JC Satan

“Waiting For You”

“Waiting For You” is an animal life, not a style. The animal has an intellect, and a reverence for tradition. It can fuck and fish. It leads a life of high quality. On the food chain, it listened to the other ones, then made improvements, then ate the other ones. Despite the briefly deceptive “skin-and-bones” intro, it is full-framed, long and strong. Stop to admire its construction, the detail, the DNA. And mind your manners. “Retro” and “psych” are words only bad zoologists use.

• JC Satan: http://www.jcsatan.com
• Born Bad Records: http://www.bornbadrecords.net


“Signal Flare 1” (preview)

I have to say I never really listened to Yellow Swans, and didn’t quite comprehend how big it was to see Gabriel Saloman play live at Debacle Fest in 2k13 (another fun fact: I also didn’t realize how popular Pete Swanson was until another Debacle-related live event). Since then I’ve been tuned in, and his post-Yellow Swans solo work stands out as some sturdy, politically oriented drone/noise/experimental works among a crowded field of like-minded Pacific Northwest drone heads. When Debacle Records and I sat down for a preview of this year’s fest, they also brought up this exciting new project featuring Saloman and Michael Red, called Chambers. Well, now the Vancouver duo has offered up the first taste of Signal Flare 1, their new EP via Debacle (out October 2).

While the video above is a mere two minutes and twelve seconds, I’m not gonna lie when I say that I am very excited for this one. Not only am I particularly drawn to low-key ambient dub, but when it comes out of the Pacific Northwest (in this case Vancouver, B.C., not Vancouver, Washington!) I can’t help but listen and think of a drizzly day when I stare out at Puget Sound and see nothing but the thick clouds and the occasional boat roll by. It is a very chill effect. And if this one release isn’t enough, Chambers will drop a full-length companion piece early next year, so there’s lots to be excited about if you’re digging these sounds. Pre-orders aren’t up yet but stay tuned!

• Chambers: http://www.chambers-dub.net
• Debacle Records: http://debaclerecords.com

Triad God

“Babe Dont Go” (Prod. by Palmistry)

Twirling around the room for a bit, smiling at each other and nuzzling, making faces and deep gazes. Gently one lays the smaller of the two down, and the moment is precious, as the one standing does a little bit of a dance, and the other on their back wiggling in ecstasy. The window is cracked. It’s a beautiful skyline in the distance, paired with just crisping leaves and a flock of birds singing their pre-autumn songs. Grabbing for a bottle, the one standing arrives, back to the bed. The father pleads, echoing through the neighborhood.

Check out the new Triad God track “Babe Dont Go” produced by Palmistry. Enjoy below and blare, for sure:

• Triad God: https://soundcloud.com/triadgod
• Palmistry: http://plmstry.com

Michael Vincent Waller

“The South Shore”

Michael Vincent Waller writes modern classical music that contours rare afternoons, ambling thoughts and sympathetic processions of change and loss. Waller’s compositions work patiently from a place of unassuming aesthetic possibility, navigations of emotion predicated on entangled systems of soft strings, winds and piano, emerging faintly, questioning, inverting, surprising.

“The South Shore”, available now on XI Records, collects pieces written from 2011-2014 that touch on classical minimalism and a contemporary adaptation of the avant-garde, employing artful counterpoint and slyly subversive structures of tension and resolve. They flow gracefully from the hands of 25 different musicians, ensembles including Christine Kim and Pauline Kim Harris (Project SiS) with Conrad Harris, Daniel Panner, Charity Wicks, the Dedalus Ensemble, the 20<21 Ensemble, and more.

Pieces range from blushingly romantic (the 9-minute “La Riva Sud”, a showcase for a truly somber piano), to drone-influenced studies in quiet peace like “Organum” and passionate celebrations of tone and timbre; the sanguine body of the cello on “Tacca Prima”, the thin, affective possibilities of a flippant flute on “Vocalise”. Waller’s abilities as a composer enable him to walk an invisible line between a hundred different dispositions, moving effortlessly from crushing sadness to wistful peace, to curious places of inquisition and wonder.

• Michael Vincent Waller: http://michaelvincentwaller.com


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