Video Premieres: Yann Novak & Robert Takahashi Crouch

Kudos to The Tapeworm for pairing LA power couple Yann Novak and Robert Takahashi Crouch on this new split tape, Giving Water to the Dead. Novak and Crouch create some of the most engaging, emotionally-dense music around. They started with the same source material for this split but went on their own sonic treks. Each side is its own statement, but they work together as a … Continue reading Video Premieres: Yann Novak & Robert Takahashi Crouch

Foxy Digitalis Mix Season 2, #26: Robert Takahashi Crouch

Robert Takahashi Crouch’s 2021 album, Jubilee, is special. He upped the ante earlier this year with a collection of reworks from a host stellar artists of album opener (and standout), “A Ritual.” The world of Jubilee continues to grow and evolve and for listeners, the expansive scope is a gift. Crouch adds an additional orbit with this Ritual Variations Mix Tape for Foxy Digitalis. Featuring pieces from the artists that … Continue reading Foxy Digitalis Mix Season 2, #26: Robert Takahashi Crouch

Video Premiere: Yann Novak “The Thrill of Approaching Destruction”

Yann Novak’s forthcoming EP, Reflections of a Gathering Storm, stands on the edge of chaos. Closing track, “The Thrill of Approaching Destruction,” takes sinister steps into the building void. Elegiac tones scythe through the atmosphere leaving a trail of minor chord progressions and vaporous swells in their wake. Pensive melodies are stretched to the breaking point, echoing through the fluctuating, muted colors in the hypnotic video. … Continue reading Video Premiere: Yann Novak “The Thrill of Approaching Destruction”

Track Premiere: France Jobin “A Ritual / For a Daydream”

The opening track on Robert Takahashi Crouch’s last album, Jubilee, is the 19-minute “A Ritual,” culled from a longer, two-hour improvisational piece. For Ritual Variations, out on May 6 via Room40, he commissioned seven friends and artists to use the original two-hour recording as source material for further investigations and contemplations on the intimate nature of the music. The entire release is fantastic, but France Jobin’s stunning 37-minute “A … Continue reading Track Premiere: France Jobin “A Ritual / For a Daydream”

Touch Turns 40

This weekend, March 11 – 13, in Los Angeles, Touch.40 will take place at 2220 Arts featuring a series of live performances, sound installations, video screenings, film panels, and informal talks. Performers include Robert Aiki Aubrey Lowe, Bethan Kellough, Jim Haynes, Geneva Skeen, Gabie Strong + Peter Kolovos, Yann Novak, and many more. Tickets are still available and can be found HERE. To do something for … Continue reading Touch Turns 40

Foxy Digitalis Mix Season 2, #5: Yann Novak

Yann Novak’s sound worlds are dense, threaded with an emotional dexterity that adds such depth and nuance that I find it near-impossible not to completely lose myself in his work. His most recent album, Lifeblood of Light and Rapture, floored me the more I’d listen. Further to that, there’s a real care to his work that elevates each piece and keeps me returning to find different … Continue reading Foxy Digitalis Mix Season 2, #5: Yann Novak

Yann Novak “Lifeblood of Light and Rapture”

In the middle of the night, that’s when it hits hardest. The embrace of emptiness; the cold internal monologues that can’t be easily switched off; divergent paths, all leading to the same fate. When these thoughts pervade and overwhelm, the journey back toward the light is long, difficult. Yann Novak’s Lifeblood of Light and Rapture captures this moment of clarity where we push back and attempt to … Continue reading Yann Novak “Lifeblood of Light and Rapture”

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”