STREAM+REVIEW// Eluder - Through Horizon on Infraction

For the many things “Through Horizon” does well, diversity is not one of them.  For a drone record that isn’t the negative that it can be for many other types of music as it allows the musician to focus on and hone a single aesthetic to create a defined and monolithic work.  Eluder spends a full hour exploring the intersection of lurching and despondent bass rumblings and the flecks of high end digital distortion that may rise to the surface.  At many moments throughout the album “Through Horizon” possesses the restraint of early Eluvium and the shrouded mystery of Seasons (Pre-Din) with a confident, dedicated voice.  If you’re going to focus on a sole objective for the length of an album you better make the right decision and Eluder undoubtedly does. – Ryan Potts, Experimedia

Keith Berry
The Ear That Was Sold to a Fish & Turn Right a Thousand Feet From Here

FROM THE ARCHIVES//  Like most of Keith Berry’s nuanced compositions, “The Ear That Was Sold to a Fish” has long been under-appreciated and overlooked in favor of recordings that are more brazen and domineering.  And that’s a shame.  Originally released on Jon Mueller’s Crouton Records in 2005 and reissued by Infraction two years ago, Keith Berry’s “The Ear That Was Sold To a Fish” is a meticulously crafted opus of textural richness and deliberate pacing that occupies a wide frequency range, each tuned specifically to its surroundings.  The album’s nine pieces take on a tactile, Philip Jeck-like appearance with a sharp patina of decay and natural crests and valleys.  While incredibly detailed and based on microtonal interactions, the real triumph of “The Ear That was Sold to a Fish” is the larger overarching structure that feels immaculately graceful, keenly studied, and infinitely rewarding to repeated listens. – Ryan Potts, Experimedia

An Idea and It’s Map


Graduating from extended synthesizer jams of their earlier output to symphonic, string-based ambience, the duo of Drape provide a soundtrack for frigid early mornings and star-laden late nights. The seven tracks that comprise “An Idea and Its Map” glisten and glide over slow arcs of swelling strings and luxurious textures that bring to mind the oft-referenced figureheads of the genre, Stars of the Lid. Drape, in both structure and execution, clearly aim for this comparison. Yet they do it better than most and while they can’t approximate Stars of the Lid’s natural emotion and grasp of melody, Drape smartly overlay their drones with guitar distortion and amplifier feedback to give the surroundings a patina of worn textures. The end result illuminates “An Idea and Its Map” with both a vulnerable and hard-edged feel and is all the better for it. – Ryan Potts, Experimedia 

Joseph Minadeo & Curt Brown
Wood Land


The discography of Harold Budd looms large on “Wood Land” and even if Joseph Minadeo cannot quite match Budd’s subtle melodicism, the treatments and embellishments to the sound prove to be a welcomed addition to his undulating piano notes. Guitars, field recordings, synths, drum machines, bells, and many more instruments litter the delicate and frost-ridden landscape and though the instrumental combinations don’t always suit the underlying piano melodies, when Minadeo finds the right mix the results can be stunning. In particular “The Astronaut Spider,” with amp hiss and synth strings that recall an abstracted Sigur Ros, and the folk-leaning atmospherics of “On Leaving or What They Left Us With” leave a profound and memorable impression. A 28 page booklet, featuring a story by Curt Brown, also accompanies the CD to form a limited edition package of 400 copies. – Ryan Potts, Experimedia 

Age and Transformation / Aged and Transformed


The first thing that is apparent about “Age & Transformation” is its shear scope.  This is massive.  Sprawling, if you will.  There is nearly two hours of musical constructions spread across two discs and they are pieces that demand your attention.  Intricate patterns are concocted through wrecked strings and the sounds of empty space.  It’s like touring the architectural graveyards of the industrial world.  Creaking and crawling through time, finding the longest, most difficult paths to explore the past, Monos (aka Darren Tate) aural landscape is a deep and detailed place.  Strings feel like they could shatter at any moment. Field recordings are layered and brought to life, unveiling a living, breathing cityscape that exudes a kind of organic urbanism.  It all feels so simple yet momentous and beautiful.  Wistful chords flow from a Rhodes piano (or maybe it’s an organ… or maybe it doesn’t really matter), dripping with nostalgic daydreams of life before the fall.  This section, this wonderfully haunted aria toward the end of disc one, has the heaviest impact.  It is heartbreaking in the best way.  ”Age & Transformation” is a grand treatise on all things elemental and industrial and the inherent symmetry between the two.  - Brad Rose