Recommended by Dave Segal
Oregon contrabassist/sitarist Gregg Skloff uses his instruments as generators of immense drones that carry a whiff of pathos happening way in the distance. He wrings much emotion from minimalist methods. Check out his 2016 Eiderdown Records tape, The Glacial Enclosure, for proof. Cyclopsycho (Olympia’s Ashley Shomo) explores a subliminal kind of songcraft that applies ectoplasmic electronic elements and odd vocalese to gestate gothic hymns of mysterious origin. I’ve written tons about Raica (Chloe Harris) in this space, so I’ll reiterate: She’s one of the region’s most adventurous hardware-based electronic musicians, always seeking new ways to boggle minds with textural and rhythmic innovations, on record and on stage.