New record Think Tone I Don’t Know out July 9th via Fire Talk Records. Pre Order and stream the single “Saturday” below
FIRE TALK + SOLID MELTS PRESENTS
SATURDAY FEBRUARY 2ND
@ 252 NORMAN
Lots of you don’t really know much about me besides the fact that I write for this blog and work with music and art a little bit. So I thought I might use this review of the new Clearing tape “Let Go” (Solid Melts) as a place for a more in depth introduction to me and how this tape feels a little synonymous with where I live.
Lets get started, my name is Christian Filardo and I live in Tempe, Arizona in a house right next to a frat house. I go to art school at the world-renowned business school Arizona State University. I occasionally make art and play shows but often I stay inside my house and work on “me” stuff. My house backs up to a posh student living community with security cameras, a pool, gated bike racks, the works. Tempe is a surreal college town that isn’t really awesome when the students are in town and isn’t really awesome when the students are out of town. It just sort of “is”.
Akin to a lot of the Southwest, Tempe has a lot of strip malls, different burrito places ending in bertos, and too many motor vehicles per family. However, it’s not as bad as it sounds on paper. It’s sort of dream world, gridded out by highways and bogged down by political mistakes. Tempe is a place where you can essentially do anything you want and no one will bother you. I have been living in this house for three years and only this morning did I meet one of my neighbors because her dog escaped on New Years Eve. What I am getting at here is the fact that in this weird urban suburban hybrid concrete mess there are things happening. Which brings me back to this Clearing release. Clearing is straight up ambient music by Joseph Volmer, at least that is what it appears to be.
With music like this it is important as a listener to be open to the music taking you where it wants to take you. While “Let Go” may appear as the buy one get one free avant garde music special at the experimental wholesaler it is more than that. It is an ephemeral spirit soaker, an ambient baptism, a cleansing for your ears. In fact I would say this is the perfect album to get someone into experimental music. It’s much like Tempe in the sense that it is constantly covered in a haze that seems to slow everything. It seems one way but is actually another, a mirage of your past or a projection of your future, constantly moldable, constantly free but in the most oppressive way. What feels like forever disappears in a blink. Volmer is able to express how I feel a lot of the time in “Let Go”, and that is what makes it more than just synth pads, jangly ebow drifts, and distant delays. Let Go is a quiet influential ever changing concrete mess. That is perfect for drifting into the new year.
SOLID MELTS + TEEN RIVER PRESENTS
☼ Mind Dynamics (Brooklyn, NY - Solid Melts)
☼ Josh Millrod (Brooklyn, NY - Grasshopper/Hex Breaker)
☼ Julie Byrne (Chicago, IL - Orindal Records/Solid Melts/Teen River)
☼ Daniel Wyche (Chicago, IL - Teen River)
☼ Michael Meegan (Chicago, IL - Teen River recording artist)
☼ CS LUXEM (Kansas - Teen River)
$5 // 9pm // Friday Dec 28
@ Dekalb Vision
1358 Dekalb Ave 1R || Brooklyn NY
SOLID MELTS PRESENTS
☼ Daniel Bachman
☼ Mister Matthews (Telecult Powers)
☼ Austin Vaughn
☽ Treats by Mary Katherine
$5 // 9pm // Tues Dec 18
@ Dekalb Vision
1358 Dekalb Ave 1R || Brooklyn NY
Daniel Bachman is a 22-year-old musician born and raised in Fredericksburg, Virginia. He has been playing what he describes as “psychedelic appalachia” since he was a teenager, releasing small run editions of tapes, CDs and LPs for the past three years, with a sound that evolved from drones and banjos to a now guitar centered focus. Touring off and on since the age of 17, Bachman has managed to cover thorough ground across the US, sharing stages with like minded folk such as fellow Fredericksburg native Jack Rose, for whom he fashioned the artwork for the posthumous release of ‘Luck In The Valley’. His newest effort is the full length LP ‘Seven Pines’, sprung from a year living and working in the city of Philadelphia. The sound results in a combination of homesick worried blues and the ecstatic buzz of fresh experience and a new life in unknown territory. Familiar and known, but also seeking to access memories from lives past, dead and gone.
Seabat is the project of multimedia artist John Also Bennett often in collaboration with musician and film composer Forest Christenson. Seabat explores synthesized sounds and ambient textures aimed to create immersive, cinematic surrealist sound environments. They draw from a range of influences spanning the history of electronic music, from German kosmische, synthesist and film composer Vangelis, Micro-House, contemporary American noise and the avant garde. Seabat has recorded four full length albums, performed nationwide, and recently released a full length LP and DVD of 5.1 surround sound compositions.
Austin Vaughn is a musician who plays the drums and has a day job. In solo situations he makes acoustic music for drumset that celebrates the phenomena of vibration.
Ninguém É Como Tu - Reworks
1. Canção para o Luís (Robert Foster rework)
2. Para-peito (The Astroboy rework)
3. Barco para Zamami (Cangarra rework)
4. Na Descontra (Ondness rework)
5. Ninguém É Como Tu (PCF Moya rework)
Clearing - Trust (Let Go, Solid Melts 2012)
SM 025: CLEARING “LET GO”
Music By - Joesph Volmer
Photo and Design by - Jan van der Kleijn
Edition of 150
Pre-Order now Available / Ships Nov 27
$7.00 ppd US / $8.00 ppd CAN/MEX / $10.00 ppd World