20 Best Avant Albums of 2014

The year's best in noise, out-jazz, contemporary classical, ambient, drone and more

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Rose Buried in Sand, 'Excision'
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19. Rose Buried in Sand, 'Excision'

This c20 cassette features 18 of the more engaging minutes from up-and-coming San Francisco cassette label Tumeric Magnitudes, whose photocopier aesthetic and busted sounds (harsh noise, deep synths, dark drone) is reminiscent of the early '00s output of labels like Chondritic Sound and American Tapes. If Discogs is to be believed, Rose Buried in Sand is one of more than a dozen aliases of label head Greg Gorlen, who composes from found sounds, icky tape loops and garbage. This one brings the skipping loops to the forefront as they writhe and overlap like snakes, sounding like Black Dice in black and white or a turntable needle rolling over a rusty hubcap.

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