In a 2013 Reader piece, Sarah Nardi described Nick Butcher and Nadine Nakanishi—the 2 members of native artwork studio Sonnenzimmer—as “naturally predisposed to working in a language that others can perceive.” The identical holds true for the duo’s music, which orbits the dual poles of reflective, ambient pop and glitchy electronica (and is commonly accompanied with painstakingly designed packaging and album artwork). Late final month, Butcher launched Saccadic, a brand new cassette from his solo undertaking Rhybadi that mixes archival recordings from his youth in Tennessee overdubbed with new vocal and instrumental components. On the observe “Parked,” a dusted-off snippet of laborious guitar riffing segues into woozy, booming beats that echo its tempo, as if the hazy new materials is a half-forgotten reminiscence of the previous. The album is on the market as a pay-what-you-want obtain on Sonnenzimmer’s Bandcamp web page, and the bodily version consists of two cassette tapes—one stuffed with music and the opposite full of concrete!
Native label Chicago Research is beloved by postpunk and electronica gloomsters far and huge, and final week it launched a brand new web site (chicagoresearch.info) that gives a streamlined strategy to browse its quickly increasing catalog. This wolf recommends Chicago Analysis’s new T-shirts and hoodies, current albums from bloodcurdling electronica acts Avenue Zero and Season of Life, and two newish full-length compilations that between them function dozens of label-affiliated artists, together with favorites akin to Membership Music, Civic Center, and Hen of the Woods.
Final week, veteran Chicago rapper Pugs Atomz dropped a compilation known as Growth Bap on Michigan Ave. that collects materials from the previous ten years or so, together with beforehand unreleased music, previous favorites, and new songs. It is a follow-up to his 2010 retrospective The Decade (launched by way of UK label BBE), the place he rounded up tracks from the 2000s. Growth Bap on Michigan Ave. incorporates a dream crew of visitors, together with Awdazcate, Primeridian, Psalm One, ShowYouSuck, and Rashid Hadee. Atomz is promoting the comp in download-only and CD editions, together with commemorative T-shirts in a pair kinds—it is all out there by way of Bandcamp. v
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