REVIEWS

Reviews are long form reviews of full albums from experimental artists from around the world.

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 …

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

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 …

HOBO CUBES – HYPNOTIC INFINITUM (PATENTE, 2010) Read More »

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 …

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

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 …

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

WYLD WYZRDZ / STAG HARE – ANTELOPE ISLAND (INNER ISLANDS, 2010)

Tome favorites Braden J. McKenna (WYLD WYZRDS/Navigator/Mario Kart/Sleepover/Weighted Pines) and Garrick Biggs (Stag Hare) have quit the fine state of deseret for the greener forests and friendlier politics of Portland. Sad to see them go but in their wake they have left a fitting tribute to the bone dry SLC valley with Antelope Island. Antelope Island is awesome, both the …

WYLD WYZRDZ / STAG HARE – ANTELOPE ISLAND (INNER ISLANDS, 2010) Read More »

ROMAN RUINS – RELEASING ME / YOUR HOUSE 7″

New music from Beach House/Papercuts drummer, Graham Hill. Wonderful pulsing synths and washes of shimmering vocal melodies pushed waaay back in the mix. Plus, the electronic-funk freakout towards the end of the track that stops the song dead in its tracks is reappropriated into the backbone of the song, bolstering the already mile-deep percussion. Pretty exciting stuff. Ryan …

ROMAN RUINS – RELEASING ME / YOUR HOUSE 7″ Read More »