AOTY 2018
Jul 9, 2018
87
Please consider checking out the deluxe version of this lost classic. The different takes (especially for 11386 and One Up, One Down) are absolutely essential to this release for their deep explorations into modal improvisation, the very essence of Coltrane's genius.
May 25, 2018
54
An odd case where James fails to deliver the unexpected, which was essentially what made his music such a undefinable joy to explore. This whole hi-fi "post-retro-futurist" movement in underground electronic has grown to become extremely tired since like 2015. Would have much rather preferred to hear more of that hypnagogic bro-country thing he was doing last year.
May 18, 2018
66
Impressed by Carla's increasing ambition towards drone-based atmospheres and free-form soundscapes, almost veering into modern classical territory. Her aesthetic POV still seems mostly based around her earlier traits as a singer/songwriter so I can't say that I'm entirely convinced by the execution of these pieces. Doesn't explore deep enough into the avant-garde spectrum. End of the World, the most traditional-sounding piece on here, is an absolute showstopper with Marc Ribot's jazz stylings ... read more
May 15, 2018
66
It's as if the golden age of post-punk never truly died out in the 80s and the whole scene has just been hiding out in the sewers ever since. Most groups of that era have either not made it since then unfortunately or have grotesquely mutated entirely like these guys. Freakish, sweaty, and drugged-out way beyond the point of no return. They only really sell it to us by the record's second half. Probably came up once during the 90s to kidnap someone to make that album art. John Maus and Ariel ... read more
May 15, 2018
73
Ah...well....cool? Now I'm reminded of my first uhh...job interview. And um....yeah...
May 14, 2018
77
Techno presented as a seamless mix between distinct stylings from Europe and the US - in this case, I'm hearing Thomas' precise talents in the genre's atmospheric spectrum and Terrence's warped approach to the mechanically funky, Detroit scene. Spacious and groovy. An excellent combined effort from these two. Major Orb vibes on that space odyssey of a closer.
May 14, 2018
90
The key to all house music lies right here.
May 13, 2018
68
A legend in Canada's modern, underground post-punk scene, RIP. Still to this day, I'm always hearing about Women whether it being through discussion at shops and shows or in the actual influence of local rock groups here in Vancouver. The guitar work of Chris Reimer and Pat Flegel in that band is especially massively influential around those scenes. Chris' ambient works unearthed here only further strengthen his legacy, revealing a whole new layer of stunning, candid delicacy and purity to his ... read more
May 12, 2018
39
A grand spectacle displayed only through inoffensive arrangements disguised with expensive production and the tired cheese of melodramatic, piano passages. The Oscar-bait of electronic music. Not much going on here otherwise. Jon starts to interestingly warp his sound palette for a bit on Luminous Beings. I still continue to struggle to get why Jon is praised as one of the modern greats in electronic.
May 2, 2018
34
Very confused with what's going on here. Godfather usually doesn't start to become a cashgrab until Part III.
May 1, 2018
65
Continuation of Ruins which is fine by me. Liz's songwriting usually leaves me blank so I usually stick with someone whose melodies are more resonant like Joanne Robertson for my share of airy, singer/songwriter music. Anyway, it's more about the way her music occupies space. Reverb is tastefully utilized as expected, but in the case of this piano setting, Liz's selection of notes, how to perform them, and ultimately what to leave out is near-masterful. This is what "quiet" music is ... read more
May 1, 2018
70
Always impressed by the voice Elysia brings to today's avant-garde, electronic scene and Latinx culture. She's definitely honed her craft in mashing up various South American-based genres in a sample-driven DJ setting here. Textures on this find a tight balance between abrasive and lush. Orion Song's synth coda and the artwork are beautifully nostalgic. I hope she's building up to something more expansive soon (in an album or DJ mix format), this and the last few releases have oddly been very ... read more
May 1, 2018
63
Loud and scary, only increasing in intensity as it progresses. Bouncy ball synths on Western Destroying Angel are genuinely nerve-wracking. Not really for Xiu Xiu fans, more for sound art nuts. Produced by Lawrence English so it sometimes can sound like we're in a cave. I love everything about this record's aesthetic (specifically the titles).
May 1, 2018
64
Still a bit Arca-lite, but there's more going on here than on Heart. Most notably a hip hop influence taking over majority of the beats. Luna could easily be rapped over. Also has a soothing ambient aura taking place, maybe similar to Amber-era Autechre? Way more intrigued by Doon's visual art. That creature makes me feel many emotions. Sometimes it is very ugly and I want to kill it with flames while other times I see a certain cuteness in it and want to raise it as my own son and brush his ... read more
May 1, 2018
74
Archived gems from Music From Memory as always expected. For the third time now from a based guy called Turtle who devoted his time in the 80s as a youngster to hoarding all sorts of hardware and just recording as much as possible. New age, minimal synth, futurism, tribal jams, cosmic jams, third world, fourth world, whatever - most of that typical, obscure, 80s goodness. Hyper Ethnic Blues predates that weird wave of exotica-based hypnagogic pop popularized nowadays by Spencer Clark. Feel the ... read more
Apr 30, 2018
54
Not seeing much out of this project, just IDM at its most basic and microhouse for the critics. Guy's pretty good at masking in acoustic instruments with the electronic and finding those moments were slightly rewarding. Hidden goes for a bit.
Apr 30, 2018
55
Serviceable to the dying breed that is p4k indie. Stuck somewhere in between delivering something gritty or something with more pop appeal; the former being something the band was always much better at achieving. Hope to see the band approach the sloppy, grunge stylings of the previous records again soon(as grossly niche as that genre can be nowadays). They definitely had an interesting riot grrl and In Utero-era Nirvana combo style that's sorely missing here.
Apr 30, 2018
42
Not sure what's happened to this guy. Forget brought charm with its approach of applying the cheese of new romantic to 4AD's signature (to this decade), bedroom pop style. Ever since, it seems as if there have been confused attempts to appeal to a more commercial audience perhaps as some sort of contemporary to The Weeknd, except without the voice or any kind of standout presence to pull it off? This offers a bit more restraint in its introspective approach compared to the overblown Eclipse, ... read more
Apr 25, 2018
53
If anyone is selling this 7" for a REASONABLE price, please contact me.
Mar 17, 2018
79
Burnin Ya Boa classic tune.
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