Bedroom-pop darling Gabrielle Smith, a founding member of Brooklyn's The Epoch Collective, is rereleasing her first LP made under her nom de musique Eskimeaux, 2011's Two Mountains. The project began in 2010 as a conversation between suddenly distant former collaborators Smith and Benjamin Schurr. Smith did most of the recording in bedrooms in the Hudson Valley and Philadelphia before sending the tracks to Schurr in North Carolina. The record is full of thoughtful lo-fi gems that showcase Smith’s skills as a singer and an DIY orchestrator.
Originally distributed on homemade CDs, Two Mountains will be available for the first time on vinyl and cassette via Yellow K Records on 10/23. Eskimeaux’s hitting the road this fall with Epoch cohort Told Slant, so be sure to catch them 10/2 at Baby’s All Right in Williamsburg.
The title of the newest release from Philadelphia based ambient producer David Sutton a.k.a. LXV refers to two ancient words that have strong faith-related or religious overtones: "asylum" is the place where one can seek rest and refuge. "Theophany" refers to an act of a deity's appearance in front of a human being. Combined it with an ascetic depiction of a desert on the album's cover it creates an atmosphere of katharsis, an endurance in a raw, dry land that strains the body and drowns the ears in a wall of warm, pulsing, noisy piano deconstructions or washes of distorted recordings á la Tim Hecker. The ambient sounds are sometimes crashed with field recordings, like the heavy sounds of digging in rocky ground disturb the delicate tapestry of synthesized bliss. A deeply cinematic album, bridging the gap between the past and the future, somewhere between the industrial wastelands of "Red Desert" and the early 20th century desert paradise of "There Will Be Blood".
Providence's long-running, noise-induced techno producer Mincemeat or Tenspeed has dissolved into the new project under the name Davey Harms. This Loop is Gonna be the Death of Me is a throbbing face melter full of earth shattering rhythms that will render you helplessly shaking on the floor. "Quiet Smith" is a melting pot of heavily distorted loops, crafted from feedback fed through multiple pedals, becomes chopped, and skewered into skillfully rendered, heart throbbing compositions. It feels as though the inner circuitry of Davey Harms' gear is being pushed to its physical limits, emanating billows of radioactive smoke. Intricately layered patterns are formed from dense layers of feedback. There is a rawness on this album that comes from a great degree of knowledge and control over these sound forms and effect chains. This Loop is Gonna be the Death of Me is a voyage into a euphorically gyrating machine that is spewing battery acid.
Composer and producer Jesse Reiner is coming out with a new record under his modular synth moniker Jonas Reinhardt called Palace Savant. Inspired by 14th century architect Peter Parler’s St. Vitus Cathedral in Prague, Reiner became fascinated with the human ambition involved in the creation of the space. He admired the way the cathedral stands as a statement to the future from the medieval rulers who commissioned it. With Palace Savant, Reiner aims to show what a modern day electronic performance in that space might sound like.
Palace Savant is being put out by Further Records, who've also released works from like-minds Donato Dozzy and Hieroglyphic Being. Later this month, Renier's bringing his project to Bogotá for MUTEK 2015. AdHoc's hosting his record release show on 9/17 at Trans-Pecos in Ridgewood, Queens, featuring sets from Evan Caminiti who put out a great record earlier this year on Thrill Jockey and Ubdhav Gupta of Mr Twin Sister. Check out the Facebook event for the latest info, tickets available here.
Indian Jewelry have existed in the margins for over a decade now, playing their fried 20th century rock in Houston, far from the coastal beacons of underground culture and haphazardly renaming their touring incarnations. If WGAF is an operating philosophy, it's a fruitful one for the group who have issued a steady stream of material since their 2006 word-of-mouth sensation debut LP Invasive Exotics. Just in time for the hopeful retreat of a never-ending summer, the group's latest LP Doing Easy - a title which both describes and cannily subverts the music within - is released today. Lurching from the head-nodding, seductive deadpan of "Charmer" (lyrical references include Abu Ghraib and Fukushima) to the synth-inflected workout "Luxury of Regret" (an evocative, impenetrable koan of a title matches an equally haunting tune), Doing Easy feels initially baffling but quickly becomes addictive, a quality the group shares with the recently resurgent Royal Trux. Doing Easy is released today on Studded Left (CD/Digital). Vinyl will be available in November via Reverberation Appreciation Society. Indian Jewelry tour Europe this month.
Besides stints in the alt-country outfit Souled American, the experimental collective Boxhead Ensemble, and a variety of other projects, Chicago-based guitarist Scott Tuma has built himself an ever-growing solo discography. And in between a double LP on Scissor Tail earlier this year and another double LP on Immune slated for later this year comes Eyrie, a comparatively brief cassette. Like many of his other solo releases, Eyrie features a fluid combination of expansive fingerstyle Americana and delicate tape-and-effect experimentation. Standout track "F. March" is a duet with Matthew de Gennaro, and it features the two accomplished guitarists interlacing delicate, meandering melodies to create a composition that's both lyrical and atmospheric.
In the years since Yellow Swans split, Pete Swanson has earned critical acclaim for his unique approach to extreme techno-noise as heard on records such as Man With Potential and Punk Authority. But he has also worked with NYC-based percussion and piano quartet Yarn/Wire. Two of Swanson’s compositions for the quartet, “Corrections” and “Eliminated Artist,” were recorded live at ISSUE Project Room, and now the venue is issuing these recordings on vinyl as part of the second batch of releases from their in-house label Distributed Objects. As the unexpectedly lush excerpts provided suggest, this is music unlike any we've heard from Pete Swanson before-- hopefully there's more like it on the horizon.
Hanson Records owner, ex-Wolf Eyes member, and otherwise brilliant composer/sound artist Aaron Dilloway has just put out a new track exclusively for Magnetic Detritus, a compilation from Imminent Frequencies documenting eight artists’ approaches to tape-based music. The double-cassette is a celebration of the label’s 5-year anniversary, and also includes Lea Bertucci, Gordon Ashworth, Dog Lady Island, and Sterile Garden, among others. Whereas Dilloway’s recent aesthetic has favored the eerie and esoteric sounds of the occult, “Salt Pan” is one of the harsher pieces he’s done in years-- a 12-minute scorcher that goes from a dense noise wall to a massively amplified signal noise, which just gets blacker and more opaque as the track progresses.
Magnetic Detritus is out on September 15 via Imminent Frequencies in a limited edition of 100, packaged in a reel to reel box with paste-on artwork.
Marreck is one of the monikers of Michael Hann, the founder of Reject and Fade. "Yuda" is a standout track from the upcoming 12" on Alien Jams of the same name, which marks the first Marreck release on vinyl. The specificity of the 12" as a physical format, long associated with club and dance music perfectly complements Marreck's "noise techno" aesthetic. However lazily and overused that term may be, the movement is real and there are basements from Brooklyn to Berlin where it wouldn't be hard to imagine "Yuda" crushing. The perfectly uncanny video is provided by Straightola AKA Stephen McLaughlin - a musician in his own right who records under the name An Trinse. Hann had this to say about the video: "I gave Stephen creative license to reflect the mood and texture of the music in any shape or form, [the result is] a visceral, psychedelic exploration of formlessness."
Brooklyn’s Advaeta premiere a new video today featuring the song "Newo" from their grunge-psych release Death and the Internet on Fire Talk Records. It’s an interesting encapsulation of the lysergic VHS sunset visions floating behind bands at Bushwick venues The Silent Barn or Palisades. This is due to the work of video manipulation wiz Ginny Benson, of A/V group Brat Pit, who no doubt has a huge pile of cassette tapes lying around her house. The visuals reference that classic US psych look, where crazed people prance around in the woods and swoosh around some fabrics and look sort of scary with masks and colors and whatnot-- like the cover of the first Black Sabbath record. Check out the video below, and look at the band's slew of northern tour dates after the jump.