The World Is Ending, But At Least There's Ambient Music
Why ambient music has become my spiritual life raft.
When Times Are Challenging, Listen to Music That Challenges You
Autechre’s new album is intimidatingly abstract and eight hours long, which is an ungodly amount of music to listen to in one sitting. You should try it.
Somehow Lounge Music Doesn’t Suck Anymore
Bands like Quiet Friend, NADINE, Mega Bog, and more are picking up the many threads of easy-listening pop and making music that's both comforting and chaotic.
These Two Experimental Pieces Feel Like They Can Slow Down Time
Alvin Lucier's 'Criss Cross / Hanover' and Steve Reich's 'Pulse / Quartet,' continue several decades of their time-twisting compositional experiments.
Spotify's "Fake" Ambient Artists Make Good Music, Actually
The faceless composers filling playlists for the streaming giant are actually a lot better than the tradition of corporate mood music that preceded them.
I Spent Three Years Living with Runaway Rainbow Children
As travellers move along from this year’s Rainbow Gathering, author Chris Urquhart documents the year-round “Rainbow” lifestyle.
The Lonely Indulgence of Brian Eno’s New Album
Finding discomfort in the gauzy infinity of ‘Reflection.’
Best of 2016
The 25 Best Experimental Albums of 2016
From church organ drones to locked groove pranks.
Why Are People Brushing Their Teeth at Noise Shows?: An Investigation
Untangling the densely woven web of an oral hygiene conspiracy.
A Look at the Noise Producers Using Classic Rock Tropes to Create a New, Uncanny Americana
Free Radicals: Recent releases from Black Dice, Wolf Eyes, and a host of others look to 70s rock structures to shape their unsettling ooze.
How a Chance Meeting in a Tiny California Town Yielded This Year's Most Colossal-Sounding Synth Record
Suzanne Ciani and Kaitlyn Aurelia Smith’s FRKWYS album is a celebration of the happy accident—and the sun.
Dean Blunt, Inga Copeland, and the Power of Art That’s From Nowhere
The second installment of Free Radicals examines the complicated sense of place in new records from the Hype Williams family tree.