On October 1, disco-magician Francis Hsueh is adopting his Policy moniker to release Postscript, a 12-inch EP on 100% Silk. In an attempt to try and figure out Hsueh’s secrets, here’s my track-by-track breakdown of the illusions hidden in the six-part magic act that is Postscript:
— “Postscript 187” introduces the Policy stage for Hsueh to adorn: fist-roll dance, finger-gunning the audience as tiny bursts of smoke rise out his nails, foot swivels, a projected image of a miniature elephant dancing between his legs that becomes real and backward-slides off the stage, etc.
— “Grove Street Freeze” gears the crowd in a robotic way, as his first main act involves hypnotizing the audience to dance in spurts, as he holds up two separate signs: the GROOVE STREET sign gets the crowd hustling in sync, and the FREEZE sign does exactly that with added “oohs” and “ahhs.”
— “Remembrance” needs a participant from the audience, is handed a dagger, and begins dancing with the magician, when Hsueh turns and accidentally makes contact with the participant’s mouth, knocking out all their teeth: the participant comes at the magician with the dagger gritting a whole new set of pearly whites, climbs on the Policy stage with a half-brushed smile, and walks away with pristine ivory caps.
— “Ghost In The Groove” precedes the violent trick in light of gravity, as Hsueh begins to float above the audience, freshing disco moves people only dreamed of being able to pull off. Yet dreams do come true: at random, audience members yell in both amazement and fright as a select few are lifted from their seats and partnered with each other, spinning-dancing in the air when…
— “Wiseblood” tricks them into thinking the act is skipping to a stop, but out of the floaters’ sleeves rains a thick purple liquid onto the audience below, and as they try to scatter and flee the scene, this liquid seems to hit and bead off an invisible shield, flowing toward the stage to form the last hurrah.
— “Big Beast Anthem” forms the body and face of each audience member at half stature, again discoing out, only comprised of this purple liquid, which is ripped into disappearing waves as Hsueh slides through it on the Policy stage, cleaner than he appeared ever before, now wearing white leather, hair waving, and everyone clapping.
Stream the entirety of Policy’s Postscript EP above and pre-order it here.
Secret Songs of Savamala
July 12, 2012 marked the final BBC broadcast from Bush House in London. The corporation’s departure left a distinct mark on the site after a 60-year history in recording radio productions that were dispatched all around the globe.
As an investigative sound art project, recording artist, DJ, and hardened adventurer Robin The Fog explored the empty nooks and crannies of the building to create what Simon Reynolds went on to describe as “the ultimate hauntological artifact.” The Ghosts of Bush was indeed sublime and seems to have ignited a spark in the man responsible for its wondrous tones, as he recently traveled to Serbia in order to conduct a similar series of sonic experiments in The Spanish House, Belgrade.
The former customs house is now a flooded, crumbling echo chamber, which — in its current state — created the perfect environment for Robin and his team to assemble a truly dazzling followup to his debut as Howlround.
Secret Songs of Savamala is available to stream and download on the artist’s Bandcamp alongside a strictly limited-edition vinyl featuring gorgeous artwork by Milica Nikolic.
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And there’s this fellah that strolls around cities with a foldable DIY▲PYЯΛMID big enough for him to enter. This traveler’s DIY▲PYЯΛMID is close to empty and is only full whenever he’s deep in observation. Locking himself in, this DIY▲PYЯΛMID is transparent in ways he can visibly establish while inside, as others on the outside perceive it in panels of protective glass. He is encased in a fair amount of foam, pillows, and general safety/comfort, both his hobby and sleep-aid is to watch people around him while being pushed, dragged, and knocked around. As public voyeur, said “fellah” and his magical DIY▲PYЯΛMID smash around the earth, gathering as much culture and social interruption they can muster up.
It’s the ℘ ◌ ṧ⊥➸℘♄ø⊥☮﹩ℌø℘ that’s been clawing at this DIY▲PYЯΛMID most recently. Typically, you get people to move the project by pushing it a good hundred blocks, but the DIY▲PYЯΛMID is pressure sealed from the inside, and it’s just too damn heavy. But this fellah don’t mind. All he do is nod to the random and accesses it all. Yet, when it comes to the collective of ℘ ◌ ṧ⊥➸℘♄ø⊥☮﹩ℌø℘, DIY▲PYЯΛMID runs deep on the out-there observation. Like sunglasses shading eyes in a ring of intrigue, when it all starts, stopping is nearly an afterthought, and pursuing the meaning of effort is insatiable. All this fellah got is time, interest, and his own damn space.
Listen to the effects of ℘ ◌ ṧ⊥➸℘♄ø⊥☮﹩ℌø℘ on DIY▲PYЯΛMID below:
• DIY▲PYЯΛMID: http://diypyramid.bandcamp.com
I want to call this footwork. I mean, just check that percussion. But if this is footwork, it’s certainly not a strain we’ve heard before. This particular mutation — the latest offering from Melbourne label This Thing — is deep and mellow. Beats like this have never sounded so cool, so totally chill. Seriously, this is what it’d sound like if you gave Traxman’s “Footworkin on Air” a couch, a couple of brews, and a Valium.
“No Friends” is the first single to surface from a new collaborative project between This Thing stalwarts Galapagoose (Gil) and Wooshie (Michell). And it sees them trading in their wonky, disjointed hip-hop for a much more ambient, contemplative sound. For now, the vinyl’s only available to pre-order, but I’ve already copped a listen, and man it’s good: #forserious. New territory for both artists, no doubt about it. Or maybe even just straight up new territory. New ground being — oh so cooly — trod…
Various Artists: Front & Follow
The Outer Church
The Outer Church was initiated in 2009 by Joe Stannard, an enthusiastic metal-head and long standing contributor to The Wire, The Quietus, and Mojo. As an event, the predominantly Brighton-based congregation is invited to witness musicians and visual artists operating in a field that has been deemed “something weird that resists categorization” by its founder. Indeed, The Outer Church has hosted performances by Raime, Demdike Stare, and The Haxan Cloak, which provides a solid setting for the mood that’s most recently been spun about a double-disc celebration of the project as well as its contributing artists.
The 28-track album was curated by Stannard and features exclusive tracks by Robin The Fog (who performed at one of the release events as Howlround), The Wyrding Module, Black Mountain Transmitter, and Ekoplekz among others. Despite working within a number of different styles, the aesthetic remains torn, dark, and crisp in the context of a project that demonstrates both unification and collaboration across creative minds, of sharing an artistic phenomenon Stannard has done so well at presenting over the past four years — the perfect soundtrack for a sleepless night.
The 300 copies that were released for the initial launch back in August have long since sold out. But due to popular demand, a second edition is in the works and will be available for private, consecrated listening very soon. Keep an eye on the Front & Follow website for more details, and in the meantime, have a listen to previously unreleased tracks by Pye Corner Audio, Hong Kong in the 60s, Hacker Farm, Grumbling Fur, Vindicatrix, and Anna Meredith, which are all available for your streaming pleasure below:
YUNG SHERMAN & LIL SAD
LIL SAD has released a sad-ass beat it made with Swedish sad gravity boy YUNG SHERMAN. Soon to be rapped upon by Swedish gravity boy Bladee, “HIDE FOREVER” features the most heart-wrenchingly woebegone guitar loop you’ll hear all decade. The depressed bass line and anguished vocal sample make it so sad that it may just replace “I Wish It Would Rain” as the ultimate cry-into-your-pillow jam. Seriously, do not listen to this track if you are experiencing thoughts of suicide.