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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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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.