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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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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.