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Guest Playlist #06: Matt Bower of Wizards Tell Lies

By Steve Dewhurst

“When I started buying films on VHS, I would record the sound onto tape so I could take the film with me on journeys.”

Pete Swanson
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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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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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.