Author Archives: Andy Osterhoudt

Holly Herndon – PROTO – 5/10/2019

Holly Herndon operates at the nexus of technological evolution and musical euphoria.

Today, the acclaimed performer and composer reveals new single “Eternal”, a ghostly transmission inspired by ideas of eternal love through mind uploading; a modern-day vampire story.  Punctuated by grandiose orchestration and the voices of her Berlin-based vocal ensemble, the accompanying video was constructed from footage processed from the perspective of an intelligent machine, analysing and searching for a face, yearning for a connection.

Watch the video for “Eternal” below

Pre-order the LTD edition clear LP, standard LP, and CD at the shop, or pre-save / pre-order on all other platforms here

“Eternal” follows the 2018 release of Holly and Jlin’s collaborative song “Godmother (feat. Spawn)”.  The skittering track, which was created by Spawn reimagining the artworks of her ‘godmother’ Jlin in a trained model of her mother’s voice with no editing or sample trickery, was praised everywhere from NPR to The Guardian to New York Times, and elsewhere.

You can hear traces of Spawn throughout the album, developed in partnership with long time collaborator Mathew Dryhurst and ensemble developer Jules LaPlace, and even eavesdrop on the live training ceremonies conducted in Berlin, in which hundreds of people were gathered to teach Spawn how to identify and reinterpret unfamiliar sounds in group call-and-response singing sessions; a contemporary update on the religious gathering Holly was raised amongst in her upbringing in East Tennessee.

March 11, 2019

Craig Leon – Anthology of Interplanetary Folk Music Vol. 2: The Cannon – May 10, 2019

Craig Leon revisits the extraterrestrial origins of civilization on Anthology of Interplanetary Folk Music Vol. 2: The Canon. Picking up where the pioneering electronic albums Nommos and Visiting (Anthology of Interplanetary Folk Music Vol. 1) left off, The Canon traces the imparted knowledge of alien visitors as it spread from Africa across the ancient world. Co-produced and featuring vocals by Cassell Webb, the pair engage a sonic pallet familiar from Vol. 1, updated with ecstatic contemporary sound and synthesis, creating a propulsive, exploratory album of cosmic lore and speculative anthropology.

Anthology of Interplanetary Folk Music Vol. 2: The Canon is out May 10, 2019 on LP, CD, and Digital formats. Learn more, and pre-order at the shop ~

February 27, 2019

HERE004 – Lightbath + Emily A. Sprague – full/new

full/new is an expression of mutual planetary motion. Drawing a school of listeners to the floor of Commend’s relatively small interior on a late July Sunday afternoon in 2018, Emily A. Sprague and Lightbath (aka Bryan Noll) provided an hour of aqueous reflections that whispered with the trees outside on Forsyth street and tempered the activity of the surrounding island.

Visit commendnyc.com and grab a copy of HERE004, while supplies last 😉

February 26, 2019

Helado Negro – “Running”

Helado Negro shares “Running,” the third offering from his upcoming album This Is How You Smile. “Running” follows recent singles “Pais Nublado” and “Please Won’t Please,” leading us further down the road to Roberto Carlos Lange’s sixth record.

“‘Running’ is a poem. In it, I’ve buried sentiments and personal histories. Most of it is just for me and some for you,” says Lange. “The song started as a voice memo recording I made while on a trip to Mexico City in 2016. I was waiting outside of a restaurant to eat dinner, and I was feeling awkward and anxious, so I decided to be still and listen to everything around me and come up with a melody to sing into my phone.”

Director David Merten paces through the gentle spaces of “Running” in his video for the single. “I intentionally shot and edited the video with a frenetic pace to counter the mellow vibe of the song. The video concept was based around trying to outrun the past, while repeating it. Running in circles with no true end to the journey,” says Merten.

February 19, 2019

Visible Cloaks, Yoshio Ojima & Satsuki Shibano – FRKWYS Vol. 15: serenitatem – 4/5/19

serenitatem, the fifteenth installment of RVNG’s intergenerational FRKWYS series, joins Visible Cloaks with Yoshio Ojima and Satsuki Shibano, trailblazers of the Japanese ambient music scene in the 1980s and 90s. While the music excels on an environmental level familiar in the collective’s individual works, serenitatem reaches unseen stratums — a pure synthesis of artistic vision, technological sophistication, futurist ambition, and, occasionally, ancient polyphony.

Watch the video for their first single, “Stratum,” below, and learn more at the shop

February 13, 2019

V/A – Powder In Space – 2/15/19

Dance to “New Tribe,” the first sound/sight from Powder’s Powder In Space in the video below.

Powder in Space will be available on February 15, 2019 in mix CD and mixed / unmixed digital forms. Powder’s two original tracks, alongside Samo DJ and Daphne’s contributions to her mix, will be available in DJ-ready forms on 12″ vinyl.

Learn more and preorder at the shop ~

January 23, 2019