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Holger Czukay
Movie!

Holger Czukay, the bass player in goddamn Can in case you weren’t aware, released solo album Movie in 1979. It isn’t a soundtrack album, but Holger does pull in samples from whatever was on the TV that day, building up colourful and lively sound-worlds around them. Groovy and texturally interesting all the way through. Reissued on Gronland.

Thor & Friends
Thor & Friends

Everyone’s favourite Swan has finally done what people have been long been clamouring for: a grand project of his very own devising. Thor & Friends features the beardy multi-instrumentalist leading pals from A Hawk & A Hacksaw and Deerhoof through some compositions with mallet percussion at their core. Thor & Friends augments the classic pulse of minimalism with plenty of other wonderful instrumentation too: nice one Thor.

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.
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Dimosioypalliliko Retire
On the Administration of Panic (The magazine issue 1)

This LP is an ‘audio magazine’ from 2002, showcasing the work of Dimosioypalliliko Retire. This was a Greek group preoccupied with experimental rock deconstruction, and On the administration of panic is an excerpt from a live performance. Cross-released by the Rekem, Orila and Agios Anthropos labels in an edition of 300 LPs.
  • Vinyl LP (Οrl29 / REKEM 10 / AAR 003)
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Anal Magic and Rev. Dwight Frizzell
Beyond The Black Crack

Beyond The Black Crack is a strange old record from the mid-70’s: impressively, it is strange enough to match up to the given artist’s name Anal Magic and Rev. Dwight Frizzell. Cracked-up electronics and fizzling free jazz are involved in the mixture, which was heavily treated and manipulated after the fact, resulting in the succulent mess you see before you. A weirdo classic, remastered and reissued by Paradigm discs
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Mere
Mere II

Mere is Gareth Davis’ free improvised jazz trio, bringing in guitar and drums to join the movements of his wildly-flailing bass clarinet. Mere II is the second part of a live recording, which has in turn been divided into three distinct sessions and carefully mastered to bring out every last detail in crisp clarity. CD on Home Normal, packaged with a photo negative. Edition of 500.

Mere
Mere III

Mere is Gareth Davis’ free improvised jazz trio, bringing in guitar and drums to join the movements of his wildly-flailing bass clarinet. Mere III is the third part of a lively and questing live recording, carefully mastered to bring out each detail in crisp clarity. The trilogy is now complete! CD on Home Normal, packaged with a photo negative in an edition of 500.

Gareth JS Thomas
Wandsworth Sports

Aphelion Editions is shaping up to be an interesting label... Here they follow up their inaugural release by Tlön with a limited edition CDr/cassette tape by Gareth JS Thomas (USA NAILS, SILENT FRONT, MAYORS OF MIYAZAKI). Over the course of the album our lug holes are treated to dreamy ambient textures and eerie dronescapes, some sound collage/sampling/cut-up action and a wee dose of cranky techno to boot. All super atmospheric stuff ,that occasionally gets pretty weird - with an absurd and wicked sense of humour.
  • Tape (APHELION002-K7)
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Joan La Barbara
Tapesongs

Avant-vocalist Joan La Barbara was virtually in a field of one with what she was doing in 1977 at the time of Tapesongs. As the title (and the awesome cover) suggests, she starts bringing tape manipulations into her pieces for extraordinary extended-technique vocals, for extra wonder. Includes a piece she prepared with John Cage. Remastered LP reissue on Arc Light Editions.
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DinahBird
A Box of 78s

A Box Of 78s in box on 12 inch vinyl. Over 50 sound documents, field recordings and vibrated memories. All captured to maybe document the lives and times of people in Salt Spring Island, British Columbia. This leather box was owned by DinahBird’s grandmother. Lovingly cared for and shared within her family. It is now here on a limited 300 edition run. Share inside time.  
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Daniel Menche & William Fowler Collins
Split LP


Mesa Ritual
Mesa Ritual


  • Vinyl LP (SIGE026)
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Horse Lords
Interventions

Horse Lords are a bold Baltimore band who do that thing of pulling a whole sackful of genres and styles together and somehow making the results sound great! Third album Interventions has sharp saxophone blasts and La Monte Young-inspired just intonation guitars laid down over hot, groovy West African rhythms, plus occasional musique concréte derivations. Impressive stuff that swallows the mind.

Ben Frost
The Wasp Factory

Iain Banks’ novel The Wasp Factory is a fairly brutal work to begin with, so just imagine what an operatic adaptation directed by famously intense sound artist Ben Frost might be like? This record contains Frost’s original soundtrack, where vocalists and a string ensemble are added to his usual palette of electronics. The Wasp Factory is released by Bedroom Community.
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The Lost Trail Orchestra
The Lost Trail Orchestra

Recorded over the course of the weekend, The Lost Trail Orchestra is an uncut collection of spontaneous improvisations, a glimpse at what happens when guitars, violins and minds are tuned in to each other. The Lost Trail Orchestra’s self-titled album is pressed only 50 times, and released in solid handcrafted packaging. They'll be lost forever if you don't watch out.
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π∆ππ
Selected Piano Works

On his Selected Piano Works, π∆ππ treats us to that vintage three-days-in-a-Berlin-bunker vibe. By using just as much piano as silence between notes, π∆ππ has created a mesmerizing and esoteric album. What’s also esoteric about this release is the fact that there’s only 50 CDs, packed in handcrafted paper wallets. Don't let 'em slip away!
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Carers
...it's eternity, Ester


  • Vinyl 12" (Carers1)
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Keiji Haino / Jozef Dumoulin / Teun Verbruggen
The Miracles Of Only One Thing

Keiji Haino just can’t stop pouring music out of himself: on this occasion the sonic flow erupted in the presence of Jozef Dumoulin and Teun Verbruggen, two Belgian musicians on a tour of Japan. The Miracles Of Only One Thing is a strong meeting of minds, with the trio working themselves into some deep and tasty territory. CD / vinyl release on Sub Rosa.
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Kema
Alle Sorgenti Delle Civiltà

The world of Italian library music and film composition is already fairly obscure territory, but Giuilia De Muittis is even less well known than the area’s ‘big names’, no doubt due to the inbuilt sexism of 70’s Italy. She played on many releases, but Alle Sorgenti Delle Civiltá is the first ever album of her own work as an artist, under the moniker of Kema. 10” on Cacophonic.
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  • Soundtracks

Francis Vincent Zappa Conducts The Abnuceals Emuukha Electric Orchestra & Chorus
Lumpy Gravy

A brace of some of Frank Zappa’s many (many) albums are receiving heavyweight vinyl reissues from Universal. Lumpy Gravy is Zappa’s debut solo album from 1967, released under the name Francis Vincent Zappa and utilising the talents of The Abnuceals Emuukha Electric Orchestra & Chorus (some session musicians). Big time musique concréte and contemporary composition, as translated via Zappa’s playful mind.

Frank Zappa & The Mothers of Invention
We're Only In It For The Money

A brace of some of Frank Zappa’s many (many) albums are receiving heavyweight vinyl reissues from Universal. We’re Only In It For The Money is his third album with The Mothers Of Invention, and it’s got a wild blend of psych-rockin’, weirdo voice / tape experimentation, skitty bits, doo-wop and much more. Sounds pretty out there, even for 1968. 180g vinyl reissue.

Bohren & Der Club Of Gore
Geisterfaust

In 2005, noire-doom-jazz ensemble Bohren & Der Club Of Gore decided to get even slower and sparser than they had been previously (which was already pretty slow and sparse). Geisterfaust is a one hour span of beautiful crawl for long dark nights. Reissued on CD and, for the first time, on vinyl. From Play It Again Sam.

Richard H. Kirk
#7489 (collected works 1974 - 1989)

Sheffield has housed many electronic music pioneers, of which Richard H. Kirk was one of the greatest. Alongside his work with Cabaret Voltaire he was producing his own solo works long before, during and after. This collection precedes the group, with a massive 8 CDs of solo dance experiments. Includes his first four albums remastered, and an album of completely unreleased tracks.

Francisco Lopez
Anima Ardens

Francisco Lopez, usually spotted these days releasing long-form field recording epics, has been enlisted to provide the soundtrack to a dance piece for naked men by the Compagnie Thor ensemble. Lopez has turned to ritualistic recordings and jungle ambiences, mixed up into a very vivid whole. Anima Ardens is released by Sub Rosa.
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Super Heavy Metal
Music For Cymbals

Super Heavy Metal is a solo project from drummer Kim Åge Furuhaug, taking his project name literally. This isn’t metal music, but music made entirely from metal: Music For Cymbals indeed. Furuhaug uses unusual preparations and techniques, as well as sampling and looping, to create dense and intriguing pieces. Edition of 300 LPs on Hubro.

Diseno Corbusier
Stadia

Avant-garde does not do this record justice - this is extreme experimentalism, in a way that others wouldn't dare attempt. Stadia, the third full-length offering by Spanish-based electronic duo Diseno Corbusier, is a haywire concoction including spasming drums, female yelps and electronic bursts. It pushes the boundaries, in every feasible way.

Einstürzende Neubauten
Greatest Hits

Blixa Bargeld, Nu Unruh and Alexander Hacke formed industrial group Einstürzende Neubauten in 1980 in, what was then, West Berlin. Their search for ear-bleeding sounds and the beauty of musical tension, played with mostly scrapyard foraged self-built instruments, knows no bounds. Greatest Hits goes back as far as 1989 - a new mix of Haus Der Luge with How I Die from 2014’s Lament album being the most recent cut.

Oneida and Rhys Chatham
What's Your Sign?

Some years in the making, here is the collaboration between one of New York’s finest guitar-centric experimental composers Rhys Chatham and the glorious Oneida. With What’s Your Sign?, both parties mesh beautifully together into a swirl of repetitive super-sound: a joy for Oneida and Chatham fans alike. Out on Northern Spy.

RLW
Flurry Of Delusion

Flurry Of Delusion was originally a collection of sounds improvised with Giuseppe Ielasi. But of course, as with anything that comes from the mind of RLW (Ralf Wehowsky), nothing is as it seems. A vibrant mix of improvised industrial and computer-music gives birth to this disparate CD. Encased in a charming full colour digipac on reverse board.

The Legendary Pink Dots
The Maria Sessions

The Maria Sessions is made up of what are essentially jams recorded whilst they were writing and recording The Maria Dimension album in 1991. Locking themselves away in a cabin in the Netherlands with synths, samplers and a variety of instruments to create truly avant garde psychedelia. First time these tracks have been available on their own release.
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Ashtray Navigations
To Make A Fool Ask, And You Are The First

Leeds’ very own genuinely-psychedelic noise explorers Ashtray Navigations are releasing their latest statement on the Blackest Ever Black label, but that doesn’t mean they’ve gone industrial techno. No, To Make A Fool Ask, And You Are The First is full-bore AshNav, moving through strange organic piano, searing guitar fury, and much more squishy territory in between.

Dave Harrington Group
Become Alive

Dave Harrington Group is a flexible assemblage of Dave Harrington and whoever he happens to playing with at the time. Improvisation is at the core of his practice, although post-production and overdubbing is used to make new pieces from the instrument-heavy jams. Become Alive is out on the Other People label.
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Fogh Depot
Turmalinturm

In continuing a journey through the avant-garde style melding a genres, Fogh Depot releases a highly off-kilter 7-track offering. Comprised of mainly nu-jazz, modern classical and electronic experimentalism, Turmalinurm is a wondrous and sprawling mix of drone, noise and melancholic melody

Jacques Brodier
Xhos De Villemahu

Jacques Brodier is a Frenchman with a nigh-on unique sonic approach. Many years ago he designed and built his own instrument, the Filtre De Réalité, a remarkable contraption of metals, strings, glass, sand, radio waves etc. The sounds he coaxes from the device, which sound like an idiosyncratic take on certain fields of electroacoustic and musique concréte, are documented on Xhos De Villemahu, a double LP out on Penultimate Press.
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Borbetomagus
The Eastcote Studios Session

By combining squealing free jazz improvisation and black-hearted harsh noise Borbetomagus have created a pretty unique niche for themselves. On The Eastcote Studios Session, pressed to 180 gram vinyl LP by Dancing Wayang, the band’s gloriously unhinged approach to live performance is captured with all the niceties of a high quality studio recording.

Nurse With Wound
The Great Ecstasy Of The Basic Corrupt

This ultra-rare 2014 private press from Nurse With Wound has been given a new life on CD from United Dirter. 'The Great Ecstasy of the Basic Corrupt' has all the unclassifiable drones, sinister tape manipulation and terrifyingly surreal sound of classic NWW material. A recent classic, long overdue rediscovery!!
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Mohammad
Segondè Saleco

‘Segondè Saleco’ is the final installment of a trilogy exploring the sounds of the geographical area between 34°Ν - 42°Ν & 19°Ε – 29°Ε. Producing their sound through custom made instruments Mohammad weave together their dark atmospheric textures and low frequencies through the distant but unmistakable influence of mystic folk.
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Ab Baars & Terrie Ex
Shifting Sands

Joy! That’s what spreads all around when Terrie Ex starts flailing on his guitar, grinning like mad (except when holding a drumstick in his teeth). He and reeds-player Ab Baars have recorded as a duo but not for years, so Shifting Sands is a treat to hear. High-level, highly entertaining improvisation from some quality Dutchmen. On Terp.

Etant Donnes
Royaume / Aimant + Aimant ­-

Two pieces of early 1990’s sound experimentation, reissued on Penultimate Press. Etant Donnes (e.g. Eric and Marc Hurtado) use predominantly field recordings and vocal work to allude to poetic concepts. Royaume and Aimant + Aimant are each like fascinating lost artefacts, well worth unearthing. Reissue edition of 500 LPs.
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Federico Durand
Jardin de Invierno

Argentine sound artist Federico Durand produced new album Jardin de Invierno simply, using single takes of immediate performances using various quiet instruments, and then assembling and juxtaposing them into the particular shapes we hear here. Jardin de Invierno (or ‘Winter Garden’) is a sweet, subtle release, out on the Spekk label.

Etant Donnes
Re-Up

Etant Donnes are the Hurtardo brothers Eric and Marc, but their 1999 record Re-Up features some other notable personnel too. That would be Alan Vega of Suicide, Genesis P-Orridge of Throbbing Gristle, and Lydia Lunch too! That means that the eerie electronic backdrops are generously decorated with the finest avant-vocals, with strange and atmospheric results. Double LP reissue on Munster.
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Stars Of the Lid/ Jon Mccafferty
Per Aspera Ad Astra

Per Aspera Ad Astra, the collaborative record between ambient composers Stars Of The Lid and abstract painter Jon McCafferty, is just as magical a listen now as it was back in 1998 when Kranky first released it. Come to think of it, this is probably why Per Aspera Ad Astra’s been given a reissue. The Texan duo worked on this music as McCafferty painted in the same studio, with each responding to the other as they went. It makes for some of the group’s most inspired music - The Caretaker and William Basinski were probably paying attention to this thing the first time around.
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Laura Cannell
Quick Sparrows Over The Black Earth

Laura Cannell is a remarkable musician whose engagements with her native Norfolk and with medieval instrumental traditions continues to amaze. Quick Sparrows Over The Black Earth is a set of one-take improvisations using violin and recorder, often played in unusual ways. Recorded in a church and released on Brawl.
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J.G. Biberkopf
Ecologies II: Ecosystems Of Excess

J.G. Biberkopf’s new album Ecologies II: Ecosystems Of Excess is constructed from field recordings that have been super-processed into a digital post-club sound-soup. And what’s more, the record also comes with a book exploring the same concepts through essay and advanced design. Out on Knives.

Quicksails
Mortal

Chicago’s music underground is such a busy and bustling place that one can happily take part in multiple different scenes at once: such is the way with Ben Billington of Quicksails, who can also be seen in a number of other acts. Here on Mortal, he carves out busy compositions from a stack of electronic and acoustic sources. This LP could fit in a few of those Chicago scenes at once. LP on Hausu Mountain.
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Richard Youngs
The Rest Is Scenery

Perpetual experimentalist and underground national treasure Richard Youngs has written each of the songs of The Rest Is Scenery around just one chord, because why the hell not? He wants it to be possible for anyone to cover these songs with just the slightest of guitar experience, except of course all those magical Youngsian touches cannot be replicated. CD on the Glass Records Redux label.

Jemh Circs
Jemh Circs

Marc Richter is well known under his Black To Comm moniker, with releases on Type and Dekorder. He has kept this latest project under wraps, quite successfully. The product of scouring YouTube for pop vocals Jemh Circs brings an almost vaporwave artificiality and pop culture clash, droning and melodic, it’s a bizarre world to be shown.
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Hermann Nitsch
Orgien Mysterien Theater – 25. Aktion

Hermann Nitsch is known for his epic performance artworks: a realisation of one of his Orgien Mysterien Theater pieces can last for days and involve hundreds of blood-soaked performers. This LP documents the sonic aspect of a 1982 ritual, remastered and reissued from a very limited original gallery edition. Out on Cien Fuegos.
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Pan Sonic
Atomin Paluu

This right here represents the final recordings of Finnish heavyweights Pan Sonic! Suitably for a group with such a brutalist sound, they were commissioned to soundtrack a documentary about building a nuclear power plant: construction recordings are integrated into Vainio and Vaisanen’s harsh digital structures, with award-winning results! Atomin Paluu is out on Blast First Petite.

Contrastate
True Believer / The 10/40 Window

Contrastate’s dark and wild world is full of looming shapes, hard to identify. This new 7” from the veteran outfit is a two-track slice of strange electronics and uneasy experimental vocals, adding up to an immersive sound experience that follows its own ritualistic rules. True Believer / The 10/40 Window is out on The Dirter.

Thurston Moore & Tom Surgal
Not Me

Erstwhile guitar-noise practitioner and former Sonic Youth guy Thurston Moore teams up with Tom Surgal and his drum kit for this 1996 free-improv session. The two duck and weave around each other, generating sizzling electro-crackle atmospheres for all the family. This reissue of Not Me comes with new liner notes in a replica of the original LP sleeve, and is limited to 500 copies. On Fourth Dimension.
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Elliott Schwartz & Big Blood
Ant Farm

Maine’s Big Blood are deft hands with producing barrierless experimental folk, manipulating field samples, vocals, electronics and anything they get their hands on. Working with composer and pianist Elliot Schwartz on a visual art collective’s exhibition allowed both to run amok to veer back and forth from the edge of free form sound collage, with Pianos and plucked strings meeting processed found sounds.
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Tom Carter & Loren Connors
Untitled

The twin crown princes of American guitar join forces for what appears to be the first time ever! Charalambides man Tom Carter is a little more psychadelic, and Norman favourite Loren Connors is a little more bluesy, but both are masters of gorgeous in-depth improvisation, and they twirl together into perfection on this Untitled LP. Edition of 500 on Family Vineyard.
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  • Experimental / Avant-garde / Sound Art / Field

Yoko Ono
Plastic Ono Band

Fronted with bizarre, eery screeching, Yoko Ono's (widow of John Lennon) avant-garde offering Plastic Ono is finally reissued on vinyl. Originally released way back in 1971, the album has a classic yet timeless sound that has influenced a host of musicians throughout the decades. 
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John Lennon / Yoko Ono
Unfinished Music No. 1: Two Virgins

Two Virgins is generally known as one of the least popular albums John Lennon was ever involved with: yay! Yoko Ono’s avant-art practices are clearly the heaviest influence here on this abstract suite of musique concrete, bird-song, conversation and other less-than-traditionally-musical sounds. Excellent to see it reissued by Secretly Canadian!
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  • Experimental / Avant-garde / Sound Art / Field

Loren Connors
The Departing of a Dream, Vol. VI

The vastly talented Loren Connors recently started up his Departing of a Dream series on Family Vineyard: here is Volume VI. This is Connors in an especially ethereal mood, with his guitar seemingly morphing into something not of this world. 10” vinyl on Family Vineyard, firmly limited to just 500 copies.
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  • Experimental / Avant-garde / Sound Art / Field

Kuro
Kuro

Kuro are a duo made up of Lyon-based Agathe Max, and Bristol-based Gareth Turner. Both of whom have more than enough extensive musical knowledge to create the progressive and intuitive record also called Kuro- a dark and deep mix of ambient and psychedelic sounds. This record is available on Vinyl LP and CD.

Peptalk
Islet

With a history of playing with arty types such as Thurston Moore, Yoko Ono and Xiu Xiu you could think that Peptalk would be some kind of noise/art collective. Instead they draw on their love of exotica, dub, electronica and in particular the Bladerunner soundtrack to create their own world of highly original yet highly accessible becalmed soundscapes. 'Islet' is their debut album and will appeal to fans of artists as disparate as Mum, The Slits and Ryuichi Sakamoto. 

Yann Tiersen
Eusa

"Ten tracks. Ten locations. Ten field recordings. One piano". So begins the press release as if previewing some BBC proms experiment. But it neatly sums up what this LP is all about. French composing maestro Tiersen has written pieces for ten locations and made field recordings of the actual places then later on dubbed his piano twinklings atop. Could this be a return to his 'Amerie' style sounds? We wait with bated breath.   

JS Truchy
Transmission in an Expanse of Firelight, Hear Me!

JS Truchy is a long-running Montreal experimentalist with a full brace of tapes and the like under his belt, but he apparently considers this release to be his first ‘proper’ record. Transmission in an Expanse of Firelight, Hear Me! certainly has the appropriate ambition, being full of grand vocals, harsh noise, strange MIDI-scapes, concréte fumblings… All sorts of sonic wonder to enjoy! LP on Root Strata.
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Felix Kubin und das Mineralorchester
II: Music for Film and Theatre

High quality electroacoustic-music-concréte-industrial-sound-art wonder from Felix Kubin along with his Mineralorchester. This is the second volume of a series compiling the man’s works for Film and Theatre, where I can only imagine audiences must have been wowed by the acrobatic sonics on display. Vinyl release on Dekorder, with a download code that adds two tracks to the tracklisting.
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  • Experimental / Avant-garde / Sound Art / Field

Grumbling Fur
FurFour

We’re big fans of Grumbling Fur here at Norman, have been since the debut LP, Furrier, hit the shelves in 2011 and was followed by the increasingly good Glynnaestra and Preternaturals. Furfour is the latest to the collection and sees the duo continuing their forays into psychedelic synth pop. As ever there’s a simplicity to the songs buried underneath the layers of bulbous synth and catchy pop riffs. It’s infectious and fun. For fans of Moondog, Arthur Russell and Eno.     

Jason Sharp
A Boat Upon Its Blood

Constellation's fall batch includes a new signing in Jason Sharp, whose music feels both quintessentially out-Montreal and also incredibly fresh: a saxophonist and sound artist, his music absorbs drone, techno and musique concrete, weaving together instrumental anthologies that cross all three paths. There are horrendous noise blasts, gorgeous pieces a la a Godspeed ballad and plenty more. A short but extremely vast record, is A Boat Upon Its Blood.

3/4 Had Been Eliminated
Speak To Me

3/4 Had Been Eliminated is the trio of Claudio Rocchetti, Stefano Pilia and recently PAN-released tape music extraordinaire Valerio Tricoli. Speak To Me is an intoxicating whirl of electroacoustic textures (and ‘real’ instruments), all sliced and (re)assembled by Tricoli in post-production. The results are heady and surprising and uncanny and beautiful. Out on Oren Ambarchi’s Black Truffle.
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  • Experimental / Avant-garde / Sound Art / Field

Dale Cornish & Phil Julian
Laughing Out

Croydon Kings Dale Cornish and Phil Julian consummate their friendship with this tasty 7” single on Tapeworm non-tape spin-off sub-label The Wormhole. Laughing Out is pop music as reimagined by proper sound-weirdos, with attitude-laden Cornish spoken-word and stutter Julian fizz everywhere. Rare-sounding stuff.
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  • Experimental / Avant-garde / Sound Art / Field

Rob Magill
The Owl and The Pussycat

The Owl And The Pussycat is the first vinyl release for Rob Magill, a resident of Southern California who seems to be able to turn his hand to most arty things - musical composition, playing every instrument under the sun, poetry, painting and even owning his own label. He began recording in 2010 and has since made 50 albums with many more in the pipeline. He makes Robert Pollard look like The Blue Nile.  In the past Magill has made music with Eugene Chadbourne, Marshall Trammell of Black Spirituals, Walker Delbo of Fell To Low and performed in Sun Araw Band along with Cameron Stellones and Alex Gray.
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  • Experimental / Avant-garde / Sound Art / Field

Tlön
Chapter II

Tlön is a collaborative project of Liam Mcconaghy and Stuart Chalmers. Whilst also working within projects Drachmae Lucky Strength, Microdeform, Chapter II is the follow up to their debut release on Birkhouse records in 2014, showcasing their almost serene musique concrete. Speeding and slowing percussion that constantly hints but never breaks into form, all set in a glacial soundcape.
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Christopher Tignor
Along a Vanishing Plane

Christopher Tignor feeds his experiences of computer music (a masters and a PhD) and instrumental music (Wires Under Tension) into the kind of melodic minimalism experimentalism that we hear on Along A Vanishing Plane, which uses a system for live solo electric performance that seems to reap great rewards. Released on CD and double LP by Western Vinyl.

Laura Cannell
Simultaneous Flight Movement

Laura Cannell is chiefly a violin player who has a dark swooping style that sounds like dark birds flying over a desolate beach. Indeed this album was recorded Southwold Lighthouse in Suffolk and consists of semi improvised pieces that veer from minimal chamber music to full on orchestral string-scapes.  

Scorch Trio
XXX

Scorch Trio is a fierce improvising guitar / bass /drums group with two-thirds of talent behind The Thing on board (Paal Nilssen-Love and Ingebrigt Håker Flaten), plus searing guitarist Raoul Björkenheim. This XXX box-set contains three studio albums (all currently unavailable on vinyl), plus Oval, which has never previously been released at all. 4LP set on Rune Grammofon.
  • Genre(s):
  • Experimental / Avant-garde / Sound Art / Field

Ricardo Donoso
Quintesence

This is the sonic aspect of an audio-visual piece developed in collaboration with Florence To, originally diffused at a massive electro-acoustic dome in Montreal. Ricardo Donoso has written piano and string parts and subjected them to grand electronic manipulations, sweetening the deal with plenty of other audio fragments. The result is a massive immersive sound-world. Presented on disc by Denovali.

Kate Carr
I Had Myself A Nuclear Spring

Kate Carr is an accomplished field recordist, and the enticingly-titled I Had Myself A Nuclear Spring is what she extracted from the surroundings of the desolate French town of Marnay, which comprise a flooded river and a power plant. She sets of the resulting mixtures of electro-hum and water-drip with careful melodic tones and even guitar. A good and involving listen on Rivertones.
  • Genre(s):
  • Experimental / Avant-garde / Sound Art / Field

Tomorrow The Rain Will Fall Upwards
Wreck His Days

This is the debut full length record from this curiously monikered and altogether mysterious collective. It's a wildly ambitious work that takes in astral psychedelics, blissed out dub, music concrete, pummelling soundtracks and what the press release describes as death jazz. Should appeal to fans of Arthur Russell, Swans, Penguin Cafe Orchestra, Jon Mueller.    
  • Genre(s):
  • Experimental / Avant-garde / Sound Art / Field

Petrels
Jörð

New album from Petrels, aka Oliver Barrett. Jör∂ drags the listener in straight away with a swooning choral arrangement that rises up out of a windy drone, and it carries on from that point with woodwinds, pop songs, electronics and all sorts, all swirling cinematically. Released by Denovali.

Sam Grant / Joseph Curwen / Daniel Rejmer / Stanier Black-Five
RailCables2016

The Railcables series presents its 2016 edition. As ever, four inventive musicians have been asked to produce a piece centered around the idea of train travel. Between them, Stanier Black-Five, Joseph Curwen, Sam Grant and Daniel Rejmer all have stacks of experience within experimental music (with Khunnt and Ben Frost for example) , and they each evoke what sounds like a very unworldly train journey. Double LP four-way split, limited to 250 copies.

Andrew Liles
The Power Elite

You’d be foolish to try and predict every eclectic move of Nurse With Wound and Current 93 affiliate Andrew Liles, but even so, the contemporary composition of The Power Elite is surprising. Heavyweight politics and heavyweight modernist music. Released by Steven Stapleton’s United Dairies label.
  • Genre(s):
  • Experimental / Avant-garde / Sound Art / Field

Matana Roberts
Coin Coin Chapter Three: River Run Thee

River Run Thee is the third entry in Matana Roberts' so far incredible 12-part musical tapestry (as she called it for part two, "sound quilting") about civil rights and the history of creativity in America. Roberts' discipline is jazz, specifically avant compositions on saxophone, but, as implied with her involvement with Montreal's Constellation label, she is interested in a plethora of experimental genres including post-rock, ambient, opera, gospel and a capella. River Run Thee almost completely departs from her jazz work for a record that takes drone and electro-acoustic noise as its base, while interconnecting different utterances of Roberts' voice as it appears and disperses. There's still sax in abundance, but this time it's processed and sustained to create a haunting sound. 

TR
Manifesto Rumoratorio

Mmmmm, delicious sound-mess from the sizzling fingers of Pietro La Rocca, aka TR. He sings, plays guitar, and fiddles about with a box-full of tapes and toys and the like, improvising himself into all sorts of beautiful foolish corners. Manifesto Rumoratorio is released by the fabulous experimental Siltbreeze label.
  • Vinyl LP (SB182)
  • £20.99 £12.59 (saving: £8.40)
  • In stock and ready to ship
  • Last copy
  • Artist(s):
  • TR
  • Genre(s):
  • Experimental / Avant-garde / Sound Art / Field

Scott Walker
The Childhood of a Leader - Original Soundtrack

Wow! Brand new Scott Walker! The avant-crooner legend has been enlisted to create a full-blown orchestral score to Brady Corbet’s The Childhood of a Leader, a Satre adaptation set in 1919. There’s plenty of the dissonance of late-period Walker at play here, a perfect fit with the tense psychology of the film. On 4AD.
  • Label(s):
  • 4AD

Susan Matthews
From Veliko

Inspired by a visit to the "medieval capital of Bulgaria", Susan Matthews has made three pieces with the abstract song balladry of Grouper or Ilyas Ahmed, her piano and electronics meandering through light fuzz bursts -- occasionally, her pieces become more formally songbased, with the poem central to "A Room of Lights" creating something of a desperate lullaby. These hypnotic half compositions dangle about like the leaning, mismatched buildings on the record's front cover.
  • Genre(s):
  • Experimental / Avant-garde / Sound Art / Field

Matthew Atkins
Imaginary Cartography

Imaginary Cartography is a suite of field recordings augmented with piano, cymbals and the like, subtly blended by Matthew Atkins. There are literally only 15 copies of this release in circulation, in a hand-stamped CDr edition put together by the Minimal Resource Manipulation label. So maybe don’t wait around if you want one eh?
  • CD (MRM28)
  • In stock and ready to ship
  • Limited edition
  • Last copy

Sewn Leather
Freak On Hashish / Longboarding Is A Crime

Are you angry? Had enough of your job, your life, your broken down car and your girlfriend/boyfriend not putting out and not doing the dishes? Haven’t we all. Are you looking for a theme tune to aid you in your rampage as you sort out your life while spewing angry, long syllabulled rants at passers-by a la Mike Leigh’s Naked? This is the album for you. On vinyl.

Ian William Craig
Centres

Ever-prolific tape chemist Ian William Craig is readying yet another record of gorgeous crackle pop. Having broken our hearts with the fragmented opera loops of A Turn of Breath in 2014, he's since released the understated but equally beautiful Cradle For The Wanting for Recital, which consisted of nothing but his vocal run through reel to reels. From there he put out the noisy piano excursions of Zugzwang for Fostex with Patient Sounds and now he returns with Centres, his first record for FatCat's classical imprint 130701. He's one of our favourite artists and this record's early single suggests more accessible and narratively linear songwriting -- and even some percussion. Yes come on.

Overtone Ensemble
Overtone Ensemble

The name of The Overtone Ensemble does not lie: this group work with instruments that create shimmering clouds of overtones, carefully controlled through microtonal tuning and tactical combinations. 12 aluminum rods are at the centre of their set-up, which also includes bells and wine glasses: and every sound is completely acoustic too! On Important Records, experts in this kind of thing.

DW Robertson
Disco Carousel Vol.1

DW Robertson’s eccentric stylings might be more familiar to you under the name Ergo Phizmiz, but there comes a time in every artist’s life when they must shed their monikers... The inventiveness and humour of Phizmiz is still very much present though: Disco Carousel Vol. 1 is an album of fairground-style mechanical music with a disco tilt. Fascinating and fun! On Discrepant.
  • Genre(s):
  • Experimental / Avant-garde / Sound Art / Field

el-g
Mauve Zone

Enjoy the strange sounds of el-g, a veteran weirdo and member of Orgue Agnes and Opera Mort. Mauve Zone is a little difficult to describe, since it seems to morph into a new shape every few moments, sounds never solidifying beyond the point of new-born putty before altering again. But what sounds they are! Grab a scoop and enjoy! Vinyl LP on Nashazphone.
  • Genre(s):
  • Experimental / Avant-garde / Sound Art / Field

Costes
Pas Encore Mort

Wild, ridiculous, dangerous, bold artist Costes is one of a kind, performing whatever demented notions crawl into his head. He’s recorded and released over 70 albums, and this is another one. Pas Encore Mort is a fairly song-based record, with the French mutterings of Costes playing out over alternately smooth and messed-up kaleidoscope instrumentals. LP release on Nashazphone.

Wolf Eyes
I Am A Problem: Mind In Pieces

Weird, a Wolf Eyes album on Jack White’s Third Man Records… I Am A Problem: Mind In Pieces is the first ‘proper’ Wolf Eyes album to showcase their late-period Trip Metal (sorry John Olson, I mean TR1p Met@L!!1!) style, and while it is pretty damn gnarly, it sticks pretty close to actual song forms. Intriguing...

Steve Jansen
Tender Extinction

Steve Jansen was of course the drummer in Japan but since then he has recorded with such luminaries as Ryuichi Sakamoto & Bernd Friedmann. This is his second solo album and blends songs and instrumental passages and features his delicate orchestral synth compositions and his characteristic drum patterns. 
  • Artist(s):
  • Elg
  • Genre(s):
  • Experimental / Avant-garde / Sound Art / Field

Charalambides
Strangle The Wretched Heavens

Charalambides are Tom and Christina Carter, and they have been exploring obscure regions of psychedelic improvised guitar for many years now. The deep jams of Strangle The Wretched Heavers were recorded in the mid-1990’s, and yet have retained their special feeling to this very day. Pressed to 180g vinyl and released by Drawing Room Records, along with a fold-out poster.

Korea Undok Group
Korea Undok Group

When you’re dealing with musicians from Winnipeg who’ve only released cassettes and are named after a no longer existing county in North-Korea, you can rest assured you’ve struck some kind of gold. With Korea Undok Group you’ve definitely struck the lots-of-white-noise kind of gold. Their self-titled vinyl collection is packed with ambient noise, forming tense compositions that pretty much sound like a North-Korean rave recorded through a walkie-talkie. And I mean that in a good way.
  • Genre(s):
  • Experimental / Avant-garde / Sound Art / Field

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