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    OObe - DELPHI

I have to admit, the first time through I was not in love with DELPHIE, but somewhere around Herat I knew I had to rewind this, take off my headphones, put it on the big system and settle in. With an album by an artist named “OObe,” you have a rough idea of what you’re getting into; I was expecting a little too much lead synth, some trip hop elements, and an unforgiving bass.For me electronic music like this is really only decent if it can remain rhythmically complex without fully compromising a sense of beat that makes you want to move. I don’t want to be bored, I don’t want to bombarded with hits, and I love downtempo but don’t want to get lost somewhere cloudy where budget line Casio keyboards go when they die.  DELPHIE finds this balance, and really stands out as original against other freak electronic by incorporating some lo-fi stoned Hype Williams style tracks and fuzz filled samples, staying fundamentally groovy, and unfathomably heavy. Wonderful job with the mix, especially with tracks like “Herat,” “Didan,” and “NothingUnderneath.” By all means, this album is pretty far down the rabbit hole but by no means is it lacking in the essentials.

    OObe - DELPHI

    I have to admit, the first time through I was not in love with DELPHIE, but somewhere around Herat I knew I had to rewind this, take off my headphones, put it on the big system and settle in. With an album by an artist named “OObe,” you have a rough idea of what you’re getting into; I was expecting a little too much lead synth, some trip hop elements, and an unforgiving bass.For me electronic music like this is really only decent if it can remain rhythmically complex without fully compromising a sense of beat that makes you want to move. I don’t want to be bored, I don’t want to bombarded with hits, and I love downtempo but don’t want to get lost somewhere cloudy where budget line Casio keyboards go when they die.  DELPHIE finds this balance, and really stands out as original against other freak electronic by incorporating some lo-fi stoned Hype Williams style tracks and fuzz filled samples, staying fundamentally groovy, and unfathomably heavy. Wonderful job with the mix, especially with tracks like “Herat,” “Didan,” and “NothingUnderneath.” By all means, this album is pretty far down the rabbit hole but by no means is it lacking in the essentials.

    — 1 year ago
    #trip-hop  #downtempo  #heavy  #dark  #Austin  #Italy  #electronic  #experimental  #tapes  #haute magie 
    In order to properly close out this year, I’ve compiled a shortlist of what has stood out in this corner of the musical world in the past twelve months and what I am personally looking forward to in the next.
Looking Back:
 1.    Pierrot Lunaire – Theme for Ascension and Eternal Love
         January on Hooker Vision
     It may seem odd to put a 7” at the top of this list, but for such a short release I found this to say much more than I thought a few minutes of music could. It remains huge on nostalgia while reeking of a painful, tongue-in-cheek surrealism. It is incredibly difficult to find anything to dislike about a record that leaves you completely satisfied with no desire to put anything else under the needle.

2.    Miami Angels in America – A Public Ranking
       March on Night-People
     Probably the most original and darkest release to come out of 2012, Miami Angels in America (Alternately, cited as Angels in America on The Narrow Road to the Interior and Allergic to Latex) delivered an album that was incredibly crunchy and desperate. This album is certainly the strongest and most cohesive I have heard from the group as well as the least apologetic. 

3.    Mike Bruno and the Black Magic Family Band – The Willing of the Wisps
       August on Haute Magie
     Every track on this album pulls on something familiar in your ear, the collection is organized beautifully, and the album is recorded and mixed with just the right amount of degradation to put it just far enough out of reach to make it sound mystical. Definitely my most listened to over the past few months. Stream it or download here.
4.    Golders Green – Suite n°2 in Drone Major (op.3)
        August on BLWBCK
     By far this album has the strongest organization (maybe in competition with Confluences) and clearly the most impactful musical moment of 2012. It is certainly my favorite drone release of the year. Of musicians to focus on motion in regards to the sense of space, this does the job the most organically and effectively.  Available to stream and download for free here.
5.    Brother Sun, Sister Moon – Brother Sun, Sister Moon
       April on Cooper Cult/BLWBCK
     Filled with light degraded faux-pop and ambient gems, this tape occupied my deck for a decent bit of the year. This group takes the skill of ambient composition that Merz’s“Birds of Passage” group has and takes about three steps in every genre direction by the time the album concludes. Very much a new, sunny and sedated shoegaze. Stream or download here.
 Honorable Mentions:
      Jen Paul / No Lakes - ✝ (February on Haute Magie)
      Really a great release, the cassette covers a LOT of ground drifting from large drone/ambient constructions with layers of flowing guitar and synthesizer to intimate, degraded solo guitar and whisper vocals effortlessly. You can expect everything from desolation and huge expanses to incredibly warm and intimate guitar ballads. Stream it here.
     Coyote Image Classic - Coyote Image Classic (December on Hooker Vision)
     Clearly the strongest warm release of this year, it is an album I have really fallen in love with since it dropped earlier this month. Check it out if you haven’t. Stream or download it here.
 Also wrapping up this year, I am still trying to get a hold of a copy of Perinde Ac Cadaver’s Exercitia Spiritualia which unfortunately for me sold out on Discriminate about a little over a week ago. Might be worth a look.

Looking Forward:
1.     Grouper - The Man Who Died in His Boat (February 4 on Kranky)

 2.     Sádon – Earth (January 14th on BLWBCK)
Stream tracks 4 & 5 here.
3.     Cooper Cult's upcoming releases, notably whatever is upcoming by Love Cult.
4.     Any new releases from Haute Magie, especially after the incredibly unique, night-psych cassette Bathus’ Bastien earlier this month.
Also in 2013 you can expect more original digitally distributed releases as well as the occasional cassette or CD-R from us. A few small things are in the works as of now and we expect that by the summer you should see a few more cassettes popping up. We will keep you up to date via our site and social media. 
 

    In order to properly close out this year, I’ve compiled a shortlist of what has stood out in this corner of the musical world in the past twelve months and what I am personally looking forward to in the next.

    Looking Back:

     1.    Pierrot Lunaire – Theme for Ascension and Eternal Love

             January on Hooker Vision

         It may seem odd to put a 7” at the top of this list, but for such a short release I found this to say much more than I thought a few minutes of music could. It remains huge on nostalgia while reeking of a painful, tongue-in-cheek surrealism. It is incredibly difficult to find anything to dislike about a record that leaves you completely satisfied with no desire to put anything else under the needle.

    2.    Miami Angels in America – A Public Ranking

           March on Night-People

         Probably the most original and darkest release to come out of 2012, Miami Angels in America (Alternately, cited as Angels in America on The Narrow Road to the Interior and Allergic to Latex) delivered an album that was incredibly crunchy and desperate. This album is certainly the strongest and most cohesive I have heard from the group as well as the least apologetic. 

    3.    Mike Bruno and the Black Magic Family Band – The Willing of the Wisps

           August on Haute Magie

         Every track on this album pulls on something familiar in your ear, the collection is organized beautifully, and the album is recorded and mixed with just the right amount of degradation to put it just far enough out of reach to make it sound mystical. Definitely my most listened to over the past few months. Stream it or download here.

    4.    Golders Green – Suite n°2 in Drone Major (op.3)

            August on BLWBCK

         By far this album has the strongest organization (maybe in competition with Confluences) and clearly the most impactful musical moment of 2012. It is certainly my favorite drone release of the year. Of musicians to focus on motion in regards to the sense of space, this does the job the most organically and effectively.  Available to stream and download for free here.

    5.    Brother Sun, Sister Moon – Brother Sun, Sister Moon

           April on Cooper Cult/BLWBCK

         Filled with light degraded faux-pop and ambient gems, this tape occupied my deck for a decent bit of the year. This group takes the skill of ambient composition that Merz’s“Birds of Passage” group has and takes about three steps in every genre direction by the time the album concludes. Very much a new, sunny and sedated shoegaze. Stream or download here.

     Honorable Mentions:

          Jen Paul / No Lakes - ✝ (February on Haute Magie)

          Really a great release, the cassette covers a LOT of ground drifting from large drone/ambient constructions with layers of flowing guitar and synthesizer to intimate, degraded solo guitar and whisper vocals effortlessly. You can expect everything from desolation and huge expanses to incredibly warm and intimate guitar ballads. Stream it here.

         Coyote Image Classic - Coyote Image Classic (December on Hooker Vision)

         Clearly the strongest warm release of this year, it is an album I have really fallen in love with since it dropped earlier this month. Check it out if you haven’t. Stream or download it here.

     Also wrapping up this year, I am still trying to get a hold of a copy of Perinde Ac Cadaver’s Exercitia Spiritualia which unfortunately for me sold out on Discriminate about a little over a week ago. Might be worth a look.

    Looking Forward:

    1.     Grouper - The Man Who Died in His Boat (February 4 on Kranky)

     2.     Sádon – Earth (January 14th on BLWBCK)

    Stream tracks 4 & 5 here.

    3.     Cooper Cult's upcoming releases, notably whatever is upcoming by Love Cult.

    4.     Any new releases from Haute Magie, especially after the incredibly unique, night-psych cassette Bathus’ Bastien earlier this month.

    Also in 2013 you can expect more original digitally distributed releases as well as the occasional cassette or CD-R from us. A few small things are in the works as of now and we expect that by the summer you should see a few more cassettes popping up. We will keep you up to date via our site and social media. 

     

    — 1 year ago with 1 note
    #drone  #experimental  #dark  #ambient  #faux pop  #degraded  #tapes  #hooker vision  #night-people  #cooper cult  #blwbck  #haute magie  #music  #2012  #2013 
    Coyote Image Classic - Coyote Image Classic
If you’re looking for something to warm you up mid-December, check out the self-titled, double-cassette debut by Georgia’s Coyote Image Classic. Certainly a break from our typical coverage, this is quite possibly one of the strongest feel-good albums I’ve heard out of 2012. A few layers of lo-fi synth lead the charge followed by hazy, sedated guitar. Very reminiscent of old Ducktails, or Porch Projector for those only familiar with their last three major releases. Always arriving, this release is the best sort of consonant minimalism. Packaging is beautiful too. Check out Hooker Vision's distributors before this runs out.

    Coyote Image Classic - Coyote Image Classic

    If you’re looking for something to warm you up mid-December, check out the self-titled, double-cassette debut by Georgia’s Coyote Image Classic. Certainly a break from our typical coverage, this is quite possibly one of the strongest feel-good albums I’ve heard out of 2012. A few layers of lo-fi synth lead the charge followed by hazy, sedated guitar. Very reminiscent of old Ducktails, or Porch Projector for those only familiar with their last three major releases. Always arriving, this release is the best sort of consonant minimalism. Packaging is beautiful too. Check out Hooker Vision's distributors before this runs out.

    — 1 year ago with 3 notes
    #Coyote Image Classic  #Hooker Vision  #Tapes  #Summer  #Christmas in July  #Lo-Fi  #Ducktails  #Feel-Good  #Sedated 
    Mike Bruno + The Black Magic Family Band - “The Willing of the Wisps”
Mike Bruno and the Black Magic Family Band deliver a huge dark-psychedelic, weirdo-folk cassette on Haute Magie. With twelve tracks, the tape covers a lot of ground for Bruno and the group. At points the album is incredibly sedated and heavy while at others it ventures upwards and moves to become much spacier, always retaining its antique feel. Bruno’s hugely emotional, reverb-drenched vocals contrasted by simple flowing guitar melodies give a giant space to the most mournful lines in tracks such as “In the Shade” and “The Boy Who Cried Worth”. These are juxtaposed with interludes by the Family Band with instrumentals such as the floating “Loose Web” and incredibly grounding resolution of “Midnight River Hags.” The entire album festers under a sea of degraded tape noise. It manages to sing out something that feels entirely familiar, not quite nostalgic, but entirely eventual. Definitely earthy-smelling.

 As of Nov 13th, 6 copies remain of the cassette re-issue. Pick up one here before they’re gone forever. Theres a big sale and stuff so don’t make excuses.
 In the Shade is also available on a 7” here from Marmara Records

    Mike Bruno + The Black Magic Family Band - “The Willing of the Wisps”

    Mike Bruno and the Black Magic Family Band deliver a huge dark-psychedelic, weirdo-folk cassette on Haute Magie. With twelve tracks, the tape covers a lot of ground for Bruno and the group. At points the album is incredibly sedated and heavy while at others it ventures upwards and moves to become much spacier, always retaining its antique feel. Bruno’s hugely emotional, reverb-drenched vocals contrasted by simple flowing guitar melodies give a giant space to the most mournful lines in tracks such as “In the Shade” and “The Boy Who Cried Worth”. These are juxtaposed with interludes by the Family Band with instrumentals such as the floating “Loose Web” and incredibly grounding resolution of “Midnight River Hags.” The entire album festers under a sea of degraded tape noise. It manages to sing out something that feels entirely familiar, not quite nostalgic, but entirely eventual. Definitely earthy-smelling.

    Cassette

     As of Nov 13th, 6 copies remain of the cassette re-issue. Pick up one here before they’re gone forever. Theres a big sale and stuff so don’t make excuses.

     In the Shade is also available on a 7” here from Marmara Records

    — 1 year ago with 12 notes
    #Mike Bruno  #Black Magic  #folk  #gloomfolk  #Philadelphia  #New Brunswick  #dark  #psychedelia  #weird america 
    Saåad - Confluences
“Confluences” began as a commissioned work inspired by the St-Michel fountain, the symbolic meeting point of the rivers Ariège and Garonne. The opening track is a four-movement giant available for download, while the complimenting “Spiritual Dilution” is available as a bonus with the cassette edition being released the 24th of October on BLWBCK.
"Confluences" begins with the steady flow of water, from which a low pad builds and guitars trickle in. The work is much more up front than previous solo releases by Saåad, in the style of more classic ambient works. There is a strong hint at melody throughout and the piece refrains from low drones and static lines. Even with a thicker, more melodic and developed ambient sound, the opening especially maintains the huge, anxious tension that Saåad is so good at establishing. This builds until a resolution quickly brings the listener from the huge to the intimate. Throughout piece, the sound of the river keeps us grounded so that the entire narrative seems to be suspended in the same space.
"Spiritual Dilution" is just as strong a component to the release as "Confluences." The track is a very intimate counterpart to such a massive work. The opening of the bare river feels like a much-needed resolution to the previous track, an epilogue that builds into its own creature. The very small space in which the beginning of this track sat quickly dissolves as low drones creep in and push carefully forward. The sense of space breathes throughout this track, and the pacing is perfect.
Everything about this release has been structured very carefully. The two tracks could stand alone, but together flow as a narrative. Field recording has always placed the listener at the intersection of the fleeting and the timeless. It is an art that takes deliberate care to trap temporal/spatial specificity in a timeless medium in a way that other recording does not. Juxtaposing a heavily composed work and one entirely of field recording in such a way that both compliment each other and form a product that is greater than the sum of its parts is remarkable. A beautiful nod to the confluence of the rivers.

    Saåad - Confluences

    “Confluences” began as a commissioned work inspired by the St-Michel fountain, the symbolic meeting point of the rivers Ariège and Garonne. The opening track is a four-movement giant available for download, while the complimenting “Spiritual Dilution” is available as a bonus with the cassette edition being released the 24th of October on BLWBCK.

    "Confluences" begins with the steady flow of water, from which a low pad builds and guitars trickle in. The work is much more up front than previous solo releases by Saåad, in the style of more classic ambient works. There is a strong hint at melody throughout and the piece refrains from low drones and static lines. Even with a thicker, more melodic and developed ambient sound, the opening especially maintains the huge, anxious tension that Saåad is so good at establishing. This builds until a resolution quickly brings the listener from the huge to the intimate. Throughout piece, the sound of the river keeps us grounded so that the entire narrative seems to be suspended in the same space.

    "Spiritual Dilution" is just as strong a component to the release as "Confluences." The track is a very intimate counterpart to such a massive work. The opening of the bare river feels like a much-needed resolution to the previous track, an epilogue that builds into its own creature. The very small space in which the beginning of this track sat quickly dissolves as low drones creep in and push carefully forward. The sense of space breathes throughout this track, and the pacing is perfect.

    Everything about this release has been structured very carefully. The two tracks could stand alone, but together flow as a narrative. Field recording has always placed the listener at the intersection of the fleeting and the timeless. It is an art that takes deliberate care to trap temporal/spatial specificity in a timeless medium in a way that other recording does not. Juxtaposing a heavily composed work and one entirely of field recording in such a way that both compliment each other and form a product that is greater than the sum of its parts is remarkable. A beautiful nod to the confluence of the rivers.

    — 1 year ago with 2 notes
    #Saåad  #Confluences  #Toulouse  #France  #field recording  #ambient  #tape  #blwbck  #drone 
    Listening Mirror — On the Passing of Chavela
This recording is a beautiful tribute to Chavela Vargas, a beautifully intimate work and an example of wonderful spontaneous sound design. The work presents a strong motivic perspective in the midst of a landscape which flows effortlessly from one of massive, crushing desolation to one that conveys independent resilience in the face of such a barren setting. Unbelievably cohesive for something “Written and produced…on the morning of 6 August 2012” using “‘Wind driven’ electric guitar and a rotary fan.” Highly recommended. Released on dronarivm.

    Listening Mirror — On the Passing of Chavela


    This recording is a beautiful tribute to Chavela Vargas, a beautifully intimate work and an example of wonderful spontaneous sound design. The work presents a strong motivic perspective in the midst of a landscape which flows effortlessly from one of massive, crushing desolation to one that conveys independent resilience in the face of such a barren setting. Unbelievably cohesive for something “Written and produced…on the morning of 6 August 2012” using “‘Wind driven’ electric guitar and a rotary fan.” Highly recommended. Released on dronarivm.

    — 1 year ago with 3 notes
    #Chavela Vargas  #noise  #experimental  #field recording  #listening mirror  #ambient  #soundscape 
    PC Worship — Dune of Heroin/Godless Love
This PC Worship is not a new release by Moon Glyph, but certainly a unique one I recently got my hands on. “Dune of Heroin” lays it on thick with a collage of stacked intruments. The entire piece pushes frantically from the strings and constant drums while the foreground is filled with horns, singing saws, and saxophones that all seem to be at odds, shouting then colliding and falling back into the sea of chaos only to fight their way up to the surface for a breath or too soon after. The piece unifies soon after to an ominous build to the end before spinning off into the incredibly thick, but much more pointed “Godless Love.” PC Worship very effectively makes an anxious album which pushes ahead at an uncomfortable rate before falling off into chaos, only to reunite and push harder. While certainly not the most accessible, this live album makes emotion in a way that they could only do with untamed noise. Get it here. 

    PC Worship — Dune of Heroin/Godless Love

    This PC Worship is not a new release by Moon Glyph, but certainly a unique one I recently got my hands on. “Dune of Heroin” lays it on thick with a collage of stacked intruments. The entire piece pushes frantically from the strings and constant drums while the foreground is filled with horns, singing saws, and saxophones that all seem to be at odds, shouting then colliding and falling back into the sea of chaos only to fight their way up to the surface for a breath or too soon after. The piece unifies soon after to an ominous build to the end before spinning off into the incredibly thick, but much more pointed “Godless Love.” PC Worship very effectively makes an anxious album which pushes ahead at an uncomfortable rate before falling off into chaos, only to reunite and push harder. While certainly not the most accessible, this live album makes emotion in a way that they could only do with untamed noise. Get it here

    — 1 year ago with 2 notes
    #Moon Glyph  #PC Worship  #experimental  #noise  #tapes  #Brooklyn  #New York 
    Golders Green — Suite n°2 in Drone Major (op.3)
Byron Christodoulou delivers the strongest noise/ambient release I have heard all year. The album opens in the stratosphere, giving way to pumping white noise that introduces the album with a wonderful balance of static and fleeting melodic lines. The opening of “3” is something magical, a chorus of layered voice samples, fuzz and reverb that sets the tone for the rest of the album. What this album does best is move you from one space to another strategically. There is a constant and deliberate sense of space throughout which transforms gently at some parts, and abruptly enough to redirect your focus at others. “Begin to be” opens at the album’s widest and jolts you quickly back to the intimate. The resolution of the album is extremely fleeting, as are most of the comfortable themes throughout. The work feels like a foggy, confused journey from scene to scene always traveling by fuzz or noise from one motive to another. You are always quite comfortable and are always an observer, until the climax of “mvolpot II”. This requiem is the cornerstone of this work, a huge piece that will jolt you from the third party role and put you in the middle of something much larger than anything else on this album. This work is a masterpiece and is not to be missed. Also check out other releases within the Felt Collective.

    Golders Green — Suite n°2 in Drone Major (op.3)


    Byron Christodoulou delivers the strongest noise/ambient release I have heard all year. The album opens in the stratosphere, giving way to pumping white noise that introduces the album with a wonderful balance of static and fleeting melodic lines. The opening of “3” is something magical, a chorus of layered voice samples, fuzz and reverb that sets the tone for the rest of the album. What this album does best is move you from one space to another strategically. There is a constant and deliberate sense of space throughout which transforms gently at some parts, and abruptly enough to redirect your focus at others. “Begin to be” opens at the album’s widest and jolts you quickly back to the intimate. The resolution of the album is extremely fleeting, as are most of the comfortable themes throughout. The work feels like a foggy, confused journey from scene to scene always traveling by fuzz or noise from one motive to another. You are always quite comfortable and are always an observer, until the climax of “mvolpot II”. This requiem is the cornerstone of this work, a huge piece that will jolt you from the third party role and put you in the middle of something much larger than anything else on this album. This work is a masterpiece and is not to be missed. Also check out other releases within the Felt Collective.

    — 1 year ago with 6 notes
    #ambient  #noise  #berlin  #Byron Christodoulou  #blwbck  #tape  #drone  #Golders Green  #experimental 
    Wolf Maps — Landforms
Wolf Maps gives us a stellar melodic ambient album, which is a thing that happens less frequently (or in a more poorly executed manner) than it should. Ambient like this is characterized by definitive melodic lines and motifs that present themselves slowly and evolve while preserving the “still” nature of ambient music. “Landforms” is exactly what this album strives to create: a beautiful sense of space that expands and contracts to bring the listener from a majestic open landscape to the intimate and back again. This album sits close to the heart and is the most appropriate music with which to blow out the last embers of summer.

    Wolf Maps — Landforms

    Wolf Maps gives us a stellar melodic ambient album, which is a thing that happens less frequently (or in a more poorly executed manner) than it should. Ambient like this is characterized by definitive melodic lines and motifs that present themselves slowly and evolve while preserving the “still” nature of ambient music. “Landforms” is exactly what this album strives to create: a beautiful sense of space that expands and contracts to bring the listener from a majestic open landscape to the intimate and back again. This album sits close to the heart and is the most appropriate music with which to blow out the last embers of summer.

    — 2 years ago with 5 notes
    #ambient  #soundscape  #summer  #music  #melodic  #landforms  #wolf maps  #futuresequence  #experimental 
    Matt Carlson — All Moments
A happy 50th to NNA tapes! For this occasion we venture a bit away from our darker tendencies to review an album that is through and through inspired by all facets of psychedelia. Matt Carlson begins with a very classic, expansive sounding psych-synth album and takes it further in every direction.  Very much structured program music, “A Moment” sets the tone for this release as a comfortable flying tour above the world that Carlson will unfold throughout this LP. This quickly drops off into lost percolating beauty in “Raindrop Garden,” detailing the colorful landscape until the heavily altered vocals come in and suggest  something a bit more unsettling. Throughout this album, you are guided through an extremely familiar narrative that moves effortlessly from the above-view comfortable consonance to unsettling motion and back to a still tranquility. The album is perfectly concluded with the simple drone of “All Movements” which blooms to a resolution.

    Matt Carlson — All Moments

    A happy 50th to NNA tapes! For this occasion we venture a bit away from our darker tendencies to review an album that is through and through inspired by all facets of psychedelia. Matt Carlson begins with a very classic, expansive sounding psych-synth album and takes it further in every direction.  Very much structured program music, “A Moment” sets the tone for this release as a comfortable flying tour above the world that Carlson will unfold throughout this LP. This quickly drops off into lost percolating beauty in “Raindrop Garden,” detailing the colorful landscape until the heavily altered vocals come in and suggest  something a bit more unsettling. Throughout this album, you are guided through an extremely familiar narrative that moves effortlessly from the above-view comfortable consonance to unsettling motion and back to a still tranquility. The album is perfectly concluded with the simple drone of “All Movements” which blooms to a resolution.

    — 2 years ago with 1 note
    #NNA Tapes  #Matt Carlson  #Tapes  #Psychedelic  #Synthesizers  #LP 
    Wyatt Penn Keusch & Sean Price — Mindgaze
I have previously expressed the soft spot I have for longform experimental, which means that when I stumbled accross Keusch’s “Khalija Records,” I was taken aback by the compositional quality of some of these releases. Mindgaze in particular is able to build the tension for something like fifteen minutes before giving the listener something satisfying, yet fleeting, that he can sink his teeth into. From here the piece hints at melody while threatening to send the listener through the chaos of a loop that continues until it is tuned out and overtaken by a looming, thunderous bass. The piece quickly gives way to openness and is able to establish quite a few independent themes in this sort of epilogue while keeping the work cohesive. Also be sure to check out Khalija’s latest tape, trouble the with… which will be sure to create a sort of aural vertigo, if you appreciate feeling uneasy with a recording. 

    Wyatt Penn Keusch & Sean Price — Mindgaze

    I have previously expressed the soft spot I have for longform experimental, which means that when I stumbled accross Keusch’s “Khalija Records,” I was taken aback by the compositional quality of some of these releases. Mindgaze in particular is able to build the tension for something like fifteen minutes before giving the listener something satisfying, yet fleeting, that he can sink his teeth into. From here the piece hints at melody while threatening to send the listener through the chaos of a loop that continues until it is tuned out and overtaken by a looming, thunderous bass. The piece quickly gives way to openness and is able to establish quite a few independent themes in this sort of epilogue while keeping the work cohesive. Also be sure to check out Khalija’s latest tape, trouble the with… which will be sure to create a sort of aural vertigo, if you appreciate feeling uneasy with a recording. 

    — 2 years ago with 2 notes
    #drone  #experimental  #longform  #dark  #ambient  #keusch  #khalija records 
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