Wobbly | MonitressHausu Mountain (CS/CD/DL) After multiple spins so much has registered, so much hasn’t, so many echoes of impressions. Wobbly (Jon Leidecker) has long been at this, the making of sound sculpture through effects, collage and a myriad of sidesteps for many moons. Monitress is his latest, and its a very fine vintage, indeed. […]

When | Jogging Housedauw (Cassette/DL) Although the limited and special edition packages are sold out, cassettes of Jogging House‘s When are available after a slight manufacturing mishap.  Femke Strijbol’s graphic design for the album is a fine fit for the soothing and big-bass infused electro-ambient music.  Dauw, a Ghent-based tape label, seeks to ‘create unique […]

Howard Stelzer | Across the Blazer Marginal Frequency (CD/DL) ‘Tis the season for something new from Boston area cassette deck master Howard Stelzer, and Across the Blazer brings with it a whole new set of intriguing atmospheres. This is also my introduction to the fledgling imprint, Marginal Frequency from my old haunts of the Pacific Northwest  […]

Brian James Griffith | Inner Work Histamine Tapes (CS/DL) Los Angeles-based sound artist Brian James Griffith‘s new tape Inner Work hit me right in that bright spot that tranquilizes the expectations and tribulations of the everyday. It’s a morphing and moody ambient set of eight pieces that neutralizes the sappiness of new age and somehow […]

Of Habit & Dane Law | Empty Gesture Opal Tapes (CS/DL) The very first tape from Of Habit & Dane Law (Gary Myles, Adam Parkinson) opens with the title track. It’s a gradually layered, immersive track that pairs synthetic frequencies with a whole host of chirpy, animated and granular effects. Sinewaves meet lock-grooves and it’s […]

AS | Untitled Whereiswave (CS/DL) New Italian research collective Whereiswave has released their second tape this year, and they are on to something with this Untitled singular piece by AS (Alessio Sangregorio). The coverart describes the work, but I’ll try an put in my two cents as this one seems to dither between a moshpit […]

Midcentury Modular | Drones self-released (CS/DL) Out of Raleigh NC, comes Drones the new tape from Midcentury Modular (John Mitchell) recorded between 2016-18. As a rather new artist to the scene this is his sophomore effort after Arps (earlier this year). A half-dozen new tracks that explore drone on his terms. Side one begins with sick […]