Xiu Xiu delivers what might be its most adventurous and harrowing album to date... which is saying a lot.
Graham Lambkin's Kye label has just released a compilation called Nice Weather for War, showcasing six compelling voices in modern avant-garde music. This video contains snippets of the previously unreleased pieces; enjoy!
Jason Lescalleet is coming forward as a proponent for the virtue of instant gratification with monthly/quarterly subscription series This Is What I Do (deets on his Glistening Examples website).
In an interview with Tiny Mix Tapes, the musique concrète virtuoso touched down on the value of immediacy in music: "Part of this project’s value comes from the immediacy of the material... Immediacy means that I won’t have time to over think anything. Raw. Pure. Also, timely, current, now. A glimpse into my state of mind on a real time basis. Keeping it real."
You might recall Lescalleet teaming up with Kevin Drumm to suck listeners into an inescapable void of emptiness and beauty earlier this year with The Abyss. If that's not real, I don't know what is. Help Lescalleet keep it real - check out last month's This Is What I Do above and if it's your bag, consider following the series as it makes its way into the new year. Enjoy!
https://soundcloud.com/sige-1/black-spirituals-radiant With Of Deconstruction, Oakland free improvisation duo Black Spirituals has delivered one of the year's greatest potpourri albums. Bassist and electronics operator Zachary James Watkins and percussionist Marshall Trammell found each of the album's three substantial pieces on simple and vague grooves, exploring every bit of space they have to offer. Above, check out 20-minute opener "Radiant," which rides modulated bass riffs, flourishes of static noise, and skittering drum fills through countless phases. Its effortless fusion of such styles as noise rock, avant-garde metal, EAI, free-jazz, and freaking cumbia, makes this perhaps the most expressive rock project I've heard all year. Enjoy!
Of Deconstruction is out now via SIGE Records. Although this is only Black Spirituals' debut, they have apparently already garnered the attention of eminent electronic art musician and theorist Pauline Oliveros, who contributes a quote to the album's Bandcamp page. Way to go!
https://soundcloud.com/lastlizard/dickies-theme Last month, Alex Zhang Hungtai announced the laying to rest of his long-running and acclaimed no-wave singer-songwriter alias Dirty Beaches. The recently released Stateless was packed with gorgeous drones and was thankfully an elegant end for the project.
There was a silver lining to this news: Hungtai announced that new music under different handles would be coming as soon as 2015. Lo and behold, he has already delivered over 20 minutes of music under the pseudonym Last Lizard. The 18-minute-long "Dickie's Theme" and the below 4 minute excerpt from "Detroit" are billed as "tenor sax and tape experiments," in a similar vein as some of the material on Stateless. Try to imagine The Disintegration Loops constructed only out of layered tenor sax sounds - if you can, then you ought to have a good idea of what you're in for.
R.I.P. Dirty Beaches. Long live Last Lizard!