Forma: Live on WBAR 4/1/12 (SoundCloud)

Last week, one of our favorite Brooklyn-based indie/electronica collectives, Forma, played on Barnard College Radio. They’ve been kind enough to share the set on their SoundCloud page (embed below).

Forma also has several shows coming up (dates below). The band’s self-titled debut has been released via Spectrum Spools (Editions Mego), and is for sale at Boomkat.


Saturday, April 14, 2012 – 9pm:
Acme Studio
63 North 3rd Street
Brooklyn, NY

Wednesday, April 25, 2012 – time TBA:
with Gary War, Ancient Ocean & Plexxus Dor
Big Snow Buffalo Lodge
89 Varet Street
Brooklyn, NY

Saturday, April 28, 2012 – 2-10pm:
Barnard College radio
Free summer concert and barbecue
Lehman Lawn, Barnard College
117th and Broadway
New York, NY

Friday, May 11, 2012 – 8pm:
with SSPS, Keith Fullerton Whitman & Pete Swanson
285 Kent Ave
Brooklyn, NY

Bryter Layter: “Two Lenses” (Recording Review)

Two Lenses

Two Lenses

Bryter Layter
Two Lenses
Students of Decay LP/Digi
Available via Experimedia

Bryter Layter is the synth duo of Joseph Raglani (who records for Kranky) and Mike Pollard (who records for Arbor). This is their second release (their first, Imprinted Season appeared on Arbor in 2009). Like many recent analog synth sets (particularly those of the short run variety) Bryter Layter isn’t averse to soundscaping and even occasionally luxuriating in a warmth bed of synth drones (see “Second Light”). But before one relegates them to the “synth drone” set, there are also several cuts here that focus on small wisps of melody, accumulating them into linear tapestries that bustle with motion and revel in the power of the ostinato. Indeed, “Understanding Independence” adopts a graceful balletic groove, over which are laid in succession several memorable and diversely hued melodies. “The Shadow of Your Smile” – which in no way resembles the standard by the same name – instead is filled with anthemic music for an alien imperial court: the type of sci-fi soundtrack that you wish more of the original analog adopters had thought to make. Recommended.

Rune Martinsen: “Snow Crystals” (Soundcloud)

Discogs describes Rune Martinsen’s Abhorrent Beauty as a “one man dark ambient/industrial/noise project from Norway.” It’s a good summary. Of the tracks below, “Snow Crystals,” tends towards the more ambient side of his output, while “Lighthouse” is a bit more experimental, bringing some lovely tolling timbres to fore.

The Marble Vanity: “You Can’t Step on a Rainbow” (Stream)

The Marble Vanity has a new 7″ single (on now on Slow Fizz via Drag City). You can sample a sunny psych-pop track via the embed below from their Bandcamp page below.

David Lynch remixes Zola Jesus (Soundcloud)

In the first evidence of what will purportedly be an ongoing collaboration in 2012, David Lynch has remixed the Zola Jesus track “In Your Nature” (Soundcloud stream below). The song first appeared on ZJ’s 2011 LP Conatus.

Zola Jesus – In Your Nature (David Lynch Remix) by sacredbones

“In Your Nature” will be available 2/21/12 via Sacred Bones digitally and as a vinyl 7″. Zola Jesus is also on tour (dates below).

Zola Jesus Tour Dates:

Jan 19 Sao Paulo, Brazil- Clash Club [w/ Talk Normal]

Feb 01 Phoenix, AZ – Crescent Ballroom [w/ Talk Normal]

Feb 03 Austin, TX – Parish [w/ Talk Normal]

Feb 04 New Orleans, LA – One Eyed Jacks [w/ Talk Normal]

Feb 06 Tampa, FL – Crowbar [w/ Talk Normal]

Feb 08 Orlando, FL -The Social [w/ Talk Normal]

Feb 09 Miami, FL – Bardot [w/ Talk Normal]

Feb 10 Birmingham, AL – Bottletree [w/ Talk Normal]

Feb 13 Knoxville, TN – Pilot Light [w/ Talk Normal]

Feb 14 Asheville, NC – Grey Eagle Tavern [w/ Talk Normal]

Feb 16 Washington, DC – U Street Music Hall [w/ Talk Normal]

Feb 17 Philadelphia, PA – Union Transfer [w/ Talk Normal]

Feb 18 New York City, NY – Webster Hall [w/Liturgy, Talk Normal]

Feb 20 Cincinatti, OH- Contemporary Arts Center

Feb 21 Chicago, IL – Lincoln Hall [w/Chris Connelly, Talk Normal]
Feb 22 Grinnell, IA – Grinnell College [w/ Talk Normal]

Feb 23 St. Louis, MO – Luminary Arts [w/ Talk Normal]

Feb 24 Lawrence, KS – Granada [w/ Talk Normal]

Feb 25 Denver, CO - Larmier Lounge [w/ Talk Normal]

Feb 27 Salt Lake City, UT – Urban Lounge [w/ Talk Normal]

Mar 01 San Francisco, CA – Great American Music Hall [w/Wymond Miles, Talk Normal]
Mar 02 Los Angeles, CA – Natural History Museum [w/EMA]
Mar 03 San Diego, CA – Casbah [w/ Talk Normal]

NoiseTrade shares free Nettwerk sampler

NoiseTrade is a terrific site to search for new music. They offer thousands of free downloads by emerging artists and indie labels.

Today, they announced a label sampler by Nettwerk, which features pop and electronica acts such as Submarines, Ivy, Ladytron, and Sarah Mclachlan. Sound eclectic? Sure, but Nettwerk’s byline is “releasing music we love,” not “releasing music according to a tightly wound marketing strategy.” Got to respect that.

Here’s another Nettwerk artist you’ll likely love: Morgan Page, in a new video with a passel of guest artists.

BoaC shares free DL of new album

Bang on a Can is celebrating twenty-five years of music making in generous fashion. Between now and Jan. 25th, you can download their new album, Big Beautiful Dark and Scary, via In exchange, they ask for an email address and a memory of a BoaC moment: the former is kept confidential, the latter is published in a scrapbook commemorating the album.

Think this is marketing against one’s own self-interests? Probably not. The iTunes version is for sale from 1/31, and features a bonus track of the ensemble performing Philip Glass’s Closing, with Glass, live. When the physical streets on 2/28, it will be a double disc of premiere recordings that will also feature films of the ensemble. So, instead of a “loss leader,” I tend to think of this release as downtown’s answer to Radiohead’s In Rainbows. In the meantime, Happy New Year, and happy downloading, all!

Bedroom Community shares Yule 2011

Bedroom Community is one of our favorite indie classical imprints. The Icelandic label has released CDs by Sam Amidon, Nico Muhly, Daniel Bjarnason, Ben Frost,

Valgeir Sigurðsson, and other artists. As they did last year, BC has released a Yule mix, filled with previously unreleased material. It’s free with any purchase from their online store.

To whet your appetite, we’ve included a piece by Valgeir, with stirring accompanying images, below.