Video Premiere: Gene Tripp “Dreams, Trains…”

Gene Tripp gives voice to the void. Crushing distortion hollows out the bedrock holding up our forward progress, collapsing any notion of pretense in a squall of thick basslines and straightforward vocal melodies. As the alter ego of artist and composer Jay Hufman, Gene Tripp is a laser-focused melancholy filtered through a meat grinder. As the song plods along, synth leads light dramatic sonic fires … Continue reading Video Premiere: Gene Tripp “Dreams, Trains…”

Track Premiere: Lea Bertucci & Ben Vida “Tulsa”

Lea Bertucci is always pursuing interesting, inventive projects, and her latest, Xtended Vox, continues that course. This compilation of experimental voice-based works features Cansu Tanrikulu, a three-part piece by Audrey Chen and Phil Minton, and the latest from Bertucci’s ongoing collaboration with Ben Vida called “Tulsa.” Murmurs and whispers flicker in pointillist patterns before being swept up in a wash of tape manipulation and saxophone traces. … Continue reading Track Premiere: Lea Bertucci & Ben Vida “Tulsa”

Video Premiere: Adrian Knight “Carousel of Time”

The night is young, prehistoric perhaps, on Adrian Knight’s latest, “Carousel of Time.” Inside the warm atavistic glow of late-night TV noise and faded neon, silhouetted arrangements take shape and hone our focus. Sunkissed guitar melodies bounce off synth beds flowing in arctic circles, all of which is a blanket wrapped around Knight’s infectious vocal lines. Alice Cohen’s whimsically psychedelic video highlights the familiar sheen … Continue reading Video Premiere: Adrian Knight “Carousel of Time”

Track Premiere: Black Ox Orkestar “Viderkol (Echo)”

Just because a world is haunted doesn’t mean it’s not beautiful and inviting. The legendary Black Ox Orkestar’s return in 2022 is an unexpected gift. Few groups can hold so many disparate feelings and ideas together in the same breath, but the stunning “Viderkol (Echo)” occupies this impossible space. Black Ox Orkestar’s boundary-pushing exploration of Jewish folk music sounds forward-thinking while simultaneously simmering inside a … Continue reading Track Premiere: Black Ox Orkestar “Viderkol (Echo)”

Video Premiere: Biliana Voutchkova + Tomeka Reid “Bricolage III”

For those who have missed it, Biliana Voutchkova’s series of duo releases on Relative Pitch this year have all been eye-opening and worth investigating. The latest, with Tomeka Reid, though, ups the ante. Voutchkova’s approach to the violin is equal parts ecstatic and visceral. On Bricolage III, moments of surprising, elastic beauty intersect with inquisitive sonic threads stretched until they’re about to break. Joined by the … Continue reading Video Premiere: Biliana Voutchkova + Tomeka Reid “Bricolage III”

Video Premieres: Builenradar Live

When we last left the enigmatic Builenradar, the damaged post-apocalyptic bikerfolk cataclysms were just waking up from a slumber. His new album, There Is No Hunger In Your Shame, is a quiet, fractured force of engaging sonic decay. With these two live videos from Morphine Raum in Berlin (and recorded by Morphine Records’ Rabih Beaini (sound) and School of the Arts’ Ivan Zoloto (video)), we hear … Continue reading Video Premieres: Builenradar Live

Video Premiere: Oort Smog “Every Motherfucker Is Your Brother”

Mark Kimbrell and Patrick Shiroishi are the dream team I didn’t realize I needed, but now that Oort Smog is in my life, I am overwhelmed. The duo runs the table on “Every Motherfucker Is Your Brother,” never setting out to do it all but somehow managing to anyway. Pensive, reflective opening moments gather our thoughts, but it’s a ruse. Shiroishi’s emotive sonic web pulls … Continue reading Video Premiere: Oort Smog “Every Motherfucker Is Your Brother”

Video Premiere: Federico Madeddu Giuntoli “Text and the Form” (ft. Moskitoo)

Gossamer threads dangle from somewhere unseen, dancing on glimmering piano arrangements and gentle acoustic guitar progressions. Within each aural phrase is a fractured image of a memory. Moskitoo’s voice is like this crystalline reflection, focusing the energy from each disparate note into a glowing beacon. Each word balances with delicate grace on the flowing sonic shapes, a jagged river finding the sea. It all disappears … Continue reading Video Premiere: Federico Madeddu Giuntoli “Text and the Form” (ft. Moskitoo)

Video Premiere: Use Knife “To Feed The Gentry”

No matter where our attention is turned, as soon as Jerusalem In My Heart’s Radwan Ghazi Moumneh’s buzuq rings out in the opening moments of “To Feed The Gentry,” our focus is caught. Moumneh joins the trio of Stef Heeren, Kwinten Mordijc, and Saif Al-Qaissy for this sonic exorcism. The embers of the buzuq improvisations catch, and a fire blooms. Vocals swirl in all directions, … Continue reading Video Premiere: Use Knife “To Feed The Gentry”

Track Premiere: Sinemis “Dua”

Circassian-Turkish producer Sine Buyuka returns with a new project, Sinemis, and through a mesmerizing, sophisticated combination of Sufi music and ambient electronics, creates an inviting sonic landscape. Expressive, meditative tones evaporate through beautifully designed synthscapes and fractured percussive explorations. Burgeoning tension falls between the scattered rhythmic cracks, expanding outward to bring the internal struggle to the surface. As the opening track, it evolves into a … Continue reading Track Premiere: Sinemis “Dua”