Drone, ambient music, folk, and more come together on this new shyly voiced Ô Paon EP, which was recorded in the magical land of Anacortes, Washington. There must be a lot of rough, noisy textures around those parts, because that’s what this EP is full of. Gentle drones with subtly thunderous characteristics! Somehow, Geneviève Elverum’s vocals find their place amongst this slow-moving chaos, and they sound pretty moving! Give a listen, enjoy!
Canadian music producer Tim Hecker returns with a stunning collection of tracks that make for some of the most beautiful music I’ve heard this year.
Tim Hecker has offered another teaser for his forthcoming album Virgins via a Sabrina Ratté-directed video for new single “Black Refraction.” The majestic piano piece is fittingly accompanied by a stream of grainy, kaleidoscopic visuals shot in an around a cathedral. Check it out above!
Virgins will be released October 14 on Kranky. Last month, Hecker shared the track “Virginal II,” which you can stream here.
Experimental musician Josh Reed, a.k.a. Kangarot, has a new tape out via Headway Recordings. With its stuttering synth phrases, thudding drum machine sequences, and distorted vocal samples, Nursery of New Stars is an enthralling industrial odyssey. Stream it in full above!
One of the darkest beatmusic projects you’ll ever run across has a new album titled Bicameral Brain on the way via Parallel Thought on October 29th–a day after my birthday, actually. “BB2-1″ doesn’t exactly come through with a significant amount of progression, change across its five-minute length, but it does bring some incredibly heavy drones into the picture. The sounds on this thing are so dark and ominous. Try it!
Check a review for 3:33′s In the Middle of Infinity Below:
Check out the surprisingly busy lead single from drone musician Tim Hecker’s upcoming LP, Virgins. The multi-phased piece begins sauntering along with a crooked, percussive piano arrangement, which is overwhelmed by a gleaming wall of feedback and a fluttering synth sequence as it progresses. Enjoy!
Virgins will be released on October 14 via Kranky. A reminder that his previous effort, 2011′s Ravedeath 1972, was incredible:
Trees, trees, and more trees in the unnerving new music video from Toronto drone duo Northumbria. Armed with only a guitar and a bass, the act compromised of former Holocene members Jim Field and Dorian Williamson is able to pull together some truly expansive and ominous aural landscapes.
The 13-minute-long piece can also be streamed and downloaded here.
Soundsmith James Ferarro offers this single off of his upcoming project with a terrifying name, NYC, Hell 3:00. The song begins with what sounds like a lo-fi version of something off of Zomby’s newest LP, combining dark dread with rolling trap high-hats. Ferraro’s vocals enter, sounding more self-loathing than anything he has ever recorded. His vocals are almost like Low’s Alan Sparhawk, recorded in a one-room apartment on a Radioshack mic. The second part of the song combines a moaning drone and some frantic police communication. It appears that Ferraro’s upcoming album might be some of the darkest music he has ever released (and this is from a man who released Far Side Virtual, the soundtrack of a dystopian future where all music is made on Garageband for the purpose of being played in a salesroom).