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Stretching her three-octave range to breaking point and recasting it over avant compositions which mine a grey area between piercing folk and glitched electronics, Eartheater’s fourth album is an exorcism worthy of its cover art: striking, fiery, impossible to ignore.

A one-time member of psych outfit Guardian Alien, Alexandra Drewchin’s music as Eartheater has always carried a psychoactive coating. As far back as her work on the excellent experimental label Hausu Mountain, you could hear an artist wilfully attempting to poke holes in reality. 2015’s "RIP Chrysalis" was particularly haunted, a mode that Drewchin moved away from with more beat-driven albums and mixtapes for PAN, but one that continues to thrill.

"Phoenix: Flames Are Dew Upon My Skin" has a few barked rap refrains and the occasional bass pulse, but broadly strips back anything permutable to a club. Instead, the fourth as Eartheater carries more traces of unfamiliar terrain than any other to date. Sketched out while Drewchin was undergoing an artist residency in Zaragoza, she was in touching distance to the dust and heat of a yellow-and-red desert. Fittingly, the album bottles a kind of scorched, dry air. And if the sound wasn’t clear enough, the LP’s artwork –– easily 2020’s most eye-popping cover and, as time goes on, one surely destined for cult status on shelves –– makes a sizable downpayment on the concept of fire and flesh.

"Phoenix: Flames Are Dew Upon My Skin" is the result of being personally burned. A major relationship wound to its conclusion. Drewchin has never seemed more consumed by, and open to working through, base impulses and heartbreak. On the raw closer 'How To Fight', she tells us "I’ve tasted metals of my own blood and learned to like it. I’ve gone under the knife of love; dissected every vein and vessel." Elsewhere, she compares physical release to tectonic plates and pits of lava. With each synth lead that glows like embers, or an elegiac sweep of harp and strings, she brings us –– and herself –– closer to some kind of solace.

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There’s a lethal edge to the music that requires the right mindset to engage with it. Drewchin has never shied away from making good on her range, letting her voice twist upward and plunge downward across whatever instrumentation there is to hand. But on "Phoenix: Flames Are Dew Upon My Skin", we are treated to the Queens artist in an intimate state. This isn’t your uncle’s folk music, but the washes of gentle guitars and soft balladeering make it a modern slant on folk nonetheless. "Phoenix: Flames Are Dew Upon My Skin" is witheringly honest and emotionally tender enough to send chills down the spine, striking it out as a rare breed in 2020.

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    November 30, 2020
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      • Arca KiCk i Vinyl, 1×LP, Limited Edition Pink Vinyl

      • Oneohtrix Point Never Magic Oneohtrix Point Never Vinyl, 2×LP, Limited Coloured Transparent orange vinyl

      • Eartheater Phoenix: Flames Are Dew Upon My Skin Vinyl, 1×LP, Limited Coloured Transparent orange with black marbled vinyl

      • K-LONE Cape Cira Vinyl, 1×LP, Limited Coloured Yellow vinyl

      • Lyra Pramuk Fountain Vinyl, 1×LP, Limited Coloured

      • Speaker Music Black Nationalist Sonic Weaponry Vinyl, 2×LP

      • Speaker Music Black Nationalist Sonic Weaponry (Booklet) Book 60 Page Booklet

      • Duval Timothy Help Vinyl, 2×LP 180g heavyweight vinyl

      • Actress Karma & Desire Vinyl, 2×LP, Limited Coloured Crystal Fuchsia 140g vinyl

      • Actress Bucket Hat Limited Print Print

      • Cabaret Voltaire Shadow of Fear Vinyl, 2×LP, Limited Coloured White vinyl

      • Tara Clerkin Trio Tara Clerkin Trio Vinyl, 1×LP Includes locked groove on B side

      • Tara Clerkin Trio Tara Clerkin Trio Bleep Poster Poster, A3

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    As we approach the end of 2020 we take a look back at some of our favourite music from this year. Luckily during these turbulent times some exceptional music has been made. Providing us a sonic place to escape, a place to reflect, or a place to dance.

    Always on the search for the perfect meeting between pop and experimentalism, we found it this year in KiCk I, made by one of the most compelling and innovative artist on our planet right now, Arca. Other records that found this perfect balance was the artful and beautiful avant-garde songs from Eartheater, and the profound beauty of Lyra Pramuk’s Fountain.

    Two of this century’s premier electronic musicians, Oneohtrix Point Never and Actress, created records that were both uniquely their own while inviting other artists into their sonic universe. Meanwhile, pioneering musician Richard H. Kirk came out of the shadows, with the first Cabaret Voltaire album since 1994.

    The aftershocks of the london Jazz earthquake could still be felt in the collection of musical sketches and abstract songcraft of Duval Timothy’s Help, and in the eccentric bric-a-brac of Bristol’s Tara Clerkin Trio.

    Two records of this year that could not be further apart were by K-Lone and Speaker Music. Black Nationalist Sonic Weaponry was a sonic response to the past and present events unfolding, creating a record which whilst difficult to listen to, was a crucial audio document of its time. Cape Cira on the other hand, created an oasis for us to seek refuge in, and forget what was happening around the globe.

    For some, music can be a way to escape our reality and to turn on, tune in and drop out, but for others, it is a medium to provoke, educate, and turn up. Whatever you need from your listening experience, we hope that you can find something in these ten albums to fill you up.

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