Spectral Hypnosis: BEAK>, Outlands, Nguzunguzu Full Album Streams & MP3 Downloads

SPECTRAL HYPNOSIS
A recurring series, featuring mesmerizing songs for one to lose sense of time and space, mind and body.

Nguzunguzu


On July 3rd, Los Angeles electronic duo Nguzunguzu released their debut record on Hippos In Tanks Records, their Warm Pulse EP. Below, you can choose to stream the first track “Smoke Alarm”, or you can do yourself a bigger favor and listen to it in its tiny 5-track entirety via Red Bull Music Academy! No regrets and no waste of your time here. I might note that lovers of sci-fi might find small homages; “Drop Cage” is quite reminiscent of the X-Files theme song.

NGUZUNGUZU – WARM PULSE EP TRACKLISTING
1. Warm Pulse
2. Delirium
3. Smoke Alarm
4. Drop Cage
5. No Longer

NGUZUNGUZU SHOW DATES
July 14th @ The Complex in Glendale, CA w/ oOoOO, ∆Aimon

 

Stream NGUZUNGUZU – Warm Pulse EP via Red Bull Music Academy

 

Outlands

Glad to have recovered this narrowly missed, went-straight-to-spam submission from Outlands! This six-track self-titled EP beaut just dropped July 7th via Chill Mega Chill Records.

Beginning with the dark and throbbing “The Looming”, the album brightens up as it progresses — kind of — by dragging itself slowly through a hypnotic and atonal cave into a universe of a Fever Ray record. The percussive variety is rich with depth and spirit, with “Black Ops” being a personal favorite for this. A funny point to note: “Broken English” sounds bizarrely like a drearier version of Beat Connection’s “Think/Feel”. Weird.

 

BEAK>

BEAK> is the side project of Geoff Barrow, member of Portishead, Billy Filler, and Matt Williams, and it’s been getting good reviews across the board for great reason. It is an excellent example of building pressure and releasing it at just the perfect times, with a krautrock-like approach to droning sounds into your brain like an unrelenting power tool on low power. Expect a full feature soon.

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Written by
Vee Hua 華婷婷

Vee Hua 華婷婷 (they/she) is a writer, filmmaker, and organizer with semi-nomadic tendencies. Much of their work unifies their metaphysical interests with their belief that art can positively transform the self and society. They are the Editor-in-Chief of REDEFINE, Interim Managing Editor of South Seattle Emerald, and Co-Chair of the Seattle Arts Commission. They also previously served as the Executive Director of the interdisciplinary community hub, Northwest Film Forum, where they played a key role in making the space more welcoming and accessible for diverse audiences.

In 2017, Vee released the narrative short film, Searching Skies — which touches on Syrian refugee resettlement in the United States — and co-organized The Seventh Art Stand, a national film and civil rights discussion series against Islamophobia. 2022 sees the release of their next short film, Reckless Spirits, which is a metaphysical, multi-lingual POC buddy comedy for a bleak new era, in anticipation of a feature film.

Vee is passionate about cultural space, the environment, and finding ways to covertly and overtly disrupt oppressive structures. They also regularly share observational human stories through their storytelling newsletter, RAMBLIN’ WITH VEE!, and are pursuing a Master’s in Tribal Resource and Environmental Stewardship under the Native American Studies Department at the University of Minnesota.

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