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Jan St. Werner: “Feed Opener” (Blaze Colour Burn, Thrill Jockey 2013)While St. Werner has a new album out this year (Miscontinuum Album, also on Thrill Jockey), I’m still partial to the purely instrumental tracks on its predecessor, channeling all of the delightfully...

Low: “Words” (I Could Live In Hope, Vernon Yard 1994)This first song on Low’s first album was a definite highlight of their recent Portland performance at the Doug Fir Lounge. While their last several albums feel like a band searching to find themselves anew, they...

Addison Groove / Errorsmith: Allaby / Airbag (50 Weapons)Addison Groove turns up the bounce on his “Allaby,” a tracky one punctuated with vocal stabs and fragments over a straight-up drum track with no other supporting elements: no bassline, no leads, no chords....

Koenraad Ecker: Sleepwalkers in a Cold Circus (Line)Koenraad Ecker’s 2nd album is a fascinating headlong dive into experimental sound and amplified acoustics. Its linear sounds and silences, often surprising and unsettling, remind me of the boldest musique...

Qluster: Tasten (Bureau B)Hans Joachim-Roedelius’s reputation precedes him, a musician with a storied history that began in 1969 as part of the space rock group Kluster. Since then he’s carried the name with him through 2 other carnations, Cluster (with...