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Thom Martin, 1975-2015

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We are devastated at the unexpected loss of Thom Martin this week. Thom was a dear friend and multimedia artist, whose works included the eponymous Dresden Dolls album and visuals for both Brainwaves festivals. He is a longtime friend and our love goes out to his family and friends.

Last Updated on Sunday, 23 August 2015 12:48 Read more...
 

Radioson, "радиосон"

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cover imageThe moniker and title of this debut album from the enigmatic Russian artist translates to "radio sleep", the codename given to a secret USSR project during the Cold War.  Much like similar experiments in the USA, it was an attempt by scientists to use radio waves and sound to control and subjugate the masses.  Even though I had no idea about any of this for my first listen to this tape (the text describing the background is in Russian, with a URL for an English translation), I got a distinctly sinister feeling just based on the sound:  a mix of dissonant textures and subtle, hypnotic melodies that lurk just beneath the surface, making for a multifaceted release that slowly reveals its brilliant secrets.

Last Updated on Monday, 31 August 2015 20:04 Read more...
 

Public Speaking, "Mountainmurals"

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cover imageUnlike some of Jason Anthony Harris' previous work as Public Speaking, Mountainmurals is a conscious attempt at specifically creating a "noise" release.  Using only a variety of household objects as sound sources (none of which are obvious), the 11 untitled pieces, or at least discernible segments result in a gamut of sounds, some very different but all exceptionally well executed.

Last Updated on Monday, 31 August 2015 20:07 Read more...
 

Forced Exposure New Releases for 8/31/2015

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New music is due from Helen (Liz Harris of Grouper), Beequeen, and Matt "MV" Valentine, while old music is due from Psychic Warriors Ov Gaia, Colin Potter, and Bernard Vitet.

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Benoit Pioulard, "Sonnet"

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cover imageTo my great shame, I slept on this excellent album for entirely too long, as Thomas Meluch’s mannered songwriting has never quite connected with me despite my appreciation for his hushed, bleary, and languorous aesthetic.  With Sonnet, however, he largely dispenses with vocals in favor of a suite of warm, lush ambient drone, which is (predictably) far more to my taste. That said, I would definitely hail this as a stellar album even without the benefit of my unfairly subjective stylistic predispositions, as it is an archetypal Great Kranky Album, consistently hitting the same woozy, blissed-out sweet spot as other label luminaries like Windy & Carl.  As if that were not enough, the end of the album shows hints of something even better (and far more distinctive).  This may very well be Benoit Pioulard's masterpiece.

Last Updated on Monday, 31 August 2015 19:49 Read more...
 
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