AFTER THE FACT: “Blackened Cities” by Melanie De Biasio

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I just discovered Melanie De Biasio last night off of Gilles Peterson’s Worldwide Radio playlist and it was love at first listen. He had added her track “I’m Gonna Leave You”, which is an absolutely track, but the track that absolutely blew me away was her 24:16 long masterpiece “Blackened Cities”, which came out May 20th of last year on PIAS. Melanie De Biasio is a Belgian jazz singer who released her first album titled A Stomach Is Burning 10 years ago. However, to call “Blackened Cities” simply a jazz track wouldn’t make much sense. It’s an interesting blend of post-rock and jazz that you can’t find from many other artists besides Tortoise. When I first clicked on this song to listen, I didn’t even realize that it was 24 minutes long and just kept listening hoping that it wasn’t going to end. Beyond adding her to his playlist, Gilles Peterson did an entire remix album of De Biasio’s 2013 album No Deal and called “Blackened Cities” his favorite track of 2016, which means a lot coming from one of the most knowledgable guys in the music world. Clear out some time and give this track your undivided attention for awhile, it’s absolutely worth it.

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AFTER THE FACT: Pets I by Column

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Jan Philipp Janzen is musician from Cologne, Germany and is a member Von Spar and Cologne Tape. He has also played as live drummer for musicians like The Field and Owen Pallett. Pets I is Janzen’s first release as Column and he’s certainly off to a great start. Released last July on Berlin’s Areal Records, Pets I seamlessly blends elements of krautrock and house music. This EP only has 3 tracks, but it feels very contingent without being boring. I would say overall it’s a very quick and worthwhile listen for any of you who enjoy electronic music.

RIYL: Cavern of Anti-Matter, Youandewan, that trendy club in the gentrified neighborhood that doesn’t play top 40s music

Favorite track: Looking For Shoes II

AFTER THE FACT: Escape Hatch by Seahawks

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After the fact posts are going to be albums I found well after they came out (let’s say somewhere between 2 months and 5 years ago, then it’ll go in my oldies section). Anyways, Escape Hatch came out August 26th, 2016 on Ocean Moon Records. It’s probably my sleeper album of the year for 2016 because I didn’t see anyone even acknowledge this album. Seahawks make music that was recorded under the ocean, blending tropical jazz sounds with elements of ambient and new age music. If interested, you can even check out their own WordPress site here. This album serves as excellent concentration and homework music and gets the official Mitchfork™ Stamp of Approval.

RIYL: Mark Barrott, anything released by Rhythm Section, or sleeping

Favorite Track: Visitors