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Else (again)

July 3rd, 2019

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Hey everyone, hope your summers are going good. This week, XFest had its inaugural NY edition, which was a lovely / messy success thanks to the efforts of Dei Christ, David Drucker, and Federico Balducci. Now we’re all back to being glued to our AC units for a bit.

Meanwhile, the relentless tidying of the vault continues unabated this month. I have a couple releases to announce here. One is Else (again) – a cover, actually, of the first Else tape, from 2015 or so. At the time, I had put together a live arrangement for guitar duo, and was playing that around town with Norihiro Kikuta. Since then I’d always wanted to rerecord this EP properly. (The original is kind of a lofi mess.) Last spring I was putting together a noise-table setup, and figured playing through the EP would be a good way to break it in. So, this can be thought of as a cleaner re-do of the original Else tape, using synthesizers instead of guitars. It’s a really nice listen.

The second release is a cassette single that was put out by Wee Space Tapes last November: It’s All Wrong / Overstated. The vibe here is mid-90’s downer pop / alt rock b-sides. Just me, singing and playing guitar. Kind of a prelude to the Anura stuff I’ve been working on.

OK, all for now. Thanks for reading and listening! As always, be in touch about any projects / shows / ideas, or just to say hey. See you out there.

xoxo B

Retiform

June 11th, 2019

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Hi all! Here’s a longform piece from Esther Chlorine called Retiform. It’s a semi-composed, single-take performance with one or two small edits. In it, I’m playing through Greg’s 8-channel custom broken-cassette-player system.

The piece is divided into sections, planned out after previous takes were recorded and listened to.

The last track is an alternate take, one with more fluid transitions that are harder to define.

All for now. xo B

It Will Be Far From Here (Else 5)

May 20th, 2019

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I feel summer creepin’ in.

Happy Monday everyone. I’ve just wrapped up another release, the fifth in the Else series, titled It Will Be Far From Here. You can hear a track here:

This one is a bit more bright and contrasting than previous Else tapes. It flows between extra harsh zones, murky swamp vibes, and melodic material, kind of reminiscent of Caudata, but more active.

It was recorded over a few recent sessions with a new noise table setup I’ve been working on. It also features Petra Magno on the title track, playing a light-controlled synth. Cool!

Check it out on the bandcamp subscription page today. ($3 / month for a new album every few weeks)

Thanks for reading. Come hang at Skinny Apartment this Saturday if you’re in the area, Druck and I are playing a Big Hiatus set, plus plenty of other deep heads. Early show!

take care,
Brendan