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Michael Lavorgna Posted: Dec 12, 2014 4 comments
Fascinating rhythms, polyrhythmic delights. New York-based Eric Douglas Porter aka Afrikan Sciences knows his way around beats and on Circuitous his first record for the Pan label, his sonic explorations go pretty far out. The label's press release for Circuitous mentions Afrofuturism, science fiction, transcendental free jazz, future hip hop, and Sun Ra which is pretty far-reaching but not far-fetched.
Michael Lavorgna Posted: Nov 28, 2014 3 comments
Subverted folk blues from Newcastle upon Tyne's Richard Dawson. His guitar, barely keeping the feedback at bay, is raucous and rowdy, his vocals barely keeping time and tune, tell strange tales of the ordinary. Together they make for a solitary voice and vision.
Michael Lavorgna Posted: Nov 21, 2014 0 comments
Sometimes I'm in playful mood and I want my music to match. Aphex Twin's latest Syro (Warp), his first album since 2001’s Drukqs, is about as seriously playful as they come. Richard D. James is a master of sounds both analog and eclectic and there's a palpable sense of sheer joy in the mix. Refreshing.
Michael Lavorgna Posted: Nov 14, 2014 0 comments
Madrigals. Ethereal and otherworldly. Natalie Mering has cleaned up her sound for The Innocents (Mexican Summer) her second full length album as Weyes Blood. Gone are the woozy layers of electronics and haze of The Outside Room and in their stead stands her lovely voice, loud and clear.
Michael Lavorgna Posted: Nov 07, 2014 2 comments
Everything Liz Harris touches makes me listen. Whether its her solo work as Grouper or her collaborations with people like The Bug, I'm typically entranced. Her latest, Ruins (Kranky) is no exception although it is a departure from her typical sound in that its mainly Liz Harris and piano. No electronics, minimal overdubs, just some slow simple brooding melodies with the occasional background sound. Ruins is simply a beautiful record.
Michael Lavorgna Posted: Oct 31, 2014 5 comments
Deeply disturbing, grumbling growling gravitas. I've always found Scott Walker's solo music to be, well, kinda creepy. Frightening, even. For my money, this pairing with Sunn O))) is the perfect foil to Walker's demented crooning making Soused (4AD) one helluva heavy record.
Michael Lavorgna Posted: Oct 17, 2014 0 comments
Cover songs. I have a soft spot for cover songs as they tell us about artist's influences while giving voice to difference. Ideally. Northampton Mass's Winterpills new album Echolalia is filled with lovely covers from Sharon Van Etten, Nick Drake, Buddy Holly, XTC, Beck, the Beatles and more.
Michael Lavorgna Posted: Oct 10, 2014 3 comments
"It's like a modern Bitches Brew." is what I said to Stephen and John in an email about You're Dead! (Wrap Records) the new Flying Lotus album. But there's more, like touches of ethereal Alice Coltrane, Steven Ellison's (aka Flying Lotus) great-aunt, sax solos and Snoop Dogg. Herbie Hancock, Kendrick Lamar, Captain Murphy, Angel Deradoorian, Thundercat, and Niki Randa also join in for a lovely swirling mid-bending trip-o-delic delight.
Michael Lavorgna Posted: Sep 26, 2014 1 comments
Will Oldham, aka Bonnie "Prince" Billy, is always a safe bet. A singer songwriter extraordinaire, his latest, Singer's Grave a Sea of Tongues does not disappoint with its gentle rhythms and swaying southern-tinged songs. Featuring the McCrary sisters and Chris Scruggs on mandolin and ukulele, these are slow, somewhat sad stories but they're filled with enough light to keep things luminous.
Michael Lavorgna Posted: Sep 19, 2014 0 comments
Sister O.M. Terrell recorded eight sides while playing music for over 70 years. These recordings, every last one of hers, were recorded in the '50's mostly for Columbia. Blues and gospel, Sister O.M. Terrell wrote, sang, and played her music in the service of her religion.
Michael Lavorgna Posted: Sep 12, 2014 4 comments
I'm pretty sure you've read about Khun Narin and you've probably seen and heard one of their super psychedelic hypnotic YouTube videos. That's how LA music producer Josh Marcy discovered them, actually on the wonderful Dangerous Minds blog, and he was so impressed he flew to their native Thailand with the help of record label Innovative Leisure, tracked them down, and recorded them in a local field. And he came away with 40-minutes of mind melting psychedelia led by Khun Narin's electrified lute.
Michael Lavorgna Posted: Aug 29, 2014 1 comments
Angels & Devils (Ninja Tune) is The Bug's latest and fourth full length and its filled to the brim with altered states of intensity. With the help of vocalists Liz Harris (Grouper), Gonjasufi, Inga Copeland, Miss Red, Flowdan, Manga, Death Grips, and Warrior Queen, The Bug spatters a smattering of sounds against your scull both light and dark. Dub, grime, dancehall, and triphop blend into a cohesive if somewhat unsettling whole yet there's something attractive, something compelling that draws you into the muck and mire of Kevin Martin's bifurcated world. Something lean and mean. Skeletal. Seductive.
Michael Lavorgna Posted: Aug 22, 2014 3 comments
Iceland. Cello. Need I say more? Saman (Touch) means "together" referring to Hildur Gudnadottir's cello and vocals which appear on some, not all, tracks. I'm drawn to the combination, the human element, but the solo cello pieces let in cinematic vistas of wide open space pulling your emotions inside out.
Michael Lavorgna Posted: Jul 25, 2014 0 comments
The allstars in the band's name refers to the fact that the Kasia Allstars are comprised of players from 5 different bands. They also happen to be from different ethnic groups with different musical traditions all from within the Democratic Republic of the Congo. Beware the Fetish isn't western-inspired funk or acid rock rather its African roots music amplified. Repetitive, intense, complex, and hypnotic, this is joyous music-making at its finest. Fans of joy should be well satisfied with all 100+ minutes worth.
Michael Lavorgna Posted: Jul 18, 2014 1 comments
I believe Boris. Shape shifters, noise merchants, bliss whisperers, this Japanese trio consisting of singer-bassist Takeshi, guitarist Wata, and drummer Atsuo can build some monumental songs and they go about building all kinds, sorts, and sizes on Noise their 20th studio release. From delicate wispy dreamers to full out speed metal crunchers, Noise kills.

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