Ragenap – Thriving Culture

Thriving Culture finds Ragenap, Chicago’s master of drone music, surfing through rumbling and howling waves of distorted guitar. For his second album through American Dreams Records, Ragenap, AKA Joel Berk, is perhaps at his most dynamic. Across two side-length tracks and one mini reprise, Berk utilizes a bank of effect pedals to create soundscapes thatContinue reading “Ragenap – Thriving Culture”

Single Premiere: “Habitat,” by Jon Camp

All solo guitar and pedal steel heads need to check out “Habitat,” the latest single by fingerstyle guitarist and composer, Jon Camp. Taken from Camp’s upcoming self-titled LP on Centripetal Force Records, “Habitat” is just one example of how the Washington DC-area artist excels at blending together unlikely sounds. The record, which is available forContinue reading “Single Premiere: “Habitat,” by Jon Camp”

Sonic Youth – In/Out/In

If you like your Sonic Youth records to be sprawling and jammy, In/Out/In is the album for you. Released today through Three Lobed Recordings for the label’s 20th anniversary, In/Out/In is culled from the final decade of Sonic Youth’s illustrious life, proving that the group were still a force to be reckoned with right upContinue reading “Sonic Youth – In/Out/In”

Conrad Burnham – Guide Down

For a wholly peerless listening experience, look no further than Conrad Burnham’s latest experimental sound bath, Guide Down. Released in February on El Gran E Records, Guide Down finds Burnham, an unorthodox LA-based composer, creating raw, nightmarish soundcapes with synthesizers and a manipulated pedal steel guitar. To make things even more surreal, a drummer, MarkContinue reading “Conrad Burnham – Guide Down”

Single Premiere: “Haul Away Joe,” by Shane Parish

Hit the waves with Shane Parish’s stormy avant-garde guitar interpretation of “Haul Away Joe,” from his upcoming LP on Dear Life Records, Liverpool. On this record, Parish, an Athens, GA based guitarist, has given new life to old sea shanties and other nautical ballads by translating both their melodies and tone into vividly abstract guitar-centricContinue reading “Single Premiere: “Haul Away Joe,” by Shane Parish”

Monastics – World Island

For a deeply cathartic psychedelic soundscape, look no further than Monastics’ World Island. Available this week on El Gran E Records, World Island is a reunion of sorts of the formerly NY-dwelling experimental Monastics (which includes guitarist Jeremy Hurewitz, of whom regular readers here would recognize as Rootless). During the pandemic, the now geographically-scattered musiciansContinue reading “Monastics – World Island”

Devin Hoff – Voices From the Empty Moor (Songs of Anne Briggs)

Bassist Devin Hoff’s loving tribute to Anne Briggs explores the depth and the versatility of the British folk legend’s classic songbook. Most readers here would agree that Anne Briggs, along with Shirley Collins, is one of the foundational pillars of the English folk music revival of the 1960s and 1970s. She unquestionably inspired an entireContinue reading “Devin Hoff – Voices From the Empty Moor (Songs of Anne Briggs)”

Wendy Eisenberg – Bent Ring

Unquestionably, one of the most most ingenious and bold records of 2021 is Wendy Eisenberg’s peerless Bent Ring. Over the last decade, Eisenberg proved themselves to be one of today’s most innovative guitarists, so it’s endlessly fascinating to hear them take up the challenge to compose an entire album on a completely different instrument—a tenorContinue reading “Wendy Eisenberg – Bent Ring”

Pelt – Reticence / Resistance

For the best in trance-inducing progressive folk experimentations, seek out Pelt’s latest album, Reticence/Resistance. Pelt has been a legendary force within the worlds of experimental and psychedelic folk music for over 25 years, and this album proves that their powers haven’t receded a bit. In fact, this might be the band at their strongest andContinue reading “Pelt – Reticence / Resistance”

Reboot – The Golem Rescored

Reboot, a non-profit that works to expand upon the Jewish identity, has rescored the 1920 silent German Expression classic The Golem: How He Came Into The World, with the help of musicians like Meg Baird and members of bands like Boredoms, the Flaming Lips and The Dead C. The Golem: How He Came Into TheContinue reading “Reboot – The Golem Rescored”