Posts Tagged: Subtext

Rắn Cạp Đuôi ~ Ngủ Ngày Ngay Ngày Tận Thế

Is Ngủ Ngày Ngay Ngày Tận Thế (Sleeping Through the Apocalypse) drone, trap, future pop, experimental, industrial, electronic?  Yes, all of these.  Vietnamese band Rắn Cạp Đuôi is “thirsty for fresh combinations of sounds,” and comes through in a big way, aided

Rắn Cạp Đuôi ~ Ngủ Ngày Ngay Ngày Tận Thế

Is Ngủ Ngày Ngay Ngày Tận Thế (Sleeping Through the Apocalypse) drone, trap, future pop, experimental, industrial, electronic?  Yes, all of these.  Vietnamese band Rắn Cạp Đuôi is “thirsty for fresh combinations of sounds,” and comes through in a big way, aided

ACL 2020 ~ Top Ten Electronic

One of 2020’s greatest ironies was a surge in dance music ~ while clubs were being shuttered across the globe.  The surge reflected the desire to dance, and people didn’t stop dancing, happily demonstrated by Berlin’s drive-in raves.  Others danced

ACL 2020 ~ Top Ten Electronic

One of 2020’s greatest ironies was a surge in dance music ~ while clubs were being shuttered across the globe.  The surge reflected the desire to dance, and people didn’t stop dancing, happily demonstrated by Berlin’s drive-in raves.  Others danced

ACL 2020 ~ Top Ten Drone

Fewer drone releases came in this year than ever before.  The world was so dark, it seemed that even recording artists weren’t in the mood to record dark music.  But by the end of the year, we began to notice

ACL 2020 ~ Top Ten Drone

Fewer drone releases came in this year than ever before.  The world was so dark, it seemed that even recording artists weren’t in the mood to record dark music.  But by the end of the year, we began to notice

Roly Porter ~ Kistvaen

Bury me facing the sun. As the pandemic bodies continue to pile up, awaiting burial, Kistvaen is a reminder of ancient practices.  The title refers to the Neolithic/Bronze Age granite tombs of Dartmoor, surrounded by small stones and covered with mounds

Roly Porter ~ Kistvaen

Bury me facing the sun. As the pandemic bodies continue to pile up, awaiting burial, Kistvaen is a reminder of ancient practices.  The title refers to the Neolithic/Bronze Age granite tombs of Dartmoor, surrounded by small stones and covered with mounds

Aho Ssan ~ Simulacrum

As one might guess from the artist’s untranslatable moniker, Simulacrum is a highly unusual album.  Aho Ssan (Désiré Niamké) grew up black in a French suburb, and his music is a commentary on discrimination and displacement.  It’s not a friendly set; the textures

Aho Ssan ~ Simulacrum

As one might guess from the artist’s untranslatable moniker, Simulacrum is a highly unusual album.  Aho Ssan (Désiré Niamké) grew up black in a French suburb, and his music is a commentary on discrimination and displacement.  It’s not a friendly set; the textures

A Closer Listen’s Best Drone Albums of the Decade

Drone can be as soft and comforting as a refrigerator hum, or as loud and abrasive as a jackhammer.  The full range is represented here, from hum to noise, sine wave to distortion.  Some call drone the sibling of ambience,

A Closer Listen’s Best Drone Albums of the Decade

Drone can be as soft and comforting as a refrigerator hum, or as loud and abrasive as a jackhammer.  The full range is represented here, from hum to noise, sine wave to distortion.  Some call drone the sibling of ambience,

ACL 2019 ~ The Top 20 Albums of the Year

Our reviewers have an ear for the unique, as evidenced by this list. Every writer voted for a different #1.  But when the votes were counted, one album stood above them all, winning a broad base of support that unified

ACL 2019 ~ The Top 20 Albums of the Year

Our reviewers have an ear for the unique, as evidenced by this list. Every writer voted for a different #1.  But when the votes were counted, one album stood above them all, winning a broad base of support that unified

ACL 2019 ~ Top Ten Electronic

There’s some wild stuff going on in our Electronic section this year.  This year’s list includes a nocturnal symphony, an environmental plea, an ode to changing seasons, a mangled club set and a nearly unclassifiable band.  Many of these selections

ACL 2019 ~ Top Ten Electronic

There’s some wild stuff going on in our Electronic section this year.  This year’s list includes a nocturnal symphony, an environmental plea, an ode to changing seasons, a mangled club set and a nearly unclassifiable band.  Many of these selections