Without planning it that way, Cyclic Defrost #23 appears to split neatly down the middle. On one side we’re taking stock of enduring purveyors of experimental music (Pimmon, Castings, Jon Hassell) and on the other welcoming a slew of new faces (Swoop Swoop, Peaking Lights, Mata & Must).
The former are fascinating artists who continue, even a decade into their careers, to blaze paths through the dense foliage of experimental music. Pimmon’s influence in Australia’s experimental scene is undeniable, while Castings’ idiosyncratic improvised tension has yet to be properly documented, despite their reverberations being felt nationally. On the other hand, Mata & Must’s dad answered the phone when we called, and Swoop Swoop is fast emerging from Perth’s sun-drenched obscurity.
Suneel Jethani steps back from the perennially-burgeoning wonky hip-hop movement to make sense of the scene. It’s already causing a ruckus, just wait for the counter arguments.
Of course, there’s plenty more than what unfolds in this here magazine.
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