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Singles Club, the quarterly record club and music journal, also runs a monthly guest mix series. S&S was tapped for their 11th installment, and we’re quite honored to contribute.

Nadia – Same/Adore you
The Dead Texan – When I See Scissors, I Cannot Help But Think Of You
$3.33 – ++++
Myriam Gendron – Solace
Kaitlyn Aurelia Smith – Careen
Valet – Nowhere
Sun Pack – Lagoon
Adam Wrong – Silence Loop
Jim Reeves – The Blue Side of Lonesome [ssurfacing edit]
Tim Robertson – Untitled #4 [Outer Planetary Church Music]

As noted, Singles Club has a beautiful new issue featuring Monster Rally out now.

Mother In Comet


“Mother in Comet” first appeared in a dream, framing ‘teary eyes in the twilight’ of an English countryside. A year later, the melancholic instrumental receives a stunning treatment here that both compliments the previous scene and invents another entirely. Director and longtime Gem Club collaborator BriAnna Olson kindly provided some words:

“Processing meaning is such a personal practice, and Christopher’s music has a way of feeling both deeply personal and profoundly supernal. He can run circles around a single moment the way a thinking mind replays an event trying to process its meaning. He’s extracting and uncovering… it feels beautiful… it feels tragic… it feels private. That’s where this video piece came from… it is an anamnesis, a revelatory moment suspended it time, where it is absolute and ever-changing.”

Christopher Barnes of Gem Club, added:

“When BriAnna sent me her idea for the Mother in Comet video I was reminded of the examination in a doctor’s office where a ray of light is shined into your pupil–a series of lenses flash in front of your eye–in order to observe the reflex off the retina. Or perhaps an earlier memory of being a child, eyes closed and holding a flashlight up to my eyelid. The warmth of the bulb, the bright glare of white light against pink.

The visual sense depends entirely on reflected light. Objects in our environment reflect light which enters our eye, forms an image, and transmits information to our brain for processing. Vision occurs when this image is electrically transmitted to the brain for analysis and response. BriAnna’s work suggests this process for me—as a visual representation of how the eye captures an image, or how our brain translates an image into a memory.”

2014 LP In Roses is available on Hardly Art. And soon the band will perform with Lower Dens in Christopher’s hometown of Portsmouth, NH.



The latest airing of S&S Radio featured another hour with Patient Sounds (where all 60 minutes of sound are exceptionally patient/from the PS catalog), followed by a guest mix by Tokyo-based artist Takahiro Yorifuji, who records immense and highly immersive work as Hakobune.

Hour One: [PS02]
Braeyden Jae – Wanting Memory
Gunwale – Hilda
Ocean Bump – Superficially and Foolishly
Dura – The Tempest Calm [excerpt]
Hakobune – heathered
The Variable Why – looking at the triangles
Sun Pack – Keyweed
M. Sage – Asleep in the Vestibule (Parade) [excerpt]
L’eternebre – Orange Blood

Hour Two: [Hakobune mix]
Park and Rec – Ida
Parks and Rec – Gather Up
Old Softy – Bags
Peril Hill – Clarion Call
AQUAE – Duas Portas Para Uma Sala
Rie Nakajima – Four Forms pt.1
Střed Světa – Tvorem v tíži země (Basic House Rub)
Blanket – Time
David Andree – Breach (surrounded)
Lucy – Asch Paradigm
Metazmazina – Antagonist
DJ Sprinkles – Oh, Yoko – Seashore (Sprinkles’ Ambient Ballroom)

Next show is Tuesday, May 26th, around 10PM on Newtown Radio.