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It Can Be A Bit Terrifying: Raul Zahir De Leon on his Return with CANANDAIGUA

By Steve Dewhurst

“Who is America for?” ponders Raul Zahir De Leon when recalling the earliest knockings of what has now become CANANDAIGUA, his first musical project since the dissolution of Stamen & Pistils in 2007.

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Dissect Yellow Swans: If The World Didn't End (1998-2000)

By Steve Dewhurst

In the opening chapter of the story we join band members Pete Swanson and Gabriel Saloman at the turn of the century as their musical paths converge in Portland, Oregon. Rotating around the creative hub that was promoter Todd Patrick’s 17 Nautical Miles, Saloman and Swanson were joined on the scene by fellow luminaries such as Paul Dickow, George Chen, Ethan Swan and Paul Costuros.

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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: SiP/Prezzano – “Seneca Falls”

Here we present a nice little groove from Portland mainstay Moon Glyph to help ease the seasonal transitions many of us are experiencing. At the end of August, the label put out Amethyst: New Sounds from Moon Glyph Records, and I couldn’t help but wonder whether the inclusion of the tune “Indialantic Book I” was indicative of something more to come from Chicago’s SiP (Jimmy Lacy). Not only was that the case, but it answers the question, “could there be more synths and more melodica?” Why yes. Yes, there could be. 

SiP/Prezzano pairs the intimate, hypnotic keyboard happenings of SiP with the modular synths and melodica of Pete Prezzano (Love All Day). Together, the duo bring forth a quartet of euphonious tunes that go down smooth with the best of their respective musical outputs. SiP’s recent output has some ambient strains, but forgoes the glacial somnambulance of many a solo synth head in favour of a heady, adventurous sound. The latter is all over SiP/Prezzano, and the latest taste, “Seneca Falls,” is available to stream ahead of the full album release. The tape’s closer, “Falls,” ebbs and flows with gentle washes of synths and percussion. Dive into this latest track, along with the previously released “Pygmalion,” ahead of the album’s October 29 release date.