Impassioned agents of political and social reform, Sunwatchers, return with their latest concoction of free-jazz psychedelic noise rock, Illegal Moves. For their 2nd LP on Trouble In Mind, the band liberates their volcanic pressure of sonic onslaught eviscerating any enemy of democracy, broker of inequality, or Nazi scum in their path. The horn skronks are at their loudest and the warped guitar effects are deafening. A revolution is afoot and Sunwatchers are on the front line of the resistance.
Los Angeles composer Julia Holter’s latest record Aviary is a mammoth of multi-instrumental depth and panoramic brilliance. Self-described as “the cacophony of the mind in a melting world,” her fifth studio album cultivates synths and strings along with her commanding vocals to irrigate the hanging garden of the finest figment of her boundless imagination.
With a Rhodes piano, Farfisa organ, some cheap horns, a Moog synth, and a drum set, Ronald Langestraat sculpted his magnum opus of leftfield jazz-funk with a 4-track tape recorder in his apartment in 1984. Brushing off 30 years of dust from this micro-release, the reissue of Searching rediscovers a true musical visionary who blended international jazz, funk, and obscure pop for a timeless, highly imaginative party-of-one universe.
The group known as France create throbbing drones as a stripped-down garage trio with plunging drum riffs, infinite and entrancing bass chugs and feedback-drenched guitar meanderings. On their latest live recording from a show in June of 2018, Hôtel de Vogüé, a blanket of sound smothers listeners for a 52 minute high-pressure ritual.
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Stream the latest video for the newest Flightless Records signee, Traffik Island. “Free 2 Be Free” is the newest single from the band’s debut LP Nature Strip out 2/15 which features Zak Olsen of ORB and The Frowning Clowns finding a sunshiny shimmer of lush and catchy psych pop.
Helium, the latest full-length from Peter Sagar’s HOMESHAKE project is the free radical element of the Montreal songwriter’s catalog that widens the aperture of his indie and lo-fi R&B sensibilities of his earlier works. Self-recorded in his apartment last year, the fourth LP bonds a tall mixture of tones and textures in a sonically endothermic reaction.
Across 7 years, Jessica Pratt has become a cult icon for her saintly vocals that billow lightly across the gentle strum of an acoustic guitar. Her third LP and first on Mexican Summer leaves no gap between the darkened beauty of 2015’s On Your Own Love Again. Quiet Signs is the latest opportunity to inhabit the lattice of haunt and repose within Pratt’s work.
Stream Gerald McDermott’s 1963 animated short about a Pueblo Native American boy’s search for his father, God of the Sun.
Deep in the YouTube archives rests a grainy documentary filmed during a 1970 music festival in Japan featuring performances by Happy End, Maki Asakawa, and Wataru Takada. Enjoy.