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 — in sound seems like a kind of mild strain of synesthesia. Not preposterous, but surely left to the individual perspective, at least. Regardless, listening to Irreal, it’s hard to shake the mental image of all the lights being off in the studio when recording was in process.   At various moments throughout the record, Disappears’ lack of regard for conventional rock structures can sometimes produce

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Swami & The Blind Shake – Modern Surf Classics Album Review (Swami Records)

Modern Surf Classics, by Swami & The Blind Shake, is both authentic and imaginative in its approach while capturing the spirit of the original music and successfully recasting it for the 21st century. The combination of the propulsive and bombastic energy of Minneapolis’ own psych punk combo, The Blind Shake, along with John Reis’ instrumental brilliance, has produced an album that carries the listener forward on a groundswell of pure and brilliant energy.

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Jan St. Werner – Miscontinuum Album Review (Thrill Jockey Records)

“Every memory is just a loop. Returning again to places I once was, before, things are never as I remember them. Every home is also a burning house. Loop… and if one could draw this loop differently, then what? Different lengths? Four different lengths? Changes history’s courses – places, people, and events; all of them never were. Could they be made anew with this loop? I doubt it. Is this really happening?” - Dylan Carson, as written by Marcus Popp, Intro to Miscontinuum

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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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Pour le Plaisir – Tin Machine EP Album Review (Blue Tapes / X-Ray Records)

Pour le Plaisir has been producing, remixing, and collaborating since as far back as 2001. Having released over one dozen records on the French dance label Moleskine, this is his first with the UK’s Blue Tapes and X-Ray Records, a recently revamped tandem tape and vinyl series who have also recently reissued on vinyl Blue Twelve, improvisational guitarist Tashi Dorji’s album from last year. Citing his hometown to be both as France and Italy, Pour le Plaisir (real name only provided as Patrick G., retaining a slight elusiveness to his identity) does seem comfortable in migration on the Tin Machine EP. While not as directionally opposed as the cardinal points, each of the four tracks on Tin Machine presents a

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Jack Name – Weird Moons Album Review (Castle Face)

Effortlessly eternal, Jack Name’s Weird Moons harnesses the same joyous commitment to polyglot musical experimentalism of the likes of Thee Oh Sees and Ty Segall. Simultaneously evoking both the creaky wonder of lo-fi bedroom recordings and the organic richness of early 1970s “big board” recording studios, such as L.A.’s Sound City, it displays a masterful understanding of both songwriting and audio craft. These elements, coupled to his obvious exuberance at the creative potential of the arts at his disposal, make for an intoxicating and powerful mix. Enigmatic, and prone to the same promiscuity of naming that keeps fans of the Parquet Courts on their toes, Jack Name has released recordings under several different monikers. This choice is, we are told,

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