Sharkiface – Climax in a Process

majesty   5/24/2023   A Library

A 1999 Bay Area transplant, this “sampling siren and static witch” received her MFA in Electronic Music from Mills College. Layering live samples, tape delays, custom devices, textures and rhythms, Angela Edwards often uses an extremely rare and tactile synth, sampler, and manipulated voice to “coax oceans of glass from tiny metal boxes.” This debut solo album elucidates “what happens when a moveable feast meets a gobbleable object? An ocean of gray rises, the music growing ever darker, richer, deeper, pouring toward you ever swifter.” CIAP explores “not only the metaphorical values of a full moon, but also the loss of loved ones.” She can be found here using the musical value of a birthdate to create arrangements, altogether developing a narrative either sonically, symbolically, or spiritually; the themes of “memories, shadow work, incantations, processing trauma, and redemption. Noord, tranoe, and larynx trace the anchorline beneath it all to sunless depths where an unblinking hunger hunts all, without rest. As her waveforms roil about your mind, you begin to realize that if you can hear desire, desire can hear you.” 

Surfrajettes, The – “Roller Fink” – [Hi-Tide]

majesty   4/5/2023   12-inch, A Library

Atmospheric to the max, The Surfrajettes debut full length album (gasp!) takes us to Saturday night at the roller rink. A giant cloud of hairspray emerges….four figures, a row of towering beehives, resplendent in personally styled details the level of any Tiki Oasis devotee…we’ve waited SO LONG for Sherry Freeman (guitar), Nicole Damoff (guitar), Sarah Butler (bass guitar), Dani Nash (drums) and (my personal fave), Mike Freeman as the pace + direction settin’ and snack bar hawkin’ Rock and Roll Palace Announcer, to take us both into solid original instrumental surf, and into iconic feel-good covers you never knew you needed. Heart of Glass (Track 8) sandwiches title track Roller Fink with She Loves You (Track 10), sliding into a dreamy Snowball (Track 12) to close us out. Play the first side for the first direction of skate surf, and expect to be in love with the dream of an eternal summer by Salty Sister (Track 4) and smitten with these Canadian surf giants as Slush Puppy (Track 6) glides in. Ur Majesty

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