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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: Andra Ljos – “Cleanse the Souls”

In the latest cassette bundle from West Coast mainstay Not Not Fun, Russian Armenian artist Andra Ljos (Aleksandra Evseeva) unveils Fountain of Inspiration, her second album and first for the label. While Fountain may not sound like the deep listening or distant mirage exotica of previous NNF offerings, it finds itself at home with the extended raga-like excursions of other cassettes. Andra lures listeners in with slowly unfolding sonic tales of ancient Grecian isles and mythology, composed of “keys, strings, sitar, backward whispers, and percussion.”

Nowhere does the tape shine better than on “Cleanse the Souls,” a beguiling blend of the aforementioned sonic ingredients. The track ebbs and flows as all the instruments weave together, rising and falling like the waves rolling towards the “sacred Greek island water sanctuary” that inspired the album.

Dive in and explore this latest peek prior to Fountain of Inspiration’s October 8 release date.