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2012: the midterm

Much is made of Hiva Oa's fragility and restraint, but more than anything, the various attractions along this route fall under the general heading of "unexpected." The meta-tempo percussive rattle of "Urban" leaves the...

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“no one reads reviews anymore” Glimmer, by Jacaszek

Margaret, are you grieving Over Goldengrove unleaving? Leaves, like the things of man, you With your fresh thoughts care for, can you? --"Spring and Fall," (1880), by Gerard Manley Hopkins Gerard Manley Hopkins was a 19th century Jesuit priest, an...

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shortlisted: Glimmer, by Jacaszek

Available December 8, via Ghostly International. It defies language how close this album sits with me right now: musically, sonically, and psychologically. Maybe you'll hear the same? Embedded below is the second track "Dare-gale."...

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stream: Solaris rescore, by Ben Frost and Daniel Bjarnason

essays on child abuse Stream Ben Frost and Daniel Bjarnason's rescore of the Solaris (1972) soundtrack at gokoyoko. Electroacoustic to the utmost, Frost and Bjarnason composed the score by conventional means, introduced it to a...

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video: “Edward the Confessor,” by Breton

(email|facebook|twitter) An urgent, infectious, two-chord fire alarm from their forthcoming single, available through Fat Cat Records on November 21. (Their debut album Other People’s Problems will follow in early 2012.) It is an...

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“It’s Frank Sinatra. Can I turn this song off now?”
–Blogger #4, who apparently likes her masterpieces a little more melodic, referring to “Angel Eyes” by Black Swan, after excavating The Chairman of the Board himself from under shovelfuls of vinyl static, competing samples, synthesizer, piano, strings, and general clamor

So there it is. The haunting, distant sample that governs Black Swan’s “Angel Eyes” is Frank Sinatra’s “Angel Eyes,” hiding in plain sight. It’s not only a little annoying that we’ve missed that for a month now.

In a year filled with some terrific dark ambient releases — think Tim Hecker, Deaf Center, Antonymes, Matthew Cooper — The Quiet Divide is proving to be one of the two most intriguing albums of the year, in any genre (Field Rotation’s Acoustic Tales announced its intentions for Best of 2011 in late 2010). Like the sign says: A symphony of misery and sorrow. Read my review at Fluid Radio for more.

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