Christina Gubala

Album reviews

KHRUANGBIN: CON TODO EL MUNDO

January 30th, 2018

The result is a sophisticated jet-set kind of cool that doesn't expire, landing somewhere near the vibrant intersection of funk, world and rock music, all kissed by a Mexican sea breeze as cuicas percolate deep in the mix.

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OLIVIA KAPLAN: AT THE SEAMS EP

January 23rd, 2018

The EP’s climax comes in the form of a question during the closing track: “How do you get by without getting so low?” There Kaplan lets us in on her secret, perhaps the same power that made her emotional anguish sound so sweet: “Honey, you don’t.”

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MATTHEWDAVID: TIME FLYING BEATS

January 18th, 2018

“Ah… we know that perhaps economically and politically, we have moved back, but aesthetically and technologically we have moved ahead and...” The first track, a found-sound PSA, neatly foreshadows those concepts, born at the end of the millennial calendar and folded into the frenetic motion and mutated yet familiar voices that comprise Matthewdavid’s Time Flying Beats.

Interview

MARTIN REV: GO FURTHER

November 17th, 2017

Martin Rev is simultaneously a link to a bygone zeitgeist and a pioneer of the present. The legacy of his work as one half of the confrontational punk act Suicide extends to the most unexpected places—R.E.M., Bruce Springsteen, and countless synth-pop bands have cited them as an influence and turned them in some kind of godfather figures in American music. His music transmits his own language of protest—it's a crucial reminder and a much needed encouragement for these times, or for any times at all. Rev's Demolition 9 is available now from Atlas Realisations and Suicide's First Rehearsal Tapes reissue is out on Fri., Nov. 24, on Superior Viaduct. This interview byChristina Gubala.

Album reviews

DEVONWHO: BETALOOPS

November 13th, 2017

He's admitted none of the pieces are songs—instead, they're vignettes, or snapshots of his developing artistic process-but the album still conveys a coherent thought process, like a precisely curated photo album where each image means something crucial and intimate to their assembler and vague—but beautiful—to the outsider.