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Guest Playlist #07: Larry Wish

By Steve Dewhurst

“When I was a toddler, I had two sacred items that I consider to be keys to my life – signifiers that helped to point me in the direction I wanted to go..."

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Something Special Happening: An Interview with Severed+Said

By Jason Cabaniss

John Touchton has spent the past eight-plus years exploring dark moods via his “ritualistic synthesizer” project, Severed+Said.

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Scratching the Surface: Looking Back at 2021

By Steve Dewhurst

In retrospect, 2021 was hard. I mean, I knew it was hard when it was happening, but looking back it has become clear just how difficult I found it...

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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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Premiere: X.Y.R., “Coral Reef Exploration”

Across countless cassettes, LPs, and one-off tracks, Russian synth voyager X.Y.R. (Vladimir Karpov) uses his tools to soundtrack stories of old-timey adventure, Precambrian explorations, and otherworldly odysseys. Regarding his selection of themes, he stated in a previous interview, “I’d be inclined to associate my works less with a time or place, and more with a mood or atmosphere.On his latest, Aquarealm, Karpov explores the “the shimmering mysteries of underwater life.

Prior to the album’s June release, you can dive into a preview of Aquarealm with “Coral Reef Exploration.” The track charts a familiar course of bubbly synth waves shimmering among electric waltz melodies. The warm analogue keyboard sounds X.Y.R. has perfected over the years fit perfectly with the album’s nautical theme. Within a few seconds of hearing these tunes, you are transported into an old diving suit, ready to trudge through the ocean floor. 

As with all his other releases, Aquarealm is best when taken in front to back, where you can immerse yourself in Karpov’s carefully constructed sonic zones. Until June 3, though, when Not Not Fun will release the sea green tape, you can get a taste of the experience with “Coral Reef Exploration” below.

Main image courtesy of Andra Ljos