Vagina Vangi
“Christ”

Call it “witchhouse,” call it “deathgaze,” call it “doomtronic,” call it whatever you want (please don’t actually call it “doomtronic” though). Vagina Vangi, Russia’s most charmingly named one-man gothgazer, has crafted some pretty massive dirges, none more apocalyptic than “Christ” (a.k.a the one that plays when you click the media player above these words). Check out his EP Benighted United at Vagina Vangi’s SoundCloud.

• Vagina Vangi: http://soundcloud.com/vaginavangi

PLAENS

“Siberian Vision Quest”

More heartrending, interstellar drone-scapes to wrap your skull around. Imagine if I said that in person? You would hate me.

Siberian Vision Quest by PLAENS

Stellar Evolution (Growth) (Redux) by PLAENS

• PLAENS: http://soundcloud.com/plaens
• MABA Tapes: http://mabatapes.wordpress.com/

Jookabox

“Drops”

Jookabox, in case you haven’t heard, have broken up. I know this because I read TMT. The band’s final album, The Eyes Of The Fly, is due April 26 on Asthmatic Kitty. Check out “Drops,” the album’s first single and Jookabox’s last first single. SNIFF!!

• Jookabox: http://jookabox.net
• Asthamtic Kitty: http://asthmatickitty.com

C V L T S

“Angel Chromosome”

Umberto released two monumental albums last year (Prophecy of the Black Widow and From the Grave) so I’m beyond excited about a new split 7” on Collective Crowd Records. The more slow-burning C V L T S handles the other side of the split, providing an interesting contrast to Umberto’s mid-tempo pop-horror. Above is the video for “Angel Chromosome,” directed by Zahid Jiwa (via Rose Quartz and Altered Zones). Pre-order the 7” instantly.

• C V L T S: http://www.cvlts.com/
• Collective Crowd: http://www.collectivecrowdrecords.com/

Rhys Chatham

“Corn Maiden’s Rite”

On April 12, TMT favorite Rhys Chatham is releasing Outdoor Spell on Northern-Spy, the first of two Chatham albums expected from the label. Listen to “Corn Maiden’s Rite,” which features Chatham foregoing the guitar for trumpet and Beatriz Rojas playing the cajón (a Peruvian percussion instrument). Then read our news story for more information, which includes dates that start today. Then go shopping and buy yourself a new shirt. You’re looking a little homely lately.

• Rhys Chatham: http://www.rhyschatham.net
• Northern-Spy: http://northern-spy.com

Simon Steen-Andersen

“In Her Frown”

The stigma is still going strong: classical music has its head up its own ass. There’s the pretension, the stodgy harmonic rules (if perfect fifths move in parallel motion you are done for), the… old people. Rattling jewelry n’ shit. Of course, young modern composers are doing everything in their power to change this perception.

Case in point: this new track from up-and-coming Danish composer Simon Steen-Andersen. It’s an experiment with ultra-close microphone recording techniques. From the liner notes:

In Her Frown for two musicians continues with the use of close microphones. Most of all, the piece consists of a whole multitude of voice and mouth sounds, some of which can be perceived as words. But we do not know precisely which. Paradoxically, the words seem to be a declamation of the two entries ‘communicate’ and ‘perceive’ from the Internet dictionary dictionary.com. In other words it is about saying something clearly and understanding it correspondingly; but it is said in a way that makes these very things impossible; for example with a closed mouth or while a football horn brutally drowns it out.

Coincidentally, the piece shares some resemblance to our recent Eureka! pick from Chris Cogburn, Bonnie Jones, and Bhob Rainey. Best if played loud.

• Simon Steen-Andersen: http://www.simonsteenandersen.dk/
• DACAPO: http://www.dacapo-records.dk/en/recording-simon-steen-andersen–pretty-s…

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