stream and download the new white dune album

white dune expansemulti-tasking is fairly common within the eau claire music scene.  veterans often lend their talents to a myriad of projects spanning a multitude of genres, from indie rock to hardcore punk to jazz and back again.  one who embodies the exact description listed is dave power, who has most notably drummed for local indie stalwarts meridene and adelyn rose, but he’s also spent time loudly punishing his kit in puncher and deftly renegotiating tempos and time signatures in various jazz combos.

over the past year, power has been quietly adding to his repertoire by posting standalone tracks to bandcamp under the moniker of white dune.  the singles would appear and disappear with virtually no proclivity, but they offered a glimpse into power’s burgeoning interest in electronic music and his capacity to handle virtually every aspect of the music’s production.  after a dry spell and a few delays, power released expanse, his first full-length as white dune, this past tuesday.

what’s striking, especially in comparison to power’s most recognizable work, is how subdued and pensive the music throughout expanse feels.  much of the album’s premise is predicated on the marriage of arpeggiated synths and drums – both live and electronic – and while the latter often provides momentum, the songs still retain a somber, introspective quality.  power’s adelyn rose companions have guest spots throughout expanse, including a truly haunting vocal feature by jaime hanson on “corbin dallas,” and fellow eau claire producer sloslylove puts his own spin on “good night, mr. bateman” to close out the album.

although just a side-project currently confined to power’s home studio, white dune has proven to be another successful campaign among his many musical endeavors.  stream and download expanse at a pay-what-you-want rate below via bandcamp.

listen to the new ep from mantras

wisconsin isn’t exactly synonymous with hip-hop, but artists like milo and safari al have been carving out an interesting intellectual niche for the past few years.  the latter recently teamed up with fellow labelmates jp merz and paul smirl to form mantras, a project that infuses hip-hop with indie rock in a completely infectious way.  i’m still trying to wrap my head around easy, hogarth, the first ep from the band, and i’ll be offering a more coherent examination of the project in the coming days.  for now, take a listen to easy, hogarth below, courtesy of mantra’s bandcamp page.  snag a download if the mood strikes you, or throw the guys a couple of bucks if you’re feeling particularly generous.