23 February 2013

Rishi - "Phantasmagoria"

Rishi is the musical project of Rolf Petermann (Karma Vision). The Whatever Forever founder/pizza enthusiast  first album, Phantasmagoria, is one of the best pieces of experimental and avant garde pop and jazz I've heard so far this year. The two weirdo tracks on this album combine just an overall love for lo-fi bedroom pop and spontaneous/random experimentalism. This album sometimes feels like cereal bar. Delicious, flavor full, sometimes weird, and just a mix of as many scrumptious things as possible. The first track starts with a catchy and lo-fi indie pop track. A simple and catchy synth line, well done guitars, some other random instruments (accordion?), and some very entrancing vocals from Rolf. A little after the 2 minute mark just transforms into this collage of musical ideas and sounds that never quite finish, or start with warning. There's never really a dull moment on the song, just constantly morphing from loud and atmospheric yelling to smooth jazz. On that Jazz note, now would be a good moment to point out that Rolf is a really awesome Saxophone player. Track 2 is a track he collaborated on with excellent musician and mixer Brian Miller. This track continues perfectly in the footsteps of the first track. It's a huge mish-mash of styles, sounds, and instruments. I really love the middle eastern flavored first section of the song. The looped sax line into some weird and experimental filters over some nice drum beats is pretty heavenly to my ears. After hearing this, and what Rolf has to offer musically, I'm very excited to hear if he releases anything in the future. Very excellent debut. You can stream and buy the LP up above.

10 February 2013



When I saw on my Facebook news feed today that a collaboration track between NYKDLN and Lasership Stereo, I got super psyched. And now, that track is here for us. The song, "DANE KNIGHT TELEVISION SWITCHBLADE", is a perfect combination of NYKDLN and Lasership Stereo's respective styles. Interesting, old, and mildly cheesy 80's samples and loops filtered through a deep and compelling lense of warped tape players and distortion. It's everything I could hope for and want in a collaboration like this. I personally hope this leads up to a full album, but we'll have to wait and see. Both artists have cool new albums coming out soon, so I'm personally very excited for a good year from both these guys. Give the song a download up above, and love it.

08 February 2013

Hobo Cubes/Jonathan James Carr - "Split"

I rarely review split tapes, but I definitely thought this one deserved an exception.

This is a brand new split tape between Hobo Cubes (best band name ever?) and Jonathan James Carr. And if you like your electronic soundscapes littered with oddball experiments and sounds, this is definitely worth your time and money. The first track, the Hobo Cubes track "The Vertigo Slip", is this incredibly weird and evolving sound piece with tons of twists and turns. It all starts with these very blippy synthesizers just freaking out. These synthesizers just sound sharp as glass, it really just grabs your attention immediately. Then, it just evolves into a multi-part soundscape that will mess with your head. At almost 17 minutes long, it really just hits you with wave after wave of disturbing electronic experiments. The Jonathan James Carr track, "Stereo Voice Of The Tuned Dolphinizer" is equally as odd as Hobo Cubes' track. It starts with this incredibly weird flying synth sound, alternating between the right and left audio channels until it goes into this loud and rather warped synth oddessey. The majority of the track is a long evolving synthscape. These synthscapes can go anywhere from very pretty to what sounds like a old circus/church organ on acid. The last part of the track is this very weird beat oriented section that just tunes in an out. It's just... bizarre. This split is definitely a worthwhile dive into the incredibly weird and odd sections of electronic music, and I'm glad I got to hear it. You can stream and buy the split right up there, and also buy a tape copy from Constellation Tatsu here.