A Winged Victory for the Sullen

“Atomos VI”

A Winged Victory for the Sullen isn’t a complicated group of musicians. Maybe their composure sometimes cracks while creating breathtaking tracks like “Atomos VI,” but typically, their patience for drawn attention from listeners is merely a practice in being elaborate. As everyone’s mind wanders during A Winged Victory for the Sullen, “Atomos VI” (the sixth track of numerically listed tracks on their newest album Atomos out Oct. 6 on Kranky Records and Erased Tapes) lays down a foundation of relief. Something of the Tim Robbins sort when he escapes from Shawshank Prison, yeah. And it’s SUPER relevant that bands like this stick around and continue grinding out music (i.e., that post-rock swag?) so culture doesn’t die, individualism is stifled once more in our self-centered American society, and future generations can see how people worked together on music that’s potentially just as lasting as some familiar overtures and sonatas.

TO REPEAT: I’d be wise of you to scope A Winged Victory for the Sullen’s “Atomos VI” streaming below, and eventually snag their LP Atomos this October 6 via Kranky Records and Erased Tapes:

• A Winged Victory for the Sullen: http://www.awvfts.com
• Erased Tapes: http://www.erasedtapes.com
• Kranky Records: http://www.kranky.net

Ballerine Nadiya


SONGS! I forgot about songs! Thankfully, Ballerine Nadiya has extinguished that foolishness with her new self-titled cassette on Singapore Sling. I should really send her some sort of thank you present, ‘cause I was in need of a break from all the beat/noise/collage thangs that’ve been in my listening rotation. Ew, she’s got lyrics, too! Remember those? Was needing some words. [Editor’s Note: LAWLZZZZ, Bort is too fresh!]

Along with her grainy vox, a Casiotone is Ballerine Nadiya’s instrument of choice, helping unleash her pieces-of-mind. Thrown back against a wall of established sounds (which somehow have never really become trite), the angst and frustration of love-living pours through her voice and keyboard. But so does the sweetness and buoyancy of said situation. If you’re alive and not an asshole, you’ll be in familiar territory once you press play.

50 of these pups exists on this Earth, so grip one while you still can, that way you can hold it in your hand and "feel closer" to Ballerine Nadiya. Otherwise, stream below, and feel alone.

• Ballerine Nadiya: https://myspace.com/ballerinenadiya
• Singapore Sling Tapes: http://www.singaporesling.grrrbzzz.com



1080p Collection has once again advanced time, sound, and space with their newest single by Tlaotlon, “Novodene.” Here I am, sitting on my couch, typing this on my television, being super post-modern simple with my gal, and in the other tab, “Novodene” is flaring off, and all that comes out of our mouth repetitively is “What is THAT noise?” Then I started explaining the physics of Richard MacFarlane (1080p label-head). Specifically, how he created this sonic technology to jump between realities and some how obtain recordings of music to eventually bring back and dub onto tape. Now, Savannah TOTALLY believed this, and there-after, all the sounds of Tlaotlon made sense.

One of my favorite types of music is anything psychedelic based, and Tlaotlon is most DEF deploys a heavy amount of camouflaged psychedelia. But there’s another thing I like to say when there’s a discussion being presented as someone asks, “What kinda music do you listen to?” Typically, my answer involves listening to stuff that satires club and modern radio play songs. And being a NY resident, it’s good to have 1080p on my back, because when people are like, “Satire? What do you mean?” Next time I’ll play ‘em “Novodene” and tell em it’s merely EDM/electronica, only the kind that fucks with your mind and actually makes you think things. Thanks for the swag moments, Tlaotlon!

Tlaotlon releases Ektomists on 1080p Collection July 29, but streaming below is just a taste, and the sound-drug of choice is “Novodene.”

• Tlaotlon: https://soundcloud.com/tlaotlon
• 1080p Collection: http://1080pcollection.net

Nadja & Vampillia


Now here is the kind of summer jam I have been waiting for! Enough of the celebration, fun, and sun — it’s making me ill. On /ɪmpəˈfɛkʃ​(​ə​)​n/, doom-gazers Nadja and Osaka-based Vampillia successfully capture what the annual melt time has been like for me as of late: a disorienting, half-crazed, seemingly endless slog through the deepest recesses of self-loathing, fear, and madness. Agonizingly slow guitar riffs amble heatsick along a dusty unmarked road, nearly tumbling over in nausea and fatigue. The darkness is somewhat alleviated by the heavenly strings of Vampillia, which suggest an escape from suffocating despair; but over the course of two lengthy tracks, this false notion of relief is teased out to a point of abject despondency. Burning August gives way to the slow death of fall.

Sounds pretty appealing, right? In line with the music’s wandering nature, /ɪmpəˈfɛkʃ​(​ə​)​n/ was released as a counterpart to the artists’ recent tour of Japan. You can stream and purchase the full album at Nadja’s Bandcamp.

• NADJA: http://nadja.bandcamp.com
• VAMPILLIA: http://vampillia.bandcamp.com


“Keep Calling”

Manchester/San Francisco producer Finn combines sparse grime with soulful R&B to create a track that seems to want to move forward, but always ends up circling back on itself. The vocal samples always seem like they will finish out the lyric, yet they never do. The beat always seems like it will change, yet it never really does. But by keeping us in sweet anticipation, Finn manages to make something that’s always demands the listener’s attention. R’n’G, (rhythm & grime) – the sometimes labeled genre that mixes these two very different, but symbiotic genres – isolates vocals so we can really appreciate the natural beauty of them, while still giving us a barebones but very danceable beat. Finn is interested in mashing up UK and US styles, which serves both countries well. American made R&B usually straddles the line of being too emotional and virtuosic to the point of it becoming whiny, while UK grime can come across as flat or dead. “Keep Calling” wakes up the UK sound and humbles the US vocal. Local Action’s “promo,” simulates the bubbly tension this creates.

Finn’s Keep Calling EP is out July 7 via Local Action.

• Finn: https://soundcloud.com/finnmccorry
• Local Action Records: http://localactionrecords.bigcartel.com


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