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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
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+ Red Carpet - The Noise Of Red Carpet
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B Fleischmann
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B Fleischmann is a composer who utilizes modern technologies to fashion a sound very much rooted in the past. Dim rustles and skipping electronic tones lay a foundation atop which effulgent, swelling feedback and the occasional keyboard tone cluster layer long, plangent melodies, often warm and tinged with nostalgia.

After venturing out to slightly more abstract realms with the double album Welcome Tourist, Fleischmann returns on The Humbucking Coil to more simple, song-oriented territories, helped by groovebox rhythms, wisps of looped feedback, and tinkling acoustic instrumentation. Of note is the guitar, whose repetitive, minor-key chord progressions play a prominent role in shaping many of the album's forlorn songs. In particular, the guitar motif winding through the texturally rich, chugging beat of "Gain" endows the piece with a reedy, reflective aura — which, when accentuated by the deep, slightly fragile voice of Christof Kurzmann, is quite captivating. Other compositions such as "Composure" and "From To" similarly use hip-hop inspired beats, single-note trumpet smears, and an almost jazzy spaciousness, establishing a pattern right away, and then tweaking it slightly as the minutes pass.

That being said, the tracks fail to hang together in a convincing way — often giving the impression that they were more or less strung together on a whim, and that the order could just as well have been otherwise. Rarely do songs build on or even shift markedly from the momentum of prior works. The same can also be said of the album's moods — rather than a fluid progression of events, these songs are recurring dreams where the setting may change slightly, but the events remain very much the same. The problem is not so much that Fleischmann fails to create a convincing structure, but that he has grown so adept in building one that it ensnares all of his attention, leaving him little will to venture elsewhere.


by Max Schaefer




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