The Capsule Garden Vol 1.22: July 1, 2022

Another week in the books. Another pile of excellent tunes to dig through. Last week, my label, The Jewel Garden, released this blown-out proto dub gem from Carl Antonowicz’s Open Casket Sound System. Carl illustrates/collaborates on the Illustrated Reviews with me for Foxy Digitalis, and he’s put together a 16-page illustrated zine to go along with the album. Check it out! Meanwhile, on to the reviews… … Continue reading The Capsule Garden Vol 1.22: July 1, 2022

Track Premiere: Lawrence English “Approach V: First Encounter”

Shadows from our youth have a way of following us even if we don’t realize it and grow into a towering reminder when we least expect it. Lawrence English’s new album, Approach, is a sculpture developed from forgotten memories and emotional forebearers that left a lasting mark. Massive drones rise like leviathans from churning waters, sunk and buried eons ago, but still living, breathing organisms shaping … Continue reading Track Premiere: Lawrence English “Approach V: First Encounter”

The 11th Hour, Episode #9: Old Friend

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 #9: Old Friend

Video Premiere: Princess Diana of Wales “Still Beach”

Princess Diana of Wales’s self-titled album is one of my favorite albums of recent memory. I’ve already written extensively about it, but there’s so much more that could be said. It’s an album with extraordinary depth masked by this accessible facade. As much as I’ve admired Laila Sakini’s work prior, this album cemented her as one of my favorite artists. “Still Beach” is one of … Continue reading Video Premiere: Princess Diana of Wales “Still Beach”

Lost In Possibilities With Ashley Paul

Foxy Digitalis depends on our awesome readers to keep things rolling. Pledge your support today via our Patreon. For a long while, Ashley Paul has made music that hits me like nobody else. Her songs are filled with open spaces that feel like invitations. There are elements of whimsy infused with pensiveness and cathartic reflections, all wrapped into strange, remarkable sonic experiments. Intricate banalities transform into organic, sprawling … Continue reading Lost In Possibilities With Ashley Paul

Track Premiere: Vādin “The Furnace”

Vādin is the duo of Christian Duka and Lucie Štepánková (aka Avsluta). In their world, details become monoliths, and monoliths melt into intricate mazes. Hollow sequences swirl amidst the fog, ominous and enticing. Throughout “The Furnace,” the atmosphere is caustic but impossible to turn away from as each layer pulses with an inviting, warm glow. Whispered words spell out cryptic warnings over a ceremonial rhythm. … Continue reading Track Premiere: Vādin “The Furnace”

Foxy Digitalis Mix Season 2, #35: Carlos Ferreira

I love when I ask an artist to make a mix for the site, and the end result is something that manages to embody the underlying spirit of their own work. Brazilian composer Carlos Ferreira’s discography is vast. His music is pinned to the surface with subtle force while the ends drift skyward like loose threads trying to detach themselves and float away. There’s always … Continue reading Foxy Digitalis Mix Season 2, #35: Carlos Ferreira

Valentina Magaletti “A Queer Anthology of Drums”

Released initially on Cafe Oto’s excellent Takuroku label, Valentina Magaletti’s crucial A Queer Anthology of Drums has been expanded and remastered for a vinyl release on bié Records. In a discography full of gems and essential works, A Queer Anthology of Drums stands out. Within its confines exists an ageless world where rhythm and ritual collide. I first became an admirer of Magaletti’s work when I heard Tomaga’s debut, Sleepy … Continue reading Valentina Magaletti “A Queer Anthology of Drums”

Video Premiere: Briana Marela “Uncertainty and the Unknown”

Amidst the heaviest heartbreak, a detached poignancy can grow. Briana Marela’s spellbinding “Uncertainty and the Unknown” was written a week after discovering her father’s death. The lyrics are vulnerable, raw to the point of stillness. “Your heart couldn’t hold all the love you built,” she sings, her voice hanging on by the thinnest, most fragile thread. “I want to live my life for you, but … Continue reading Video Premiere: Briana Marela “Uncertainty and the Unknown”

Video Premieres: Yann Novak & Robert Takahashi Crouch

Kudos to The Tapeworm for pairing LA power couple Yann Novak and Robert Takahashi Crouch on this new split tape, Giving Water to the Dead. Novak and Crouch create some of the most engaging, emotionally-dense music around. They started with the same source material for this split but went on their own sonic treks. Each side is its own statement, but they work together as a … Continue reading Video Premieres: Yann Novak & Robert Takahashi Crouch