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"This is not the type of cassette to be taken lightly as their are many aspects to it. You need to clear the proper amount of time before pressing play on this one- don't commit and then end up breaking it down and listening to it in pieces. Most importantly though, aside from clearing your schedule and distractions from your life, you must also clear your mind."
"Both of the arrangements are beautiful, taking Satie's basic theme in sweet and and cloudily focused directions, and sounding great all the while. As with most of this label's productions, the packaging is as lovely and complex as the music."
"Mind-meld kind of stuff, transfer of ideas before reactor shutdown... Clearly they were onto something."
"Two things to say about this 'un – firstly exceptional and secondly, unquestionably immaculate."
"Landis always has some tricks up his sleeve, and generally they're pretty damn fine. This one is no exception."
"To me, not only this cassette but the entire concept of Hey Exit is what I love most about music."
"Big Hiatus gives you something different, something better [than what you imagine this collab would sound like], and something worth talking about."
"Wistful crumbly electronics with drifting ethereal voice. Possibly an incoming transmission from a flickering dimension... A really beautiful release."
"I feel like I've entered this contract with Hey Exit, as a listener, that says when you press play you might not know what you're going to get but you will like it. That trust is far more important to me than any tag on Bandcamp."
"The things that I've always enjoyed about Hey Exit are on this cassette and I think the true test of an artist is how well they maintain over time. Songs that feel like songs but fragments at the same time ... they just have this intensity, this feel of being rather serious - stern."
"Caudata is a fascinating listening experience."
"Vibrant melodies that hang in the air and become clouded with the world around them. Beautiful energy, alive and distinct, gathering traction through measured movements over lengthy times."
"A shyly though hitherto exquisitely frail full length."
"This one really grabbed me... Blissful melodies, dark introspection, and wistful yearning."
"The vibes are desolate and lonely, whether the song takes the form of a slowly unfolding melody, a shimmering drone, or grinding, clattering noise. It's music of decay, but here decay is only part of a cycle that leads to growth. Coldly beautiful jams."
"Hey Exit is Brooklyn-based Brendan Landis who produces some of the most inventive and atmospheric guitar instrumental/experimental music you will come across. 'Holding Collapse' is a finely-honed, almost meditative five minutes of layered instrumental guitar that is haunting yet somehow uplifting while the flip side (nice to be able to say that) 'Cut Them Out' is more ambitious. It is a distorted, slow drone composition, that is noise-orientated yet sublime and engaging with added vocal layer that gives you the sense of being alone in an abandoned Gothic Cathedral. This is a simple stunning offering by a prolific and inventive musician who would otherwise have been unheard of."
"I'm used to the solo guitar workouts from Brooklyn's Brendan Landis to be somewhat noise-oriented, but this one moves with heavy pop gauze layering that makes me think of Azusa Plain and the like – the avant wing of the shoegaze scene... Pretty wild."
"This Brooklyn based collective excels in the craft of shyly eyed murmured dream pop... Jaw dropping stuff."
"There are HARP-ists and there are HeARtstringPull-ists. This shitty pun may seem too much a stretch, but I’m too humbled to attempt a less fawning summation of this brilliant, emotional rollercoaster of a Composition. Capital “C” here. kämpəˈziSH(ə)n/. What I wouldn’t give to see the drafts/blueprints that led up to this schizophrenic mindfuck."
"This tape succeeds extremely well in transitioning between harsh noise and ambient textures, and on the whole gives them a sense of cohesion that I've never really thought about before."
"A thirty five minute foray into a fascinating world of radiant sounds over a droning canvass. To get there, Brendan does blow the gaskets off the engine."
"Landis is a guitarist and dances many dances. His music can go out to being full on noise to very introspective and quiet."
"This is the gnarliest effort I've heard from Brendan Landis' solo project."
"Some of the strongest sounding Harsh Noise I've ever heard and that is truly saying something. ... An album that most certainly deserves a lot more praise and recognition within the underground. The tones present here are beyond beautiful. They are absolutely gorgeous."
"It’s not as often as I’d like for someone to tackle harsh noise with such dynamic finesse, so it was a huge pleasure to see Landis be able to go from abrasive Japanoise-style powerelectronics to a gloomy ambience that Hatakeyama Chihei would weep to within the space of a few minutes. ... It’s one of the few noise tapes you’ll listen to that might actually make you feel something."
"Brendan Landis has found an opulent minimalism by taking some of the most spare music ever ... and maximizing its presence through simultaneous repetition."
"If Else were a movie ... it would be among the greatest stories ever told."
"There can also exist a sense of horror within these songs, as if this cassette itself is haunted."
"I like to think of this as being a situation where we can only communicate with someone else through music and listening to this would be the way to explain to them what it means to have a realization."
"Wonderful solo acoustic guitar mixed with rising noise cloakery (and vocal mist generation) ... Fatteningly good."
"The mixture of echoing guitar and noisy soundscapes are perfect."
"I'm glad I didn't receive this one."
"[Landis] strums the six strings sparsely, adds a fair amount of reverb and lets tones float free in space, but avoids such notions as looping a single chord into drone oblivion. Which is always a good thing. The guitar stays as it is and perhaps therefore it is a bit more work to create such beautiful pieces of music."
"This has the nice chamber music quality of say Town And Country or Ben Vida's early releases. Quite nice."
"Glacial, meticulous ballads curdling in the acidic interference of the outside world. Few releases this year have crafted such perfect sonic symbolism for the constantly embattled balancing act every individual performs between a calm, stable interior and the chaotic influx of external phenomena."
"Displays a startling diversity of stringed sounds, all somehow maintaining his role as a standard-bearer of minimalism."
"Frankly, this is an emotionally draining album. By the end I was noticeably tired. It’s not that Landis asks a lot out of you as a listener. What he does do is draw you into his life sans hesitation. There are ups and downs, unidentified desires and failures that are simply there. It is hard to truly listen/exist with another, the push, the pull, that becomes, by default, the essence of risk. This music teaches us how to live this. It reveals how this is the grandest risk one can possibly take."
"Like a bright light impressed upon the retina, it leaves an after image."