Wednesday, May 30, 2012

D'eon - LP (Hippos In Tanks 2012)

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Via Stolen Lynx 

"LP is an oratorio in four movements. A humanistic mix of electronic pop with devotional subject matter. Continuing the musical themes of his previous two releases on H I T, 2010's "Palinopsia" mini-LP, and 2011's "Darkbloom" split with Grimes, d'Eon uses layers of digital keyboards and drum machine beats to carve pop songs out of counterpoint melodies and unresolved chord progressions. More evident than the previous two releases, d'Eon employs more of his classical piano training in the compositions, adding an increasing amount of fractalized, multiplying patterns of notes. The vocal and rhythmic approach of the songs are firmly rooted in pop music, using R&B and dance music as pieces of a larger oratorio, whose form, length and lyrical content more closely resemble long-form baroque music.
Lyrically, it is an appeal to the Angel Gabriel, responsible for dispensing the word of God to the world. As of 2012, it has been centuries since his last appearance to Muhammad, and God no longer speaks through him. Despite the communication technology that exists to distribute information, the original bringer of information, Gabriel, is nowhere to be found. The singer feels cheated that so many people watch over him every day on the internet, but God Himself no longer sees him. If the internet is the primary source of information, then it must follow that the Angel Gabriel is in the network somewhere. Throughout the four movements of "LP", the singer eventually descends into religious delusion and hysteria, and becomes obsessed with finding Gabriel, the Angel of Truth, in the internet, demanding an explanation for God's communication blackout."-Hippos In Tanks 

Saturday, May 26, 2012

Motion Sickness Of Time Travel - S/T (Spectrum Spools 2012)

"In 2010 Rachel Evans released "Seeping Through the Veil of the Unconscious", an expansive, magic trick of a cassette which captivated an unsuspecting American cassette underground and made dedicated fans instantly. Digitalis released fine editions of the "Seeping..." as well as the acclaimed follow-up "Luminaries and Synastries" on LP which packed an equally potent punch. Since then much anticipation has been created from her work with husband Grant Evans, including a split LP on Aguirre Records in late 2011 and various releases as duo Quiet Evenings. 

Evans has since been hard at work on an expansive, definitive 2xLP project, carefully arranging sounds to create immense, alchemical side-long tracks which push the boundries of the project into new territory. These incredible new highs are documented in a clear, spacious fidelity where cerebral sounds gently flow and wash through the stereo field creating a beautiful deep listening situation. Big changes in sound and scope are evident; a shift from the murky, mysterious haze of the older recordings into a highly addictive concentrate of airy tones and gem-like glow, each track forming a universal sky-map . There is, however, no loss of mystique. One of Evans most charming elements is her ability to create a divine magnetism, and to capture this very magic unfiltered, raw and uncomprimised. Very few have the capability to create this powerful energy and make is as accessible as Evans does. 

This full-length definitive album is a high water mark in Motion Sickness of Time Travel discography. An album masterfully crafted with ambition, crystal clear vision and dedicated focus. Mastered for vinyl by Lawrence English and cut for vinyl at Dubplates and Mastering. 
Artwork by Juli Elin Toro"- Spectrum Spool 

Tree House - Random Time (S/R 2012)

Jam City - Classical Curves (Night Slugs 2012)

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"This is a record about elegance, violence, electricity, water, marble, plants, trenchcoats, oily black jeep windows, crashed motorbikes, parks at twilight, clubs in the dark, broken DX7s and missed phone calls, written and recorded over a hot summer in a cramped flat with neighbours having sex through the walls.
“Classical Curves” comes from a teenhood spent obsessively listening to both Prince and Youngstar, a tumultuous period as a performance artist-cum-designer marketing ‘chrome body extensions’ to the fashion world, and a brief and bizarre spell as a corporate spy for a well known athletics brand. This is a record unique in its scope and vision, from a life that could only paint a world of romance and danger as vividly as this.
It’s a record that owes equal parts to Philly Club as it does to Laurie Anderson, The Neptunes as it does to Einsturzende Neubauten, Steve Poindexter as it does to the soft jazz leads of Pat Metheny. A record conceived out of (but not confined to) the legacy of the great rhythm trak muziks: Chicago House, Detroit Techno, Grime and Club. Classical Curves deconstructs, then reconfigures these blueprints as skeletal, emotionally charged pop songs. Or perhaps it’s the other way around: We are engulfed in booming, monolithic kick drums/We are floating on a pink cloud. We are thrashed and contorted by sheets of metal/We are suspended in breathy quiet of sighing voices and raindrops kissing the windowpane – and then it erupts again.
Classical Curves debuts its creators voice for the first time on record, taking on the roles of brazen alien catwalk commentator, crooning synth-pop pinup and whispering informant. And all the while the drums continue to snap, crunch, jerk and bump. There are also guitar synths, tape hiss, clouds of static, saxophones, lamenting fairlight choirs and slap bass. Listen carefully and you will hear a phone ringing (pick it up)."- Night Slugs 

Diva Dompe - Cyborg Sweetie 7'' (Critical Heights 2012)

"Game's up. Truth's out. Fog's lifted. Diva's gonna rule 2012, apocalypto or not. 
Diva Dompe is L.A.'s foremost underground polymath: musician, scientist, artist; she's a special talent. 

Whereas last year's marvellous full length, "The Glitter End", revelled in a psychedelic fug of tropicalia and analogue squelch; the first glimpse of new LP "Moon Moods" suggests our heroine has honed her pop dynamic with a gloriously melodic precision. Here the Angeleno backdrop that couches much of Diva's work is shot through with neon and laser light rather than incense glow. 

A heady push of chrome and fluorescence, Cyborg Sweetie tells a Deckard-like tale of unrequited "techno-love" that is addictive in the extreme. As Diva's powerful vocal transitions to a banging (gull-winged) muscle car cruise of a tune, we imagine radios across the globe crunching in unison. 

On the flip Teardrops In The Purple Dimension gives us midnight in Echo Park, but the sky is clear and we are lifted to the stars. Another stunning vocal leads us on a slow-mo trip into galactic unity: the micro and macro correspond, and "all time, all space drifts away". But this is only the beginning. Like we said, Diva's gonna rule 2012, apocalypto or not."- Critical Heights 

Alligator Indian - Spring I'm In (Bleeding Gold Records 2012)

Funk Police - Hot We Are Funk We Play (Avant! Records 2011)

Friday, May 25, 2012

The Hussy - Weed Seizure (Tic Tac Totally 2012)

Monday, May 21, 2012

Bitchin Bajas - Vibraquatic (Kallistei Records 2012)

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"Vibraquatic is the new multimedia collaboration of Cooper Crain’s Bitchin Bajas (CAVE) and globetrotting film-maker Olivia Wyatt (Sublime Frequencies).  In Vibraquatic, three psychedelic movements are paired with lush prismatic distortions and intense ritual behaviors. Fans of Terry Riley and Bryon Gysin will not be disappointed.  Get into the zone.  This DVD/LP release follows up the critically acclaimed collaboration Water Wrackets also on Kallistei Editions."- Kallistei 

Monday, May 14, 2012

Cankun - Isalo Waterfall (Not Not Fun 2012)

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"St Flour de Mercoire’s patron saint of sunburned guitar and electric mirages issues forth this new homage to an exquisite natural wonder in Southwestern Madagascar which Monsieur Cankun had the pleasure and privilege of witnessing first hand on a personal quest years prior. The strategies employed on last year’s debut, Jaguar Dance, are in even finer form here, fusing solar flares, feathery fields of guitar blur, and skeletal groove metronomes into multi-movement trance states of sunset skyway-psych. Moods crossfade between muted, spiraling, inner space loop-cruises (“Collages,” “Stylo”) and more revved up celebratory waverunners (“Blue Vanilla”, “Jugular Rhythms”) but all share his uniquely fried tonalism and magic touch. Welcome to the waterworld of the Waterfall. Pro-dubbed metallic gold tapes with ecstasy collage artwork by Valerian Marguery."- Not Not Fun 

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Thursday, May 10, 2012

Hunx and his Punx

Hunx and his Punx 4/18/12 Austin,Tx
Photo by:Ryan B.

                                                                     Hunx - Let me In

                                                                         Tour Dates
                                                                             05.10.12 - Koln, Germany - Tsunami Club
                                                                             05.11.12 - Utrecht, Netherlands - Tivoli
                                                                             05.12.12 - London, UK - Shacklewell Arms
                                                                             05.13.12 - Manchester, UK - Islington Mill
                                                                             05.14.12 - London, UK - Birthdays (Stoke Newington Rd)
                                                                             05.15.12 - Paris, France - Le Point FMR
                                                                             05.16.12 - Rennes, France - Bar La Paillotte
                                                                             05.17.12 - Bordeaux, France - Cafe Pompier
                                                                             05.18.12 - Lyon, France - Le Nuits Sonores Festival
                                                                             05.19.12 - Barcelona, Spain - Popbar @ Razzmatazz
                                                                             05.21.12 - Heidelberg, Germany - Karlstorbanhof
                                                                             05.22.12 - Leipzig, Germany - Zorro
                                                                             05.23.12 - Berlin, Germany - Festaal Kreuzberg
                                                                             05.24.12 - Hamburg, Germany - Molotow
                                                                             05.25.12 - Copenhagen, Denmark - Stengade
                                                                             05.26.12 - Stockholm, Sweden - Vielle Montagne
                                                                             05.27.12 - Helsinki, Finland - Kuudes Linja
                                                                             05.28.12 - Warsaw, Poland - Powiekszenie

Sunday, May 6, 2012

M Geddes Gengras - Systems 1 (905 Tapes 2012)


"whether releasing material under his own name or a bulk of aliases, duos, and trios, m. geddes gengras always manages to produce beyond galactic sounds. over the three cassettes (c40, c44, c62) that make up systems 1, ged gets behind modular synthesizers and tape echos in order to force sparkling tones into supernovas. all of this ear juice is packaged in a triple-tall norelco case. it's easy on the eyes as well. don't sleep on this one. for real."- 905 Tapes 

Drainolith - Aint No Sunshine (Sun Ark 2012)


"Tangled, pummeled poly-rhythmic blues from AIDS WOLF alumn Alexander Moskos, headstock scratching the floor, feet pounding.  Deeply felt and deeply numb at the same time, somehow scorching and freezing."- Sun Ark 

Free Weed - S/T (Gnar Tapes 2012)


Friday, May 4, 2012

Nudity - Heavy Petting (S/R 2012)

Holodeck Party ATX

Raw Thrills - Top Gun Cruisin' (S/R 2012)

Sun Eater - S/T (S/R 2012)

Tuesday, May 1, 2012

Padang Food Tigers - Ready Country Nimbus (Bathetic 2012)


"Warm… Embracing... Nostalgic… Emotive. A few words to describe the indefinable, thrown into the wind to pin the immersive atmospheres located within the wax of Padang Food Tigers' (ex-drone folk heroes, Rameses III) new album,Ready Country Nimbus. Comparable to feathers floating in the breeze, this London-based duo (Stephen Lewis and Spencer Grady) make their gentle passage via sublime vignettes to set up residence in pastures new. Theirs is the sound of dirt and cobwebs being swept from the corners of childhood memories. The world weeps tears of knowledge, comfort, concentration, enlightenment, while handing flowers to a parade of beautiful women."- Bathetic