Articles By: Andy Whitaker

Bibio :: Mind Bokeh (Warp)

With this album Bibio is all about taking on different personas and having a ball, from coldly disjointed staccato love ballads to wise-ass rhymes sung at a break neck pace, a scant few bpm’s short of rapping, the vocals contribute much of Mind Bokeh’s MPD charm. [Purchase] Mind Bokeh is the fifth full-length from Stephen […]

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Melodium :: Petit Jama EP (s/r)

Petit Jama feels intensely intimate. The packaging and screen-printing are all done by Girard himself and the mastering job is low-fi enough to feel hand-made without sacrificing the clarity of Melodium’s sounds. [Listen] Petit Jama is a self-released mini CDR from Melodium mastermind, Laurent Girard. While I don’t speak French myself, I imagine that Petit […]

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Melodium :: Palimpse (Symbolic Interaction)

(March 2010) Before listening to the newest Melodium album, I assumed the majority of French musician Laurent Girard’s work followed the blueprint of hallucinatory folk music over scrap book beats that he used so effectively on Music for Invisible People. So I was quite surprised to pop in Palimpse and find 11 tastefully minimal tracks […]

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Wes Willenbring :: Close, but not too Close (Hidden Shoal)

(March 2010) Close, but not too Close is the stunning second record from San Francisco musician Wes Willenbring, released by the good people at Hidden Shoal. Over the past few years this Australian label has established a reputation as one of the premier places to discover shoe-gazing minimalism, and this album is no exception. The […]

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Lusine :: A Certain Distance (Ghostly)

(February 2010) I am going to be honest; when first reading on Ghostly International’s website that the new Lusine album, A Certain Distance, employed vocals and pop melodies, I suffered a tremor of dread. It’s not that there is anything wrong with composer Jeff McIlwain’s more dance floor friendly songs, it’s just that (in my […]

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Milinal :: Honey Meridian (Audiobulb)

(February 2010) Honey Meridian is the debut full length from Moscow musician Valentin Lakovley, under the project name Milinal. This digital LP from Audiobulb records explores a number of aural landscapes, from dark haunted washes of dissonant textural sounds to sonorous explosions of bright cheerful melodies. Lakovley drew on a broad spectrum of sounds to […]

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V/A :: One On Twoism Volume 3 (Twoism)

(January 2010) Like most music fans I get almost embarrassingly excited about stumbling into a quality artist I’ve never experienced before. It’s almost better than hearing a great album or seeing an amazing live show, because of the unlimited potential it represents. In fact the only thing I like more then discovering a new artist […]

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Prefuse 73 :: Meditation on Meditations (the Japanese Diaries) (Beat)

(January 2010) Prefuse 73 is a classic example of an outstanding talent that was almost destroyed by its own success. Guillermo Scott Herren (the brain behind Prefuse 73 and a half dozen other projects as well) emerged in the late 90’s working under the moniker Delarosa and Asora. This early work was difficult to classify, […]

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