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Guest Playlist #06: Matt Bower of Wizards Tell Lies

By Steve Dewhurst

“When I started buying films on VHS, I would record the sound onto tape so I could take the film with me on journeys.”

Pete Swanson
Enough Dark Intensity: An Interview with Jimmy Lacy of SiP

By Jason Cabaniss

"I like the idea of “cocktail music.” Something intentionally light and pleasant. I’m always trying to write music that communicates some type of positive mood and when I’m playing, trying to focus my energy there"

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Clean is Dirty: An Interview with Flowertown

By Lindsay Oxford

The birth of San Francisco’s Flowertown makes for a good story: longtime Bay Area scene compatriots Karina Gill (Cindy) and Mike Ramos (Tony Jay) compose a song together for an upcoming show in later winter 2020, and the day before they’re slated to play it, the world stopped.

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Needles and Pins: Derek Piotr's Journey to the Heart of Britain's Folklands

By Steve Dewhurst

“Yorkshire is not so dissimilar to my home in the Northeast of America,” Derek Piotr tells me from York, the latest stop on his great British journey. “Connecticut is part of New England, so that makes sense.”

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Watch: Automatisme & Stefan Paulus, “Säntis”

Taken from the forthcoming album Gap/Void, due for release via Constellation on 20 May, this debut collaborative track from William Jourdain (aka Automatisme) and Swiss field recorder Stefan Paulus morphs from zippy electro ping-pong to dread-filled Alpine gale with all the creeping, nerve-wringing subtlety of a great horror film. 

Having first met as contributors to the Ultrablack of Music compilations for Mille Plateaux, it wasn’t until 2021 that Paulus approached Jourdain with a proposal to intertwine his field recordings of storms and creaking glaciers with his Canadian counterpart’s glitchy click ‘n’ cut signal processing. The resulting music is a beautifully deep and complex blend, with Jourdain’s micro-samples pinging and popping around the ice cave walls brought to towering, immovable life by Paulus – a terminal battle between abrasive synthetics and the vastness of the earth itself. “Säntis,” the lead track, lays bare the conflict, for all intents and purposes a classic track of two halves. As enjoyably mind-boggling as Automatisme’s opening electronic barrage is, there’s a rare thrill to be found in the howling storm that creeps in to obliterate it as Paulus takes control, and a refreshing clarity to the way the contrasts are presented. Paulus’ own pin-hole photographs have been overlapped to make the video, itself a hypnotically daunting display of elemental grandeur – you can watch and enjoy that below.