Month: November 2019

DIVIDE AND DISSOLVE – “PROVE IT”

Divide & Dissolve create impossibly heavy and prescient doom metal that inhales and exhales light and darkness. The duo from Turtle Island and so-called Australia prove to be an incomparable force here – delving deep into the distortion-laden fissures between doom riff after doom riff, electronics and feedback  swell and settle between each movement. “Prove …

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NATHAN AELI – ” ~ O ~”

“~ o ~” is an acoustically strummed track that takes cues from Animal Collective’s “Campfire Songs” and early 00’s Freak Folk revival to create a completely immersive soundscape that wrestles between percussive  pattern-building and wistful nostalgia. The Swedish artist’s voice reaches a distinctive whine on during the chorus – a natural pitch-shift that snaps the …

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FATHER SHEED – “NONE YET, REALLY”

“None Yet, Really” begins with downtempo bliss firmly in place. Well worn hi-hats and snares snapping like dried twigs against concrete replete with intersecting percussion lines, ebullient synth lines and disembodied vocals. About 4 minutes into the song a shift occurs that takes the entire song into a different musical hemisphere. The tempo and intensity …

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BORRTEX – “THOUGHTS”

Borrtex is the name of Daniel Bordovsky – a young artist from Prague, Czech Republic who composes piano-led neo-classical work that possesses an inherent cinematic quality to it. “thoughts” is a contemplative work buoyed by electronic beats and a strong, nostalgic, lead.    Listen on Spotify

LONG SHADOW DUO – LIFELONG (LILLERNE TAPES, 2019)

The Long Shadow Duo is comprised of Neil Lord (Future Museums, Single Lash) and Marcus Maurice (More Eaze). The two fellow Republic of Texas denizens have created a wide-open, put-your-finger-anywhere-on-the-map tape that find the two exploring shared sonic space that, while varied in its approach, never strays too far away from a warm, droney center. …

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BLURSTEM – “NOON LIGHT (FEAT KYLE MCEVOY & BEN NOBLE)”

A new vehicle for the ambient artist Elskavon, Blurstem’s delicate composition was written around a characteristically out of tune piano and then joined by the musicians Kyle McEvoy and Ben Noble. On a series of collaborations, Among the Oaks features artists such as Lowercase Noises and Antarctic Wastelands to help draw out some of the …

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FRED AGAIN… – “JULIE (STAY)”

Built from a vocal sample from Julie Adenuga singing from her instagram account, “Julie” unfolds from a naked voice, sung into a phone and breaks wide open into a stunning Deep House track that keeps the soulful and melancholy melody running throughout.  https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=y_aNeEyd9yg

SAMUEL PROFFITT & TREMAN – “LAST DAYS (WINTER EDITION)”

In this slowly-evolving, slowly melting image that provides the visual accompaniment for Samuel Proffitt and Treman’s delicate piano & electronics composition, we get the sense of a slow detachment from reality. Led by minimal lines that impact and retract like stones skipping across a placid lake, Proffitt’s command of tone and pacing are on full …

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MOON:AND:6 – “NO EMOTION”

Theres something in the way that “No Emotion” matches bright vibraphones with a cascading bass line that recalls with total warmness and fondness Tortoise and Gastr del Sol. Chicago post-rock’s openness and deeply studied connections to jazz are all over this mathy, but subdued, track by Hamilton, Ontario recording artist moon:and:6.