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Mort Garson, "Mother Earth's Plantasia"

E-mail Print PDF has become a well-known record despite a limited initial 1976 release to anyone buying a houseplant from the Mother Earth store in Los Angeles. This was music for plant owners to create an environment of optimal growth - simple haunting melodies composed on a moog.

Last Updated on Wednesday, 12 June 2019 06:54

Spiral Wave Nomads

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cover image Spiral Wave Nomads is the newly formed duo of multi-instrumentalist Eric Hardiman (Rambutan, Century Plants, Burnt Hills) and drummer Michael Kiefer (More Klementines).  As a new duo, their first record is surprisingly a fully formed excursion:  an excellent balance of structure and improvisation, and a sound that never stands still, but also demonstrates consistency and focus from song to song.  The final product is a complex, yet entirely enjoyable suite of enveloping psychedelia that engages without bludgeoning.

Last Updated on Monday, 27 May 2019 09:47

William Ryan Fritch, "Deceptive Cadence: Music For Film Vol. I & Vol. II"

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cover imageI have only been familiar with William Ryan Fritch's work for a couple of years, but he became one of my absolute favorite artists almost instantly.  In fact, I have such unshakable faith in his vision that I even pounced on this lavish collection of works for film despite my similarly unshakable apathy towards soundtrack albums.  My rational was that his first major release in two years had to be something truly special and the handful of pieces released in advance of the album seemed to bear that out.  As it happens, the rest of this double album is every bit as wonderful as those teasers: Deceptive Cadence may very well be Fritch’s career-defining masterpiece.  It certainly deserves to be, as Fritch approached it as a true labor of love, tirelessly revisiting, reworking, and paring down years of disparate projects until he had a gorgeously bittersweet tour de force of sublime grandeur.

Last Updated on Tuesday, 28 May 2019 05:40


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cover image While a series of archival live releases have appeared recently, the self-titled BLOODYMINDED is the first new studio material from the legendary Chicago noise/power electronics project since 2013’s Within the Walls.  It also marks the first time that all six permanent members of the international band:  Xavier Laradji, Will Lindsay, James Moy, Isidro Reyes, Pieter Schoolwerth, and de facto band leader Mark Solotroff have recorded together at the same location.  This was heralded by a live performance just before the few crew entered the studio (released as The Struggle of Togetherness, but live BLOODYMINDED is a very different beast.   On stage they are a writhing mass of black leather, cheap plastic synths, and far more microphones than necessary.  The result is the deconstruction of rock show clichés complete with between song banter and dedications, some of which are longer in duration than the song itself, which may be just a five second blast of synth.  In the studio, however, the thematic depth and obsessive attention to sonic detail is much more obvious, resulting in the band's best work to date.

Last Updated on Monday, 27 May 2019 09:44

My Cat is an Alien, "Spiritual Noise, Vol. I"

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cover imageMy Cat is an Alien has always been very much an "outsider art" phenomenon, as the Opalio brothers have spent the last two decades tirelessly conjuring and reshaping a hermetic alternate reality replete with its own unique philosophy and cosmology.  In the process, they have released some truly original and beguiling auditory dispatches from their remote home in the Alps, but music is just one part of their larger vision and that vision has drawn increasing interest from the art world.  For this latest release, the brothers unveil a new collaborative imprint with gallerist and publisher Marco Contini that seeks to bring the various threads of the their artistry together into a focused and harmonious whole.  That endeavor is off to an excellent start, as Spiritual Noise is quite an impressive achievement as an art object.  It is also an excellent album, as each of the two lengthy pieces unveils a fresh new facet of the duo's deep space trance states.

Last Updated on Monday, 27 May 2019 17:56

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