Posts tagged ‘Experimental’

May 11, 2021

Play Listy For Me – Experimental, Instrumental & Ambient Vol. 4

Play Listy For Me is our column where we share with you all the music we recently talked about in a genre blocked playlist, plus extra bonus songs.

Tune in and bliss out with this collection of compositions existing beyond the dimensions of your “pop” and “rock” or “roll.”

April 22, 2021

Fasman’s Finds – Light in the Attic

Fasman’s Finds is our column from Rebecca Fasman (intrepid record nerd, DJ, and curator at the Kinsey Institute) in which she shares what she’s listening to and why. 

Light in the Attic released a third, weirder, less categorizable compilation in their Japan Archival Series. The series consists of Kankyō Ongaku: Japanese Ambient, Environmental & New Age Music 1980–1990 and Pacific Breeze: Japanese City Pop, AOR & Boogie 1976–1986 (which are both equally perfect in their well-defined scope), and now Somewhere Between: Mutant Pop, Electronic Minimalism & Shadow Sounds of Japan, 1980–1988.

Each track has at least a toe if not a whole foot in at least one different genre, but the end result is something that is so deeply invested in experimentation that it defies labels. It’s refreshing to hear, since we are bombarded with overproduced music that sounds similar across multiple genres. The tracks on this compilation are great and weird and the more you listen the less weird they get and the more you want more. 

The track I’ve selected, Area by Neo Museum, has a goth-y dark synth austerity that I can’t stop listening to. 

April 21, 2021

Play Listy For Me – Experimental, Ambient & Instrumental Vol. 3

Play Listy For Me is our column where we share with you all the music we recently talked about in a genre blocked playlist, plus extra bonus songs.

We realize now we should’ve posted this playlist yesterday on 4/20 but everyday is the right day to expand your musical horizons and your mind maaaaaaaan.

April 10, 2021

We Never Asked For This

We Never Asked For This is our short reviews of the best releases that showed up in our inbox unsolicited this week.

Are we crying because of allergies or because we’re blessed with so much great new music? Only our hairdresser knows for sure. Today we bring you new music from Pallas Athene, 4 Oceans, Abrasive Trees, Lost Near Blue Ape, Sound Science, Twin Dive, WondRWomN, Parallel Action featuring WondRWomN, Wonders of the Yukon, Camera2 and SeepeopleS.

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March 27, 2021

We Never Asked For This

We Never Asked For This is our short reviews of the best releases that showed up in our inbox unsolicited this week.

An embarrassment of riches, riches of the musical variety, that’s our current situation and we are happy to share the wealth with new music from Marwood’s Fall, If By Whiskey, Polarized Eyes, Professor and the Madman, Mellowpunk, Natty Wylah, vern matz, Jeni Schapire and End of Code.

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March 10, 2021

Play Listy For Me – New Experimental, Ambient & Instrumental Volume 1

Play Listy For Me is our new column where we share with you all the music we recently talked about in a genre blocked playlist, plus extra bonus songs.

Take a midweek break with these expansive tunes to reconnect you with the infinite and/or the personal. It’s all the experimental, ambient and instrumental tracks we’ve talked about the last few weeks, plus a few bonus tracks.

March 4, 2021

Fasman’s Finds – Black Monument Ensemble

Fasman’s Finds is our column from Rebecca Fasman (intrepid record nerd, DJ, and curator at the Kinsey Institute) in which she shares what she’s listening to and why. 

Black Monument Ensemble is a group of artists, musicians, dancers, and singers led by Chicago-based creative force Damon Locks. Their new album, NOW, comes out digitally April 9th and on vinyl on July 9th. This album was recorded in a few takes outside at Chicago’s Experimental Sound Studio at the end of the summer of 2020.

The first single from the new album, “NOW (Forever Momentary Space),” takes you on a journey. It begins with two quotes, one about this being the beginning and not the end, and one of a woman reminiscing about a dream she had in which she was running through a green forest, laughing and dancing with a friend/partner and both of them exchanging “I love yous”. As this quote ends, you hear what sounds like telephone buttons being pressed. Communication and joy undergird this song; you can hear it in the way the song builds, highlighting one incredible performer after another, coming together in a swell and slowly fading to the sound of cicadas, also communicating with one another (the cicada chirp is a mating call from male to female cicadas).

Knowing how, when, and where the album was recorded makes this exchange between performers all the more special; through this pandemic, we have largely been removed not only from live performances, but from collaborative, communal joy. This track is a welcome shock to the system, a necessary reminder that happiness, grief, dreams, creativity, love, and humanity in general are always best served through connection, and, most importantly, that a better future depends on it. 

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