Posts Tagged: Subtext

KMRU & Aho Ssan ~ Limen

We haven’t reviewed a lot of drone over the past two years, and were wondering if the genre was dying down.  Limen restores our hope, and serves as a reminder of what great drone music sounds like.  Of course, it’s not entirely drone,

KMRU & Aho Ssan ~ Limen

We haven’t reviewed a lot of drone over the past two years, and were wondering if the genre was dying down.  Limen restores our hope, and serves as a reminder of what great drone music sounds like.  Of course, it’s not entirely drone,

ACL 2021 ~ Top Ten Electronic

Due to lockdowns and quarantines, most of us have not gone clubbing for years.  Thankfully, electronic artists have kept making music during the pandemic ~ although not all of it for dancing.  They can imagine an alternate universe in which our

ACL 2021 ~ Top Ten Electronic

Due to lockdowns and quarantines, most of us have not gone clubbing for years.  Thankfully, electronic artists have kept making music during the pandemic ~ although not all of it for dancing.  They can imagine an alternate universe in which our

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,