Brad Anderson – I Sing the Synthesizer Electric

With a formal musical education starting in the 1970s, Washington’s Brad Anderson earned a Bachelor of Arts in Music in 1985 and a Master of Arts in Music Composition in 1989. Brad describes his approach to classical composition: “[w]hile some pieces are through-composed, the majority are in ABA form. The restatement of the ‘A’ section …

Arrowounds – The Red List On Tape

Arrowounds is the solo project of Texas artist Ryan Chamberlin. His new release, Book of Endangered Species, out now on Histamine Tapes, is quite the heavy statement. His previous work trades in post-rock/shoegaze territory, but this release veers toward ambient drone and field recordings. This is not just a reverb and echo laden headphone trip…

Licking Wounds – catharsis through chaos

From fairly early on, power electronics has been the province of edgy white dudes. In recent years, some great artists have emerged, subverting the genre’s tropes. Straight Panic’s queer-framed eviscerations of mainstream culture and its abuses of cishet privilege and Ritual Chair’s cathartic exploration of sexual violence and patriarchal…

Elska – a granular lullaby for your soul

Elska is the project of Brooklyn composer Laura Boland, who previously provided vocals for the noir-tinged Bella Koshka, as well as weaving melodies with soundscapes in the ambient duo Stehla. On her self-titled debut, Laura, who has trained at the Conservatory at Brooklyn College, is showing her many talents by writing, performing, recording, …

Andrzej Nowak – The Computer In the Cabin 


Andrzej Nowak - A View of Wilderness (Mondoj) By Jeff Brown Andrzej Nowak’s A View of Wilderness is the sixth release by Polish experimental electronic label Mondoj, following Nowak’s 2016 debut, Cocktail Paint. A View of Wilderness utilizes a specific conceptual technique in its compositional strategies, which the artist refers to as…

Dream of the ’90s – sewingneedle bring the noise (rock)

sewingneedle - User Error (Already Dead Tapes and Records) By Jason Thompson sewingneedle would be good on Chic-A-Go-Go, the local Chicago TV dance show for kids. If the likes of Bobby Conn are cemented in its hallowed historic on-air performances, and if dudes like Jandek can get spun on there with no irony for the locals to shake it to…

Circuitry of Ghosts – Installing the Relaxing Chips

Dakota Snaketail wears many artistic hats, including ambient musician, experimental filmmaker, artist, and writer. Based in Tyler, Texas, their musical output is spread across various projects, everything from the drones of The Flesh to harsh noise (Shadowpiercer) and lo-fi shoegaze (Where the Sea Meets Human Shadows) to his power electronics w…

When You Go Out To Vote

Happy Halloween! I know it's spooky out today, but what's scarier than the prelude to All Soul's Day? Election Tuesday! That said, your vote has the potential to make our national shitshow slightly less terrible. At the very least, your vote may help protect the rights of women, persons of color, non-American citizens, queer folks, and everyone…

Histamine Tapes – Mellow Fruitfulness

The autumn batch from Vermont’s Histamine Tapes features a double dose of drone from Brian James Griffith and Dominic Razlaff. The label signatures of “reclaimed tapes” and “breathing new life into unwanted ephemera” are still present. In the case of Brain James Griffith, the j-cards are sourced from a book on pottery; Dominic Razlaff…

On the Run with Mu Vonz

Mu Vonz is all about movement. It’s in the sparse but driving beats, a locomotive propulsion. The lyrical motifs center on movement as well - travel and mode of transportation are dominant themes. On this new self-titled release from Already Dead Tapes & Records, Mu Vonz is perpetually in motion. Mu Vonz is also a very sleek record. Fo…