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It Can Be A Bit Terrifying: Raul Zahir De Leon on his Return with CANANDAIGUA

By Steve Dewhurst

“Who is America for?” ponders Raul Zahir De Leon when recalling the earliest knockings of what has now become CANANDAIGUA, his first musical project since the dissolution of Stamen & Pistils in 2007.

Pete Swanson
Dissect Yellow Swans: If The World Didn't End (1998-2000)

By Steve Dewhurst

In the opening chapter of the story we join band members Pete Swanson and Gabriel Saloman at the turn of the century as their musical paths converge in Portland, Oregon. Rotating around the creative hub that was promoter Todd Patrick’s 17 Nautical Miles, Saloman and Swanson were joined on the scene by fellow luminaries such as Paul Dickow, George Chen, Ethan Swan and Paul Costuros.

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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: Headboggle, “Epic Soundtracks”

Hey cool kids, there’s a new Headboggle single out that you won’t want to miss—and if you’re one of those few unfortunate souls still asking “who the hell is Headboggle,” here’s an answer you won’t soon forget. Offering “Epic Soundtracks” as a sneak preview, Ratskin Records proudly trumpets the upcoming Digital Digital Analog album as master synthesist Headboggle née Derek Gedalecia’s “most refined and articulate work to date.” I’m honestly not quite sure what that means in an instrumental context, but I do think it’s immediately remarkable as his most sincere, humble and heartfelt work in a decades-long career that has always adeptly balanced pastiche, pathos and panache. In a quite literal sense, Headboggle is a classically trained pianist who looks like he’s never aged a day; and, in a less literal sense, he sounds like he’s traveled centuries into the future to discover new galaxies of sound.

True to its name, the single “Epic Soundtracks” unfurls like a hodgepodge of inspirational harmonies that rise and fall asymmetrically, hinting at a slow-motion montage in a film yet unmade. But the oozing lava-lamp psychedelia is also full of a warm and inviting whimsy now familiar for Headboggle fans, not unlike tongue-in-cheek-yet-earnest bits on 2019’s Polyphonic Demo like “Reporter Fan Club.” In spite or even because of a newly modern sheen (the album’s title refers to the fact it’s the first Headboggle joint to feature digital synths and a grand piano), we get the oblique erudition of what I’ll call the Oneohtrix Point Never era of synth music with the classic starry-eyed wonder of Klaus Schulze. There’s a lot more where that came from, and you certainly won’t want to miss the rest of the album.

You are urged to hop on the Headboggle train with all deliberate haste, or risk being late to the party. Digital Digital Analog is all set for release on 25 September and you can stream “Epic Soundtracks” exclusively below now.