Album Premiere/Review: qualchan.’s ‘goodbye to all that’

Album Premiere/Review: qualchan.’s ‘goodbye to all that’

qualchan. goodbye to all that (Houdini Mansions) Today, we're excited to premiere Cascadian producer qualchan.'s newest beat tape, goodbye to all that. Described by Houdini Mansions' label owner Gray Lee as "[sitting] at the nexus of hauntology, hip hop, and minimal techno", goodbye to all that is a largely laid back set of 41 short soundtrack snippets that [...]

Album Premiere/Review: ‘ShopLand World: Music for a Discovery Park of Miniature Supermarkets’

Album Premiere/Review: ‘ShopLand World: Music for a Discovery Park of Miniature Supermarkets’

Various Artists ShopLand World: Music for a Discovery Park of Miniature Supermarkets (Strategic Tape Reserve) What's something that everyone does? Scratch that, what's something that everyone has to do? That's right, meine Kinder. Kaufen. Shop. In our glorious capitalistic society, everyone must buy or die. This is great, fantastic really, but the question remains: how do we [...]

Tape Review: Gwasg Gelert’s ‘Y Côd Da Vinci’

Tape Review: Gwasg Gelert’s ‘Y Côd Da Vinci’

Gwasg Gelert Y Côd Da Vinci (Strategic Tape Reserve) German cassette label Strategic Tape Reserve self-identifies as 'weird', but even among their eclectic catalog, there are releases that stand out as being truly bizarre. One such example is Gwasg Gelert's Y Côd Da Vinci, likely the label's oddest entry since last year's Nordic-walking compilation. If [...]

Album Review: omnia_son’s ‘multanimous’

Album Review: omnia_son’s ‘multanimous’

omnia_son multanimous  (Not on Label)  Kamchatka Krai is a peninsula in the Far Eastern region of Russia, home to over 300 volcanoes and the largest inland volcano on the Eurasian continent. It is also home to omnia_son, the only artist you'll find on Bandcamp with the tag, "atmospheric dembow". Dembow is a variation of reggaeton [...]

Album Premiere/Review: Red Pants’ ‘Distortion and Snow’

Album Premiere/Review: Red Pants’ ‘Distortion and Snow’

Red Pants Distortion and Snow (Painted Blonde) Red Pants is Madison, Wisconsin's Jason Lambeth, a lo-fi noise rock singer-songwriter, as well as the owner of independent cassette label Painted Blonde. Today, we're honored to premiere his new album, Distortion and Snow, a fuzzed-out and introspective modern indie rock classic that recalls and stands alongside works such [...]

Tape Review: Whettman Chelmets’ ‘Doesn’t Remember…’

Tape Review: Whettman Chelmets’ ‘Doesn’t Remember…’

Whettman Chelmets Doesn't Remember... (Strategic Tape Reserve) Whettman Chelmets' Doesn't Remember... is an album more than 15 years in the making. A re-visitation of sounds that Joplin, Missouri's Matt Clements recorded to 4-track between the late nineties and early 2000s, the meta-layers and paradoxes that make up its existence are astounding. Conceptually themed around the idea how [...]

Tape Review: Pen Palindrome’s ‘Dilettante Ball’

Tape Review: Pen Palindrome’s ‘Dilettante Ball’

Pen Palindrome Dilettante Ball (Painted Blonde) Originally self-released in March of this year to a quick sell-out, Washington, D.C. singer-songwriter Ava Mirzadegan aka Pen Palindrome has re-released Dilettante Ball, a lovely set of gentle, intimate folk demos, through Painted Blonde, with all-new artwork from label head Jason Lambeth, re-recordings of select tracks, and two songs previously [...]

Album Review: Jo Bled’s ‘The Tip of My Spirit Cuts Through Everything’

Album Review: Jo Bled’s ‘The Tip of My Spirit Cuts Through Everything’

Jo Bled The Tip of My Spirit Cuts Through Everything (Muteant Sounds) Jo Bled's The Tip of My Spirit Cuts Through Everything begins with a faraway broadcast of a television interview with Milwaukee serial murderer Jeffrey Dahmer, then builds rapidly into a dizzying and intense blur of frantic drumming and waves of noise. The reverberated [...]

Album Premiere/Review: Joyer’s ‘Peeled’

Album Premiere/Review: Joyer’s ‘Peeled’

Joyer Peeled (Baklava) Nick and Shane Sullivan are Joyer, a New Jersey lo-fi indie/slowcore duo. Today, we're thrilled to share Peeled, the brothers' sophomore album, an intimate suite of songs plotted with the precision of an art film: slow, minimalist and naturalistic, yet focused, layered and complex. In comparison to the duo's self-titled 2017 debut (which, as [...]