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Vessel – Punish, Honey Album Review (Tri Angle Records)

There are hardly any electronic instruments on Punish, Honey. Instead, Vessel's Sebastian Gainsborough built an arsenal of homemade instruments, including flutes made out of bike frames, sheets of metal, and "harmonic guitars". Punish, Honey is an industrialized suite: clanking, stomping, sparking, twitching, pounding. But instead of the giving the sensation of a migraine -- which...
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Lee Gamble – KOCH Album Review (PAN)

"All I can say is that with these records, (KOCH in particular) is that apart from them working as just music to listen to, I'm concerned with the notion of dragging you in and out of some space. Like, where the fuck are you in all this? Being there. It's more ambiguous, less logocentric perhaps?"...
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Young Magic Band Interview: Melting Into The Introspection of Breathing Statues

“We were... thinking about the ‘undifferentiated unconscious’ – something which manifests itself in any work and gives you this overwhelming sensation of eternal space being reconstituted. This quality, however you want to describe it, is something we’re very much attracted to and something that appears ubiquitously in the natural world.” - Melati Melay, Young Magic
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Owen Pallett – In Conflict Album Review (Domino, 2014)

Pallett takes a deft touch with pastiche; he also syncretizes the academy and the new-music frontier, combining traditional classical instrumentation and the ever-expanding field of synthesizer technology. This meeting-of-minds hearkens back to disco without In Conflict being disco. The strings are made disco classy, a way to get suburbanites into their Saturday night finery and...
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