Musical primitivism is alive and well in the work of drone auteur Jason Lescalleet. Employing a collection of vintage reel-to-reel tape recorders and basic electronics, he experiments with analog tape loops of found sound, atmospheric noise, and the cacophonous clatter of everyday life. On his latest piece of drone work, “An Archaic Code,” Lescalleet weaves ethereal organ lines and basic synthesizer sounds into something that resembles a half-formed memory or possibly a dream in its last dying throes before completely dissolving back into the subconscious. Released today, you can pick up a copy of his Archaic Architecture cassette over at NNA Tapes. Listen to “An Archaic Code” below, which incidentally is one of only two tracks on the cassette – not that you’ll be complaining once you succumb to its Basinski-esque waves of minimalist euphoria.
Plugging away since 1999, The National finally hit mainstream success with the release of their 2010 album High Violet. Of course, this entailed their first world tour, but in the new documentary Mistaken For Strangers, it’s only the backdrop for the relationship between lead singer Matt Berninger and his younger brother Tom, who had no idea that these short videos he was shooting would turn into a public document of their troubled, if still loving brotherhood.
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