Headboggle “Digital Digital Analog”

Derek Gedalecia’s Headboggle project always pushes ideas and boundaries well beyond any reasonable zone, yet his work is always infinitely listenable. Digital Digital Analog is the most fleshed-out execution of the Headboggle vision to date. Over 24 tracks, Gedalecia skips across space and time, leavening his squelched electronics into a dizzying maze of sonic treats. Each vignette is another opportunity for him to slather up another idea … Continue reading Headboggle “Digital Digital Analog”

Can’t Afford To Be Here: An Interview with Lexagon

Lexagon, the music moniker of artist Alexa Burrell, has delivered one of the rawest, most powerful sonic statements of 2021 with Feminine Care. A beguiling mix of visceral bangers, experimental soundscapes, contemplative drones, downtempo hauntings, and everything in between, Burrell put all of herself into this record. The vulnerability shown is intense, sometimes difficult to listen to, but stopping and really listening, hearing the anxiety, pain, and brutal … Continue reading Can’t Afford To Be Here: An Interview with Lexagon

Lexagon “Feminine Care”

Music can be so many things to so many people, but on Lexagon’s new masterpiece, Feminine Care, it’s a reflection and dissertation about survival. This album is a dense, sprawling opus about the experience of black femininity in the context of all that fell apart from 2016 – 2020. Saturated with this haunted, vast, and determined spirit, Feminine Care lands every sonic punch square in the chest. Lexagon’s … Continue reading Lexagon “Feminine Care”

Dax Pierson “Nerve Bumps (A Queer Divine Dissatisfaction)”

Dax Pierson first turned up on my radar because of his collaborative album with Robert Horton. I worked a lot with Horton during the Digitalis years, but remember being bowled over by Pierson’s approach and contributions on those recordings. I sadly lost track of his work shortly after, but when his official debut record, Nerve Bumps (A Queer Divine Dissatisfaction), turned up and I blasted it through my … Continue reading Dax Pierson “Nerve Bumps (A Queer Divine Dissatisfaction)”

Tyler Holmes “Nightmare in Paradise”

I hate that trauma can inspire such beautiful creations, but I love that, for many, art and music can be a processing bridge to navigate toward healing. Tyler Holmes’ stunning new album is a mirror reflecting tenderness and forgiveness while masking pain and the darkness that follows. Their journey inward and defiance in the face of that darkness is so deeply moving that when they … Continue reading Tyler Holmes “Nightmare in Paradise”