Reading R.A.P. Ferreira’s Transmissions Under the Purple Moonlight

Rory Ferreira is a shark. His bars are vicious and majestic, and as an artist he is never stagnant. I could spend 1,000 words describing all the past and current projects that Ferreira has undertaken. Instead, let’s just agree that the breadth of his work expands like the universe—all-encompassing, yet still uncovering new territory on every release.  His 2020 release came in mid-March, or just … Continue reading Reading R.A.P. Ferreira’s Transmissions Under the Purple Moonlight

Jenny Hval, Dinner @ Resident

sngshows: Jenny Hval and Dinner Come Together at Resident to Light Up a Dark Week Originally appeared on Grimy Goods. Words and cheesy photo edits by me. Without meaning to, Hval ended up addressing our recent election several times. She decided not to show us a video of zombies doing aerobics because it didn’t “feel appropriate,” then she stopped herself to apologize. “Everything I say … Continue reading Jenny Hval, Dinner @ Resident

Best Songs of 2019: 4. Black Country, New Road

sawdustandgin: “Sunglasses” by British art rock outfit, Black Country, New Road, is unhinged. The instrumentation is perfectly restrained as an antidote, making this nine-minute epic one worth repeating.  Best Songs of 2019 4. Black Country, New Road – “Sunglasses” Source: SoundCloud / Black Country, New Road Continue reading Best Songs of 2019: 4. Black Country, New Road

The Cool Greenhouse may have accidentally found its way into the monotone, experimental bleakness that I covered briefly when ******** released The Drink. “Cardboard Man” puts emphasis on every hard consonant throughout the warped manifesto—it is more of a parable than a reflection of reality.  Source: SoundCloud / The Cool Greenhouse Continue reading

Best Songs of 2018: 14. “max”

sawdustandgin: “max” and his terrible, no good, ‘Shitty Ass Day’ Originally appeared on the 405.  Named after the Maurice Sendak character from Where the Wild Things Are, “max” is the DIY project of New York-based Sebastien Labossiere, a student who creates music in his spare time. … The first few seconds of the new track drone ominously, setting the tone well for a song called … Continue reading Best Songs of 2018: 14. “max”

******** Drinks to Cope with a Mad World

Originally appeared on the 405, view archived article here.  Both Ormston and Ω have established reputations for making music way outside the box, so their collaboration here makes perfect sense. What they managed to create together expands on what they both were already good at, adding effects like canned laughter or scratchy recordings of Christmas carols and film dialogue where appropriate. It often feels more … Continue reading ******** Drinks to Cope with a Mad World

Are Our Gods Best? Ruminating on Emay’s New LP, Ilah

sngalbums: Originally appeared on Grimy Goods.  Adams worked mostly solo on this record. A few guests contribute on the refrains, grounding the lofty project, but never detract attention away from what is largely autobiographical. Emay also produced all the backing tracks throughout Ilah, filling it with chopped drums and spliced samples for a unique listening experience, if not an acquired taste. The album’s production is … Continue reading Are Our Gods Best? Ruminating on Emay’s New LP, Ilah