First off. I finally got around to recording and sharing a podcast. It's here, and I'm very keen to hear any thoughts our responses you might have.
I want to maintain the spirit of the mails, but also include music that I'm not able to feature here for whatever reason.
Amulets - Personal Power
I'm so new to the world of heartfelt instrumental music based around the guitar that my frame of reference for nearly all of it is Friday Night Lights. This release from Amulets, the project of Randall Taylor, is like a distorted and corroded FNL outtake, imbued with more emotion than three season finales at once. Taylor is from Austin, TX, I must add, but is no relation to Coach Taylor. Also, the final track is called 'The Power of Focus'.
Eastern Bisexual Electronic Music Authority (For Equality And Liberty Of All) - Music It Is Dissident
I really hope I do this one justice. It's the sound of murky techno and sample-heavy electronica overlain with samples of people talking about free speech and protest in Belarus, with specific regard to LGBT life. It's overpowering and impressive, musically, but the grim undercurrent looms throughout (if that isn't too mixed a metaphor). There's a lot of reading material on the Bandcamp page too.
Lea Bertucci - Axi/tlas
Late spot, but I discovered it this week via a shadowy Facebook group where members share pictures of their tapes. How seedy. Lea Bertucci is a US artist whose MO involves the amplification and manipulation of woodwind, specifically the bass clarinet, and here it sounds like wilted guitar lines fed through a comms line to space. It soars.
WJMC - Good Luck With That
The label, Oligopolist Records, called this "introspective canyon music". It's dusty electronic vobes, at the midway point between beats-heavy backback music and outsider house. Musty and heavy with longing, it might cause some tears or it might lead you to break ya neck.
HiveMindSF mixtape 002: La Luz de la expectativa by DJ Erin E
Warm and soothing mix from DJ Erin E, whose lengthy abstractions are always welcome.
Sage - Highway Home
Dublin producer Sage goes deep with this beautiful melting glob of ambience, the perfect soundtrack to your nightbus/taxi/walk home at 5am.
Lux E Tenebris - Cyclizine EP
Lara Rix-Martin is behind Objects Limited, and she's behind the label's second release. It's vaguely inspired by her experiences with the titular drug while attempting self-hypnosis in advance of the birth of her second child. It's largely dank, claustrophobic music, with broad chasms of sound and stomping percussion. Insert hackneyed line about it being more 'Tenebrae' than 'Lux'. There's an interview at the above link, Dazed are streaming the release in full ahead of its release next week.
Elysia Crampton - Have You Ever E Edit 2010 (ft brandy, isham, adams, chimes)#TBT
Do you remember this maudlin Brandy track from 98? Elysia Crampton recently shared this edit, seemingly made in 2010. It's very Reich, lots of floating arpeggiated woodwind and drifting ambience, lending the song an even more graceful sorrow.
Missing Organs - Rutabaga
Tristan "Spool's Out" Bath also makes music in his spare time, and this is a WIP from him. It's gloopier than I've come to expect from him, which is no bad thing. Incidentally, I didnot know that "rutabaga" is the real name for a swede. I associated the word with this track from Yoshiesque, and nothing more.
Spokes - Failed State
Spokes is back with another GORGEOUS track laced with mournful arpeggiated synths and vocal samples pitched up to the max. Think Mr Mitch after too many espressos.
Peace and love, as always.