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+ Donato Wharton - Body Isolations
+ Svalastog - Woodwork
+ Tim Hecker - Harmony In Ultraviolet
+ Rosy Parlane - Jessamine
+ Jarvis Cocker - The Jarvis Cocker Record
+ Múm - Peel Session
+ Deloris - Ten Lives
+ Minimum Chips - Lady Grey
+ Badly Drawn Boy - Born In The U.K.
+ The Hold Steady - Boys And Girls Together
+ The Blood Brothers - Young Machetes
+ The Places - Songs For Creeps
+ Camille - Le Fil
+ Wolf Eyes - Human Animal
+ Christina Carter - Electrice
+ The Decemberists - The Crane Wife
+ Junior Boys - So This Is Goodbye
+ Various Artists - Musics In The Margin
+ Rafael Toral - Space
+ Bob Dylan - Modern Times
+ Excepter - Alternation
+ Chris Thile - How To Grow A Woman From The Ground
+ Brad Mehldau - Live in Japan
+ M Ward - Post-War
+ Various Artists - Touch 25
+ The Mountain Goats - Get Lonely
+ The White Birch - Come Up For Air
+ Camera Obscura - Let's Get Out of This Country
+ Coachwhips - Double Death
+ Various Artists - Tibetan And Bhutanese Instrumental And Folk Music, Volume 2
+ Giuseppe Ielasi - Giuseppe Ielasi
+ Cex - Actual Fucking
+ Sufjan Stevens - The Avalanche
+ Leafcutter John - The Forest And The Sea
+ Carla Bozulich - Evangelista
+ Barbara Morgenstern - The Grass Is Always Greener
+ Robin Guthrie - Continental
+ Peaches - Impeach My Bush
+ Oakley Hall - Second Guessing
+ Klee - Honeysuckle
+ The Court & Spark - Hearts
+ TV On The Radio - Return To Cookie Mountain
+ Awesome Color - Awesome Color
+ Jenny Wilson - Love And Youth
+ Asobi Seksu - Citrus
+ Marsen Jules - Les Fleurs
+ The Moore Brothers - Murdered By The Moore Brothers
+ Regina Spektor - Begin To Hope
+ The 1900s - Plume Delivery EP
+ Alejandro Escovedo - The Boxing Mirror
+ Function - The Secret Miracle Fountain
+ Sonic Youth - Rather Ripped
+ Loscil - Plume
+ Boris - Pink
+ Deadboy And The Elephantmen - We Are Night Sky
+ Glissandro 70 - Glissandro 70
+ Calexico - Garden Ruin (Review #2)
+ Calexico - Garden Ruin (Review #1)
+ The Flaming Lips - At War With The Mystics
+ The Glass Family - Sleep Inside This Wheel
+ Various Artists - Songs For Sixty Five Roses
+ The Fiery Furnaces - Bitter Tea
+ Motorpsycho - Black Hole/Blank Canvas
+ The Red Krayola - Introduction
+ Metal Hearts - Socialize
+ American Princes - Less And Less
+ Sondre Lerche And The Faces Down Quartet - Duper Sessions
+ Supersilent - 7
+ Band Of Horses - Everything All The Time
+ Dudley Perkins - Expressions
+ Growing - Color Wheel
+ Red Carpet - The Noise Of Red Carpet
+ The Essex Green - Cannibal Sea
+ Espers - II
+ Wilderness - Vessel States

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The feedback of our lives — online, FM/AM, download, TV, pod, cell, chat, static, "reality" — sonics overheard and interpenetrating. Somehow the 17-year-old Khonnor turns this into a kind of dream-rain. Out of which he emerges, and into which he retreats or waits, with some of the most beautiful music of the year — all caught with the services of an old PC, its speaker unit, and a microphone from a "Learn Japanese" kit. There's cause to be excited for him in the way we might have been for the inventiveness of early Beck or the romance of Jeff Buckley. Maybe it's just his youth that brings the same startling surges of freshness in the music, the feeling that at this time (and I mean today, fragile old today) he is the global citizen of technology we have hoped to hear but so far failed to find.

Of course the noise that Khonnor turns into textures, curtains, and haze does not disguise the basics: his beautiful voice and surprisingly honest, poetic lyrics, the exquisite acoustic guitar strum of "Dusty" doused in crackling flecks (a needle in a groove), the intimacy. He recorded the album in his bedroom; the myth already goes that his parents were unaware of what they had on their hands till a Swedish documentary crew turned up on their door to reveal their then 16-year-old son had a contract with a UK record label and a burning underground vibe. His individual presence on Handwriting is quietly powerful, as is his orchestral vision and his ability to mix noise with striking melodies, to aurally celebrate in a way that is equal parts Susumu Yokota and Kurt Cobain. In the end Khonnor makes me feel like I am floating through the world. Soft. And. Grand.


by Mark Mordue




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