“Out Soon”

Straight up — SF Broadcasts is complete obscurity to me. Here are two videos of the track “Out Soon” (or so I think) by Nachtbote. BTW, “Nachtbote” and “I’m Feeling Lucky” are not a work-friendly combination. The first video of “Out Soon” works off textured audio/visual.

Past the slow-drip (obligatory) spiral-synth workout lies ear-violence accentuated by shimmering shocks of cackling noise. And the camera flicker over an inevitable digital smear absorbs tentative gaze. So, maybe this orange is a person, or a planet alignment; I don’t know what it all means. Mesmerized, viewers are restricted by the video’s unstoppable voyeurism and pulled back at the end, through venomous disintegration of sound for one last peep of “meaning.” It’s almost Hitchcockian, or is it Trier these days (Ben Pearson, Alex Peterson, Zachary Block, Derek Smith, Steve Babish)?

The narrative I have followed in this is my own. Bottom-line: “Is the internet tangible?” My 95-year-old grandma pointed out, “Even if you compare the song to a cassette’s [sound of magnet to reel], won’t the music in both videos only have the quality of the [digital sound]?” :^X Okay, well, in comparison, the two videos are both equally violent. The live recording expresses this through ripping volume and looped button-/key-mashing. Visually, the strobe light, surrounded by smaller colorful lights, accentuate the biggest mystery: who is Nachtbote? For answers, find out on SF Broadcasts. Tangible evidence of this sound and artist exists as of today (September 9, 2011).

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James Blackshaw

“Boo, Forever”

Later this month, guitar virtuoso James Blackshaw will release yet another breathtakingly beautiful record. Titled Holly, it’s a 12-inch EP with only two tracks, but boy is it lovely. After last year’s epic eight-part masterpiece (All Is Falling) and an intensive tour, the 29-year-old Brit has cooled off a little to record some more mellow, summery stuff.

Like the album art clearly resembles, Side A, the 13-minute title track, has a rather impressionistic feel (like a lot of Blackshaw’s work). His whirling guitar work along with Debussy-esque piano lines paint a dramatic scene without getting too detailed. Side B contains the romantic “Boo, Forever” and is more of a nod to his finger-plucking godfathers from the Takoma Records days (Leo Kottke, John Fahey, Robbie Basho).

This EP will be released on September 30 by Important Records (Blackshaw’s second with Important, taking a break from Michael Gira’s Young God Records). Oh, and check out his fingernails; THAT must be why he is so freaking good.

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“Pinko Morning”

Previously on TMT, we saw Nihiti remixing Strand of Oaks to great effect. Pinko Morning, from the forthcoming Faced With Splendor EP, explodes that wandering remix into tiny pieces and carefully reconstructs them into a lean folk song. Everything seems brightly lit and in focus here. From the song’s natural evolution with varied acoustic instrumentation to the careful melody, nothing is out of place. Look out for a change of pace when Nihiti returns to electronics next year on the Ostland LP.

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Mirror to Mirror

“Moment of Clarity”

Jugular Forest boss Alex Twomey has just delivered his first full-length as Mirror to Mirror, after a series of limited tapes on such rock-solid labels as Monorail Trespassing, Ekhein, and Arbor, all of which have a reputation for serious, almost scholarly noise/drone music. The vibe of Here You Leave Today is a bit lighter, with this adorable sprite on the cover gazing off into the future. But this album is all about introspection. As you wrap up in a blanket of analog synth chords, you begin to unwind. You are not being oppressed by rhythm, by cool riffs, words; this music doesn’t tell you what to do. You are staring into a painting, tapping into unconscious planes. Stillness. Abstraction. Timelessness! The world desperately needs more patient art. Jam this track made by an expert, pick up this LP, sit down and think. about. some. shit.

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Zola Jesus


Got Goth-pop girls on the mind? Rejoice and boot up iTunes yet again: the recent harvest has been rich!

First, there’s Chelsea Wolfe’s new album, whose title is so Goth you can’t pronounce it without help (Ἀποκάλυψις (‘Apokalypsis,’ of course)); then there’s Exitmusic, whose singer Aleksa Palladino sometimes sounds to me like Beach House’s Victoria Legrand, if the beach is one in the wake of a hurricane; and then, of course, there’s the new stuff from Zola Jesus. If Zola’s incredible cameo on “Intro” of M83’s impending album isn’t enough for you, then check out new track “Seekir” from her own upcoming album Conatus, out October 4 from Sacred Bones. The chanting at the beginning is pretty groovy, the beat added later is even groovier, and when Zola really gets started, you’ll hear how big female vocals are really meant to sound, especially if you’re as goddamn sick as me of that overplayed Adele song.

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