Bohren & der Club of Gore – Patchouli Blue

Depending on how it’s executed, music (and instrumental music in particular) has the potential to be the most transportive mode of expression. Other mediums like film, literature, and art obviously have the ability to present rich, detailed worlds beyond our own. But music can offer a blank, endless canvas for…

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Thy Catafalque – Naiv

Since this is my first review of the year, it’s a good time to mention one of my annual music resolutions. I try to evolve my listening habits with a new focus come Jan. 1, with this year’s theme being to cut down on my “Lazy List.” With all the…

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Wave // Breaker – Saint Pepsi

Remember this old chestnut? It’s been a couple years since we last ran a Wave // Breaker post, our avenue to cover synthwave and it’s related synth-based offshoots. With this being the case, you can safely assume that there’s an excellent album behind this overdue revival. I’ve followed Saint Pepsi…

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Battles – Juice B Crypts

Descriptors like ‘crossover’ or ‘fusion’ get thrown around like cheap Halloween candy, especially when a band draws influence from both guitar music and electronica. More often than not, the seam left by knitting these disparate genres together is uncomfortably obvious. Since their inception in the early noughties, locating the join in the Battles…

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Zonal – Wrecked

Collaborations are the ultimate musical wild card, offering up either a pleasant surprise or unfulfilled potential. Fortunately for us, both Justin Broadrick (Godflesh and Jesu) and Kevin Martin (The Bug) have made it their mission to form some of the most intriguing super-duos over the past decade. Broadrick has worked…

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65daysofstatic – replicr, 2019

I think it’s obvious to anyone who is paying attention that we’ve crossed the threshold in terms of the public discourse on climate change. Sure, there are deniers still out there and some of them are in prominent positions (AKA, the President of the United States, you know, that country…

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Alarmist – Sequesterer

By now, you’ve probably seen us rant and rave about the new wave of “post-math rock”; more specifically, the trend of bands blending the traditional bouncy melodies of math rock with post-rock structures, jazz-influenced technicality, and generally progressive and experimental ideas. As I’ve outlined before, Art As Catharsis and Small…

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The Biology of Plants – Vol. 2

Sixty years after Ornette Coleman released The Shape of Jazz to Come, contemporary musicians continue to challenge and expand upon the core tenets of the genre. Besides its notable anniversary, I mention Coleman’s breakthrough specifically due to its embodiment of disruption. The reception for his playing style has softened considerably…

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