This episode traverses an array of sounds across the outer music spectrum – from heavy electronics to minimal ambient pieces and guitar-driven songs. Press play and enjoy the ride.
SPC ECO “Push” (0:00) – A decidedly electro backbeat contrasts with Rose Berlin’s breathy vocals to create another fine track from this London-based band, headed by former Curve guitarist Dean Garcia. “Push” is the lead cut from their recently released EP of the same name, which also includes a few remixes and edits – they even posted a crafty video for the song.
FORMA “FORMA278” (4:08) – From the latest release of the Brookyln-based trio OFF/ON. They deliver a very Kraftwerk-inspired sound created with a series of proto-digital synths and components by the likes of Korg, Akai, Moog, Roland, Oberheim, Yamaha – a virtual pastiche of Kosmische.
Landing “Resonances” (7:55) – A bass-heavy track from their Wave Lair EP which features Adrienne’s almost whispered voice, layered with a blend of atmospherics. I can’t recommend this record enough, and the real prize is the 19-minute sprawling B-side title track, all fuzzy and droney, which seems to go on forever (in a good way).
Mountains “Living Lens” (12:00) –Time starts to slow down with this quieter “song” by drone outfit Mountains, taken from their upcoming full-length Centralia on Thrill Jockey. What starts out as a picked guitar chord cycle morphs into a wave of synth tones. These guys are on tour through the end of February, including a free show with Landing in New Haven on January 30.
The Stargaze Lilies “Don’t Waste My Time” (16:40) – Formed from the key components of the more dance-oriented Soundpool, TSL puts the focus back on dreamy gazes and mellow beats, including this track which has an almost Tommy James feel. They’ve recently signed to Graveface Records and are expecting a full-length release in mid 2013.
Slowness “Calm & Dispel” (20:08) – A jangly guitar-based song reminiscent of the early 90s British sound, from this San Francisco-based trio. Their first full-length LP, For Those Who Wish to See the Glass Half Full, will be available on February 12 through the Blue Aurora label, which was mastered by the one and only Kramer, and includes a vinyl pressing.
Lowercase Noises “Passage” (23:42) – Andy Othling creates meditative compositions under the moniker Lowercase Noises, and recently released the Passage EP on Bandcamp. He is currently undertaking a Kickstarter project to raise funds for a vinyl release of the EP, which would add an extra element of warmth to the already organic musical textures.