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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: Jim Stewart – “Dead Sea”

New London label String and Tins Recordings – launched out of the sound design collective of the same name – gets off the mark this coming April with Stills 01, a short collection of works inspired by various pictures on display at Tate Britain

The first track to emerge from what will be an ongoing series is Jim Stewart’s “Dead Sea,” which was inspired by the early WWII painting Totes Meer, by Paul Nash. The picture shows waves of fragmented aircraft rearing against a nighttime shore like so many gnawing razors, the scars dug into a thin forearm of sand hinting at their deadly landfall. Nash himself said Totes Meer was inspired by a wrecked aircraft heap he saw in Oxfordshire – “like a great inundating sea… static and dead.”

Jim Stewart, with campaigns for Bose, Nike and Michelob under his belt (as well as the score for the Netflix documentary Chasing Perfect) is best known as a beat-maker and rapper by his colleagues, albeit one with a penchant for ambient music. It’s this side of his craft that bubbles up for “Dead Sea,” which buries chilly blasts of air, limping piano and the distant march of ghosts in a sudden, vast swell of cutting strings. The track is as beautiful as it is unnerving, perfectly encapsulating the feeling of mournful awe Nash said he felt upon encountering the metallic boneyard and its mysterious roils of rigor mortis as it glinted in the moonlight. 

Stewart is joined for Stills 01 by Simon Whiteside (taking on Inversions by Mary Martin) and Joe Wilkinson (Arthur Hacker’s The Annunciation). The music will be released as a download by String and Tins Recordings on 19 April and you can enjoy “Dead Sea” below now.