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Merzbow Monday: Merzbow – Hybrid Noisebloom (1997) album review

1997’s Hybrid Noisebloom is a Long Dark Spin Cycle of the Soul, leaving you ecstatically exhausted, wrung out, and cleansed. Reviewing noise records is funny business. In a certain respect, … Continue reading

March 9, 2021 · Leave a comment

Techno Tuesday: Illuvia – Iridescence Of Clouds (A Strangely Isolated Place) album review

Illuvia’s Iridescence Of Clouds for the increasingly essential A Strangely Isolated Place is a gorgeous slice of ambient drum ‘n bass worldbuilding. Yr hovership descends, swooping in on a rose … Continue reading

February 3, 2021 · Leave a comment

Ambient Classics: Tangerine Dream – Aachen January 21, 1981 album review

On this classic ambient album, Tangerine Dream motor confidently into a new year with a new lineup, eschewing space ambient for a tighter, more song-focused prog ambient. Ah, the early … Continue reading

January 25, 2021 · Leave a comment

Ryan Garbes – Tabbed View (Moon Glyph) album review

On his first solo album in 7 years, Wet Hair/Raccoo-oo -oon noisemonger Ryan Garbes returns with his most immediate, vibrant album to date. As part of some of the most … Continue reading

November 30, 2020 · Leave a comment

Electroacoustic Alchemy: Charlotte Law – Ice Since Fire tape review (Linear Obsessional)

Electric guitars become tidal pools, walls of fog, delicate latticeworks of frost and ice on Ice Since Fire, Charlotte Law’s debut album for the lovely Linear Obsessional cassette label. Electricity … Continue reading

August 25, 2020 · Leave a comment

Nochexxx – SNAKE LIES COILED/GAIN FUNCTION (Transcranial) album review

Nochexxx returns with more punk rave and radiophonic club music on Snake Lies Coiled/Gaint Of Function Let’s face it… formulaic electronic music is boring as sin, devoid of personality and … Continue reading

August 12, 2020 · Leave a comment

Nightports W/ Betamax album review

Leeds-based sound experiment Nightport show how much can be done within the confines of a very simple premise on their second album, this time sculpted in conjunction with The Comet … Continue reading

June 12, 2020 · Leave a comment

Alchemical Americana: Califone – Roots and Crowns (Thrill Jockey)

For their fourth proper full-length, Califone update their scrapmetal Harry Smith alchemical Americana with a bit of exotica, sparkle, and sheen.  Califone are, to quote Grand Funk Railroad, an American … Continue reading

May 21, 2020 · Leave a comment

Post Punk Classics: Joy Division – Closer (1980) album review

On the 40th anniversary of Ian Curtis’ death, we step inside Joy Division’s sepulchural sophomore album, Closer.  Closer is often cited as an early influence on goth. While its true … Continue reading

May 19, 2020 · Leave a comment

The Best Dark Ambient Albums of March 2020

The streets are all empty. We are all living in quarantine. We are essentially living inside of a Dark Ambient album now. Now is the perfect time to listen to … Continue reading

April 1, 2020 · Leave a comment

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