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Sugai Ken Welcomes a Sonic Physicality

Sugai Ken Welcomes a Sonic Physicality

"Wochikaeri to Uzume," the latest track from Sugai Ken's upcoming UkabazUmorezU full-length on RVNG, roughly translates to "welcome back and forth." And, from the welcoming and sonorous xylophonic percussion that introduces the clutter of sound to follow to the rich pauses that punctuate the tumbles of clocks, trickles, and feedback, the track roughly charts a series of sonic welcomes back and forth. At various instances boinging, hopping, and spilling, each moment of sound (and negative moment of silence that bookends each sonic puncture) feels like an ecstatic, sponatenous spillage, an unstable quark jolting out of position. If this review makes too liberal use of physical metaphor and anology, it's because Ken's music emphasizes the physicality of the art, the fact that each honk and slurp owes its existence to vibrations thrumming on the eardrum. Each tickling note upends the linear dimensionality of music; transposed into a physical interaction, a molecular concatenation, senses blur and striate. Music, on "Wochikaeri to Uzume," re-turns (in)to something atavistic. A clock ticks in the tense final seconds, ushering us into a time in which sound and feeling were one. Welcome back.

UkabazUmorezU is out October 20 on RVNG Intl.

Mixology Fest Announced, Featuring Pete Swanson, Laraaji, Outer Space

Mixology Fest Announced, Featuring Pete Swanson, Laraaji, Outer Space

Get ready for a bunch of names we already blather about enough as is. Local music collective Shinkoyo-- which founded Paris London West Nile, now better known as 285 Kent-- has just announced a two-day festival at Downtown Brooklyn's Roulette. Centered around technology and dubbed Mixology, the festival will feature performances by favorites Pete Swanson, M. Geddes Gengras, C. Lavender, and John Elliott's Outer Space. Additional attractions include a children's music workshop conducted by Laraaji and a record fair of labels including Software, PAN, and RVNG. Well, fuck.

The festival is conducted on February 7 and 8 at Roulette. Get the full story on the venue's website.