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Review: Retribution Body, "Baphomet"

By Steve Dewhurst

For Baphomet‘s creation, Matthew Azevedo decamped to Methuen Memorial Music Hall, replete with its 160 year old Great Organ and famed four-second reverberation.

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A Folk Music of Sorts: An Interview with Zefan Sramek of Precipitation

By Jason Cabaniss

"For much of my work, both musical and otherwise, the notion of place is very important. That’s one of the reasons I like using field recordings."

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Inbox #10: Real Life Ambient Top 10

By Emmerich Anklam

Greil Marcus, whose books like Mystery Train and Lipstick Traces and The History of Rock ‘n’ Roll in Ten Songs deepen the mysteries of rock music instead of explaining them away, has kept up his Real Life Rock Top 10 column with few interruptions for more than thirty-five years. This edition of The Inbox is structured after his column and dedicated to him.

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Guest Playlist #08: H. Anthony Hildebrand

By Steve Dewhurst

“The first album I was given was Rolf Harris’ Greatest Hits... that’s how not cool the music happening at our house was."

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Premiere: Earthen Sea, “Stolen Time”

Jacob Long has spent nearly two decades crafting a mix of bleary ambient and late night dub techno under the Earthen Sea moniker. Where previous releases usually featured a sprawling chill out track followed by a more beat-driven, dance floor adjacent tune, recent albums on Kranky have synthesised the two forms into a trippy ambient pastiche. Earthen Sea’s latest, Ghost Poems, rides the moody and mellow expressway across ten deep, foggy tracks.

Underscore is showcasing the Ghost Poems tune “Stolen Time. The track floats by on a flickering melody and a subtle, pulsating groove. While the heavy, narcotic dub techno beats found on 2017’s An Act of Love and 2015’s Ink appear to have vanished, in its place is a sound equally hypnotic but harder to pin down. At times it’s more vaporous than even the deep ambient sections of previous albums; at others, more buoyant and groove-oriented. Ghost Poems is a captivating, enigmatic cap to an understated trilogy of LPs for Kranky. Find yourself getting lost in “Stolen Time,” streaming ahead of Ghost Poems’ April 15 release.