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(New Album Review) TimHeld- Typicalhaunts

Icy, propulsive, and just about perfectly programmed and mixed, Washington EDM producer TimHeld’s Typicalhaunts is another Bandcamp masterstroke just waiting to be discovered.

Apparently Tim first got wind of my journal through my write-up for his contemporaries Newaxeyes. Typicalhaunts is an absolutely jaw-dropping post-dubstep record. The production is richly layered, nearly every hook is golden, and to boot there’s a fine melody on “Monkey Mind”. As with all of the EDM that tends to hold my interest, there is an exquisite equilibrium between harsh and gentle textures in the programming and mixing. Figures murmur in the shadows like the distant rattling of machinery, a stabbing synth line cuts through a haze of noise… it’s pretty damn captivating.

This collection of dark, evocative EDM at times rivals the output of recent luminaries like Actress and Perc. I will be watching the rest of TimHeld’s output with strong interest.

(New Album Review) Newaxeyes- Assange/Church [12″ LP]

This is certainly one of the most hard-to-pin-down releases I have listened to this year. Seattle’s Newaxeyes are an experimental quartet (Will Hayes and Tyler Coray on guitars, Bret Gardin and Jordan Rundle on synths and other electronics) who make techno with rock instrumentation, synthesizers, and sampling. Their new release “Assange/Church” was released on DivineDroid records last October. They have only been together for roughly a year and a half, but this record shows promise, eclecticism, and assurance.

Newaxeyes find inspiration in a wide variety of styles of music, and have shared bills with psych rock, hip hop, and noise. One of the most ready connections one can make with their music is with post-rock, and this is especially clear on the mini-epic “Assange”. This track sounds like a hard-edged Bowery Electric, a grim techno trip with a crystalline guitar line as the main guide. Just as intriguing is the slightly dissonant closer, “Church”, which starts off with a chirping synth wading through choppy bursts of noise and growling guitar, then abruptly transitions into a weird, murky hip-hop beat. This collective can sculpt left-of-center noise into something danceable, and already I am curious to see what they might produce on a full-length release. They would most certainly be at home at Sanctuary Sunday’s next installment of Accent/Sustain.