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Tim Hecker’s astonishing “Virgins”

Posted: October 23, 2013 at 3:41 am  

timheckerWith all the given technology, albums today are often felt no lower than the neck. Our brains process and hold on to so much information that we rarely feel music as we listen.  After listening to Montreal neoclassicist Tim Hecker‘s latest work “Virgins”, one gains a definitive perspective of how those in both the hip-hop realm and the dubstep/EDM camp desire so much bass. His latest Kranky release, Virgins quickly proves that the lower frequencies are the path of a higher understanding.

Hecker has been fooling minds for more than 10 years.  What began as an ambient/electronic project has blossomed into more serious music. Ravedeath, 1972 was a tour de force of performance, production and minimalist composition. His organ loops were organic at one point and then, thanks to a myriad of treatments, morphed into visible walls of sound.

Austin Lucas runs the “Reckless” road

Posted: October 7, 2013 at 4:36 pm  

stayreckless   Austin Lucas hails from the backroads of Indiana.  Listen to the twang in his rolling voice and how it carries that familiar high, lonesome sound.  Born into a bluegrass lineage, Lucas’ songs carry a familiar folk feel.  Pair those well-known aspects with a more rugged modern Americana sound and you have the recipe for his New West debut Stay Reckless.

“Let Me In” is the perfect opener as Lucas’ voice finds its perfect counterpoint above the propulsive Drive By Truckers-meets-Steve Earle grind.  Not to be outdone, Lucas and producer Mark Nevers (this year’s underrated Mount Moriah) even manage to sneak in a little double guitar riff a la Lynyrd Skynyrd.  As he hits the proverbial road, Lucas next avoids being “Alone in Memphis” (and New Orleans.)  From here, he puts the “pedal to the floor” and accomplishes his stated goal of being a roaming “troubadour.”

Melt Banana=Japanese joyful noise

Posted: September 30, 2013 at 2:49 am  

featchJapanese music is synonymous with noise.  If you have ever taken the necessary time to wade through the waves of white noise of the Boredoms or the unadultered tension of a single note stretched to 20 minutes by Acid Mothers Temple, you know terrestrial music at its most unearthly.  Melt Banana have long been associated with shorter stabs of this noise tagged with blaring but poppy ideas.  The once prolific band (10 full lengths LPs and 23 EPs since 1991)  has used the last six years to reinvent itself into a harsher, fiery, punk-metal machine.

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