Ariel Kalma Musician Interview: We Know Each Other Somehow (RVNG INTL Collaboration w/ Robert Aiki Aubrey Lowe)

“For me, my individual works are those emotions via the music. The exploring, the playing, and the transmission… I transmit what I perceive, and then somebody, the listener, receives that transmission. It feels a bit preposterous to say that, but still, it is. I capture. I’m an antenna. I’m an area. I receive, I capture, I translate, I play, I record — then it’s the listener.” – Ariel Kalma

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Lulacruza Band Interview: Esperando el Tsunami Visual Album & Documentary (Bilingual English-Spanish Feature)

“I think what ended up happening with the film is not so much about us as it is about listening through us. Seeing the landscape through our ears… Our goal was to keep a ‘deep listening’ attitude, so that included anything we met and anyone we collaborated with. It was always kind of a state of improvisation — the entire trip.” – Luis Maurette, Lulacruza

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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, slowly unveiling the world of noumena; things outside of the cognitive mechanism.” – Vinyl Williams

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BRAIDS – Miniskirt Music Video (w/ Raphaelle Standell-Preston Interview)

“Culturally, there is the expectation that when a woman wears certain items of clothing, she is expected to act a certain way. I wanted to wear clothing that made me feel sexy, without the demands of needing to act that way. I could scream and shout in a miniskirt, or in a beautiful flower dress, challenging the roles that those items often instill in women to play out.” – Raphaelle Standell-Preston, BRAIDS

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Sóley – Icelandic Musician Interview: Ask The Deep

Adorning the cover of Sóley’s new record, Ask The Deep, is a portrait painted by Ingibjörg Birgisdóttir, with Sóley’s face smeared about like the things of nightmares, like a horror film incarnate. Upon first glance, this visual seems inconsistent with one’s first impressions of Icelandic musician Sóley Stefánsdóttir — but the truth is that Sóley has always been rather drawn to the depths and horrors of emotion. Her first record, 2011’s visually-evocative We Sink, is — in title, mood, and narrative structure — quite similar to 2015’s Ask The Deep, even if musically less refined. But in the many years between Sóley’s debut and sophomore records, she experienced significant events that transformed her experience of being a musician, allowing her

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felte Records Label Feature: A Balance of Give & Take

“There’s a lot of noise out there — more bands than ever, newer forms of ‘entertainment’ or distractions for our time. This will be the first decade where history will talk more about the technology surrounding music than the artists. While it’s a challenge, I feel like the past few years have been the best time to start a label if you gravitate more towards DIY creativity, patience, perseverance and appreciate the small victories.” – Jeff Owens, Founder of felte

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Global K-Pop Domination Mixtape (#40) Download & Stream

K-Pop pundits love to predict who’s going to be the one star to stick in America, and with the impending debut of 2NE1’s CL, these predictions have reached a fever pitch. These lists never seem to change much: Girls Generation, 2NE1, G-Dragon, CL, BIGBANG, and so forth. Problem is, half those acts have already exhausted large amounts of capital in their American expedition, to limited success. But if we take time to really examine what ephemeral success K-Pop has already had in America, it’s easy to see qualities that separate the Wonder Girls from the PSY’s. A few theories: A) He/She will (most likely) be a solo artist. Easier to digest. Even domestically, groups are harder to sell than individual

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Lilacs & Champagne Band Interview: Midnight Features w/ Emil Amos & Alex Hall

“It’s kind of fun to have this open-ended series… It’s really just the psychological triggers that you do with yourself. No one is actually imposing restrictions or boundaries on you, but at times, you feel like you have a place, a repository to fit these other ideas, that doesn’t lose your format.” – Alex Hall, on Lilacs & Champagne’s Midnight Features series

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Metavari Band Interview: Black as Midnight on a Moonless Night

Oftentimes, a complete change in sound and a long delay between full-length albums marks the death knell of a band, or at least a rebirth. After a long brainstorming session — during which the band lost a guitarist, put out an EP without that guitarist, and gained another in time for the latest record — Metavari has returned, and the Metavari you hear on Moonless is not the Metavari you heard six years ago, during the release of Be One of Us and Hear No Noise. This time around, the quartet from Fort Wayne, Indiana, seems to have found its niche in the instrumental world, eschewing the grand sonic explosions commonly associated with post-rock in favor of analog and electronic sounds and samples.

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Sara Jackson-Holman – “Haunt Me” Music Video Premiere (Natasha Kmeto Remix)

Though the haunting voice of Portland songstress Sara Jackson-Holman already lends itself well to a song bearing the title “Haunt Me”, the remix by hometown hero Natasha Kmeto transforms all of the bright notes of the piano-heavy original into atmospheric grey skies. Pair that with a number of delightful frills-and-lace wardrobe pieces — some fashioned by the singer herself — and what you find in the music video, directed by Ife Adeniji of Artistic Outlet Media, speaks to a wisdom and maturity beyond Jackson-Holman’s young years.

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Psychoactive Soundscapes: The Trippiest Psychedelic Albums of 2014

The idea that the multiverse is more akin to an art project than a science experiment (or an art experiment, if you’re so inclined) is one of those Occult themes that typically gets dismissed by both overly scientific and religious types alike, even though it quite inarguably resonates now more than ever. One of the stranger aspects of human psychology that we essentially avoid touching in typical academic or spiritual discourse involves the fact that your average person now consumes roughly a hundred thousand times more art in a given year than they did even a mere century ago. We used to rely on mediums like galleries, plays, symphonies, and libraries to dispense our art, most of which weren’t super

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Album Covers of the Year 2014 Interviews

In contrast to modern patterns in music consumption comes our annual Album Covers of the Year feature, where, instead of forgetting album artwork even exists, we hyperextend ourselves to assert that it is an artform that is vitally connected to the spirit of the music. This feature, which is divided at times into thematic elements and at times into artistic medium, incorporates interviews with not only musicians, but also artists involved throughout the artistic process. We pride this list in being diverse and multi-faceted, as well as philosophically exploratory. See all of our entries from previous years or get started by choosing a category below. Happy travels through the artistic universe we’ve crafted for you.

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