Essential New Music: Ariel Pink’s “Dedicated To Bobby Jameson”

L.A.’s Ariel Rosenberg gives great, ur-gauche pastiche; he remains a pop perfectionist and illusionist. Dedicated To Bobby Jameson reintroduces the billowing murk 2014’s pom pom was missing, and—with the arguable exception of engorged prog opener “Time To Meet Your God”—continues that album’s less-provocative lyrical streak. Rosenberg’s muse, happily, cannot be contained. So “Another Weekend” is …

Best Of 2017: Noise

MAGNET’s Raymond Cummings picks the best noise releases of the year 1 Various Artists Approach To Fear: Regeneration (Karl Schmidt Verlag) 2 Gabi Losoncy Six Crises (self-released) 3 Sarah Davachi All My Circles Run (Students Of Decay) 4 Aaron Dilloway The Gag File (Dais) 5 Blue Chemise Influence On Dusk (Greedy Ventilator) 6 Pauline Oliveros And Connie Crothers Live At The …

Essential New Music: High Plains’ “Cinderland”

At its most potent, classical music should stir, move or inspire something in audiences. Emotions ought to be skewed, turned upside down or inside out. Done right, what’s on display is the potential of a genre centuries old. If High Plains—the duo of Wisconsin cellist Mark Bridges and British Columbia-based multi-instrumentalist Scott Morgan—doesn’t transcend the …

Best Of 2016: Noise

MAGNET’s Raymond Cummings picks the best noise releases of the year 1 Morgan & Dilloway Live In A Basement To No One (Voice Throwing/Hanson) 2 Vanessa Rossetto/Matthew Revert Earnest Rubbish (Erstwhile) 3 Bergegas Mati Pop Neraka (Gerpfast Kolektif) 4 Dial Noise Opera (Dial) 5 Newagehillbilly These Are Not The Final Days (Spleencoffin) 6 Lea Bertucci Axis/Atlas (Clandestine Compositions) 7 Youko Heidy Spirit Jazz (Omanutu …

Essential New Music: Papa M’s “Highway Songs”

Guitar primitivist, post-rock smoothie, dry-throated balladeer, electronic prankster, sideman extraordinaire—over the course of a three-decade career, David Pajo has disappeared into each one of these guises. At moments, Highway Songs suggests a Real World bungalow stacked to the rafters with these Pajo iterations. Brooding metal clinics “Bloom” and “Flatliners” are reminiscent of stints with Zwan …

Essential New Music: Christopher Tignor’s “Along A Vanishing Plane”

In conception, Along A Vanishing Plane is an exceedingly contemporary creation, sculpted using violins, synths, electronics and software. Yet while it’s in motion, the third solo LP from NYC-based musician Christopher Tignor feels distinctly apart from time: a measured, classical tonic. As a label, “modern composition” suits these reveries, but this music breathes, swoons and …

Essential New Music: Rosali’s “Out Of Love”

Loving me, you or anyone is tricky and nonlinear. So Out Of Love, as an album title, is an abject (if commanding) lie that draws attention, then fakes us out. The debut from Philadelphia’s Rosali Middleman bisects romance—ups, downs, outs—wearily and gorgeously. Though her default genres are country and folk, sinuous, Fleetwood Mac-indebted pop informs …

Essential New Music: Heliotropes’ “Over There That Way”

A world removed from the over-driven crunch, brawn and bash of Heliotropes’ 2013 debut LP A Constant Sea, Over There That Way sounds like the work of an entirely different band. Lead singer/songwriter Jessica Numsuwankijkul’s vocals float comfortably at the forefront of tunes that wouldn’t seem out of place on a late-’80s/early-’90s indie-rock compilation. Psychedelic …

Essential New Music: Meyers’ “Negative Space (1981-2014)”

Between uncompromising releases and his Tone Filth label, Minneapolis’ Justin Meyers has spent the past 13 years spray-painting his name on the underground music map. A prolonged illness sidelined him in 2014; Negative Space, which incorporates material old and new, functions as something of recovery diary. Illness has its own internal, infernal language, which Meyers …