uncanny valley

uncanny valley | Podcast

A weekly exploration of strange subgenres and experimental movements, Uncanny Valley compares and contrasts two records – one fresh, one classic – and grounds them in their respective musical contexts. From no wave to noise pop, future funk to freak folk, the program will shine a spotlight on left-field releases from across the world.


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Episode 5 - Progressive Metal with Devin Townsend and Liturgy

This week on Uncanny Valley, we become the galaxy brain in that brain meme by listening to the complex compositions of progressive metal. Tracks are taken from Devin Townsend's latest solo record 'Empath' as well as controversial 'transcendental black metal' band Liturgy's 2015 album 'The Ark Work'.

Episode 4 - New Age Music with Kankyo Ongaku and John Maus

This week, we drift in and out of sleep to the clean and ambient soundscapes of New Age. Tracks are taken from Light in the Attic's archival collection 'Kankyo Ongaku' as well as hypnagogic-popper John Maus' latest record 'Addendum'.

Episode 3 - Midwest Emo with American Football and The Brave Little Abacus

This week on Uncanny Valley, we sob uncontrollably to the sweet but melancholy music of Midwest Emo, featuring records from genre mainstays American Football and sonic experimenters The Brave Little Abacus. Tracks are taken from American Football's 'LP3' and The Brave Little Abacus' 2010 Bandcamp breakout 'just got back from the discomfort -- we're alright'.

Episode 2 - Ambient Psychedelia with Avey Tare and Paavoharju

The warbly and alien world of ambient psychedelia gets an exploration this week, featuring records from Animal Collective frontman Avey Tare and Finnish freak-folk band Paavoharju. Tracks are taken from Avey Tare's latest solo record 'Cows On Hourglass Pond' and Paavoharju's sophomore LP 'Laulu laakson kukista'.

Episode 1 - Industrial Pop with Xiu Xiu and Coil

On this debut episode of Uncanny Valley, Chuyi Wang explores the confronting but fascinating world of industrial pop with two of the genre's most boundary pushing acts: Xiu Xiu and Coil. Tracks are picked from Xiu Xiu's latest record Girl With Basket of Fruit and Coil's archival project Backwards.

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