[Music] Departure Street – Two Islands in the Heart

Departure Street is American/French guitarist Allan J. Kimmel.  Reading his bio on the Bandcamp release page, he calls his work neo-folk.  I thought it a strange term, as I normally associate it with dark bands who worked with music that would set well with fans of bands like Death In June, Current 93 and the […]

[Music] Richard Pinhas & Merzbow – Rhizome

This release bridges the not-so-large gap between genres, connected by Heldon guitarist and loop master Richard Pinhas, and perhaps the most prolific post-Industrial composer of all time, Masami Akita (under his performance monicker Merzbow). This is a live recording performed live during the Sonic Circuits Festival, September 24, 2010 at La Maison Française [The French Embassy] […]

[Music] FRANK ZAPPA – “Hot Rats” 50th Anniversary — The Fat Angel Sings

Hot Rats was released 10th October in 1969! “The Hot Rats Sessions” box set celebrates the 50th anniversary of one of the greatest albums in the history of recorded music, and will be released on December 20th . The original 1969 Frank Zappa album was the first to be recorded on a prototype 16-Track Tape […]

[Music] Santiago Fradejas – Vermin Rodia

Santiago Fradejas’ latest release features him on electric guitar, with some effects, and he ends up making a sonic world which envelops you straightaway.  For an experimental record, this one almost qualifies as pleasant listening, though there is always an element of tension and danger to each of his compositions.  Seminal.

[Music] Benjamin Finney – Warmth Within These Walls X Cut Me Loose

Benjamin Finney’s work has been reviewed on our blog in the past, as he’s really a fine guitarist, but it finally dawned on me whose work seems to influence and inform his playing.  John Fahey.  No doubt about it.  He has the American primitive sound mastered so well that he’s able to mold it however […]

[Music] Cousin Silas – Ballard Landscapes 5

Cousin Silas is one of the leading lights of the underground bedroom ambient scene.  Like so many of these characters (whose work I highly regard), he releases a lot of music, but somehow manages to maintain a sense of purpose of each and every release.  These are crafted slabs of spacey, rich music for minds […]