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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: Floating Spectrum – “Inner Island”

Taiwanese composer Mei-Fang Liau has unveiled a second track from her forthcoming album A Point Between, which is due out via Temporary Residence on 20 September.  Currently based in Berlin and working under the Floating Spectrum moniker, Liau has been focusing on creating pieces based around the cycles of life, from emergence to decay.  A Point Between was made using a self-made “fractal-inspired software synthesizer” and household objects to express emotional connections to nature’s phases.

“Inner Island” follows the earlier release of “The Early Green Outburst,” and follows a similar pattern of build and release, albeit in a manner which wears its sense of menace far more proudly. Where the first track opened cleanly in a sparkling glade of dewy vegetation, there’s a musty stink of cobwebs and dust from the offset here – floorboards creak and click like a countdown as heavy thuds grow close and Hermann-esque synth stabs flash in a sooty murk that becomes more airless with each passing moment.  The reveal arrives in a sudden flurry of thrumming noise, bursting forth with surprising viciousness and flooding the space with head-splitting electricity.

You can stream “Inner Island” below now and pre-order A Point Between here.