Sunday, July 20, 2014


I recently wrote this review for one of my all time favorite self-released albums. Waxidermy posted it earlier today with original sound clips. You can find everything here.

I am a Macho Alex Believer.

Wednesday, July 2, 2014

Golden Twins

It's done. Golden Twins has been released by Belgian label Sloow Tapes. Two side-long pieces for synth and hundreds of layers of guitar.

Sloow has already sold out of their copies. I have 25 that were sent stateside and I am dropping most of them off at Aquarius Records tonight. Email me if you want one of the few remaining copies: baldwinunlimited@gmail.com

Twelve bucks includes postage.

XO

Matt

Sunday, April 27, 2014

Friday, April 18, 2014

Wire Magazine Review




Also: 

- A new interview with the "It's Psychedelic Baby Magazine" here.

- Two new records: Wild Boy and Golden Twins

- A show with Richard Pinhas (yow!)

Thursday, January 9, 2014

Monday, December 23, 2013

Imaginary Psychology Reissue


Friends at the Spiritual Pajama's label in SF have released an LP edition of my 2010 CDr Imaginary Psychology. This version is definitive - with white vinyl, expanded track listing, a transparent flexi single of a Martin Newell tune and sublime artwork by Matt Fishbeck (Holy Shit). Of all the projects I've been involved in this is easily my favorite.

So far it's gotten a nice review from Aquarius Records and made John Mulvey's 43rd playlist of 2013 for Uncut Magazine. You can find that here.

Limited to 500 copies, you can order one here.

More reviews and California release shows soon. Merry etc.

MB

Sunday, October 27, 2013

Saturday, October 12, 2013

Aquarius reviews Psychic Arts

BLAKESLEE, GUY  "Thirdeye Memories Vol. 2"  (Psychic Arts)  cd-r  9.98
      
We flipped for the first installment in Guy Blakeslee's Thirdeye Memories cd-r series, which we described on the last list in our review of Volume 1 as falling somewhere between Fahey-like devotional Appalachia and more droned out abstract looped and layered psychedelic ragas, and for those of you (like us) who felt like one volume just wasn't enough, well, you might want to grab one of these before they're gone, cuz like the first one it's limited to just FIFTY copies (and we do have a tiny handful left of volume 1 if you missed out). Blakeslee is the frontman for psych rockers The Entrance Band, but for these solo excursions, the sound is much more intimate, and delicate and lovely, the opener here is a glistening sprawl of dreamlike guitar melodies, super fluid finger picking, the vibe almost carol-like, a warm glowing swirl of lovely Appalachian folk. But it doesn't take long for the disc to drift into far trippier realms, "Digital Sage" takes the sound of the opener and turns it inside out, flips it backwards, adding gloriously slippery reverse melodies and woozy shimmery FX blur, it's the sort of dreamy sonic trip out we could get lost in forever. And so it goes, the whole record unfurling in a washed out kosmische dream folk haze, slipping from crystalline beauty to dreamily dizzying trippy psych swirl, and back again, perfectly balancing sweet melodies, with something a bit more shadowy and lysergic. Like the first volume, fantastic! And like the first volume, packaged in a simple screen printed origami style sleeve, LIMITED TO 50 COPIES, each one hand numbered!

Order here.

Thursday, September 5, 2013

Saturday, August 17, 2013

Sunday, July 28, 2013

Tuesday, June 11, 2013

Tuesday, May 28, 2013

New AQ Reviews


Adam Snider - Decomposer

First full length from this Bay Area guitarist, who we first heard on the Berkeley Guitar compilation back in 2006, which also featured Matt Baldwin (whose Psychic Arts label released this!) and Sean Smith. And like his tracks on the comp, Snider displays quite a knack for sweetly melodic, pastoral Appalachia, conjuring up warm chordal swells, wrapped in delicate fingerpicked melodies, the tracks peppered with some subtle slippery slide guitar. Snider's style is generally not super flashy, and isn't about cascades of rapid fire notes, or dizzying melodic flurries, instead he tends to gently coax a hushed melancholia from his guitar, obviously the shadows of Fahey and Kottke and the rest loom large, but Snider definitely sounds right at home amongst such esteemed company. Most of the tracks here are dreamy and wistful, but a few (like "Val Verde Nights"), do display a more shadowy side, giving those tracks a moody minor key vibe. Good stuff.

LIMITED TO 100 COPIES, each one hand numbered, and packaged in an origiami style folded jacket, with pasted on cover art and a photocopied insert.



Nightcrawlers - Space Ritual at St. Mary's

A rare live recording from uber-obscure early Tangerine Dream worshippers, Nightcrawlers, a three piece out of New Jersey who released cassettes of their "cosmic floating space music" between 1979 and 1992. Recorded in a church in 1985, these two 30 minute tracks take full advantage of the reverent resonance of the live cathedral environment with beautiful bowed drones, glacial organ and intensely meditative flourishes of futuristic kosmiche. Super-Limited to 50 copies, this group presaged the new age krautrock revival by about 20 years and are long overdue for rediscovery.

Order either one HERE at the Aquarius Records site. They will be sold out soon.

Wednesday, May 22, 2013

Monday, May 6, 2013

A Visit To Stickboy

Friend

"You just draw the faces out..."

Liturgical Resources

Thursday, March 28, 2013

Thursday, March 14, 2013

Wednesday, March 6, 2013

Re

Tel Aviv based electronic music label, False Industries has just released a digital version of Imaginary Psychology. It comes with with remixes from Israeli guitarist, Yair Yona and Tim Martin of Maps & Diagrams.

Get it here.

The American vinyl version out soon on SF's Spiritual Pajamas. Below, a review from Textura.org.

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Fans of Manuel Gottsching (Ashra)—especially his 1984 album E2-E4—and Michael Rother (Neu! / Harmonia) will find much to like about Imaginary Psychology, a five-track opus (including remixes by Yair Yona and Maps and Diagrams) by San Francisco-based musician Matt Baldwin. Though an early release such as Paths of Ignition (American Dust) shows him playing in an acoustic style emblematic of the American Primitive folk tradition, his subsequent releases show him gravitating towards electronic music and krautrock. The False Industries release of Imaginary Psychology is, in fact, a reissue of the three-track release that Baldwin originally issued himself but that's now remastered and supplemented by remixes.


The opening long-form tracks are the recording's core. “Lindsay and Her Duplicates” opens the album with a mind-bending display of loop-based guitar psychedelia. Recorded in real-time and in one take, the track's a stunning, fourteen-minute ride that threads trippy synthesizer treatments into pulsating krautrock. Spidery guitar lines do rapid-fire cartwheels over one another and flurries of wah-wah effects appear, and the whole impresses as a kinetic exercise in forward momentum. “Imaginary Psychology” begins less frenetically, and though ladened with loops and overdubs, exudes somewhat of a folk character in its relaxed gait. Like the opener, it gradually assumes a psychedelic quality when its patterns cycle hypnotically and when cosmic synthesizer whooshes surface seven minutes in.

Baldwin's third original, “Borkian Dervish,” presents three minutes of pastoral folk-styled playing in a reverie that's obviously a stark contrast to the opening pair. Israeli musician and Farthest South member Yair Yona amplifies the dreamlike quality of Baldwin's original by adding e-bow-styled guitar for added texture while hewing to the same duration as the original. For his Maps and Diagrams makeover, Tim Martin stretches Baldwin's track into a ten-minute oasis of guitar and synthesizer shimmer, making for a satisfyingly peaceful close to an album of dramatically contrasting moods.

March 2013

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