Posts Tagged: Rumpus Sound Takes

Rumpus Sound Takes: Fade to Blue

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There is something inherently brave about the instrumental album: the lack of a vocal line causes the listener to focus on the musical elements, to experience the abstraction of notes and rhythms as they mingle. Valley Tangents, the fourth record by Blues Control, works in this realm, weaving webs of keyboards, electronics, tape-music and beats to create a sound that, at times, is completely mesmerizing.

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Rumpus Sound Takes: Spectra in the Walls

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The opening track on MV & EE’s recent LP, Space Homestead, is a lovely, spacy instrumental called “Heart Like Barbara Steele.” It’s like something your massage therapist would put on before dimming the lights and telling you to undress and lie face down, except it has a barely perceptible thread of deep, menacing bass that makes it feel as though it’s surrounded by danger, like its namesake.

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Rumpus Sound Takes: Woods in Amps, Amps in Woods

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Amps for Christ / Woods
s/t (Shrimper)

The liner notes for the new split LP by Woods and Amps for Christ suggest that if you listen over and over you’ll detect a “subtle ESP” between the artists, and that’s true, but understated; the two sides cover so much of the same sonic terrain that it’s hard to tell where one artist ends and the other begins.

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Rumpus Sound Takes: Music for Libraries

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Ben Von Wildenhaus
Great Melodies From Around (Riot Bear Recording Co.)

In Retromania, Simon Reynolds quotes Brian Eno from a 1991 Artforum article: “Curatorship is arguably the big new job of our times. … In an age saturated with new artifacts and information, it is perhaps the curator, the connection maker, who is the new storyteller, the meta-author.”

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Rumpus Sound Takes: Ominous Ambience

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Tasseomancy
Ulalume (Turf Records)

On the Tasseomancy song “Healthy Hands (will mourn you),” twins Sari and Romy Lightman repeat again and again the refrain, “All is lost.” The track is from their debut LP Ulalume, and the album – like the Edgar Allen Poe poem of the same title – embraces an elegiac tone, a sense of loss, heartache, and mystery.

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