Psychedelic electronic music lost one of its leading lights on July 20, 2015, when pioneering kosmische musician Dieter Moebius succumbed to a longstanding battle with cancer, leaving behind a constellation of friends, family, and artistic collaborators to mourn his passing and reflect on his legacy. To...

Sankt Otten - Engtanz Depression
The genre formerly known as post-rock has had a long, convoluted, and troubled history. It was originally used in print by the rock critic Simon Reynolds to describe bands like Talk Talk and Bark Psychosis, who were bringing in elements of less whitebread music - disco, African rhythms, jazz, krautrock, and Jamaican dub -- and extending their structures to more widescreen classical formats, and blending them with the primal fury of rock 'n roll. Post-rock may have also been the last and greatest victim of co-option and conformity (or can at least share that honor with dubstep), before finally succumbing to postmodern dissolution for good. What became of post-rock? Oh-so-serious dudes in black clothes with long band names, mindlessly aping Mogwai and Explosions In The Sky, turned what could have been the most promising mixture of head and heart, guts and chops into a marketing cliché. Thankfully, the German instrumental duo Sankt Otten rewind the clock with Engantz Depression, and make us reassess the possibilities of blending rock instruments with electronic music for a compelling hybrid that takes post-rock back to its roots, to begin again.

 

Titling your sophomore release is almost as important as the music contained therein. Its purpose is to reinvent the persona without forsaking tradition. When mentioned, the follow-up name should take us to the same familiar feeling we came to know from the artist's first expressions, and hint at an approach that is new and refreshing.Jupiter Lion - Brighter Album ReviewFor the second album by Spanish band Jupiter Lion, the name Brighter is an emphasis on a highly synesthetic experience for their listeners. Of the many shapes and colors the band have put down on the record, it's safe to say that in comparison to 2013's Silver Mouth, Brighter illustratively self-explains that the band has intensified the metaphysical drift of their sound. But visualizing how their songs may appear as a picture on your mind is just a precursor; Brighter is also for those longing to visit the sector of outer space that you can only reach by surpassing five minutes in track length.

The Carbon Manual When I Am Memory Flicknife Records The Carbon Manual’s When I Am Memory is a confident offering in a style that the band describes as krautrock ‘n’ roll. Out of Bristol in the UK, this trio is a beautiful merging of the tricks and talents of Iain Weir, Clifford Glee and indie legend Jeremy Gluck of The Barracudas fame. Often built on a dry drum machine beat that is perfectly retro without being overly knowing, the tracks on this album achieve the difficult task of merging the melodic with the morose. There are shades of Leonard Cohen, Don Van Vliet (without the throat) and also, more specifically, beat poets such as Allen Ginsberg, in a style that is dark, powerful, personal, narrational and American. These direct and sometimes challenging vocalizations are delivered over music that understands both whimsy and the power that a well constructed tune has to unsettle and transport.

MADNESS! is a recurring series of audio WTFs and head-twitching, spine-tingling experimental or chaotic fun (k-k+st-s)icks.

Starring

"Kraut-punk, you say?" my ears perking up. "Whatever could that madness be?" That madness is Starring. And at the risk of being lazy, I'm going to go ahead and copy and paste a clip from SPIN, as it is actually quite the creative and accurate summary of the Brooklyn band: "Within the first frenetic minute of 'The Best,' Starring fold a delay bubble into a Farfisa freak-out into a Neu!-ish buildup and shove everything inside a tiny room that's vibrating with processed drums and tattoo-gun percussion. Then, wait - was that a jazz flute solo? Like the alphabet-soup title of the full-length album it appears on, 'The Best' packs a sundry spoonful of familiar sounds and sweet surprises into a restive five-minutes and change." - SPIN Their new album, ABCDEFG-HIJKLMNOP-QRSTUV-WXYZ, comes out June 12th on Northern Spy Records, a six-track album recorded in a church. This track, "The Best," is a helluva intro to their work. You can see why they play shows with bands as diverse as Chain and The Gang, Magik Markers, and Dustin Wong -- they're all over the place, in the best of fucking ways! Full tour dates and tracklisting at the bottom of this post. Album art courtesy of Alex Ness. STARRING TOUR DATES ^ w/ Guardian Alien 06/14/12 Brooklyn, NY - Public Assembly (Strange Victory Touring / Northside Fest Showcase) * 07/07/12 Brooklyn, NY - 285 Kent Ave. (Spy Music Festival) % Aug 8th Floristree Space Baltimore, MD ^ Aug 9th The Pilot Light Knoxville, TN ^ Aug 10th 529 Atlanta, GA ^ Aug 11th The Basement Nashville, TN ^ Aug 12th Siberia New Orleans, LA ^ Aug 13th Walter’s on Washington Houston, TX ^ Aug 14th Mohawk Austin, TX ^ Aug 15th Record Bar Kansas City, MO ^ Aug 16th The Firebird St. Louis, MO ^ Aug 18th The Hideout Chicago, IL ^ Aug 19th The Mill Iowa City, IA ^ Aug 20th Cactus Club Madison, WI ^ Aug 22nd Happy Dog Cleveland, OH ^ Aug 23rd Double Double Land Toronto, ON ^

 

Bleep is a weekly column focusing on varying degrees of electronic music news, videos and MP3s. This week we highlight new tracks from Disclosure and Physical Therapy as well as a new video from Paradis. Read about all that and more below, or check out previous columns here.

 

Disclosure

The slow trickle of material from UK duo Disclosure has been a delightful tease for years now, but a full-length album would be beyond delightful. Wishful thinking aside, "What's in Your Head" is their newest cut, previously premiering secretly on their FACT mix. The smooth, addictive dance track is now available for streaming purposes now, and will be released June 4th on Greco-Roman. Check out some of the group's pervious work here.

 

This post highlights some of our favorite multi-disciplinary arts events (centered mainly around music) coming up from like-minded co-conspirators in Seattle, Portland, and Los Angeles. More events for the next post, including two installments of REDEFINE's Intuitive Navigation in Seattle and Portland (see last year's HERE), and Seattle's ambient music festival Substrata.


Signify, Sanctify, Believe

Portland, Oregon Presented by Xhurch and Open Engagement Multiple days - FREE A traveling troupe of performance art semi-spiritualists, Sanctify, Signify, Believe, are now on the road to conduct a series of head-scratching events that will leave you wondering about your connection to the spiritual world and religion. The party kicks off May 15th @ 1:00pm at repurposed church venue Xhurch, with an open house and healing service that runs until 4:00pm. Other events taking course throughout the week, until May 20th, include plenty of lectures, performances, musical acts, and REDEFINE involvement in the form of Prince Rama-inspired Now Age tracts for the group's Library Of Sacred Technologies.

 

See complete list of Sanctify, Signify, Believe events

 

Remix City Sifting through mountains of remix trash so you don't have to, in an attempt to find the ones that contribute to their originals. Today's post travels into Nordic territory, with an assortment of electronic jams bearing the handiwork of producer extraordinaire, Lindstrøm. 120 Days Pulsating lights...

Krautrock blends with pop on "Rituals," the single from Death and Vanilla's upcoming self-titled album. The Swedish duo's video begins with a masquerade party, lulling one into a Eyes Wide Shut-type scenario of magick and mystery. As the track then progresses and speeds up, viewers...