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Brainwashed Premiere-Black Spirituals "Reconciliation"

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cover imageThis week Brainwashed and SIGE Records are proud to premiere "Reconciliation," (MP3 download here), a song from the upcoming 2xLP by Black Spirituals entitled Black Access/Black Axes.

The pairing of Zachary James Watkins (guitar and electronics) and Marshall Trammell (percussion) have created another masterpiece, and their final collaboration in this arrangement.  Reclaiming the core fundamentals of jazz and rock and roll, but completely recontextualizing them in a distinctly modern framework, Black Spirituals are an entirely unique entity in the world of experimental music.  While Black Access/Black Axes is a multifaceted and varied album, "Reconciliation" is an excellent summation:  Watkins generates a constantly building squall of noise and distortion, but never lets his guitar be lost in the mix, as Trammell deliberately enters the frame, transitioning from subtle cymbal accents to sharp, cracking snares that pierce powerfully through the psychedelic haze.  To call the dynamic intense would be a serious understatement, culminating in a brilliantly heavy, ecstatic crescendo that is nothing short of amazing.  Black Access/Black Axes is presented in a deluxe 2xLP gatefold record, limited to 300 copies, and will be released July 6, 2018 via SIGE.

Last Updated on Sunday, 03 June 2018 20:47

Podcast Episode 386: July 15, 2018

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Jesse, trees, Gainesville, FL Brand New Episode is available featuring new and old music from Datashock, Midwife, Jemh Circs, Nurse With Wound & Faust, Anne Guthrie, Simon Crab, Expo '70, and My Cat Is An Alien.

Special thanks to Jesse for his picture from Gainesville, FL.

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Last Updated on Sunday, 15 July 2018 10:50

Novi_sad, "International Internal Catastrophes"

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cover image The latest work by Thanasis Kaproulias, like 2016's Sirens, is the audio component of a larger, more multimedia focused piece of art.  The other half, a film by Isaac Niemand, is not included this time around, however.  These two distinct audio pieces are unified and based on field recordings in two very different locations, the first being the natural climate of Iceland, and the second from New York City.  Even with the different sources, both pieces fit together wonderfully, with a harsher first half and a more pensive second.

Last Updated on Sunday, 08 July 2018 20:06

Forced Exposure New Releases for the Week of 07/16/2018

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New music is due from Laurie Tompkins and Oliver Coates, Simon Love, and Syclops, while old music is due from Peter Christopherson, Mika Vainio and Franck Vigroux, and Fennesz.


Mark Van Hoen, "Invisible Threads"

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cover imageMark Van Hoen's latest album is the result of a series of live performances with other Touch luminaries, such as Simon Scott and Philip Jeck, that he participated in all throughout 2016.  This experience manifests itself in a somewhat different than expected way on Invisible Threads, because this final result is purely a solo work.  However, it was these previous collaborations and performances that lead to Van Hoen approaching the record from different perspectives and with a variety of instrumentation, resulting in a diverse, yet overall uniform sounding album.

Last Updated on Sunday, 08 July 2018 20:00
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