Category Archives: Experimental

Matmos ~ The Consuming Flame: Open Exercises in Group Form

The new triple album from Matmos is at turns fascinating, confounding, enlightening, humorous, maddening, timely and brilliant.  In terms of ambition and scope, it’s one of 2020’s most significant releases.  Like it, hate it, think it overblown or too subdued, listeners will

Matmos ~ The Consuming Flame: Open Exercises in Group Form

The new triple album from Matmos is at turns fascinating, confounding, enlightening, humorous, maddening, timely and brilliant.  In terms of ambition and scope, it’s one of 2020’s most significant releases.  Like it, hate it, think it overblown or too subdued, listeners will

Amy Cutler ~ Örö Tape: Fieldtrips of the Damned / Marina Rosenfeld & Ben Vida ~ Vertice

What is the purpose of recorded sound? As music lovers, we live and breathe it. But what is its raison d’être? Recordings transport us into distant places or timeframes. They prompt emotional and intellectual responses. The aural can complement visual

Amy Cutler ~ Örö Tape: Fieldtrips of the Damned / Marina Rosenfeld & Ben Vida ~ Vertice

What is the purpose of recorded sound? As music lovers, we live and breathe it. But what is its raison d’être? Recordings transport us into distant places or timeframes. They prompt emotional and intellectual responses. The aural can complement visual

Taw ~ Truce Terms

There’s a moment in the life of every musician parent when one recognizes ~ or suddenly remembers ~ the musical properties of children’s toys.  The moment may arrive as early as the rattle or squeaky toy, wait until the activity

Taw ~ Truce Terms

There’s a moment in the life of every musician parent when one recognizes ~ or suddenly remembers ~ the musical properties of children’s toys.  The moment may arrive as early as the rattle or squeaky toy, wait until the activity

OMG! Amplify Just Released 55 More Albums & EPs.

Eight weeks ago, we covered the first batch of releases in the Amplify 2020 quarantine festival: an explosion of creativity featuring 125 albums and EPs to enjoy at home during the pandemic.  Since then, Amplify has released 55 more.  This

OMG! Amplify Just Released 55 More Albums & EPs.

Eight weeks ago, we covered the first batch of releases in the Amplify 2020 quarantine festival: an explosion of creativity featuring 125 albums and EPs to enjoy at home during the pandemic.  Since then, Amplify has released 55 more.  This

Kaboom Karavan ~ The Log and the Leeway

The Log and the Leeway is one of the most unusual albums we’ve received this year, from one of the most unusual artists.  But where other artists come across as weird and off-putting, Kaboom Karavan (also known as Bram Bosteels) comes across as

Kaboom Karavan ~ The Log and the Leeway

The Log and the Leeway is one of the most unusual albums we’ve received this year, from one of the most unusual artists.  But where other artists come across as weird and off-putting, Kaboom Karavan (also known as Bram Bosteels) comes across as

FANT^MS ~ Roomtones

What do Frédéric Nogray, Lee Patterson and Pali Meursault (FANT^MS) have in common?  All are fascinated with sounds that would normally remain unheard.  Nogray specializes in industrial crucibles forged into singing bowls; Patterson prefers springs, motors and chemical reactions; Meursault focuses

FANT^MS ~ Roomtones

What do Frédéric Nogray, Lee Patterson and Pali Meursault (FANT^MS) have in common?  All are fascinated with sounds that would normally remain unheard.  Nogray specializes in industrial crucibles forged into singing bowls; Patterson prefers springs, motors and chemical reactions; Meursault focuses

Pali Meursault ~ { PRESS }

Pali Meursault has been having a prolific year.  In January, he released < strikes >, a strong piece of “protest trance music” from Chile highlighting the percussive sounds of pots and pans.  Next week he’ll team with Lee Patterson and Frédéric Nogray

Pali Meursault ~ { PRESS }

Pali Meursault has been having a prolific year.  In January, he released < strikes >, a strong piece of “protest trance music” from Chile highlighting the percussive sounds of pots and pans.  Next week he’ll team with Lee Patterson and Frédéric Nogray

Simon Kirby, Tommy Perman and Rob St. John ~ Sing the Gloaming

A wealth of material arrives with Sing the Gloaming, enough to power a dissertation.  And yet, the release itself is pure and simple: an exploration of words that start with the letters gl.  The project is reminiscent of the classic children’s program The

Simon Kirby, Tommy Perman and Rob St. John ~ Sing the Gloaming

A wealth of material arrives with Sing the Gloaming, enough to power a dissertation.  And yet, the release itself is pure and simple: an exploration of words that start with the letters gl.  The project is reminiscent of the classic children’s program The