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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.

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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: Hoavi – “Tessera”

The mutant strains of dub techno, jungle, and drum ‘n’ bass that emanate from LA’s Peak Oil have become the calling card of this stalwart label. While not as prolific as other labels, when they put something out, we pay close attention. The anonymous bass throbs of Topdown Dialectic and the kinetic jungle of label founder Brian Foote’s Leech project have fried many a sound system, as well as some listeners’ minds, the last few years. In October, Russian artist Hoavi serves up a fresh helping of warped dub and experimental techno on Invariant, their label debut.

The web is sprinkled with a few out of print tapes and digital offerings dating back to 2013, but Peak Oil termed Hoavi “Russia’s best kept electronic music secret,” and no wonder: “Tessera” exemplifies the adventurous spirit of the record, as its brief running time is chock full of skittish rhythms and murky synths. The track, along with the record, is poised to lead you down a rabbit hole of trippy beats and psychedelic sonic imagery that you may want to burrow in through Fall and Winter.

Check out “Tessera” streaming below ahead of Invariant’s October 8 release date.