Ryan Bassil's Fantastical Emporium of Music as Magic (and sometimes shit)

A column, for talking about music.

Ryan Bassil's Fantastical Emporium of Music as Magic (and sometimes shit)

This 00s Throwback is a Euphoric Lesson in Repetition

“So Much Love To Give”, by Together, is the closest you’ll get to paradise or a Parisian nightclub without leaving your house.
Ryan Bassil
12.5.18
Ryan Bassil's Fantastical Emporium of Music as Magic (and sometimes shit)

Ambient Music by Acts Like Bliss Signal Brings the Mundane to Life

New releases from both the duo and solo producer Yamaneko couldn’t be further from one another, but offer you comfort in being alone.
Ryan Bassil
10.31.18
Essays

Tirzah’s Stunning Debut Album ‘Devotion’ Was Well Worth the Wait

The London artist's lo-fi debut full-length comes five years after her first solo EP, and is a masterclass in the art of patience.
Ryan Bassil
8.22.18
Ryan Bassil's Fantastical Emporium of Music as Magic (and sometimes shit)

The Waterboys Made an Incredible Van Morrison Song Even Better

Their rendition of giddy classic “Sweet Thing” improves an already impressive song, colouring it so vividly with feeling it is almost alive.
Ryan Bassil
7.18.18
disco

An 80s Japanese Track Is the Best Pop Song in the World

How “Plastic Love,” by Mariya Takeuchi, captures the push-and-pull between heartbreak and love.
Ryan Bassil
6.13.18
Ryan Bassil's Fantastical Emporium of Music as Magic (and sometimes shit)

Grouper’s Ambient Music Goes Way Beyond the Comedown Soundtrack

Before Liz Harris releases a Grouper album this month, we dig into the emotional pull of her drone-y, textural work.
Ryan Bassil
4.4.18
Ryan Bassil's Fantastical Emporium of Music as Magic (and sometimes shit)

An Ode to Spring and 2008-2012’s Hipster Runoff Generation

Surely someone out there shares my passion for those post-recession years in mp3 blog music? Hello????
Ryan Bassil
2.28.18
Ryan Bassil's Fantastical Emporium of Music as Magic (and sometimes shit)

"Music The Great Communicator, Use Two Sticks to Make it in the Nature!"

Sorry for the RHCP reference but has anyone noticed the trend of nature-themed music videos or thought about the death of the earth recently?
Ryan Bassil
1.24.18
Ryan Bassil's Fantastical Emporium of Music as Magic (and sometimes shit)

“Where Tiny Men Have Been Absorbed, for Questioning the Sky”

Whether ‘6 Feet Beneath The Moon’ or in ‘A New Place 2 Drown’, King Krule is a satellite, illuminating the endless depth of darkness.
Ryan Bassil
9.13.17
Features

"Today, I'mma Be Whoever I Wanna Be"

Brockhampton straddle the divide between worlds, creating a space where their fans can be themselves.
Ryan Bassil
8.9.17
Ryan Bassil's Fantastical Emporium of Music as Magic (and sometimes shit)

"All You Want Is Nikes, But the Real Ones"

Frank Ocean's live performance captures the honest intimacy of his work. It's just up to the crowd to decide if they want to experience it as intended.
Ryan Bassil
7.18.17
Ryan Bassil's Fantastical Emporium of Music as Magic (and sometimes shit)

“Won’t You Meet Me By The Lake?”

Not unlike a movie director, Tyler the Creator has created a living, breathing world where summer never ends.
Ryan Bassil
7.5.17