Video Premiere: Ted Byrnes “Preparation”

Last summer, when uncertainty reigned supreme and not only was there no light at the end of it, there wasn’t even a damn tunnel to look through, Ted Byrnes, along with Patrick Shiroishi, offered a faint glimmer of hope. The duo played an outdoor, backyard, socially distanced set in Los Angeles and the mix of glee and fear was pure catharsis.  Nearly a year later and Ted … Continue reading Video Premiere: Ted Byrnes “Preparation”

Video Premiere: Celer “Melancholy Movement”

Will Long’s Celer project has spanned decades even if the timelessness and scope of his work make it feel like millennia. Layers that tap into singular emotions, spread across infinite worlds of sound opening up new worlds and fresh pathways where belief and forgiveness run rampant. On “Melancholy Movement,” from his forthcoming album, In Light of Blues on Room 40, Long uses memory to transform into new forms. … Continue reading Video Premiere: Celer “Melancholy Movement”

Let’s Get Stoned Together: Premiere & Interview w/ Jeffrey Silverstein

If there was ever an album that was ripe for a stellar tribute, it was Ted Lucas’s magical self-titled record. Portland, Oregon songwriter Jeffrey Silverstein was asked by Perpetual Doom to head up the project the label couldn’t have made a better choice. Silverstein, whose own solo work is quite wonderful itself, brought together a diverse array of artists to keep the spirit of Lucas’s … Continue reading Let’s Get Stoned Together: Premiere & Interview w/ Jeffrey Silverstein

Video Premiere: Booker Stardrum “Walking Through Still Air”

Getting lost is sometimes the best way to escape. In the opening sequence of Booker Stardrum’s beautiful lament, “Walking Through Still Air,” he cascades jewel-encrusted notes into a fuzz-laden pool, waiting for the moment to break free. Jamie Branch’s skittering trumpet lights the fuse and as soon as Stardrum layers in phased-out, raucous percussive samples it’s time for lift-off. Continue reading Video Premiere: Booker Stardrum “Walking Through Still Air”

Video Premiere: Sally Decker “The Loss”

Sally Decker’s “The Loss” lingers well beyond its runtime, a lucid memory running on a loop in your mind. Paired with Emily Chao’s haunting video (made in collaboration with Decker), the thick tension channeled through these four minutes can be felt through your entire body. It’s a stark preview of her forthcoming album, In The Tender Dream, coming soon on NNA Tapes. Opening with bleak, … Continue reading Video Premiere: Sally Decker “The Loss”

Video Premiere: Robert Gerard Pietrusko “UTM39N”

Unexpected geometry becomes an obscuring prism that shifts your perception of Robert Gerard Pietrusko’s narcotic “UTM39N.” Tranquil synth currents move across the surface, waves searching for a beach to smother, while electronic static is an aural glaze that hovers above like the sound of the summer sun. Pietrusko’s work is effortless as if it was plucked from the trees in the video, a solitary leaf floating through the grey skies to the earth below.  Continue reading Video Premiere: Robert Gerard Pietrusko “UTM39N”

Video Premiere: Yann Novak “Dark, Perplexing, Ruptures of Plane”

Yann Novak’s work exists in an ephemeral place where meaning hangs at arms’ length, quietly listening but leaving room for interpretation. For his latest album on Room 40, Lifeblood of Life and Rapture, he opens a vein and let’s the world helplessly revolve. Through gentle rolling synthesis, shards of light pierce the haze to offer an escape route. Continue reading Video Premiere: Yann Novak “Dark, Perplexing, Ruptures of Plane”

Video Premiere: Haco “Frozen in Time”

“Frozen in Time” from Haco‘s excellent new album for Someone Good, Nova Naturo is a mini masterpiece or spectral and aural delights. Held tenderly inside looping piano chords that hold onto golden moments, keeping them aloft. Haco’s voice traces the lines on your palm as the beat pushes forward and live drums pick up the pace, the nervous laughter of new love paired with the … Continue reading Video Premiere: Haco “Frozen in Time”

Video Premiere: Stefan Christensen “Loimaa IX”

Today, Garden Portal releases their killer spring batch and I highly recommend jumping over to their page and picking those up if you haven’t already. All four releases are worth your time.  To end this 4-week run (which has been great and I would love to do this kind of thing more so labels/artists – holler at me), we get Kristina Ohstrom’s latest beauty (follow their Instagram, too!). They tap … Continue reading Video Premiere: Stefan Christensen “Loimaa IX”

Video Premiere: Jeffrey Alexander “Perpetual Sunrise”

Penultimate Garden Portal premiere today, this time from the inimitable Jeffrey Alexander. “Perpetual Sunrise” is my favorite song off Alexander’s new tape, Reyes, as it drifts into radiant zones of plucked guitar and astral drones. Peaceful feelings permeate the tune as it gently drifts along, a languid float in the lake, eyes closed as you hear birds circle overhead. It’s beautiful. I’m always so impressed … Continue reading Video Premiere: Jeffrey Alexander “Perpetual Sunrise”