Video Premiere: Head Shoppe “Chapultepec Parque”

Riding through a vivid memory quest, Head Shoppe unlocks an ancient magic. Timeless guitar pathways and spectral sonic glass glide through suncast skies to drop hallucinatory rain drops into the parched maw of the Earth. Lilting melodies are the fabric of our dreams that swirl lackadaisically in the vivid expanses stretching toward the horizon. Studio Sparks’Sparks’ video is a psychedelic masterpiece, fusing bright colors, enchanted … Continue reading Video Premiere: Head Shoppe “Chapultepec Parque”

Video Premiere: Neti-Neti “That Which Remains”

Neti-Neti, the duo of Amirtha Kidambi and Matt Evans, describe their sound as lo-fi ritual music, and it’s spot on. Not only that, but a transcendent thread spins outward from the music’s fractured core, tying it together in cathartic waves. Neti-Neti, as translated from Sanskrit, means “it is not this, it is not that,” and this spirit runs through Kidambi and Evans’ work.  “That Which … Continue reading Video Premiere: Neti-Neti “That Which Remains”

Video Premiere: Senyawa + Lawrence English/Aviva Endean/Peter Knight/Helen Svoboda/Joe Talia “Mangsa dan Penguasa”

This is an absolute dream team. During the height of lockdown in 2021, separated by seas and universes, “Mangsa dan Penguasa” is a wonder of sonic expression and timeless ritual. Sacred sounds from another dimension collide with airs of familiarity to create something new that swims in a sea of mystics. A matrix of ethereal voices smooths the harsh edges, piercing through the veil like … Continue reading Video Premiere: Senyawa + Lawrence English/Aviva Endean/Peter Knight/Helen Svoboda/Joe Talia “Mangsa dan Penguasa”

Video Premiere: Courtney and Brad “Mayonnaise”

Listening to the whimsical fantasy of Courtney (Swain of Bent Knee) and Brad’s (Krieger of emergent New England studio hub Big Nice Studio) “Mayonnaise,” it feels easy to fall in love. Beguiling, country-tinged instrumentation dances across lithe song patterns following Swain’s emotive vocals sung in her native Japanese. Joy is sprinkled throughout Courtney and Brad’s music. Leaning into an effervescent collaborative spirit, “Mayonnaise” is a wild … Continue reading Video Premiere: Courtney and Brad “Mayonnaise”

Video Premiere: Patricia Wolf “Springtime in Croatia” & Interview With Pablo E. Peña P.

There’s a real magic that happens when someone is able to not just translate the spirit of a song into a visual form but also add a new dimension of expression to it. Venezuelan artist and designer Pablo E. Peña P. programmed a generative algorithm that takes “Springtime in Croatia” from Patricia Wolf’s See-Through into an enchanting new realm. “When I approached Pablo about making the video, … Continue reading Video Premiere: Patricia Wolf “Springtime in Croatia” & Interview With Pablo E. Peña P.

Video Premiere: Sarah Davachi “Alas, Departing”

Stillness is an impermeable force on “Alas, Departing” from Sarah Davachi’s Two Sisters. Based on the 15th-century piece, “Alas Departynge is Ground of Woo,” Davachi, with vocalists Jessika Kenney and Dorothy Berry, channels an ageless spirit into evocative, intimate ruminations. Tones intersect with surprising movements, holes in the temporal veil where phantom arrangements pour in to illuminate a focused path. Kenney and Berry’s voices hold a … Continue reading Video Premiere: Sarah Davachi “Alas, Departing”

Video Premiere: Office Culture “Big Time Things”

An emotional cliff looms on the second single from Office Culture’s forthcoming Big Time Things. Worst-case scenarios are repeating mantras in our tired minds, but what happens once we give in? Flickering keyboard motifs draw distracted shapes in the transient skies as Winston Cook-Wilson traces the psychic steps through exposed memory fields and buried fears. Emotive guitar explorations thread the needle of this latticework arrangement while … Continue reading Video Premiere: Office Culture “Big Time Things”

Video Premiere: Mushfoot “My Shrinking Heart”

New York trio, Mushfoot, started as a quarantined remote collaboration but morphed into something bigger as new layers were added and songs began to take shape. Featuring Ian Davis and Katie Vogel of Relatives and Greg Albert of TheRainbows, Mushfoot is visceral like a familiar landscape stripped of its lush surface so that the gnarled, tangled roots become the focal point.  Mushfoot’s debut, Time Before Land, … Continue reading Video Premiere: Mushfoot “My Shrinking Heart”

Video Premiere: Yotam Avni and Karen Vogt “Voices”

Karen Vogt constantly pushes her creative space outward, searching for new directions to follow and landscapes to inhabit. This new collaborative project with producer Yotam Avni combines the best elements from each artist’s work into something engaging and fresh. “In 2021, I reached out to experimental techno artist Yotam Avni to ask if he would remix a track from another project I was involved in,” … Continue reading Video Premiere: Yotam Avni and Karen Vogt “Voices”

Video Premiere: Ben Glas “VII of Superpositional Melodies”

Keigo Hara’s animations for Ben Glas’s “VII” from Superpositional Melodies heightens the psychoacoustic impact of the shifting tonal framework, adding a surprising meditative construct to the piece. Visualizations are in constant motion, sometimes at odds with Glas’s fragmented sonic inquires. The effect is mesmerizing and overwhelming. Keigo explains, “It’s not “real” visualizing, nor is it based on acoustic engineering, but rather it is an improvisational free-styling response … Continue reading Video Premiere: Ben Glas “VII of Superpositional Melodies”