The Capsule Garden Vol 1.33: September 16, 2022

The hits keep coming here in September, the worst of the months. Can’t it just be fall already? Irarrázabal / Baldwin Grips (Tripticks Tapes) I can’t imagine something more in my wheelhouse than a double-double bass album with two of my favorite bassists, yet Grips still exceeds my expectations. Both Amanda Irarrázabal and Nat Baldwin are no strangers to Foxy Digitalis as they’ve put out countless diamonds in the … Continue reading The Capsule Garden Vol 1.33: September 16, 2022

Vic Bang “Burung”

Crystal clear melodies generate fleeting patterns across a digital canvas on Argentinian composer Vic Bang’s new one for Moon Glyph, Burung. It’s rare to hear songs so pristine and precise that nothing seems off or out of place, yet it’s all so warm and enchanting. Based on the sound palette alone, I’d expect the world of Burung to be a sterile, robotic place that finds its power in … Continue reading Vic Bang “Burung”

Foxy Digitalis Mix Season 2, #11: Regional Attraction

I admit to being a little biased when it comes to the excellent Portland label, Regional Attraction, but that’s okay. Run by my longtime friend, Andrew Heuback, there’s a curatorial consistency to the label that hits so many of my weaknesses. Heuback has always had great taste and his previous label, Overland Shark, was a jumping off point. Regional Attraction feels like the slightly-older, cooler … Continue reading Foxy Digitalis Mix Season 2, #11: Regional Attraction

Parker Sprout “Milk in the Sun”

Milk in the Sun is an odd choice for the title of a record as sun-dappled and scrappily appealing as this. Pitched more as psychedelic indie pop, and out on the well-respected psych label Moon Glyph, Milk in the Sun is more in the vein of a slightly buzzed c86 color scheme and some of that sound’s classic participants. Opener “Peace and Love” initially wrongfoots the record, a … Continue reading Parker Sprout “Milk in the Sun”

Foxy Digitalis Mix #34: SiP

From now on I’m going to call Jimmy Lacy the velvet assassin because who wouldn’t want that as a nickname? All kidding aside, his recent collaboration as SiP with Prezzano (out now on Moon Glyph) is a gem that’s spirited the transition from summer to fall quite nicely. Here’s Lacy’s description of this damn fine mix: My thinking behind this collection was to capture the … Continue reading Foxy Digitalis Mix #34: SiP

SiP/Prezzano s/t

I was smitten with Jimmy Lacy’s last SiP album, Leos Naturals, but this collaboration with Pete Prezzano (who did show up on Leos playing melodica) gets into some different, calmer zones. Where Leos careened down a slide of tropical-infused grooves, we’re now living life at a much slower pace at the foot of the waterfall. Everything is saturated in hues of green and blue while levitating arpeggios zigzag through the … Continue reading SiP/Prezzano s/t

Mark Tester “Oblivion Rhythms Revisited”

Mark Tester has become one of those artists whose new work I will always make a point to check out. Whether it’s solo, in his fantastic duo recordings with Landon Caldwell, or contributions to the inimitable Crazy Doberman, Tester is an uncategorizable force. He can do it all (check out this stellar compilation he and Caldwell put together, for example) and he always keeps me guessing.  For … Continue reading Mark Tester “Oblivion Rhythms Revisited”

Video Premiere: SiP “Indialantic Book I”

I’ve listened to SiP’s stellar album on Not Not Fun last year, Leos Naturals, so many times I’ve lost count. Jimmy Lacy has an uncanny ability to write songs that float effervescently through time as if they were beamed in from another dimension. “Indialantic Book I” comes from the fantastic Moon Glyph compilation, Amethyst. Lacy ventures into new pastures on “Indialantic Book I,” exploring a more acoustic palette … Continue reading Video Premiere: SiP “Indialantic Book I”

Jewel Garden Radio, Episode #3

New episode, finally! Lots of great tunes lately, so this is only a small taste. Arushi Jain “Richer Than Blood” (Leaving)(behind) Ayumi Ishito & The Spacemen “Night Chant” (577 Records)d’Eon “Poplar” (Hausu Mountain)Kasja Lindgren “Momentary Harmony” (Recital Program)New Chance “Fallen” (We Are Time)Joe McPhee, Michael Marcus, Jay Rosen, Warren Smith “Chatreuse Tulips” (Mahakala Music)(behind) Isnaj Dui “Swoon to Death” (Textura)Nick Storring “Frood” (mappa)Body Meπa “Motherwell” … Continue reading Jewel Garden Radio, Episode #3

Landon Caldwell & Flower Head Ensemble “Simultaneous Systems”

Landon Caldwell is one of those artists that I keep seeing on all sorts of releases these days (like Foxy Digitalis fave Patrick Shiroishi). Considering the quality of all this work, though, I’m thankful. On Simultaneous Systems, the group finds cohesion and transcendence despite being states apart. Reminiscent of the Jusell, Prymek, Sage, Shiroishi recordings on, Simultaneous Systems veers into dreamier territories to find … Continue reading Landon Caldwell & Flower Head Ensemble “Simultaneous Systems”