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Kranky (Record label)
Kranky is a Chicago-based record label, founded in 1993 by Bruce Adams and Joel Leoschke.
Kranky in Features
Music Column | posted 29.10.2021
Records Revisited
Stars Of The Lid – The Tired Sounds Of (2001)
The most monumental silence of all time: With »The Tired Sounds Of«, the two US musicians Brian McBride and Adam Wiltzie aka Stars Of The Lid created in 2001 one of the most important ambient albums of all time. With over two hours of sounds, drones and loops, they gave the genre a totally new depth.
Kranky in Reviews
Music Review | posted 24.10.2021
Grouper
Shade
»Shade« is the twelfth album release or so from Grouper and the question is: Can Liz Harris keep up the level of the previous ones? Spoiler: She can.
Music Review | posted 14.06.2021
Loscil
Clara
Like looking up at the starry night sky: Canadian musician Loscil has released a new album, »Clara,« on Kranky.
Music Review | posted 07.09.2015
Helen
The Original Faces
Away from the shoegazing fixation on inwardness – with their debut »The Original Faces«, Liz Harris’ Band Helen brings back the fun.
Music Review | posted 19.06.2015
Ken Camden
Dream Memory
On »Dream Memory«, Ken Camden is trying to close the sound gap between guitar strings and synthesizers. He’s successful, too, even though the music still seems to fail.
Music Review | posted 06.04.2015
Benoît Pioulard
Sonnet
Benoît Pioulard still uses a fake name but sticks to what he does best: On »Sonnet«, his eights record in nine years, he still attends to the loveliest negligibilities.
Music Review | posted 06.10.2014
A Winged Victory For The Sullen
Atomos
A record between life and death, existing and non-existing. »Atomos«, the second record by A Winged Victory For The Sullen, is a major coup.
Music Review | posted 10.02.2014
Tara Jane O'Neil
Where Shine New Lights
Twelve dreamy soundscapes, twelve tracks full of beauty – that’s what Tara Jane O’Neil’s record »Where Shine New Lights« is all about, combining drone, ambient and songwriting.
Music Review | posted 17.10.2013
Tim Hecker
Virgins
For his new record, Tim Hecker from Canada has asked a classical ensemble to help him record his compositions. Hence, his abstract and electronic music has become warm and analog.
Music Review | posted 17.05.2013
Benoit Pioulard
Hymnal
»Hymnal« evokes pictures of loneliness, of misty fog, and especially of inevitable darkness. Before you’ll begin to understand Pioulard’s sounds, you’ll start to feel them.
Music Review | posted 02.05.2013
Pan American
Cloud Room, Glass Room
Pan American is a band now. Drummer Steven Hess completes Mark Nelson’s compositions in a way unheard of. That’s entertainment on the highest level.
Music Review | posted 17.01.2013
Loscil
Sketches from New Brighton
Loscil shows what he is capable of by painting coastal landscapes with instinctive sureness, using of all kinds of different musical devices.
Music Review | posted 11.04.2012
Lotus Plaza
Spooky Action At A Distance
With »Spooky Action at a Distance«, Lockett Pundt seems to be getting his feet back on the ground and thereby approaches the sound of his original band Deerhunter again.
Music Review | posted 09.02.2012
Windy & Carl
We Will Always Be
Windy Weber and Carl Hultgren are the dreamteam of experimental rock-music. On their new record, you can witness them approach one another through their instruments in a kind of musical super-slow-motion.
Music Review | posted 20.01.2011
Pan American
For Waiting, For Chasing
Only very few can tare the balance between acoustic and electronic sounds in a perfection comparable to the skills of Mark Nelson alias Pan American.
Recent Articles
Music Portrait | posted 28.01.2022
Iannis Xenakis
Beyond Standstill
The Greek-French composer Iannis Xenakis was one of the greatest radicals of the 20th century. His music revolted against the zeitgeist and a traditional understanding of Western music as a whole.
Music Review | posted 29.10.2021
Kuunatic
Gate Of Klüna
Japanese trio Kuunatic debut on Glitterbeat with »Gate of Klüna,« a literally otherworldly psych-rock masterpiece.
Music News | posted 01.10.2021
Girlwoman
Das Große Ganze
Now it’s all about »Das Große Ganze". The songwriter Girlwoman from Bielefeld releases her debut on Staatsakt. Exclusively at HHV Records there’s a limited Red Vinyl Edition available.
Music Portrait | posted 20.01.2022
Records Revisited
Daft Punk – Homework (1997)
In 1997, the French duo Daft Punk released their debut album »Homework« and since then have had an almost unprecedented career. At that time, the album was not yet mainstream, but creaky, crackling house music.
Music News | posted 04.01.2022
WaJazz
Exciting compilation with jazz from Japan
Yusuke Ogawa is one of the experts on Japanese jazz. In April, the compilation »WaJazz Japanese Jazz Spectacle Vol.1« curated by him will be released. A limited edition will be available exclusively from HHV Records.