All posts by Ian King

Ian F. King writes about music and other subjects. He is a regular contributor to Stereo Subversion, and his writing has appeared in Nylon, Slice Magazine, Volume 1 Brooklyn, Line - A Journal, Hobart, Pindeldyboz, Take the Handle, and other places. He is also the book reviews editor for KGB Bar Lit Magazine, and keeps an experiential music blog called Dear Jerks. He lives in Brooklyn with his wife and cat. Please visit him at ianfking.com.
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Christopher Tignor Artist Interview: Living in Modern Tension

“I had a big manifesto of ‘no’s’ at the beginning, [of things] that I didn’t want to do.” As a composer, violinist, and multi-instrumentalist, Christopher Tignor has, since the early ’00s, led the New York City-based instrumental groups Slow Six and Wires.Under.Tension. Up until recently, however, he’d had little interest in playing solo, and figuring...Read...
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Nonkeen Band Interview: Decades of Friendship & Collaboration, Forged from Vintage Tape Recorders

Nonkeen’s Frederic Gmeiner and Nils Frahm grew up in a suburb of Hamburg, the German port city famous for the Beatles’ pre-fame residency, nestled up near the North Sea. As they were meeting one another in primary school, their future bandmate, Sebastian Singwald, was growing up on the other side of the Iron Curtain in...Read...
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Vinyl Williams Band/Artist Interview: Hypercolored Crossovers

“Language is the quintessential blueprint that can bridge between the senses. The more I attempt to describe music in visual terms, and the visual in musical terms, the more I’m training toward synesthesia. It’s not an ability that I naturally have, but I’ve developed it through language. It constantly informs the relationships between the senses,...
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Disappears – Irreal Album Review (kranky)

In a universe consisting of four percent matter and ninety-six percent negative space, absence is the dominant substance. With the right frame of mind, a void can be an endless possibility. Disappears’ fifth album pounds that clay into a sonic metaphor. Gloom is one thing, but seeing darkness — an actual lack of light —...Read...