Offthesky – The Serpent Phase

The Denver-based experimental sound artist Jason Corder (AKA Offthesky) has, over the last fifteen years, released no less than fifty albums. This presents any but the most Offthesky dedicated reviewer with something of a conundrum. Whereas any release that is separated from its predecessors by (say) eighteen months can sensibly be regarded as a … [Read more...]

thisquietarmy – Anthems For Catharsis

At best, Anthems For Catharsis is a challenging listen. While 'challenging' is often a euphemism for bad, not everything is bad on this release.  Anthems For Catharsis blends ambient music with black-metal drone and shades of atmospheric rock. The trouble starts immediately when thisquietarmy employs paper-thin drum simulations to structure … [Read more...]

Guest Review by Mark Lesseraux: Kyle Bobby Dunn – Kyle Bobby Dunn & The Infinite Sadness

For nearly 12 years now Kyle Bobby Dunn has been consistently creating some of the most poignant, powerful ambient drone music on the planet.  Kyle Bobby Dunn's 2014 release Kyle Bobby Dunn and The Infinite Sadness does not break from that consistency, though it does feature a shift toward shorter composition lengths. This shift is not a bad thing … [Read more...]

Mountains – Centralia

With a firm hand for delicate layers and slow-burning compositions, the duo of Mountains creates a stellar relationship with the listener on their latest instrumental album, Centralia. Regarded as their ‘most fully-realized album,’ the duo worked closely together, crafting the album through repetitive work that involved the heavy use of acoustic … [Read more...]

Landing – Wave Lair

Adding punctuation to a year that saw them return from dormancy with a lively self-titled album, Connecticut space-rockers Landing have released a 32-minute mini-album/EP titled Wave Lair. This year's Landing acted as a reboot for the group, furthering their already-wide scope into territory which included loud beats and fast tempos. Wave Lair … [Read more...]

Interview with Conduits

Hi Jenna and JJ!  It’s so sweet to be doing this interview with you both for your debut self-titled album which came out this past spring.  I found out about your band only recently while I was perusing the Team Love roster at SoundCloud and listened to your tunes.  I was immediately hooked by your slow-burning and building, guitar-based sound and … [Read more...]

New Music Spotlight #1

Phoebe Jean and The Air Force – Heartbreakers Phoebe Jean’s album dropped in June on French imprint Lentonia Records and its standout track is the hella catchy “Day is Gone”.  It’s a mix of snappy ‘n’ clappy rhythms, cymbal tap, a sprinkling of brighter electronic notes, and Phoebe laying down her short-phrase, spoken vocals with a … [Read more...]

Mike Armine – Verse & Cleansing Undertones of Wake / Lift

As frontman for Philadelphia Post-Metal act Rosetta, Mike Armine plaintively growls, sings and manipulates sound over music that sounds like Neurosis in Mono Exploding in the Sky. The band has even covered the Cure song "Homesick". Given this knowledge, one would never believe the Ambient, Drone and Noise themes of this solo album, which is … [Read more...]

Mirrorring – Foreign Body

When I heard The Sight Below's harrowing cover of Joy Division's "New Dawn Fades" featuring the vocals of Jesy Fortino (Tiny Vipers), I immediately started dreaming of a more substantial collaboration between the two. While a rumored collaboration between the two and Benoît Pioulard has yet to surface (perhaps that material is what ended up as the … [Read more...]

Jozef van Wissem and Jim Jarmusch – Concerning the Entrance Into Eternity

I must admit, its been many years since I've been really pleased with a Jim Jarmusch film. I was an obsessive fan of his work in the 80's and 90's. From Stranger than Paradise all the way through Ghost Dog, I anticipated each release. Although I don't care for his film work these days, I was excited to hear about his musical endeavors with the … [Read more...]