GOLDEN RETRIEVER – ROTATIONS (AMBIENT)
Bass clarinet and modular synth duo Golden Retriever return with easily their greatest album, Rotations. Their soundscapes get expanded to the chamber music scale with a host of instrumentalists playing the duo’s arrangements….it’s mad nice. There are “pretty” tracks and “noisy” tracks and everything else in between. If you’re looking for an extremely creative album blurring the lines between the acoustic and electronic, look no further.
SUN ARAW – SADDLE OF THE INCREATE (PSYCH ROCK)
Crazy psychedelic cowboy music. Sounds like someone fed Neil Young mescaline and gave him a bunch of casios and cowbells. Def a stylistic sidestep but lineup-wise return to form after the more conceptual/collaborative Professional Sunflow/Gazebo Effect (both of which are fantastic in their own right)
UMFANG – SYMBOLIC USE OF LIGHT (TECHNO)
Discwoman co-founder Umfang’s new album is really dope minimal techno out of NY. She prefers to keep things around the mid-range hype-wise, opting mainly for subdued, almost organ-like synth tones usually presented sans effects processing to deliver the melodic content, for a hypnotic vibe across the whole album. Imagine Factory Floor + the last Huerco S record and that’s kind of a good estimate for Symbolic Use of Light.
RICHARD DAWSON – PEASANT (FOLK)
The most brutal, soul-crushing renaissance fair soundtrack ever. British folk artist Richard Dawson reached a millennium in the past for musical and lyrical material regarding an ancient pre-medieval British kingdom, and the results are surprisingly un-cringe-inducing. I guess it’s due to the sheer amount of soul the dude puts into singing/writing lyrics, I mean come on…how the hell am I supposed to not cry to the song about a homeless man losing his pet dog to a stampeding mob.
DJ ESCROW – UNIVERSAL SOULJA VOL 1 (HARSH NOISE)
Dean Blunt affiliate DJ escrow threw this track on the Madjestic youtube channel earlier this year and it’s a banger, you know, because harsh noise bangs sometimes. Regardless it’s hella transcendental hearing a grime hypeman spit half-bars half-nonsense over hellish feedback and grating drones for a half hour.
By Will Scerbo on Nov. 10, 2017, 3:03 p.m.