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Colin Stetson
All This I Do For Glory

Windblower and earch-scorcher Colin Stetson returns for a new record of original solo material, his first since the finale in the New History Warfare trilogy. The core of his sound, developed through bass and alto saxophones, is pushed through with his signature circular breathing and cracked vocals, with additional percussion coming by way of mics capturing his frenzied fingering movements. After a stunning Norman Records Album of The Year™ with violinist Sarah Neufeld and an ensemble black metal reinterpretation of Gorecki's Sorrow, this could be seen as a roots record. It's a no frills edition of Stetson, capturing his sparse, largely one-take approach at its most intense, and arguably its most rhythmic. Influenced by Aphex and Autechre -- which isn't that big of a jump, when you think about it -- we happen to think it's quite brilliant.
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Band Activity
Traditional Reels


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Cevdet Erek
Davul

Cevdet Erek presents his first full-length LP, fully showcasing his unique approach to the large Davul drum. Erek’s technique involves re-tuning, various implements, exploitation of the acoustic resonance of a space and lessons learned from the kind of noisy electronics more usually released on Subtext. Seven entirely improvised pieces, covering a remarkably variety of sound. On Subtext.

Bérangère Maximin
Frozen Refrains

Bérangére Maximin composes with a brace of midi-controlled electronics, computer-derived patterns, deeply-processed everyday field recordings, loops and fragments and unidentified shimmers. Frozen Refrain is a canny and self-aware piece of electroacoustics that creates its own context. Vinyl release on Atlas Realisations.

dieb13 / Gustafsson / Siewert
(Fake) The Facts


Geoff Mullen
Accidental Guitars


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Thorsten Soltau / Preslav Literary School
Split


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Spirit Of The Positive Wind
Spirit Of The Positive Wind


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Perispirit
Spiritual Church Movement


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Diagnos
Diagnos

These lads have been involved in the Swedish music scene for yonks working with the likes of the Concretes. Here they concern themselves with making moody and emotive instrumental and vocal led music that has hints of the brooding power of Sonic Youth as well as nods to the repetitive compositions of Terry Riley and Philip Glass. Loads of guests pop up too. 
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Ronny Juzzle
Spaz-tec National Diploma in Horseriding


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Anthea Caddy/ Thembi Soddell
Host


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Yoko Ono
Feeling The Space

Secretly Canadian do the world a favour here with a set of reissues of vintage Yoko Ono albums, pushing the legendary artist and musician’s achievements back into the limelight next to her reputation. Feeling The Space is an unusually subdued and smooth album of feminist songwriting, but a very successful effort from a different side of Yoko. CD and vinyl editions available.
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Yoko Ono
Approximately Infinite Universe

Secretly Canadian do the world a favour here with a set of reissues of vintage Yoko Ono albums, pushing the legendary artist and musicians achievements back into the limelight with her reputation. Approximately Infinite Universe is a big and bold rock album with mystic touches: Anika fans in particular should check out Ono’s original version of ‘Yang Yang’. CD and vinyl editions available.
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Yoko Ono
Fly

Secretly Canadian do the world a favour here with a set of reissues of vintage Yoko Ono albums, pushing the legendary artist and musician’s achievements back into the limelight next to her reputation. Fly is an epic opus of a double album, ably splitting the difference between Yoko’s avant-Fluxus side and her 70’s rock grooving side, with lengthy tracks like ‘Mind Train’ and ‘Fly’ going motorik-chug and full abstract-screaming respectively. Totally vita stuff. CD and vinyl editions available.
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Philippe Petit
Eugenie


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Signs of the Silhouette
Signs of the Silhouette


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Stephan Mathieu
Strings

A 30 minute recording from Stephan Mathieu and David Maranha recorded in Porto, July 2011. A blend of violin, shruti-box and virginals - and an exploration of a drone in A. A creative dialogue from these two musicians known for their love of minimalism. One sided vinyl and a limited edition of just 300.
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Les Conversions
Snowwhite


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Pefkin
Murmurations

Pefkin is the solo project of Gayle Brogan, who has been involved in bands / projects like Electroscope and Boa Melody Bar for many years. Murmurations is an album of secretive folk-drone, and ambient song, for the most part themed around birds. Released as a limited edition of “just over 100” LPs, each accompanied by a lyric sheet. On Morc.
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Aster
Things That Just Happen


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Sandro Perri
Spaced Out


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Worn
Feminist


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Deathbird Stories
Wintermute

One man recording project Deathbird Stories is built on a bed of heavily processed guitar and piano and manipulated tape loops. All forced through a huge string of pedals and effects to create these incredible undulating drones that pack the power, warmth and personality of Fennesz’s Black Sea. Only 50 CD-Rs made! Go!….

Usurper
What Time Is It? 1000 Bux.


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The Gate
Stench

The Gate's fourth record, the not at all repulsively-titled 'Stench', was recorded out in New York and birthed a few good twists and turns in the time between its inception and release. The power metal band went overboard with this one, bringing in touches of psych and funk, as well as their usual love of jazz. Weird world, my friends.
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She Shells String Trio
Negatively Complicating a procedure That is Already Flawed

A trio of experimental wizards bring about this one: violinist Spencer Yeh combines with Mike Khoury, also a violinist dude, and to top things off, they bring in scattershot drummer Ben Hall (Graveyards). The record is meant to show off the intuitive and improvisational styles each artist could live off if they so chose, offering up three unique musical voices for the price of one.
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Goldring / Thomson
For All #1: Nines

This one-sided 12" collaboration brings together two guitarists from noisy post-rock band Enablers for some eerie but ultimately good-time noodling and bell-chiming. Joe Goldring has previously played with ubiquitous noise fiends Swans, so is no stranger to fifteen-minute-plus pieces, and Kevin Thomson earned his chops fronting post-hardcore outfit Nice Strong Arm. Together, the duo have composed two purely instrumental tracks for Lancashire and Somerset, full of clean electric guitar majesty and a variety of manipulations, including your standard feedback fun. 
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The Gamecock
All Right, Hen?

Formed in 2010, Gamecock are a two piece comprised of Stuart Arnot (Smear Campaign/Total Vermin Tapes) and Nick Mitchell (Chalaque/Golden Lab Records). ‘All Right, Hen?’ is a reissue put out by Golden Lab because neither of them had a copy of either the original cassette release on Gary War’s Fixed Identity or the subsequent Beartown reissue. Their music is a spontaneous, electronic, broken funk in the same gene pool as Skaters or Cabaret Voltaire.
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Jean-Louis Costes
Le fantôme d'Archie Shepp

Here we have a live album from Jean-Louis Costes, recorded at the famed Instants Chavirés venue. I’m not entirely sure what subjects are inspiring Costes on Le fantome d’Archie Shepp, as I don’t speak French, but from the demented style of his vocals, he may well be possessed by the ghost of Shepp. An LP of fully committed odd-songs on the Disques Charivari label.
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Howard / Wiggan / Mapp
From Dust We Came... To Dust We Return

Noah Howard, the free jazz saxophone explorer who made the vintage Black Ark album with Arthur Doyle, died in 2010. This interesting new release was put together using previously-unheard solo sax recordings Howard made at home, augmented with electronics and bass from Wiggin and Mapp to make a brand new record. From Dust We Came… To Dust We Return is co-released by Dirter and Static Caravan.

Eden Grey
Apocalypse

Hailing from Miami, Eden Grey, looks towards Europe for her musical inspirations. German and British electronic music. BBC Radiophonic Workshop, Throbbing Gristle and early Human League have all played their part in inspiring her latest work, Apocalypse. It an unsettling 56 minute piece recorded during a residency at Elektronmusik Studion, Sweden in 2016. No doubt if it was recorded now, three years later, it would be even more harrowing.

Dead Neanderthals
Craters

Dead Neanderthals are everyone’s favourite free-jazz-gone-grindcore outfit, generally tending towards relentless sax / drums thunderstorms. Craters is still an intense ride, but it adds in a third member / instrument in the form of Maxime Petit’s bass guitar. They let the atmospheres simmer and grow on this one, without losing their essential Neanderthal bite. LP / CD release on Consouling Sounds.

The Necks
Aether

Alright, wind yer Necks in. No need to get shirty with us, especially when we’ve got this gem of a reissue for you. The Necks’ LP Aether has been pretty hard to locate in the years since it first came out back in 2001, but this new RER Megacorp edition gives new life to the album. Ostensibly a sort of free-/post-jazz trio, this record finds The Necks casting off in the general direction of ambient and drone. That said though, it’s not actually ambient or drone. It’s … hard to describe, but it’s very gorgeous.
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Ectopia
life/section

With spoken word, cello, and a variety of electronics, the trio that is Ectopia have new combinations to present to you. life/section sounds very much like Ectopia and not much like anything else: the synths and drum machines fall frequently into grooves, but any smoothness is disrupted by the strange vocal actions. Compelling and unusual stuff, out on Wysing Polyphonic.

Aidan Baker & Karen Willems
Nonland

Nadja drone-guitar lord Aidan Baker spent a day in the studio with drummer and Inwolves leader Karen Willems last year, improvising and following one another into interesting musical corners. Nonland is a subtly developing beast, audiby the product of two serious talents opening up with each other. Edition of 300 LPs in Gizeh.

Arek Gulbenkoglu
Three Days Afterwards

Penultimate Press always deliver intriguing and beguiling goods, and this one, the fourth solo record by Arek Gulbenkoglu, is no exception. Three Days Afterwards draws on a variety of sounds, recordings, actions and words, constructing fascinating juxtapositions and a sense of ‘something’ going on. Edition of 300 LPs on Penultimate Press.
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Visions Congo
Mulago Sound Studio

Visions Congo is Goncalo F Cardoso, the operator of the Discrepant label and a serial pseudonym-user. This one is named for its origins in field recordings of a long trip to central Africa in 2015. Mulago Sound Studio densely layers rich recordings into an even richer stew, often then undermining itself with some surprise insertions. LP release on Discrepant.

Map 71
Gloriosa

Map 71 are the Brighton powerhouse duo of ever-busy drummer Andy Pyne (who has recently played with Boredoms and Man Forever) and performance poet Lisa Jayne, who also provides the artwork. Gloriosa is a pummelling set of tracks that stimulates every part of you with the killer combo of fierce words, sharp electronics and intense rhythms. Edition of 60 cassettes on Fourth Dimension.
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Seabuckthorn
Turns

From his whirlwind of psychedelia, Seabuckthorn (aka Andy Cartwright) builds upon his 2016 full-length with 10 track album - Turns. Typically misty and embodied with confusion, this is an experimental twist of modern classical. Cold and metallic landscape are forged within this extremely cinematic cut.
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Jan Garbarek
Places

Reissue of Nowegian saxophonist Jan Garbarek’s Places. Originally released in 1978. High regarded as one of his best, Places is stark and isolated with Garbarek’s sax floating in a distant drone of organ chords, and percussion you barely notice coming into the forefront. Features Bill Connors (guitar), John Taylor (organ, piano), and Jack DeJohnette (drums).
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Valgeir Sigurðsson
Dissonance

Working as a producer for acts such as Bjork, Ben Frost, Nico Muhly, Hildur Guðnadóttir, and CocoRosie, Icelandic composer Valgeir Sigurðsson releases his fourth  solo full length on Bedroom Community. Falling in and out of its namesake, Dissonance hold grand pieces reflect great joy and sadness, melding neo classical and electronics to cinematic effect.

hemisfär
hemisfar

Hemisfär is one of many small or single use aliases of South African jazz and electronic producer Alex van Heerden, who also performed in groups Pinkfield$ and RockArt. Recorded 14 years ago, 6 years before his death, van Heerden travelled to Sweden to record and got swept up in minimalism. These six songs mix South African warmth and tunings with that stark minimalism, creating some truly soul stirring music.
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Adrian Corker
The Have-Nots OST

Violin, cello, double bass and viola de gamba (Google it) are the main tools here, and their processed loops, lock-grooves and leitmotifs create ambiences by turn plaintive and wrought. There is something of Kid A, Skeleton Tree and Mica Levi’s Under the Skin OST to Corker’s latest work. Includes Portico’s Jack Wyllie giving some early Corker a once-over as well. Vinyl.

Andre Stordeur
Analog And Digital Electronic Music #2 1980-2000

Previously unreleased sound-works from Belgian synth composer Andre Stordeur. Arguably Stordeur, who was using exclusively Serge synthesisers for the period covered by this compilation, hasn’t received his fair dues as a sonic innovator, but Analog And Digital Electronic Music #2 1980 - 2000 aims to adjust that by putting this wild stuff into circulation. LP release on Sub Rosa.

Daniela Casa
Arte Moderna

Daniela Casa’s Arte Moderna is a particularly fascinating and unusual set of sounds, even by the high standards set by 1970s Italian library music in general. A number of these pieces are proper cutting-edge electroacoustics, with an astonishing attention to detail and a craftsperson’s approach to sound: fantastic stuff! Never commercially released before, this golden material is now available, via Cacophonic.

Nicolai Abrahamsen, Jakob Thorkild, Messer Quartet
Nox Tenebrae - Part I & II

Nox Tenebrae is a piece in two parts for the uncommon combination of heavy drone-metal electric guitars and string quartet. Nicolai Abrahamsen and Jakob Thorkild obviously know their way around the Sunn O))) catalogue, but the inventive use of the Messer Quartet makes this a work that stands on its own. LP release on Kontentum.

Pierre Henry
Maléfices

Pierre Henry’s influential score for the 1962 film Malefices - which starred Juliette Greco, no less - makes its way back to wax courtesy of Cacophonic. Henry was one of the first of the musique concrete crew to see the exciting ways in which the medium could cross-breed with other genres. His music here, part-Hammer Horror ghoulishness and part eerie avant experiments, is a good example of Henry seeing that potential realised.

Various
Orbital Planes & Passenger Trains Vol. 1

Kindly ambient label Serein assembles their various drone grazers, scrapers and sleepers into one fabulous compilation. Not only does 'Orbital Planes & Passenger Planes' have a rhyming title, it serves as a meditative travel piece, music for active out-of-window observations and pillow-leaning existentialism. Includes cuts from drone songwriter Benoit Pioulard and contact noise artist Strie -- plus cuts from Hidden Rivers, Otto A Totland and The Inventors of Aircraft. And more! So much more.

Phil X Milstein & Thurston Moore
Songs We Taught the Lord Volume One

Here’s the tapes of a 1996 live performance by Phil X Milstein (on tape loops and musical saw) and Thurston Moore (on guitar and feedbacks, obviously), supporting none other than John Fahey. Songs We Taught The Lord Volume One has never been released before, but now gets a tasty vinyl pressing limited to 400 copies, thanks to Feeding Tube Records.
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Phil X Milstein & Thurston Moore
Songs We Taught the Lord Volume Two

Here’s the tapes of a 1996 live performance by Phil X Milstein (on tape loops and musical saw) and Thurston Moore (on guitar and feedbacks, obviously), supporting none other than John Fahey. Songs We Taught The Lord Volume Two was initially released in 1997 by Chris Corsano, but it’s been in the void since then, plus this vinyl release has remastered audio. On Feeding Tube Records.
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Terry Riley
In C

No matter how many times we hear it, we always come back to Terry Riley’s In C, the perfect meeting point between mind-pulsing minimalism, loose welcoming accessibility, and higher-plane spiritual ascension. It’s just a fabulous piece, with something new to give every time it is performed or heard. So stick it on your turntable yeah?

Vanishing
Vanishing

Another gnarly project emerges from the fizzingly creative depths of Islington Mill in Manchester. Vanishing is Gareth Smith’s vehicle for delivering his powerful prose writing: he speaks over rich and shifting beds of semi-abstract sound. Members of LoneLady and Gnod made additional contributions, though this remains an extremely personal listen. On Tombed Visions.

Keith Jarrett
The Survivors’ Suite

Recorded in 1976, The Survivors’ Suite is a classic from Keith Jarrett. Although the record only contains two tracks, Beginning and Conclusion, the overall sound is full bodied and complete. A great combination of experimental noise and sound-art, this record is re-issued by ECM and is available on Vinyl LP.
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Tullia Benedicta
Anteros

Tullia Benedicta is an Italian musician with something of a shoegaze past. On debut solo album Anteros however, she works with slinking electronics and cold-eyed vocals, exploring kinky sexual themes through the use of obliquely sampled pornography and cloaked lyricism. CD release on Second Language.

Racker&Orphan
Sounds of Insects

10” vinyl on Hood Faire. If an insect could talk, what would it say? N.Racker (Pre-Cert Home Entertainment) and David Orphan (Folklore Tapes) endeavour to put this down on wax. Sounding like experiments by Faust, Pierre Henry with a bizarre mystery sci-fi film feel to the whole thing as you follow them into the insect world. Limited to 250 copies.
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Kelly Moran
Bloodroot

Kelly Moran composes and performs pieces for prepared piano, sometimes also using electronics to open up new possibilities within the melodic / percussive / textural depths of the instrument. With influence taken from both Steve Reich and Burzum, Bloodroot is an inventive and innovative listen. CD / LP release on the Telegraph Harp label.
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People Like Us
Abridged Too Far

People Like Us, the long-running cut-and-splice plunderphonic project of Vicki Bennett, celebrates its twenty-fifth year in 2017, and the Discrepant label are doing a few vinyl releases to celebrate. Abridged Too Far contains various radio sessions, including one for John Peel! Previously only available digitally.
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Yannick Dauby
咾咕厝 (Coral House) Penghu Experimental Sound Studio Vol. 2

For this release, Yannick Dauby used field recordings, extracts from interviews and assorted objects to capture some sense of the Taiwanese Penghu Archipelago. (Coral House) Penghu Experimental Sound Studio Vol. 2 takes these elements and juxtaposes, processes and tweaks them into a very particular piece of audio. The album is released by Discrepant.
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Ksiezyc
Rabbit Eclipse

After a gap of a mere 19 years since their acclaimed debut album, Kseizyc are back in business. Hooray! With instrumentation that spans clarinet, hurdy-gurdy, synths, tapes, objects, accordions and more, Rabbit Eclipse is a very welcome next chapter in the Polish experimental folk travellers’ journey. CD on Penultimate Press.
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Robert Millis
The Lonesome High

Robert Millis, who you’ll know from Climax Golden Twins and his work with Sublime Frequencies, releases his first solo album The Lonesome High, which finds him (perhaps surprisingly) in singer-songwriter mode. Although make no mistake, these songs have certain weirdnesses to them. Oh, and Alan Bishop turns up on backing vocals too. Vinyl release on Abduction.

Andrew Liles
Diario de un Monstruo

Andrew Liles, who always keeps himself busy even when not participating in Current 93 and / or Nurse With Wound, releases a homage to one of his favourite albums: Diary Of A Madman by Ozzy Osbourne. The Liles version, Diario de un Monstruo, is a very different beast, featuring plenty of weird and wonderful textures and tricks from a master of the craft. Edition of 500 LPs on Dirter.
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Tomutonttu
Kevätjuhla

Tomutonttu (aka Finnish artist Jan Anderzén) presents a vinyl distillation of the sound aspect of his Kevätjuhla installation work. The tone is garishly colourful and bizarrely fragmented all at the same time, with poppy fragments swimming around in a sea of bright electronics, all directed by some invisible alien logic. The LP is released by Helm’s label Alter.
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Richard Youngs
The Naive Shaman

He doth not stop. The second LP Richard Youngs has dropped in 2005 and the umpteenth of his extremely prolific career arrives via Jagjaguwar. The Naive Shaman is another singular record from Youngs, one that hovers at in the space between folk and the free-compositional avant-garde. Think early Animal Collective but more song-centric.
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Steve Jansen
The Extinct Suite

Steve Jansen, the drummer of Japan, has been steadily working on a solo career over the last decade. His last solo album, Tender Extinction, featured various guest singers, but now those other voices are stripped away for The Extinct Suite, on which Jansen pulls apart the orchestral parts of that album to weave a whole new expanse of melodic ambience. Out on SJ Productions.

Daniel Bennett
Roil

Roil is the latest four-piece release from Daniel Bennett. Described as ‘four pieces of brutally-minded electronic synthesis’ that give way to a blurred new path between materiality and abstraction. A mix of feedback noise created by using analogue equipment and experimental field-art. Available on CD.

Hound Dog Taylor's Hand
Hound Dog Taylor's Hand

Hound Dog Taylor’s Hand is a Seattle trio who play bluesy free-rock with a guitar / bass / drums line-up. Led by Jeffrey Taylor of Climax Golden Twins, these guys play loose and sweet, drawing influence from classic American music and further-out stuff alike. Excellent jams, pressed to vinyl in an edition of 500 by the Abduction label.
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Diamanda Galas
All The Way

Diamanda Galas returns to the album format for the first time in nine whole years! All The Way includes new approaches to various traditional tunes like ‘O Death’ and ‘Round Midnight’, interpreted in Diamanda’s highly individual voice and piano style. With both live and studio recordings included, All The Way gives a real insight into where Diamanda is at. CD and LP editions, released on the Intravenal Sound Operations label.
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JFDR
Brazil

JFDR is a young and inventive Icelandic musician with a fair bit of experience in acts like Pascal Pinon and Gangly. For her solo debut she worked with Shazad Ismaily (and, on one track, Greg Fox) to create a record of eclectically textured songwriting that veers from minimal passages to elaborately fractured percussion.. Brazil is released by the White Sun label.

Yair Yona
Sword

Yair Yona self-releases Sword, a delicate and dynamic instrumental album constructed from desert-blues and dusty overheard samples. The album was envisioned as a soundtrack to the 1973 Yom Kippur war and can be as quietly devastating as that concept implies. It is beautifully packaged on vinyl LP or CD.

Damo Suzuki & Sound Carriers
Live at Marie-Antoinette

To this day, Damo Suzuki continues to tour the world, playing improvised sets with one-off ensembles of local musicians as he goes. On this Berlin date in 2011, his Sound Carriers include Ilpo Väisänen of Pan Sonic and Dirk Dresselhaus of Schneider™, among other remarkable types. Live At Marie-Antoinette is a double LP, released by Play Loud!

Melt Yourself Down
Melt Yourself Down

The self-titled debut from Melt Yourself Down is a heady, in-your-face mix of jazz, krautrock, punk and African sounds that will leave you wondering where you left your head. The band are led by Polar Bear associate Pete Wareham - so you know the band’s musical chops are all in place. They pack a real punch live too.
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Kymatik : Midwitch Cuckoos
Anthropological Constants

Paradigm Discs, that ever-reliable archivist of the deep underground, presents the strange soundscapes of Kymatik and Midwitch Cuckoos. Anthropological Constants was first released as a limited CDr, but now it has been remastered for vinyl (by Giuseppe Ielasi), to let the listener really reach inside these radically-processed field recording compositions. Edition of 500 LPs on Paradigm Discs.
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Mike Cooper
Reluctant Swimmer / Virtual Surfer

A document of a live performance by Mike Cooper that was given in Rome back in 2003. The music was improvised, although Cooper finds himself wandering into two sung songs along the way (by Van Dyke Parks and Fred Neil respectively), one of them for the first time. Fantastic listenings to be had for fans of the lap steel / lap steel guitar. Reluctant Swimmer / Virtual Surfer is released by Discrepant.
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Irabagon, Hegre & Drønen
Axis

A tasty trio here, formed by Mostly Other People Do The Killing saxophonist Jon Irabagon alongside a pair of noisy Norwegians, Nils Are Drønen and John Hegre (the latter a founding member of Jazzkammer with Lasse Marhaug). Wow! Axis finds these guys sparking off each other for some deep-down instant composition. Released by Rune Grammofon.

Kink Gong
Imer Zeillos

The new Kink Gong material performs an interesting act of combination not often seen in the world of field recording. Rather than claiming to present a document of a single time and place, Imer Zeillos takes recordings of Turkish traditional instruments and puts them together with various recordings from South East Asia, creating remarkable collages. Entrancing stuff. LP release on Discrepant.

Onus
Ratsickles

Debut by Onus presenting six tunes honed from baritone guitar, bass and drums, each hosting intricate, chorus-sung narratives from vague and seemingly remote space-time locations. The music is dark-toned and downbeat; with descending arpeggios and sparse cyclical riffs a-plenty, interlocking with skeletal drums to provide lean bones for nebulous melodies and scuffed harmonies to take hold. Lyrically, the album opens up snapshots of rewilded outskirts, ritual humiliation, generational rifts and dispossessions; mining deep veins of residual cultural memory vivid enough to feel like premonitions. Lighter relief is to be had with more abstract grapplings with mapping the unknowable and framing a response to divine silence. Limited to a measly 50 cassettes with lino-print sleeves, each including a download code.

Gonzo
Radio Kampala / Skull Cave

Gonzo produces an interesting pair of audio slices recorded in Kampala, East Africa. Insect-buzz field recordings and religiously-themed spoken-word are set adrift in a clean sea of electronics: a low-key beat, some shimmering synths, and some digital scree that all adds up to a unique release. Radio Kampala / Skull Cave is a white label 7” released by Discrepant.
  • Genre(s):
  • Experimental / Avant-garde / Sound Art / Field

Alan Courtis
Los Galpones

Super-productive Argentinian noise-man (and Reynols founder) Alan Courtis (also sometimes known as Anla Courtis) has a new slab of solo material for you to chew over. Los Galpones (or, ‘The Sheds’) is a droning blur of metals, guitar, violin and other objects, a thickly-textured soundscape to lose ones thoughts in. Edition of 300 vinyl LPs on Fabrica.
  • Vinyl LP (FABRE038)
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  • Genre(s):
  • Experimental / Avant-garde / Sound Art / Field

Emptyset
Medium

Subtext (Roly Porter, Vex’d) re-press Emptyset’s 2012 mini-LP (which means it’s an EP, then) Medium. The bass-bothering duo recorded these tracks on location in a ruined Gothic mansion near Gloucester, and the reverberant surroundings add extra depth to these moody cross-breeds of dubstep and electro-acoustic composition.

Tredici Bacci
Amore Per Tutti

Tredici Bacci is the ensemble of Simon Hanes, indulging his deep love for the old soundtrack sounds of the great 70’s Italian studios. Amore Per Tutti is a set of cool high-drama big band music to accompany imaginary films. Released by NNA Tapes, though on vinyl rather than the label’s usual cassettes.

CEEYS
Concrete Fields

CEEYS are a duo with the kind of close musical connection that only brothers can have (they are in fact brothers). Cello and piano are at the heart of their communications, but electronics and field recordings also have a prominent part to play. Whatever the means, Concrete Fields aims for a state of suspended animation melancholy and achieves it perfectly. Out on 1631 Recordings.
  • Genre(s):
  • Experimental / Avant-garde / Sound Art / Field

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