Litanic Mask – Vampire Album Review (Audraglint)

On Vampire, the second LP from gothy Portland synthpop band Litanic Mask, the trio draw upon vampire mythology to comment on the inability of people to connect. Like their name, a Litanic Mask is a thin veil, separating the viewer from the viewed, while giving a ritualistic flair. In this case, the porcelain shield would be the sound walls of noisemakers Mark Burden and Andrea Kulish, whose pounding beats, pulsing synths and melodic keyboards make rays of light in the darkness, through which vocalist Kenna Jean swims in and out of focus. While she sings, “All I wanted was to see/ Your reflection in my mirror”, you get the sense that it might be she, and not the other person,

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Woman’s Hour – Conversations LP Music Videos & Visual Branding

“My collaboration with [Oliver] Chanarin began with a love of didactic images: images that explain things; how to resuscitate a dying man, or put a chain on your chihuahua, or fall over without hurting yourself. These are images made with a certain purpose, but they can be very beautiful too. Accidentally beautiful, which is what we like about them.” - Fiona Jane Burgess, Woman’s Hour

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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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Jeffertitti’s Nile – No One Music Video (w/ Jeff Ramuno & Johnny Maroney Interview)

“A lot of the symbolism is all centered around the ideas of unity and transcendence, death and rebirth, and the infinity of everything. When I first heard the song, I kept seeing this movement of traveling through multidimensional space and transforming landscapes, and the chorus was definitely always moments of opening and clarity.” - Johnny Maroney, Director

“That’s kinda what the song is about: the interconnectivity in all things and people. No one individual, but all one ever-changing, flowing stream.” - Jeff Ramuno, Jeffertitti’s Nile

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Kenzo’s Dawn In Luxor Video (Directed by Kahlil Joseph; Music by Shabazz Palaces)

In this slow-moving dream world, long-time collaborators Kahlil Joseph and Shabazz Palaces focus their eyes on a number of figures inhabiting different spaces: a blue-faced boy sitting on a beach; a figure scampering across a dark room; a strong woman standing tall in the breeze. It’s a fashion video that flies in and out of synth washes and the rhymes of Shabazz Palaces, who encourage you to fly with them along metaphysical spaceways. Egyptian hieroglyphics are spliced between scenes — and combined with the veiled figures and African artifacts, one has to wonder what Joseph’s secret message is.

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Inventions Band Interview: Matthew Cooper of Eluvium & Mark T. Smith of Explosions in the Sky

“The interesting thing about working together to me was how easily and swiftly it all came together… There was probably a build up of the excitement of working together and trying new things and allowing each other this room to go wherever we wanted, that it just blossomed forth and mutated in its own unfettered evolution.” - Matthew Cooper of Inventions & Eluvium

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