Tape-A-Day #2 – Kee Avil

Kee Avil - Kee Avil EP (Black Bough Records) Picked up this short but substantial tape last summer when I booked a couple shows for the artist. While I was disappointed the shows’ attendance were less than stellar, I was enraptured with Vicky Mettler’s sounds. As Kee Avil, Mettler seamlessly melds obtuse melodicism to abstract electronic…

Ali and the Clouds – Darkening Prisms

The Black Rainbow and the Plastic Moon is the debut album by Ali F. Çalışkan (Instanbul, Turkey), under his project Ali and the Clouds. The title hints at dark subject matter, and indeed homophobia seems to be one of the loose themes throughout. While this is an instrumental album, the song titles are certainly markers and cast the hatred in…

Tape-A-Day #1

Boar / Mason split C30 (Breaching Static/Solitary Machine, 2017) Dubuque’s own cut-up king, Boar, presents a 15 minute track showcasing his subtlety with the form. As harsh as things get, Boar brings it down at all the right times, then builds it back up to new heights. This thoughtful use of dynamics is one of the things that sets Boar ap…