Barn Owl & The Infinite String Ensemble
“Levitation” is a beautiful slice of drone work from Ellen Fullman, Theresa Wong, The Norman Conquest, and Barn Owl, whose new collaborative album Headlands is out now on Important Records. The collision of electronics and acoustics is particularly exciting here, with the rise and fall of sound allowing overtones to creep in and out of the mix. It’s a very “big” sound. Watch the video below for an explanation of Fullman’s Long Stringed Instrument, which definitely adds to that organic bigness:
• Theresa Wong: http://www.theresawong.org
• Barn Owl: www.myspace.com/barnowlband
• Ellen Fullman: http://www.ellenfullman.com
• The Norman Conquest: http://www.thenormanconquest.net
• Important: http://www.importantrecords.com
“Head for the Country”
A couple months ago, John Maus released a video for “Believer.” TMT writer Keith Kawaii wrote some bullshit about it here. While his new album, We Must Become The Pitiless Censors Of Ourselves, still isn’t out yet — it’s due June 28 on Ribbon/Upset the Rhythm — Maus has another video in the bag, this time for “Head for the Country,” which was shot in my neck of the woods.
“The Tactile Dome”
Jonas Reinhardt, who is not some obscure Danish dude who works at a small internet service provider in Copenhagen but has a Master’s degree in Composition, is actually an SF-based band that makes synth-driven electronic music. It consists of Jesse Reiner, Damon Palermo (Mi Ami), and Diego Gonzalez (Citay) — as one of my fellow TMT colleagues might say, “‘Nuff said.” Music For The Tactile Dome, the group’s third full-length, is out now on Not Not Fun.
“On the Massachusetts-Virginia Border”
Glenn Jones, formerly of Cul de Sac, is from the “American Primitive” school of steel string guitar playing. This means he’s a pre-modern human who loves to eat bananas, but boy can he play guitar! He has a new full-length, The Wanting, in the bag, and it’s due September 13 on Thrill Jockey. In the meantime, check out “On the Massachusetts-Virginia Border,” a track off his Record Store Day split with the Black Twig Pickers.
Bureau B is probably most recognizable for reissuing old Sky records. Now they’re dipping into 80s electronic label Cue Records’ back catalog for some extreme cosmic pop from the band You. Their album Time Code builds on the Kraftwerk template more than anything, adding a crystalline pop sheen with heavy doses of melodic sugar. That’s not to say that there aren’t some heavy synth-crazed moments. In my humble opinion, a pretty astonishing balance is met here between the corners of German electronics via 1983, making this somewhat of a lost classic.
• Bureau B: http://www.bureau-b.com/
“Never Ever Ever Ever Again”
Siskiyou, a Vancouver duo consisting of Erik Arnesen (Great Lake Swimmers) and Colin Huebert (ex-Great Lake Swimmers), have always hated geese, so it is presumably with great pleasure that they unveil their latest video for “Never Ever Ever Ever Again.” The track is off the group’s self-titled album, released last year on the Constellation (who, just this year alone, are responsible for such fantastic albums as Matana Roberts’ COIN COIN, Efrim Manuel Menuck’s Plays “High Gospel”, and Colin Stetson’s New History Warfare Vol. 2: Judges).
While you wait for Siskiyou to finish up their new album (it’s nearly done, according to Constellation), feel free to stream their eponymous album here: