structure, texture, movement
electronics, synth, post-rock, jazz, beats, house, avantgarde, musique concrète
Fae & Seffi’s Miraka is a lovely, intriguing album of synth wanderings. It’s incredibly organic, its deep percussions, bells, and drones hovering at the threshold between sounding synthesised and just grown, in some way. (2018, Girly Girl Musik)
Lovely structures in this tenor sax / bugle / piano trio of Favreuille/Motury/Orins. Gentle as the state of the sea in this cover photo, these tracks flow with the tides.
Kemistry & Storm - DJ Kicks (1999, !K7)
Assessment: dark and buzzy; jazzy at the right times. Slightly uniform in its beats over the first 2/3s, but ultimately solid. Relentless smooth energy. (Late) classic D&B.
Mark Lyken - turtle line, turtle walk Noise drone grain synth. 18:40. Pleasant struc/texture for the matrix. (2018, Bit Rot)
Greetings. Sone Institute have created a fine archive of strange + glitchy +grainy electronic pop songs. Where Moth and Rust Consume displays love for many depths of synth history. (2018, tape/cd/digi, Front & Follow)
Hellscape Recordings is off to an incredible start this year with God of Light by THUGWIDOW. Dark synth atmospherics with generous breakbeats sprinkled all over it. This is the kind of sophisticated drum & bass that never gets old in this woman’s book.
valyri’s latest on Asura Revolver is a delight of shimmering synths, rhythms, and the occasional scary noise. etherealism makes the æther sound like a place where a lot of debris crashes around, yet you can still keep your calm.
Absolutely flawless beats, strings, and snatches of voice are woven together on Queen of Golden Dogs by Vessel (2018, Tri-Angle). Organo–electronics at its best. And anything Remedios Varo-related gets an extra thumbs-up, of course.
We can all use a good space trip now and again. Vinyl Dial’s synth rock is just the ticket, with the new album Space Wizard pushing all the right buttons. It’s psychy, proggy, and delightfully upfront. Out now on Flamingo Vapor!
Ghosts are the skeleton of a culture. Yoshimi knows this. On the third instalment of Japanese Ghosts, this is plainer than ever. This is percussive ambiance that arrests and enthrals. (2018, Pyramids)