Mini review: NEW HISTORY WARFARE VOL. 3: TO SEE MORE LIGHT by Colin Stetson

The third part of the trilogy, sometimes angelic, sometimes metal brutal.    Colin Stetson is a unique saxophonist, using circular breathing to create endless sound loops and, with the added plethora of microphones, records all facets of his playing, the clattering of the treble keys, the bass thumps of the lower register keys, his breathing, and his moaning singing. Spectacular stuff. He’s been really busy in the last years, playing solo shows and also touring as a member of Bon Iver, whose leader Justin Vernonis featured prominently on the third part of…

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Mini Review: THE MIRACULOUS by Anna von Hausswolff (LP)

Gloriously, ecstatically dark music, drone metal-influenced sound that relies on a very special pipe organ. One of the largest instruments of its kind in city of Piteå, Anna von Hausswolff uses its Acusticum Pipe Organ equipped with 9,000 pipes, built-in percussion (including vibraphone and glockenspiel), recording/looping tools, and nefarious sounds produced by submerging the pipes halfway underwater. Von Hausswolff lets out an ascendant wail at the start of "Evocation", the pipes swell up around her like the nightmarish offspring of a THX sound test, and often pits…

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Mini review: THE SHIP by Brian Eno (LP)

Brian Eno returns to Warp Records with this incredibly elegant album.  The Ship is almost as much musical novel as traditional album. Eno brings together beautiful songs, minimalist ambience, physical electronics omniscient narratives and technical innovation into a single, cinematic suite. The result is excellent Eno, a record paralleling the best in his catalog.The Ship was originally conceived from experiments with three-dimensional recording techniques and is loosely based upon, in Eno's own words 'a fascination with the sinking of the Titanic and humankind’s balance “between hubris and paranoia.”'.Thy…

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Mini review: MIRRORED by Battles (LP 2nd press)

BATTLES is another band I have been following. When I heard them for the first time, it reminded me of Can, due to the repetitive, chant-like bits, assembled to compositions, and the singing. And the drums reminded me of Helmet, which, it turns out, is because this was their drummer. So, then as now, Battles' drums are being played in real time, with the brute force and metronome-focus of a guy with a background in heavy rock. The original Mirrored LP was immediately sold out and  was being…

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Mini Review: LIFE TO EVERYTHING by Phronesis (LP)

Hi All,I just recently fell in love with this groovy Jazz trio. So full of energy and drive. The vinyl is really good, I am just giving their second album, Life To Everything, a spin, and my foot is tapping wildly. The vinyl is excellent, and I don't care if its less than 180 grams. I has become rally hard hard to find Jazz bands like this, with a, say, "tradtional" song structure. Most new bands are more the "noodling" type, which to me is more esoterical meditation music than Jazz the…

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