Episode 67 transmits two parts aligned on a single purpose: emphasizing soft sounds of a late winter, 2019. The first collects a few weeks off-the-air into an hour of miscellaneous modes and moods. The second arrives from the bunker of Chicago-based private press record label and book publisher Patient Sounds (intl), who’ve been as deep in their work as ever, putting forth a consistent series of timely projects and releases, many of which are previewed in their set.
In the opening freeform portion, of particulate note is the tender folk of Montreal’s Jean-Sebastian Audet, formerly Un Blonde, now Yves Jarvis, once tuned to morning yellow, presently true to midnight blue for his ANTI- Records debut The Same But By Different Means. That LP was released last Friday, as was the hypnotic first album from Irish musician Maria Somerville.
Detroit sleeper Swartz et, last heard on one of our favorite albums of 2014, returned with A Living Thing, a visceral modular synth work limited to 30 ruby red cassettes. Out this week in a screen-printed jacket via RVNG Intl. is the 6th record from our friend and newly titled United States Artists Fellow in Music Roberto Carlos Lange aka Helado Negro. He presents the piece in focus:
“‘Running’ is a poem. In it, I’ve buried sentiments and personal histories. Most of it is just for me and some for you. The song started as a voice memo recording I made while on a trip to Mexico City in 2016. I was waiting outside of a restaurant to eat dinner, and I was feeling awkward and anxious, so I decided to be still and listen to everything around me and come up with a melody to sing into my phone.”
Under the moniker Nivhek, Liz Harris (aka Grouper) recently surprise-released a slow spiraling stunner, recorded during and after residencies in Portugal and Russia. At the end of that walk is a just a glimmer from Light in The Attic’s essential new archival compilation Kankyō Ongaku: Japanese Ambient, Environmental & New Age Music 1980-1990.
Onto Patient Sounds’ hour, which Vamps in near-silence, courtesy of Will Long aka Celer, a minimal meditation on repeated acoustic piano phrases recorded to tape. After those scrambles an improvised jaunt from Francesco Covarino (percussion) and Matthew Sage (guitar and keyboards), from their recent collaborative CD. A curve in the set saunters past the entire A-side of a plunderphonic honky tonk beat tape from Regarding the Music of Others’ latest, Shank Trilliams. Waves of dense electronic atmosphere follow from A Crushed Rose (aka Apollo Vermouth’s Alisa Rodriguez) as well as two other tracks from Sage via his 2015 pseudonym Free Dust and a motif he composed for Patient Sounds’ annual Open Window listening period.
Montedoro – Riflessi acquatici, Pt. 1
ssurfacing – i thought it was enough
Yves Jarvis – To Say That is Easy
Dave Harrington Group – Dreams Field
Maria Somerville – Brighter Days
Ogeon – Botos
Swartz et – A Living Thing
Helado Negro – Running
Teen Daze – Endless Light
Arrangement – Coconut Mango
Julian Lynch – Floater
Arp – Love Theme (Epilogue)
Natsukashii – Dunes
Nivhek – Walking in a spiral towards the house
Masahiro Sugaya – Umi No Sunatsubu
Mary Lattimore – Never Saw Him Again (Julianna Barwick Remix)
Hour Two: Patient Sounds (intl)
Celer – Vamps Side A excerpt
Francesco Covarino & Matthew Sage – A Knocked Urn
Regarding the Music of Others – Shank Trilliams – Side A
A Crushed Rose – Ocean Itself
Free Dust – Cruiser Lights
M. Sage – Open Window 2019 motif
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