Golden Retriever's modular synth immersions, and Stumptown Coffee

 Rootblog Wp-Content Uploads 2012 06 Serene-Velocity When he's not exploring the finest coffee roasts, Stumptown Coffee's Jonathan Sielaff is half of modular synthesis duo Golden Retriever. Sielaff and collaborator Matt Carlson have just released their latest multi-layered adventure in monophonic synthesizers and bass clarinet, titled Occupies with the Unspoken. Pre-order the CD or LP from Thrill Jockey and you'll receive a free bag of Stumptown's Costa Rica Montes de Oro coffee, harvested at a farm Sielaff visited. The video above for the track "Serene Velocity" was directed by Jamie Potter who also designed the album cover. "Occupied with the Unspoken"


  1. the music and video, like stumptown coffee, I find pretentious and overrated. The last bag of their coffee I got ($14 for a half pound!) had a bitter, metallic flavor. Not the “notes of honey, toffee and roast pigeon” they advertised

    1. maybe you brewed it improperly.  coffee is only as good as the last hand that touched it. music, only as good as the ears that hear it.

  2. I have to agree on the coffee. It is underwhelming, even after adjusting for the “brightness” of the brew due to lighter roasting. I’ve tried several “diametrically opposed” roasts as well. It may just be a Portland thing, but the espressos I’ve had here teeter on sour (or overly bright if you wanna maintain that euphemism :) . The video: meh, whateves. To each his own.  

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