Steve Hauschildt goes Nonlin on new album for Ghostly International, shares new track “Subtractive Skies”

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Chicago based synth soul searcher Steve Hauschildt returns with his latest album, Nonlin, his second release on Ghostly International following 2018’s Dissolvi.

If you were a fan of the pillowy soft keyboard excursions fit for, say, chilling out on some acupuncture (as my TMT pal Lijah put it), Nonlin rides a similarly mellow, yet slightly “freer, leaner, and looser” feel that might be more appropriate for journeys into the subconscious in a sensory deprivation tank. It’s up to you, I guess!

Nonlin is out October 25, and Ghostly has pre-orders up and running. Peep the tracklist below, and zone the album’s first taste “Subtractive Skies.”

Nonlin tracklisting:

01. Cloudloss
02. Subtractive Skies
03. A Planet Left Behind
04. Attractor B
05. The Nature Remaining
06. Nonlin
07. Reverse Culture Music
08. The Spring in Chartreuse
09. American Spiral

Kranky celebrates 25 years of mostly brain massage, announces anniversary shows in Portland, NYC, & LA + Loscil album reissue

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Almost hard to believe it’s been 25 years since Joel Leoschke and Bruce Adams founded Kranky explicitly for the purpose of putting out Labradford’s Prazision LP. Since that time, not only have they (obviously) gone on to release a crap-ton of music from other great artists, but they’ve managed to reach the kind of status wherein most vagabonds of the Western independent music world knows the humble Kranky insignia when they see it. These days, it’s the label of choice for heavy hitters like Tim Hecker, Loscil, Stars of the Lid, Steve Hauschildt, and (recently) Grouper — and Liz Harris herself recently commented on how it’s “rare to find a label that has its heart in the right place and business ethics to match.”

Harris made that remark around the time of Kranky’s 20th anniversary; and now, she and other artists are back to further put their microphone where their appreciating mouth is (because that’s how musicians usually perform). 25 years for Kranky means a series of label shows in partnership with the event series Ambient Church, and that series will involve various Kranky artists performing in select cities around the United States beginning in mid-November. The label’s also reissuing Loscil’s 2002 album Submers, which is part of a deliberate move to release expanded versions of albums that have either been long out of print or not originally sponsored by Kranky.

Submers is coming out November 23 for your meditative pleasure. Hear the track “Argonaut I” below, and see a rundown of the upcoming shows afterwards.

25 and still Kranky:

11.16.18 – Portland, OR – First Cong. United Church of Christ *
11.17.18 – Portland, OR – First Cong. United Church of Christ #
12.01.18 – Los Angeles, CA – First Cong. Church of Los Angeles %
12.08.18 – Chicago, IL – Rockefeller Memorial Chapel @
12.15.18 – New York, NY – St. Ann & The Holy Trinity ^

* Loscil, Valet, Saloli
# Grouper, Benoît Pioulard, Strategy
% Grouper, Brian McBride, Less Bells
@ Windy & Carl, Pan•American, Steve Hauschildt, Justin Walter
^ Christina Vantzou, Forma, Earthen Sea, Saloli

GABI – “Sleep”

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GABINew York-based experimental singer and composer Gabrielle Herbst, better known as GABI, is returning this fall with her sophomore album Empty Me. Born partially out of half-asleep keyboard improvisations in the middle of the night, Empty Me was fully realized with the help of friends and collaborators including Julie Byrne producer Eric Littman, harpist Marilu … More »

Steve Hauschildt – “M Path”

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Steve HauschildtSteve Hauschildt is releasing his latest album of experimental electronic music, Dissolvi, at the end of this week. The former Emeralds member has already shared two tracks from it — “Saccade,” which featured Julianna Barwick, and “Alienself” — and, before its officially released, he’s back with one last advanced single. Hauschildt has just … More »

Steve Hauschildt – “Alienself”

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Steve HauschildtLast month, former Emeralds member Steve Hauschildt announced his new album, Dissolvi, the latest in a string of experimental electronic music that he’s been releasing under his own name since 2011, the latest of which was 2016’s Strands. The album’s first single, “Saccade,” featured Julianna Barwick. More »

Steve Hauschildt announces debut album via Ghostly International, reveals lead single, ‘Saccade’

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Steve Hauschildt announces debut album via Ghostly International, reveals lead single, 'Saccade'

Off the heels of his involvement in the psychedelic noise outfit Emeralds and its eventual dissolution, Steve Hauschildt found himself at home again in the sublime landscape of experimental electronica.  Now, in accordance with his solo minimalist techno work,  Hauschildt’s announced he’ll be releasing his first album for Ghostly International in early-August.

The album’s title, Dissolvi, is a reference to the Latin phrase cupio dissolvi, which translates to “I wish to be dissolved.” Per the album’s press release, physiological phenomena are of severe interest to Hauschildt and as a result, his songs are distinctly cerebral in their orientation, while the music’s visceral energy lends largely unexplainable.

Dissolvi‘s announcement comes complete with the album’s lead single, a soft new track “Saccade,” featuring the Los Angeles-based musician Julianna Barwick.  The work of Chicago poet Carl Sandburg comes to mind when listening. As in, “I am the people—the mob—the crowd—the mass.” In coincidence with Hauschildt’s interest of dissociating the self in this work, the individual, too, dissolves into the crowd, as well as in Barwick’s saccharine echoes in the song.

Speaking about the album’s recording process and its effect on the work, Hauschildt said: “Much of it was recorded in a windowless studio which removed elemental or seasonal references to time in the music. The focus this time was on mixing the album and incorporating a broader set of instrumentation. I describe my compositional approach as being quasi-generative.”

In his embrace of new methods and philosophical curiosities, Hauschildt’s expanded the range of his output, and delivered a fascinating and profoundly rich experience in listening, being, and contextualizing as a result.

Ghostly International will release Dissolvi on August 3.

Album Cover Art Credit: Robert Beatty

Steve Hauschildt prepares to improve your acupuncturist’s music taste with a new album on Ghostly International

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Let’s all be honest: all these YouTube relaxation playlists just aren’t doing the trick for us anymore. If only there were a way to convince our Chinese herbalist to listen to something new for a change…Well, here’s our chance! Steve Hauschildt has just announced a new full-length record, Dissolvi, which comes out July 8 on Ghostly International.

“Much of [Dissolvi] was recorded in a windowless studio, which removed elemental or seasonal references to time in the music,” writes Hauschildt. “The focus this time was on mixing the album and incorporating a broader set of instrumentation.” The title takes its name from cupio dissolvi, a Latin phrase meaning “I wish to dissolve.” That’s how I normally feel when they stick all those tiny needles in my hands, too. Hopefully the music is as physiologically relaxing as the title promises…

Oh, ok. I just listened to the first single below and I can confirm it is not a disappointing journey inwards. “Saccade” features fellow “I make music in a dark room with all the windows drawn” artist, Julianna Barwick. It was inspired by “involuntary eye movements” and features a gorgeous blend of Barwick’s signature echo and Hauschildt’s kosmiche-style productions.

Dissolvi is Hauschildt’s first full length for Ghostly, following the release of his 2016 album Strands and his appearance on this year’s phenomenal new record from Christina Vantzou. Pre-order it now, and be sure to give a copy as a gift to your acupuncturist. In no time, you’ll be jamming out (or totally asleep) whenever you’re getting glass orbs suction-stuck to your back! Thanks Steve!

Cover art: Robert Beatty

Dissolvi tracklisting:

01. M Path
02. Phantox
03. Saccade (ft. Julianna Barwick)
04. Alienself
05. Aroid
06. Syncope (ft. GABI)
07. Lyngr
08. Dissolvi

Steve Hauschildt – “Saccade” (Feat. Julianna Barwick)

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Steve Hauschildt DissolviFormer Emeralds member Steve Hauschildt has been releasing electronic music under his own name since 2011, the most recent of which was 2016’s Strands. He’s just announced that his newest collection, called Dissolvi, will come out in August. “Much of it was recorded in a windowless studio which removed elemental or seasonal references to time … More »