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Christian "Fennesz" Fennesz isn't a lad who rushes himself. The last time he put out a full-length album was 2008 so you can bet he's put some thought and effort into the seven tracks here. I'm on my third go through it and still struggling to find words to describe the sumptuous listening experience this album provides. There's something quite ...view item »

The Visitors

I listened to this again whilst I was watching channel 4's programe about dogging, it made it feel even more like a dark creature comforts and fits well with Ossians book "Haunted Air",wierd looking people wearing masks with dubious intentions. If you like dark and mysterious you should listen to this great album, If you want guitars drum and ba...view item »

Zeitkratzer + Keiji Haino
Live At Jahrhunderthalle Bochum

Avant noisemaker Keiji Haino joins forces with the equally warped visions of Zeitkratzer once more, the group responsible for bringing Lou Reed's 'Metal Machine Music' to life as an on-stage arrangement. On 'Live At Jahrhunderthalle Bochum', Haino ditches his putrid noise extravagances, refusing to use any electronics unless they'...view item »

The French Avant-Garde in the 20th Century

This ongoing archival project attempts to introduce a new wave of listeners to the composers that helped subvert expectations and show the middle finger to classical norms in France through the 20th century. It compiles artists such as Claude Debussy and Erike Satie (often thought to have produced some of the earliest "ambient" pieces with his p...view item »


There's a bit of a sad story behind the second Flamingods album 'Hyperborea', which was written after band leader Kamal Rasool was forced to leave the UK due to a change in visa laws. As a result the idiosyncratic percussive popsters were forced to create this album whilst scattered around the globe, sending files between one another online....view item »

Braen Raskovich
Abnormal Sensations

This full length is the work of a trio of musicians, known by their aliases of Raskovich, Braen and Kema. They banded together back in 1973 to create 'Abnormal Sensations', a record that unitl now has been lost. The record fuses together avant-garde sounds resembling funk that's been abstracted and taken out of context. Kema's contribution ...view item »

Family Fodder
Just Love Songs

‘Just Love Songs’ is a vinyl exclusive featuring 11 love songs by London collective Family Fodder. Often neglected and still existing within a veil of mystery, Family Fodder are perhaps best known for their oddball hit ‘Dinosaur Sex’ which is still considered a post-punk classic today. Limited to 500 copies, the songs hav...view item »

Gail Ghimp
Fire / Failure Soundtrack

Experimental sample-based soundtrack by Abigail Rosa Ghimp. Recorded around 2000, and released at the time only on a small number of cassettes, this album almost never saw the light of day. Then, tragically, Gail Ghimp died of a heart attack in 2012 at the age of just 30, and these unique recordings were finally unearthed. The original vibe has ...view item »

Yoko Ono / Thurston Moore / Kim Gordon

This is a dream line up for someone out there I’m sure? You know it‘s gonna be a difficult one to plough through though if nothing else. Yoko Ono has yet to make a listenable sounding record (that I’ve heard anyway!) and ...view item »

Bang! Bros.

The Bang! Bros are a free and avant and all things nice jazz duo consisting of Mark Johnson and Adam Foam. They made this record as part of the stupidest and greatest deadline ever, touring twelve cities over twelve hours on... you know... the twelth of December, two thousand twelve. This record is a 12". The duo's free jazz is slightly off...view item »

Sparklehorse & Fennesz
In the Fishtank

You wouldn't expect Sparklehorse and Fennesz to bump into each other that often, but one bump has turned out to be significant and has grinded out the latest In The Fishtank which I didn't even realise was still a going concern. It generally amounts to a gorgeous and relaxing listen, with Mark Linkous's stargazing country guitar plucking often gent...view item »

Ogni Dove
Ogni Dove

Though the details are hard to decipher from the press release it would appear that this self released album is shrouded in sadness due to Ogni Dove's (Andrea Gabriele) recent loss of friend and musical collaborator Mario Masullo. Part tribute, part unfinished collaboration, this self titled LP takes the remnants of Masullo's digital data-bank a...view item »

Daniel Padden
Ship Chop

Very interesting LP of collaged world musics here, curated and arranged by Daniel Padden. I'm not sure what the intention of this record is but as a mashed-up document of intriguing African, Far European and Eastern sounds it works on many levels. Stylistically 'Ship Chop' is a rhythmical...view item »

Oneohtrix Point Never
Drawn And Quartered

More of an atmospheric mood than an album, styled as a library record (check for Bruton styles) this really fits the bill if you're looking to get lost in slightly sinister ambientish electronica. This isn't going to get the party started, but is a lovely way to close your eyes, stick the headphones on and drift away whilst imagining made up mov...view item »

Ingrid Schmoliner
карлицы сюита

Here's a dramatic album of prepared piano pieces by Ingrid Schmoliner, a conceptual suite of pieces inspired by the pagan goddess Percht. The entire piece is presented without any overdubs or electronic manipulation, ranging from heady rhythmic atmospherics to whalesong-aping bowed strings to feverish spiraling and finally some meditative ebow d...view item »

Dan'l Boone
Dan'l Boone

Dan'l Boone is an experimental outlet for a number of proficient indie and noise musicians: Neil Hagerty of Royal Trux, Nate Young of Wolf Eyes, Alex Moskos of Drainolih and Charles Ballas of Formant. This self-titled record is considered by the band to be their most abstract work, bringing together electronics, acoustic percussio...view item »


The usual story: an improv crew hanging out at their favourite recording studio seeing what can come out of their affection for jazz and electronica and free form. This time Supersilent sound like they're aiming for the prospective genius of first wave post-rock bands, again displaying their intuitive collaborative spi...view item »

Seth Cluett
Forms of Forgetting

Actual art, but in a record. If that sounds up your alley, this could be the disc for you. Seth Cluett describes himself as an artist, performer and musician. He plays a load of different instruments, some of which he made himself, and he is very heavy on concepts, experimentation and utilizing a variety of techniques to make music. This ha...view item »

Paul Flaherty, Chris Corsano, C. Spencer Yeh Trio / Oren Ambarchi & Matt Skitz Sanders

Triple blast from sax drums and violin wizards here and what a trio splattering out frenetic cacophony like being attacked by a a zillion killer ants. It's a hyper rush of intensity from start to finish leaving my jaw on the the floor. "What the fuck just happened???" CHAOS!!! Oren and Matt pull out an unexpected move with huge drum blasts in al...view item »

Astral Social Club / Glockenspiel
Smash Crater #1/Assorted PCP

I just stuck the Astral Social Club side of this split 7" on at what I assume must have been the wrong speed and it sounded like V/VM remixing that Mr. Blobby record from years ago. One to fuck with people at parties and that. At its intended 33rpm 'Smash Crater #1' is yet another gem from the industro-psych-techno-stomper side of Neil Campbell's...view item »

Neg Fi

Experimental and deeply unsettling guitar innovators that always play proudly out of tune and sound like they'd like to meet Glenn Branca, Neg Fi have put together a new collection of dissonant nuggets with 'Unmergency'. As always, their instrumental compositions are as understated as they are angular, never stepping much over the...view item »

Neg Fi
Mid Side

Neg Fi are a Brooklyn based duo who enjoy nothing more than composing short, intense and slightly odd recordings. Unlike the majority of free performance releases we get in the office, Neg Fi's music is short and to the point, utilising detuned guitars, bass, walkie-talkies and handmade devices to create a concise and minimal style of noise rock...view item »

Matthew Collings
Silence Is A Rhythm Too

Matthew Collings is a Scottish-based composer. Not only being a solo recording and live artist, he collaborates regularly with artists from all kinds of fields including musicians (Ben Frost, Dag Rosenqvist from Jasper TX, Denovali label mate Talvihorros, Christos Michalakos or Euan Mcmeeken with whom he forms the duo Graveyard Tapes), dancers a...view item »

Paul Baran
The Other

Paul Baran's brand of politically charged electro-acoustic is on full display with 'The Other', his new record for Fang Bomb. Baran brings together white noise, muffled rhythms and eerie vocal samples together into a peculiar type of avant-garde you could just about dance to. It's terrifying experimental work -- but there are beats, to...view item »

Adam Coney
The Fall Of The Flamingo Gardens

I've not come across Adam Coney or his bands Morviscous or Calibos so I had no idea what to expect from his new album 'The Fall of the Flamingo Gardens' and I have to say it's one of the most pleasant surprises I've encountered lately in the endless review conveyor belt that is my life. There are 11 tracks here which combine sideways-thi...view item »

Ross Downes
Dog Day Morning

We've got some ambient business in from Trestle Records this week. You may be thinking, "Aren't we supposed to be boycotting Trestle?", but don't worry, that's Nestlé. These guys are fine. The one I'm listening to right now is Ross Downes' 'Dog Day Morning', a twisty collection of electro acoustic instrumentals which owe as much...view item »

Garek Jon Druss
Music For The Celestial Din

"Celestial" might not be the word you attribute to Garek Jon Druss, who spends most of his time helping amp up the sludge in doom metal outfit Atriarch. But his solo offering, 'Music For the Celestial Din', is a little different, a composition originally made for one of Druss' art installations. Its sound is somewhere between melo...view item »

Emotional Oil

Coming in from Sounds Familyre the label run by Daniel Smith from off kilter oddballs Danielson Famile you might this it would be some folky pastoral weirdness but no, its nothing of the sort. Its a spiky and angular post punk affair full of pummelling rhythms, bulldozer like riffs and lo-fi distorted vocal scrawls. Ands thats just the first tra...view item »

Glut / Paused Pregnancy

Aeolipile is comprised of three voluntarily underground noisemakers: elusive tape hiss lover Jason Williams playing sax, bassist Tom Roberts and jazz doom maverick Andy Pyne on drums. They play some sort of... genre, but we're not supposed to know what it is. They call it free-jazz, but they might be lying: whatever it is, it's rather chaotic. W...view item »

Sunrise City Flux / Exit via Ocean

Kellar are a trio who make an unholy racket by improvising, largely through guitar compositions backed with a good dosage of fuzz and some idiosyncratic drumming. They bring to mind the best bands who didn't give a fuck and treated their tracks more as loose experimental vignettes than actual structured songs: think Glenn Branca playing made-up ...view item »

Map 71
Standing / Specimen

Map 71 is the collaborative venture of poet Lisa Jayne and drummer Andy Pyne (Medicine & Duty, Kellar, Black Neck Band). Unsettling and murky, the lyrically nightmarish and musically harsh synth vibe of the A-side is complimented by a quieter and more relaxed flipside. Available on 7" vinyl on Foolproof Projects. ...view item »

Matthew Collings
Splintered Instruments

Discipline makes the world go round, baby. So said King Tubby I believe. So labels take note: this is how you produce CDs in the modern age. The packaging is utterly tremendous, way superior of anything I’ve seen in recent months. Housed in lovely brown card, you get a cd, some postcards, a guitar p...view item »

Experimental Audio Research
All Things Being Equal

I'm finally putting this interminable week to sleep with this gorgeous one-sided 12" of cosmic synth bliss from Experimental Audio Research, aka Pete "Sonic Boom" Kember.   On one side there's music and on the other it's a picture di...view item »

Yes Blythe
Initiate Screen Prevails

The follow up EP to Yes Blythe's Debut album 'Keep The Faith' first saw the light of day as a short run cassette release on the Gnod tape imprint Tesla Tapes. 'Initiate Screen Prevails' is finally being given a vinyl release on Sacred Tapes. Not only the first Vinyl release for the label, kicking off an offshoot SAC-R series, but al...view item »

Three Legged Race
Rope Commercial Vol. 1

Prepare yourself for Three Legged Race aka Robert Beatty. Rope Commercial Vol. 1 is the first in its series from the musician, producer and artists. This record is full of pretty dense material, with Beatty exploring multiple textures, sounds and ideas. It's pretty experime...view item »

Tom Carter and Pat Murano
Four Infernal Rivers

This is a second collaboration between Charalambides man Tom Carter and No Neck Blues Band feller Pat Murano. The pair had already made an eponymous LP back in 2012 but have now colklaborated again, this time at Carter's place, passing musical ideas back and forth, forth and back. There are four lengthy improvisations using Car...view item »

Francisco Lopez

This new CD from Francisco Lopez is likely to polarise opinions. Sound artist Francisco Lopez has constructed this single half-hour piece out of field recordings of birdsong which he recorded between 1995 and 2010 around Australia, New Zealand, Brazil, Spain, South Africa, Costa Rica, Mexico and Peru, rendered mostly unrecognisable though "ext...view item »

Inca Ore/Tunnels/Ghost to Falco/Argumentix
Post-Alarmist Dracula Safari

Nurse With Wound and Graham Bowers

The third studio album release from Nurse With Wound and Graham Bowers. ExcitoToxicity ... an excess of most things, both mentally and physically, although exciting and pleasurable, can easily accelerate and rapidly become toxic ... on a cellular level, deadly. We have thrown caution to the wind and gone overboard on the quality of the 8 Panel D...view item »

Phil Maguire
smll hnd / dcftfl hnd

Here's a tape from Phil Maguire, 'smll hnd/dctfl hnd' (pronounced "smell hand/deceitful hound") which features seven tracks of static drones. Now from my experience static drones can be some of the hardest drones to write about because they are, well, static. More of a meditation tool than a journey to be documented. There's only 50 of t...view item »

Francisco Lopez

Created with extensively mutated environmental sound matter from Rotterdam.Commissioned by Soundtrackcity (Amsterdam) for the International Film Festival Rotterdam 2012. Original environmental sound matter recorded in the Kop van Zuid - Erasmusbrug area in Rotterdam during 2011.Mutated, edited, mixed, and composed at mobile m...view item »

Ensemble Economique
Melt Into Nothing

“Melt Into Nothing” is Ensemble Economique’s most lucid seance to date. The prolific Humboldt County musician has stripped layers off of his trademark haze but retained the beautiful desolation that’s earned him a rabid fanbase. The solo project of former Starving Weirdos member Brian Pyle, Ensemble Economique has crossed...view item »


A bit all over the place this one. Shivers are named after David Cronenberg's debut feature about an aggressive parasite that turns its human hosts into rabid sexual predators - so you can safely assume this record is not gonna rank highly on most people’s dinner party playlists, which is a bit of a shame. They are a trio consisting of Rut...view item »

Retreat, Return, Repose

A much needed CD issue of this trilogy, previously only available on vinyl direct from the label and now somewhat collectable. The audio has been remastered especially for the digital version.  To be perfectly honest the vinyl pressings sound like shit. The best move would be to save yourself some dosh and get the audio sounding clean and c...view item »

Simon Frank
Double Image

Hot & Cold are a somewhat elusive duo operating mainly out of New Delhi and Beijing, and information about this new release by Simon Frank (one half of Hot & Cold) is scarce. All we know is that it was recorded in Toronto and New Delhi, that it will be "intense", and that keen listeners will hear hints of Suicide, ...view item »

Alien Ensemble
Alien Ensemble

Attempting to contact other intelligent life forms with the Alien Ensemble. Their self-titled record is the bands own take on improvised music. Taking ideas and concepts from the history of jazz, their sound blends Gil Evans-ish arranging techniques, Sun Ra harmonic forays and contempo...view item »

Lost Wax
Gongzhufen Breath

I've got an intriguing tape here of musique concrete adorned with subtle drones and twinkles by Lost Wax, also known as Ben Morris out of Chora. The audio presented here was recorded in such far-flung places as London, Derbyshire, Croatia, Bilboa and Beijing - "dictaphonic travelogue" says the press release. The sou...view item »


Here’s the new gamelan-inspired album from OOIOO, led by founding Boredom Yoshimi P-We. It’s a rich and baffling concoction, with lengthy improvised songs swept along by a current of twinkling polyrhythms, mind-boggling drum puttering, woozy guitar riffing and rhythmic...view item »

Chris Schlarb
Making the Saint

An odd one. It opens with a nineteen minute track which consists of some undulating drones and some rather proggy guitar twiddles.  Its most reminicent of Loren Connors and Expo 70 and the driftings of that  kind of space rock crowd. Nice but not my scene. F...view item »

S ND Y P RL RS (Sunday Parlours)

We’ve got a beautiful LP here from the Berlin’s enigmatic S ND Y P RL RS (or Sunday Parlours) and it’s a very curious beast indeed. The dominant textures here are a muddy, spluttering, fuzzed out guitar, ethereal droning organs and very occasional, very minimal beats with bur...view item »

John Wesseltoft / Okkyung Lee

Jon Wesseltoft and Okkyung Lee team up on this limited 12" from Italy's mighty Holidays Records this week, which contains a side-long drone piece carved from hypnotic cello and harmonium, humming and scraping in a trance-like unison for the best part of 20 minutes.   It's fair to say this isn't for everyone...if sc...view item »

Black To Comm

One of my favourite customer reviews ever submitted to this site came in just under a month ago from a certain "Vanessa Emma Goldman", who had apparently never heard Black To Comm but was furious - seriously livid - that he had named himself after an MC5 song. Why? Because she loves the MC5. ""Black to Comm" is most certainly NOT the 'chappie ...view item »

Nicola Ratti
Ossario Vol. 2

Through the use of sound generated from modular synthesizer, tapes and samples Ossario is a collection of ten separate and independent songs - in two volumes, available separately - introducing a new and radical composing method. The aim is to build some kind of musical skeletons designed not to be covered in flesh and tissues, but trying to red...view item »

Shareek Hayaat

Oh nice! I’d heard that this was happening so it’s a pleasure to see the finished article plonked in my review pile. Safiyya is the remarkable combination of two of your favourite prolific and mind-bending minimal dark ambient arty types; in the red corner we’ve got Brad Rose aka The North Sea...view item »

Alexander Turnquist
Flying Fantasy

I loved Hallway Of Mirrors so much that it was my favourite album of 2011. I was 40 then and I still did things like that. Anyway his new album sounds like a return to form and it's more lush orchestration and 12 string guitar wonderment. I 'need' to spend more time with this fella but I reckon it's an absolute winner (on first listen!)....view item »

The Silver Chimney Club / Wat Tyler

Droning through the British countryside, Petrels has finally remastered and released these two tracks on a physical medium. Clocking in at 17 and 22 minutes respectively, The Silver Chimney Club/Wat Tyler are two songs that tell a noisy story. Recommended for fans of long, slow ambient and intense drone. Pressed on 180g...view item »

Joe Evans

I have here a CD of chin-strokey delights from composer Joe Evans, the title taken from a musical term referring to intervals derived from the 7th harmonic. The composer asserts that "While I think this is better left open to interpretation, themes of abuse, tyranny and war are clearly stated". Real Estate t...view item »

The Plane's Gone Dad

Ol' Dave Lazonby (ex of the remarkable Lazerboy amongst others) is one of the most endearing & quirky people i've ever met on the Leeds scene. His band Geese have collaborated with Damo Suzuki from Can on some serious improv freeform projects in recent years & now shout out with their debut 7" 'The Plane's Gone Dad', a white vinyl trea...view item »

Orchid Spangiafora
Flee Past's Ape Elf

Strange things were afoot in the upper Midwest around the late '70s. Here's the week's most baffling reissue, an album of wild and wacky concrete tape manipulation by Orchid Spangiafora from 1979, which found an unlikely home on legendary Minneapolis label Twin-Tone, better known for releases from the likes of the Replacements and Soul Asylum....view item »

Eggs, Eggs
Taste of Sundress

Eggs, Eggs are David Russell and a collection of anarchic musicians on everything from synths, violins, autoharps and all sorts of mad screams and peculiar sounds. A spoken word cacophony on this two track album creates a frenetic, uncomfortable sound reminiscent of a contemporary take on Captain Beefheart ...view item »

Membrane Pop

Daniel Lopatin’s Software label is a strange beast. At first it looked to be an outlet for dance music primarily but as it’s matured the label has naturally veered toward Sound Art territory with Sculpture being a primary example of the shift. Sculpture’s music is a difficult one to decipher let alone dissect and transl...view item »

Deison & Mingle
Everything Collapse[d]

Straight from the Italian drone and noise scene comes a collaboration from Deison & Mingle. Droning onwards, ever onwards, in an unpleasant and paranoid soundscape where no human emotion is safe, these two Italians have taken it upon themselves to share, with us, what is left after Everything Collapse[d]. And it ain...view item »

Small Town by the Sea

Dropping field recordings over simple and pleasant beats, connect_icut’s newest release should be both accessible and enticing to a broad audience. WIth layers and structures slowly peeling away and revealing themselves through the ethereal pads, Small Town is sure to please the existent fans and create a few new ...view item »

Terzo Mondo

Third album titled ‘Third World’ in Italian from Nastro, Manuel Cascone and Francesco Petricca. Limited edition. This avant-garde album of spastic sound played on a huge range of electronic instruments and voice was recorded live, along with other-worldly percussion create a disjointed but beautiful post-punk, psyche...view item »

Andromeda Mega Express Orchestra
Live On Planet Earth

The Andromeda Mega Express Orchestra is one of Alien Transistor’s craziest and biggest acts, always going their own path, somehow defining a route between the 18 of them. Known for their work on label buddies the Notwist’s work, they also draw their own weight: Live On Planet Earth was recorded live and is m...view item »

Martin Creed
Mind Trap

Best known for his controversial Turner Prize-winning installation 'Work No. 227: The lights going on and off', there's a lot more to multimedia artist Martin Creed than a light switching on and off. Here's his latest album of music, which features a selection of his charming minimal pop ditties and three of his numbered works - orchestral compo...view item »

The Alvaret Ensemble

A collaboration between Dutch Frysians and Icelanders, Skeylja is a soft, haunting collection of songs that all seem to ooze the greyness of the North Sea. With horns that stir memories of ships passing by in the distance, this album will leave you in weary nostalgia for the lonely lighthouse where you spent so many winters by yourself,...view item »

Kronos Quartet
A Thousand Thoughts

Celebrating the 40th anniversary of legendary string quartet Kronos Quartet, A Thousand Leaves is a wide-ranging compilation of works from their vast oeuvre of reinterpretations. Covering a vast geographical range these 15 pieces go a long way to showcasing their talents and eclectic tastes. A fantastic entry point...view item »

Lydia Lunch

Retrovirus is a career-spanning (1977 to present) live set from Lydia Lunch. The tour that spawned the set featured a band made up of Weasel Walter on guitar, Algis Kizys, who has played with Swans and Foetus, on bass and original Sonic Youth drummer Bob Bert. ...view item »

Chris Connelly
Forgiveness & Exile

The Scottish singer-songwriter drifts ever further from his industrial roots (Ministry, Revolting Cocks, Pigface) with this song cycle concerning the experiences of immigrants in the United States. The album nevertheless retains the confrontational realism characteristic of industrial music, wit...view item »

Peter Jefferies
The Last Great Challenge In A Dull World

Reissue of New Zealand singer / songwriter Peter Jefferies' brilliant debut album 'The Last Great Challenge in a Dull World'. Originally released in 1990, the album received some critical acclaim before disappearing into the ether. But it was just too good to remain forgotten. Incredibly strong songwriting, demonstrated no better than with the s...view item »

Nid & Sancy
The Cut Up Jeans Technique

Got a really fun bit of oddball samplepop madness here from the comedically monikered Nid & Sancy. It's got a hard-hitting synthpunk feel in its wild synth tones and relentless rhythms, it would seem this duo are from the Factory Floor/Hacker Farm/latter era ...view item »

Jan St. Werner
Split Animal Sculpture

Jan St Werner of Mouse on Mars notoriety is getting arty on this new 10", which is beautifully presented with a numbered insert, an actual photograph, and most excitingly of all, a purple 10" plastic disc which is screenprinted on one side. As an added gimmick, if you put this plastic disc on your record playe...view item »

Made To Break
Cherchez la femme

Here's a pretty crazy LP from sax wizard Ken Vandermark's latest project, an electro acoustic whirlwind of bouncy and melodic free jazz and minimal electronic experimentation. There's one track on each side. 'Sans Serif' on side A is dedicated to Betty Page and Sleater Kinney and in honour of their favourite ...view item »

Anla Courtis

I tried to give this LP a preliminary listen at dinner time last night, but it quickly became apparent that its disjointed avant garde ambiance was a bit too high brow for my long-suffering housemate so it didn't last long. Listening to it on my own at half past seven in the morning, however, is another story entirely as I'm able to properly d...view item »

Baby Dee & Eliot Bates
The Big Bumble Bees

Well you wouldn’t think to look at it. This is by Baby Dee and Eliot Bates despite neither of the artists being mentioned on the frront cover, the spine and only amongst a load of wordsearch like text on the back. Print your names clearly, in blocked capitals, please. Thank you. The lengthy search to find out who this was by at lea...view item »


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...view item »

Eugene Skeef & Rae Howell
Heavy Forest Air

Eugene Skeef and Rae Howell recorded this collaborative piece live at the Rolston Recital Hall at The Banff Centre, Alberta in Canada. In a room full of percussion instruments, the project began as a three month study of winter musics. Recorded by Jared Miller, the three collaborators have produced something won...view item »

Libbe Matz Gang
Infantilised Britain EP

One of the outfits (along with Hacker Farm and Ship Canal) currently positing an angry, politicised alternative to hauntology. Here they offer a brutish 7” EP of filthy electronics and scabrous polemic railing furiously at a nation gone ga-ga (not Gaga). Wrapped in a fittingly monochrome sle...view item »

Shampoo Boy
Nebel / Nadel

I'll try to make this short. I have over 10,000 LP's, am 64, retired, owned a record store while going to college in the 60's. While working from 1975 to 2010 might have purchased maybe only 500 LP's. So it's only the last 4 years that I started getting back into the VINYL scene. Southern Records in London has a series called ...view item »


The only box I want to put music in is my record box and yet my role as a writer here at Norman Towers in a sense dictates that I kinda have to, to some extent in order to attempt to articulate what a record sounds like to our readers. Genre references can be useful at times but so much is postmodern these days that it simply defies genre tags a...view item »

Bill Horist / Jakob Riis
The Cessation Elegy

Here's a peculiar CD on which guitarist Bill Horist of America teams up with sound artist Jakob Riis of Denmark on laptop and real time processing on a two-act suite of instrumentals which they confidently declare "a new wordless opera". Rather good it is too, I'm quite surprised they've only made 100 of these. Opening with the Americana...view item »

Zea / Oscar Jan Hoogland
Exploding Head Syndrome / Solo Electric Clavichord

Got a split 7" of Dutch weirdness here. Confusingly the two sides play at different speeds. I've never understood why people do that. I mean, presumably the 45rpm side will sound marginally better, but they really don't think about people like me with Pro-Ject turntables who have to lift the platter off every time they want to change speed. ...view item »

Asmus Tietchens
Der fünfte Himmel

Listening to Der Funfte Himmel, or the fifth heaven, makes you wonder what kinda guy wrote this stuff. Based on the collection of weird yet sometimes subliminal minimalist themes that trickle through the noise, you feel a natural born multitasker has released a record that was all about doing exactly what he wanted. And that is exa...view item »

Asmus Tietchens

Back when synthesizers were still machines and computers were still guys doing calculations, Asmus Tietches aimed his binoculars through the fourth dimensions across time, to the fertile fields of electronic music. Recorded in the 1970s, Nachtstücke are challenging and reissued as pure as can be....view item »

Free Nelson Mandoomjazz
The Shape Of Doomjazz To Come + Saxophone Giganticus

You’ll be pleased to hear that The Shape Of Doomjazz To Come + Saxophone Giganticus by Free Nelson Mandoomjazz sounds pretty much as you’d expect ‘doomjazz’ to. Relatively traditional jazz passages (but with heavy bass) lurch into grinding metal with wild saxophone over the top. I also applaud th...view item »

World Arena

Bronze impressed us a lot when they released 2011's 'Copper' LP but nobody else seemed to be paying much attention so they're back at you with another one, 'World Arena'. I'm going to review it as if I didn't already know what they sound like since nobody bought that last one. This lot have a clever and woozy aesthetic which pairs repeti...view item »


Those wacky industrial avant-goths Laibach are, erm, back. When Phil handed me this CD he said "There's a new Laibach album, it's very funny." I wasn't sure what he meant. Now I'm listening to it and I know what he meant. Opener 'The Whistleblowers' opens with some whistling but then there's some big Slavonic-sounding gang vocals and uplifting s...view item »

Nicolas Bernier
frequencies (a / fragments)

Get ready to stroke your beard, there's a new CD from Line in the office! This one's from Nicolas Bernier and contains a combination of sine wave drones and "a series of custom made devices in which computer-controlled solenoids activate a variety of tuning forks", it's a detailed exercise in high pitched, glassy drones in which the physical rin...view item »

Belfi / Grubbs / Pilia
Dust & Mirrors

The trio of Andrea Belfi, David Grubbs and Stefano Pilia have brought out an album together before, but I’ve not heard that. I’m familiar with their individual work, however, and was expecting this to be more of a challenging listen than it is turning out to be from these three experimentalists. Opener ‘Charm Offensive’ i...view item »

Bushman's Revenge
Thou Shalt Boogie!

The Norwegian jazz/prog scene is a highly divisive topic at Norman Towers. On one side of the office there's me, Kim, Mike and Ian who will happily listen to Motorpsycho and El Doom all day long, and in the other camp there's Clint, Phil, Brian and Li'l Biz, all of whom would r...view item »

A.R.C. Soundtracks
Archive: Volume One

The Little Crackd Rabbit label bring you this latest full length from A.R.C. Soundtracks, in the past they have remixed the likes of Aiden Baker and Fuzzy Lights, they produce a sound of gloomy twisted folk drone with odd sounds of tribal percussion and fuzzed out guitar and sy...view item »

People Like Us & Ergo Phizmiz
Moon Magic

This is a nice tinkler for christmas. Its kind of an amalgamation of ‘Blue Moon’ and ‘Swing Low Sweet Chariot’ but done in such a sweet way that it makes you want to go and stroke a bauble. The music consists of tinkling bell-like sounds then over that are layered vocals and if I heard this later tonight after a pint or t...view item »

Framework Seasonal - Issue #4: Spring 2013

Framework Seasonal is a regular series of collections of field recordings, and here is the edition for Spring 2013. Some of these tracks / pieces / recordings are presented ‘straight’ and unadorned, others use the recordings as the starting point for other approache. Artists include Francisco López...view item »

Piano Improvisations / Electrical Interferencies

Very limited (50 copies) CDr release from Given, aka Italian Dona Basile. Basile’s practice is broad, encompassing all manner of musics, up to and including Drum & Bass. Here though, he turns to the piano, for a series of improvisations. Surprisingly melodic, at least in comparison with most of the improvising I usuall...view item »

Ghedalia Tazartes
Voyage à l‘ombre

Hinterzimmer are really spoiling us this week. Not only have they sent us a stunning new hour-long CD by Lubomyr Melnyk, there’s also this new offering from another underappreciated veteran of the European experimental community, France’s Ghedalia Tazartes. Originally released in 1997 and ...view item »

Kemialliset Ystavat
Kultaista Kaupunkia Etsimassai

Firstly, format chat time and I’ve never seen the like of it - this has a picture disc on one side and black vinyl on the other. The black vinyl side plays music whilst the picture disc bit is just for show. Being the kind of British 'meat and potatoes' idiot that I am, I almost ignored this because I can’t say, never mind spell the ...view item »

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