I signed up for Chris Rehm’s Monthly Tape Series and got my first cassette yesterday. It’s delightful! It’s short and sweet and experimental and handmade and friendly and will probably be a day-making suprise every time a new one arrives. Pretty much exactly what you’d want from a penpal like this.
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I am SO stoked for new Chris Rehm tunes! The lo-fi noise on his side of the Old Flame | New Squeeze tape is still absolutely incredible. Here’s the first single, Coming Up Roses, from the upcoming release called [i found an] Elephant Ring [and gave it to you]. It features a low, steady beat and for a minute it finds a pretty crunchy groove.
Also, the a/v hocus-pocus that created the staticy video here rules.
The source video was created by plugging an 1/8”-rca cable out of my computer playing this song, into the rca video-in on a little tv. I put it on the “video” setting, and the tv converted the audio information to organized static - the louder the sound is, the brighter the static, and the lower the frequency, the wider the band is.
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Link For A Good Night's Rest
"Documenting the creation of my (Chris Rehm’s) 8 hour ambient album meant to accompany the listener through a good night’s rest. Just as the doctor ordered."
I think this is a incredibly creative idea, and it’s turning out to be a super rad thing. Definitely follow along as the project progresses.
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Native America - Half-Holiday
I’m going to call the Old Flame/New Squeeze split between Native America and Chris Rehm a blogiversary present to myself. I got it a few days ago and it has been played about 35 times through every day since. Get a tape for yourself!
While Chris Rehm makes an point of letting his noisy pop become ambiance, Native America keeps the folk pop steadier. The two artists go together beautifully and every once in a while amidst the constant tape hiss I find myself in some musical moment that I can’t believe I get to be a part of. They sometimes get weird, but they always stay real.
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