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A Journal Of The Dark Arts

Merzbow Monday: Merzbow – Material Action For 2 Microphones (1981) album review

Collected as part of the Merzbox, Material Action For 2 Microphones stands out in a nearly bottomless discography. Considering the project name’s debt to Kurt Schwitters, it’s easy to forget … Continue reading

March 29, 2021 · Leave a comment

Shortwave Symphonies: Rupert Lally – Hidden Transmissions Vol. 1 (Woodford Halse) cassette review

On his first release for Woodford Halse, Swiss composer/electronic musician/multi-instrumentalist Rupert Hally recreates a lost radio transmission. It’s a reminder of the thrill of curiosity and musical discovery. The internet … Continue reading

March 16, 2021 · Leave a comment

Subterranean Homesick Blues: Tom Waits – Swordfishtrombones

In which our hero abandons his barfly beatnik persona to become the carnival barker of the damned, the poet laureate of sailors on shore leaves, of amputees and blacksmiths and … Continue reading

October 1, 2020 · 3 Comments

Ringo Deathstarr – Ringo Deathstarr album review

On their first album in 5 years, Austin, TX’s Ringo Deathstarr trade in more mainstream shoegaze for more esoteric influences. When My Bloody Valentine were on an indefinite hiatus in … Continue reading

March 27, 2020 · Leave a comment

Sounds From Underground: NCHX – B-O-M album review (Plastic Horse)

A compendium of underground electronics, Nochexxx’s fifth LP is a tube journey through acid, techno, electroacoustics, radiophonics, IDM, and bass music. B-O-M opens with the sound of a tube station, … Continue reading

December 10, 2019 · Leave a comment

Horrorscores: Umberto – Helpless Spectator album review

Helpless Spectator is Umberto’s most beautiful album to date. It’s also his most terrifying. For the last 10 years, Umberto‘s Matt Hill has been revisiting the weird, eerie world of … Continue reading

July 12, 2019 · 1 Comment

Candles In The Virtual Void: Peter Zirbs – What If We Don’t Exist review

½ artful synthpop, ½ neoclassical ambient synth, Peter Zirbs’ first solo record speaks to the promise and potential perils of a virtual existence. A girl stands at an arcade machine, … Continue reading

November 18, 2018 · Leave a comment

Too Beautiful To Be Believed: Ian William Craig – Thresholder album review

Vancouver Ambient composer Ian William Craig returns with an album of disembodied sacred choral music exploring the micro-mysteries and boundless space of the Universe. What is mystery, in a world … Continue reading

November 2, 2018 · Leave a comment

Abronia – Obsidian Visions/Shadowed Lands album review

Portland’s Abronia break the fourth wall on Fourth World music, delivering two sides of authentic, sax-seared sub-saharan Psych Rock! Trying to take the pulse of Portland’s music scene is difficult; … Continue reading

June 7, 2017 · Leave a comment

This Is Dream Punk: Seasurfer – Under The Milkyway… Who Cares? review

Hamburg ‘dream punk’ trio Seasurfer return with their thrashiest yet most beautiful and soothing statement to date. The soundtrack for the revolutionary dreams. The originators of both shoegaze and dream … Continue reading

March 27, 2017 · 2 Comments

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