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    Forced Exposure New Releases for the Week of 01/28/2019

    New music is due from Croatian Amor, Montevideo, and The Day, while old music is due from Masonna, X-Ray Spex, and Angel Corpus Christi.


    Podcast Episode 404: January 27, 2019

    Episode #404 of Brainwashed Radio: The Podcast Edition is now live.

    All new episode featuring music by Nadine Byrne, Sir Richard Bishop & W. David Oliphant, Rema-Rema, Ectoplasm Girls, áine O'Dwyer/Graham Lambkin, Elena Setién, Cherushii & Maria Minerva, The Dead C, Liberez, and Black To m.

    Photo courtesy of Robin, taken in the air over Troms?.


    1999 Readers Poll Recount: Vote Round Open

    Nominations are in and it's time to vote in the 1999 Readers Poll Recount.

    Vote round is open until the end of January

    Thanks to all the readers who have participated in these readers polls over the years. No more readers polls until the end of 2019. Promise!


    Phill Niblock, "Music for Cello"

    It recently occurred to me that Phill Niblock has a remarkably meager discography for a visionary poser with a body of work that spans five decades.? I hesitate to describe anyone's career as undocumented these days, as the experimental music world is drowning in live recordings, unfortunate one-off collaborations, vault scrapings, and unnecessary reissues.? Nevertheless, Music for Cello makes a strong case that Niblock probably has quite a backlog of unheard masterpieces wrongfully gathering dust somewhere, as the three pieces piled here all date back roughly forty years (or more).? However, they all sound like they could have been recorded this week.? While these pieces chronologically represent quite an early stage of Niblock's lifelong fascination with sustained acoustic tones and the interplay of frequencies, his mastery of the form was already amply evident.? In fact, Music For Cello is actually superior to some albums from Niblock's classic run of Touch releases.? I am delighted that I finally got to hear it.


    Eliane Radigue, "Geelriandre/Arthesis"

    I have mixed feelings about vinyl-only reissues, but there is no denying that they are an extremely effective way to rekindle interest in a long-neglected album that should not be languishing in obscurity.? This album is an excellent example of that phenomenon, as Geelriandre/Arthesis has been fairly easy to track down digitally for a while and few were clamoring for it.? Now that it is getting a formal physical resurrection, however, it is deservedly back in the public consciousness.? As far as Radigue albums go, it is a somewhat unique one, occupying a grey area between the more divergent Alga Marghen albums and her more universally revered drone epics.? It shares much more mon ground with the latter, but it sometimes feels like an embryonic version that is still partially indebted to the avant-garde zeitgeist of the era.? Nevertheless, it is quite a fascinating album, taking an alternate and almost sci-fi-damaged path quite unlike the pure and focused vision of Radigue's later recordings.


    Richard Skelton, "Another Hand" and "A Great Body Rising and Falling"

    Hot on the heels of the seismic sine-wave experimentation of Front Variations, this pair of EPs rounds out Richard Skelton's prolific winter with a wele return to more familiar territory.? Both intended as acpaniments to his most recent book of poetry (Dark Hollow Dark), the two releases take differing themes as inspiration, but both paths ultimately lead to strong, slow-burning drone pieces.? Of the two, the darker and more primal Another Hand is the more powerful and fully realized work. Together, the releases plement each other beautifully to form an extremely satisfying and haunting diptych.


    Black to m, "Seven Horses For Seven Kings"

    Over the last several years, Marc Richter's Black to m project has swelled considerably in ambition and scope, blossoming into a shape-shifting and idiosyncratic force with a strong propensity for the epic.? With this latest album, his first for Thrill Jockey, Richter reaches a darkly hallucinatory new plateau with his art.? It is difficult to say whether Seven Horses For Seven Kings is Richter's masterpiece, as there is stiff petition from a couple of his other recent albums, but it is unquestionably his heaviest and most vividly absorbing opus to date, unfolding as a disorienting and harrowing nightmare that increasingly stretches and strains towards transcendence.


    The Dead C, "Rare Ravers"

    The Dead C have been on an impressive hot streak in recent years, so it was a reasonably safe bet that I would be delighted yet again by Rare Ravers.? However, I was definitely not expecting such a revelatory leap forward this deep into the band's career.? Immodestly described as "recorded and burned through a thousand galaxies of dust and doubt and endless infinite wonder, transforming both time and space," this album feels like it was conscientiously sculpted to ravaged perfection in an actual studio and it sounds absolutely amazing.? As it turns out, The Dead C's long history of rehearsal tape-level sound quality and shambolic, messy self-indulgence concealed the fact that they were secretly an extremely tight band capable of unleashing firestorms of howling guitar noise with the precision of a scalpel.? I imagine some fans are still holding out hope that the band will someday return to writing actual songs with lyrics and vocals, but this album is an instant classic as far as I am concerned.


    Luciernaga, "Alive in Dark Rooms"

    Alive in Dark Rooms is the third live release from Joao Da Silva’s Luciernaga project, following two equally limited, handmade CDs from 2015 and 2017.? piling four full performances between 2017 and 2018 it functions not only as a snapshot of how the Luciernaga project translates to a live setting, but also is a brilliant overview of the different styles and approaches Da Silva has been working with these past years.? At times meditative and beautiful, and at other turns dark and harsh, it is a superb document of his recent work.


    Nadine Byrne, "Dreaming Remembering"

    Alhough I lamentably cannot claim to have been a fan since the beginning, I have been aware of Ectoplasm Girls' intermittently surfacing bouts of outsider genius long enough to feel like a fool for sleeping on this latest solo album from Nadine Byrne (released last spring).? In my defense, it was billed as a soundtrack and I am generally averse to such things, but Dreaming Remembering is quite unlike anything resembling a conventional soundtrack that I have heard.? Instead, this album feels like a collection of B-sides from a great synth pop/minimal wave artist, stretching and reshaping their hook-heavy hits into something considerably weirder, more abstract, and subtly hallucinatory.? Some pieces are certainly more substantial than others, but the best moments bring an extremely appealing pop sensibility to the synth and experimental music milieu.



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