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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: Tyler Holmes – “Everything Will Be Destroyed”

It’s a new song for a new era, the storm within the calm. Tyler Holmes has the voice of both sinner and saint, preacher and pew, a triumphant string quartet on the deck of the Titanic. You ought to recognise the devilishly amorphous R&B villain from heroic Ratskin Records releases SPORT: DELUXE and Invisible Island, but in fact you won’t recognise much of them in this surprise single “Everything (Will Be Destroyed)” from an upcoming EP, appropriately titled Devil. With cheery mellotron alongside mournful cello, the minimalist Holmes is somehow more stripped-down than ever before.

One might be left wondering why the artist has chosen to tease the new EP with a song in which they barely sing, sparsely cooing and finger-snapping before some Philip Glass-esque classical arpeggios take centre stage. And there won’t be any answers. It’s the funeral music for a world we never knew.

Holmes draws as much in their sound from Trent Reznor and Mariah Carey alike, but this startling reinvention may be the first glimmer of a Tyler Holmes qua Tyler Holmes. Gone are the erotic industrial sounds, the sultry mid-aughts funk and futuristic diva-rap from recent albums and demos. Soon we may be reviewing new albums by new singers unmistakably influenced by Holmes, and we’ll look back on this song as the watershed moment when that Tyler Holmes sound was born. Don’t miss this indispensable piece of history.