Wednesday, December 02, 2009

Surgery 91

SP:MC - Trust Nobody / Future (Tempa)
Thomas Fehlmann - One To Three (R&S)
Clubroot - S/T (Lodubs)
Cv313 - Subtraktive (Echospace)
Bibio - The Apple and the Tooth (Warp)
The Embassadors - Coptic Dub (Nonplace)
Six Organs Of Admittance - Empty The Sun (Drag City)
Ian Hawgood - Before I Let The Sunshine Rot (Phantom Channel)
Felix - You Are The One I Pick (Kranky)
Keijo - Here They Come (Reverb Worship)
Manual With Jess Kahr - The North Shore (Darla)
Strom Noir -  Sen Zimnej Noci (Hibernate)
Dakota Suite - The Night Just Keeps Coming In (Navigator's Yard)

Track Listing

SP:MC - Future [0:00]
Thomas Fehlmann - Superflowing[5:19]
Clubroot - Sempiternal [10:40]
Cv313 - Subtraktive (Intrusion's twilight dub)  [15:14]
Bibio - Dwrcan (Eskmo Remix) [23:18]
The Embassadors - Desdemona Breathes [27:29]
Six Organs Of Admittance - Goodnight Hal [30:40]
Ian Hawgood - Thank You Sara [33:49]
Felix - Where Is My Dragon? [38:34]
Keijo - Clear After Midnight [41:36]
Manual With Jess Kahr - Ica [46:40]]
Strom Noir - Cicada Queen [51:45]
Dakota Suite - A Quietly Gathering Tragedy (Hauschka remix) [56:27]

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Wednesday, November 18, 2009

Sunday, November 15, 2009

Surgery 90

Brian Harnetty & Bonnie 'Prince' Billy - Silent City (Atavistic)
Dirac - Emphasis (Spekk)
Quantec - Cauldron Subsidence (Echocord)
Fieldhead - They Shook Hands For Hours (Home Assembly)
Northerner - 1976 (Hibernate)
Ben Frost - By The Throat (Bedroom Community)
Sleep Whale - Houseboat (Western Vinyl)
Segue - Grey (Tokyo Droning)
Natural Snow Buildings - Shadow Kingdom (Blackest Rainbow)
Pub - Do You Ever Regret Pantomime? (Moamoo)
Zelienople - Give It Up (Type)
David Sylvian - Manafon (Samadhisound)

Track Listing

Brian Harnetty & Bonnie 'Prince' Billy - Sleeping in the Driveway [0:00]
Dirac - Augarten (edit) [4:07]
Quantec - Plateau [10:37]
Fieldhead - Of October [17:06]
Northerner - The End Of December [21:04]
Ben Frost - O God Protect Me [27:01]
Sleep Whale - Roof Sailing [30:01]
Segue - October [34:13]
Natural Snow Buildings - Go Away Disappear [40:03]
Pub - In the meantime [43:14]
Zelienople - All I Want Is Calm [47:42]
David Sylvian - Emily Dickinson [53:35]

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Wednesday, October 28, 2009

Surgery 89

Gabriel Séverin - Soliloques (Sub Rosa)
Cindytalk - The Crackle Of My Soul (eMego)
Black To Comm - Alphabet 1968 (Type)
10-20 - Island (Highpoint Lowlife)
Antye Greie Aka AGF - Einzelkämpfer (AGF Produktion)
Molly Berg & Stephen Vitiello - The Gorilla Variations (12k)
Aaron Martin - Grass Wounds (Under the Spire)
Akira Kosemura - Polaroid Piano (Someone Good)
Caethua - The Long Afternoon Of Earth (Into The Dog-Dayed Night) (Preservation)
Leyland Kirby - Sadly, The Future Is No Longer What It Was (HAFTW)
Ryuichi Sakamoto - Playing The Piano (Decca)
Tsukimono - Heart Attack Money (Kalligrammofon)
Ian Hawgood - Wolfskin CDR (Hibernate)
Autistici - Complex Tone Test (Keshhhhhh)

Track Listing

Gabriel Séverin - Jacqueline: "Je Ne Sais Pas Faire De Charme Devant Un Micro" [0:00]
Cindytalk - Our Shadow, Remembered [0:59]
Black To Comm - Jonathan [4:30]
10-20 - Thing From Inner Space [11:09]
Antye Greie - Rhythm, Rules And Ink [15:59]
Molly Berg & Stephen Vitiello - Variation 2 [21:01]
Aaron Martin - Shot Tower [26:04]
Akira Kosemura - Would [30:08]
Caethua - The Cold Stark North East [33:13]
Leyland Kirby - Tonight Is The Last Night Of The World [36:56]
Ryuichi Sakamoto- A Flower Is Not A Flower [46:21]
Tsukimono - Oh Cannibal [49:31]
Ian Hawgood - All These Memories Are Blue Type [51:55]
Autistici - Resonating Wire [54:10]

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Thursday, October 15, 2009

Surgery 88

Nudge - As Good As Gone (Kranky)
What Capitalism Was - Plays Philip Glass on Accordion (Self-released)
Heather Woods Broderick - From The Ground (Preservation)
Porzellan - The Fourth Level Of Comprehension (Hibernate)
Klimek - Movies Is Magic (Anticipate)
Steven R. Smith - Cities (Immune)
Milieu - New Drugs For Nuclear Families Of The Seventies (MMD)
Bvdub - We Were The Sun (Quietus)
Loscil - Strathcona Variations (Ghostly)
Pleq - The Metamorphosis (U-Cover/CD-r)
Isnaj Dui - Unstable Equilibrium (Home Normal)
Chihei Hatakeyama - The River (Hibernate)
Brave Radar - A Building (Fixture)

Track Listing

Nudge - Harmo [0:00]
What Capitalism Was - Etoile Polaire [4:53]
Heather Woods Broderick - Left [7:21]
Porzellan - One Week & One Day [12:05]
Klimek - Sound Of Confusion [20:43]
Steven R. Smith - Night Upon Us [25:58]
Milieu - Dionysus In Reds [30:20]
Bvdub - Lest You Forget [33:45]
Loscil - Midnight on Princess [37:47]
Pleq - Song Of Nonsens [43:50]
Isnaj Dui - Chill Turns To Cold [48:58]
Chihei Hatakeyama - Gray Hued Sky [54:33]
Brave Radar - Fireball (Surgery Edit) [59:07]

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Tuesday, October 13, 2009

Christopher Tignor - Core Memory Unwound

An aptly titled solo debut from the musical director/violinist of the Slow Six ensemble that tests the elasticity of piano and violin themes with live sampling software. Where Slow Six dabble in Glass/Reich minimalism these pieces come closer to the chamber classical of Koji Asano or even austere John Cale. The eight pieces progress in pairs that alternate purely acoustic and treated electronic works.. “Last Thought at Night” is a lovely duet that slowly interlocks and pulls apart like a door latch, while the piano of “Last Nights on Eagle Street” tiptoes through an arpeggiated patch of violin samples. The title track at the centre of the album inverts the cascade, creating waves of piano samples that envelope slowly shifting drones spiking in the upper frequencies. Both sides of the equation approach each other closely on the subtly evanescent moments of “Cathedral,” a two-parter that closes the album.

Western Vinyl

Various - Iceberg

Montreal’s experimental music scene has a new label to exhibit its wares, both hard and soft. Minimalism is the watchword here, but the twelve artists approach it from intersecting spheres of ambience, concrete, dub and techno. Simon Carpentier (Sapin) provides a fitting introduction with “Balade,” a track that combines a soggy electroacoustic soundwalk with a chilly network of electronics from the Raster-Noton catalogue. Laforge and Sul.a follow up with a couple of micro-beat pieces that are part Tangerine Dream part Frank Bretschneider. “Luminescence” is a vapor by Julie LeBlanc (/de.i.te/) that seems to hover and vibrate in the middle distance just out of focus. Martin Dumais (AUN) labels his efforts as “blight metal,” but “Human Prince” seems light on doom, heavier on the hazy echo. More haunted is “Somewhere Cold” by Pascal Asselin (Le Chat Blanc Orchestra) that conjures quiet moments of devastation from Lynch films. At heart a post-dusk collection that contemplates isolation as the streetlights flicker.


Martin Schulte – Depth of Soul

Having spent a few years rising through the ranks on netlabels like Red and Op3n, Russia’s Marat Shibaev has found a new hard disc home on Tokyo’s fledgling Lantern Records. While there are echoes of dub and Kompakt-influenced minimalism (his pseudonym hints at the gutte vibrations), there is a compacted surface to these tracks that render them dancefloor-friendly. What distinguishes them from your average upper-middle tempo cuts are the detailed undercurrents built into pieces like “Big City Street” and “Supper.” The latter’s clattering flatware and mealtime chatter is more prominent, while the former features more subliminal snippets of voice that encourage slightly paranoid sidelong glances. Even the less ambience infected tracks are gibbous with little working parts. Even as the topmost 4/4 is prodding the plexus there are blurry washes that graze the surface, like moving water under ice. Having just cracked the big 2-0 Shibaev has many promising nights ahead of him.

Lantern Records

City Centre - S/T

The same shifty restlessness that made Saturday Looks Good to Me such an undervalued pop curiosity blossoms at the heart of Fred Thomas’ City Centre. Parts of this eponymous debut have the feel of a pillow fight where exploded feathers touch off loops of mbira, gamelan and then unexpectedly drop like rhythmic hammers. It takes a few tracks for the disparate elements to synch, but “Bleed Blood” succeeds by shunting the acoustics and embracing the Panda Bearishness of sweet and sticky tug-of-war layers. The wall of noise on “Cloud Center” is an appropriately nebulous one that is the aural equivalent of the debris that circles Saturn. Even in varied states of deliquescence, the hard pop core of each track retains enough form to survive declassification. “Young Diamond” sounds like a wet dream Kevin Drew wishes he could remember and closer “Unfinished Hex” proves there is a machine inside the ghost with its more minimalist guitar/vocal approach. Get your pillows ready.


Wednesday, September 30, 2009

Surgery 87

Lawrence - Until Then, Goodbye (Mule Musiq)
Ben Klock - Remixes (Ostgut)
Daniel Meteo - Working Class (Shitkatapult)
Dubkasm - Transform I (Sufferah's Choice)
Variant - The Setting Sun (Echospace)
The Notwist - Music For "Storm" (Alien Transistor)
Naptha - Long Time Burning (Ruff Revival)
M - Pop Muzik (30th Anniversary Remixes) (Echobeach)
Midaircondo - Curtain Call (Twin Seed)
Rainer Wiens - Shadows of Forgotten Ancestors (Ambiances Magnetiques)
Thomas Köner - La Barca (Fario)
Ganesh Anandan & Hans Reichel - Self Made (Ambiances Magnetiques)

Track List

Lawrence - Sleep And Suffer [0:00]
Ben Klock - Subzero (Function-Regis aka Sandwell District Remix) [3:31]
Daniel Mateo - On The Corner [9:37]
Dubkasm - Sangue Brasileiro [16:03]
Variant - Adrift [20:12]
The Notwist - Sarajevo 2 [25:09]
Naphta - My Heart Beating [31:05]
M - Pop Muzik (Dub Spencer & Trance Hill Remix)[32:48]
Midaircondo - Bringing Me Home [38:52]
Rainer Weins - The Valley of Green Ghosts [43:11]
Thomas Köner - 35° 40' N 139° 42' E (Hour One) [45:31]
Ganesh Anandan & Hans Reichel - In the Stillness (edit) [51:47]

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Sunday, September 06, 2009

Surgery 86

Vladislav Delay - Tummaa (Leaf)
Ethernet - 144 Pulsations of Light (Kranky)
RJ Valeo - September (Type)
900x - Music For Lubbock, 1980 (Asthmatic Kitty)
Epic45 - In All The Empty Houses (Make Mine Music)
Various - XVI Reflections On Classical Music (Universal)
Rameses III - I Could Not Love You More (Type)
Ólafur Arnalds - Found Songs (Erased Tapes)
Mem1 - +1 (Interval Recordings)
Con Cetta - Micro (Moteer)
Cresting - an e.p. (Fixture)
Radian - Chimeric (Thrill Jockey)

Track Listing

Vladislav Delay - Musta Planeetta [0:00]
Ethernet - Seaside [5:12]
RJ Valeo - Black Ice [10:39]
900x - Lands [16:26]
Epic45 - In All The Empty Houses [20:35]
Gavin Bryars - Tramp With Orchestra III (No Strings) [24:08]
Rameses III - No Water, No Moon [29:01]
Ólafur Arnalds - Raein [35:39]
Mem1 - +Area C [38:28]
Con Cetta - Shown Anatomicophysiologic [43:44]
Cresting - A Bottom Hill [46:41]
Radian - Subcolors [51:05]

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Saturday, August 22, 2009

Surgery 85

Sonogram - Pixels (Simulacra)
Sparklehorse + Fennesz - In The Fishtank (Konkurrent]
Gardenia - Untitled (CD-R)
Autistici - Volume Objects (12k)
Lokai - Transition (Thrill Jockey)
Giuseppe Ielasi & Howard Stelzer - Night Life (Korm Plastics)
Lawrence English - Transit (Cajid)
Brock Van Wey - White Clouds Drift On And On (Echospace)
Stephan Mathieu + Taylor Deupree - Transcriptions (Spekk)
Tickley Feather - Hors D'Oeuvre (Paw Tracks)
Six Organs of Admittance - Luminous Night (Drag City)
Tu M' - Monochromes Vol. 1 (Line)

Track Listing

Sonogram - Brakhage By Seashore [0:00]
Sparklehorse + Fennesz - If My Heart [4:13]
Gardenia - Blow Away Like Cosmic Dust (excerpt) [9:06]
Autistici - Broken Guitar, Discarded Violi [16:37]
Lokai - Salvador [20:54]
Giuseppe Ielasi & Howard Stelzer - Ruin 3 [24:47]
Lawrence English - Shinagawa (Moment On Tokaido) [29:40]
Brock Van Wey - Too Little Too Late (Intrusion Shape VI) [35:59]
Stephan Mathieu + Taylor Deupree - Largo [42:13]
Tickley Feather - Fly Like an Eagle [45:37]
Six Organs of Admittance - Cover Your Wounds With The Sky [48:50]
Tu M' - Monochrome 3 [52:56]

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Thursday, August 13, 2009

Coming up short?

This is a little strange. After putting episode #84 on my iPod for the final roadtest (which admittedly I do after posting it to the site... making it fairly useless as far as a quality control goes) I noticed the running time was 59:09 and not the full 60 minutes I always make the edit. The original file is indeed an hour long and I have tried re-uploading it, but the iTunes running time still has it at the truncated version. Hmmm. Anyhow it doesn't seem to affect the direct download from the site... only the subscription version, so I apologize to Gareth Hardwick for the rude end to his lovely drone and to people whose enjoyment may be affected by it.

Scratching my head,


Tuesday, August 11, 2009

Surgery 84

Clubroot - S/T (LoDubs)
Father Murphy - ... and He told Us to turn to the Sun (Madcap Collective)
To Kill A Petty Bourgeoisie - Marlone (Kranky)
Jack Rose - The Black Dirt Sessions (Three Lobed)
Risil - Non Meters Vol. 1 (Important)
Susanna And The Magical Orchestra - 3 (Rune Grammofon)
Cheju - Waiting For Tomorrow (Distant Noise Records)
Murcof - La Sangre Iluminada (OST)
Luigi Archetti / Bo Wiget - Low Tide Digitals III (Rune Grammofon)
Gareth Hardwick / David Tagg - Split (Install)

Track Listing

Clubroot - Dulcet [0:00]
Father Murphy - Hide Yourself In The Woods [5:50]
To Kill a Petty Bourgeoisie - Villain [9:21]
Jack Rose - The World Has Let Me Down [15:25]
Risil - We Were Ruined Before We Started [21:59]
Susanna and the Magical Orchestra - Subdivisions [29:34]
Cheju - Grid Reference [34:20]
Murcof - Eugenio IV [39:34]
Luigi Archetti / Bo Wiget - Stück 28 [42:41]
Gareth Hardwick - Five Points [48:48]

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Tuesday, July 07, 2009

Surgery 83

Groupshow - The Martyrdom Of Groupshow (~Scape)
Gareth Davis & Steven R. Smith - Westering (Important)
Giuseppe Ielasi - (Another) Stunt (Schoolmap)
Chihei Hatakeyama - Saunter (Room40)
Pillowdiver - Sleeping Pills (12k)
James Stephen Finn - The Antique Metronome (Cotton Goods)
Le Chat Blanc Orchestra - Ste-Claire Hotel (Make Mine Music)
Aaron Martin + Part Timer - Seed Collection (Mobeer)
Gregg Kowalsky - Tape Chants (Kranky)
Kreng - L'autopsie Phénoménale De Dieu (Miasmah)
Boduf Songs - There Is Something Hanging Above (Under the Spire)
Nils Frahm - The Bells (Kning Disk)
Final - Reading All The Right Signals Wrong (No Quarter)
Jóhann Jóhannsson - And In The Endless Pause There Came The Sound Of Bees (Mutesong)

Track Listing

Groupshow - Dog Shoes To The Stars [0:00]
Gareth Davies + Steven R. Smith - A Relic [2:28]
Giuseppe Ielasi - Part 5 [7:21]
Chihei Hatakeya - A stone inside the box [11:02]
Pillowdriver - Nineteen [16:04]
James Stephen Flinn - Ghosts Are Making Appearances On Closed Circuit [20:44]
Le Chat Blanc Orchestra - Stephen Harper Dreams Of Kyoto [23:04]
Part Timer - Darkness Settles Over Jones (Voice Of Jim) [29:48]
Gregg Kowalsky - IX [32:35]
Kreng - Aspyxia [36:48]
Boduf Songs - Deathbed Triumphs Of Eminent Lackwits [38:18]
Nils Frahm - Peter Is Dead In The Piano [44:14]
Final - Green [46:58]
Jóhann Jóhannsson - The Flat [56:35]

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Monday, June 22, 2009

Comfort – Sleep Talking Shared

Groups that decide to combine the acoustic and the electronic in their work generally draw heavily from one and add the other as an afterthought. Italian duo Alessandro Baris and Leonardo Chirulli take a much more balanced approach. On the rock side their bass/piano/drums framework is as complex and far reaching as any Tortoise jazz/rock essay. Rather than resting on this level tracks like “The Missed Environment” rework the script to include microtonal violin loops, hissing electronic percussion and synth textures. While it calls to mind works by Crescent or Radian, Comfort’s sound is much more expansive and not as dry. Tracks like “Florian” and “Iceberg” successfully combine hints of classic 60s soundtrack, 70s European jazz and modern digital effects in one cool, detail-rich flow. And though their scope is broad and guests many the duo is careful to let instruments breathe and silences matter. There is no abused space and each track comes with a fresh new secret waiting to be discovered.


Anduin & Jasper TX – The Bending of Light

With a more than a dozen recent releases on labels small and smaller, including last year’s wonderful Black Sleep on Miasmah, Dag Rosenqvist’s Jasper TX has been careful not to slip into a single-minded way of doing things. His ability to describe the desolate with either acoustic melody of dense drone comes to bear in this collaboration with Virginia native Jordan Lee’s Anduin alias. Using a Carl Sagan description of a black hole’s formation to unify their musical theories the duo create a mood that drifts between awe and resignation in the face of such raw but emotionless power. The first suite of three tracks is more dependent on the electronics that swallow, compile and compound tones, allowing only faint pulses and distant notes to emit. The album’s second half is comparatively sparse with the musical elements rising to the foreground like the debris left to orbit the gravitational well. It’s a work of stark beauty that serves as a worthy entry to both gentlemen’s discography.

SMTG Limited

Baja - Aether Obelisk

Not the splashdown into pop waters of, say, a Caribou, Daniel Vujanic is nonetheless dipping his toes in the pool with a few more lyrics on this fourth release. Baja signals the continued cross wiring with an introductory cough and wolf slide on the acoustic guitar that’s pierced by a sine tone on "9 seconds." From there on vibraphones and 70s flutes rub against cut-up drum patterns and vocal edits. Vujanic neatly interchanges noise and melody roles, creating competition and dissonance that evolves into harmony. For example "Graph-viak" unexpectedly flips from post-Drum n Bass froth to oddly 80ish pop song without breaking rhythm. Last year’s Wolfhour had a similarly broad palette of sounds, though this year’s model works it’s transitions and shifts with greater subtlety. “The Story of Fissa Maines” starts as a taped monologue unspooled from a noisy source and segues into a venue-changing woodwind cue that itself merges with an electronic pulse and piano figure as “Prism Break” starts. It's an album of (lovely) surprises that never lags or lulls.

Other Electricities

Fridge – Early Output 1996 – 1998

That this trio of London kids was still in high school and essentially just dicking around with a cassette 8-track when Trevor Jackson began releasing their explosively imaginative post-rock experiments on his Output label is humbling. It’s well known that they’ve gone on to glory with Four Tet and Adem; and a reunion in 2007 that produced the new album Sun whetted the appetite for more. Culled from sessions that yielded two full lengths and a handful of singles comes this blend of Tortoisesque musculature with swatches of cheap electronics and cheeky melodies for drapery. Sam Jefffers’ unschooled and deeply intuitive drumming was the loose backbone that let Adem Ilhan and Kieran Hebden drop noise guitar and droning keyboards wherever their hearts desired. Standouts like faux-dance groovy “Lojen,” Mogwai-winking “Swerve and Spin,” and the patient 808 epic “Anglepoised” prove the breadth of ideas and influences that continue to serve these gentlemen today.

Temporary Residence

Various – Enjoy the Silence

Taking a cue from the Kompakt Pop Ambient compilations, Japanese label Mule Electronic celebrates five years of bliss with its own collection of serene themes. Veterans like Strategy, Jan Jelinek and Thomas Fehlmann, who trumps even his IMPS remix from earlier this year with a wonderful piano-in-a-whirlpool bit, sit next to eagerly ascendant artists. Kuniyuki Takahashi, who records as Koss, takes a regal piano theme and adds slightly unsettled ambient noise to generate something lovely and a little unnerving. Sweden’s Minilogue continue to develop their non-dancefloor side with a lengthy synthpad churner that is treated to hide-and-seek polyrhythms from several sources. Peter M. Kersten’s Lawrence track is a simple and effective balance of a few echoing elements with a thread of playful vibraphone stringing them along. It isn’t as fluid a collection as the Kompakt offerings, but still makes a splendid label overview and bookend to their German counterpart.

Mule Electronic

Our Brother the Native – Sacred Psalms

Pared down to a duo OBTN seem to have discovered a slightly more lucid spirit guide to follow on this third full length. Joshua Bertram and Chaz Knapp, both barely into their 20s, are still adventurers into and melders of twilit global musical forms, but with a firmer grasp on the western pop trope. Easy but accurate comparisons to Animal Collective’s earlier acoustic and ecstatic campfire songs paint part of the picture. However, for every song like opener “Well Bred” that thrives on adrenaline and a layered choir of voice and horns there is a “Sores” that has a simple and mournful folk song atop the bongo/sitar/gamelan exoticism. Certain tracks have a jammed-out feel where competing found sounds and meandering samples eventually stumble across the song proper. “Behold” has a repeated lyric that states, “there is no use in holding back / this is who we are,” and that is as good a self-descriptor of OBTN’s approach to music making as any critic could ascribe; best just to relax and enjoy the overflow

FatCat Records

Animal Hospital – Good or Plenty, Streets + Avenues

As a Boston area engineer Kevin Micka has built his reputation as a first rate loop guru. Guiding guitar, drums and other sound sources through a maze of electronics he creates vivacious streams of notes that change colour with each new collision. The vivid playfulness of The Books is called to mind as a comparison. For all the high-resolution detail and clever juxtaposition of sounds Animal Hospital falls prey to a problem that plagues many sound-happy artists. The building, building, building up of many tracks never actually becomes anything more than a foundation to a song. Certain pieces like, “March and June” with its systolic beat, whirring resonance and cooing vocals promises to swerve but never changes its arrow-straight path off into a vanishing point. “Barnyard Creeps” is a late-comer that breaks that tradition and uses a gnarled guitar form to force directional shifts. Micka’s knack for interesting textures and complementary colours make the album an easy listen, but one that fails to leave lasting impressions.

Mutable Sound

Aughra – Proof of Dark Matter/Light the Lights

The dark ambient subgenre has not been so strong since the mid-80s/early 90s when creatures like Zoviet France and Rapoon slithered over the British heartland. While Aughra’s Brent Eyestone doesn’t stick exclusively to those deep shadows, a good number of them fall across his full length debut. Opener “Et In Arcadia Ego” neatly crosses the mid-90s Bristol wires of Flying Saucer Attack and Portishead by sitting a nest of fuzzy guitar noise atop a slinky drum machine beat. Things get a little more clockwork on “Machinelike Registration of Proximity,” a corroded goosestep by Schwarzeneggerian toy soldiers. The title suggests a certain balance, and the second half of the album finds the murky medium of marsh gas electronics obfuscating distant sheets of guitar heat lightning. Aughra’s quiet menace seems to exist as a dream world version of Eyestone’s work with Forensics, a less-than-obvious metalcore quartet given to tasteful loud/quiet dynamics. The metal may be deteriorating from its immersion in aquatic electronics, but it still has sharp edges, waiting.

Magic Bullet Records

Black Dice – Repo

The hodgepodge collection that was 2007’s Load Blown marked this Brooklyn crew’s skip over to their Animal Collective buddies’ label. The focus on Repo remains on the healing/disorienting power of the loop, though with a little less dogmatic minimalism. Opener “Nite Creme” illustrates how their brand of noise rock has tapped in the energy flow of American hardcore, siphoning DIY energy and ragged experimentalism into a real time jam. Black Dice prefer the wink to the frown, however. Cousin Panda Bear’s acclaimed Person Pitch could be summarized as “Good Vibrations” for Kraftwerk fans, but Repo, though related, defies reduction. Oddly nostalgia-inducing turntable stabs, off-speed/kilter vocal loops, and what sounds like a sentient pawn shop with Pee Wee Herman at the till only offers a preview of the mayhem. The whacked kids show vibe reaches it’s peak on “Lazy TV” which sounds like The Wonderful World of Disney on the best hash brownies money can buy. For the older and funkier set “Ultra Vomit Craze” simulates James Brown’s discography bit-reduced into an old school Gameboy. Those who like their noise angry or austere may be put off, but if they drink the punch they’ll be fine.

Paw Tracks

Last Days – The Safety of the North

While there’s a good portion of instrumental rock that gets ascribed the “cinematic” tag, Graham Richardson may be the only artist who embraces it to the point of structuring an album after a script of sorts. Safety of the North focuses on the experiences of a young girl named Alice whose family leaves the city for a simpler life in the north. “May Your Days Be Gold” is a song in Alice’s voice that swells with the promise of nature. The good cheer, marked by ascendant acoustic guitar, gentle piano and heartbeat electronics, gradually gives way to doubt and darker times. On “Life Support” the piano theme is subsumed by the crackle of static and what sounds like unmanned shortwave. By “Nothing Stays the Same, Nothing Ever Ends” hope gets lost in a snowstorm of noise but reappears in the melancholy strings after it subsides. In man vs. nature it’s clear that Richardson will not pick a favourite.


Tomasz Bednarczyk – Painting Sky Together

Simple melancholy, without the benefit of swelling strings or children’s choirs, is a delicate thing to achieve in music. On his previous Room40 release Summer Feelings Poland’s Bednarczyk dismantled and reduced simple piano themes to find deeply hidden melodies. Now at the ripe age of 22 he both opens up his library of sources and trusts negative space even more. “Freckled Cheeks” is toy-like in its simplicity and flecked with digital grit from someone’s sticky fingers. On “Tokyo” Bednarcyzk finally leaps into outer space, turning to field recordings of water, bicycles and a walk through a bird sanctuary to aid a jittering, backwards running oriental theme’s descriptive strength. “January” loosens a hold on precision, sounding like a bank of sampled moments from the album let run on random. Bednarczyk inarguable pinches elements from pioneering electronics artists (Fennesz, Oren Ambarchi, BJ Nilsen), but he brings those little pinches together in a way that is all his own. It’s praise-worthy work from a gifted young artist.

Room 40

Balmorhea – All is Wild, All is Silent

As on last year’s Rivers Arms this Austin outfit prospects what is possible with a classical left hand married to a folk/rock right. This new album wanders inland from the riverside until it reaches a point in the desert’s dusty eminence. “Settler” heads the charge with a “wagons ho” gallop showing off the dynamic interplay of guitar, violin, cello, bass and piano. A wordless vocal and counterpoint chorus of handclaps makes it impossible not to smile along. Even quieter moments, like on “Remembrance” and “Night in the Draw” with it open range banjo, eventually open up into sky filling exuberance. Jesy Fortino of the criminally overlooked Tiny Vipers makes an appearance on “November 1, 1832,” lending a haunted vocal to a simple piano theme. As with Nick Cave and Warren Ellis’ film soundtracks, Balmorhea manage to describe and compliment the western landscape without employing shopworn Morricone-isms. Let them run wild through the night.

Western Vinyl

Various – Pop Ambient 2009

A growing trend in the ambient world towards Erik Satie-like neo-classical minimalism is confirmed on the newest installment of Kompakt’s popular series. The piano, or electronics made to sound, informs nearly half of the twelve lovely tracks. After Klimek’s cascading clarion opens the window little plinky drifts waft in. Sylvain Chauveau’s “Nuage III,” borrowed from his recent Type Records release, is an august theme for wandering thoughts. As gentle, though with a slightly sinister undercurrent, is “Hindemith” courtesy of label boss Wolfgang Voigt’s long dormant alias, Mint. Even Tim Hecker, veteran guitar fractioner, vaporizes a piano theme into a sonorous cloud. Also fully infusing the full sound spectrum with watery ebbs is Marsen Jules, who has been relatively quiet (no pun intended) after two masterful City Centre Offices releases. Unsurprisingly the sequence of tracks turns the collection into a seamless work of quiescent art. I turn thumbs up to turning down.


Montag – Hibernation

Clearing the cobwebs off his desktop before the release of his new full length, Antoine Bédard, who is a Quebecer once again, explores winter textures on his self-produced the Hibernation e.p. Going Places from 2007 saw Montag collaborating with M83, Beach House and others to bracket in his pop and electro influences. The seven track (+ one bonus) mini album leans more on the digital sketchbook side of the bracket, with vocals on only a couple of pieces. “Nord” is a recurring title, split over three tracks, and has a wistful elegance that begs for a long lens shot of the “lone female figure skater on frozen pond” ilk. The rest of the vintage keyboard thematics are likewise soft focus, and at times a little uninspired. The standout is “Inner Thought About Kuujjuaq,” the aforementioned bonus track, a vocal performance that nicely fits the current trend of music that explores an 80s sound that actually never existed. It’s a nice little timewaster of a download, but by April you’ll be ready for something warmer to help you forget the winter.

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Zak Riles – S/T

The Grails boys have a real flow going over the last couple of years. Besides the group’s two full lengths and e.p. since 2007 multi-instrumentalist Emil Amos joined Om and re-issued his Holy Sons solo album. Now guitarist Zak Riles (whom Amos also collaborated with in Dolorean) has thrown his solo album into the ring. Grails fans will recognize the Middle Eastern/Eastern European flavour of Riles’ ringing steel strings, but he kicks things off with a lovely bluesy fingerpicker called “Pacific Siren” that trisects the Blackshaw/Fahey axis. The titular siren calling faintly over the waves is a nice touch. “Confluence” is a pale horse-riding western doom number worthy of Ben Chasny’s Six Organs. But the meat of the album is Riles’ raga/drone suites that don’t exactly induce calm meditation, what with the storm warning cymbals and panicked toms. With its broad shoulders and open-skied vistas it’s a fine muscular addition to an ever-expanding canon of modern guitar works.


Aethenor - Faking Gold and Murder

In Sunn O))) Stephen O'Malley adopted the whole element of robes and fog not only for its visual impact, but also for its attachment to ceremony and ritual. So bringing Current 93's David Tibet in as a collaborator on the newest installment of the Aethenor project makes perfect sense. The low end rumble and sweet voiced recitations hold parallels to the Murder Ballads collaboration between Mick Harris and Martyn Bates in the late 90s which saw a marriage of dark ambience and folk balladry. These pieces, however, also have some wonderful wildfire drums and lingering percussion flare-ups courtesy of Nicolas Field and Alex Babel. Alexander Tucker makes an appearance to let a little hint of light touch the gray edges. Whether you find Tibet's magickal sermonizing austere or knee-slappingly goofy is partly the make-or-break here. Either way there are enough threads of gold glittering through the dark bedrock of the four pieces to overlook any unconverted lead.


Intrusion – The Seduction of Silence

As one half of Echospace (Along with Rod Modell), Steve Hitchell scored a massive hit out of the box with The Coldest Season. That is if super-minimal oceanic electronics with beats so sparse they risk evaporation can truly be called “massive.” As Intrusion he travels with a more traditional portmanteau of dub beats, though they are still well insulated for the winter chill. Opener “Montego Bay” is not exactly dubstep, but its uptempo footprint is reminiscent of System and Jan Jelinek’s spacier moments on the ~Scape label. Paul St. Hilaire, who is fast supplanting Horace Andy in the guest reggae artist role, appears on “Little Angel” and “Angel Version” to allow his vocals to faintly bleed into the mix. “Intrusion Dub” shuffles over a straight up 4/4 beat that will have purists scratching their dreads until they give in and dance. Echospace fans will maintain a contact high from the waves of fluttery sighs that drift through “A Night to Remember.” If your climate is more conducive to snow forts than sandcastles this should be your seasonal choice in dub plates.


M. Templeton & aA. Munson – Acre Loss

Mark Templeton enters the landscape, and the landscape enters him, and on and on. His cyclic synthesis erases logic that suggests cutlery is non-musical or that a guitar loop isn't living in a tree outside your bedroom window. Templeton lets indoor and outdoor sounds through a revolving door of wavering electronics and fragile melodies to create a kind of "day in the life" portrait of young man as prairie electronics artist. Collaborating with Templeton on the DVD portion of Acre Loss is fellow Edmontonian and filmmaker aAron Munson. The visuals, which also served as backdrops at festival concerts such as the 2007 edition of Mutek, suit the abstract/referential balance of the audio. Ice and snow are layered over leafless branches and frosted windows. Human figures are shown in glimpses or fragments. Only on pieces like “1 is to one as…” are things slowed and steadied enough to pause and observe, which in this case is the ritual of coffee making, a process that is echoed in sound moments throughout the album. From sound one it is one of the most evocative and complete marriage of audio and visual elements I’ve seen in many years.


I8U – 10 –33 cm

From Holst’s The Planets to Eno’s Apollo composers have glanced spaceward for inspiration and grandeur. Montreal’s France Jobin goes an extra step by turning outwards then inwards to explore ideas of String Theory, the title being the theoretical size of strings that make up... well, everything. Music, or purely expressed sound, is a logical art form to tackle these complex ideas as little else exists in time and space quite the same way. The seven pieces have a scientific precision and clarity, placing each tone and texture in an aural description of nearly dimensionless particles. The vibratory interactions of these particles or strings stir high end frequencies that snap together like microscopic jigsaws and waves of drone that describe a closed or looped model. Slipping just out of silence into the auditory field intensifies a reflex to lean towards the discovery of curious phenomena. Whether or not Jobin’s work inspires you to more deeply consider reality it can be enjoyed for its wonderful minimalist construction.


Friday, June 19, 2009

Surgery 82

Agf.3 Sue.C - Mini Movies (Asphodel)
The Boats - Words Are Something Else (Home Normal)
Loess - Burrows (n5MD)
Konntinent - Degrees, Integers (Symbolic Interaction)
Sleep Whale - Little Brite (Western Vinyl)
Riceboy Sleeps - S/T (Parlophone)
Porn Sword Tobacco - Everything Is Music To The Ear (City Centre Offices)
Charity Chan - Somewhere The Sea And Salt (Ambiances Magnetiques)
Starving Weirdos - Into An Energy (Bo' Weavil)
Icarus - Sylt Remixes (Rump)
Various - Iceberg (CCCLTD)
Alva Noto + Ryuichi Sakamoto - Ensemble Modern (Raster-Noton)
Joelle Leandre & Quentin Sirjacq - Out Of Nowhere (Ambiances Magnetiques)

Track Listing

Agf.3 Sue.C - Geneva [0:00]
The Boats - This song has been intentionally left blank [4:12]
Loess - Thresh [7:39]
Konntinent - It Was Almost Effortless [10:33]
Sleep Whale - Sleep Whale [15:39]
Riceboy Sleeps - Daniell In The Sea [20:16]
Porn Sword Tobacco - Spectrum Campfire [27:00]
Charity Chan - Sea Nocks [29:57]
Starving Weirdos - Everything Glass [32:13]
Ivan Pavlov - KEET'98 (oxy mix) [39:48]
Galerie Stratique - Icebourge [45:05]
Alva Noto + Ryuichi Sakamoto - Broken Line 1 [49:07]
Joelle Leandre & Quentin Sirjacq - Hallucinations [55:09]

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Monday, June 01, 2009

Surgery 81

Ada - Adaptations (Kompakt)
Antifilm - IO (Statler & Waldorf)
A Broken Consort - Box of Birch (Tompkins Square)
Peter Wright - Snow Blind (Install)
Plastik Joy - 3:03 (n5MD)
Fennesz, O'Rourke & Rehberg - The return of Fenn O'Berg [reissue] (eMego)
Mankind - Ice Machine (Ambiances Magnetiques)
Soccer Committee & Machinefabriek - Drawn (Morc)
Kleinschmager Audio - Audiology (Rrygular)
Luke Hess - Light In The Dark (Echochord)
Aus - After All (Flau)

Track Listing

Ada - Forty Winks [0:00]
Antifilm - Heavy Petting [7:12]
A Broken Consort - A Sundering Path [10:46]
Peter Wright - Follow the Leader [20:24]
Plastik Joy - True Norwegian Black Metal [26:04]
Fennesz, O'Rourke & Rehberg - We Will Diffuse You [29:53]
Mankind - Post-Colonial [40:00]
Soccer Committee & Machinefabriek - Magpie [43:37]
Kleinschmager Audio - Eclipse [46:22]
Luke Hess - Reel Life [52:29]
Aus - Fake Five [56:56]

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Saturday, May 16, 2009

Surgery 80

Jean Martin & Justin Haynes - Freedman (Barnyard)
Tobacco - Allegheny White Fish Tapes (Rad Cult)
Jim O'Rourke - I'm Happy & I'm Singing & A 1, 2, 3, 4 (eMego)
Mark Templeton - Inland (Anticipate)
James Blackshaw - The Glass Bead Game (Young God)
City Center - S/T (Type)
Scanner - Rockets, Unto The Edges Of Edges (Bine)
Gareth Hardwick - Aversions (Low Point)
William Basinski - 92982 (2062)
Dakota Suite/Various - The Night Just Keeps Coming In (Navigators Yard)
Lau Nau - Nukkuu (Locust)
Blah Blah 666 - It's Only Life (Barnyard)

Track Listing

Jean Martin & Justin Haynes - Zombies Love Dancin' To This Number [0:00]
Tobacco - The Blue Seahorse [3:55]
Jim O'Rourke - And I'm Singing [6:39]
Mark Templeton - Sleep In Front Of [14:46]
James Blackshaw - Key [19:56]
City Center - Open/House [25:40]
Scanner - Sans Soleil [29:28]
Gareth Hardwick - Last Heights (Library Tapes Remix) [36:37]
William Basinski - 92982.3 [41:12]
Dakota Suite - The Night Keeps Coming In (The Boats Remix) [47:52]
Lau Nau - Ruususuu [52:38]
Blah Blah 666 - Specificity [56:47]

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Friday, May 01, 2009

Surgery 79

Koen Holtkamp -Field Rituals (Type)
Comfort - Sleep Talking Shared (Stilll/Off)
Guido Moebius - Gebirge (Karaoke Kalk)
Maayan Nidam - Night Long (PowerShovel Audio)
Agf / Delay - Symptoms (Bpitch Control)
Sylvain Chauveau - The Black Book Of Capitalism (Type)
Lawrence English - A Colour For Autumn (12k)
Tomasz Bednarczyk - Painting Sky Together (Room40)
Various - Teaism: Music Inspired By The Art And Culture Of Tea (Static Caravan)
Baja - Aether Obelisk (Other Electricities)
Hauschka - Snowflakes and Carwrecks (FatCat)
Symbiosis Orchestra - Live Journeys (Baskaru)
Harth/Irmler/Müller - Taste Tribes (For4Ears)

Track Listing

Koen Holtkamp - Night Swimmer [0:00]
Comfort - Organic Deca-Dance [5:13]
Guido Moebius - Dig A Mammoth [9:00]
Maayan Nidam- Tengo [14:18]
AGF / Delay - Most Beautiful [20:24]
Sylvain Chauveau - Géographie Intime [25:15]
Lawrence English - The Surface Of Everything [30:47]
Tomasz Bednarczyk - Freckled Cheeks [35:44]
Xela - Genmaicha Dorou [42:08]
Baja - Prism Break [48:40]
Hauschka - Kindelsberg [50:41]
Symbiosis Orchestra - See How It Goes [53:36]
Harth/Irmler/Müller - Servicing the Target [56:19]

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Wednesday, April 22, 2009

Surgery 78

Various - Round Black Ghosts 2 (~Scape)
Pendle Coven - Self Assessment (Modern Love)
Yagya - Rigning (Sending Orbs)
Martin Schulte - Depth Of Soul (Lantern)
Various - Monazite (Lantern)
aMute - Infernal Heights For A Drama (Stilll)
Various - Enjoy The Silence (Mule Electronics)
Angel - Hedonism (eMego)
Ekkehard Ehlers & Paul Wirkus - Ballads (Staubgold)
Hildur Gudnadottir - Without Sinking (Touch)
The Gentleman Losers - Dustland (City Centre Offices)
Parks - Umber (Infraction)

Track Listing

Martyn - Natural Selection (Flying Lotus Cleanse Mix) [0:00]
Pendle Cove - Golden Hadron [5:13]
Yagya - Rigning Níu [10:11]
Martin Schulte - Forrest [16:21]
Glimpse & Lee Van Dowski - My Son [22:06]
aMute - When Things Are Not Going Right [27:59]
Jan Jelinek - Stripped To Rendred [30:22]
Angel - Unsymmetric Distance [36:13]
Ekkehard Ehlers & Paul Wirkus - Skronie [40:08]
Hildur Gudnadottir - Elevation [43:41]
The Gentlemen Losers - Bonetown Boys [49:23]
Parks - Trains [53:23]

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Thursday, April 09, 2009

Surgery 77

Makoto Kawabata & Richard Youngs - S/T (VHF)
Seaworthy - 1897 (12k)
Svarte Greiner - Kappe (Type)
Larsen - La Fever Lit (Important)
The Humble Bee - A Miscellany For The Quiet Hours (Cotton Goods)
FUQUGI - Gransofa+Nightingale (Plop)
Various - Fabrique: 2001-2009 (Room40)
Various - Pop Ambient 2009 (Kompakt)
Rameses III - Basilica (Important)
Hannu - Harhailua (Kesh)
Machinefabriek - Dauw (Dekorder)
Intrusion - The Seduction Of Silence (Echospace)

Track Listing

Makoto Kawabata & Richard Youngs - (Red Bar, Shorter Still) [0:00]
Seaworthy - Ammunition 2 [9:22]
Svarte Greiner - Last Light [14:58]
Larsen - Dear Furry Widow [22:55]
The Humble Bee - Other Sleepers [30:16]
FUQUGI - Narcosis [32:33]
Keith Fullerton Whitman - Live At Fabrique [34:45]
Mint - Hindemith [39:30]
Ramses III - Origins I [44:15]
Hannu - Vanhadrone [48:24]
Machiinefabriek - Fonograaf [51:56]
Intrusion - Under the Ocean [55:18]

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Thursday, March 19, 2009

Surgery 76

Various - Strike 100 (Shitkatapult)
Various - 4 Women No Cry Vol. 3 (Monika)
Cheju - Broken Waves (Boltfish)
Lawrence - The Absence Of Blight (Dial)
Lukid - Foma (Werk)
Rod Modell - Incense & Blacklight (Plop)
Anne Laplantine & F.S.Blumm - Fa (Alien Transistor)
Whitetree - Cloudland (Ponderosa)
Ritornell - Golden Solitude (Karaoke Kalk)
Yasuaki Shimisu & David Cunningham - One Hundred (Staubgold)
Sleepy Town Manufacture & Unit 21 - No Traces (Infraction)
Zak Riles - S/T (Important)

Track Listing

Johnny Cash - I Heard The Lonesome Whistle Blow (Apparat Remix) [0:00]
Manekinekod - Unable To Display [4:09]
Cheju - Pantone [7:01]
Lawrence - Thieltes [13:26]
Lukid - Veto [18:59]
Rod Modell - Ultraviolet World [22:23]
Anne Laplantine & F.S.Blumm - The Look [28:56]
Whitetree - Slow_Ocean [31:57]
Ritornell - Disappearing City [37:31]
Yasuaki Shimisu & David Cunningham - Roots [41:48]
Sleepy Town Manufacture & Unit 21 - Blooming Woods [47:28]
Zac Riles - Res Extensa [54:19]

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Wednesday, February 25, 2009

Surgery 75

Mark Nelson began making music with Labradford back in 1992. Their album Prazision was Kranky Records' very first release and it was reissued last year, remastered and with bonus tracks. This month sees Nelson's White Bird Release, the sixth album under his Pan.American alias. Surgery 75 is an hour of music that spans the two decades of Nelson's career. A brief e-mail interview follows the track listing below.

from Labradford - Mi Media Naranja (Kranky)
Coastal from Pan American - 360 Business / 360 Bypass (Kranky)
Star City, Russia from Labradford - A Stable Reference (Kranky)
Settled from Pan*American - The River Made No Sound (Kranky)
By Chris Johnston, Craig Markva, Jamie Evans from Labradford - E Luxo So (Kranky)
The Penguin Speaks from Pan*American - For Waiting, For Chasing (Mosz)
Wien from Labradford - Fixed::Content (Kranky)
Lights On Water from Pan*American - Quiet City (Kranky)
Scenic Recovery from Labradford - S/T (Kranky)
Train Station from Various - Personal Settings (Quatermass)
Preserve The Sound Outside from Labradford - Prazision LP [reissue] (Kranky)
There Can Be No Thought Of Finishing from Pan American - White Bird Release (Kranky)

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Interview with Mark Nelson

The music on the new album has little reminders of things that span your career from the creeping ambience of early Labradford to the electronic pulse of the first Pan.American discs. Was it a conscious decision to revisit themes?

No, but there was not any process that dictated how this record came together. There may have been more of that in the past. So this record was free to any sound or process. I guess it makes sense in this context that certain pet sounds (if you will) might emerge.

The song titles are a quotation from a letter to HG Wells that refers to "the thrill of just beginning." Is this a reference you apply to the album making process or does it extend outside of that as well?

More to all projects we might take on in life. Jobs, parenthood, school, music. I guess I'm at an age where I feel it's important to remind myself that I can be as much a beginner as anyone else. As for the the record, it's specific in that context as well. I've been conscious with each of the last 3 records that they could well be the last things I do. (I'm not dying or anything, just hard sometimes to project forward and see myself always wanting to devote the time that these records require.) Also I try to be realistic and honest in answering the questions have I done enough? Is it time to leave it alone? No more good ideas or inspiration? the quote meant a lot to me in all those contexts.

Do you hate trying to come up with song titles?

I like song titles. I've said before though, that I view them more as elements of graphic design communication than meaningful hints about the individual songs. I put them together at the end and move them around freely to fit what I see as a flow with the artwork. I imagine people reading them in the store looking at the record (an old fashioned idea, I know). And that's how I imagine song titles having the most impact.

The inclusion of vocals is another element that links this to your earliest work. What prompted this decision?

I came back to that on Quiet City as well. Just a little more tolerant of how my voice sounds. I like the attention and focus it brings in very limited doses in this kind of music. An obvious humanizing component.

When Labradford began there weren't many other bands that shared your sound. Now labels like Temporary Residence, Type and Miasmah, to name only a few, have bands that fit that bill. Do you ever feel partly responsible for inspiring this "scene"?

No. I've said before I think if there is a "gift" that Labradford left behind I would rather it be seen as a generally more open world of possibilities for bands starting than there was when we started. I would be much more proud if people took away from Labradford a sense that they could feel free to create their own scene (even a scene of one) rather than just participating in a slightly different sounding scene with the same social/critical politics as any other scene.

You've frequently collaborated with others for Pan.American, but do you miss the dynamics that come from a more consistent group situation?

Yes. The sixth sense or unspoken communication with someone else is probably the most sacred aspect of the music making process to me. Not sure if it's something that one can hear or not though. In other words, does it actually affect the music in a strangers ear?

Is there anyone you've wanted to work with but haven't yet?

I would still like to find the perfect double bass player. also a reed player with an emotional but abstract approach.

Finally, of the "new generation" of like-minded artists are there any whose work you find particularly inspiring?

I'm not sure who you're referring to here - but I'm inspired by many, many artists. Arve Henrickson, Burial, the Necks to name three. I wouldn't call this grouping either a "new generation" or necessarily -"like minded" in all respects either. So I'm not sure that's a good answer or not.

Tuesday, February 17, 2009

Surgery 74

Giuseppe Ielasi - Aix (12k)
Vic Mars - Kanransha (Pragmatism Series)
Emeralds - What Happened (No Fun)
Mountains - Choral (Thrill Jockey)
M. Templeton & Aa. Munson - Acre Loss (Anticipate)
The Setting Sun & Shigeto - Table for Two (Moodgadget)
Troubles - Wolf (Self-Released)
Takeo Toyama - Etudes (Karaoke Kalk)
Burbuja - S/T (Kompakt)
Atom™ - Liedgut (Raster-Noton)
Chihei Hatakeyama - Dedication (Magic Book)
Fraet - For Another Day (Benbecula)
Mokira - Persona (Type)
Philip Jeck - Sand (Touch)
The Sight Below - Glider (Ghostly)

Track Listing

Giuseppe Ielasi - 01 [0:00]
Vic Mars - Ferris Wheel [3:27]
Emeralds - Up In The Air [6:28]
Mountains - Map Table [10:23]
M. Templeton & aA Munson - It's OK To Fall [15:53]
A Setting Sun & Shigeto - Polaroid Romance [19:38]
Trouble - I Absence, Am Abraham [24:18]
Takeo Toyama - Drops [28:11]
Burbuja - Traces [30:57]
Atom™ - Funksignal [32:49]
Chihei Hatakeyama - Chair & Acoustic Guitar [36:09]
FRAET - Dips Of Green Elms [39:57]
Mokira - Contour [45:30]
Philip Jeck - Fanfares Forward [50:46]
The Sight Below - Without Motion [55:29]

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