The fifth installment of Commend See maps the movements of terrestrial and celestial bodies by means of musical evolution. Birth, planets and cosmic timing underscore Natal Uranus, il corpo sotto la sabbia / Birthdays, a collaborative offering and unfolding fable from Sea Urchin and Aki Goto’s Shirotento Orchestra.
Watch the video for an eleven plus minute “single edit” of “Natal Uranus, il corpo sotto la sabbia” directed by Michael A. Flanagan below:
Arriving four years from its prior leap year inception Natal Uranus, il corpo sotto la sabbia / Birthdays will be presented in limited physical and infinite digital versions on Saturday, February 29th (Leap Day). Learn more here.
Drifting between the cerebral and celestial Sign Libra (the sound and sight sigil of Agata Melnikova) offers “Sea of Nectar,” the second single from her sophomore album Sea to Sea. Available in vinyl and digital formats February 14, 2020.
Colin Self follows up his 2018 album Siblings with Orphans, an EP of three new original recordings alongside a Planningtorock remix of “Survival,” a track from Siblings.
In part a prequel to Siblings, Orphans continues to center non-biological family storytelling based on the forgotten, unnamed, and marginalized. At Orphans‘ nucleus is the eternal child, left to their own devices to survive through pleasure-seeking, creative community-building, and imaginative strategizing.
We celebrate Orphans‘ release with a video for “Dispossessed” by Nico Gogan featuring Charlene Incarnate’s performance of the piece.
Sign Libra is the sigil under which Latvian composer and artist Agata Melnikova delivers her mystical, musical musings. Sea to Sea, Melnikova’s sophomore album, operates at the node between cerebral and celestial, the complex and magnificent systems of our immediate and greater cosmos arranged into exquisite and eccentric sound patterns.
Watch the video for “Sea of Islands” directed by Sign Libra below:
South African visual artist and filmmaker Sean Metelerkamp, best known for his videos for Death Grips and Die Antwoord, contributes a hazy, technicolor complement to Michele Mercure’s brief yet anthemic ambient song, “Antarctica”, released in November 2018 as part of her archival compilation, Beside Herself.
Michele will be performing select shows overseas this November. Learn more here.
In anticipation of this week’s release of J.E.N.N.I.F.E.R., Jennifer Vanilla shares the video for her second single “Erase The Time.”
Propelled along by an acid-tinged synth, “Erase The Time” speaks specifically to the malleability of existence on the dance floor. Conceived in collaboration with director Lisa Bass, the video (sourced in part by hacked surveillance footage from Brian Abelson) makes use of Times Square as a site of inevitable public record.
In addition to the two original tracks, the J.E.N.N.I.F.E.R. EP features a remix of “Erase The Time” by fellow local scene stalwart AceMo. The EP will be available in digital and televisual formats October 18, 2019 on Tim Sweeney’s Beats In Space label. Learn more here.
Ahead of Respires’ release, Ka Baird travels across Europe for a month starting next week, returning home to Brooklyn for a special 40-channel presentation of the album at Future Space on Thursday, November 7.
In the meantime, watch a video for “Spiritus Operis” directed by Camilla Padgitt-Coles below:
Ka Baird’s Respires will be released October 25, 2019 on vinyl and digital formats. Learn more here.