Review: El Ten Eleven – “Tautology III”

A kick-drum in the shape of a heartbeat appears some seven minutes into El Ten Eleven’s Tautology III, the final piece of its ambitious instrumental, arc-of-life suite on Joyful Noise. What’s odd – and oddly special – about the third installment, however, is how it does not dwell in the chambers or details of life and…

Review: Randall Holt – “Inside The Kingdom of Splendor and Madness”

The cello weeps and sows and soars, and so it goes with Randall Holt and his Inside The Kingdom of Splendor and Madness, which gets the CD/cassette re-release treatment April 20 from Self Sabotage Records. Holt, an accomplished cellist, traffics in the kind of moody, cinematic, classical soundscapes that oft define Godspeed You! Black Emperor, which…