A Journal Of The Dark Arts

Merzbow Monday: CATalysis 猫媒 (Elevator Bath) album review

Masami Akita trades in his beloved birds for nature’s most perfect predator on this new one for Elevator Bath. It’s purrfection. Masami Akita‘s love of animals is well-known and well-documented. … Continue reading

May 8, 2023 · Leave a comment

Veryan & The Lonely Bell – Night Flights (Shady Ridge) album review

Two Scottish Dark Ambient artists take off for the stratosphere on this gorgeous new split for Minnesota’s Shady Ridge Records. Flying at night is a little bit peaceful, little bit … Continue reading

April 28, 2023 · Leave a comment

The Coldwave Poetry of Anne Clark’s Changing Places

Anne Clark’s debut LP still sounds fresh, inspiring, artful, gentle and beautiful 40 years later. It reminds us of a time when poetry, punk rock, new wave and electronic music … Continue reading

April 26, 2023 · Leave a comment

Merzbow Monday: Merzbow – Tauromachine (Remastered) album review

An expanded version of one of Merzbow’s most essential releases gets a slick new mix and a much-needed vinyl pressing in honor of its 25th Anniversary. Merzbow’s mid-to-late ’90s albums … Continue reading

April 18, 2023 · Leave a comment

Concert Review: Zoë Nowak: Bridging Sight, Movement, and Sound as a Transgender Artist @ Texas A&M University’s School of Performance, Visualization & Fine Arts

A small black box theater at Texas A&M University’s School of Performance, Visualization & Fine Arts transformed into a moving multimedia meditation on transformation and sound for two performances by … Continue reading

April 4, 2023 · Leave a comment

“It Is What It Is.” An Interview With Darksoft

credit/ Look Up Records “For lyrics on Beigeification, I’m using a lot of “thought-terminating cliches,” or beige phrases as I’ve come to call them,” says Darksoft, a singer/songwriter/producer/polymath from Portland, … Continue reading

January 31, 2023 · Leave a comment

Merzbow Monday: Merzbow – Collection:002 album review

Long lost to posterity, Collection:002’s recent re-emergence as part of the Collection:001 – Collection:010 from Urashima finally gives completists a chance to hear one of Merzbow’s earliest recordings in all … Continue reading

January 23, 2023 · Leave a comment

Briardark – S. A. Harian book review

Blair Witch Project meets Lost meets Annihilation meets Stranger Things in Briardark, thw otherworldly debut horror novel from Portland’s S. A.  Harian. Field researcher Dr. Siena DuPont is obsessed. After … Continue reading

January 17, 2023 · Leave a comment

Merzbow Monday: Merzbow – Collection:001 album review

One of the earliest Merzbow recordings is also one of the most intriguing. Merzbow – Collection 001 album cover credit/@rateyourmusic Early ’80s Merzbow is an interesting beast. It seems more … Continue reading

January 16, 2023 · Leave a comment

Muslimgauze – Blinded Horses album review

On his fourth LP, Bryn Jones fully comes into his own as Muslimgauze while still containing some anomalies and retaining some atavistic traits of his earliest works. For those that … Continue reading

January 14, 2023 · Leave a comment

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