Posts Tagged: Botany

ACL 2020 ~ Top Ten Ambient

A Closer Listen received over 10,000 submissions this year, 7000 of them valid, and we listened to at least a segment of every one.  Now we’ve chosen 70 of them ~ one percent ~ to include in our year-end lists.  The competition has never

ACL 2020 ~ Top Ten Ambient

A Closer Listen received over 10,000 submissions this year, 7000 of them valid, and we listened to at least a segment of every one.  Now we’ve chosen 70 of them ~ one percent ~ to include in our year-end lists.  The competition has never

Botany ~ End the Summertime F(or)ever

Today is the first full day of fall, the perfect day to play End the Summertime F(or)ever.  On the surface, it’s easy to receive this sardonic mixtape as a commentary on the end of the season, but underneath, it’s so much

Botany ~ End the Summertime F(or)ever

Today is the first full day of fall, the perfect day to play End the Summertime F(or)ever.  On the surface, it’s easy to receive this sardonic mixtape as a commentary on the end of the season, but underneath, it’s so much

Botany ~ Fourteen 45 Tails

Fourteen 45 Tails is about endings or eternity, depending on how one receives the piece and its underlying theory.  Comprised of fourteen “downbeats” of 45 records, the half-hour work unfolds as a sequence of overlapping, interacting, undulating loops. Botany is a curious artist, in that every

Botany ~ Fourteen 45 Tails

Fourteen 45 Tails is about endings or eternity, depending on how one receives the piece and its underlying theory.  Comprised of fourteen “downbeats” of 45 records, the half-hour work unfolds as a sequence of overlapping, interacting, undulating loops. Botany is a curious artist, in that every

LCNL 098: DXGPVWZ Smells Like Fritos [mix]

DXGPVWZ is the collaborative project of Danielle Rager ({arsonist}, Diaphony) and Kevin Bednar (Spednar, ii-go, W. Cares). I had been in touch with Danielle about producing a mix some time ago, and then followed up again after the killer mix

LCNL 098: DXGPVWZ Smells Like Fritos [mix]

DXGPVWZ is the collaborative project of Danielle Rager ({arsonist}, Diaphony) and Kevin Bednar (Spednar, ii-go, W. Cares). I had been in touch with Danielle about producing a mix some time ago, and then followed up again after the killer mix

ACL 2013: The Top 20 Albums of the Year

Over the course of the past year, we received thousands of albums and EPs to pore over, review and discuss.  Out of these, we reviewed approximately 500.  In this feature, we answer the Big Question: Which releases were the best?

ACL 2013: The Top 20 Albums of the Year

Over the course of the past year, we received thousands of albums and EPs to pore over, review and discuss.  Out of these, we reviewed approximately 500.  In this feature, we answer the Big Question: Which releases were the best?

ACL 2013: Top Ten Electronic

A quick glance around the few remaining outposts of the printed UK music press suggests that guitar bands are still very much ruling the roost, although it’s pretty obvious to anyone outside of a small coterie of indie-obsessed music hacks

ACL 2013: Top Ten Electronic

A quick glance around the few remaining outposts of the printed UK music press suggests that guitar bands are still very much ruling the roost, although it’s pretty obvious to anyone outside of a small coterie of indie-obsessed music hacks

Botany ~ Lava Diviner (Truestory)

Spencer Stevenson released his debut 45 in 2010, but the ensuing years have been well spent.  Lava Diviner (Truestory) is an amplification of themes introduced on Feeling Today, and enriches the Botany sound. Even as a child, Stevenson was interested in sampling, toying with

Botany ~ Lava Diviner (Truestory)

Spencer Stevenson released his debut 45 in 2010, but the ensuing years have been well spent.  Lava Diviner (Truestory) is an amplification of themes introduced on Feeling Today, and enriches the Botany sound. Even as a child, Stevenson was interested in sampling, toying with