Six Noises EOY ’16: Outliers, Experimentalists, and Psychedelic Voyagers

I’m not entirely sure how to describe the pool of albums below. It’s somewhat of a mishmash of the avant-garde and alternative albums that I enjoyed the most in 2016. Although, avant-garde always sounds so pretentious, doesn’t it? I don’t think I’m a music snob, but I guess we all are to a degree. I’m just as happy listening to trashy 80s hair metal as I am heavily conceptual sound art. But I do like a lot of unorthodox... Read More

It Only Gets Worse: Angels

Prolific Dutch musician Maurice de Jong is famed for conjuring nightmarish visions with his black metal/harsh noise project Gnaw Their Tongues. It’s not all dissonant exploits for de Jong though. He also delves into shoegaze, drone, and avant-garde electronics with his other solo and collaborative ventures. But whether he’s making music that’s extreme or ethereal, de jong’s always shown great skill in sculpting sounds that unnerve. Matt Finney... Read More