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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.

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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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.

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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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. 2: Life With The Lions

As the second part of John and Yoko’s Unfinished Music series, Life With The Lions is one of the least popular albums John Lennon was ever involved with. Partner Yoko Ono took a Fluxus-style approach, and the album consists of howling, feedback, readings of press clippings etc. Better than the any Beatles record (fight it out in the customer review box if you like!) and reissued by Secretly Canadian.
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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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Okkyung Lee & Christian Marclay
Amalgam

One-woman improvisational cello-storm Okkyung Lee played live with turntablist and artist Christian Marclay during a Cafe Oto residency a few years ago: the performance is now being released by Northern Spy. Amalgam is a jumpy, flickery set of sound-shards bounced back and forth between the two musicians: high-grade improv from an unusual pairing of instruments.
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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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Cyclobe
Sulphur-Tarot-Garden

Cyclobe have recorded three pieces to go with a triumvirate of what have been called “alchemical dream pieces” filmed by Derek Jarman. The core of Cyclobe, Ossian Brown and Stephen Thrower are augmented by Michael J. York, Cliff Stapleton and John Contreras. Sulphur-Tarot-Garden is available on transparent vinyl LP and CD.
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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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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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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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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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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.
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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.
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Asa-Chang & Junray
Jun Ray Song Chang

Jun Ray Song Chang brought Asa-Chang (working here with Junray) to the attention of many back in 2001 when it was first release, thanks partly to the championing John Peel. The melding of East-Asian percussion, delicate melodies and tiny tweaks of electronic processing makes for an unusual, engaging listen, and it is good to have this record back on vinyl again. Reissued by The Leaf Label.

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.    
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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.
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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.
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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.
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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.
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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?
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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.
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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.
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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...

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.

Jefre Cantu-Ledesma
A Year With 13 Moons

Maker of the abstract and turner of the world's axis, Jefre Cantu-Ledesma is one of musique concrète's rocks, using reel to reel tapes and field recordings of the area around his hometown to make half-compositions. He's pretty much always recording the sounds of his life, kind of like if WANDA GROUP was in The Truman Show. A Year With 13 Moons consists of sounds recorded to a stereo tape to create a record that's less fragmented and more sustainably gorgeous -- New Age coming from happy accidents.
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Zs
Xe

New and unexplored territory from Zs. Xe is the new set of noises from the group in it's current 3 person format. Taking ideas of minimalism, the avant-garde, jazz fusion and an assortment of rhythmic concepts - they have woven a tapestry of sorts based around drums, percussion, the guitar and the saxophone. This is for fans of the future - so climb into the sonic space ship with an open mind. Out on vinyl LP and CD from Northern Spy.
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Charlie Ulyatt
Dead Birds

Sparse and haunting solo guitar pieces hailing from Lincolnshire. These delicate pieces have a similar lonely reflective quality as something written Caught In The Wake of Forever. Capturing the area, and the mental state your surroundings put you. Lightly driven guitar rings out into an almost mantra like drone, slowing your thoughts.

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 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.

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

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

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

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.
  • Vinyl LP (x-ray four)
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  • Last copy
  • Genre(s):
  • Experimental / Avant-garde / Sound Art / Field

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.
  • Artist(s):
  • AGF

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. 
  • Vinyl LP (RPLX005)
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  • Last copy
  • Genre(s):
  • Experimental / Avant-garde / Sound Art / Field

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

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

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

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.   
  • 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.

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

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.
  • Vinyl LP (FABREC040.1)
  • £28.99 £14.50 (saving: £14.49)
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  • Last copy
  • Genre(s):
  • Experimental / Avant-garde / Sound Art / Field

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.

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.
  • Vinyl LP (BS027)
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  • Last copy
  • Genre(s):
  • Experimental / Avant-garde / Sound Art / Field

Lu Katavist
Inburst


  • Vinyl LP (CUSPEDITIONS 001)
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  • Limited edition
  • Last copy

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.
  • Vinyl LP (HS007)
  • £15.49 £7.75 (saving: £7.74)
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  • Limited edition
  • Last copy
  • Artist(s):
  • Za!

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.