25 Years and Counting: An Interview With Drekka

Michael Anderson was an important figure for me in the early days of Digitalis (I talk a bit about that in Episode #2 of The Electric Rubicon). I interviewed him for the first time in 2005 (and again a few years later along with Rivulets as they were preparing for a European tour) and while so much has changed, some things haven’t. Drekka continues strong with … Continue reading 25 Years and Counting: An Interview With Drekka

Finding Calm in the Harsh Storm: An Interview With Threshing Spirit

Jordan Reyes is in constant motion. Not only does he run one of the most exciting labels around, American Dreams (not to mention all its sub-labels), he also finds space for his own work and projects. Until recently, Threshing Spirit was anonymous, ripping through dismal atmospherics and black metal landscapes with force. Now, with Reyes revealed to be the creative force behind the project, he … Continue reading Finding Calm in the Harsh Storm: An Interview With Threshing Spirit

Finding Her Place and Becoming Taranoya

Though she was born and raised in Iran, Taranoya’s music combines a wide array of surprising and disparate ideas to create something singular and captivating. The aural landscapes she builds are like dreams of other worlds, places where anything seems possible. Deep listening reveals trenchant emotions and a thirst for uncovering hard truths through sonic exploration. Using an assortment of synths and electronics, Taranoya builds … Continue reading Finding Her Place and Becoming Taranoya

Hearing Landscapes: An Interview With Norman W. Long

By creating sonic landscapes built around isolated communities and environments, Norman W. Long challenges listeners to consider the relationships between people and nature that exist in post-industrial urban environments where many Black and Brown communities live. Long’s earlier piece this year, Black Space in Winter, and his latest album, Black Brown Gray Green, especially configure these environmental sounds into visceral sonic contexts. His work is imaginative and … Continue reading Hearing Landscapes: An Interview With Norman W. Long

Can’t Afford To Be Here: An Interview with Lexagon

Lexagon, the music moniker of artist Alexa Burrell, has delivered one of the rawest, most powerful sonic statements of 2021 with Feminine Care. A beguiling mix of visceral bangers, experimental soundscapes, contemplative drones, downtempo hauntings, and everything in between, Burrell put all of herself into this record. The vulnerability shown is intense, sometimes difficult to listen to, but stopping and really listening, hearing the anxiety, pain, and brutal … Continue reading Can’t Afford To Be Here: An Interview with Lexagon

Nick Zanca Steps Back to Move Forward

It’s always interesting to me when someone steps away from a project or moniker, especially if it’s got a decent-sized following and a fair bit of history. I might be alone in this, but whatever immediately follows that decision is something I want to investigate. Nick Zanca dropped his Mister Lies moniker and comes in heavy with his first release under his own name, Cacerolazo. It’s … Continue reading Nick Zanca Steps Back to Move Forward

Loss & Gain With James Ilgenfritz, Brian Chase, & Robbie Lee

It may not be destiny exactly, but the trio of bassist James Ilgenfritz, drummer Brian Chase, and woodwinds specialist Robbie Lee coming together for an album of improvised excursions. Loss and Gain, out November 5 on Infrequent Seams, digs through free jazz-infused vestiges to find a trail of contemplation, vulnerability, and even moments of lighthearted expression. This trio has an almost-ESP-like connection, anticipating sonic left turns before … Continue reading Loss & Gain With James Ilgenfritz, Brian Chase, & Robbie Lee

I Hear You Calling: An Interview With Myriam Gendron

If Myriam Gendron’s debut album, Not So Deep As A Well, was a surprise, her new record, Ma délire – Songs of love, lost & found, is a revelation. Stripping songs to their core and rebuilding them with a unique vision and modern edge, Gendron’s music is faultless. Her work is woven with a sharp simplicity where guitar lines are stripped to their barest, most potent form, … Continue reading I Hear You Calling: An Interview With Myriam Gendron

Norm Chambers Does Not Play Guitar Solos

Something about the music Norm Chambers composes connects directly to my occipital lobe. I’ve been listening to his work for over ten years now and few artists’ work connects with me on as many levels. Chambers finds soft edges for angular music, using an array of machines to create lush soundworlds that are simultaneously futuristic and timeless. As he’s shifted away from the pop-laced zones … Continue reading Norm Chambers Does Not Play Guitar Solos

A Woman Will Be Heard: An Interview With Mai Sugimoto

Intensity is a common theme that permeates Chicago saxophonist Mai Sugimoto’s work. Her debut solo album, Monologue, is one of the year’s most memorable sonic statements with its ferocious physicality and melodic sensibility. For music that might be difficult, I find it surprisingly approachable and engaging. Sugimoto’s skill is boundless as she can jump between different ideas while stitching them together with a common material thread. … Continue reading A Woman Will Be Heard: An Interview With Mai Sugimoto