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Grouper – Ruins Album Review (kranky)

Ruins, as a word, can mean two things: as a noun, it is a decrepit run-down structure, no longer inhabited. Ruins, as a verb, is to degrade something, to bring about its demise, to fall into ruin. This ambiguity of meaning reveals a hidden face in Grouper’s new album, which is much concerned with uncertainty,...
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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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Brian Reitzell Retrospective Feature: From Film Soundtracks to Auto Music

Kraftwerk's 1974 album, Autobahn, was inspired by the feeling of traveling freely along the open German motorways it was named after. Forty years later, a different driving journey serves as a guiding force behind Brian Reitzell's debut album, Auto Music: Reitzell's commute to and from work in Los Angeles. Its motorik kinship with other Krautrock...
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Liars Band Interview (2014) Brooding in Ecstasy With Mess’s Playful Catharsis

Liars’ 2012 full-length, WIXIW, dwelled in doubt and anxiety, pressed against a curtain of murky fragility. Even if one only looks at the cover art for the band’s latest follow-up, Mess — a robust mass of multihued string that looks like the Love Forever Changes hydra head grew dreadlocks — it’s evident that in 2014,...
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