Already Gone [album stream]

Like a helium balloon on a string tied to a plastic weight that is just barely heavy enough to keep itself dancing along the surface of the earth, ambient architects Maxwell August Croy and James Devane create music that exists in a place balanced between a skyward pull of weightlessness and the organic force of gravity. Recording under the name En, Croy and Devane have released their second album entitled Already Gone on Students of Decay, and it is even richer and more emotional than their stellar 2010 release The Absent Coast.

By integrating a broad range of familiar instrumentation, including bass guitars and violins, into a groundwork formed by wispy, dreamy synths, En retains earthbound comforts while stretching for the clouds and the stars. The outstanding 19-minute finale “Elysia” is the cutting of the weight from the balloon and watching it disappear as it rises, determined to reach the blue until it implodes or disintegrates in the stratosphere, or lands in somebody’s backyard in China.

The record is distributed by Experimedia, where you can buy it and also stream the entire thing.

• En: http://biezumd.com
• Students of Decay: http://studentsofdecay.com/blog
• Experimedia: http://sod.experimedia.net/096


“Branches (Lotide Remix)”

Okay, okay, okay. I swore off “remixes” last year with that Gang Gang Dance bullshit or whatever. But this “Branches (Lotide Remix)” got some interesting clicks on it here. Real smeared kind of stuff for the first two minutes before dropping a drooping beat, which (BAAAAAAAASS)… #lessthanthree. It’s off a four-track EP, where both artists (Kouta and Lotide) flesh out their original tracks and remix each others. Whatever, it sounds fun. And it’s closely following some sounds we’re used to: Leaving Records, Culture Dealer, Heat Rave, WTRCLR. Holy shit @plug. Just flaying how it’s been fried unto me.

• Kouta: http://twitter.com/kouta
• Lotide: http://lotide.tumblr.com

Patrick Higgins

“Bouree” [from Lute Suite No.1, J.S. Bach]

Listen to this fellah rattling off knowledge via nylon. Err, yeah, them nylon strings, ain’t they? Well, pretty is how he plays ‘em, and it’s almost unstoppable. Relentlessly pretty. And sounding as though it’s been Patrick Higgins’ lifetime-achievement goal to sound flawless on guitar. Oooh, he also has an interest in modern electronics. Yo, and he was in Animal, yo. Just, the most important part is performance. Watching the flow of someone’s music through their entire body floods your senses.

Along with fire fingers, you get the bottled breath of Diamond Terrifier. What? Yes! They touring together right now. Scope their tourdates here. Touring and collaborating on a whole other level. “It’s like putting Saxony and Himalaya together,” says Higgins. Scope out their tour Twitter, too! They taking your request, scavenger style. But. Performance. Performance. The music is completely a performance art. Almost inseparable from fusing body to sound, as an actor to silent movies or a sculptor spraying paint on clay and leather. And keep on the lookout for Higgins’ Bachanalia release, which is where you can find him playing “Bouree” from Lute Suite No.1, J.S. Bach.

• Patrick Higgins: http://patrickhigginsmusic.com

Jaw Jam

“Mr. Me Too” Remix (Originally Clipse and Pharell Williams)

Like Pharrell, Pusher-T, and Malice, I hail proudly from the great state of Virginia. In fact, Mr. Williams himself attended my old high school, Princess Anne, a mere decade before I; glorious, charming suburban legend has it that he played bass drum in the school marching band (I’m fairly certain this particular legend is true). Friends claim to have seen his Limo-Hummer entourage pull up to the Cold Stone at Pembroke’s Town Centre, and my best friend’s older brother played basketball with The Neptune’s Chad Hugo in Virginia Beach’s local basketball league. Area code 757, represent.

And, oh, Clipse. Hell Hath No Fury, full disclosure, the Virginian treasure that it is, was the album that plunged me and my post-punk friends into hip-hop.

So what about Jaw Jam? He took a great song and made it new. On the molasses days of the South, sometimes the beat needs to slow down a few BPMs — or 50. So what’s all this talk about me and my Virginia? Guess I’m just another Mr. Me Too.

Jam Jaw’s remix track is available for download from Live For The Funk.

• Jaw Jam: http://soundcloud.com/jaw-jam
• LFTF: http://www.liveforthefunk.com


Advaitic Songs [preview]

If a 1:30 video ain’t enough for a preview, well, sorry: here’s a 1:26 preview of OM’s forthcoming new album Advaitic Songs on Drag City. Come July 24, let the fucking fantasy burrrrn. Too much future and space stuff right now. Ride this out for the summer and guarantee yourself infinite magic eyes. And who better to know what should be in your ears than Drag City. Fucking MELT to Advaitic Songs in 2xLP/CD-length this summer, and prepare for their spring tour.

• OM: http://www.omvibratory.com
• Drag City: http://www.dragcity.com

Inspired School of Astral Music

10:10 Opening The Digital Door [excerpt]

It seems like I get into music buying so much more in the warm weather. Aside from jamming some hard cassettes at the beach, I also like using a bunch of shitty clearance-priced equipment to put LPs to digital to cassette to blare to beach to bikini. My bikini. Cause I keeps it Euro when I dig long jams. Long jams such as 10:10 Opening The Digital Door really get me moist… with sea breeze. Sunlight just beating down on my body, no shades; the vastness of the beach and flesh. Sand and bodies become one. And the copy I made of this reminds me of sitting in the same sunlight, on my patio, patiently waiting for 10:10 Opening The Digital Door LP to rip and rec on cassette. The LP is out now, co-released by Sonic Mediations and Psychic Sounds Recordings, limited to 147 copies. They also include a sunlight-absorbing essay on the Cybergenetic Fugue State and the meaning of 10:10.

• Inspired School of Astral Music: http://billdoob.blogspot.com
• Sonic Mediations: http://www.exposeventy.com/sonicmeditations
• Psychic Sounds Recordings: http://psychicsounds.com


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