ROB BURGER FEAT. LAURIE ANDERSON - "SOULS OF WINTER"
For the second single off of Rob Burger’s upcoming album The Grid out on Western Vinyl, the erstwhile Tin Hat Trio member and frequent John Zorn collaborator teams up with experimental legend Laurie Anderson to create a stately track that blooms slowly out from a delicate piano pattern that builds with slowly dripping decay and gentle swathes of droning overtone – all narrated by Anderson’s unmistakable voice and cadence.
ACIDE ADORE - "TU ME CAPTURES"
In this dark slice of French synth-pop, Acide Adore carry on in the shadows. Crafting massive choruses under the influence of swelling synths and churning guitars, Acid Adore’s breathy vocals sung entirely in French recall a Un Autre Voyage-era Marie Davidson with processed pop-metal guitars and forward thrust of Sleigh Bells. It’s a sweet but brawny wrestle track with an ear-worm chorus that doesn’t leave for days.
THE UPPER WORLD - "ITS HARD TO OPERATE A ZIP WHEN YOU'RE BURNING"
Part space opera, part cautionary tale, The Upper World is an idiosyncratic vision brought to life with lo-fi instrumentation, homemade costumes and a completely overwhelming genius that transcends limited means with a running list of impossible sounding ideas. In a strange way, The Upper World remind me of The USA is a Monster, a band that showcased a dizzyingly huge ambition and singular vision.
SKY CIVILIAN - "ALONE"
Arising out of Santa Fe’s fertile creative community, Sky Civilian’s brilliant “Alone” hits so many auditory pleasure centers. From the on-the grid vocal mid samples, simple melodies stacked upon each other and a propulsive house beat buried beneath the floating synths, “Alone” pulls in influences from Laurie Anderson to Silver Apples to The Sight Below. Brilliant stuff.
RUSTRE - "FUNCTION"
Rustre is a Lepzig, Germany based artist who creates stirring ambient music that pulls both from IDM and post-rock to create a beguilingly clever and emotionally resonant music that effortlessly folds in complex rhythmic measures, arpeggiated guitars and longform drones. “Function” builds to swelling chorus where Rustre’s voice joins the rest of the fray, coalescing around the idea of “every function needs a cause”.
SOUNS - "SUN INSIDE THE SUN (LOSCIL REMIX)"
Kranky legend Loscil guides the Vancouver-based Souns drone-heavy composition into hallowed territory. Clear-eyed organ-sound melodies are joined by a glitched rhythm pattern that gathers intensity at each pass before growing into a mawing baritone drone that overtakes everything not yet sound. It’s an intense listen that plays on the strengths of both composers.
JAMES WAVES - "MIRRORS"
What begins with a solo horn rising out of clouds of radio static quickly builds and drops into a heavily arpeggiated, jazz-tinged track filled with stuttering drums, midi-vocals and bight brassy horns that comprise the song’s rich, late-nite bridge. What could be excellent fodder for the chill-out tent, “Mirrors” turns its attention to more panoramic and narrative modes to display a lived-in grit.
ALEXANDROS KILIAS - "DEAD END"
The Greek / Londoner captures a pensive but danceable vibe on “Dead End”. Filtering a late-night club beat through vintage sounding synths and a low-end growl, this linear crawl through a broken techno beatscape, “Dead End” is an excellent companion for both the early morning focused grind or the released endorphins of nights in abandonment.
EIK OCTOBRE - "RAPID EYE MOVEMENT"
“Rapid Eye Movement” finds the Danish composer crafting a melancholy arrangement around a simple but beautiful melody. This melodic phrase is paired with subtle horns that roll in like ground-covering fog in the early morning. The second pass is paired with a Philip Glass inspired synthesizer that pulls the the melody into an intense climax where the melody is sucked into a whirlwind of electronic and acoustic instrumentation.
TEPPANA JÄNIS & ARJA KASTINEN - "RIIVATTU"
“Riivattu” is a collaboration of sorts between kantele players Teppana Jänis and Arja Kastinen. The track centers around a phonograph recording of Jänis’s kantele composition recorded in 1916 and Arja Kastinen’s re-recording and embellishment of this beautiful, lively but ultimately melancholy track. Beautiful work.