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Oneohtrix Point Never – Garden of Delete

Andrei Cucu I am not completely sure of what Oneohtrix Point Never’s latest release, Garden of Delete, makes me feel. Like with James Ferraro, there is a lot of anger buried deep within, but the immense number of layers stacked on top of that anger, make it less recognizable. It doesn’t lose its intensity, but it morphs into weird shapes, unknown patterns and …

Andrei CucuOneohtrix Point Never – Garden of Delete
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Alex G – Beach Music

Andrei Cucu What better way to slack off than with the sound of laziness, self-consciousness and teenage whininess? And what better way to do it than with the most DIY singer songwriter of all, Alex G? Nothing can go wrong, because you have decided to do nothing. Alex G first made a name for himself by playing college kid filled basements …

Andrei CucuAlex G – Beach Music
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XIII Harmonies

Andrei Cucu In 1976, John Cage composed a work for four solo singers and an orchestra to honor the bicentennial of the United States of America. The piece, Apartment House 1776, is based around the four main religious beliefs of the American people, Sephardi, Protestant, Native American and African American, represented by the four singers. These four voices were meant to …

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Youth Lagoon – Savage Hills Ballroom

Andrei Cucu Youth Lagoon is clearly Trevor Powers’ way of coping. Each of their songs has a very therapeutic overtone, each confession seems to get Powers one tiny step closer to loss of anxiety, mental and spiritual harmony or emotional stability. Confession is a great artistic vehicle, and one could easily argue that art is always in one way or …

Andrei CucuYouth Lagoon – Savage Hills Ballroom
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Julia Holter and the magic of indeterminacy

Andrei Cucu Julia Holter is one big enigma wrapped in a riddle. The 30 year old Californian debuted in 2011 with one of the most inexplicably enticing albums mixing ambient and pop music, based on Euripidies plays, riddled with ancient imagery, straight jazz snippets, and her ever-lulling voice. Her debut album had a very lo-fi feel, which doesn’t necessarily come off …

Andrei CucuJulia Holter and the magic of indeterminacy
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Leonard Cohen – New Skin for the Old Ceremony

Andrei Cucu It is very easy to fall into religious reverence for Leonard Cohen, I myself have been a devotee for quite a while, his incredible charm, his soft spoken manner, his intellectual detachment and spiritual maturity all can very easily make you swoon like a medieval maiden. And yet he himself also manages to snap you out of such …

Andrei CucuLeonard Cohen – New Skin for the Old Ceremony
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Tropic of Cancer

Andrei Cucu Camella Lobo mostly works in surfaces. Each classically sharp synth, each monosyllabic drum beat work only in 2D, never going out of their way to improvise, variate or change much about their development, but that’s how they get you. Each flat, sharp element intersects with the other and shimmers very brightly among the cold, dusty space Tropic of …

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East India Youth – Culture of Volume

Andrei Cucu East India Youth’s 2014 debut, Total Strife Forever, showed a promising new electronic producer with some overly ambitious productions, but with some very hummable pop tunes hidden between huge synths and syncopated beats. It never coagulated into a great album, but the few memorable tunes like Looking for Someone and Heaven, How Long showed some promise for what William Doyle was going to …

Andrei CucuEast India Youth – Culture of Volume
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Chelsea Wolfe (or how to stare into the dark forever)

Andrei Cucu I love it when you stumble upon an artist with a vision, persona and output that are so coherent that just by reading their stage name you know exactly what you are in for. It’s one of the rare cases where confirmation of your premonition is actually satisfying. While Wolfe’s scope of feelings, themes, states and ambiances may …

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James Ferraro – Manhattan Future Ocean

Andrei Cucu Finally, something new from the harsh, wicked yet extremely phantasmal world of James Ferraro. Last week saw a new post on the enigmatic yet, seemingly preferred medium, his soundcloud page, namely the song Manhattan Future Ocean. The title strongly hints to his 2013 NYC, HELL 3:00 am and is another type of journey through New York that he forces upon you. On NYC, HELL 3:00 am, Ferraro …

Andrei CucuJames Ferraro – Manhattan Future Ocean