Tag: review

  • Akai MPK mini

    The Akai MPK mini is a sub-$100.00 two octave USB controller with 24 mini keys, eight assignable knobs, 8 assignable MPC style pads, a fairly flexible arpeggiator and four program locations for saving your setups. It is powered via USB and that is the controllers sole means of power and connectivity so if you need…

  • Beach Sloth – Chvad SB “Outside the Shadow of an Aliquot Tree” (2017)

    Embracing the space and the subtle, Chvad SB’s “Outside the Shadow of an Aliquot Tree” goes for subdued structures. Attention to detail serves the collection well for the pieces teem with life. Over the duration of the collection Chvad SB has an experimental bent to their work while retaining an emotional core. Texture is of…

  • Big Takeover, The – Controlled Bleeding “Larva Lumps and Baby Bumps” (2017)

    Former BT contributor Paul Lemos has never been one to sit still. Over 38 years, he has released nearly 40 albums spanning various genres, suffered the deaths of his closest bandmates and reconfigured Controlled Bleeding into what is arguably one of its strongest lineups. Larva continues in the punk prog style he resurrected late last…

  • Avant Music News – Chvad SB “Crickets Were the Compass”

    An album cover displaying a drawing of a little pooch looking lost and worried in a post-nuclear landscape (by cartoonist Richard Sala) sets you up for a bad time from the get-go. And Crickets Were the Compass does indeed open by howling like an air raid siren, with lone guitar notes seeking somewhere to flee. His liner notes however…

  • Soundprojector, The – Chvad SB “Crickets Were the Compass” (2014)

    Some strangely affecting moments on Chvad SB’s Crickets Were The Compass (SILBER RECORDS NO NUMBER). This American experimental droner has been active for over 20 years with his band and solo work. Here he works against the trend towards “lushness” in ambient electronica, and his empty-stage pulsations and eerie bleak tones hint at inner darkness…

  • Soundblab – Chvad SB “Outside the Shadow of an Aliquot Tree” (2015)

    Chvad SB’s latest is five tracks in five minutes and it’s flat out not as good or interesting as 2014’s Cricket’s Were the Compass. ‘Followed By One’ has a lonely, lost, open feel; ‘Untouchable One’ throbs with sinister, alien intrigue; ‘Four’ is a dark, backwards ocean; ‘Three’ holds a sense of vague menace, like a deserted truck stop at four in the morning; and…