Review – Jason Wietlispach – Oak Creek Recordings (Soutrane, 2018)

Where have all the philosophers gone? They’re still out there, of course. Intelligence - though seemingly in widespread recession - isn’t extinct: it’s simply multiplied. Gentrified. Found a change of address. Shirked a certain requisite hierarchy and caste. They aren’t called ’Socrates’ and ‘Aristotle’ anymore - demarcated from the modern person by names we’d find…

Review – The Parlour Trick – Blessed Unrest (Self Released, 2012)

The Parlour Trick are the Californian duo of neo-Victorian visionary Meredith Yayanos and Emmy-winning composer Dan Cantrell. Conceived as a solo Yayanos vehicle in the mid-aughts, 2009 saw the project find firm identity as a collaboration with Cantrell whenever the former (then New Zealand-based) visited Oakland. Over three years, the pair expertly hewed their self-described…