August 16, 2011
Clams Casino – Instrumentals
With last year’s release of a Lil B album on drone alcove Weird Forest, the gap between the two hyper-prolific worlds of limited-edition ambient music and #veryrare mixtape hip-hop has become smaller and smaller. This year’s shining arbiter between worlds is beatmaker-to-the-gods Clams Casino, whose name has appeared on releases from both Soulja Boy and Triangle Records. Earlier this year, Clams made waves with his free digital-only Instrumentals album and now it is getting the double-vinyl treatment via real-class-act Type Records. This is instrumental hip-hop at its most psychedelic, woozy, and delirious - in other words, a perfect fit for readers of this blog.
Clams Casino – “Illest Alive”
May 10, 2011
Jon Mueller – Alphabet of Movements
Late last year, Volcano Choir member and avante-garde enthusiast Jon Mueller released a sublime and haunting piece of music called The Whole. It was a beautifully affected work- a gorgeously stretching howl of percussion and echos and atmosphere. On his follow up, Alphabet of Movements, Mueller has crafted a more organic piece of music. The pieces presented here are titled “I Almost Expected to Be Remembered as a Chair,” and everything is performed live. The results are breathtaking. Involving mainly snare drums and gongs, Alphabet of Movements is an album that stretches the boundaries of music and composition and requires listeners to sit down, focus, and enter Mueller’s innovative world of sound. Highly recommended.
Jon Mueller – “Alphabet of Movements (excerpts)”