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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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Stream: Etari, “Chemistry”

While I sat at home the last two years, my musical preferences veered towards the sparse, introspective and, let’s just admit it, the morose. I could be forgiven for feeling sorry for myself and wanting to sulk in the melancholy of the local and global crises. Now that even a place like Seattle is beginning to feel “normal” again, it feels appropriate to embrace sounds that are celebratory, uplifting, and communal.

As Etari, Lexi Andre has delved equally into hypnotic ambient/house hybrids and juking club burners. The former was on full display with her debut album on 100% Silk, and the latter has surfaced on several EPs and compilation singles released over the last few years. On our initial taste of Lavender Luv, Etari’s new 4-tracker with London label Running Out of Steam, “Chemistry” flips on the laser lights and invites you into a spaced out, skittering rhythmic adventure. Without embracing nostalgic electronic trends head on, the LA producer mixes elements of jungle, drum and bass, and deep house into a distinctly modern club sound. While her Rainbow Eucalyptus album skewed towards an introverted house and ambient vibe that helped ease me out of my lockdown induced isolation, “Chemistry” is poised to rain positive vibrations onto any club, warehouse, desert rave, or solo party at club home. 

The Lavender Luv EP drops on digital and vinyl September 30.