Reviews: Barbez – Bella Ciao

Reviews: Barbez – Bella Ciao
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This record is billed as “A Celebration of Ancient Roman Jewish Music and The Italian Resistance Movement.” Yet it avoids feeling like an academic historical musical exercise. … read more

Reviews: Industrial Park – Self-Titled

Reviews: Industrial Park – Self-Titled
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I had to change the drive wheel on my turntable to listen to Industrial Park, and wasn’t looking forward to taking the time unless the experience would be worthwhile.  … read more

Review: Goblin – Tour EP

Review: Goblin – Tour EP
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Goblin occupy a strange musical space, leaning most heavily toward prog, but also referencing creature feature organ music, when fitting. Profondo Rosso has long been one of my favorite Goblin scores, particularly the title track. The version that appears on Tour EP is my favorite of the five pieces that make up the set. … read more

Local Review: VISTAAS – Sunkhronos

Local Review: VISTAAS – Sunkhronos
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VISTAAS Sunkhronos Self-Released Street: 01.14 VISTAAS = Pierre Schaeffer + Oneohtrix Point Never Sunkhronos is a sample-heavy, cut-up work. This record has the feel of a found cassette in sections—the

Local Review: Twilight Transmissions – Shadowland

Local Review: Twilight Transmissions – Shadowland
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Beyond the visual aesthetics, this album fares quite well. It’s a well-textured series of electronic soundscapes and beats that would not sound out of place accompanying a modern horror film, game, or a walk through a haunted hospital.
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Local Review: The Circulars – Self-Titled EP

Local Review: The Circulars – Self-Titled EP
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The Circulars’ sound, while comparable to several bands from a bygone era of earnest and dark, jangley pop music, could be properly suited to nearly any time—simply based on the fact that the songs are good, the musicians are talented and there’s no air of pretense to deflate the mood. … read more

Local Review: Orem Owls – Index

Local Review: Orem Owls – Index
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Orem Owls Index Hel Audio Street: 04.07 Orem Owls = Oneohtrix Point Never + Ben Best & Karl Jørgensen + Neotantrik I appreciate the work that Hel Audio is doing,

Local Review: Ether – Archive: Unreleased Recordings 1993–2013

Local Review: Ether – Archive: Unreleased Recordings 1993–2013
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Ether Archive: Unreleased Recordings 1993–2013 8ctopus Records Street: 06.14 Ether = Grails + Sunn O))) + Can I was unfamiliar with Ether prior to receiving Archives for review. Fortunately, that

Review: Francis Harris – Minutes of Sleep

Review: Francis Harris – Minutes of Sleep
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The presence of tape hiss, vocals, and organic instruments, juxtaposed with drum machine rhythms and synth chords, is very welcome. “Hems,” “Dangerdream” and the title track are my favorites, as they eschew the House rhythms found in the album’s middle and tend more toward atmosphere, which I’m in the mood for right now. … read more

Review: Ensemble Economique – Interval Signals

Review: Ensemble Economique – Interval Signals
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Interval Signals, one of two recordings from Brian Pyle’s Ensemble Economique solo project released in December, is a 40-minute pastiche of field recordings, radio sounds, and as the album’s title implies—interval signals. … read more