My Life With the Tape Hiss Cult

When we think of our experiences with electronic music, we can follow a thought trail that leads like a Wikipedia article from one incendiary album to many others. Their qualities are not always alike but for one: the nostalgic thread that runs through them.


Big Ears Festival

If this year was any indication of what is to come, Big Ears may become the premiere American avant-garde festival… in Knoxville, Tennessee of all places.


Fennesz: Black Sea

Fennesz's first solo record in quite some time is quieter, more amorphous and less accessible than his most definitive work. Spend some time with it, however, and it begins to open up.

Mike Newmark

Fennesz: Hotel Paral.lel

Endless Summer may be the most recognized Fennesz release, but even as far back as 1997 he was laying down a template for the tension of that album's lovely guitar shimmer and abrasive scraps of feedback.


Fennesz: Endless Summer

Six years later, the original tracklist, full of gauzy guitars and bristling white noise, still holds up on its own merits -- and without the unneccessary bonus tracks.


Fennesz: Venice

Venice gives a peek at his enduring penchant for pop, shows him breaking out into other areas of digital territory, and allowing his listeners to see the guitar anew, with its most glimmering elements shining like sunlight through cracks in a wall, sharp as diamonds.

Chris Toenes
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