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[Album Premiere] Headboggle Continues to Melt Brains with "Polyphonic Demo"

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Headboggle - “Polyphonic Demo”

(Ratskin Records)

Headboggle, who has been flipping wigs with a wild electronic spree of imaginatively composed synth masterpieces for years, releases Polyphonic Demo, a brain-bending collection of forty-four, one-minute tracks that serve as small windows into a series of different worlds. Right away, i want to analyze the word “demo” in the title. This is not a demo. I believe that in this context, “demo” is short for “demolition,” as in the demolition of the listener’s expectations of how recorded music should behave.

I can feel the gears turning inside of you. You are resistant to listening to a disc full of one-minute tracks, because you are convinced what it will just feel like someone flipping through their music collection, and listening to the first 60 seconds of every song. This resistance is not unnatural - but completely wrong. Polyphonic Demo flows like a narrative story, taking you on a tour through a hall of wonders, sharing a bite-sized piece of each strange chapter of your travels. It is highly unconventional, yet ultimately enjoyable way of experiencing Headboggle’s unusual musical perspective. Fans of Headboggle - you don’t want to skip this one.

From the label:

“San Francisco's Derek Gedalecia's long-standing HEADBOGGLE moniker has boasted over 100 releases in his twenty plus years composing and releasing music that spans from dense layered modern electronics, sputtering noise, modular and Buchla based synthesizer works, avant neo-classical, to giddy electronics and even ragtime piano, but none of these 100 plus releases have fully purged the deepest depths of unexplored sonic territories, with the inspired urgency and strategic extraction of unheard electronic compositions as his newest record, titled Polyphonic Demo, to be released on CD and digital this April 22 via Oakland, CA imprint Ratskin Records. On Polyphonic Demo, Gedalecia abandons all notions of what experimental music is "supposed" to sound like to offer a exploding, tense, exuberant, and refreshingly idiosyncratic take on synthesizer music. With forty-four one minute tracks, meant to be shuffled on CD or remain in their sequenced order, Gedalecia completely re imagines what is possible both compositionally and spatially within the confines of a sixty second track, or an album for that matter. Gedalecia constructs poignant, cinematic vignettes which offer a glimpse into dense, psychedelic zones. "Polyphonic Demo" is the listening adventure of abstract, yet masterfully grounded take on electronic music we've all been waiting for.  “

Track Premiere - Headboggle - “Country Club Road


“Headboggle splinters his typically all-encompassing style of synth composition into tiny one minute morsels & the results play out like fellow Bay Area legends The Residents on their Commercial Album: short and sweet, presenting each idea as a discrete miniature world and moving on. Derek presents a comprehensive taxonomy of the tones and strategies within his arsenal of synths and electronics, finding room for everything from glistening classical-informed harmonies to the bludgeoning rhythmic squelches that have become his signature. Across 44 tracks, Derek dilates time and sketches out some oblique narrative known only to him that seems to contain infinite details”.                      


- Max  Allison, Hausu Mountain 





Video for “Blue Guitar”




“ HOLY SHIT Headboggle has gone “commercial” with (44) one-minute jingles of brain-damaged intent. I can’t get over this joker’s Modern Ballroom Dancing © sound - puts me super smiley in the headspace of Mort Garson or The Residents. My favorite release of his so far.”     

                                                                                               

- Bran (...) Pos 



Derek Gedalecia, a.k.a. Headboggle, has been performing electronic keyboard-based soundscapes for several years in the Bay Area in over a hundred local performances at venues ranging from GTK to YBCA. Incorporating lowbrow with highbrow art, music, and comedy, Head Boggle’s intent is to fuse together a new ecstatic improvisational performance style with a carefully crafted musical underbed. In his formative years, Gedalecia studied classical and ragtime piano from noted ragtime composer/revivalist Dr. Brian Dykstra.

Preorder Polyphonic Demo starting 3/22/19:

https://ratskinrecords.bandcamp.com/

[VIDEO] Pretty Matty - "Kicked Out"

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Toronto rockers Pretty Matty have released a video for Kicked Out, a standalone single with plans to release next year.  Kicked Out carries forward the exuberant and fresh songwriting that  characterized the Pretty Matty EP released earlier this year. Don’t miss it. It’s really short, but a lot of fun. And don’t forget to nab the Pretty Matty EP, either. You can get that here:

https://prettymatty.com/album/pretty-matty-ep

ALSO: here's a huge event featuring Pretty Matty:

https://www.eventbrite.ca/e/class-of-2019-little-junior-good-kid-nobro-wine-lips-pretty-matty-tickets-52878633416

 

[Video] Pacific Plaza Releases new Eccodroid CDR

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Today, vaporwave producer and vocalist, Eccodroid releases Hologram Hex, a four-track album on 3” CDR format from Pacific Plaza Records. The release features a rainy and cool vaporwave vibe with original lyrics and vocals, a signature of Eccodroid’s style.

Hologram Hex opens with a A Thousand Missing Calls, a moody electronic piece augmented with thunder & rain samples where Ecco delivers an almost disaffected vocal reminiscent of Damon Albarn’s dead-eyed drawl. Fading carries the theme forward with a slow jam with a gentle bass line and ambient backings, topped with a reverb drenched vocal that drifts in an out of the spotlight. The third selection, Low Def, is built on a driving beat and a looping synth pattern, while the title track, Hologram Hex, closes out with groovy bass, some panned accents, and a nice buzzing synth solo after the first chorus. Other unidentified sounds tumble in and out of the mix like a ghostly bowling alley.

Overall, this release is a natural step in Eccodroid’s evolution, introducing new elements and techniques that play well into this thematic work, and presented in an artistic, collectible fashion with Pacific Plaza sensibilities.

Gray Lee

[Video] A Thousand Missing Phone Calls


New Releases Set a Spooky Mood for Halloween Night

Halloween and music are deeply intertwined, from horror movie soundtracks, to ghostly dark ambient vibes. Here are a few choice releases that can get your blood pumping, WHILE YOU STILL HAVE BLOOD!

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VHS GLITCH - “They Made Me an Animal

This synthwave concept piece is full of creepy fun, referencing all the great 80s horror film soundtracks, and supercharging them with aggressive beats. It’s got the scare vibes and chase scenes all strung together, with enough masks, knives, and buckets of blood to make you scream!

This is John Carpenter on a futuristic motorcycle, riding down a desolate highway at night, being chased by a massive, stop-motion animated winged beast.

https://vhsglitch.bandcamp.com/album/they-made-me-an-animal

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NEO LA - “Grave Wave Volume II”

(Neo LA)

Another entry in the great category of synthwave + Halloween is Grave Wave Volume II, a formidable follow-up to last year’s chilling Volume 1. This compilation pulls together a wide variety of artists who all have the same goal, to scare you to death, but in a stylish, retro way - with plenty of great synth patterns, thumping rhythms, and a smattering of fun horror samples & sounds. Hang your spiderwebs and carve the pumpkin, it’s time for the gouls to come out and play.

https://neo-la.bandcamp.com/album/grave-wave-vol-2

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FACEXHUGGER - “Sci-Fi Violence”

Although not strictly a Halloween themed release, this jammer by FaceXHugger is the real deal. Plenty of retro sci-fi horror sounds await in this fantastic release. Be frightened by the speed and ferocity of Day Walkers, or the creepy credit sequence formality of Ethos of Betrayal. And let’s not forget to mention this amazing cover art, which I would file, like this album, under ‘best of.’

https://facexhugger.bandcamp.com/album/sci-fi-violence

 

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FICTIONAL GIRLFRIEND - “The Hatred”

(Power_Lunch Corporation)

Dark vaporwave artist Fictional Girlfriend is at it again with another shadowy journey through a hell dimension. This release features a spooky concoction of disintegrated samples and pulsating rhythms that’ll have you looking around every corner for a jump scare.

https://powerlunch.bandcamp.com/album/the-hatred

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FAE & SEFFI - “Origin of Conflict”

(Girly Girl Musik)

This nightmarish descent into darkened regions of purgatory has got all the shadowy ambient overture and twisted synth madness you could hope for. It’s a new dead day dawning on a bleak landscape of horror and despair. Don’t miss it!

https://girlygirlmusik.bandcamp.com/album/origin-of-conflict

Gray Lee

333REDUX Elevates Collaboration to New Levels

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Creative dynamo and No Part of It label head, Arvo Zylo is constantly immersing himself in art, writing, and music culture. One of his most outstanding personal projects, 333, is a powerhouse of rhythmic industrial noise that pummels with it’s unending grit, while continuing interest with new emergence of detail around every corner.

After releasing 333, Arvo decided to invite a significant group of sound artists to take the original 333 material and reimagine it. With 33 artists signed on to collab, the project seems to have taken on a life of its own, becoming an entirely different beast than the original piece.

What these other artists were able to bring to the project was their own visions, and their own varied experiences - which temper the material in a unique way. The result is a surprisingly cohesive musical work that has a definitive vibe running throughout, while continually shifting the minute to minute details. There is a lot of experimentation here with noise as an instrument or a musical device, rather than using musical instruments or devices to create noise.

Worth the price of admission just for the titles, be prepared to have your ears gouged by ripping tracks such as the fuzz-infused electro freakout of Pretzel Days at the Stripper Nebula by AODL, Freakish child voice samples and lo-fi beats of One Two Eight Nine Six by Sudden Infant, or the half hour excursion into mechanical leaning drones and the mournful cries of dying organs of ZRMFXL by Bull of Heaven. Those are some highlights from what is a truly overwhelming work. In fact, this ‘REDUX’ release is so far removed from the original material that it stands separate and squarely above it in terms of scope, variation, and sheer vision.

There is a powerful sense of energy and rhythmic urgency in 333REDUX that permeates the entire runtime. I recommend enjoying this release in its entirety, in a listening setting. 333REDUX is available in digital format, or on DVD. The DVD version of this release adds contributors videos to the experience, and are printed on demand at No Part of It.

Gray Lee

https://nopartofit.bandcamp.com/album/333redux