Ben Frost
“Venter”

I’m getting tired of chloroforming myself every day and losing whole afternoons in an effort to temporally inch my body closer to the release date of the new Ben Frost LP. I wake up in the bathtub like, “How the hell did this shit happen, oh baby?” and then I remember the wet rag, the overhead light dimming, five years of Frostlessness flashing before my eyes. Sure, he offered up those soundtracks last year to tide us over. And we’ve got some details: the forthcoming album is called A U R O R A, and it features the likes of Greg Fox (Guardian Alien, ZS), Thor Harris (Swans), and Shahzad Ismaily (Secret Chiefs 3, Marc Ribot’s Ceramic Dog). But honestly, knowing this makes my wait even more excruciating. Maybe the answer has been right in front of my eyes this whole time: cryogenic freezing. It worked in acclaimed documentary Austin Powers, so it can work IRL. Excuse me while I fall into an ice drift, retreat into fetal stasis, and fast foward two months until…

Wait, what?

Damn. “Venter” plugs two world-class drummers into Frost’s intricate grid of drones, bells, and glacial synth figures. Their organic tom pulses carve out the low-end, propelling us blindly across the tundra as Frost’s production flourishes churn their way through the haze alongside us. At the four minute mark, we’re treated to a passage of maximal sonic stimulation such that only Frost can provide: charged with ethereal melody, mixed down to the finest detail, sparked into new harmonic grandeur with the onset of the cyclical bass tones under the ongoing detonation. If I listen to “Venter” about 13000 more times, it will be May 26, when Mute and Bedroom Community drop A U R O R A into my eager mitts.

• Ben Frost: http://ethermachines.com
• Mute: http://mute.com
• Bedroom Community: http://bedroomcommunity.net

Ben Frost

“Venter”

I’m getting tired of chloroforming myself every day and losing whole afternoons in an effort to temporally inch my body closer to the release date of the new Ben Frost LP. I wake up in the bathtub like, “How the hell did this shit happen, oh baby?” and then I remember the wet rag, the overhead light dimming, five years of Frostlessness flashing before my eyes. Sure, he offered up those soundtracks last year to tide us over. And we’ve got some details: the forthcoming album is called A U R O R A, and it features the likes of Greg Fox (Guardian Alien, ZS), Thor Harris (Swans), and Shahzad Ismaily (Secret Chiefs 3, Marc Ribot’s Ceramic Dog). But honestly, knowing this makes my wait even more excruciating. Maybe the answer has been right in front of my eyes this whole time: cryogenic freezing. It worked in acclaimed documentary Austin Powers, so it can work IRL. Excuse me while I fall into an ice drift, retreat into fetal stasis, and fast foward two months until…

Wait, what?

Damn. “Venter” plugs two world-class drummers into Frost’s intricate grid of drones, bells, and glacial synth figures. Their organic tom pulses carve out the low-end, propelling us blindly across the tundra as Frost’s production flourishes churn their way through the haze alongside us. At the four minute mark, we’re treated to a passage of maximal sonic stimulation such that only Frost can provide: charged with ethereal melody, mixed down to the finest detail, sparked into new harmonic grandeur with the onset of the cyclical bass tones under the ongoing detonation. If I listen to “Venter” about 13000 more times, it will be May 26, when Mute and Bedroom Community drop A U R O R A into my eager mitts.

• Ben Frost: http://ethermachines.com
• Mute: http://mute.com
• Bedroom Community: http://bedroomcommunity.net

Thee Oh Sees

“The Lens”

Welp, thank goodness Thee Oh Sees got a new album coming out April 19 and I’m glad we’re all considering the word hiatus as “a mere lapse in live performances.” So, following along the same lines as “Minotaur,” the last track off their 2013 album Floating Coffin(TMT Review), Thee Oh Sees takes another quite exit with their new single “The Lens.” Here in the video, it looks like an Heinz Edelmann remix of that muffled vision in everyone’s 21-century life. I ‘effing missed an Heinz Edelmann exhibit practically 15 minutes away from my spot and kinda got sad, but figured, “All you need is love,” right? WRONG. Today’s living is meek and instant. “The Lens” lays it out easy. Follow directions!

• Thee Oh Sees: http://www.theeohsees.com
• Castle Face Records: http://www.castlefacerecords.com

Yoshino Yoshikawa

“Yumetatsu Glider” (MEISHI SMILE Remix)

Transitioning Yoshino Yoshikawa’s peaceful and poppy light piano and beat flaring vibe of Yumetatsu Glider EP would definitely present a challenge to anyone prepared to hinder that world. However, deep Japanese fetishist Meishi Smile – you know, the fellah who makes Anime OST – has not only stripped the Yumetatsu Glider universe created via wind and sound and plain, but Meishi bathes in transition glory by bringing his world into the title track “Yumetatsu Glider.” Almost as if Meishi Smile is some sort of hack program, he infiltrates all sorts of singles, movies, commercials, and movie scores just to make it more than his own within musical mise-en-scène. This is a notion of pure musical critique and terrorism.

But sharing this world, this love of all music, is the pleasant nature here in “Yumetatsu Glider” (MEISHI SMILE Remix). Or it’s like gripping the entire 2014 collection of Hood By Air. Either way, Meishi Smile got a boat load in the mix right now ready to drop any day. Other than that, I’m sure you already have plans of gripping Yoshino Yoshikawa’s new Yumetatsu Glider EP off ZOOM/LENS tomorrow. SCRILL!

• Yoshino Yoshikawa: http://yosshibox.com
• Meishi Smile: http://meishismile.bandcamp.com
• ZOOM/LENS: http://zoom-lens.org

Symbol

“Clear Passage”

I read the alien writings and learn from their incomprehensibility: nothing can ever be fully elucidated. A glistening surface hides a blackened underbelly. A single layer provides clues to decode the layers surrounding it. Given infinite time, a session of static and sustained tones gathers details with each overdub and mixing decision, blooming into a rarefied time-lapse of many hours spent staring down the screen. The resultant waveform offers enough stimulation in one go to fuel hours of nothingness, hours of everything.

“Clear Passage” shines and moans. What sounds on first listen like a lone slab of driftwood passing through the waters of Returnal gathers mystery and momentum as the minutes tick by, burgeoning into a chunk of iridescent droning matter with enough mass to satisfy all the tributaries beckoning into adjacent waterways. Wait for the tidal shifts in the root note, churning out new harmonies somewhere behind the haze, implying alternate routes to low-end enlightenment. Select any torrent of bleached synth and trace its path through the session. Lose it for a moment and find it across the mix, lending weight to the slow burning upper-register poised at the tip of combustion.

Holodeck Records has extended its tentacles across the international underground, scooping up artists and collaborators as far flung as Montreal and as close to home as Austin, TX. Having found spiritual relatives among the roster of Constellation Records, the introduction of Symbol (Christopher Royal King of Texan orchestral instrumental ensemble This Will Destroy You) to the Holodeck roster cements the label’s prime position along an evolving spectrum of experimentalism that continues to spark new tape labels into existence with each passing moment. Symbol claims the next peg up on the “post-” trajectory, carrying any inklings of “rock” to their deepest point of ambient departure and bidding them good luck on their journey through the waves.

Online Architecture, the debut LP from Symbol, arrives on April 8 on LP, CS, and digital via Holodeck Records.

• Symbol: https://soundcloud.com/lightlodge
• Holodeck Records: http://holodeckrecords.com

Ratking

“So Sick Stories” feat. King Krule

Once upon a time, I saw the super raw NYC trio Ratking open for the swoon-god King Krule in the middle of nowhere in Connecticut. Both groups were incredible in their own right, as expected, but perhaps what got me most hype about the show was the connection between the two. Ratking opened the show with encrypted rhythms and overflowing energy, smacking mics against temples while the crowd’s stomachs vibrated. King Krule followed with one of the tightest (slang and not slang implication here) sets I’ve ever seen; casually flawless. The love between the two seemed profound even in the casual encounters between sets.

If you really dig the Krule, then you probably dig his hip-hop thangs too. If you can put two and two to make four, then you can dream of a collaboration that has recently manifested in a new collab track, “So Sick Stories”. The young Archy himself flows like fine wine on a super smooth chorus that feels very right. The ever explosive Wiki tears up verses naturally, popping in and out at his own volition. Hak comes in with a fluid and honest flow, speaking out of intellect and truth, very reminiscent of a young Andre 3000 in the scene if you feel me.

• Ratking: http://www.xlrecordings.com/ratking
• King Krule: http://kingkrule.co.uk
• XL Recordings: http://www.xlrecordings.com

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