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Song of the Night: Horror Inc., “The Absent”

Banjo meets techno on “The Absent,” from Horror Inc.’s new album, Briefly Eternal. You can read a brand new interview with the very properly dressed Mr. Horror, aka Marc Leclair, over at Resident Advisor. Here’s one tantalizing exchange to help whet your appetite:

You’ve mentioned in the past that hearing Philip Glass and Steve Reich was a turning point in your life. It seems like at least one lesson that you learned from Reich, in particular, is that everything can be used to create music. Sound is, in its essence, just information. Is that accurate?

It is very accurate. How you obtain results is one thing. To me, the result matters most. Reich and Glass were in a way my companions when I was a young teenager. They were in my Walkman following me everywhere. I found their music soothing. They were composing with full ensembles and yet their music sounded like one big warm pulse. Like all elements of nature unchained. When my daughter was a baby and even a young kid, I used to play Music for 18 Musicians to her every night when she was falling asleep. It’s so meditative. I also saw Glass in Montreal when I was 16, and it blew my mind. Such discipline in these gentlemen’s music, and at the same time you just feel like letting go.


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Listen: Miles, “Faint Hearted”

image via Fact Mag

image via Fact Mag

Faint Hearted, the Modern Love debut from Miles Whittaker, has been posted to Soundcloud in its entirety for absolutely free. As far as I know, Faint Hearted is sold out almost everywhere, at least in its 2LP form. Digital copies can still be purchased via Boomkat. But check out the free preview for now. I suspect more copies will be pressed.

Whittaker—aka DJ Miles, Suum Cuique, Pendle Coven, one half of Demdike Stare, et al.—has a new EP out too, also on Modern Love. Called Unsecured, it’s disappearing from shelves just as quickly as the full-length did. In the US, copies may still be available via Forced Exposure, otherwise you’ll have to search online or visit your favorite local record shop to find it, something you should probably do more often anyway.

I think the EP is amazing—even better than the full-length album, which is winning praise far and wide. This year Miles is one of the only techno-producing musicians completely winning me over. Listening now, Faint Hearted sounds better than I remember.

Check him out.