Articles tagged experimental

Close Encounters of the 4th Kind with the Sun Ra Arkestra in San Francisco

Allen leads the Arkestra in building a steady groove with layers of rich horn melodies over a tribal beat, with a torchy female vocal about those feisty angels and demons on the cosmic plane.

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End Christian - ‘Energy & Strength’ (album stream) (premiere)

Experimental Philadelphia collective End Christian explores darkness with the hope of radiating light into the world.

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Dina Maccabee - ‘The World is in the Work’ (album stream) (premiere)

With just her viola and her laptop, Maccabee develops an intricate world throughout an album made in a single day.

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Oneohtrix Point Never: Good Time Original Motion Picture Soundtrack

One of the finest electronic musicians of this era continues his hot streak with the Good Time motion picture soundtrack.

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9 Aug 2017 // 11:20 AM

Zola Jesus - “Exhumed” (Singles Going Steady)

Zola Jesus is too powerful for this mortal coil, and this dramatic track proves it.

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Various Artists: Invenciones: La Otra Vanguardia Música en Latinoamérica 1976 - 1988

Spanish label Munster unearths a wealth of unjustly neglected avant-garde and experimental music from Latin America.

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Frank Zappa: Jazz From Hell (Yesterday’s Jukebox)

Frank Zappa's complex, electronic masterpiece showed what the late, great maestro could achieve by removing the human element and harnessing the power of a machine.

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2 Aug 2017 // 8:11 AM

Sudan Archives - “Come Meh Way” (Singles Going Steady)

Mix Sudanese-style fiddling with menacing electronic beats and you get Sudan Archives.

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26 Jul 2017 // 2:20 AM

Boris: Dear

Legendary Tokyo-based experimental trio, Boris, take a dive into their past in order to discover a new found energy and move forward.

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Laibach: Also Sprach Zarathustra

Intended as a score for a theatrical version of Friedrich Nietzsche's famous novel, Also Sprach Zarathrustra could also just as easily be the next David Fincher soundtrack.

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“Gotta Stay Up ‘Til the Sunrise”: An Interview with Animal Collective’s Avey Tare

Animal Collective's Avey Tare talks with PopMatters about his California album Eucalyptus and the importance of space and mystery in music.

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12 Jul 2017 // 7:59 AM

Ex Eye: Ex Eye

Led by Colin Stetson and augmented by drummer Greg Fox, Ex Eye makes a black metal/jazz amalgam that is cathartic in its athleticism.

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29 Jun 2017 // 2:15 AM

Bill Orcutt: Bill Orcutt

Beautifully messy, fractured and fragmented and utterly inimitable, guitarist Bill Orcutt lays gentle waste to the canon of American song on his self-titled release.

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Swans: The Great Annihilator / Michael Gira: Drainland

By pairing The Great Annihilator with Drainland, the emotional rawness of Gira and Jarboe's art comes through in full color.

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Algiers: The Underside of Power

The Underside of Power dives headfirst into the political tumult of our times, wringing from it a set of powerful, genre-defying songs.

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6 Jun 2017 // 9:42 AM

Flamingods: Majesty

Flamingods use a wealth of exotic instruments to make rich, unusual textures. Too bad they don't work nearly as hard on their songwriting.

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Jesu and Sun Kil Moon: 30 Seconds to the Decline of Planet Earth

Jesu and Sun Kil Moon's latest 30 Seconds to the Decline of Planet Earth is at times tedious and frustrating, but ultimately worth consideration.

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2 Jun 2017 // 8:52 AM

Joni Void: Selfless

At heart, Selfless is an interesting exercise in intentional dissociation.

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30 May 2017 // 9:05 AM

Juana Molina: Halo

Shadows and electronics simmer on Juana Molina's breathtakingly empty new release.

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Jean-Jacques Perrey’s Passport to the Future

Jean-Jacques Perrey inspired the Beastie Boys, Gang Starr and many more and returned to life as a performer and recording artist during his final decades of life.

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How It Slips Away: 'The Breaking Point' Crosses Hemingway With Noir

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"Whether we've seen or read the story before, we ache for these sympathetic, floundering people presented to us gravely and without cynicism, even when cynical themselves.

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