yohuna is the reverb-soaked solo project of wisconsinite johanne swanson. over the course of four songs, swanson conducts an orchestra of beats and sweeping synth washes that sound like they’ve been recorded in a church at the bottom of the ocean. over all of this are the haunting echoes of swanson’s voice, that duck and curtail betwixt the compositions like a dove fleeing sunlight. that may be a lot of alliteration to swallow in one paragraph, but there’s really no other way to describe revery, her debut ep. it’s a work of astonishing beauty. stream below, with a free download of standout “mateo.”
revery is out now on bandcamp.
london-based noisetronic outfit seefeel has been relatively silent since their hiatus in 1996. positioned somewhere between shoegaze and ambient electronics, the quartet has returned in 2011 with their first new material in nearly 14 years. a sung lullaby serves as the intro to “faults,” the standout track from their new self-titled lp. soon, steady percussion and a droning bass take hold, forcing the listener to sway as if entranced in a drug-induced haze. the lead almost lends itself to a dubstep formula of distorted wub-wubs, but never devolves to the lowly form of fratpop the genre has become. this is a track to blast through massive speakers – the primal pull of seefeel’s wilderness cannot be measured over headphones.
seefeel is out now on warp.
simon bird first caught our attention with his outstanding track “and the sky just seems” off of his debut ep. bird recently released his follow-up, bLEAK, a dystopian release that, at little over ten minutes, feels less like a collection and more like a single song, carefully divided into parts to ease listening. while nothing about bird’s approach is easy, the payoff of wading through the noise is finale and standout “but most of us won’t,” which swirls synths and beats together before bursting forth a cacophony of distortion. listen below:
bLEAK is available for free download here.
for the inaugural post of the rehashed this is the universe, i present you simon bird. this ethereal and rhythmic 20-year-old hails from dublin, so it’s little surprise he’s been compared to recent irish electronic heavyweights solar bears. but whereas solar bears embrace contemplation, tranquility, and muted beauty, simon bird seems far more interested in rough, callous soundscapes. imagine fuck buttons, but with even more weed. it’s slow, it’s grooving and melancholy, but it’s loud and perverse just the same. the standout track from bird’s ep, “and the sky just seems,” is an adventure into sonic destruction. it’s a melodic, chaotic gem.
simon bird – ep is available for free download on his soundcloud.