Supersilent 14 (Recording review)

Supersilent 14 Smalltown Supersound 2018 On Friday September 28th, Supersilent – the experimental trio of Arve Henriksen (trumpet, voice and electronics), Helge Sten (Electronics), and Ståle Storløkken (keyboards and electronics) – released a fourteenth album, their second for the label Smalltown Supersound. The group is best known for performances of “slow jazz:” avant jazz thatContinue reading “Supersilent 14 (Recording review)”

Kaitlyn Aurelia Smith: “An Intention” (Joe Goddard Remix)

Have you heard Kaitlyn Aurelia Smith’s The Kid (Western Vinyl, 2017) yet? Inspired by the loss of a friend, it is an electroacoustic journey from childhood to the loss of innocence, Armed with a Buchla Easel and supple voice, Smith articulates the experiences of childhood with winsome lyricism and an effulgent palette of synth timbres.Continue reading “Kaitlyn Aurelia Smith: “An Intention” (Joe Goddard Remix)”

Emptyset and Radian via Thrill Jockey (YouTube)

Two exemplars of heavy electronica have new records coming out. Borders is out Jan. 27, 2016 via Thrill Jockey Records. Out this past week on TJ, Radian’s On Dark Silent Off.  EU residents should consider checking out their tour (remaining dates below). Radian tour dates: Nov. 24 – Paris, France – Instants Chavires Nov. 25 – London, UK –Continue reading “Emptyset and Radian via Thrill Jockey (YouTube)”

“Building a Bridge” by Pegasus Warning

Perhaps best known currently as the drummer for the James Corden show, Guillermo E. Brown is a fine songwriter, singer, and drummer. I first learned of his work in the latter context: as a free jazz player, he contributed to recordings on the Thirsty Ear’s Blue Series. Recording under the moniker Pegasus Warning, Brown has just released his secondContinue reading ““Building a Bridge” by Pegasus Warning”

Clipping: “A Better Place” (live)

Daveed Diggs has a compelling post-Hamilton project. Check out the video for “A Better Place” below (and don’t forget to notice the HUGE modular synth rack!). Sub Pop artists Clipping have recently released a debut album for the imprint.

Seiho – “Collapse” (Review)

Seiho Collapse Leaving Records LP Japanese compose Seiho combines various sampled elements into his electronic music to make a formidable musical mélange. They consist of snippets of modern jazz, synth riffs, pizzicato string samples, electronic blurts, and tastes of musique concrète such as whistles and running water. The accumulation of sounds is kept from beingContinue reading “Seiho – “Collapse” (Review)”

Matmos: Ultimate Care II (CD Review)

Matmos Ultimate Care II Thrill Jockey Records Matmos (the duo of M. C. (Martin) Schmidt and Drew Daniel) uses an unusual sonic palette for their latest Thrill Jockey recording, Ultimate Care II. The sounds of the recording are made with the Whirlpool Ultimate Care II model washing machine in the basement of their home in Baltimore, Maryland. InContinue reading “Matmos: Ultimate Care II (CD Review)”

Brian Harnetty on Dust-to-Digital (CD Review)

Rawhead & Bloody Bones Brian Harnetty Dust-to-Digital 2xCD DTD-50   For label Dust-to-Digital’s fiftieth release, they tap composer Brian Harnetty, an artist known for blending vintage spoken word and field recordings with his own music. Rawhead and Bloody Bones features 1940s accounts by young people of scary stories. The contrast between Harnetty’s music, which references both traditionalContinue reading “Brian Harnetty on Dust-to-Digital (CD Review)”

Holly Herndon: “Platform”

Platform Holly Herndon 4AD/RVNG Intl. Most graduate students spend their time studying for comprehensive exams, giving conference papers, and readying their CV’s for the brutal academic job market. As a doctoral candidate at Stanford University, Holly Herndon is likely doing most or all of these things. But she is also crafting music of intense energyContinue reading “Holly Herndon: “Platform””