Jace Ewing

“The Waterclock”

On the plus side of our union with technology devoid of intellect or soul: a simulacrum of a family band is conjured by a solo musician in a “computer-aided improvisation.”

Stash the gong, kendang, and gamelan in storage and leave the family at home. “The Waterclock” is efficient. One artist, one machine. All the natural and flexible energy of collaboration is intact. Ewing generates organic polyphony through the application of custom software. The rhythm swirls off-the-clock; patterns of bright orange particles dance on the spiral arms.

• CRISSY/Crazy Iris: http://www.crissy.org.uk/yes

Vicky Chow & Tristan Perich

“Surface Image (First Section)”

Relax, Surface Image, the sonic engagement of Vicky Chow and Tristan Perich, found home in the classically beefy New Amsterdam imprint. The performance piece, initially named “The Density of Air” by Perich noting his original plan to write a “delicate, ephemeral piece,” was introduced early last year in New York City to little, but humming reviews. Now, a year-plus after its first step in the public eye, the duet is slotted in the New Amsterdam Records Sound/Source MOMA PS1 showcase Oct 19, nine days before the album’s release.

The intriguing nature of Chow and Perich’s connection is how varied they seem. Chow, who Time Out New York called “a monster pianist,” has worked with both side of the board Philip Glass, Terry Riley, Steve Reich and Bryce Dessner (The National), David Longstreth (Dirty Projectors), Lee Ranaldo (Sonic Youth). Her work often tied to orchestral platforms and highlighted by her fiercely virtuosic playing. Perich describes his curiosities stemmed from the aesthetic simplicity of math, physics, and code, sticking to oscillations and 1-bit frequencies in art and music.

The piece, over an hour in length, does more than simply hem Perich’s composition with Chow’s abilities. The depth gathered in just the first nine minute bulk of Surface Image alone is brilliantly wearing, folding pixels and wires over themselves in a dizzying manner to smooth and lull.

Surface Image is out October 28.

• Vicky Chow: http://www.vickychow.com
• Tristan Perich: http://www.tristanperich.com
• New Amsterdam Records: http://newamrecords.com

Architecture in Tokyo

“MIMOSA” (ft. スーパーセックス永遠にSUPERSEX420)

Mystery surrounds Architecture in Tokyo’s “MIMOSA” (ft. スーパーセックス永遠にSUPERSEX420) and their involvement with AMDISCS : Futures Reserve Label. It’s just as shadowed as ANY vaporwave track featuring a producer toting Pacific-Asian characters within their name. However, AMDISCS has taken a liking to スーパーセックス永遠にSUPERSEX420 recently, and I’m more intrigued NOT to ask label-head Rado Z. Merely to preserve the anonymity. Even IF I cannot remember if it was slipped to me through Rado. That’s the idea, though, right? Find, play, listen, forget, rinse, repeat, etc. Vaporwave, baby. Still important?

Well, (IMO) not only is the genre continuing to crush the game, but Architecture in Tokyo and スーパーセックス永遠にSUPERSEX420 prove in “MIMOSA” that these forgotten memories and reappropriate trope-scapes are killing it. And again: that’s the idea. As there is no fluid ark to the track’s video by Artzie Music either. It’s more akin to a glitch your computer makes while it’s being hacked. Thus, the intention is to repeat this ever functioning and living idea that multi-/digital-media is the source to all our memories and fleeting-thoughts. Check your personal Twitter feed and Facebook status roll-outs. Remember that time? Want to relive it? Want to forget it? Just a click-click, and images and lights and foreign-flashy text will scrub your nods clear/-n of any and everything.

Bask in the purity of “MIMOSA.” Sip a bit of bubbly-OJ with スーパーセックス永遠にSUPERSEX420 and Architecture in Tokyo. Wave to AMDiscs snickering and walking on by with Artzie Music. Everything and nothing is happening at all. Like moving your review mirror to avoid watching the car riding your tail; it’s all a ruse to an illusion. Mind has been hack. Please, replay.

• Architecture in Tokyo: https://soundcloud.com/architecture_in_tokyo
• スーパーセックス永遠にSUPERSEX420: https://soundcloud.com/supersex420


Lemonade [seablaze.rmx]

There’s been a lot of “Lemonade” bootlegs, edits, and remixes in this past couple of months, and they’re all good to some extent, though that’s mostly accredited to how catchy the original is, and I think all the producers who have remixed it would agree. Chicago producer Seablaze is the latest, turning the bubbles and the vocals into straight up juke. This remix feels simultaneously like the biggest departure from the original, but also, largely because of the preservation rather than chopping up of the vocals, the most like the original. That simultaneous working with the track but fitting it into another genre rather than creating another genre-less version puts “Lemonade” in a new container. It’s the same, but we appreciate it totally differently. Like how smoking a bong and smoking a joint are totally different experiences. It’s all about that container.

• SOPHIE: https://soundcloud.com/msmsmsm
• Seablaze: https://soundcloud.com/seablaze

Hayden Pedigo

“Dream Theory Pt. 4” feat. Robert Rich

A while back we gave you a sneak peek at Texas born Hayden Pedigo’s upcoming LP Five Steps, and with the record’s impending release we’re pleased to offer another taste of the album. According to Hayden, “I had an idea to make this album something entirely opposite of my debut album and attempt to make it a full blown acoustic/experimental album and collaborate with people who inspire me. I recorded all the music that summer and when I finished, I decided to start asking some of my heroes to add to the pieces I wrote for the album.”

Where “Stray” was a straightforward, acoustic guitar-driven gem, “Dream Theory Pt. 4” goes into more experimental, ambient territory. As four parts of the B-side, “Dream Theory” pushes far beyond the soothing acoustic pickings of the A-side, making it the tripped out yin to the first side’s comforting yang. “Pt. 4” especially delves into the deep end of the ambient pool, with the Texan’s talent for sonically diverse, raw, and weird elements in full force. It was somewhat jarring to hear these sides back to back, as I kept asking myself if I was listening to the right album; however, what you’ll hear in the entirety of Five Steps is a young yet mature songwriter making a formidable dent in both his and Debacle’s catalog. Stay tuned for the November 4 release, with vinyl pre-orders up right here.

• Hayden Pedigo: http://debaclerecords.bandcamp.com/album/five-steps
• Debacle Records: http://www.debaclerecords.com


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