Track Premieres: Läuten der Seele

On his debut for Hands in the Dark as Läuten der Seele, Christian Schoppik paints surrealistic aural landscapes that disorient as much as they transport listeners. Using German Heimatfilme samples as the basis for a collection of 12 dark and whimsical loop collages, Schoppik uses ageless hues and sonic connections. “Gedanken Der Mückenlarven In Der Regentonne Bei Vollmond” twists acoustic instrumentation around ghostly voices exploring … Continue reading Track Premieres: Läuten der Seele

Video Premiere: Hans-Joachim Roedelius & Dallas Acid “Mind Cinema”

Hans-Joachim Roedelius is a radiating force of nature. For half a century, Roedelius has created a universe of spectral sound. Well into his 80s, he continues to inspire, exploring new horizons and pushing his craft further as evidenced by this remarkable, expansive new collaboration, Mind Cinema, with Austin trio Dallas Acid.  Director Gregory Gangemi’s stunning video for the album’s title track is like a journey into the birth … Continue reading Video Premiere: Hans-Joachim Roedelius & Dallas Acid “Mind Cinema”

Track Premiere: Patrick Shiroishi “The Long Bright Dark”

Finding a way to satisfyingly close an album as powerful as Patrick Shiroishi’s new opus, Hidemi, isn’t easy. Across the album’s deep, moving half-hour, Shiroishi creates a lyrical statement about working hard to overcome darkness and finding a silver thread to follow toward greener horizons. “The Long Bright Dark” exudes this hopeful catharsis in spades. Using a hypnotic triplet progression that pushes forward at every … Continue reading Track Premiere: Patrick Shiroishi “The Long Bright Dark”

Joanna Mattrey “Dirge”

There’s a passage in “Tryst,” the opening piece on Dirge, where Joanna Mattrey breaks free of a hypnotic loop by stretching her Stroh violin’s notes into the night sky. Drifting lazily, holding the grit of the strings in awe, looping aimlessly in the air like a samara seed caught in a wind guest, Mattrey eventually comes back to Earth. “Tryst,” as memorable and satisfying as it is, … Continue reading Joanna Mattrey “Dirge”

–___–__ “The Heart Pumps Kool-Aid”

CD edition available from Mondoj While I continue dreaming of a new more eaze solo album, I’m thankful she keeps releasing these stunning collaborations. —__–___ finds her joining forces with the inimitable Seth Graham and their debut, The Heart Pumps Kool-Aid, is a lush landscape littered with hope, heartbreak, and the emotional detritus we hang onto while being crushed under the weight of simply surviving in … Continue reading –___–__ “The Heart Pumps Kool-Aid”

Video Premiere: Nasturtium “Across Withered Grass”

The opening guitar chords of “Across Withered Grass” float like prismatic reflections hovering above a swiftly moving current. Nasturtium, the duo of Geneva Skeen and Erin Dawson, holds a mirror toward the sun, bending the refracted waves into submission as bass growls, building into a towering inferno. Those calm early moments give way to sheer catharsis, screaming electronics firing rockets through black clouds while monuments … Continue reading Video Premiere: Nasturtium “Across Withered Grass”

Foxy Digitalis Mix #2: Nick Storring

Nick Storring has released fantastic albums on labels like Orange Milk, Notice, and Scissor Tail among others. Last year’s full-length, My Magic Dreams Have Lost Their Spell, is transportive, taking listeners on an emotional sonic ride through imaginary landscapes and sprawling aural vistas. It’s incredible. Next week, on July 16th, he will release his latest, Newfoundout, on the excellent mappa label. 1. Atrium Musicae de Madrid … Continue reading Foxy Digitalis Mix #2: Nick Storring

claire rousay “Live”

There are moments where the shortest distance between two points isn’t so much a straight line as it is a deep breath. Gaze long enough into the distance and all the imperfections in the distance will blur into an opulent, fleeting view of the future. claire rousay continues her vertical trajectory and showing another side of her ever-growing repertoire. With longtime friends Mari Maurice and … Continue reading claire rousay “Live”

Susan Alcorn, Leila Bordreuil, Ingrid Laubrock “Bird Meets Wire”

I am constantly bowled over by the depth and breadth of Susan Alcorn’s work. Working with cellist Leila Bordreuil and saxophonist Ingrid Laubrock on Bird Meets Wire, interesting and exciting new avenues are unlocked and explored. The trio’s music is, at times, discordant like a shock to the system. These often revelatory tonal combinations grow into distinct worlds where anything seems possible, yet everything is slightly … Continue reading Susan Alcorn, Leila Bordreuil, Ingrid Laubrock “Bird Meets Wire”