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Blithe Field and Ricky Eat Acid are no strangers to PORTALS, and if I was to make a list of “artists to watch” in 2013, these two artists would definitely be on that list. Their new self-titled cassette split comes as a surprise this late in the year, providing many joyous(?) blips and beeps for all the good little boys and girls to hear. It’s the perfect album to synchronize with that single strand of twinkling lights on your Charlie Brown Christmas tree. Grab the split tape here, packaged with care from our friends Spencer and Sam over at Primitive Patterns.
Friendship-founded label/collective, Unlimited Free Milkshakes, have 16 new tracks to share under their new compilation—art week 2012. The release includes the personal disposition of what we saw with cute boy kissing booth in UFM’s first release, spring break!, as well as old favorites in Arrange, Ricky Eat Acid, Teen Suicide, Red Alder and Blithe Field. But the compilation also houses many new projects to take note of— Wrassle Mania, Heroin Party, etc.
Often reminiscent of what was solely-offered with Hymie’s Basement‘s only album, the collective endearing charm, introduced early on in tracks like “Summoning Ritual” and “Mistakes,” becomes one of the many reasons to keep on listening to the release long after your first listen.
Though, there’s even a little something for everyone here—from Teen Suicide‘s Drake-sampled, pop-experiment in “Salvia Plath,” all the way to Foie Gras‘ drone presence in “Curses! Curses I Say!”. We’re simply given a lot of different elements to piece together, but the release’s entire charm is all still very clear. This is a release for friends. And, no, you don’t have to be my friend, or Sam/Jasmine’s friend to appreciate this compilation. All you really need is another friend to share this with and once you’ve got that, naturally, you can wholly enjoy the music available. Of course, you could always skip to step 2 and just listen right away. A few tracks from the compilation can be found below and the entire compilation is free to download on Bandcamp.
On April 12th, the Ohio-based experimental producer, Blithe Field (aka Spencer Radcliffe), will release his third proper full-length album, Warm Blood, via the newly launched French label, Poulpe Mort. Warm Blood will also be available in the U.S. on pink vinyl via Spencer’s own independent label, Messy Life Records.
The PORTALS family is beyond ecstatic to give you the very first listen/preview. Stream Warm Blood below:
Sampled-whisps make up most of Blithe Field‘s presence. Each splice fades around its previous encounter, while short-lived compositional breakdowns fill each track’s layout to the brim. Two Hearted gave itself away through these specific arrangements and the release went a long way for Spencer Radcliffe’s project.
Warm Blood falls under a similar collection of brief songs, whose hymns feature the spoken words of children re-directed as aural narratives behind warped-loops. “Mom Likes the 80′s” follows Blithe Field‘s compositional forms and finds a way to stand out even beyond that. Perhaps it’s the indecisive percussionary elements or the track’s contrasting lead synth that makes the song as worth noting upon its first listen. Similarly, the entire album leaves a distinct lasting impression— a recurring imprint that doesn’t stray too far from Spencer’s previous releases.