fix it. If not I’ll just have to return the laptop and get a better one. Despite the slight glitching, this mix seemed pretty ok, especially after it unexpectedly bumped up to a higher energy level, so I’m posting it.
Hour 1
10:01 pm Virginia ~ “Blue Pyramid (Khidja Remix)”
10:09 pm Achim Maerz ~ “Experiment IX”
10:12 pm Seth Schwarz & Westerby ~ “Zodiac”
10:17 pm S U R V I V E ~ “Wardenclyffe (Sam Haar Remix)”
10:24 pm Avalon Emerson ~ “One More Fluorescent Rush”
10:30 pm Jeals ~ “Flexx”
10:35 pm Affinity Projects ~ “It’s All Around You”
10:40 pm Shake ~ “My Computer Is An Optimist”
10:44 pm Addison Groove ~ “BassWarz”
10:47 pm Back For Good ~ “Running Out Of Planet (DJ Overdose Remix)”
10:52 pm M.E.S.H. ~ “Coercer”
10:57 pm Zuli ~ “Commproto”
Hour 2
11:00 pm Osheyack (feat. Milky He and Jordan Tierney) ~ “Pyre”
11:04 pm Dave Angel ~ “Rotation”
11:10 pm Deniro ~ “Don Dino”
11:15 pm Special Request ~ “Curtain Twitcher”
11:19 pm Benjamin Damage ~ “Montreal”
11:24 pm Project Pablo ~ “You Know”
11:31 pm Terrance ~ “N.A.G.”
11:35 pm DJ Bwin ~ “Afterlife”
11:39 pm Jonny Oso ~ “4 Those End Time Kids”
11:43 pm Pablo Mateo ~ “Fazing Trees (John Osborn Mix)”
11:47 pm John Heckle ~ “Changes”
11:54 pm Ben Long ~ “Fading (Jamie Bissmire & Ben Long Remix)”

Local Music Show 11/15/17

November 16, 2017 at 1:01 pm | Posted in Local Music Show | Leave a comment

This show was a preview for the Mini Moog Fest (Facebook event page) happening at the main downtown branch of the Ann Arbor District Library this Saturday afternoon! Mariah Cherem stopped by to talk about it, and Utica (with a cameo appearance from Fred Thomas) performed live in the studio!
Hour 1
9:00 pm Shigeto (local) ~ “Ice Breaker” ~ The New Monday (new) ~ Ghostly International ~ 2017
9:07 pm Matthew Dear (local) ~ “Laguna Madre” ~ EP1 ~ Spectral Sound ~ 2003
9:15 pm Charles Manier (local) ~ “At the Bottle” ~ Disco Nouveau Addendum ~ Ghostly International ~ 2002
9:18 pm Charles Trees (local) ~ “Matern” ~ EP (new) ~ Vanity Press Records ~ 2017
9:32 pm Ali King (local) ~ “Nebula” ~ EP (new) ~ Vanity Press Records ~ 2017
9:40 pm Utica (local) ~ “LIVE IN STUDIO!!!” ~ Local Music Show (new) ~ WCBN ~ 2017
Hour 2
10:00pm Utica live performance (continued)
10:25 pm Spencer & Saginaw (local) ~ “Real Talk (Instrmntl Mix)” ~ 12″ (new) ~ Portage Garage Sounds ~ 2017
10:31 pm Black Noi$e (local) ~ “232” ~ Time Crisis (new) ~ Portage Garage Sounds ~ 2017
10:37 pm Dabrye (local) ~ “Making It Pay” ~ Payback 12″ ~ Ghostly International ~ 2003
10:40 pm Dabrye (local) ~ “Hyped-Up Plus Tax (Outputmessage Remix)” ~ Payback 12″ ~ Ghostly International ~ 2003
10:44 pm Ectomorph (local) ~ “Subversion (or maybe Subversion Dub)” ~ Destroy Your Powercenters ~ Interdimensional Transmissions ~ 1999
10:47 pm NOMO (local) ~ “Nu Tones (Matthew Dear Remix)” ~ 12″ ~ Ubiquity ~ 2006

Show #417 – 11/11/17

November 11, 2017 at 2:13 pm | Posted in The Answer Is In The Beat | Leave a comment

Hour 1
2:00 am Esmerine ~ “La Lucha Es Una Sola” ~ Mechanics of Dominion (new) ~ Constellation Records ~ 2017
2:09 am Ian William Craig ~ “The Nearness” ~ Durbē (new) ~ Recital ~ 2017
2:30 am Kevin Drumm ~ “Waterbed Music Part 1” ~ Elapsed Time ~ Sonoris ~ 2015
2:40 am Suzi Analogue ~ “End of Forever” ~ single (new) ~ Bandcamp ~ 2017
2:43 am Fis ~ “Speech Spirits” ~ Speech Spirits ~ Loopy ~ 2014
2:48 am World War ~ “No Time 4 Terror” ~ Soundsystem (new) ~ Hausu Mountain ~ 2017
2:52 am Dawn People ~ “Get Life” ~ The Star Is Your Future (new) ~ DFA ~ 2017
2:57 am Don Gero ~ “Rock I” ~ Wizarding (new) ~ Crash Symbols ~ 2017
Hour 2
3:01 am The Body & Full Of Hell ~ “Farewell, Man” ~ Ascending a Mountain of Heavy Light (new) ~ Thrill Jockey ~ 2017
3:05 am Saicobab ~ “Bx Ax Bx” ~ Sab Se Purani Bab (new) ~ Thrill Jockey ~ 2017
3:12 am Palberta ~ “Pharmacy” ~ Chips for Dinner ~ Wharf Cat ~ 2015
3:13 am Ghost Train Orchestra ~ “Hare and the Hounds” ~ Book of Rhapsodies Vol. II (new) ~ Accurate ~ 2017
3:16 am Ground-Zero ~ “Washington Post March + Japan Dissolution” ~ Plays Standards ~ Disk Union ~ 1997
3:19 am Duds ~ “The Nose” ~ Of a Nature or a Degree (new) ~ Castleface ~ 2017
3:20 am Escape-Ism ~ “Lonely at the Top” ~ Introduction to Escape-Ism (new) ~ Merge ~ 2017
3:24 am Solitary Dancer feat. Marie Davidson ~ “Emails 2 Myself” ~ Dualism ~ Dark Entries ~ 2017
3:29 am Essaie Pas ~ “Futur parlé” ~ single (new) ~ DFA ~ 2017
3:35 am CCFX ~ “Ode” ~ CCFX (new) ~ DFA ~ 2017
3:38 am Abra ~ “Feel” ~ Rose (2LP reissue) ~ Awful Records/Ninja Tune ~ 2015
3:42 am Giraffage feat. Japanese Breakfast ~ “Maybes” ~ Too Real (new) ~ Counter ~ 2017
3:47 am Mux Mool ~ “Starfighter Courage” ~ Implied Lines (new) ~ Young Heavy Souls ~ 2017
3:51 am Jonti feat. Sampa the Great ~ “Island Rose” ~ Tokorats (new) ~ Stones Throw ~ 2017
3:55 am Blockhead ~ “Escape From NY” ~ Funeral Balloons (new) ~ Backwoodz Studioz ~ 2017
Hour 3
4:00 am Mukqs ~ “Bell Tree” ~ Walkthrough ~ Hausu Mountain ~ 2016
4:04 am Burial ~ “Pre Dawn” ~ 12″ (new) ~ Nonplus ~ 2017
4:12 am Caracoa ~ “A Warning Ignored” ~ End of Kings (new) ~ Inam Records ~ 2017
4:14 am Snakepiss (local) ~ “Feng From Tekken 5” ~ Immortal Flight (new) ~ HVRF Central Command ~ 2017
4:21 am Lewis James ~ “Ferro” ~ Shapeshifter EP (new) ~ Astrophonica ~ 2017
4:27 am Earthly ~ “Thank You” ~ Heart (new) ~ Noumenal Loom ~ 2017
4:30 am Aris Kindt ~ “New Gods of Prudence” ~ Swann And Odette (new) ~ Kingdoms ~ 2017
4:35 am Sharon Jones & the Dap-Kings ~ “Searching for a New Day” ~ Soul of a Woman (new) ~ Daptone ~ 2017
4:39 am Leila Gobi ~ “Wai Hidjou” ~ 2017 (new) ~ Clermont Music ~ 2017
4:43 am African Head Charge ~ “Stebeni’s Theme” ~ My Life in a Hole in the Ground ~ On-U Sound ~ 1981
4:47 am Wild Belle ~ “Paralyzed” ~ single (new) ~ self-released ~ 2017
4:50 am L’Rain ~ “Stay, Go (Go, Stay)” ~ L’Rain (new) ~ Astro Nautico ~ 2017
4:55 am Carla dal Forno ~ “Clusters” ~ The Garden (new) ~ Blackest Ever Black ~ 2017
Hour 4
4:59 am Sumerian Fleet ~ “Thorazine” ~ Pendulum (new) ~ Dark Entries ~ 2017
5:04 am Ballerine Nadiya ~ “Hellen Keller” ~ Ballerine Nadiya ~ Bandcamp ~ 2010
5:07 am Ballerine Nadiya ~ “Hevy” ~ Elsewhere There Were Pumpkins and Bananas ~ Bandcamp ~ 2016
5:09 am Ike Yard feat. Tropic of Cancer ~ “Tear Drop” ~ Sacred Machine (new) ~ Noiztank ~ 2017
5:14 am Kaitlyn Aurelia Smith ~ “I Will Make Room for You (Four Tet Remix)” ~ mp3 (new) ~ Western Vinyl ~ 2017
5:22 am Lindstrøm feat. Jenny Hval ~ “Bungl (Like a Ghost)” ~ It’s Alright Between Us As It Is (new) ~ Smalltown Supersound ~ 2017
5:29 am Factory Floor ~ “Ya (Klara Lewis Remix)” ~ 2525+5 EP (new) ~ DFA ~ 2017
5:39 am Ursula Bogner ~ “Atmosphärische Energie” ~ Winkel Pong (new) ~ Faitiche ~ 2017
5:42 am Gregg Kowalsky ~ “Pattern Haze” ~ L’Orange, L’Orange (new) ~ Mexican Summer ~ 2017
5:50 am Emra Grid ~ “Trace It Back” ~ Shay’s Vacation House (new) ~ Opal Tapes ~ 2017
5:55 am Scanner ~ “Strange Circles” ~ The Great Crater (new) ~ Glacial Movements ~ 2017

Ghost Train Orchestra: Book of Rhapsodies Vol. II (Accurate Records, 2017)

November 10, 2017 at 8:27 pm | Posted in Reviews | Leave a comment

Ghost Train Orchestra: Book of Rhapsodies Vol. II

Ghost Train Orchestra are an incredibly tight, vibrant ensemble who perform obscure compositions from the first half of the 20th century. This album leads off with a Raymond Scott tune, but it sheds more light on lesser-known composer Hal Herzon, in addition to others such as Alec Wilder and Reginald Forsythe. Basically, if you’re a fan of early Raymond Scott, you will thoroughly enjoy this. It’s fun and kind of cartoonish, with lots of unexpected twists and turns and mood changes. “Hare and the Hounds” is incredibly joyous and nutty, with rollicking drums and double bass as well as stunning violin work from Mazz Swift (also of Hear In Now), and also jaw harp! Several of the selections feature a narrator introducing them, giving this a feel of a concert or radio broadcast rather than just an album. Songs like “Deep Forest” and “Walking Home in Spring” are less perky, but still sophisticated and splendid. “Deserted Ballroom” is a spooky little hall of mirrors, with ghostly vocals and perhaps a musical saw, as well as a sort of sleazy guitar-driven section near the end. Most of the songs feature vocals by an adult choir, including a few Orchestra members, but there’s also a Langley Schools-inspired children’s choir on the tune “Kindergarten Flower Pageant”, as well as a solo vocal by Gita Drummond on the self-explanatory “A Little Girl Grows Up”. All of this is an absolute blast to listen to, and should not be missed by fans of strange, obscure delights from the distant past.

Caracoa: End of Kings CDr (Inam Records, 2017)

November 8, 2017 at 11:18 pm | Posted in Reviews | Leave a comment

Caracoa: End of Kings CDr

The third CDr from Caracoa this year consists of three pieces and two longer techno tracks. “Electric Air” opens the album with two minutes of suspended distortion, and then “Time in Reverse” is over 9 minutes of flickering, thumping drone-techno reminiscent of The Field but hazier and more monotonous. It eventually leads to a shimmering end, and then “A Warning Ignored” is a short burst of rhythmic static with a somewhat fearsome ending. This sets the stage for “Last Year on Earth”, the release’s other techno epic, and a piece of chilly ambient techno on par with any of the best work by Gas or The Sight Below. I’m serious, it’s that fucking good. I want it to go on forever. It seems so simple, it’s just a bright drone and a steady 4/4 thump, but there’s still some subtlety to it, like how there’s an off-sync pulse near the end. I can’t get enough of it. If this was released as a limited vinyl 12″ and someone at Resident Advisor found out about it, people would be selling it for hundreds of dollars on Discogs. “End of Kings” concludes the album with another short, regal drone. The release is ominous without being overwhelmingly full of dread. It’s also serene, but not entirely soft and light. It’s not overtly emotional, but it still manages to convey a lot. I think it’s absolutely incredible.

Don Gero: Wizarding tape (Crash Symbols, 2017)

October 28, 2017 at 3:33 pm | Posted in Reviews | Leave a comment

Don Gero: Wizarding tape

Throw your sorcerer’s cap on for this one. This artist constructs heavy, locked-in rhythms encased in some oscillations, which never obscure the power of the drums. It sort of reminds me of a more straightened out Black Pus, and there’s definitely some Boredoms in there too, especially the parts with screaming. The pieces are all named after elements, or implements of destruction or force relating to elements, and they’re all in 3 parts. The “Rock” ones are some of the heaviest ones, of course. Definitely a good companion to the Do Pas O tape on Hausu Mountain from this year.

Show #416 – 10/28/17

October 28, 2017 at 2:47 pm | Posted in The Answer Is In The Beat | Leave a comment

Hour 1
2:02 am Colleen ~ “A Flame My Love, A Frequency” ~ A Flame My Love, A Frequency (new) ~ Thrill Jockey ~ 2017
2:09 am Circuit des Yeux ~ “Black Fly” ~ Reaching for Indigo (new) ~ Drag City ~ 2017
2:16 am Gel Set ~ “Bounce” ~ Body Copy (new) ~ 2MR ~ 2017
2:20 am Kaitlyn Aurelia Smith ~ “I Am Learning” ~ The Kid (new) ~ Western Vinyl ~ 2017
2:23 am NHK yx Koyxen ~ “Notice” ~ Exit Entrance (new) ~ DFA ~ 2017
2:25 am Kelela ~ “Waitin” ~ Take Me Apart (new) ~ Warp ~ 2017
2:30 am Frore & Shane Morris ~ “Changing Seasons” ~ Eclipse (new) ~ Spotted Peccary ~ 2017
2:31 am Headboggle ~ “side B” ~ In Dual Mono ~ Hausu Mountain ~ 2016
2:38 am Brian Eno with Kevin Shields ~ “Only Once Away My Son” ~ mp3 (new) ~ Adult Swim Singles Program ~ 2017
2:46 am Heinali and Matt Finney ~ “Relationship Goals” ~ How We Lived (new) ~ The Flenser ~ 2017
2:54 am Donald Hugh ~ “Drift” ~ Coast (new) ~ Spirit Level ~ 2017
Hour 2
3:00 am John Carpenter ~ “The Fog” ~ Anthology (Movie Themes 1974-1998) (new) ~ Sacred Bones ~ 2017
3:03 am Chris Pottinger (local) ~ “Wilted Tendril” ~ Stagnant Secretion (new) ~ Tasty Soil ~ 2017
3:07 am Black Hat ~ “Northwest Passage” ~ Spectral Disorder ~ Debacle ~ 2012
3:15 am Black Hat ~ “Modulo” ~ mp3 ~ Bandcamp ~ 2013
3:19 am Black Hat ~ “Unfortunate Statement” ~ Impossible World (new) ~ Hausu Mountain ~ 2017
3:27 am Visionist ~ “No Idols” ~ Value (new) ~ Big Dada ~ 2017
3:30 am The Body & Full Of Hell ~ “Our Love Conducted With Shields Aloft” ~ Ascending a Mountain of Heavy Light (new) ~ Thrill Jockey ~ 2017
3:36 am S U R V I V E ~ “Other (JK Flesh Remix)” ~ RR7387 (new) ~ Relapse ~ 2017
3:40 am Gohda ~ “Corrupted Angels (Bulu Remix)” ~ Cybercity EP (new) ~ Bun The Grid ~ 2017
3:45 am The Newcomer ~ “Gold Figure” ~ Earth Motivation (new) ~ Beatrice & Annie ~ 2017
3:49 am Luurel Varas ~ “Fantasia” ~ Leisure Time (new) ~ Crash Symbols ~ 2017
3:52 am Lee Gamble ~ “East Sedducke” ~ Mnestic Pressure (new) ~ Hyperdub ~ 2017
3:55 am Igorrr ~ “Houmous” ~ Savage Sinusoid (new) ~ Metal Blade ~ 2017
Hour 3
3:59 am Tone It Down A Little ~ “side B” ~ Lynx Mom (new) ~ No Sex Just Talk ~ 2017
4:20 am Hypnobeat ~ “Donna’s Gift #2” ~ Prototech ~ Dark Entries ~ 1986
4:25 am Xeno & Oaklander ~ “Moonlight” ~ 7″ (new) ~ Electronic Sound ~ 2017
4:30 am Darshan Ambient ~ “The Lost Hunter” ~ Lingering Day: Anatomy of a Daydream (new) ~ Spotted Peccary ~ 2017
4:37 am Ólafur Arnalds ~ “3326” ~ Eulogy For Evolution ~ Erased Tapes ~ 2007
4:40 am Secret Pyramid ~ “Touch” ~ Two Shadows Collide (new) ~ Ba Da Bing ~ 2017
4:45 am Nick Cave & Warren Ellis ~ “Meth House” ~ Wind River original score (new) ~ Lakeshore ~ 2017
4:47 am Jamie Saft/Steve Swallow/Bobby Previte ~ “The Barrier” ~ Loneliness Road (new) ~ RareNoise ~ 2017
4:53 am Samadha Trio ~ “Amidha” ~ Immediate Action #5 12″ ~ Hefty ~ 2000
4:56 am Burning Ghosts ~ “Gaslight” ~ Reclamation (new) ~ Tzadik ~ 2017
Hour 4
4:59 am Jonas Reinhardt ~ “The Prime Revealer” ~ The Prime Revealer ~ The Great Pop Supplement ~ 2011
5:03 am 1-Speed Bike ~ “side A” ~ El Gallito ~ Broklyn Beats ~ 2003
5:16 am Davey Harms ~ “Trapped In The Grid” ~ Cables ~ Hausu Mountain ~ 2016
5:21 am Ddkern ~ “Cycle” ~ Gern ~ Mego ~ 2002
5:28 am Retina.it ~ “No Escape From Paradise” ~ Immediate Action #4 12″ ~ Hefty ~ 2000
5:35 am Porter Ricks ~ “Sandy Ground” ~ Anguilla Electrica (new) ~ Tresor ~ 2017
5:39 am John Barera & Will Martin ~ “Berlin By DAylight” ~ ProceedTo The Root (new) ~ 2MR ~ 2017
5:45 am Richard H. Kirk ~ “Nuclear Cloud” ~ Dasein (new) ~ Intone ~ 2017
5:53 am Paul Bley ~ “Parks” ~ The Paul Bley Synthesizer Show ~ Bamboo ~ 1971

Darshan Ambient: Lingering Day: Anatomy Of A Daydream (Spotted Peccary, 2017)

October 27, 2017 at 9:55 pm | Posted in Reviews | Leave a comment

Darshan Ambient: Lingering Day: Anatomy Of A Daydream

Michael Allison has been releasing music as Darshan Ambient since the era of MP3.com (which is absolutely ancient history now, but important to anyone who was following and especially making independent music during the late ’90s). His music, obviously, fits into the ambient (and sometimes new age) category, usually with calm, comforting pianos and string pads. He does branch out a bit, however, and the first few tracks on this album stretch towards the grandeur of post-rock, but without the exhilarating crescendos. The only song with lyrics is “Arc of Angels”, a Peter Gabriel-esque splendor-ballad. Some of the tracks hint towards IDM-ish beats, especially “Mover”, which is easily my favorite. But the more purely ambient tracks are good too, such as the floating, rippling “The Seven Sleepers”. “Bee’s Fade” has some tricky overlapping rhythmic patterns, and “Hand in the Clouds” has some steady flickering among its foggy drifting. “Kissing Crust” has light, slightly rainy dance beats. The album’s title gives you an indication as to how relaxing, meditative and free of pressure this album is, but in terms of its construction, it’s not lazy or basic in any way.

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