Following up our extremely haunted debacle of a mixtape of Glyn Maier we are proud to present EVP-006, "Honking" by Apologist; a fascinating 7 track cassette that presses its fingers into the border between armchair electronics and wobbly noise table maximalism.
Apologist is the nom du plume of Philadelphian Rosie Actor-Engel, a staple to the experimental and heavy-leaning sound world both locally and internationally. Individually she has released a number of works under the moniker Apologist, making ample use of delicate sound to evoke that which is hard to describe when faced with introspection. Separately, she has worked on the project Candy Ricotta with Stroker's Rachel Slurr in a way that brings humor and cringe to a blinding forefront in power electronics. Finally, she co-operates No Rent Records, which has been an unwavering platform for the experimental art world for years and has released countless notable albums.
This album again returns to an antiquity similar to Harry Smith field recording projects, Allen Ginsberg harmonium crooning, and tape hiss experiences not unlike the Grateful Dead adjacent synthesizer album Seastones. Where many on the noise flyer line-up often go fast and burn out quickly, Apologist asks the audience to spend some time with themselves and be honest, even if just for once.
I have enormous respect for Rosie, as both a recording artist and as a fellow Philadelphia native. It's not often that I meet another colloquial aficionado, talking out the corner of the mouth, shout-speaking, and caring about the always taking and never giving local sports teams. It gives me great joy that one of the foundations that remains in the musical scene at home is actually someone who hails from there. I have a profound admiration for their music, and I think with this album, had you not already experienced this sense reverence for her, you will now.
released October 22, 2021
Written & Recorded by Rosie Actor-Engel
Mastered by Glyn Maier
supported by 7 fans who also own “Apologist - Honking”
I've been pondering this album for a while now, and as with many brilliant musical works there is really no all encompassing bunch of words that will do it justice. Nunez has created something special with Poems E, a sound that is simultaneously warm and intimate yet haunted and alone. A sort of out-of-body experience, as if he started out recording a lo-fi indie, jazz record, but died half way through and his ghost finished up the rest of the recording. More of this, please! Lost Tribe Sound