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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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Watch: Lawrence English, “Approach VIII: Becoming Halfling”

Lawrence English’s forthcoming album for his own Room40 label holds a mirror up to the artist’s teenage years – “a day by day performance of self-preservation,” as English reflects, “… a quiet war to push back against expectations for a way of being I had no interest in sharing.” It wasn’t until 2021 when English picked up a copy of Yoshihisa Tagami’s Grey that the Australian ambient legend remembered how profound an effect the seminal manga and its “belligerent” lead character had had on him in his formative years and, in some subtle, unexpected way, on the entirety of his life ever since too. 

Approach, which is due out on 23 September, is both a soundtrack to Grey and a study in suppressed memory. The album, English says, is “an echo that has travelled with me for 33 years, even if I wasn’t fully aware of it.” The first visual to emerge is for the quiet – and disquieting – “Becoming Halfling,” which you can stream below. English’s dark, dusty drones blow and murmur over filmmaker Emma Northey‘s smudged chiaroscuro, which threatens sporadically to take form before fading back again. It reflects the music, itself searching for sense in an underlying tumult, a feeling of a memory forming and then dissipating, never as clear as it was for that millisecond but forever forgotten again. “I don’t tend to think, or speak, very much about my time in high school,” English says. “I had some profound experiences then while forging deep emotional partnerships that carry to this day… [Approach] is a kind of sonic postcard retrospectively drafted for that very unsteady and volatile version of myself.”