If playing back the four vinyl sides of Forse 1 at skull-rending decibel levels earlier this year hasn’t already resulted in neighbors’ complaints, police intervention, and the relocation of your loved ones to a “Volume Safe Zone” outside of the range of your audio setup, it’s not too late: Alessandro Cortini is set to release two more 2xLPs (!!) in his Forse series on Important Records. The Nine Inch Nails collaborator and Trash Audio collective member got down to work in what I imagine could only be an insulated subterranean bunker crammed with rack-mounted electronics and exotic synthesizers to cook up dozens of solo synth sessions throughout the course of one month — 10 of which constitute Forse 2, due November 26. Like the last volume in the series, Cortini executed these tracks on a lone Buchla Music Easel, a synth as legendary for its expansive analog tones as for its extremely limited edition. Only 13 original Easel units are presently accounted for — that is, until Buchla’s 40-year anniversary edition hits the market and like anyone can just wake up one morning and jump on the Buchla Bandwagon, amiright? Imagine: lil’ would-be Subotnicks patching their rigs together on every street corner; Don Buchla (and Bob Moog) namechecks in Top 40 hits; the cruel memes issued from both sides of the 1/4-inch vs. 1/8-inch patch cable debate.
“Canta,” our first taste of Forse 2, is the rare promo track that almost renders the forthcoming album unnecessary in its shadow. I.E., I could loop “Canta” five or so times straight through at max volume and consider that 45-ish minutes a successful listening experience. Hit play on the SoundCloud widget below and allow the rhythm of Cortini’s steady oscillations to become the intrinsic rhythm of your brain. Cutoff knobs turn, and both lower- and upper-register phrases thicken into the high-protein versions of their former selves. Chord progressions propelled by arpeggiated lead lines and massive bass notes cover more harmonic ground here than in any other Forse session so far. As long as Cortini continues to fill sides of wax with sublime slo-mo narratives sculpted from the elemental tones and limited voices of a decades-old synth system, I will continue to turn up the volume well beyond reasonable levels.
“I Won’t Wait”
When TMT staffers get sick of sitting around sharing cute animal pics (just kiddin’, folks: we’d never get sick of that), we seek other outlets to gain that sugar rush. And there hasn’t been anything as naïvely, boppily, bittersweetly, janglily (is that even a word?) adorable this year as The Creases’ “I Won’t Wait.” These Brisbane (AU) boys are giving The La’s “There She Goes” a run for their money. A run down the supermarket aisle, that is… with all of $5.50 ASD in their pockets, which is what the clip cost to make. The apple-biting may be an amorous metaphor, but given the charmingly callow exuberance on display here, I wouldn’t count on it — better to say, an indie song is a lot like an orange: first you have the skin, then the sweet, sweet innards.
Find “I Won’t Wait” on The Creases’ debut 7-inch on Rough Trade Records out November 11, and available for pre-order!
Wave Temples, Uton, Terlu, JCCG
Dept Tapes Batch
BREAKING-ish NEWS!!1!1!: Dept Tapes have just mercilessly offloaded a gargantuan collection of thoroughbred choons upon an unsuspecting public. From far and wide, four artists have managed to magnetize their music purely for your delectation, and for the price of 1.25062531266 packets of pens from South Korea, you can gain access to this vast temple of musical delight:
Enjoy a rumble in the local park with Uton.
Surf away with Wave Temples.
Warble along with Terlu.
Last but not least, don’t forget to play guitar from afar with JCCG.
Out now buy it now!! ALSO, coming soon: Mother’s Breast, Monte/Magnétophonique, Dolphin Tears, Avocados, and Invisible Path.
• Dept Tapes: http://departmenttapes.tumblr.com
Chocolate Grinder Mix 94
“Fuck You in Five”
Hardly is how much I remember outside that moment. It felt exposed in a burst of one button. Maybe another. As the reality of it all came rushing into a moment none other than before, surges of anything else didn’t matter. Molecule after atom, or the other way around, besieged emotion from emptiness, and the slip of the lip made the tip flick a bit. There was a whisper, maybe. Something outside of what was trajectory. Silence overcame the switch. And that was all a lie. Actually, I don’t know what that was; I had nothing else to write about. And I didn’t want to write, “Yeah, I made this mix in five hours” or “All of these musicians will be on my top 50 of 2013; half will make top 10 of 2013.” The entire mix is a whisper, pretty much. It’s nice.
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[00:00] Giant Claw - “Dark Web001”
[02:00] 18+ - “Crow”
[04:54] Free Weed - “Get it 2Nite”
[05:42] Sapphire Slows - “Dry Fruits”
[08:58] Nicolas - “Confusion”
[11:56] D/P/I - “TRUST”
[13:32] Beat Detectives - “Picture of a Picture”
[14:25] Arca - “Obelisk”
[17:08] PLVS VLTRA - “White Elephant”
[19:19] coolmemoryz - “s ス p プ i ラ r イ i ト t”
Fuck you, Iceland, with your humanoid pylons. I mean, not only was the idea conceived *slap bang* in the middle of an economic meltdown, but it’s just so aesthetically awful (I’ll let you judge the bigger sin).
To be clear, pylons are the contorted spires of our outstretched electronic churches [and then there was LIGHT]. They are far more than any mere human form could hope to encompass. When we aim at function, formal brevity, and material rigidity, we so often find beauty. Case in point: Corner Control’s live electronic structuralism is seen here in the form of “Ampelfrau.”
“Ampelfrau” is the lead tune from Corner Control’s new EP Peep Show, which will be released October 26 on Audacious Art Experiment with an accompanying selection of short films of the peak district. Yes, please, cover that shit in pylons.
“Let Me Go” (feat. Chad Kroeger)
Just in time for Halloween, here’s the spooky new clip for “Let Me Go,” Avril Lavigne’s duet with ramen-haired hubby Chad Kroeger. It’s not spooky in the sense that there are sk8r skeletons or vampires or anything, no. The real terror comes with the knowledge that the Nickelback frontman may have the ability to transform into elderly groundskeepers at will. Channeling the magical realism of Gabriel Garcia-Marquez, the gothic doubling of the Brontë sisters, and emerging at the 2:01 mark, the EXCITING NEW SONY™ XPERIA TABLET!!! Director Chris Sims turns Avril’s angsty ballad into a poignant contemplation on life, love, and magic. And of course, the Sony™ Xperia Tablet.
Look, if you’re still on the fence, just tune in around the 1:50 mark and tell me that Kroeger’s nu-metalmetamorphosis isn’t the most terrifying thing you’ve seen in your life.