Daily Yinz – Requiem Witch – Meta Madness

As Requiem Witch, Carolyn Slothour infuses spooky electronic soundscapes with unearthly strands of flute. Requiem Witch's debut EP, Meta Madness, came out in late June. The title track is a creeping, downtempo affair that opens with bubbles of synth, mournful strings, and whispering percussion before Slothour's flute takes center stage, weaving its way hauntingly through … Continue reading Daily Yinz – Requiem Witch – Meta Madness

Daily Yinz – County Conservation District – Phillip Jeffries

Stephen Matejka's County Conservation District project morphed into its most accessible iteration yet with June's Some Fear. Inspired by a range of producers and composers, the tape evokes images of blue screens flickering late at night, images of old video games and B-movies flashing by at random. "Phillip Jeffries," named for a Twin Peaks character … Continue reading Daily Yinz – County Conservation District – Phillip Jeffries

Like A Child On A Rather Strange Journey – A Q+A With The Musical Alchemist Behind Sleep Movies

Photo provided by artist Skyler Brimmeier creates wonderfully strange music as Sleep Movies, conjuring soundscapes that balance wide-eyed whimsy and foreboding darkness. His latest album, Melt Transmission (Crafted Sounds), plunges listeners into a futuristic netherworld filled with disorienting textures and humanoid melancholy. Brimmeier was kind enough to answer some questions for an album write-up in … Continue reading Like A Child On A Rather Strange Journey – A Q+A With The Musical Alchemist Behind Sleep Movies

Daily Yinz – Goblin Priest – Cephalopod Of Murderous Intent

Goblin Priest creates chiptune soundtracks to Nintendo games that exist only in the mind's most wretched recesses. The artist's latest tape, BEYOND THE TEMPLE OF THE OPHIDIAN OOZE, was released in late July on Rochester, NY's WereGnome Records, and it contains some gnarly bleeps and beeps. "Cephalopod Of Murderous Intent" slithers up with menace, its … Continue reading Daily Yinz – Goblin Priest – Cephalopod Of Murderous Intent

Daily Yinz – E.W. Harris – Bad Ghost

E.W. Harris is a futuristic folk artist from Akron, OH (not Pittsburgh I know, but the dude's got musical connections to the city, so we're counting it) who recently released a single called "Bad Ghost." The track uses a series of impressionistic, forbidding images to tell the story of a ghastly late-night murder and subsequent … Continue reading Daily Yinz – E.W. Harris – Bad Ghost

Daily Yinz – Gladstone Deluxe – Spinning Top

Producer Gladstone Deluxe's new Lost! EP contains four house tracks replete with playful keyboards and plenty of boots 'n' cats. "Spinning Top" is carried along by a driving, four-on-the-floor beat that gradually accumulates layers of melody and complexity. Bright, organ-like bursts flit about like fireflies, piano keys plink, and atmospheric synth washes hang in the … Continue reading Daily Yinz – Gladstone Deluxe – Spinning Top

Daily Yinz – W00DY – Neck Spasm

W00DY creates twitchy, frenetic "dance music for headbangers," blending genres as disparate as breakcore and punk into one supercharged mass. W00DY's most recent album, released via Orange Milk Records, is (fittingly) titled Headbanging In The Club, and it contains a menagerie of off-kilter rhythms, breathless samples, and wobbly bass. "Neck Spasm" has the ability to … Continue reading Daily Yinz – W00DY – Neck Spasm

Daily Yinz – Bishop Ivy – tunnel vision

Bishop Ivy returns with another dose of sleek, widescreen indie-pop. "Tunnel vision" is a futuristic torch ballad that sees Ivy affix his heart firmly to his sleeve, pleading with a partner, "I'll throw away the world/If that what makes it work." Organ-like synth drones provide dramatic backing for a shuddering, metronomic beat interspersed with electronic … Continue reading Daily Yinz – Bishop Ivy – tunnel vision

Daily Yinz – slowhaunt – Silks and Satins

New slowhaunt music means several things: multiple albums released at once, tons of songs, and some truly evocative titles. Funeral Hits, Pts. 3 and 4 contain such gems as "Tipsy Pallbearer," "Sweatin' in the Ghoul Car," "Thicc and Godless," and "Rotten Caterer." There are 50 tracks shared between these two albums, so it's tough to … Continue reading Daily Yinz – slowhaunt – Silks and Satins

Daily Yinz – Swampwalk – Cloud

Swampwalk releases two versions of a tender little track, one stripped down and the other 8-bitted. Swampwalk's first take of "Clouds" combines gentle acoustic guitar, lonely strings, and a ticking electronic beat to create a meditative groove that's just a bit cattywampus, giving it a rough, homespun charm. The second take, recorded live from The … Continue reading Daily Yinz – Swampwalk – Cloud