Timothy Gabriele: There’s a ton of ideas and acutely-executed little flourishes on this epically divergent number. As IDM, it holds my attention far longer than most of Aphex Twin’s last full length. What it lacks most though is contrast. “Why don’t you fight”, the vocal implores, but the production doesn’t ever seem to rise to that level of drama. It’s too chilled to have its buzz harshed by a disintegrating floor. It’s too tempo-locked to have any of its many transitions amount to the sensation of progression. It’s too focused on the micro to consider why each Kafka-esque metamorphosis of sound would amount to a whole worth the sum of its parts. Hyperstasis, but enjoyable in its attention to detail. [6/10]
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Brothers Jared and Michael Bell might live at opposite ends of the country—Jared in Brooklyn, Michael in Phoenix—but their long-running project Lymbyc Systym sounds as cohesive as ever on the latest album Split Stones, which comes out on 16 October. Its combination of vintage synthpop, contemporary indie pop, and subtle traces of krautrock make for a shimmering, ebullient piece of work, and you can listen to the album in its entirety below.
By the spring of 1981 Art Pepper was riding what would be the last creative wave of his checkered career before dying of a stroke a year and a half later. Incarcerated several times stemming from his heroin addiction, he enjoyed a very prolific period through the late-1970s and the turn of the decade, and in April 1981 55 year-old Pepper played a series of shows at New York’s iconic jazz club Fat Tuesday’s. Backed by pianist Milcho Leviev, bassist Georde Mraz, and drummer Al Foster, Pepper played five shows. An unreleased recording has been unearthed, remastered, and gorgeously packed into the CD/digital release Art Pepper Live at Fat Tuesday’s, which will be released 30 October on Elemental Music.
“Nouveau Wave” collective Dead Leaf Echo released single “Lemonheart” back in September. A highly limited, clear 7” of the song quickly sold out, but “Lemonheart” can still be streamed in its lush and chiming glory via Soundcloud.
“Lemonheart”’s b-side, “Sunlessoul”, is more somber, the setting sun to “Lemonheart’s” daybreak. It’s a lucid meditation that gives way to a beautiful coda, with guitarist / keyboardist Ana B’s backing vocals working in gorgeous contrast to frontman LG’s dreamy delivery.