Posts By Brian Howe

Black Taffy: Elder Mantis

On the sort of record that would have once sparked a minor bidding war between Stones Throw and Ninja Tune, hip-hop, IDM, and ambient music drift into a waking dream.

Hauschka: A Different Forest

With more straightforward performances and compositions, the album has its flat spots, but it hints that Bertelmann might have as much to say as his piano does.

Hammock: Universalis

This long-running Nashville duo captures the essence of their name with a low-slung, low-stakes sway, tracing a line between languid indie rock and experimental atmospheres.

William Basinski & Lawrence English: Selva Oscura

Working remotely in Los Angeles and Brisbane, these two ambient mainstays toe the line for an album that exists in a perpetual state of becoming something else.

Author & Punisher: Beastland

The industrial music and metal sculptures of Tristan Shone can sound and look scary. But there are songs and even soul lurking beneath the grim façade.

Elephant Micah: Genericana

Despite its title, Joseph O’Connell’s second release for Western Vinyl is his most distinctive release to date, an elegant study of life’s circularity set against a backdrop of slowcore folk and woozy rock.

Tracyanne & Danny: Tracyanne & Danny

Five years after Camera Obscura’s last album, Tracyanne Campbell returns with a new musical partner and a more mannered, slightly cautious sound, but her voice is as singular as ever.

Jon Hopkins: Singularity

Pitched between heat-seeking acid house and ambient bliss, the techno auteur’s first album since 2013 is a beat-music odyssey that thrums with spiritual resonance.