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DNMF, "Smelter"

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cover imageI was completely blindsided by this second release from unlikely collaborators Machinefabriek and Dead Neanderthals, as Smelter transcends the sum of its parts in absolutely crushing fashion.  Anyone familiar with Dead Neanderthals' explosive blend of extreme metal and free jazz will be unsurprised by the heaviness of this album, yet this is something new and different, taking Rutger Zuyderveldt's nuanced drone aesthetic and blowing it up into a scorched and seismic force of nature.  While it admittedly derails into an occasional lull at times, such moments are short-lived and easily forgotten in the face of such a viscerally howling onslaught of blackened sludge.  At its best, Smelter feels like being bulldozed by a glacier that was shaken loose by a torrent of smoking and bubbling lava.

Last Updated on Monday, 07 May 2018 07:01

Mike Shiflet, "Tetracosa Volume 1-4"

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cover imageOhio legend Mike Shiflet has unquestionably had a lengthy and fascinating career as an experimental guitarist and electronics specialist with a multitude of diverse, exceptional releases since the early part of the century.  This year, however, he has embarked on his most ambitious project to date.  The Tetracosa series is an eight part, 24-hour-long project being released monthly in three hour segments, with the first four currently available.  While it seems at first a daunting project, it is anything but, and so far it is an exceptional piece of work that is engaging on a multitude of levels.

Last Updated on Sunday, 06 May 2018 07:38

Kyle Bobby Dunn/Wayne Robert Thomas, "The Searchers/Voyevoda"

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cover imageIt has been roughly four years since Dunn last surfaced with his sprawling Kyle Bobby Dunn and the Infinite Sadness triple LP and he clearly spent some of that long hiatus reassessing and rebuilding his woozily dreamlike vision: "The Searchers" is likely the single most gorgeous and perfectly distilled piece that he has ever recorded.  The unenviable task of trying to follow such a bombshell fell to hapless fellow ambient-minded guitarist Wayne Robert Thomas, who understandably gets eclipsed a bit.  Thomas's languorous "Voyevoda" has a quiet beauty of its own, however, making this release a fine introduction to his work.  In fact, Thomas's piece would have been perfectly suited for a split release with Dunn at any point in history before now.  On this release, however, it is relegated to dessert after the main course, as "The Searchers" is an instant classic.

Last Updated on Sunday, 29 April 2018 17:37


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cover imageShane Broderick's (Corephallism, Twodeadsluts Onegoodfuck) latest project in some ways strays away from the ethos of his other projects, but not so far as to be unrecognizable.  Namely, Soaplands showcases more of his interest in modular synthesis and electronics. This self-titled EP has a nuanced and dynamic sound, but one in which he cannot help but burst out into some of his more noisy tendencies, resulting in an all-too-short burst of electronics, distortion, and even a fair bit of good old fashion screaming.

Last Updated on Sunday, 06 May 2018 07:33

Anne Guthrie, "Brass Orchids"

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cover imageAnne Guthrie's strange and beautiful Codiaeum Variegatum was one of 2014's most delightful surprises, but I was admittedly perplexed by the early samples that I heard from this follow-up.  Brass Orchids is quite a radical departure from its predecessor, as the erstwhile French horn player has now plunged deeply into a hallucinatory miasma of collaged and murky field recordings.  As such, Orchids is quite a challenging and abstract album, but its dense fog of unusual textures and found sounds occasionally coheres into something quite compelling and unique.  Also, Guthrie definitely gets points for so boldly swimming against the tide of the experimental music zeitgeist, reminding me favorably of the golden age of the early '80s when serious Italian composers were making bizarre noise tapes.

Last Updated on Tuesday, 24 April 2018 07:30

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