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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.”

Pete Swanson
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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Wydraddear, “Under the Ktammi Bark”

The best dungeon synth releases conjure a mood of ritual, isolation, mysticism, and darkness. Whether soundtracking a table-top gaming session or accompanying a journey into a dark forest, the genre acts as a companion malleable to a variety of contexts. The “slow, spectral gloom” of French dungeon synth apothecary Wydraddear comes up clutch on a trio of ethereal, bewitching tunes on their latest release, Which Stems From The Sap. The second track, “Under the Ktammi Bark,” mixes elements of drone and bewitching synths for a melancholy yet menacing seance of sounds. California label So Called Hell has only five releases in its 3 years of existence, but each showcases an enigmatic liturgy of sounds that are as enticing as they are funereal (check out a rare label Q&A from late 2020). Which Stems From The Sap is a brief release, but with tracks like “Under the Ktammi Bark,” it’s alluring dirge-like qualities bring you in and captivate along the way.  

Look for Which Stems from the Sap in cassette and digital editions April 15.