Stadiums & Shrines

 

From their home near Lancaster, Pennsylvania, Adrian Burns aka Baltic Noise makes escapist music fusing found sounds with washes of static and melody. Released in July, their debut full-length Mourning Shore humbly extends a set of synth and guitar meditations made in the memory of a loved one. Songs perry grief and anxiety with warmth and beauty; for some, catharsis requires an unleashing of aggression or disruption as a way of coping, but as heard here, catharsis can envelop and glow in tranquil solitude, flowing, rather than erupting, in and out like a noticed breath. This new album is the first of a two-part companion record, and soon receives an addendum featuring reworkings by Teen Daze, WMD and more, out August 30th.

Burns’ guest mix for S&S Radio continues down the path of processing loss through placidity. The sequence features three Baltic Noise recordings in seamless company with tracks by a few artists whose work has inspired and comforted them in recent days. Burns adds, “music has been a channel for me to express these emotions and I hope this mix offers others a chance to recontextualize the sounds they hear to fit their own needs of working through something.”



Sarah Davachi – hours in the evening
Dedekind Cut – Equity
Autumn Pool – Love is not Enough
Baltic Noise – Pingvellir dreams
Baltic Noise – 40 winks
Gigi Masin – The Word Love
Baltic Noise – Untitled
Geotic – Troperens

S&S Radio broadcasts every now and then on Newtown Radio.

 

The low-hanging gloam of America’s Pacific Northwest is a distinct presence; it traces treetops and seeps between ridges, regularly enchanting the landscape. Jeffrey Silverstein, one half of ambient folk duo Nassau and a relatively new resident of Portland, is a quick study to the region and its atmosphere. He wrote and recorded his debut solo EP in a Ford motorhome-turned-studio nestled on the coast of Washington during a week-long residency. The five songs linger for longer, understated in delivery but rich with purpose; an apt addition to the ever-mindful Driftless Recordings catalog.

Today, Silverstein shares the second single from How On Earth, which coincides with the birthday of the song’s inspiration, his late grandmother. Further, “Finds You Well” is paired with a mix. He introduces both, below.

“This tune is for my grandmother, Ruth Silverstein, a strong, resourceful, and deeply caring woman. In August, on the last day of driving across the country with my wife to relocate to PDX, I got the call that she had passed. We were on our way to beginning a new chapter of our life – she was doing just the same. It felt like she was coming along for the ride. She always told me, ‘if you’ve got your health, you’ve got everything.’ I always took that to heart and wanted to write a song that honored her spirit.”

“Portland, Oregon has felt like home faster than any city I’ve ever lived in. I am consistently in awe and am grateful for the access to nature that exists inside city limits and the Pacific Northwest at large. Being able to see Mt. Hood from different vantage points is comforting and a consistent reminder of our connection to the natural world. For this mix, I chose songs made primarily from artists who live or have lived in the PNW. The first tune, Yo La Tengo’s ‘Leaving Home’ comes from the soundtrack to Old Joy, one of my favorite road movies of all time. It is entirely shot in the Cascade Mountain range and stars Will Oldham. Thought it would serve as a nice entry point to the rest of the music. Hope you enjoy. Be easy.”

Yo La Tengo – Leaving Home
Grails – Canyon Hymn
Barry Walker – Ediacaran Moonrise
Grouper – Heavy Water/I’d Rather Be Sleeping
Benoît Pioulard – Foxtail
The Langley Schools Music Project – God Only Knows (The Beach Boys)
Michael Hurley – I Stole the Right to Live
Gun Outfit – Landscape Painter
Lake – Breathing
The Microphones – I Felt My Size [Acoustic]
Karl Blau – Thats How I Got to Memphis
Shelley Short – Hills And Tracks
Marisa Anderson – Pulse
Eternal Tapestry – Ancient Echoes
Jeffrey Silverstein – All Hands Raised
Jackie-O Motherfucker – Hey Mr. Sky

S&S Radio broadcasts every now and then on Newtown Radio.

 

A few years back S&S was taken by Small Hours, a spiritual ode to John Martyn’s 1977 waterfront classic in the form of static loops and field recordings by Belarusian artist Kirill Mazhai. Soothing, seamless, reliable, the sequences have a way of lightly draping any number of environments, true to its name, in the most modest, smallest of moments.

Mazhai followed-up the album this past July with a now sold-out cassette called You Don’t Belong via Amsterdam’s Shimmering Moods Records (CDs in handmade sleeves still available). The tributes this time are present and more personal: “A house by the lake, an apartment on the first floor, a park in the middle of the city — the places that stuck with me for a long time and don’t let go.” Instructions implied, the artwork is a Google Maps-inspired watercolor by Antonina Sotnikova and the track titles are coordinates; if curious, plugging them in give literal ground to the abstract. Sonically, it corresponds well with its predecessor as a soft cycling of impressionistic tones set between wistful melancholia and bliss. For its author, the music brought closure after a season of transition.

For episode 65, we handed everything to him.

“The first hour of the mix is more melodic, airy and light, while the second hour is more lyrical, dark and moody, like a day/night thing, I think. This mix contains my favourite music from past few years (Kali Malone, Ellen Arkbro, Federico Durand) and some inspirational stuff (Sarah Davachi, Carl Stone, Ian William Craig), some of the electronic music from my childhood (Jonn Serrie, Parks), some tracks from my friends (Foresteppe, Intern) and few of my own currently unreleased tracks.”


Hour One: Day
Kali Malone – Locus of Repetition
Ellen Arkbro – Mountain of Air
Carl Stone – Banteay Srey
Meyers – Struggle Artist
Kara Lis Coverdale and LXV – Disney
Jonn Serrie – The Far River
r beny – the sea’s sullen green
Emily A. Sprague – Dock / Water Memory 1
Kirill Mazhai – N60.571260 E30.226697
Sarah Davachi – Buhrstone
Parks – Full Moon

Hour Two: Night
Federico Durand – Las estrellas giran en el pinar
Foresteppe – s02e19
Kirill Mazhai – All Wounds Explained
Ian William Craig – A Single Hope
Mirrorring – Fell Sound
Windy & Carl – The Silent Ocean
Many Rooms – Dear Heart
Angelo De Augustine – Carcassonne
Intern – A Day Off
Kirill Mazhai – Lenta

 
S&S Radio broadcasts every now and then on Newtown Radio.

 

Across a series of American vistas appears an amphibian Where’s Waldo of sorts. He sleeps in abandoned playgrounds, he frequents novelty roadside attractions, he practices Tai chi in a parking lot, his movements strangely hypnotic. The character is a cryptic presence in three videos from Going Steady, the new album by Los Angeles-based musician, Driftless Recordings co-founder, and S&S Dreams alumnus Patrick McDermott. 3-D modeled out of the LP’s cover illustrated by Brian Blomerth, the frog becomes a fitting mascot for a collection of rolling instrumentals that scan immediately as serene yet wink a little more clever with each spin.

McDermott recorded Going Steady with friends (Julianna Barwick, Hayden Pedigo, Joel Williams, Hand Habit’s Meg Duffy, Cloud Nothings’ Dylan Baldi), tapping into an appreciation for the way finger-picked acoustics play with the great outdoors. “This record is very rooted in California and the West, both in tradition and in concept,” he recently told Los Angeles Times. “I grew up on American Primitive guitar and this was sort of my modern ode to the genre. In a time that feels more complicated than ever — I was drawn to simple music.”

McDermott follows that mode further for episode 64, a sprawling set featuring classic and contemporary strummers and tinkerers.

00:01 – 07:30 – Steve Gunn & Mike Cooper – Saudade Do Santos-o-Velho
07:30 – 13:43 – Chuck Johnson – Rigga Black
13:43 – 16:17 – Will Ackerman – Dance of a Death Bird
16:17 – 20:54 – Papa M – Pink Holler
20:54 – 25:25 – Marisa Anderson – Slow Ascent
25:25 – 27:44 – Barry Walker – Ediacaran Moonrise
27:44 – 31:38 – Richard Crandell & Bill Bartels – The Proeletarian Shuffle
31:38 – 33:22 – Loren Connors – Airs 2
33:22 – 36:37 – Itasca – Hummingbird Migration
36:37 – 40:09 – Rob Carr & Bill Kahl – Chocolate Kchiip
40:09 – 42:45 – Hayden Pedigo – Jade Rhino
42:45 – 48:55 – Sarah Louise – Field Guide
48:55 – 54:13 – Steve Gunn & Mike Cooper – Song For Charlie
54:13 – 56:13 – North Americans – Stanley
56:13 – 57:16 – Papa M – Arundel

Going Steady is out now on Driftless Recordings.

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