Archive for February, 2011

Prepare to Evolve?

Friday, February 25th, 2011

Is his vision Alpha or Omega? In either case it’s interesting (and Stevie’s with him).

Dikolson collab.

Thursday, February 24th, 2011

I’ve been working on a track for my Czech friend Filip Misek’s (of Khoiba) solo project Dikolson. It’ll be a part of his debut full length that’s scheduled to be out in April. Here’s a preview that includes part of my contribution.

Dikolson – Album trailer *02 from filip misek on Vimeo.

Wolf Feet

Sunday, February 20th, 2011

Austin and Mikey. A dynamic duo of unstoppable dudes. Check out more here.

Atlantic At Pacific Seasons ep

Saturday, February 12th, 2011

Austin Wood of Atlantic At Pacific has a new free ep you should check out. It’s a shinier, brighter and more hi-fi sounding evolution of the A@P sound. It bears some resemblance to his Alchemist debut of last year but it’s definitely an evolutionary step.
There are lot’s of cats out there making similar kinds of tracks but what encouraged me to invite Austin to put out something with Alchemist was his very adept sense of what makes for a engaging composition. On this new ep he takes this to the next level by refining his sound/production into a more restrained and architecturally coherent form. Where “Weddings” was a virtual grab bag of styles held together by a common ambient fm synth heart, “Seasons” is much more focused on slow bumping minimal beats and grooves. Gone is the deep tape sound of Weddings but the chill definitely remains, despite the higher fidelity. There is also a more organic feel to these tracks especially the happy child- like bells, clocks and bass tones. In short this is a nice little ride that, given the generous lack of a price tag, is well worth the taking. Clocking in at a little more than 11 minutes, my only complaint is that there is not enough of it. As prolific as Austin is I’m sure he will remedy this soon.

History of Krautrock

Friday, February 11th, 2011

Here’s another good BBC music doc. that I stumbled across. I can’t imagine what kind of weird great reality we would be in if American tv produced something this cool?

Local Winds ep design

Thursday, February 10th, 2011

Here’s some photos of the design process for the Local Winds debut ep In The World Of Ours…. A picture is worth a thousand words so I will not bore you with the latter. The photo by Haley Luna is the centerpiece of it all.

Local Winds EP

Monday, February 7th, 2011

Next up on the Alchemist release schedule is a truly great little ambient voyage of an EP called In The World of Ours… It’s by new artist Local Winds (aka Scott Dickson aka Closed Cassette) and it’ll be out Feb. 22nd on ltd. tape, mini cd and digital.
There are a lot of ambient and noise releases coming out these days and it can be difficult to separate the wheat from the chaff but Scott’s attention to detail, choice of sounds, and ability to make captivating tracks from minimal components make this a standout in the field. Another striking thing is the sense of an economy of time that brings ambience into more of a pop format. The tracks are like little daydreams or the short dreams that we used to have as kids when we foolishly made ourselves pass out for fun. Most of the tracks rely heavily on lush synth pads but there are lots of other interesting sounds and some very nice minimal beats and throbs.
In Eno’s liner notes to the seminal Music For Airports (a personal favorite of mine) he said that “Ambient Music is intended to induce calm and a space to think”. Local Winds debut will do this and more…..
Purchase a copy of the EP here (mini cd 7$, tape 6$)and/or stream it in the player below. Yours truly handled the graphic design (more on that to come).


Sunday, February 6th, 2011

New Bibio

Tuesday, February 1st, 2011