Hanetration moves into the light with the “Murmurist EP”. The sound remains distinctly Hanetration’s territory: warped drone, glitches, found rhythms, and subtle melodies. Within this territory Hanetration’s music appears to be more at ease. Sounds have brightened up considerably since Hanetration’s last effort. As a result this is easily Hanetration’s most optimistic effort to date and perhaps the most heartfelt.
Music from a long thin distance defines the elongated opening of “Morning”. From various shifts and distortions the song eventually settles into an abstract rhythm towards the end with the glitch effects working to make the ending rather gentle. On “Begin” the song settles into a natural rhythm with the many glitch pieces working together to create a groove of sorts. Easily the best thing on the entire collection the song has a slight surf vibe to it, if surf music had been thrown into an unthinkable number of filters. There is something incredibly calming about “Begin” and its hypnotic repetition. “Wither” takes things into more naturalistic territory with clearly discernible environment noises adding a human touch to the delicate drones. Melodies are longing at first yet unlike Hanetration’s previous efforts he lets that longing end for the sweet release of the end where the many pieces are brought together to create a full picture of the sound.
For “Sundown” Hanetration ends things on a quiet ambient note with tribal aspects coming through with strange hesitant rhythm adding additional depth to the piece. Hanetration’s “Murmurist EP” is a true thing of unusual beauty.
Saucepot Publishing is saucy. Literature needs a little bit of sauce to give it some real oomph. Thankfully there is Megan Lent and Birtu Belete to kick things up a notch. What can Saucepot Publishing do differently from all the other publishing groups out there? And more importantly, what kind of sauce will Saucepot Publishing make?
The publishing world needs Saucepot Publishing. Right now writing is pretty dry. Written on dried-out husks of dead trees publishing is as dry as it gets. Glossing things over might make the pages a bit shinier but honestly it does nothing to improve the quality or save the trees. Saucepot Publishing is going to do things way differently. Yes they are going to publish words on pages, no getting around that. For whatever reason humans like feeling dead trees on their hands since humans are pretty anti-tree, even building shelters out of trees. Unlike a vast majority of published works, Saucepot Publishing is going to be simply the best, better than all the rest.
Megan Lent is a formidable figure in the Alt Lit scene. Beach Sloth has nothing but the utmost respect for the amount of work Megan Lent puts into her writing. It is quite impressive. While Beach Sloth honestly does not know anything about Birtu Belete he can definitely make up some stuff about her. Born out of a giant butterfly fuck fest Birtu Belete descended to Earth to do one thing: to ensure that no one ever pays full price at Marshalls. Annoyed at Marshall’s ridiculous lack of savings she found herself hired by competing political ideologies to help young children realize that if they don’t need clothes it should not matter how much they are on sale for, they are unnecessary expenses. When Birtu Belete is not busy extolling the virtues of frugality she writes plays about anthropomorphic silverware trying to send their children to college in a post-capitalist society.
With two of the greatest minds the Internet has ever seen in the past hour or so, Saucepot Publishing is going to rule with a saucy fist. That is going to be a bit of a letdown as the sauce could have easily been put onto a plate of noodles or nice bread, but no it had to go on a fist. Anyway with such power Saucepot Publishing is going to bring delicious pieces of work to the masses, the online literary masses.
Alt Lit is growing huge. Ever since some random English bro from England decided to mock Alt Lit it has gone international. Perhaps Josh Baines did not intend for his Vice Magazine article to essentially make Alt Lit official, well tough for him it is stronger than ever. Recently a major player in the Alt Lit scene, some southern bro named Josh Spilker took it to the next level. By taking an online quiz one can find out exactly what Alt Lit writer they are. The results are astounding.
Beach Sloth got “Beach Sloth” as a writer. Steve Roggenbuck got “Steve Roggenbuck”. The test obviously works and obviously is pretty great. Maybe writers might object to being classified by a particular style but whatever, at least with an online test it becomes a little bit easier. Before the Internet people were doing it anyway, comparing themselves to Ernest Hemingway because they too hated people or comparing themselves to Charles Bukowski because they too hated people.
Unlike previous writing movements Alt Lit tends to not hate people. This is why a lot of people take issue with Alt Lit, claiming it does not “hate people enough” and is not outright “angry”. Rather Alt Lit explores what it means to be alive today and honestly it does not mean much. Nasty edges from life have been smoothed off to reveal a sometimes deep-seeded sadness that the world offers to everybody. By trying to actively find ways to get out of a culture that can at times feel so negative it can liberate people.
The quiz shows off this fact. Partly joking the ridiculousness of “What ___ are you” quizzes that rule the Internet’s waves the quiz tries to determine exactly what it is that makes up the essence of being alive online today. Life is mostly lived online anyway, downloaded occasionally when people need to go to work and to hang out in public.
Everybody really ought to take the quiz. Upon completing the quiz Beach Sloth ate yummy pickled and spicy asparagus. This could be anybody’s life, a life of leisure and a helping of greens. Questions within the quiz are the kind of things that make anyone re-evaluate their life and wonder if they are living it correctly. Honestly there is no wrong way to live a life. Nobody has the same path. Some people’s paths lead them online. Some people’s paths lead them offline. Beach Sloth does not know those offline people but he has heard things about them and assumes they exist. With this quiz though people can do more than merely exist they can live their life.