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Grouper
Dragging A Dead Deer Up A Hill

Liz Harris’ 2008 album proved irresistible to many and is generally considered her defining release. A woozy fog of guitar and vocal, it’s simultaneously intoxicatingly beautiful, yet dark and unsettling. It’s been in and out of print over the years and often frustratingly unavailable, so here it is again on CD.
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Current 93
The Moons At Your Door

Brand new material from erstwhile avant-mystiks Current 93. The Moons At Your Door will accompany the anthology of David Tibet’s writings of the same name (coming soon), and contains two side-long tracks of deep mystique. CD or white vinyl edition, each version containing unique artwork by Tibet himself. Released by The Spheres.

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. 

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.
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James Ginzburg & Yair Elazar Glotman
Nimbes

The art instillation 'Nimbes' was created between James Ginzburg, Yair Elazar Glotman and Joanie Lemercier, a visual undertaking that was projected around a "360 degree dome" in Canada. Seriously, you're gonna have to turn your head a lot if you want to take the whole thing in; the music aims to be as panoramic by reverberating with the same omnipresence. The percussion is torrential and overwhelming while the sounds are largely industrial-influenced.
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James Ferraro
Rerex

Former the Skaters chap and actual skater James Ferraro has forged an idiosyncratic path over the last few years producing a dazzling array of musical styles and in fact winning the coveted the Wire Album of the Year in 2011. 'Rerex' is a wildly ambitious three hour extravaganza using cheap casios, loops and found sounds to lull us into his musical world.  

William S. Burroughs
Let Me Hang You

This remarkable record is centred around William S. Burroughs reading extracts from his gloriously disgusting tour-de-force Naked Lunch. On Let Me Hang You, his incredible voice is surrounded by the music of Bill Frisell, Eyvind Kang (who recorded with Burroughs when he was alive) and King Khan (who finished off the project in the present day). Gnarly words and groovy jams. On Ernest Jenning.

DJ R Tango
Road to Freedom

Road To Freedom is the first time ever that the work of DJ R Tango has been properly released: exciting times. The Hungarian producer conjures some potent landscapes out of what sounds like a shed-full of battered electronics: over the course of the album, brutal distorted beats fall back to allow synth-ambience to shine. Cassette release on Reject and Fade.

Helm & Decimus
We Will Meet At Other Human Parties

Helm (of Luke Younger and Alter Records) & Decimus (Put Murano, NNCK, Kellipah) sees the two come together for a collaborative album, interestingly called; We Will Meet At Other Human Parties. The cover artwork for this one is unnerving enough but the looping, grinding and gurgling sounds within take it to a realm of its own. Desolate bells toll and synths gurgle as if alive, or indeed, undead.

Nurse With Wound
Dark Fat

Dark Fat is what happens when Nurse With Wound elect to record all their live performances for a whole decade and then turn their curious eyes to the task of forming some new creature from the audio morass. What we get is a whole new set of compositions: you might catch the ghost of a gig you remember, but don’t bet on it. Double CD on Dirter.

Matthew P. Hopkins
Blue­Lit Half Breath

Matthew P. Hopkins abstract, immersive-yet-unnerving worldscapes. Utilising the human voice in twisted but still recognisable forms as well as field recordings, feedback and minimal synthesis. Blue­Lit Half Breath is a record for twilight, bringing to life the creatures you’ve imagined in empty spaces, but can’t do anything about.
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Eilbacher Moskos Moore
SEF III

Fun-time madness from the trio of Duncan Moore, Max Eilbacher and Alexander Moskos. Between them they’ve been heard in projects including AIDS Wolf, Horse Lords and Drainolith, but SEF III comes through like a noisy basement take on GRM electroacoustics: lots of fizz and pop from synths, reel-to-reel tape manipulations and strange vocals. Yeah! Out on Ehse.

Various
Musique Concrète

The material on this record is crucial to an understanding of the development of 20th Century (and beyond!) music, and it also makes for pretty wild fun listening! The major early developers of Musique Concrete are all assembled, from Luc Ferrari to Pierre Schaeffer to the utter genius that is Iannis Xenakis. Remastered reissued compilation on Cacophonic.
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Mats Gustafsson
Piano Mating

Fire-blowing saxophonist Mats Gustafsson has been tweaking away at electronics for quite a while now, but this is the first time I’ve heard him step away from the reeds entirely. On Piano Mating he uses an obscure quasi-instrument called the Pianomate to craft two sides of hovering tonal drones: great, and unexpected stuff! Clear vinyl from X-Ray Recordings.
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AGF
Kon​:​3p>UTION to: e​[​VOL​]​ution

Kon:3p>UTION to: e[VOL]ution is an experimental album by producer and solo artist AGF. It’s his 9th solo album and his 30th studio album as a producer. It’s a strange, disjointed mix of electronic sounds and samples. It can be quite sinister with a lot of static and gurgling. An uneasy listen.  Available on CD.
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Jon Mueller
Tongues

Terrifying sleeve, terrifying music from the rather intense pen of Jon Mueller. Now we all remember Mueller from last years Death Ensemble record. That ensembles William Ryan Fritch is here too for a two song ride of propulsive rhythms, Gregorian style chanting and random noise bursts. It's quite the journey that will appeal to those who think Swans are maybe a bit lightweight these days. 
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Af Ursin
Aura Legato

Auro Legato was initially released in 2005 by Af Ursin’s own private press imprint La Scie Doree. The limited run of 350 copies meant that, even as this album’s reputation grew, few were able to pick up this semi-abstract suite of drones, folk, jazz, and whatever else has been folded into this lovely dense mix. Thankfully, Blackest Ever Black are reissuing it.
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Bruce Russell
Howling and Instability at High Volume Settings

Bruce Russell is of course one of the principal guitar-manglers for New Zealand noise-rock heroes The Dead C! He also produces lesser-known solo work, such as the material gathered on the perfectly-titled Howling and Instability at High Volume Settings, a set of guitar / amp interfacings with a gnarly edge. Edition of 400 vinyl copies on Feeding Tube Records.

Pauline Oliveros + Musiques Nouvelles
Four Meditations / Sound Geometrics

Major new work from experimental legend Pauline Oliveros, here working with orchestral ensemble Musiques Nouvelles. Four Meditations and Sound Geometrics are pieces that involve recording and relocation of the orchestras’ sounds while they perform, using Oliveros’ ‘Expanded Instrument System’: the orchestra then responds to its transformed self. On Sub Rosa.
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Francesco Cavaliere
Gancio Cielo 2 - Il Gruppo Respingi Comete

The sound creations of Francesco Cavaliere are hard to grasp, and probably impossible to really understand, but gloriously good fun to listen to. Ganco Cielo 2 - Il Gruppo Respigni Comete, the second release in a series, sifts strange spoken-word into shiny electronic landscapes bustling with primary-coloured textures. Happy oddness. LP release on Hundebiss.
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Val Denham
I Saw Myself in Your Dreams Last Night

Bradford dwelling artist Val Denham is a truly unique proposition. Since Vanity Case issued 'Dysphoria' a couple of years ago she has had a 3LP retrospective of early musical works published as well as lots of artwork type things so it's high time to delve back into her dark, fractured world. "Val Denham is probably the only artist living today possessed of genius!" not my words  - the words of Genesis Breyer P Orridge. Expect a truly enthralling listen.   
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David Coulter & Seb Rochford
Good Friday

Good Friday is a document of a single day of improvisation between 2 generously talented musicians. Mostly using the unusual pairing of jaw harp and drums, David Coulter (collaborator with Damon Albarn and Charlemagne Palestine) and Seb Rochford (Polar Bear, Acoustic Ladyland), stretch out into some strange, ecstatic lands. On Trestle Records.
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Danielle De Picciotto & Alexander Hacke
Perseverantia

Danielle De Picciotto and Alexander Hacke are real-world relationship partners and creative partners all at the same time, playing together in Crime & The City Solution (and Hacke was in Einsturzende Neubauten for decades). Under their own names, they are releasing Perseverantia, a heavy, droney set of deep, spaced-out rock atmospheres.
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Chris Tenz
Nails Through Bird Feet

Chris Tenz’ new album Nails Through Bird Feet has been brewing for about four years, during which time he has pulled in the talents of friends including Machinefabrik and Fieldhead for assistance. Songs, but with an ambience conscious approach. Released as an LP and a 7” and a tape(!) on the remarkably named slowwank label.

David First
Same Animal, Different Cages Vol. 1: Études for Acoustic Guitar

David First picks up his acoustic guitar for this release, the first in what promises to be a series. Throughout these Études he uses the technique of constantly bending the strings (and consequently the sound) as he plays: we’ve all heard that sound, but never expanded into a whole record before! It gives everything on Same Animal, Different Cages Vol 1 a pleasingly unusual feel.
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Fire! Orchestra
Ritual

Fire! Orchestra are of course the mutated super-version of the mighty Fire! trio, adding up to 21 members on this record. The title Ritual is about right, with this many (mostly Swedish) major musicians grouped together to summon up energetic, elemental power. Heavy and ecstatic, there aren’t many other groups comparable to this one.

Kid Millions Reworks Harry Taussig
Beyond The Confession

As the title of this release from Tompkins Square probably reveals, this release collects Oneida guitarist Kid Millions’ various interpretations of guitarist Harry Taussig. Taussig is an unfairly forgotten figure, and on Beyond The Confession Millions turns his expressive guitar playing into a range of experimental drones and freak-outs.

Chris Herbert
Katushki

Chris Herbert is a sound architect with a nice, intuitive approach: he is equally adept dealing with melodic material as he is pure texture, and Katushki holds the ear’s attention throughout. It really pulls off that trick of changing constantly but imperceptibly, ending up somewhere altogether different to where we came in.. Released in a limited edition of 100 cassettes, on the Low Point imprint.
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AJ Cornell & Tim Darcy
Too Significant To Ignore

Exciting stuff here, as Tim Darcy, the lithe frontman of Ought, teams up with improviser AJ Cornell for a tape of abstract atmospheres and paranoid spoken word. This is the kind of experimentation we’d like to see more indie names getting involved with: it is very interesting to hear Darcy’s lyrical observations in such a different context. Too Significant To Ignore is released by NNA Tapes.

Little Annie
Trace

Little Annie’s recent career has included a published volume of her prose and a collaborative album with Baby Dee, but this is the first time she has put out an album under her own name since 2007! Trace is a welcome return, putting the tradition of jazz music through the very particular style of Little Annie. Out on Tin Angel.

Maurizio Abate
Loneliness, Desire and Revenge

Maurizio Abate is usually found making experimental albums of a psychedelic nature with the recording process being just part of the music’s ever-evolving journey. With his latest work he has decided to abandon all that and make Loneliness, Desire and Revenge: a stripped back acoustic guitar album that reflects Abate’s mood. Unlike his previous work, this contains more-or-less the definitive versions of the songs. His relationship with the acoustic guitar was inspired by the film In Search of Blind Joe Death: The Saga of John Fahey, which he arranged several screenings of in his native Italy.
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Lu Katavist
Inburst


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Paul Jebanasam
Continuum

Paul Jebanasam returns with his second full-length record, released on Subtext, the label he co-runs. Continuum has lofty aims, considering the growth of organic life throughout the universe through the medium of shimmering ambient electroacoustics. 3 lengthy tracks, with impressive sciencey track titles.

Za!
Loloismo

Za! are a powerful Spanish duo, ferociously mashing genres and sounds together with little regard for decorum. Loloismo, released as a collaboration between Hot Salvation and the Audacious Art Experiment labels, rolls around joyously in a pit of drums, keyboards, trumpets, dubsteps and math-rocks. Quite a ride.
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Colin Stetson
presents: SORROW - A Reimagining of Gorecki's 3rd Symphony

A remarkable release here: saxophone titan Colin Stetson has arranged Henryk Gorecki’s much loved 3rd Symphony (one of the best-selling classical works ever) for an ensemble of electronics, guitars and woodwinds that includes members of Liturgy and Arcade Fire. It is a fascinating new spin on the piece: nice on Stetson. On 52Hz.

Matthew Collings
A Requiem For Edward Snowden

This album version of A Requiem For Edward Snowden is derived from a live audio-visual piece that has been performed in a number of arty venues around the world. Matthew Collings has composed a mighty mixture of haunting acoustic instrument parts and all sorts of creeping electronics. And the visual side of the work is available via accompanying download too! On Denovali.

Various
The Engineering Of Consent

3 producers provide 3 different “experimental takes on ‘dead sounds’” such as drum & bass (their words not mine). Lots of drones and feedback-sounds land in the mix of these ostensibly dance-themed tracks from Aql Measure, Henry Gillett and Descent. The Engineering Of Consent is out on new label Algebra Of Need as a 12” white label, limited to 300 copies only.

Vindicatrix
Al​-​Bashariyya

Vindicatrix steps up to participate in Dekorder’s ‘Hybrid-Vinyl’ series: this is the eighth edition. ‘Hybrid-Vinyl’ is a new variation on the format, containing high-quality audio on one side of the record and a picture-disc image on the other. Best of both worlds. Al-Bashariyya is strictly limited to 300 copies.

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, and he also makes records under the moniker Jerusalem In My Heart. Mo7it Al-Mo7it, his debut record, collated stuttering electronics with improvised buzuk playing. His new record, the gorgeous If He Dies, If If If If If If, sees the two aspects of his sound interact more formally, while also incorporating field recordings of the Lebanese ocean and steadfast flute drone.

Noumeno
Exosomatic Artifacts

Noumeno throws a disorientating array of digital sound at the listener, as interested in exploring texture and socio-philosophical themes as in making you dance via his broken beats. New EP Exosomatic Artefacts also includes a ‘Wall of Crystal’ reworking from Fis and another remix by the excellent Shapednoise. 12” released by the Portals Editions label.

Wieman
Cryptonesia

Goem member Roel Meekop continues to expand his solo work under the Wieman moniker with Cryptonesia. Using some obscure 80’s synth tapes by an artist called Cybe as the source material, Roel builds 2 sides of colourful electronics: twinkling beats and shimmery tones. 250 numbered LP copies on the ini.itu label.
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Various
An Anthology Of Turkish Experimental Music 1961-2014

Sub Rosa continue their sterling work unearthing little-known electroacoustic and other experimental works, this time from Turkey. So much of this brilliant material has never been released at all, and over a wide variety of music (contemporary compositions, noise, electronics) the listener will be wowed and delighted. An Anthology Of Turkish Experimental Music 1961-2014 is presented as a 2LP or 2CD set.

Secret Boyfriend
Memory Care Unit

The Blackest Ever Black label continues its search for the bleakest drone and synthesizer music with this release from Secret Boyfriend. On Memory Care Unit the artist explores live improvisation, but keeps the Coil-influenced dark ambient elements seen on 2013’s This is Where You’ve Always Lived. The icy drones on this vinyl LP, and included download, are abrasive, yet intimate.

Kaada / Patton
Bacteria Cult

Bacteria Cult sees Faith No More frontman and all-round experimental do-gooder Mike Patton partner with soundtrack composer Kaada. The pair actually recorded another album 12 years ago, but this blend of Patton’s singular vocal talents, cinematic music cues and rich composition is as fresh as possible.
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Zeitkratzer
Reinhold Friedl: KORE

Zeitkratzer are not your usual classically trained orchestral collective. They’ve collaborated with Merzbow and Keiji Haino and they covered Lou Reed’s Metal Machine Music in its entirety. On Reinhold Friedl: KORE from Karlrecords they bring their experimental skills to reinterpret classical and electronic composer Reinhold Freidl, making an incredible electroacoustic racket in process.
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Apostille
Virile Strain Transmission

Apostille is the solo project name of Night School records instigator Michael Kasparis. Following his 2015’s debut album ‘Powerless’, ‘Virile Strain Transmission’ EP is an experiment into the unknown, in the words of Kasparis ‘Virile Strain Transmission an attempt to learn by unlearning, to explore all the doubts I had, blow them out of proportion, examine them and be without mercy.’
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David Vassalotti
Broken Rope

David Vassalotti leads the 4AD group Merchandise, but this album finds him striking off on his own: he writes, performs and produces every track on Broken Rope, and is also responsible for the artwork. Consequently, what we hear here is a clear representation of Vassalotti, his loves and interests. Released on Wharf Cat Records.
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Leif Elggren
Das Baank

Your favourite experimental dabblers Rekem would like you to meet a certain Leif Elggren, whose pioneering noise hits somewhere between confrontational and delusional: is this music coming at you or orbiting around you? The harsh music here serves as Elggren's own critiques of "violence and repression", provoking with bitty noise or aerial ambience. 

Tiago Sousa
Um Piano Nas Barricadas

The Discrepant label continue to release the most exciting neo-classical and minimal experimental music. This vinyl LP of Tiago Sousa’s Um Piano Nas Barricadas is an eclectic and avant-garde combination of traditional Portuguese sounds, solo piano and abrasive horns. It’s was also mastered at Dubplates & Mastering by none-other-than Rashad Becker.
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Rusconi + Fred Frith
Live in Europe

Rusconi are a young and adventurous jazz band; who could be a better collaborative partner than old and adventurous jazz man Fred Frith? The former Henry Cow man slots his jagged guitar right into the Rusconi sound. Live In Europe presents extracts from 2 live shows on 180g vinyl. Released on Qilin Records.

Silk Saw
Imaginary Landscapes

When the press release comes describing an artist as indescribable you’re either in trouble or they’re wrong… I am unsure as to which it is yet, Silk Saw have so many elements in Imaginary Landscapes one finger isn’t enough. The dark violins and orchestral parts with industrial electronics and 808s fight each other as much as they complement. One for fans of Demdike Stare and Blackest Ever Black territories.

Charlemagne Palestine
Godbear

Um, ye, that cover does it for me. I’ll take one. Pretty neat that the music inside of Godbear by Charlemagne Palestine is also epic. From 1987, Godbear was originally intended to come out out on Glenn Branca's Neutral Records but eventually emerged on CD, on the now defunct Barooni label in 1998. Godbear is an album of solo piano which creates a mind-meddling swarm of grand piano which frantically flutters into a captivating sound-barrier which draws you further in with every listen. Black Truffle Records present a remastered version inside a deluxe gatefold sleeve.   

This Heat
Health and Efficiency

This Heat remain one of the most unique and remarkable bands in existence, and it is a joy to see their catalogue being reissued on vinyl for the first time! Health & Efficiency is a hell of an EP, combining weird tape-manipulated soundscape ‘Graphic/Varispeed’ with the title track, which seems to accelerate at least 4 times before getting locked in a tight loop. Remastered audio, 180g vinyl, and a booklet of notes and photos, on Modern Classics.

Sunwatchers
Sunwatchers

Heavy and avant-garde drone rock on the Castle Face label. On their self-titled album Sunwatchers make a dense and repetitive instrumental music that borrows from rock, free improv and minimalist composition to create something not much like any of those genres. It’s like a giant La Monte Young-listening jam band making the loudest, strangest and most astonishing racket they can.
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Mike Cooper
New Kiribati

First released in 1999, here is the first installment in Mike Cooper’s intriguing journey away from songcraft and towards ‘Ambient Exotica Soundscapes’: intriguing and atmospheric little soundworlds made with… well, all sorts. This reissue on Discrepant is the first ever appearance on vinyl for these remarkable recordings, where they clearly belong.

FvRTvR
Following Shapes to the Edge of a Drift

FvRTvR is a project featuring long-term talented weirdo Fritz Welch, working with Guido Henneboehl. The sonic results that wash up on Following Shapes To The End Of A Drift are wild and deranged: messed-up throat sounds lead the charge of all sorts of unidentified ‘other’ noises. White vinyl, 250 copies, on Discombobulate.

Qasim Naqvi
Preamble

Qasim Naqvi plays drums in the band Dawn of MIDI, but here he strikes out solo for a release on the generally excellent NNA Tapes. Preamble shows off a more compositional side, using plenty more than just percussion. And apparently, NNA are issuing CDs now as well, for those of you who scorn the cassette.
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Jim Ghedi
Home is Where I Exist, Now to Live and Die

Solo guitarist Jim Ghedi built up the material for Home Is Where I Exist, Now To Live And Die while travelling through Northern Europe, and the restlessness and the exposure to different lives that travel brings is all audibly present here on this record. Ghedi’s traditional folk sensibility plus influences from Eastern Europe and beyond equal a captivating set of pieces. On Cambrian Records.

Francesco Cavaliere
Gancio Cielo

The debut album from artist, composer and all-round eccentric Francesco Cavaliere, Gancio Cielo is available on vinyl LP from Hundebiss records. Francesco’s voice is the main source of his music, but twisted into strange new shapes by homemade circuit boards and effects. The mixture of recognizable vocals and mangled ones creates a surreal drone collage reminiscent of the bizarrest radiophonic experiments.

Irmler + FM Einheit
Bestandteil

Big names from heavyweight experimental German groups collaborate here: FM Einheit did time in Einsturzende Neubauten, and Hans-Joachim Irmler is one of the founders of Faust. The two each bring A-game to the table, swirling together ferocious organ, field recordings, beats, vocal samples and much more into an engrossing concreté mass. Bestandteil is released on Klangbad.
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St. Francis Duo
Peacemaker Assembly

St. Francis Duo is the name given to the collaboration of Stephen O’Malley, the avant-drone guitar mage of Sunn O))), KTL and the like, and Steve Noble, who is quite simply one of the best, most inventive drummers out there. The two whip up a heavy storm, Noble darting in, out, and all around O’Malley’s huge guitar sound. Peacemaker Assembly is released by Trost.

Orson Hentschel
Feed The Tape

A debut of abrasive drone and sound art from Orson Hentschel. Denovali release Feed the Tape on digipak CD and 180g double vinyl LP. Hentschel draws on minimal classical music, dark ambient and middle-age vocal forms to create something extremely distinctive. Here, repetitive, barely-present drones can be suddenly replaced with pounding industrial drums.

Andrea Penso
Ritorno All'Acqua

Andrea Penso has used those most essential of tools to create this work: field recordings and tape loops. With such slight means, he has made Rittorno All’Acqua, a subtle, abstract drift apparently meant to correspond to the baptism of Jesus, among other subjects. Single-sided c20 cassette, released in an edition of just 150 on Canti Magnetici.
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We Mythical Kings
Visitations

We Mythical Kings is made up of Raz Ullah and Peter Phillipson. Visitations is their debut album - a result of controlled and structured improvisations on guitar synthesizers and a huge array of hacked effects. Recorded over a six day period, whilst locked away in a small cottage on the Isle of Mull and then collated later the album swings from abstract drones and pops to lush guitar picks and lofi driving rhythm boxes.

Astor
Lina in Nida

Astor is the solo project of Mark Harwood, a remarkable dive into abstraction with heavy intentions. Lina in Nida contains a “proposed anthem for Britain during a potential invasion by ISIS”, which hurtles through a large and threatening electronic soundscape. 400 copies of this LP, on Penultimate Press.
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Tarquin Manek
Tarquin Magnet

Taquin Magnet by Australian Tarquin Manek is a timeless mix of folk-jazz ideas, delicate chamber dub and synthetic post-techno electronics. Although this is Manek’s first solo release on Blackest Ever Black, he has previously contributed as one half of Tarcar with Cara Del Forno and as one third of Fingers again with Del Forno and Samuel Karmel. Manek has also released music under his LST moniker for the Another Dark Age label. Tarquin Magnet is built on a base of improvisation and field recordings then mixing a whole host of sounds in a big pot and expertly and painstakingly editing and arranging the sounds into a cohesive work.  
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Goncalo F Cardoso & Ruben Pater
A Study into 21st Century Drone Acoustics

A Study Into 21st Century Drone Acoustics could be the name of any number of experimental ambient records, but in fact, these are the other kind of drones: the one’s governments use to kill people. Ruben Pater and Goncalo F Cardoso compile one side of drone field recordings, and one side of a layered-up composition. On Discrepant.

Calum Gunn / Sebastian Camens
Slant Deviations


Krokofant
Krokofant II

Krokofant are as gnarled and hard as you’d expect the implied combination of a crocodile and an elephant to be. They take a guitar / drums / saxophone trio format and drive it into improvised territory, although it must be said that they settle very comfortably into hard rock forms 9 times out of 10. Second album Krokofant II is out on Rune Grammofon.

Sonic Youth / Jim O'Rourke
Invito Al Ĉielo

Invito Al Cielo By Sonic Youth and Jim O’Rourke is the third in a series of experimental albums by Sonic Youth released on their own SYR label. It was also the first time that the legendary New Yorkers would collaborate with O’Rourke. O’Rourke subsequently joined the band for their Murray Street album. The title is Esperanto and translates as An Invitation to Heaven.
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  • Experimental / Avant-garde / Sound Art / Field

Ensemble Economique
Blossoms In Red

Ensemble Economique (the ensemble is in fact so economical that it contains only one member, Brian Pyle) release their / his eleventh album. Blossoms In Red has that shimmering ambient-songcraft vibe Pyle excels at, carefully placing subtle pieces of instrumentation next to each other. Guest appearance from Peter Broderick!

Klavikon
Klavikon

Klavikon approaches prepared piano with an aesthetic drawn as much from techno and IDM as from John Cage. “No looping!” is the key: like Colin Stetson, Klavikon makes more sound than seems possible in one moment. I mean that kick drum sound has to be a sample right… Nope, that’s from the piano, unsequenced. Debut album on Nonclassical.

Mouse Sluts
Mouse Sluts

For a group with the name Mouse Sluts, this band has a pretty impressive personnel. We have Dan Melchior and his wife Letha Rodman Melchior (and their budgie(!)), working with Graham Lambkin, who we known from the The Shadow Ring and his remarkable collaboration with Jason Lescalleet. This 12”, 45rpm EP will suprise and engage you no end.
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  • Experimental / Avant-garde / Sound Art / Field

L A N D
Anoxia

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 Important Records.
  • Genre(s):
  • Experimental / Avant-garde / Sound Art / Field

Various
Internecine: The Vanished Musicians

An interesting project here: contemporary artists pay curious tribute to World War Two era German -> Australian refugee musicians, who were effectively silenced by immigration authorities. The likes of Isnaj Dui and Markus Mehr work with visual artists for Internecine: The Vanished Musicians, an audiovisual experience presented on DVD.

Charlemagne Palestine & Grumbling Fur Time Machine Orchestra
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Most commonly associated with the New York, sixties, minimalist scene, shamanic improviser Charlemagne Palestine is best known for his falsetto vocals and extended performances with beautiful, classical instruments and cathedral organs. This collaborative performance with Grumbling Fur alter-ego the Time Machine Orchestra is an exploration of automatic compositional playing through an array of unusual live instruments, tape manipulations and detached vocal harmonies.

Miaux
Above The High Rays

Miaux, aka Mia Prce is a Bosnian musician based in Antwerp, Belgium. Above The High Rays is full of her intricate keyboard stylings that are cinematic in nature and have a hint of goth about them. Retro-futuristic synth sounds billow and swirl floating over angular eastern percussion. Feeding Tube signed her up with enthusiastic glee after her performance at the Bruismelk Festival. One-sided 12” featuring etching by Dennis Tyfus.
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  • Experimental / Avant-garde / Sound Art / Field

Dag Rosenqvist
Vowels

Dag Rosenqvist has been something of a serial collaborator over the years, but has recently reverted to droning under his own name. Vowels was made to accompany a contemporary dance performance, but holds onto its power even when played alone. Released as a very fetching clear vinyl LP in a limited edition, on the memorably titled Awkward Formats imprint.
  • Vinyl LP (AF08)
  • In stock and ready to ship
  • Limited edition
  • Last copy

Duane Pitre
Bayou Electric

Academic drone-artist and former pro skateboarder (seriously) Duane Pitre returns with Bayou Electric. Completing the trilogy started by his last two records, this piece is built up around a field recording rich with personal resonance, around which the sonic resonances of the ensemble were built. On Important Records.
  • Vinyl LP (IMPREC421)
  • In stock and ready to ship
  • Last copy

Blurt
Beneath Discordant Skies

Blurt is one of the longest-running and highest-profile projects of Ted Milton, an alto-saxophonist and existential poet. The art-rock crew have been highly productive over the years, but Beneath Discordant Skies represents their first full-length collection in half a decade. Plenty of time to brew some powerful experimental skronk numbers. On Salamander.
  • Genre(s):
  • Experimental / Avant-garde / Sound Art / Field

Various
Ixtab Compilation Series, Volume 1

The first of what is promised to be several compilations, Ixtab Compilation Series, Volume 1 has tracks by Interbrain, Samoln, Idea Fire Company and BRRR, and Empfänger. A wild variety of names and a wild variety of cosmic disco sounds. A groovy, colourful compilation on Monofonus Press, limited to 300 copies.

Anneli Drecker
Rocks & Straws

Anneli Drecker (Bel Canto, Røyksopp) began her prolific music career in the 80s, age 17, when she left her Norwegian hometown of Tromsø with Bel Canto band members Geir Jenssen (aka Biosphere) and Nils Johansen. Following a host of high profile collaborations and huge successes in the indie, electro pop scene, Drecker returns to her roots with ‘Rocks And Stones’, an album inspired by her arctic hometown based on lyrics by the North Norwegian cult poet Arvid Hanssen.

Ian Drennan
Flower of Love

Flower of Love is the third in a trio of contemplative albums by Ian Drennan. 2013’s Prelude to Bleu Bird Cabaret and and 2012’s Underwater Peoples make up the rest of the cycle. Drennan creates spacious soundscapes that are more expansive than his previous work. An equal mix of soothing and unsettling that fans of Carl Stone and Coil my find appealing.
  • Genre(s):
  • Experimental / Avant-garde / Sound Art / Field

Akira Sakata & Jim O'Rourke With Chikamorachi & Merzbow
Flying Basket

Saxophonist Akira Sakata presents a furious five-way assault jam in conjunction with guitarist Jim O'Rourke and Chikamorachi (aka drummer Chris Corsano and double bassist/percussionist Darin Gray) with the added bonus of analogue electronics courtesy of Japanese overlord Masami Akita aka Merzbow.

Grischa Lichtenberger
La Demeure; Il Y A Peril En La Demeure

Grischa Lichtenberger releases La Demeure: Il Y A Peril En La Demeure, a record of fucked-up beat tracks and unusually-structured electronic business. The press release even invokes Kafka, so it has to be having at least one listen right? Released as a CD on the aesthetically firm Raster Norton label.

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 Recordings label.

Raccoglimento Parziale
Homoheterogeneity

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.
  • Genre(s):
  • Experimental / Avant-garde / Sound Art / Field

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, however is mostly instrumental, the closing track, I Love Gary being the exception. It is one of his most avant-garde recordings and was originally recorded around a similar time as You Think You Really Know Me.
  • Genre(s):
  • Experimental / Avant-garde / Sound Art / Field

Lumisokea
Mnemosyne

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.

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 recording will make you question your hearing but Zones, the label responsible for this release, would like to assure you that it’s working just fine. Cassette only, limited to 50 copies.
  • Tape (Zone 004)
  • In stock and ready to ship
  • Limited edition

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 and Keiji Haino to Robert Fripp, Bill Frisell and John McLaughlin.
  • Genre(s):
  • Experimental / Avant-garde / Sound Art / Field

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 Muddled Mason is released by Rune Grammofon.
  • Genre(s):
  • Experimental / Avant-garde / Sound Art / Field

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.
  • Vinyl 7"
  • In stock and ready to ship
  • Coloured vinyl
  • Limited edition

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 about and interesting to listen to. On Broken20.

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 from the Thomas Pynchon novels, Gravity’s Rainbow and V. It was recorded live on Radio Lebanon. Due to the improvised nature of the songs, there are other recorded versions that sound completely different. The album features one cover that was not improvised, Bob Dylan’s Masters Of War.
  • Genre(s):
  • Experimental / Avant-garde / Sound Art / Field

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 stuff.

Human Greed
Hivernant

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 album create great expanses and are both restrained but also epic in how they play to a soundtrack type of aesthetic. Some blissed out sound.

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