Author: Charlie Bertsch
Charlie Bertsch is the co-director of Souciant.com. He teaches literature and humanities at the University of Arizona.

Baptism of Solitude, the sumptuous new album by Illuminine, came at the perfect time for me. (More…)

These days, even avant-garde musicians are angling for the patronage of television and videogame franchises, not to mention TikTok stars. (More…)

If one of the tracks made by Berlin-based DJ and producer Lamin Fofana came up while you were listening to a playlist, you might well take it for arty electronica, deeply compelling on its own terms. (More…)

In Blue, the new collaboration between Brussels-based The Bug (Kevin Martin) and Berlin’s Dis Fig (Felicia Chen), is surprisingly welcoming. (More…)

The Viagra Boys are never easy listening. But I found them particularly hard in the weeks leading up to Election Day in the United States. (More…)

A Hero’s Death is like a favourite shirt, the sort that makes you feel better about your place in the world just by putting it on. (More…)

It’s hard to imagine a more incongruous setting to hear the music of Sault than the one I found myself in this week. As I drove the unfamiliar streets in and around Salt Lake City, international capital of the Mormon religion and one of the most stereotypically white places on the planet, they provided the soundtrack. (More…)

Nayda!, the debut album from Bab L’Bluz, demonstrates the virtue of running towards trouble instead of away from it. (More…)

From the precise low throbbing that introduces AurAA to the menacingly crackly bass tones that ends it, Ellen Allien’s new album strikes a balance between four-on-the-floor minimalism with atmospherics that can’t be reduced to their danceability. (More…)