Interview with Machine Birds

Hi Maria and Marte!  It’s so wonderful to touch base with you both over your recent EP, Save Yourself, and to find out how your debut album is coming along.  I love how your atmospheric, melodic synth-pop often radiates with a bittersweet vibe, where Maria’s gracefully achingly to sharply emphatic vocals are buoyed by Marte’s light, lithe synth … [Read more...]

New Music Spotlight #2

All India Radio – Red Shadow Landing  Martin Kennedy, the creative, Australian maestro/spaceman behind long-running project All India Radio, touched down with Red Shadow Landing in October.  Martin is joined by Mark Wendt on bass, Kaz Seiger on keyboards, and Michael Evans-Barker on drums and percussion.  Like its predecessors, this album is a … [Read more...]

UNISON – UNISON

French duo Melanie Moran and Julien Camarena released their stunning self-titled debut album in Europe in autumn of 2011, with Lentonia issuing a U.S. release this past April.  UNISON is composed of storming electro-noir soundscapes swirled with a compelling atmosphere of expansive sonic lulls and topped with Melanie’s sweetly beguiling vocals.  … [Read more...]

Sigur Rós – Valtari Global Listening Party

On the night of Thursday, May 17th, at 7pm to be precise, Icelandic wonder-band Sigur Rós hosted a Global Listening Party for upcoming 6th studio album Valtari, which was streamed in full at the appointed hour across all time zones.  Since I always seem to be late to the party, I joined in the festivities with the airing of the 2nd song and without … [Read more...]

Interview with UNISON

Salut Mélanie and Julien!  Thanks so much for doing this interview with me during such an exciting time for you.  Your magnificent self-titled debut album came out in your native France, and the rest of Europe, in September 2011 – and it will be released in the U.S. in April on Lentonia Records.  You are originators of a musical style known as … [Read more...]

Short Takes on 1 Album and 2 EPs

Tycho – Dive Ghostly International http://www.tychomusic.com/ Dive was released on Ghostly International this past autumn and it’s the second album from Tycho, AKA Scott Hansen, a San Francisco-based graphic designer (with some assist on guitar and bass from Zac Brown, Matt McCord, and Dusty Brown).  After a teeth-grinding, eye-rolling day … [Read more...]

Interview with Martin Kennedy of All India Radio and Kilbey-Kennedy

Hello Martin! You’re no stranger to the DOA musical universe, where we’ve written reviews about your band/project All India Radio and your collaboration with Steve Kilbey of The Church.  Since you reside in Australia, I was wondering how the weather was with you (kinda a Crowded House reference…). Here in Melbourne it can literally be four … [Read more...]

Artists-On-Albums: AOA#23 (A.I.R.’s Martin Kennedy on Ambient 2: The Plateaux Of Mirror)

All India Radio’s Martin Kennedy on… Brian Eno and Harold Budd’s – Ambient 2: The Plateaux Of Mirror (E.G. Records, 1980) Track 1. “First Light”. We all open beers as the song slowly fades in. The stunningly beautiful combination of Budd’s gentle piano arpeggio and Eno’s shimmering ambience manages to hush an otherwise boisterous group of … [Read more...]

Brian Eno – Drums Between the Bells

Art rock, by its very name, implies a certain level of pretention not common to other subgenres and categorical demarcations.  Bubblegum pop, acid house, chillwave, folktronica, you name it – none of these styles have that uncanny ability to evoke highfaluting snobbery like those tagged with the “art” prefix.  Brian Eno – famed songwriter, … [Read more...]

Tim Hecker – Ravedeath, 1972

Not all ambient artists are treated with the reverence usually shown Tim Hecker, but then, his music is much more than just ambient in nature. It is difficult to ignore, not only because it feels so harrowing, but also because it's so physical when played at normal volume, full of tactile textures and warm, low-end rumble. When the recent news … [Read more...]