Cult of Mary: Venerations and Devotionals Through Noise

Hailey Magaña’s new project, Cult of Mary, released a 3 track EP and video earlier this month. The project is a departure for Hailey, who last year gained attention in the Harsh Noise scene with Ritual Chair, which she describes as a “noise project that is uncomfortable and anxiety-creating… she yells about past pain to force you to feel i…

DEAD HAWK & NADESHDA – BROKEN HEART OF A SUPERNOVA

Nadeshda/Dead Hawk – Split 2018 (Epileptic Media) This split release from Lintz, Austria’s Nadeshda and Grand Rapids, Michigan's Dead Hawk offers fans of zero beat droning and noise experimentation quite a bit to enjoy. Nadeshda claims the first six tracks here, while Dead Hawk delivers the seventh, a 27 minute epic entitled “Hypervelo…

THE SOUNDS OF STARGAZING

Motion Sickness of Time Travel - Vignette for Taurus Since 2009 Rachel Evans has released over 80 albums under the name Motion Sickness of Time Travel. The music is synthesizer-based and has nods towards minimalism and early electronic composition, as well as kosmische musik and exotica. This is the type of music that benefits from headphone…

MASSIMO MAGEE – STUDIES IN SOUND

Massimo Magee – Hunting Horn and Rotation Studies (Lurker Bias) Massimo Magee has been making all sorts of visual and audio artworks for a while. In his latest listening project, Hunting Horn and Rotation Studies, Magee mines the minimalistic. The album is presented in five “studies,” each being a variation on a main theme of what appe…

O DEATH! Traveling the Spaceways with the binary marketing show

I met The Binary Marketing Show in Kalamazoo, Michigan, at the 2016 Already Dead Family Reunion. Bethany and Abram slept on the couch across from mine for three days, and we got to know each other a bit, as one will in such close quarters. Since then, they have graciously set me up in their adopted hometown of Portland, Oregon. We are also doin…

MARGENROT – A PEAL OF THE ARMENIAN PAST

Margenrot - Zangezur (Klammklang) Eastern Europe, while not well represented in the West, is rich in art and music. Lusia Kazaryan-Topchyan is one of these standout musicians. She was part of the trio Fanny Kaplan before setting out on her own. Born in Omsk, Siberia with an Armenian heritage, she now resides in Moscow. creating sounds that on th…

NATURE BOY – BRIGHT LIGHT & MORE EAZE

More Eaze - unnatural._light. (Rat Tail Tapes) More Eaze is a treasure - prolific and diverse, he excels at every sonic style and subsequent permutation he explores. On unnatural._light. we find More Eaze working with more traditional structures, at least on the first side. Composed of three short songs in which sparse guitar accompanies soft vo…

WE’RE ONLY IN IT FOR THE ANXIETY

  Jacob Levesque - Panic (The Dark Thursday) Jacob Levesque’s new album, Panic - released on his own The Dark Thursday label - was made with “absurdity, anxiety, and passion” in mind, and it recreates the titular feeling with ease. While Jacob is the main artist, a long list of contributors are present throughout the 10 tracks, u…

TOTAL TRASH – GARBAGE MAN ON WAX

Garbage Man - Tobacco Bong Rips 7” EP (Forbidden Place/Personal Militia) Tobacco Bong Rips is the first proper release by Sheboygan, Wisconsin’s noise rock revivalists, Garbage Man. I first heard the group a few years back (2015?) at an art show I was working - skateboard decks were the featured medium and loud and heavy bands jammed the ope…

THE HERO’S JOURNEY

GOSH! - Odyssey (Nicey Music) “‘Life is good/love is good/everything cannot be understood/oh yeah” - “Whipping Winds” The new GOSH! album, Odyssey, starts with the simple repeated phrase “I can feel it coming/I can feel it coming soon” resolving into “so do you want to come with me.” This cycles around a second time befo…