Friday, December 13, 2019

Xqui - Elemental

Xqui always manages to end the year with a superb release. In this third full-length, which is dedicated to the chemical elements, he seems to have foregone of most "musical" features (beats, guitars, voices) present in his previous - and stellar - Capitulate, and focusing instead on the most elemental aspects of his work. In other words, this cd is dominated by creepy subdued ambient sounds with a very lo-fi quality (be reminded that Xqui works mainly with mobile phone apps), which accentuate what I have called his urban Lovecraftian atmospheres. Everything sounds as if it has been extracted from basements, underground tunnels, manholes, and there are also several howling voices, offering a ritualistic and menacing feeling. Only the last track, "Vanadium," has a more musical approach, sounding like a noise string orchestra. Xqui never disappoints, so go now to his bandcamp, and get the last remaining copy of this excellent year finisher. 2019 cdr on Wormhole World.

Xqui's bandcamp
Wormhole World's bandcamp

Tuesday, December 10, 2019

Serfs- Moon Mellowed River

Serfs was the guitar duo of blog-loved artists Jon Collin and Tom Settle, playing a more playful version of Jon Collin's deep psychedelic ambient folk, with a more electric and jammy feel to it. 2012 tape on Golden Lab Records.


Saturday, December 7, 2019

Sarah Hughes, Jon Collin ‎– Washington DC, 11 April 2019

Wailing, mourning psychedelic ambient jazz folk by Jon Collin - the true successor of early-Pink-Floyd David Gilmour - and alto saxophonist Sarah Hughes. Highly recommended. 2019 cdr on Early Music.


Thursday, December 5, 2019

Jordan Perry, Jon Collin ‎– Charlottesville, 10 April 2019 cdr

The expected beauty created by Jon Collin's ambient folk guitar coupled here with Jordan Perry and recorded live. 2019 ddr on Early Music.


Monday, December 2, 2019

The Dogmatics - Chop Off The Tops

Second  excellent album of macabre atonal jazz exploring the limits of music space and clarinet potential by The Necks' Chris Abrahams and Kai Fagaschinski. 2018 self-released LP.