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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.”

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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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Watch: Jason Sharp – “The Turning Centre of a Still World” (Visual Album by Guillaume Vallée)

Ahead of the release of his third album, Montréal saxophonist and electroacoustic composer Jason Sharp presents this incredible visual collaboration with filmmaker Guillaume Vallée, which will be available to view only until The Turning Centre of a Still World is released by Constellation this coming Friday. 

The video’s release follows two previous clips for the tracks “Everything is Waiting for You” and “Blossoming Rest,” both of which now slot into this breathtaking accompaniment. Vallée shot on Super8 and hand-processed the imagery to better express what he calls “the organicism and physicality of the music,” saying the use of chemical treatments applied directly to the media allowed him “get closer to [the] material and [achieve] an intuitive symbiosis with the music.” The artistic connections throughout the film are obvious, with each tiny detail – every pop, warp and crackle that blitzes the screen – complimenting Sharp’s chronosthetic tour de force perfectly. 

At once intimate and vast, The Turning Centre of a Still World combines the dewy night air romance of dark alley sax with frigid passages of black ambience, searing sci-fi drive and densely clustered neutron star pulses. By plugging his own heartbeat into the system, Sharp ensures his presence is felt even when pushing his horn through myriad pedals, patches and samplers propels his sound into the outer reaches of the quantum consciousness. 

The ease with which Vallée appears to have boarded Sharp’s flight is incredible and it’s no exaggeration to say it’s difficult to imagine the album playing out with any other accompaniment. To solidify the remarkable synergy at work here, the visuals will also play an important role in Sharp’s forthcoming live dates, with a special version of the video having been created to react via software to the live performance, altering and recombining the footage differently every time.

It is a genuine honour to host this incredible piece of art at Underscore and we hope you enjoy getting lost in it as much as we have. The Turning Centre of a Still World will be released by Constellation on Friday 27 August – make sure you pick up a copy here