Video Premiere: Rainbow Island “Hidden Birubu”

Cryptic undercurrents and effervescent psychedelia collide on the ritualistic rhythms of Rainbow Island’s hypnotic “Hidden Birubu.” Atmospheres painted with neon swirls cloud every inch of the horizon. Woodwinds are processed to infinity, blown out into sonic sun flare leads, purring the harshest, most enticing melodies. Voices bury themselves in the simmering ether, words piercing the synthetic veil at opportune moments. It’s like a giant cauldron … Continue reading Video Premiere: Rainbow Island “Hidden Birubu”

Video Premiere: Daniela Savoldi “Storia di un Attentato”

It may seem simple – a beautiful solo cello performance in a gorgeous, unforgettable location – but there’s a real magic woven into Daniela Savoldi’s stunning video and performance of “Storia di un Attentato.” The song from Savoldi’s 2019 album Ragnatele is equal parts otherworldly solace and impenetrable urgency. Sweet, timeless melodies echo through the pristine green forests before a festering darkness rises from the soil, highlighting the piece’s … Continue reading Video Premiere: Daniela Savoldi “Storia di un Attentato”

Track Premiere: Post Moves & the Sound Memory Ensemble “Lorraine’s” (feat. Kyle Field)

Shades of sonic waves flicker into view during the opening moments of Post Moves & the Sound Memory Ensemble’s new album, Recall the Dream Breath. Sam Wenc pulls back the curtain here, stripping down his sound to let the sun shine directly on his music’s core. Pedal steel hymnals are the guiding light throughout “Lorraine’s,” imbuing the liminal textures with a resonant warmth. Each emotive passage … Continue reading Track Premiere: Post Moves & the Sound Memory Ensemble “Lorraine’s” (feat. Kyle Field)

Video Premiere: Yang Chen “silt” (Sara Constant)

Yang Chen’s debut album, longing for_, is a prismatic sonic refraction. The Toronto percussionist worked with a broad swath of North American composers, fusing diverse, sometimes disparate, ideas into a wide-ranging, cohesive picture. Chen’s adventurous vision and artistic identity are the points of light. This collaborative process with each composer casts a wide net but remains interconnected and difficult to separate. In that sense, longing for_ is a marvel. … Continue reading Video Premiere: Yang Chen “silt” (Sara Constant)

Video Premiere: Maximum Pain “Maximum”

Subterranean space opens up in the progressive slither of Maximum Pain’s (aka the duo of Eytan Tobin and Bob McCully/Wizard Of) thumping sonic gondola ride. “Maximum” is a blaring love letter to Tobin and McCully’s appreciation of ‘Big Beat Electronica’ that never lets up. Vocal samples grab us by the ears and hook us straight on the dance floor. It’s near-impossible to listen to “Maximum” … Continue reading Video Premiere: Maximum Pain “Maximum”

Album Premiere: Bedroom Witch “A Place of Hurt”

The Bedroom Witch (aka Los Angeles-based performance artist Sepehr Mashiahof) digs well beyond the city’s glossy sheen on her latest, A Place of Hurt. Emotive synth arrangements melt into the shifting rhythms, sparking new understandings of transformation and connection.  So many aspects of A Place of Hurt stand out and leave a mark. Mashiahof’s songwriting craft is a well-honed diamond. She uses inventive structures and liminal melodies to … Continue reading Album Premiere: Bedroom Witch “A Place of Hurt”

Video Premiere: Hot Pursuit Of Happiness (Thollem) “The Sound” w/ Germaul Barnes

On this choice cut from Thollem’s album as Hot Pursuit Of Happiness, he partners with the incredible Germaul Barnes for a video dedicated “to all those fighting for voting rights past, present, and future!” “The Sound” is a lilting hymnal rising above a slow-moving sea of poignant drones. Thollem layers his voice at angled intersections, each twisting wave a rising tide. It’s a great song. … Continue reading Video Premiere: Hot Pursuit Of Happiness (Thollem) “The Sound” w/ Germaul Barnes

Video Premiere: Space Between Clouds “Sun Tea in G major”

Space Between Clouds’ self-titled debut earlier in the year was a spiraling showcase of quiet sonic connections built with emotional depth and unique arrangements. David Ralicke described the foundations of that album as a series of drones “designed ​​to sneak by consciousness and lay down in the shadows behind thoughts.” This brings us to Spiral, which presents the original drones in two lengths for each: 20 minutes and … Continue reading Video Premiere: Space Between Clouds “Sun Tea in G major”

Track Premiere: Pedro Vian & Mana “Cascades IV”

Repetition is a beautiful, hypnotic weapon on the first single from Pedro Vian and Mana’s upcoming album, Cascades. Urgency and whimsy become colliding forces on “Cascades IV” as varying synth passages intersect and veer off in opposite directions. Resonant loops bloom in the minor undercurrents, sifting stray waves into tape-saturated sonic peaks. The lead flute-like melody commands our focus, though. Lilting, enchanting tones blur the spaces … Continue reading Track Premiere: Pedro Vian & Mana “Cascades IV”

Video Premiere: Discrepants “Midnight Sinner”

A dark current etches cryptic symbols in the solidifying ether on Discrepants’ claustrophobic “Midnight Sinner.” The duo of Samuel Goff and Richard Schellenberg are joined by Vila, whose voice eviscerates the thumping darkness. Blacked-out rhythms underline searching guitar arrangements and blankets of fuzz with propulsive intent. Vila’s vocal melodies are surgical, opening new, unseen passageways through the grinding murk. “Midnight Sinner” is in constant motion, … Continue reading Video Premiere: Discrepants “Midnight Sinner”