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Rebecca FIN Simonetti joined us in the Newtown studio this week. Her live performance—built with bedazzled sampler, mixer, and an amazing voice—came in two waves, opening the show and later returning for a second sequence. In between those, the usual flow, setlist below:

0:00 – 18:00 – FIN [live]
Dialect – Chroma / Strange Grave
Inner Oceans – 8 Cousins (walkman dub)
Sun Pack – Lagoon
The Variable Why – I Can Barely See You
Los Angeles Police Department – Water And Wine
Inventions – Peregrine
Kreng – Depression
1:00:00 – 1:17:00 – FIN [live]
Sonmi451 – Valavond
Gunwale – Bethany
Ryuichi Sakamoto / Illuha / Taylor Deupree – Movement, 3

Thanks to FIN, and to Noah, for the lovely company.

Fishers

 

“Bad Day Song” begins pleasantly enough to justify questioning its own name. But, as the widening waveform indicates above, the bad does arrive, or, conceivably, gets purged and pulverized… lead on a belt to nowhere, to the grey landing place for all the faulty parts of an unfortunate afternoon.

This volatile contrast runs throughout Under the Sheepherder Bridge, the solo debut from Dale Eisinger as Fishers. There are harsh moments (which makes sense considering he’s one half of awesome NY noise duo YVETTE). Between those are stretches of damaged folk and exploratory texture. Dale talks in spots and sings in others—as does Godmode friend Matty Fasano (“Bad Day Song”, “Death Valley”). The set feels both collaged and cohesive… very much a heady, front-to-back kind of listen.

That can be done digitally and via cassette thanks to Crash Symbols.

Useful Knowledge

 

The ancient Yellow Bell. A fundamental tone in Chinese tradition adjusted through time to reflect society’s place in the cosmic order, forever connecting sound to systems of universal harmony and structure.

The perennial Yellow Bell. A desert shrub that blooms brightly in the shape of bells, attracting honey bees, yet—useful to know—unlike most flowering plants, the honey produced from its pollen is poisonous.

Yellow Bell, an album of ambient variations and transient frequencies, Jasmine Guffond’s debut under her own name (previously: Jasmina Maschina, Minit). The first bell is cited inspiration. The latter is a fitting (if unverified) abstraction. Precisely halfway through “Useful Knowledge”, its drone gives way to processed hums and softly advancing synth lines… to something warmer. Maybe the cosmos are shifting; maybe the sun is rising over cool sand. Maybe the toxins are setting in.

The LP, with handmade cardboard/textile packaging, is out as of last week on Sonic Pieces.

Noah Wall

 

Rise and shine; print three dimensional objects and bury them in the yard…

Standard day here for Noah Wall, designer of sounds and images and clever ideas of all kinds, like this video. Featured are two vignettes from his latest release, Print The Legend, a collection of material left behind after soundtracking a Netflix documentary about the 3D printing industry. These recordings are brief, curious and flexible, as if themselves able to take new shape with every spin. That dynamic is well supported by the album’s cover art. Noah recently told Redefine:

“The collage is made of 3D printing models taken from a primarily open source library. I wanted to use enough models that the individual pieces started to lose their identity, sort of a Wild West depiction of the 3D printing landscape. Also many types. Toys, tools, weapons, organs, plants, naked people, animals, lawn gnomes. Utilities and recreations. I got my head 3D scanned, so that’s in there too. I think the whole thing is beautiful and much like a giant pile of garbage painted blue too. The music is rather varied genre and instrumentation-wise, so I think it fits.”

Natural then—following all this, the music, the printing of one’s own head—that these elements would start moving. First over a set of brilliant Instagram teasers, next through a stack of index card storyboards, and finally today, with “Closed Source & Hot Glue.”

Print The Legend is out now via Driftless Recordings.