Laurel Halo sweetens October with new LP Chance Of Rain on Hyperdub

Laurel Halo sweetens October with new LP Chance Of Rain on Hyperdub

Oh boy. With a release month with new albums by Oneohtrix Point Never, DJ Rashad, Circuit des Yeux, James Ferraro, Lucrecia Dalt, Magik Markers, Matana Roberts, of Montreal, Tim Hecker, Tim Heidecker, Mike Donovan (Sic Alps), Pelican, The Dismemberment Plan, Wooden Wand, David Kanaga, Richard Youngs, Omar Souleyman, Juana Molina, Deltron 3030, Arcade Fire, and Katy Fucking Perry, we already had plenty to be excited about. But October just got a lot more exciting.

Laurel Halo, whose Quarantine made #5 on our Favorite 50 Albums of 2013 list, has just announced her new album, Chance Of Rain (“of” purposefully capitalized). The album, due on the always fantastic Hyperdub imprint, features nine tracks developed from “live hardware improvisations” and is described as “a cerebral exploration of the intersection between rhythmic and ambient musics, drawing together moments of movement and stillness, psychedelia and presence of mind.” And the best part is that it’s being released just in time for Halloween! Hey, maybe this is her Halloween album. Yeah, it’s definitely her Halloween album.


01. Dr. Echt
02. Oneiroi
03. Serendip
04. Chance Of Rain
05. Melt
06. Still/Dromos
07. Thrax
08. Ainnome
09. -Out

Chance Of Rain is out October 28 via Hyperdub.

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Vektroid (Macintosh Plus, Laserdisc Visions) teams with rapper Siddiq, launches store with sexy Macintosh Plus tank

Vektroid (a.k.a. Macintosh Plus, 情報デスクVIRTUAL, Sacred Tapestry, Laserdisc Visions, etc.) has been relatively quiet this year, especially when compared to her many 2012 releases (two of which made our Favorite 50 Albums of 2012 list: Macintosh Plus’ Floral Shoppe and 情報デスクVIRTUAL’s 幌コンテンポラリー). But that doesn’t mean she’s been inactive. In January, she gave us a sneak peek into her incredibly seductive new aesthetic with “Enemy,” and a few months later, she released a conceptually bold double cassette release, Home™ and ClearSkies™, as PrismCorp Virtual Enterprises.

And now we’ve caught wind that Vektroid is hooking up with Houston rapper Siddiq to do production for an upcoming release. No word on what exactly that release might be or when it’s dropped, but Vektroid recently hinted at it with a couple tweets, while Siddiq himself just released a new mixtape, PAID2013, that features a demo intro to a longer, more complex track they’re working on together. Listen to the mixtape here, as well as a snippet of their collaboration, “Midnight Run” (which features a reworked version of Esc 不在’s “Nightvision”) here:

Meanwhile, Vektroid has set up a shop and is now selling THE SEXIEST TANK TOP I’VE EVER SEEN. With some fakes out there, it’ll probably do everyone good to support the artist directly by ordering one of these Macintosh Plus tanks before pre-orders end on Friday, August 23. Plus, then you’ll have a chance to show off those deltoids, biceps, coracobrachiales, subscapulares, supraspinati, infraspinati, and triceps that you’ve been working on all summer. (Fuck, you are looking good.)

To those of you who weren’t working on your bods this summer, consider a body transmigration with the Genetic Re-Engineering Program (GREP) at the New Dreams(TM) Body Chamber Facility at address code MEM# 046D:0880.

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Tim Heidecker & Davin Wood announce new album, prompting swift and taut media reports such as this one

Oh. Hello again, there, American actor, comedian, musician, writer, and director Mr. Tim Heidecker. I hope you’re well. I was quite pleased to hear that you — along with “longtime musical collaborator composer/multi-instrumentalist Davin Wood” — will be releasing your follow-up to 2011’s Starting from Nowhere (TMT Review), entitled Some Things Never Stay the Same, this coming November 12 on the Little Record Company label. I’ve been informed by your official press release (and am happy to re-report) that you’ve worked with some truly excellent L.A.-based musicians this time around, including Aimee Mann on some guitar, Eric Johnson (The Shins, Fruit Bats) on some vocals, and some great performances from a few former Rilo Kiley members. That sounds like good content for a news story, to be sure! However, in order to bring a little bit of additional context to the situation for the benefit of any readers whom may require (or at least appreciate) it, I thought I’d quote your press release more directly for a moment; I trust that’s alright.

“Let’s lay it all out on the table: this is the self-indulgent sophomore album,” it begins. “The horns, the female back-up singers, the songs about life on the road and redemption for indiscretions that remain vague to protect the innocent, but mostly the guilty,” the paragraph continues. Finally, it concludes thusly: “It’s by turns pompous, funny, overproduced, underbaked, overly serious and not serious enough. All in a good way, of course!” Well, splendid. I look forward to hearing all of this in full in a few months. In the meantime, it’s been both educational and interesting to write about this follow-up album of yours, and I am excited to post its complete tracklisting below, as well as a live rendition of the song “Cocaine,” which inaugurates the album. Cheers, my good sir!

Some Things Never Stay the Same tracklisting:

01. Cocaine
02. What Else Is New
03. Getaway Man
04. This Is Life
05. Tell Her I Love Her
06. Coming Home
07. Sunday Man
08. Hurricane
09. On Our Own
10. Salvation Street
11. Next Ten Years

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RIP: Cedar Walton, hard bop jazz pianist and composer

From Ottawa Citizen:

Hard bop pianist/composer Cedar Walton, who played with John Coltrane, Art Blakey, Freddie Hubbard, Abbey Lincoln, and a host of hardbop greats, died this morning, according to this report from WBGO’s The Checkout. The Dallas, Texas native was 79.

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FINALLY a Cabaret Voltaire box set to put next to my Throbbing Gristle box set. Thanks, Mute!!

Hey you, moaning sleepless in your bed because you don’t have a Cabaret Voltaire box set amongst all your Human League, Throbbing Gristle, Fad Gadget, and The Normal paraphernalia to show your devotion to late-70s electronic UK post-punk music? Put down the Ambien, because the experimental Sheffield lads are here to make all your dreams come true. ESPECIALLY if all your dreams are about dancing to the wee hours on ‘ludes and other weird 80s drugs at a sexy disco in hell.

Behold! The magickal witches at Mute Records have conjured up only the finest in Cabaret Voltaire box set offerings: a 6CD/4LP/2DVD box set called #8385 (Collected Works 1983-1985) that’s due November 5, mere days after the spooooookiest day of the year! The box set includes remastered tracks from the band’s four mid-period releases: The Crackdown, Micro-Phonies, Drinking Gasoline, and The Covenant, The Sword, and the Arm of the Lord, plus a CD recording of the band’s 12-inch tracks from the era and yet another CD recording of unreleased tracks called Earthshaker. As for the DVDs, the first is Cabaret Voltaire Live, which presents two 1984 performances at the Bedford Boys Club and at the Hammersmith Palais, respectively, and the other, Gasoline in Your Eye, is a reissue of a previously VHS-only 1985 release that included four promotional videos. Ahh the magic of the box set!

Naturally, you also get a really long (40 pages) booklet, with notes about Earthshaker, sleeve notes by founding member Richard H. Kirk, and an essay by Phil Barnes. Then in early 2014, Mute Records will release #7885 (Electro Punk to Techno Pop 1978 - 1985), a box set of Katy Perry’s earliest home demos. JK — it’s a compilation of an even LONGER era in the Cabaret Voltaire discography.

Listen to a sampler of bits from #8385 below, and preorder here.

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Lucrecia Dalt readies new full-length album Syzygy, a harnessing of her inner movie buff

Questionable is the notion of trip-hop’s existence in the 2010s, but a listen to Lucrecia Dalt’s sophomore album Commotus just prior to the writing of this article couldn’t help but inspire a mild reminiscence of the genre’s heyday around the early-to-mid-90s. To be sure, as my colleague Birkut points out in his review of the album, the influences are numerous, and the Badalamenti qualities ever-present, but I personally hear a soulful fragility that otherwise came to define that particular genre, until people brought in associations with Björk and DJ Shadow that made me ultimately go “WTF” at the genre’s mutating definition. Still, right away with the opener “Saltación,” I’m reminded that emotional vulnerability and coolness can often go hand in hand. In fact, you’re probably less cool if you don’t cry about things, I’ve just now decided.

Commotus brought a personal excitement, because while it was or is certainly a worthwhile listen, full potential didn’t feel like it had yet been met. For that, we can possibly look to Dalt’s next LP Syzygy, out October 15 via Human Ear Music. Filmic influences and a general depth of thought were made clear, among other sources, in a personal introduction to an exclusive Choco mix for TMT, and so continues the method. “Swirling complex themes,” as a press release puts it, see their origins in texts by Walter Benjamin and Italo Calvino, and in films by Michelangelo Antonioni and Ingmar Bergman. Muted emotion would appear to be the feature here, however.

Trailer? Trailer.

Syzygy tracklist:

01. Glosolalia
02. Inframince
03. Soliloquios
04. Vitti
05. Levedad
06. Volavérunt
07. Edgewise
08. Murmur
09. Mirage

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