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.
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.
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.
Craig Leon continues his extraterrestrial explorations with “The Gates Made Plain,” the second single from his upcoming album of new music Anthology of Interplanetary Folk Music Vol. 2: The Canon. Following the cosmic lore of Leon’s earlier work, The Canon expands upon the conceptual cycle based on the alien and mathematical relationships that backbone the creation of art, architecture, science, and music.
Director Milton Melvin Croissant III crafts another mythical, mystical video for “The Gates Made Plain” which features a part of the live visual narrative that accompanies Leon’s upcoming shows surrounding The Canon.
Watch the video for “The Gates Made Plain” below:
Following the US debut of their new live show at Durham, North Carolina’s Moogfest in April, Craig and Cassell Webb, Craig’s creative and life partner, will play Ambient Church at The First United Methodist Church in Pasadena, Los Angeles on Friday, May 24.
Visible Cloaks, Yoshio Ojima and Satsuki Shibano share “Anata,” the second offering from serenitatem, their upcoming collaborative album for the longstanding FRKWYS series. Recorded as a quartet in Tokyo at Sounduno Studios after Spencer Doran (one half of Visible cloaks, alongside Ryan Carlile) and Ojima spent months remotely exchanging sound sketches, serenitatem demonstrates a number of creative strategies. One of which, MIDI randomization, features prominently on “Anata.”
The process gave the quartet melodic lines that informed the composition and what Doran calls “randomized clouds,” or “tightly grouped notes that become smeared tonal clusters functioning more like chords in themselves.” Carlile would also feed Ojima and Shibano’s text into Wotja, a generative music software which produced a MIDI language around which the group expanded their compositions.
On “Anata, Shibano’s spoken word floats atop lulling swells of synthetic woodwinds and vocalizations. In Doran’s video, “Anata” is visualized over panoramic views of a hyper-pigmented lawn and sky.
“‘Mutable Signs’ is a duet of Julia Holter and me, fellow Sagittarians. A star lit at dusk.” – Tashi Wada
watch Dicky Bahto’s video for their duet below. Tashi, Julia, and Corey Fogel will perform Nueat Zebulon in Los Angeles with DJ support from Pete Swanson and Carlos Nino on Wednesday, October 17th. It’s a free t’ing.
Kate NV’s для FOR is a body of ten symmetrical pieces scored to NV’s native Moscow environment with just enough whimsy to gurgle through the city cracks and grow psychotropic foliage ~ peep into the first of a few films from Sasha Kulak below, for “OAK”:
для FOR will be available in LP and digital forms on June 22, 2018.