Review: Eric Chenaux – “Slowly Paradise”

It’s an engaging conceit – the folk balladeer’s whispy, sometimes almost stagy voice hovering over deconstructed, ambient soundscapes – and Eric Chenaux nearly pulls it off on Slowly Paradise, a new LP out last week via Constellation. Well, like I said, nearly. For those willing to give Chenaux the time, the compositions [say, the somber…

Review: Jason Sharp – “Stand Above The Streams”

For all its wondrous ambiguity, ambient music can be an exacting sort of art; one false step or misplaced note, and the whole canvas is not inspired so much as splattered with disconnected or unfulfilled ideas. Such is the case with the new record from Jason Sharp, Stand Above The Streams, out this Friday on…

Review: Efrim Manuel Menuck – “Pissing Stars”

There’s much to celebrate about Pissing Stars, the second solo LP – out today on Constellation Records – from Godspeed You! Black Emperor and Thee Silver Mt. Zion co-founder Efrim Manuel Menuck. Let it be celebrated, then: this is an underworld and understated tour-de-force, a patchwork-ish collection of ambient compositions whose sense of dread and…

REVIEW: Godspeed You! Black Emperor – “Luciferian Towers”

It’s starting to become the definition of stasis. Godspeed You! Black Emperor released a new LP, Luciferian Towers, the band’s sixth, today on Constellation Records and, while it’s certainly far from a dud, it sounds like the Montreal crescendo-rock ensemble is spinning in circles instead of moving forward in any tangible direction. Why? The buzz…

REVIEW: Do Make Say Think – “Stubborn Persistent Illusions”

I’m now two weeks late in delivering my opening statements on Do Make Say Think’s Stubborn Persistent Illusions, out since May on Constellation Records and the instrumental giant’s first record proper in some eight years. Why? The thing will leave you that perplexed. Is it the group’s greatest offering, a worthy addition to the canon…

REVIEW: Godspeed You! Black Emperor – Asunder, Sweet And Other Distress

Asunder, Sweet And Other Distress, the latest Constellation offering from Godspeed You! Black Emperor and the second full-length since its much anticipated 2010 reformation, hits all the right notes and is a fine addition to the Montreal collective’s canon, even if, at same deeper level, it grapples with issues early GYBE recordings never had to…