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Jerusalem In My Heart
If He Dies, If If If If If If

Radwan Ghazi Moumneh has had a long relationship with Constellation, Montreal's banner-label for post-rock and any experimental music that grows from its roots. He's produced records for post-punkers Ought and avant-jazz artist Matana Roberts, made albums with folk-warper Eric Chenaux...view item »


Brooding electro-acoustics from L A N D here, shifting and shuffling along with a myriad of percussions, guitars, shakuhachis… Anoxia is a curious thing, generating a landscape that sounds chilly and hostile, yet remarkably tempting. Mixed crystal clearly by Ben Frost, the album is released by Im...view item »

Aisha Orazbayeva & Tim Etchells
Sleeping Through

This EP is the first fruit of an intimate new collaboration between Aisha Orazbayeva and Tim Etchells, pushing violin and voice into an intense, sometimes uncomfortable space together. Sleeping Through is challengingly minimal but powerfully performed. Vinyl LP released in a limited edition on the Prah ...view item »

Raccoglimento Parziale

Haunting, busy and a little bit clinical, Homoheterogeneity is a complex and at times beautiful record from Raccoglimento Parziale. Formed by Stefano Meucci and Andrea Giachetti this dense piece of work bristles with field recordings, electronic pulses and unique touches of guitar. Out on vinyl LP from AUT Records....view item »

Ricardo Donoso
Machine To Machine

Ricardo Donoso works across a variety of styles, from more conventionally tuneful to out-there experimentalism. With Machine To Machine he tries to meld the two approaches, and he does a great job. These tracks are carefully composed explorations of texture with a rich seam of emotional content running right down the mi...view item »

Gary Wilson
Music for Piano

Gary Wilson is an experimental musician from Endicott, New York. His best known work is 1977’s You Think You Really Know Me after which he stopped recording and playing live. He started making music again in 2003. His fans are generally attracted to his lyrics which is strange for someone so experimental. Music For Piano,...view item »


Drone time baby! Not just any old drones though: Lumisokea have been working with recordings of such resonant acoustic instruments as gamelan and cello, and have processed and re-engineered them into the pieces you hear on Mnemosyne. Detailed electroacoustic sound caverns, pressed to vinyl on the Alter label....view item »

Lord Real
Bad Code EP

Lord Real is a Norwegian lady who is now resident in the UK. Bad Code EP is a paradoxically focused yet unsettled work that has been likened to an imaginary lo-fi jam session between Aphex Twin, Earth’s Dylan Carson and artist Russell Haswell. The...view item »

Loren Connors
Live In New York

The US avant guitarist Loren Connors further consolidates his legendary status with a self-explanatory live outing. As usual, the blues hovers spectrally over proceedings while the guitarist's inventive and diverse technique recalls fellow masters including Robert Johnson, Ry Cooder an...view item »

Jono El Grande
Melody Of A Muddled Mason

Jono El Grande is an unusual artist, creating pieces that straddle modern composition, smooth prog rock, shiny pop and a few other styles without ever settling into any of them. Impressively, this kind of works, El Grande’s extremely complex arrangements all falling tightly into place. Melody Of A Mudd...view item »

Benedict Drew
Notes On The Anxiety Of A Record Running Out

Benedict Drew is an artist who works across various platforms such as sound, video and associated electronics, sculpture and performance art. Expect experimental and avant-garde sounds on his new 7”, Notes On The Anxiety Of A Record Running Out which is backed with Notes On The Filling Of Gaps....view item »

TVO & Andrew Sharpley
CBK Robots

An interesting record here, with release timed for the announcement of the winner of the Labour Leadership election. There is a reason for that too: CBK Robots warps and manipulates the speech of the candidates into new, slightly spooky forms. TVO & Andrew Sharpley have made a statement both interesting to hear abou...view item »

Mike Cooper
Light On A Wall

Fancy something a bit different? Well you'd better be quick as there are only 100 copies of this! Light On The Wall is the new album from Mike Cooper. The songs were improvised by Cooper singing and playing electric lap steel guitar and he used the William Burroughs cut-up method to construct the lyrics...view item »

Natural Snow Buildings
Terror's Horns

Very exciting times as a brand new Natural Snow Buildings announce a new record on Ba Da Bing! Terror's Horns is a relatively brief excursion for the duo, and is a little less droney than most past efforts. The vocals can recall bleak English folk, but the music is a wonderful, multi-faceted blur. Gorgeous st...view item »

Human Greed

Human Greed is a collaboration between sound artist Michael Begg and painter Deryk Thomas. Hivernant is described as a “political statement” in the press release but Begg admits that he doesn’t know what that statement is trying to say. Well, the sounds on the ...view item »

Benjamin Finger
x​-​ray three: Amorosa Sensitiva

Deep, atmospheric ambience here from Benjamin Finger. x-ray three: Amorosa Sensitiva uses synthesisers and a number of acoustic instruments to provide the basis of his compositions, but from that point on, processing and electronics stretch these sounds out into intriguing landscapes. Frosted clear vinyl on the Blue Tap...view item »

Johnny Kafta Anti-Vegetarian Orchestra
Johnny Kafta Anti-Vegetarian Orchestra

Johnny Kafta Anti-Vegetarian Orchestra is an unusual project name isn't it? I guess Johnny Kafta really hates vegetarians…? Well, whether he does or not, the self-titled album of this group of his expresses strong vibes of free-rock, honed carefully (through improvisation) in the Lebanon. LP on...view item »

Sion Orgon
Recognition Journal

Recognition Journal is the third album by Sion Orgon. The plethora of sounds he uses to create his sonic soundscapes tend to end up at the avant garde end of the scale and can be difficult to listen to. However, he can spring the odd surprise and what could be described as a ‘normal’ song can suddenly appear...view item »


Alif are a five-person musical collective, combining Oud, Buzuq, bass, keyboards and drums. Oh and poetic vocals as well of course. Aynama-Rtama displays their far-reaching sound to full effect, a highly-rhythmic flurry of Arab-origin sound. The music comes packaged with full English translations of lyrics and poems use...view item »

Paul Smith & The Intimations

Four years in the making, ‘Contradictions’ is the latest record release by Maximo Park leader Paul Smith. The project, which began life on the road, draws in influences far and wide from the charms of the North East to the gritty sounds of Brooklyn and shows a more vulnerable side to this dynamic lone wolf of pop....view item »

Ela Orleans & Skitter
De Flechettes

Here’s a team I’ve seen before. Experimental dreampop bon vivant Ela Orleans and experimental noise tinkerer Liam “Skitter” Stefani did a very limited 3” CD a couple of years back with some shivery noisescapes on it so I have a certain idea of what ...view item »

All Tense Now Lax

All Tense Now Lax is a busy, tightly plotted work of tough-to-classify sound, piling up acoustic instruments, snatches of human voice, abstract electronics, field recordings and more, all deftly processed by Liberez main man John Hannon. Things get pretty intense. Released as CD or LP, on the Night Scho...view item »

Ambarchi / O'Malley / Dunn
Shade Themes From Kairos

Imagine if there was apocalypse right now and the only people left on earth were Oren Ambarch and Stephen O'Malley, and they had to repopulate the world with guitar drones. That's what happens in 'Themes From Kairos', more or less, with the two drone merchants on the bill scoring Randall Dunn's film. The two artists make an evocative s...view item »


PLONK. That's a piano going PLONK. SCREE-EE-SCREE-EE-EE-EE. That's a scraped violin going SCREE-EE-SCREE-EE-EE-EE. That's me cheapening the frighteningly deep research into sound and sound-creating objects which it appears Kiva undertook in their fifteen or so years of existence. My understanding of reading the press release is that they were a loo...view item »


Florestano is an Italian producer who combines the modern-day vibing of the traveller with the electroacoustics of the mid-20th century. Most of the work on Noh is electronically produced, but Florestano reportedly begins each composition with a piano, so tune is as highly valued as texture. 2LP on Kowl...view item »

Matthew Atkins
Geometric Decay

Matthew Atkins has been rummaging around at the bottom of a dusty old sonic cupboard and pulled out all manner of bits and pieces of audio detritus (or at least so it seems). The consequences of his processed and re-worked finds are presented on Geometric Decay, as a series of abstract soundscapes. On Minimal Resource M...view item »

Wyndel Hunt
Sunshine Noir

This guy is a new name to me though I'll start by saying I like his name. It's a good sturdy name... which is something all experimental artists should have. 'Sunshine Noir' is apparently his 4th album on Dragon's Eye but this is the first I've heard. It starts off super intense with the driving noise burst that is 'Sumud'. Weirdly hypnotic, you ge...view item »

The Untied Knot
Sketches For a Lost Summer

‘Sketches For The Lost Summer’ looks appealing. Beautiful cover art, recycled packaging and swish foam padded CD tray, lovely stuff. Music is pretty sweet too. The Untied Knot a.k.a Nigel Bryant (from 90’s indie rockers The Fables amongst others) makes the old acoustic six-string sing like a bird chorus on a summer’s morning. ‘An act of k...view item »

Tiago Sousa
Walden Pond's Monk

This CD for Portuguese piano maestro Tiago Sousa is a suite based upon the work of Henry David Thoreau (me neither but an early day environmentalist and abolitionist according to my...ahem... sources). Its a bleak work of deathly piano tinklings like a severly depressed Richard Clayderman considering imminent suicide. Accompanied at times by...view item »

The Marriage Of True Minds

Those crazy electronica masterminds Matmos are here with a new album of sonic experimentation, following the ‘Ganzfeld’ EP which was designed to test the listener with “reduced sensory input” to try to release any incoming psychic signals and use these ideas to create a completely origi...view item »

Stephanie Taylor

Talvihorros/ Damian Valles
Monuments And Ruins

Ooh, this is well tasty. We've got Talvihorros and Damian Valles each chucking in more than 20 minutes of music on this here split CD. On the Talvihorros “side&...view item »

Supersonic Riverside Blues
Data 451

This is one of a bunch of CDs we've had in lately from the D'Autres Cordes label in France. We've got a few more to bang on as well but we don't want to drown you all in one week. That would be simply awful. It's really too hot for reviewing today.... This is a side project of Franck Vigroux (who's clattering Pan Sonic-esque CD from last week re...view item »

Super Distortion
Into Space

Who on earth are Super Distortion? They've a double 'A' side CD single on Pointy Bird, and i'm liking 'Into Space'. It sounds well Carnaby Street, like a slice of cute 60s folk pop with a total nobhead of a wibbly keyboard motif that could have been made on an antique games console or even an old touch tone phone! I think it wants to be a bit tripp...view item »

Strings of Consciousness
Fantomastique/ Acoustica

Spaces Between

Mike Orr is from Bristol and calls himself Spaces Between. He refers to pieces as 'songs', which I always like. His songs are made with guitars and computers, but mainly guitars I should think. The computers are used to provide rhythms rather than a variety of processes, although not in every track. Guitars are layered together, and either p...view item »

Conrad Schnitzler
Kollektion 05: Compiled By Thomas Fehlmann

Conrad Schnitzler was a vital member of Germany’s kraut / komische exploratory synth generation, playing with Tangerine Dream and forming Kluster, not to mention an ocean of other solo and collaborative works. With so much material, we should be grateful to Thomas Fehlmann ...view item »

Michael Rodgers
Twilight, Birds

We can't really open one of these for reviewing purposes 'cos they're all sealed up in gorgeously printed envelopes... There was a brief debate about steaming one open but instead I'll leave them well alone and link you to his website where you can hear a wee little snippet and get an idea of what he's all about.. Which is pretty guitar improvis...view item »

The Yellow Square

Again on Split Femur recordings we have PLANIVAAR with The Yellow Square. A debut release from West Midlands based musician Mark Lippett. The guitar takes a more prominent role in the music with field recordings and samples drfiting in throughout the movement, chattering away in the background like a strange rhythmic drum pattern. Again Fennesz is ...view item »

The North Sea
Exquisite Idols

New on the ever dependable Type is The North Sea's (aka Brad Rose) "Exquisite Idols". You'd think it was full of sea shanties with a title like that, inside though is a collection free-folk styled harmonium drones, flutes and guitar picking. So what's with this nu folk?, hippy devotion?, spirituality?, myths and folklore? Maybe its a retu...view item »

Rob Mullender
Human Resources

Now back on the Bo'Weavil label which is fast be coming my new favourite. Here they present ROB MULLENDER and then name it Human Resources. More experimental and improvisational than Wooden Spoon and whilst that's like a walk in the forest this is like a stumble in a thorny bush. He's off on one and occasionally somethin...view item »


I got slightly confused yesterday whilst listening to French band MUEROS' 'Zero' CD. Although I am easy to confuse half way into the album I was convinced I was listening to something by a completely different artist. From the indie pop despair of opening track 'Arsenic' to title track 'Zero' which wonders into dark drone realms with...view item »


What is left to say about the deluge of albums that comprise of synthesizer drones ebbing and flowing, drifting hither and thither? It's a struggle and that's why The Wire spend their time overintellectualising what is basically the sound of a man playing one note on an organ for 40 minut...view item »


In 1979 MFH were formed, in the words of the liner notes, “by Andrew Cox (Maths) and David Elliott (Geography) at Sussex University in November 1979”, they were a couple of dweebs who couldn’t really play their instruments and instead dived headlong into the cassette culture ...view item »

Roel Meelkop
Oude Koeien

Meat. Love it or hate it there's no ignoring it. Not a fan myself. Possibly something to do with strict vegetarianism but even if meat wasn't made of animals I'm not sure I'd like it. In glorious technicolour on the front cover of this new album by Roel Meelkop is a big slab of meat. The CD is called 'Oude Koeien' and musically it seems to be ...view item »

Erik Enocksson

Fourth album right here from this Stockholm artist who has previously released on Kning Disc. 'Apan' was inspired by a 2009 Swedish drama film directed by Jesper Ganslandt. Oh man this sounds fantastic ...view item »

Kamil Kowalczyk

This is my first exposure to this Polish born, Edinburgh based artist, most likely as this (As far as I am aware) is his first physical release. Comprised of two long pieces, the first 'Model II' begins with sparse, minimal electronic tones/drones which slowly morph for a short while until some distant bleeps slowly creep into the mix, then the ...view item »

Pekka Airaksinen
Buddhas Of Golden Light

Buddhas Of Golden Light is an old collector’s favourite, being a record of weirdo synth-stuff accompanied by improvised saxophone, courtesy of Finnish Pekka Airaksinen (former member of a group called The Sperm). But now you don’t need to fork out millions for a copy, as Arc Light Editions a...view item »

The Idealist
I Am The Fire

The Idealist: 'I am The Fire' (Nosordo) is a six track experimental electronica collection that takes in droney ambient drift styles: room reverberating hum drone; minimalist tone works; micro-soundscapes and the sort of leftfield tonal sparseness and deep listening experience exampled by the labels like 12K/Line, Raster Noton and the like. Fans of...view item »

Ian W
Oslo Solo

Ian W: 'Oslo Solo' (Blackest Rainbow) Is a six track document of 'spontaneous composition' for solo guitar and FX pedals and is one of five releases we have this week from this freeform cdr imprint. Limited to sixty copies, these tracks range from the extended jam and sound explorations of the free-rock/noise vein of the likes of Wooden W...view item »

Pija Z Bogiem

Ant here with a very nice opener from Hexlove. This double CD 'Pija Z Bogiem' is the work of Holy Mountain/ Temporary Residence artist Zac Nelson and it's a most pleasant listening experience. It's strange, backwards indie pop music that is simultaneously experimental and accessible. The vocals on the tracks are really unique using lots of effects ...view item »

Gurun Gurun
Gurun Gurun

3 new Home Normal's in this week. Like buses they tend to come at once... or when I'm waiting for a bus they never comeatfuckingall. This has arrived though and it's here in my hand and while I'm listening to it I have the CD right next to me in my periphery vision so I can stay focused. Nice work Phil. These guys are a Czech collective of exper...view item »

Ernest Gonzales
Been Meaning To Tell You

Don't know much about Ernest Gonzales but it would appear that the Art Union/Maomoo label are big fans with this LP coinciding with a book release/multi artist collaborative effort. You can read more about the related shenanigans in the press release or follow this link. For now, i'll stick to banter about the album in hand. 'Been Meaning to Tell Y...view item »

Goalkeeper Wanted
Mouthful of Cherries

Got some heavy improv jazz gear from the superbly named Goalkeeper Wanted. 'Mouth Of Cherries' Lots of disjointed and abstract drum clattering and guitar twanging. Defiantly shifting into odd time signature, it sounds chaotic and a deliciously messy... Hahaha I just clocked the press release and it says that it was performed wearing boxing gloves. ...view item »

Tribute To Manzini

An interesting thing on City Centre Offices by Firewire called A Tribute To The Manzini. This is Carl Crack (Atari Teenage Riot/ DHR) and some other dude called Frederic Slater. It was put on Hiatus after Carl died in 2001 and it's been put together now with what was recorded at the tim...view item »

Vault of Blossomed Ropes
Vault of Blossomed Ropes

Vault of Blossomed Ropes is a rather well named project thoughtfully exploring electroacoustic avenues, but with the rare addition of vocals murmuring (and sometimes gibbering) actual lyrics; although they are, literally, all Greek to me. This self-titled album, with its six tracks, is released by the Triple Bath label....view item »

Ekoplekz / Onme

This CD captures some of the emanations from the studio of Ekoplekz, aka Nick Edwards. As always, the tracks slip through the cracks of various electronic music scenes and manage to sound just like Ekoplekz: dubby, bass-heavy, synthed-up sound explorations for the curious. Plus the nigh-on unkno...view item »

Human interface

Dokaka isn't probably someone you've heard of before but he's a Japanese dude who uses his voice to make his music. There's no instruments on here at all... every single thing on the album is constructed with the crazy guy's own voice. He did an album years ago which covered Led Zep, Slayer and Rolling Stones songs which folks went nuts for apparen...view item »


my favorite all-time band that I was in. Mark P. and myself would hole up in his bedroom armed with libations and other stimuli and let  the good times roll. this particular CD-R was recorded one Saturday afternoon and is barely edited from the original tape. every second was improvised and LSD-soaked...cheers to you Leeds people ...view item »

Robert Curgenven & Richard Chartier
Built Through

God, I'm sat here in the baking heat in my room listening to this tranquil baby. The second track is particularly relevant to my near-immolated state being the sound of electronic crickets-on-crack chirruping excitedly, undercut with a deep gradually escalating tonal throb reminiscent of ...view item »

Continental Film Night/ Tellerman
Tinhorn Home Companion Vol 1

Tinhorn Companion Volume 1 CD by Continental Film Night/ Tellerman. The enormous shout of 'WHO?' I can hear is deafening... and you'd be right in not having a clue about this. So here's a bit of info. It's a new project by David Sheppard and some other folks who you probably won't have heard of. This immediately caught my ear with it's beautiful la...view item »

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