Casiotone for the Painfully Alone – Advance Base Battery Life

As the name implies, Casiotone for the Painfully Alone work in a foundation of minimalist, electronic keyboard patterns and sounds with darkly satirical lyrics, often delivered in a deadpan manner. Advance Base Battery Life is a compilation of pieces recorded between 2004 and 2007, only two of which have previously appeared on CD, from electronic … [Read more...]

All We Seabees – MKultra

  And here I'd gone and forgotten alt. country was still around at all! Then again, it wouldn't be entirely fair to peg down All We Seabees as existing wholly within the confines of the genre in general. The sound is a mix, really, one half front porch soliloquy, one half backroom bar brouhaha, smelted in country music locus Nashville, … [Read more...]

Tim Hecker – An Imaginary Country

If you've only been keeping up with Canadian electronic artist Tim Hecker via his full-lengths you might be surprised by the transition he's made on his newest album, An Imaginary Country. On previous albums such as 2006's outstanding Harmony in Ultraviolet and 2004's Mirages he concocted a violent mix of electronically treated guitar noise and … [Read more...]