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…

Fallen – The Sound of Fog

On his newest offering, Tout est silencieux (Triple Moon Records), Lorenzo Bracaloni blends field recordings processed through his laptop with traditional instruments to create a cinematic sound filled with emotion. Lorenzo Bracaloni is an Italian sound artist who has numerous releases under the monikers of The Child Of A Creek and Fallen. He s…

The Smudge – Wrong Longings

(photo by Lulu Rader) “Some people are worth the right gold. Some people search after the wrong gold.” - The Smudge The Smudge is the musical persona of enigmatic multidisciplinary artist Bucko Crooks.  Where does the persona end and the person begin? And what does it matter to you? The Smudge boasts 82 releases on the artist’s b…

A Menu of Delightful Sounds – Dere Moans’ Future Deli

Bad Cake Records is a tape label that appeared in early 2018 and boasts 10 releases so far. Run by Tony Lien, the Minnesota label fashions itself a “misfit, non-elitist cassette label with no set aesthetic.” The real link I hear between their releases is that each artist does their cooking in a home studio and keeps it on the raw lo-fi side…

Dubuque – Sound of Perseverance

Every now and then we dig up Ruixes past. Here are a handful of reviews of recordings by bands from our home base of Dubuque, Iowa, dug up from one of our prints zines published in 2015.  All these artists are still active - check 'em out. Young Indian - Handsome  Iowa has been getting a fair amount of positive press lately from the…

CRASH SYMBOLS: Dancing To Their Own Beat

Started in 2010 and run by Dwight and Liz Pavlovic, Crash Symbols is a psychedelic tape label, though it branches out to include many other genres. They were kind enough to send me a batch of their 5 newest tapes and here they are in order of catalogue number. Touched by an Angle Vol. 2   More than a compilation, this cassette is equal p…

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…