The first track, ‘Invocation’, begins with a reverberation of bells surrounding me before suddenly a cacophony of noise that spans mechanical friction, splices of distant AM radio and undulating feedback startles amidst the serenity. The soothing chimes of the bells have become a distant memory. Soon though, drones via Forrest Marquise’s fiddle and Ian McColm’s harmonium come into focus, recalling that meditative state that the bells invoked. The track proceeds with rising harmonic overtones at the forefront, grounded by Bachman’s drifting melodic guitar lines filtering through. I closed my eyes, absorbed and lying within the noise as it proceeded on its sonic exposition, lasting for over 18 minutes.
It is happening all too-often. Pretty much every other day I am greeted with stories of another stabbing victim, another life damaged or destroyed by knife crime. These victims are often in their teenage years or early 20s, their futures cut short by violence. We could call it a worrying rise or we could call […]
Hip-hop used to be characterized by raw, vocal activism aimed at generating public conversation. Now, with the advent of social media, has the genre become characterized by individuals simply looking for fame?
Moogfest closed out the 2018 festival with a forum where Professor Mark Anthony Neal, Chair of the African American Studies Department at Duke University, and KRS-One dove into conversation. The author/philosopher/MC/teacha traced his inquisitive, expressive nature to childhood, where his mother engaged him in her studies of esoteric Christianity, meditation, occult arts, philosophy and the […]
Cool Boy 36 sat down to share what the movement and collection is about, shouting out creatives in the Durham, NC scene. Click to get a little more familiar: Sass.Art Young Estelle Trandle Drozy Raund Haus sister, brother Shop Cool Boy 36 art and gear at bigcartel and keep an eye out for Flora (Cool Boy […]
Jazz: just the word alone conjures up many images, perhaps old photographs of noir-drenched scenarios, a dark underground club in New York, a range of colors and beats bounding together in a seamless and yet non seamless dysphoria. One thing that jazz is not supposed to be, however, is forgettable. Mike Casey, 23, originally hails […]
“Searching for what we hope to find. We’re just crooked lines,” sings Canadian band Autopilot on their latest release, Hurricane. Based in Saskatoon, Saskachewan, the band, composed of guitarist and singer Marlon Harder, bassist Colton Fehr and drummer Jose A. Fuenzalida, are about to wrap up an extensive North American tour that has taken them […]
We started off discussing Monsanto on slightly damp benches. Dani’s disdain for the company’s careless disruption of the natural flow of things quickly shifted into the group’s deep appreciation for the deliciousness of ugly fruit, specifically blood oranges from earlier in the summertime. “GMO OMG.”, she recommended, “It’s on Netflix.”. I ran into the Raleigh-based […]