Video Premiere: Malle Voss “The Bound Path”

Joe Houpert is a name I’d thought about every so often in the last five years, but we’d lost touch and, as is often the case, life had moved on. Houpert was once part of the duo Loud & Sad and released solo works as Prayer, but, like me, had disappeared from music for a while. As the world spins ever out of control, Houpert … Continue reading Video Premiere: Malle Voss “The Bound Path”

Premiere: Joel St. Julien “everythingischangingallthetime” + “Le Grand Finale”

Following up his incredible 2021 album, Empathy, Joel St. Julien turns his sites toward newfound personal discoveries and finding self-acceptance on Masking. “Everythingischangingallthetime” is only just over a minute long, but its harmonic shapes grow into an eloquent reflection; a sonic mirror on the fluidity of being and understanding our own inner space. These shifts are heightened by Jay Adams’s (at For Placement Only™) excellent video. It’s … Continue reading Premiere: Joel St. Julien “everythingischangingallthetime” + “Le Grand Finale”

Track Premiere: missing scenes “Lectreus”

missing scenes, the newest project from R. Hunter (Snare of Sixes, Conversations About the Light, etc), thrives in its explorations of dichotomies and divergences. “Lectreus” glides across verdant landscapes with its pristine sound design and dramatic spirit. Blankets of synthetic, dreamy pads counteract the pensive reverie buried in strings and analog warmth. Hunter stretches dangling melodies into lamentations that rise toward a shadowy sky. Meditating … Continue reading Track Premiere: missing scenes “Lectreus”

Track Premiere: Natalie Beridze “Ash Wednesday”

Sometimes fragments of memories are more powerful than seeing the whole picture. Natalie Beridze’s “Ash Wednesday” (named after the T.S. Eliot poem which she sings in part) is a small dam holding back an ocean. Eliot’s rumination on finding hope for human salvation echoes across electronic vistas. While Eliot found God through religion, Beridze resonates in the spirit found within music and sound. Her voice … Continue reading Track Premiere: Natalie Beridze “Ash Wednesday”

Video Premiere: Space Between Clouds

The quiet shifts and momentary alterations on the title track from David Ralicke’s Space Between Clouds project have a staying power. Thoughtful transitions spark feelings of calmness and reciprocity, imbuing warmth into lilting arrangements and lyrical aural phrases. Woven between ethereal melodies is a spirit of impermanence and transformation. “The original desire for this recording came from a series of drones that I made whose … Continue reading Video Premiere: Space Between Clouds

Track Premiere: Rafael Anton Irisarri “Cloak”

The hollows are alive and singing on this expansive new offering from Rafael Anton Irisarri. Tones are cut from ephemeral stone giving this music a simultaneous gravity and weightlessness. Irisarri’s work is visceral but not unsettling. Expressive aural shapes drift through the changing landscape, taken in by the harmonic movements and held close through the growing swells. This music echoes the way it feels within … Continue reading Track Premiere: Rafael Anton Irisarri “Cloak”

Video Premiere: MMMΔ “Nomenklatura”

Darkness shrouds the sharpest edges on MMMΔ’s “Nomenklatura,” but the monolith stands tall, abrasive, and immovable. This approach may be new, but MMMΔ’s spellbinding tension remains. Electronic patterns ring around cryptic messages written in an ancient language and translated through sound. A solid rhythm emerges, enchanted through concrete resonance and brittle spectacle. Boots to the ground for a forward push where a heavy-processed voice spells out … Continue reading Video Premiere: MMMΔ “Nomenklatura”

Video Premiere: Jordan Glenn “The Carousel”

Intermittent patterns emerge in the repetitions of Jordan Glenn’s “The Carousel” from his forthcoming album on Full Spectrum, Flustered. Glenn is a Mills College alumnus and Bay Area stalwart having played with the likes of Zeena Parkins, Fred Frith, Roscoe Mitchell, and others while leading the percussion-heavy ensemble BEAK. While his work in various groups and ensembles is prolific and extensive, opportunities for solo performance have … Continue reading Video Premiere: Jordan Glenn “The Carousel”

Track Premiere: Delay/Aarset “Single 08”

Vladislav Delay (aka Sasu Ripatti) and Eivind Aarset coming together in a diverse sonic collision feels like the universe giving into its magnetic pull. Both have operated in marginal realms where engaging, forward-thinking ideas are born. On Singles, atoms are split and reformed in electric aural spaces to create a diverse, enigmatic landscape filled with enticing drama and tonal reciprocity. “Single 08” ratchets across Ripatti’s jackhammering … Continue reading Track Premiere: Delay/Aarset “Single 08”

Video Premiere: Tim Kinsella & Jenny Pulse “Beatcafe”

All the juxtapositions and dichotomies in the video for “Beatcafe” heighten the fantastical feeling baked into the song. “‘Beatcafe’ is very much self-contained & written for its context as part of 7e.p. Tokyo’s 20th anniversary compilation,” Kinsella explains before getting at the core of the song. “I gave Jen a one-sentence description of each of my 9 trips to Tokyo & she mashed them together … Continue reading Video Premiere: Tim Kinsella & Jenny Pulse “Beatcafe”