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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: Simon McCorry – “Spheric”

UK cellist Simon McCorry has been flitting around the periphery of my musical awareness for a while now, at least since I had the good fortune to work on a release featuring his work as Amonism towards the end of my tenure at J&C Tapes back in 2015.  He was collaborating at the time with Matt Bower, who on that occasion was working as the Revenant Sea but is perhaps best known as Wizards Tell Lies, and so their artistic relationship continues here with the preternaturally enchanting video for McCorry’s latest release, “Spheric.”

Taken from the album Border Land, which McCorry has just made available for pre-order, “Spheric” has definite Stars of the Lid vibes, with the cello processed and layered into myriad gauzy hues that pulse and fluctuate gently above base tones that offer intermittent flashes of unease.  Bower’s visuals compliment the piece perfectly, telling the story of a young girl patiently awaiting an extraterrestrial arrival.  The clip is beautifully paced, tuning into the transcendental feelings of apprehension and anticipation McCorry so subtly develops as “Spheric” progresses.

With “Spheric” and the forthcoming Border Land, Simon McCorry has made sure he is no longer on the periphery of my musical awareness, and nor should he remain on yours.