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some extraordinary experimental beat shit from Wylie Vasquez Cable, HNIC at the promising newly-minted LA/SF-based specialty cassette label Dome of Doom. there's some pretty hype shit here, like the spastic tripcore of "Bumblebear," the fucked 8-bit of "Lemons," and the manic "Midnight Special"... but i prefer the slower, spacier tracks where Wylie's propulsive beat/bass-heavy instrumentation meets random blissed-out samples and converge in a delicious midtempo melange of sound that is absolutely captivating. check out the Jon-Brion-on-acid "Horses" and the twisted tropicalia of "Black Orpheus" and you'll hear what i'm talking about. the way he smoothly dubs out the blues sample on "Oakland Birds" is some serious next level shit. if you like no holds barred Brainfeeder-ish shit, then this is for you.
Wylie's got a new record out in November on Dome of Doom, so be on the lookout for that shit, too.
Released only as a run of 75 cassettes sold on tour, The Overlook is a surprising but welcome dive into the world of Emeralds. Warm and unobtrusive washes of sound, along with some more recognizable melodies, flit back and forth, creating a psychedelic canvas to gaze at lovingly. A few themes are present throughout the entirety of each piece, slowly morphing into a new but still recognizable synth line or chord change. This is best experienced as the title would suggest, or similarly, from afar. Looking too closely into something repetitive can be maddening (e.g. Reich, Glass), but allowing your mind to wander with this playing is both wonderful and refreshing for the "ear palette."
That looped piano at the end of the album comes straight out of a happy memory.
Aw shit, y'all, this album is awesome. I found it this morning, when I woke up with a hangover and a downloads folder full of weird house and techno music.
The music's structure fits pretty well into the disco / house idiom, but is both full of unexpected warps and twists that keep things interesting. All of the samples are from youtube videos, giving the music a grainy sound that at times reminds me of tape-hiss more than anything else.
Haven't posted here for quite a while...
This is a 38-minute long mix of avant-garde sounds. John Cage, Aphex Twin, Colin Stetson, Anthony Braxton, etc., etc., etc., all make appearances.
This mix impresses me in that it never feels forced, or artificial. I'm often frustrated with the use of avant-garde as a descriptor of music, since it doesn't say much about the sounds themselves, referring instead to their larger historical context. But Pepijn Caudron, the mixer, has created a cohesive work that puts numerous musical ideas together in a way that makes for a compelling listen.
My favorite moment might be Colin Stetson's ominous saxophone rumblings swelling over Philip Glasses "Metamorphosis".
beautiful and well-crafted 5 song release from NYC via Westport, CT's A Decent Man. the bookends are delicate, Air-ish soundscapes with stately melodies; but the meat of the EP is 3 tracks of sunny, lush, and richly textured synth-washed tunes bolstered by multi-layered percussion that manage to be both thumpy and skittery without losing their intimacy. i say intimacy, but there's also a sense of... grandeur, i guess is the word. all in all, just a really fresh listen if you're craving some elegant and unpretentious music to relax with.
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