November 22, 2011
Reedbeds – Swells on High
2011 has been a huge year for Carter Mullin. He’s put out a slew of fantastic and warmly-received albums under his Reedbeds monicker and a handful of great releases on his label Calypso Hum, for which he also provides artwork. Now he is ending the year on a hugely positive note with the finest album of his career so far – the brooding and texturally fascinating Swells on High, just full of wholly immersive interlocking, meditative, looping guitar melodies. It’s his first release for Hooker Vision, a label that is no stranger to sweeping drone classics, and stands tall among the label’s best releases to date. In this interview, Carter discusses the making of Swells on High, his creative process, and the future for his music and his label. Click below to read on.
Reedbeds – “untitled [excerpt]”
May 6, 2011
Panabrite – Infinite Pulsation
Early in the year, Digitalis Ltd. released a tape collecting two early recordings from Seattle’s Norm Chambers’ dreamy electronic outfit Panabrite. Aside from being the ultimate introduction to the world of Panabrite, this album is also among the finest releases to grace my tape deck, and it confirmed Panabrite as one of the most exciting artists to watch in 2011. And Chambers’ newest tape, also out on Digitalis Ltd., shows that Panabrite is hear to stay and is hardly a one-trick-pony – exploring the world of synth pop in typically fantastic style. Needless to say, it’s a total masterpiece. I recently had the chance to discuss the tape with Chambers himself, and he had a lot of interesting and exciting things to discuss. A passionate music maker and fan, Chambers talks about his new album, his beautiful artwork, and his upcoming projects, including a new band that sounds like “Gainsbourg-meets-Goblin.” Click on to read!
March 4, 2011
Nova Scotian Arms – Sacred Drift
It’s no secret that I believe that Grant and Rachel Evans are doing some of the most exciting things in the music world right now. Hooker Vision, the label they run together, has put out many of my favorite tape and CD-R releases of the past few years and their collaborative musical project, Quiet Evenings, has resulted in nothing but sublime audio transcendence on every release. Grant’s solo project, Nova Scotian Arms, is currently on an especially wild streak of spectacular releases. Best of all is his newest one, Sacred Drift, a wholly immersive set of breathtaking tape-loop experimentation that ranks among the finest sets of music I have heard all year. I was fortunate enough to get to speak with Grant about this new album. Click on to read all about the new album, his new projects, and the upcoming NSA-vinyl release on Digitalis.