I’ve Heard It: High On Fire – Electric Messiah

Matt Pike would like it if you stopped comparing him to Lemmy. The High On Fire guitarist and frontman wants to distance himself from the legendary Motörhead venom spitter not out of ego but out of...

I’ve Heard it: Nathan Salsburg – Third

First, there is “Timoney’s”, a winding and whirling three-minute instrumental that seems to happily announce “once upon a time” to Nathan Salsburg’s 35 minute album Third. Timoney’s brings me back to Michal Hromek’s 1990 recording, Celtic...

I’ve Heard It: Panopticon – The Scars of Man On the Once Nameless Wilderness...

I think Ansel Adams would've been a black metal fan. He definitely would've been a Panopticon fan. The famed photographer and environmentalist's aesthetic consists exclusively of crisp black and white images of mammoth rock formations and...

I’ve Heard It: King Tuff – The Other

  The Other opens with its solemn and sparse title track, and Kyle Thomas sounds like he's on the brink of descending into a spiral of despair. His words are a little clumsy, like a tipsy, nervous storyteller...

I’ve Heard It: Michael Seyer – Bad Bonez

Bad Bonez, the new album by bedroom pop prodigy Michael Seyer, is a grower. On first listen, there's not much to distinguish it from the sea of hypnagogia that dominates Bandcamp in 2018, but Seyer has a...

I’ve Heard It: Black Dresses – WASTEISOLATION

Black Dresses is a collaboration between Dizzy (of Girls Rituals) and Rook, two Canadian artists whose transgressive noise-pop has attracted a loyal Bandcamp cult. Their first release as a duo (following last year’s split EP Dreams...

I’ve Heard It: Paul de Jong – You Fucken Sucker

  If you know Paul de Jong, it’s probably because he was one half of The Books, the plunderphonic savants whose 2003 album The Lemon of Pink is a masterpiece of inventive collage pop. In 2015, he...

I’ve Heard It: Hookworms – Microshift

Google "hookworms" and you're greeted with a barrage of information on a particularly nasty parasitic worm, which infects helpless humans through contact with "hookworm larvae found in dirt contaminated by feces." Ick! They're insidious little buggers....

I’ve Heard It: Harakiri For the Sky – Arson

We begin with crisp, melancholic piano placed directly in the foreground. A twisting tremolo picked guitar line unspools somewhere out in the distance. Turn up the volume and start it over as needed. You want to...

I’ve Heard It: Nils Frahm-All Melody

Nils Frahm’s All Melody stimulates a sensory orgasm replicating a single gratified nerve ending. The German composer introduces the album with “The Whole Universe Wants to Be Touched”, a piece incorporating romantic howls from a chorus...