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Tone and texture are deeply studied here over three ambient pieces by composer Daniel Weismayr and producer Alex Ives (aka SPECIMENS). Each interprets a different photograph from Lucie Rox‘s Greyhounds series (shot around Chicago and South Baltimore). Once submerged in the set, these static images almost begin to ripple and vibrate along.

Water and Concrete is available on cassette with fold out A4 prints through Tenderly Surrender.

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Noah Klein constructs a kind of pop “between escapist dreaming and reason”, as No Fear of Pop so thoughtfully posited two years ago—not just a safe haven but a “nucleus for the emergence of true consciousness.”

In-person, like his music suggests, Noah radiates an inviting aura. It’s been proven waterproof, most memorably under a rainbow parachute on the roof of FMLY Fest 2013. And again last Tuesday as he stood in the rain outside Newtown’s studio, shielded only by the guitar case on his back. Any worries heading into Episode 38 were left right there at the door. Bleeding from the walls of the neighboring practice space, a shoegaze-y band played with impressive stamina and volume. Noah confronted them with crickets, neutralizing the noise over a short set of new Cuddle Formation material (followed seamlessly by a playlist to finish the first hour). Upon playback, the unaffected recording confirms his (noise-proof) poise throughout.

[Live performance by Cuddle Formation, DJ set begins around 14:00]
Anonymous – Wishes of Welcome
Amagugu Akwazulu – Shaka Mamba
Yoshimi & Yuka – ha wa ii na
Lucky Dragons – Mbira Adventure
Anonymous
Imari – ♡
Sister Grotto – Pieta (Reighnbeau edit)
Sea Oleena – Adore U (Miley Cyrus cover)
Ember Island – Where Are ü Now (Justin Bieber cover)
Nawang Khechog – Becoming More Peaceful
Kotamo – Marshmallow Clouds
~ rain ~ – Game Over (Chindamo remix)

[00:49:00 – end, Hour 2: Freeform S&S]
Françoise Hardy – Voila
She-Devils – COME
Stereolab – Chemical Chords
Loto Retina – Agilité
Cindy Lee – Power and Possession
Ian William Craig – Habit Worn and Wandering
catt p – Eleven
Quicksails – Find Flux
Colin Stetson & Sarah Neufeld – The Sun Roars Into View
Caroline Polachek – The Boy Who I’ll See Again
Specimens + Daniel Weismayr + Lucie Rox – Water and Concrete
Jake Xerxes Fussell – Star Girl

Thanks, Noah (and Anthony). S&S Radio is every other Tuesday night on Newtown Radio.

Dreams of Thailand

 

Broadcasting a transmission, out and into the ether, live from the stage, from the microcosmic amphitheater. On the shores of the river, the audience lingers, sculling the wake in skiffs. The station operators cluster about the temple’s fells, and shivering slightly ankle bells. Silken flutter and spinning narrative web around and about. Puncturing the atmosphere, the dome, with a message of varying clarity, but a promise. The signal from the crystal set claims to herald from Yialmel …

… But from here, across a barrier, through a window or a screen, in a dream, receiving the transmission with a diode sheen:

It’s unclear if the signal means, but certainly the beacon sings.

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Diva is the meditational healing and inter-dimensional pop project of Los Angeles-based artist Diva Dompe. Her work has taken various form since Pocahaunted days, recently over a series of tapes on Leaving Records, and currently through tranquil Yialmelic explorations via Dublab. Diva’s latest album, Divinity In Thee, is out on Stones Throw imprint Circle Star.

(JavaScript function by Matthew J. Sage)

COME

 

Genuine intrigue surrounded She-Devils‘ set last May at FORM Arcosanti. That energy digitizes today, with the Montreal duo’s first bit of recorded material now out (plus a music video via Gorilla vs. Bear). “COME” is unquestionably mesmeric and keenly influenced (50s/60s surf/rock & roll, French pop, exotica, etc)—fresh, disorienting, immediate… an all-caps whisper in the ear.

Their debut EP arrives January 15th, 2016.