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.