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Friday, April 21, 2017
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Here’s what we have coming up this week:
 
Tonight's Inside Track is a reissue of the 1986 collaboration between Mexico-based musicians Jorge Reyes and Antonio Zepeda, A La Izquierda Del Colibrí. Drawing on contemporary electronics and pre-Hispanic musical traditions, this record features the constant murmurings of el idioma otomí (indigenous language to Mexico), trance percussion, flutes, and natural sounds of insects and water. It's a prophetic, mysterious, and unrelenting record that's easy to get lost in.
 
Monday's Outside Track will be the self-titled debut from Israeli skronk-rockers Sall Hardali. Featuring noisy, punky, improvisation, the five musicians on the album deliver a fusion of sounds and ideas that should appeal to fans of Guerrilla Toss and Fire! Orchestra alike.

Friday, April 14, 2017
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Tonight's Inside Track is Just Dust, the latest cassette release from Appalacian techno producer Bary Center. Although he's know for noisy, maximalist techno, this takes him a more nuanced, dynamic direction. There's still frenetic breakbeats and torrential bursts of tape hiss and feedback, but there are quieter moments too, like the Suzanne Ciani-esque synths on "Leech Therapy." All in all its another stellar release from NC label New Body Takes.
 
Monday's Outside Track will be Wadada Leo Smith's latest album, an ode to America's National Parks. In an interview he said, “Our national-parks system contains a beautiful idea about preserving common spaces for everybody.” Over the span of this sprawling dedication, he transmits that perceived beauty. His usual quartet, piano, double bass (amazing playing from John Lindberg here), drums, plus cello from Ashley Walters drifts attentively between jazz and classical dynamic music, always reinventing itself unexpectedly. Smith has a long view for these compositions; they cast wide to catch and account for every floating sentiment. 

Friday, April 7, 2017
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Here's what we have coming up this week:
 
Tonight's Inside Track is Incisivi Tribolazione III N IV, the second album from Carrboro-based artist Clark Blomquist’s under the moniker Tegucigalpan. Originally from Clearwater, FL, Clark has been living in Carrboro for a long time and he’s played in local acts of note like Waumiss, The Kingsbury Manx, and Spider Bags (among many others). Similar to last year’s Fifth of She, Incisivi is broken into two seemingly disparate halves. The first 6 or 7 tracks are off-kilter bedroom pop songs that recall Clark’s days in Waumiss, while the second is darker and more inorganic, demonstrating Clark's taste for dub and techno--with just a dash of Suicide thrown in for good measure.
 
Monday's Outside Track features Bronze, the new album from Hen Ogledd, an experimental folk group primarily composed of Richard Dawson Rhodri Davies. Taken from a live performance in 2015, and featuring three additional musicians (Dawn Bothwell, Laura Cannell, and Jeff Henderson), the recordings here cover a ton of ground over their two sides. There’s electronics-augmented free imrpov , skronky jams, pounding noisy electronics, and sparse ballads. All of it’s cemented by an attention to detail to dynamics and texture and a really strong sense of synergy between the musicians. None of these musicians have a conventional approach to playing their instruments, and the way they come together on the album feels like an invitation to the listener to join them in the joy of expression and discovery.  

Friday, March 31, 2017
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On tonight's Inside Track, we'll hear The Labyrinth of the Straight Line, the latest album from Cindytalk, a long-running experimental group who’ve been putting out music since the mid-80’s. This record here is a really nice collection of swirling, dynamic drones, sometimes anchored by melodic elements, sometimes anchored by spoken word poetry, sometimes anchored by pounding synthetic rhythms that hearken to their industrial past, and sometimes simply allowed to float free in its own abyss. Sharp’s described it as a revelry in obtuseness and surreality, and I really appreciate the way that manifests in the album’s strange and complex soundscapes. Although in some ways difficult to dissect, there’s still a lot of immediacy and visceral force behind these tracks, and the album is gripping the whole way through.
 
On Monday for the Outside Track we'll hear the 8th album from Tinariwen, Elwan. In the world of Tuareg music Tinariwen are something of an international cross-over force, and this album features a slew of indie and American musicians including Kurt Vile, Mark Lanegan, Alain Johannes, and Matt Sweeney. The album takes a more acoustic direction for the band, and sees them combining the distinctive guitar twang of the genre with sharp, political and personal lyrics that reflect on their home country, Mali. Despite their international presence, Tinariwen have always been connected to and wrote about where they’re from, and their relationship to the North African desert is one that’s as clear here as it’s ever been.  

Friday, March 24, 2017
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Our Inside Track is the latest album from Lord Tang (Dominic Cramp), Butterflies. Although allegedly drawing inspiration and sounds from his surroundings in Oakland, California, Butterflies is its own strange, glitchy world. At times abstract and satirical, at times groovy, this is an album that, while never getting up to a tempo you can really dance to, features some stellar electronic compositions and is sure to get you primed and ready for the New Science Experience at 10.
 
Monday's Outside Track is Prayer and Resonance, the debut album of spacey, psychedelic ambient music from Unearth Noise (Roger Berkowitz). On it, he creates dense, multilayered soundscapes that don’t move as much as overwhelm with a particular mood as it lingers in stasis and features everything from synthesizers and cut-up vocals to an array of bells, chimes, string instruments, and subtle percussion. Violinist Gautam Karnik also provides some lovely strings to about half a dozen tracks. While his instrumental and sonic choices reference locations and sounds from all over the world, his compositional style is distinctive, and the worlds he creates are enveloping and unique.

Friday, March 17, 2017
This Week on WXYC

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Tonight's Inside Track is the latest from Varg, Nordic Flora Pt. 2: En Ros Röd Som Blod. In contrast to the more straightforward techno of Pt. 1, this double-cassette release on Posh Isolation twists down avenues containing expansive ambient soundscapes, digital-analog experiments reminiscent of Susumu Yokota, and chaotic freely improvised percussion, all while anchored with a collection of solid dance tracks.
 
Monday's Outside Track is Poulo Warali, the first distributed release from Awa Poulo, a singer with Peulh origins from the Dilly commune of Mali, very near Mauritania. The Peulh-speaking people, who make up less than 10% of Mali’s melting pot of languages, are predominantly pastoral or nomadic making it very rare that Malian Peulh music is played in a cosmopolitan context. Just as rare is the fact that Awa Poulo is a publicly performing female musician in the Peulh culture, but through family ties in the music world, Awa Poulo has been able to become widely recognize musician in the area. The release itself features Awa Poulo’s rhythmic folk-pop vocals, n’goni (lute), flute, calabash gourd percussion, and tastefully distorted guitar.  

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