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Hundred Waters

"Xtalk"

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Details on Hundred Waters‘ upcoming album finally emerged following last week’s release of “Xtalk.” The delay was due to the band’s deliberation over their album name. They decided collectively that The Moon Rang Like a Bell would be a fitting title for all the strenuous work that’s gone into their sophomore album.

It’s unbelievable that it’s been over two years since the last album, but everything that’s out so far has been characteristic of all that we’ve come to know from Hundred Waters. But I can’t shake the feeling that a conventional single might not even exist on this album, and that it’s more of an all-inclusive track list that you must fully buy into to truly be invested. Of course, that doesn’t detract from the quality of “Xtalk,” which gives us a glimpse of what to expect going forward.

The Moon Rang Like a Bell will be out May 27th via OWSLA. Pre-order it here.

Yeule

"Ending"

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Sometimes I unnecessarily go out of my way to find new music on SoundCloud instead of going back to some of my favorite net labels. But every now and then, I’ll find a song that was recently re-released from a label I’ve already come to genuinely appreciate.

I have Zoom Lens to thank for being a part of so many of my late night listening ventures, lost in endless clouds of digital sincerity. I really couldn’t have been more thrilled to find Yeule on the label’s growing list of releases. If you were previously unfamiliar (like I was), Yeule is the project of Singapore songstress Nat Ćmiel, who truly has an uncanny feel for elevating dream-like arrangements behind the warmth of her vocals. “Ending,” the first song on her self-titled album, is a fitting intro.

Isagen

"穏やかな境目 (Peaceful Boundary)"

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Whistles have a strange place in music more often than not. In most songs, they sound inherently happy-go-lucky, but Isagen avoids this mood at all costs. The result is a seemingly endless ambient escape into his world. The drums fill in the back as the cycling keys surround an off note, and other minimal noises work together to deepen the feeling even further.

This song comes from the previously mentioned PixaPhonica mix series, which you can download in full via Calm Lamp.

In the blue shirt

"Seven Bridge"

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I owe Fogpak a lot for my introduction to the numerous otherworldly producers I’ve come across through their compilations. Their latest compilation Fogpak #9, co-curated with Svnset Waves, is arguably their best and most cohesive collection of tracks yet.

Off of the compilation, In the blue shirt has become another one of my recent obsessions. His track “Seven Bridge” might seem hectic in its first thirty seconds, but its chopped vocals weave in and out and create a sense of endlessness along the way. Yet this level of mixing isn’t out of the ordinary for the producer, who has showcased his flair on a previous Fogpak compilation.

Alex G

"Kara"

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The awe-inspiring nature of Alex Gopenness as a musician has always further characterized his growing development as a singer-songwriter, to the point that leads his Bandcamp page to feel more so like a personal journal than a collection of albums and releases.

The Philadelphia musician’s charm returns once more in the form of ballad titled “Kara” that comes from a compilation from Seagreen Records. The soft hums of the track’s strings play off a coy backdrop to the lyrics’ gentle sentiment. But be warned, there is a deep empty feeling after Alex G sings, “Blue is the color of Kara’s flame and this one burns for you,” before the song closes out.

Hear Hums

"Cremation of Care"

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This past weekend, Gainesville’s Hear Hums surprised everyone by uploading their latest album, Malaise. The collection is the first album from the duo since 2012′s Opens. Since then, they released an EP, and member Mitch Meyers further explored experimental elements as Peace Arrow. With so much activity, there hadn’t been a whole lot of information about the future of Hear Hums as a project.

Yet this new album fittingly picks up right where the duo left off amidst their previous eclectic interpretations of drone and strings. The album opens with a precursive organic sound ritual and leads into “Cremation of Care,” casting just the right amount of dread and anxiety throughout its nine-minute-plus timeframe. Its feelings connect with rest of the album and parallels many of Malaise‘s dark-casted themes. This song is as good as any for an introduction to Hear Hums, save for their consistently immersive live set.

Tomggg

"Harusaki"

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Net label Calm Lamp just released the fifth installment of their PixaPhonica mix series, wherein musicians create sounds based on the works of photographers and illustrators.

Among the serene and ambient tunes comes the high energy and ever shifting song “Harusaki” by Tomggg, whose energy is on level with the type of production I’ve come to know from bo en. So far the producer has shown a knack for transcending  pitched vocal samples across every level of his compositions. This new track is the perfect example of that sort of spontaneous and high octane impulse.

Various Artists

Boring Ecstasy: The Bedroom Pop of Orchid Tapes

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This year has seen a number of small labels reach new heights. Earlier this year, Cascine released the beloved Yumi Zouma EP, and soon after Double Double Whammy put out Frankie CosmosZentropy record, both of which have exceeded their expected praise up to this point. Maybe the stage has always been set for small labels to discover these incredible pockets of potential, but there’s still something truly unique with the consistency of every Orchid Tapes release.

2014 might just be the flagship year for the Brooklyn via Toronto label, especially considering that their debut 12″ record, Ricky Eat Acid’s Three Love Songs, sold out in a single night, prompting a reissue several days later. Given the label’s name, Orchid Tapes’ passion for cassette releases won’t fade away any time soon, but their growing ambition for vinyl has become clear this year. The label’s next record is digitally out today and features a number of different projects who haven’t had the privilege of ever being a part of a vinyl release. Boring Ecstasy: The Bedroom Pop of Orchid Tapes is the label’s heartwarming welcome to a community full of endless sincerity. Stream the entire compilation below.

The 12″ record for Boring Ecstasy is currently up for pre-order and is expected to ship sometime in mid-April.

Yandere

"4get"

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Norway producer Tape Transport is currently taking submissions for an upcoming compilation titled Trying To Find Love In A Parallel Universe. The deadline to submit is April 1st, and so far the compilation has at least seven cuts from various producers scattered around SoundCloud.

Anders Obel of Tape Transport was kind enough to share one of the tracks off the mix. The new song comes from the producer Yandere who often finds a way to feed an unrecognizable vocal sample within his production as a cycling and recurring element without leaving behind a feeling of over-saturation. His song from last year, “What We Got,” is so similar in its production that it’s almost like they belong paired together.