Sonic Week 11.12: Rilke Curve

“It seems to me that almost all our sadnesses are moments of tension, which we feel as paralysis because we no longer hear our astonished emotions living. Because we are alone with the unfamiliar presence that has entered us; because everything we trust and are used to is for a moment taken away from us; … Continue reading

OSLO- Volume One

Slow and steady sounds are arranged for gentle pleasure on OSLO‘s newest set of songs, Volume One. The City By Night (hear: beauty by Selerac) release blows dust from window sills in the same measure that it triggers our arduous exploration of pain. It is calm, intent on pondering battered and buried musings only after ample reflection, allowing beauty … Continue reading

Selerac- Automated Weather Information

Selerac creates a gorgeous blend of serenity on Automated Weather Information, its second release on UK electronic label City by Night Records. Reminding us of the wild beauty brought forth 14 years ago by furiously sleeping green duo The Books, Selerac also feels the weight of expression hard, picking up sky trails left by post-rock heros Sigur Ros and … Continue reading

Persian Empire- Mongo Maracuja

Persian Empire is Sam Khatam, a young German producer who builds harmonic compositions with home recordings, edited samples, synths, deep bass beats and manipulated vocals. His sounds lend familiarity to the elegant electronic complexion of producers like N’to, Son Lux and Jai Paul, but his rhythms and cuts paint a unique tint for that fresh audio … Continue reading

Nicola Cruz and Minimal Imagination

Let’s go on a walk. It’s down a road that smells like travel and liberation. The stars remind you of another faraway place, but your senses insist that this warm air is new. Keep going, don’t stop. Drink lots of water and let the bits that bother you do their thing. Nothing matters because you’re … Continue reading

Valentin Stip- Sigh

A Nicolas Jaar backing is viral gold in the electronic music community. Jaar’s unique command of sultry, bass-driven minimalism has effectively guaranteed the relevance of anyone tied to his serial label, Other People. Valentin Stip, known for heavy moods and bizarre melody methods on previous EPs, has chosen to pursue a dimly lit, conceptual sound … Continue reading

Jon Hopkins- Immunity

Sometimes, regrettably, it takes a music journalist multiple year-end lists to discover the talent that fell by personal wayside. Musicians who work hard to gain attention often slip through the cracks of exposure, victims of overwhelming quantity and limited hours in a day. The serendipitous tool of discovery is one to admire and appreciate, and … Continue reading