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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: 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.