New Perspectives: An Interview With Siavash Amini

Siavash Amini’s work often has a cinematic element to it. The Iranian artist combines disparate sounds into cohesive, expansive worlds. It’s music that can transport listeners to different dimensions, evoking images of colossal landscapes and wells of deep emotion. On his new album, A Trail of Laughters, Amini explores the darkness within his unconscious mind, digging through repetitive distressing dreams to find meaning and solace. It’s … Continue reading New Perspectives: An Interview With Siavash Amini

Let’s Get Stoned Together: Premiere & Interview w/ Jeffrey Silverstein

If there was ever an album that was ripe for a stellar tribute, it was Ted Lucas’s magical self-titled record. Portland, Oregon songwriter Jeffrey Silverstein was asked by Perpetual Doom to head up the project the label couldn’t have made a better choice. Silverstein, whose own solo work is quite wonderful itself, brought together a diverse array of artists to keep the spirit of Lucas’s … Continue reading Let’s Get Stoned Together: Premiere & Interview w/ Jeffrey Silverstein

Roads On the Horizon: An Interview With Eli Winter

Eli Winter’s guitar records are like a cold, clear spring, fueled as much by the feeling behind them as the dexterity in his fingers. The depth to Winter’s playing and songwriting style belies his age with his songs imbued with a range of experiences and hard-earned, well-worn truths. A timelessness pervades his work as he creates and explores new worlds.  Winter’s most recent offering is … Continue reading Roads On the Horizon: An Interview With Eli Winter

Mark Trecka Traces Difficult Connections

When Mark Trecka’s piano spreads its wings, magic happens. On his thoughtful new album, Acknowledgment, Trecka uses only piano, voice, and handmade cassette loops to craft an emotionally rich sound world. Acknowledgment is a record that takes multiple listens to fully absorb, and even then the deep undercurrents resonate in an almost ephemeral way. It’s music that becomes a piece of you as soon as it clicks. Trecka … Continue reading Mark Trecka Traces Difficult Connections

Floating Down the Rabbit Hole With Sarah Louise

There are moments on Sarah Louise’s spellbinding new album, Earth Bow, where she is more of a conjurer than a musician. Laraaji describes it as “pulling music from the air,” but Louise’s source is more organic than ethereal. Her work, especially on this new offering, lives and breathes. Wherever it comes from, the result is a space that fully immerses listeners and strips away the … Continue reading Floating Down the Rabbit Hole With Sarah Louise

MJ Guider Searches for an Answer

When I learned MJ Guider was starting a new imprint, modemain, to serve as a central axis for her to grow ideas, experiment, and collaborate while creating editions that move beyond just physical music releases, I was excited. Guider’s 2020 album, Sour Cherry Ball, was a favorite of mine so something that offers deeper insights into her process and, of course, more of her work … Continue reading MJ Guider Searches for an Answer

On a Sailboat in a Tornado: An Interview with M. Sage

Matthew Sage is a patient force, always moving in new and surprising directions, always with an ear listening for the heartbeat inside it all. His work is intimate and vulnerable, though not obviously so. When you listen through the stratigraphy of it all, there’s an order and a foundation, but the piece you remember, the reason Sage’s work resonates in such a deep, visceral way … Continue reading On a Sailboat in a Tornado: An Interview with M. Sage

Into the Prisms of Iu Takahashi

Iu Takahashi creates worlds out of everyday sounds that feel otherworldly. Her music is delicate, almost fragile in a way that leaves me breathless. Timeless motifs weave their way through increate sound design and expertly captured field recordings. On her latest album, Late in Life, on Regional Attraction, she rides under a shroud of mystery while exlpornig organic, aural passages. Reflective moments wind their way … Continue reading Into the Prisms of Iu Takahashi

Oui Ennui Tests the Limits

In a year peppered with a seemingly endless array of hell moments, the silver linings feel even more potent, more important. Last year as I began digging deeper into music again and taking those first steps that led to this site existing again, one of the artists whose work hit me like a brickhouse was Chicago’s Oui Ennui. His work built sonic mazes that lead … Continue reading Oui Ennui Tests the Limits