The 11th Hour, Episode #22: Things to Come

The 11th Hour is a podcast where two dudes in their 40s discuss a different Rancid song each week. They reflect on their lives, their (inexplicable) fandom, and why certain parts of our youth continue to hold meaning beyond simple nostalgia. Is it a midlife crisis or honest self-reflection? Join us on a journey to the end and find out. Follow along on Twitter or Instagram and find The 11th … Continue reading The 11th Hour, Episode #22: Things to Come

Elijah McLaughlin Ensemble “II”

Night falls, but the light remains. Elijah McLaughlin Ensemble’s latest foray into the spaces between acoustic guitar explorations, chamber music, and organic folk is too bright to extinguish. Written and recorded during a time of uncertainty and darkness, II is bright and urgent. McLaughlin’s compositions ride a silver thread through winding corridors where danger and distraction hang off the edge like moss.  Existential focus emerges in the … Continue reading Elijah McLaughlin Ensemble “II”

Karen Vogt Finds Home in the Clouds

Foxy Digitalis depends on our awesome readers to keep things rolling. Pledge your support today via our Patreon or subscribe to The Jewel Garden. When I hear solo vocal improvisations, they hit a little bit differently. There’s such vulnerability in the approach. Nowhere to hide. Over the last year, Karen Vogt has made some of my favorite music in that realm, and she continues pushing herself further out into the … Continue reading Karen Vogt Finds Home in the Clouds

Video Premiere: Aviva Endean “Nightwork”

Australian composer and clarinetist Aviva Endean creates rich worlds revealed in slow motion. On “Nightwork,” from her forthcoming Room 40 album, Moths & Stars, Endean’s voice is a moving silhouette wrapped around the ghostly arrangements of opaque woodwinds. Each step is a careful push forward into the glowing sonic clouds. “Nightwork” is beautiful but daunting. Endean’s cauldron of aural textures never stops moving, though, and the … Continue reading Video Premiere: Aviva Endean “Nightwork”

Santos Silva, Nebbia, Alonso, Bergman Quartet “Ritual para acercarse”

What a line-up. Susana Santos Silva, Camila Nebbia, Hara Alonso, and Else Bergman have all been lighting it up, and together that potent force grows. Ritual para acercarse covers almost every emotion imaginable, from wistful horror to whimsical excitement and whatever is in between. There isn’t a singular driving force here but a collective thrust and exploratory spirit that pushes all four musicians into new zones.  Opener … Continue reading Santos Silva, Nebbia, Alonso, Bergman Quartet “Ritual para acercarse”

The Music of Pharoah Sanders

I don’t have a lot to say that hasn’t already been said by others, but Pharoah Sanders’ music meant a great deal to me. I’d hardly call this a comprehensive look at his work and career or anything like that, but this is more or less where my head went after news broke over the weekend of his passing. I highly recommend reading Marcus J. … Continue reading The Music of Pharoah Sanders

Track Premiere: Able Noise “To Appease”

Baritone guitar and drum duo Able Noise garble the airwaves with decaying memories on “To Appease.” Blanketed with shades of tape fuckere, “To Appease” plods ahead across empty streets and lucid dreams. “This piece is arguably one of our most representative bits of recorded music so far,” they explain. “It is exemplary of our interest in taking advantage of the possibilities of recorded music in … Continue reading Track Premiere: Able Noise “To Appease”

The Soft Determination of Garek Druss

Foxy Digitalis depends on our awesome readers to keep things rolling. Pledge your support today via our Patreon or subscribe to The Jewel Garden. Garek Druss has an impressive track record, but a new side is revealed on his latest album, Soft Fascination. Conceived as a sonic investigation on themes of fatherhood and responsibility, Soft Fascination is a crystalline cauldron of emotions, churning through waves in an attempt to make sense of things. … Continue reading The Soft Determination of Garek Druss

Track Premiere: Sea Moss “Snake Lady”

Skittering rhythms and buzzsaw electronics cut a hole in the razor wire atmosphere trying to cage in Sea Moss. The Portland, Oregon-based duo of Noa Ver and Zach D’Agostino channel visceral sonics into furious, intense soundscapes laden with blurred, surprising hooks. “Snake Lady” drills snarling oscillators and feedback scree into harsh-angled song structures, pushed along with violent glee by D’Agostino’s rhythmic brutality. Using a contact … Continue reading Track Premiere: Sea Moss “Snake Lady”

Michael Red “Gateways”

There aren’t enough superlatives to describe the quality and depth of Michael Red’s work. His discography runs all the way to the Earth’s core, but Gateways is a memorable new entry. Using a restricted palette of only field recordings, chimes, and synth tones, Red has created an opulent, living world of resonant beauty and liminal soundscapes. Aptly titled, Gateways offers passage to new dimensions, simultaneously … Continue reading Michael Red “Gateways”