Month: January 2020

BOGDAN BELYAEV – “MRII”

With “Mrii” Bogdan Belyaev, the Ukranian composer,  weaves stately piano lines in between the arc and decay of swelling ambient passages. The result is a deeply felt and majestically simple composition weighted by some ineffable feeling of heaviness. Inspired work. 

CANDY CLAWS – HIDDEN LANDS (TWO SYLLABLE RECORDS, 2010)

There are some things you should know about Hidden Lands. Small, chewable bits of cursory information about the process in which this album was written and recorded. Oulipo-like self-made limitations, an ingenious self-sampling technique and a concept driven album whose source material is a novel about forests. I promise I will get to all of that. But …

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HOBO CUBES – HYPNOTIC INFINITUM (PATENTE, 2010)

It’s amazing how engaging the music of Montreal’s Hobo Cubes can be with so few discernible hooks (I’m talking beats, melodies, harmonies—real traditional elements of musical substance), especially since it’s not totally ambient, and not really noise. But mastermind Francesco de Gallo reveals something uniquely musical here anyway, rooting his compositions in simple chromaticism and letting the …

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KEVIN GREENSPON + CLOUD NOTHINGS – SPLIT CD (BRIDGETOWN RECORDS, 2010)

This teaming of Cleveland teen pop-punk savant Dylan Baldi (Cloud Nothings) and California snarling drone guitar-slinger Kevin Greenspon, form quite the imposing duo and take second place to 2010’s most odd but awesome pairing (losing out just below the Boris/Ian Asterbury split).  Greenspon and Baldi desperately up the ante on every one of the split’s nostalgic, ramshackle three-chord, teen-basement guitar …

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CHEB SAMDOUN – CHEB SAMDOUN AND HIS IRIDESCENT ENSEMBLE (SUNRISE ACOUSTICS, 2010)

Our first Introduction to the quasi-mystical drone and cavernous noise swells of Cheb Samdoun were on the second four-way split from Tome favorite of all favorites German Shepherd‘s Sunrise Acoustic label. While the first four-way split found its conceptual thrust from the physical and metaphysical act of traveling, this second split entitled For Gunde Svan found Tuluum Shimmering/German Shepherd/Cheb Samdoun/Zac Keiller meditating …

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