Mary Lattimore & Jeff Zeigler – Slant of Light Album Review (Thrill Jockey Records)

The harp, as an instrument, seems to inherently conjure medieval, Celtic, or angelic imagery. When it is joined by swirling synthesizers and bilious clouds of delayed guitars, the brain is left with all manner of interesting juxtapositions, like a tea room melting into sea foam, or some fictitious movie with moonbeams, meteor showers, and unicorns. The harp, as an instrument, seems to inherently conjure medieval, Celtic, or angelic imagery. When it is joined by swirling synthesizers and bilious clouds of delayed guitars, the brain is left with all manner of interesting juxtapositions, like a tea room melting into sea foam, or some fictitious movie with moonbeams, meteor showers, and unicorns.

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Kiev Band Interview: Iconoclasm & Possibility in a Prescriptive World

“If you’re basing your career on likes and plays and how many hits a particular video has, it’s really impersonal. But when it’s that grassroots thing, you get so much more mileage out of looking someone in the eye and having them tell you, ‘Wow, this song did this for me’, or. ‘This album puts me in this mindset that I can’t get anywhere else.’ That kind of stuff gives us the chills and gives us the juju for the next year.” - Robert Brinkerhoff, Guitarist & Vocalist of Kiev

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Midday Veil – Without And Within Music Video Premiere

Travel with Midday Veil for eight minutes, into the pixelated fractal universes of “Within and Without”, premiering today on REDEFINE in anticipation of the Seattle band’s upcoming west coast tour with Swahili.

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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 is sometimes produced from hyperfrenetic digital constructions, as with some of the recent work from James Ferraro — Punish, Honey is like walking through a factory full of mechanized automata, like a textile mill animated by Jan Svankmajer. Like The Sorcerer’s Apprentice, if he had brought jackhammers and bellows to life, rather than broomsticks.

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MSHR Art & Music Collective Interview: Pathways In & Up

“Where we’re at right now, it doesn’t make sense for us to join a preexisting community or culture that has a set of rules or traditions. That can’t happen for us, but we want that — everyone wants that — and with this project, we’re creating our own sacred spaces and traditions. Pathways in. And up.” - Brenna Murphy, MSHR

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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?” - Lee Gamble, via Resident Advisor

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