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Jim O'Rourke
Bad Timing

A classic from the infinitely capable Jim O’Rourke, treating the listener to four ten-ish minute guitar-led instrumentals, the guitar augmented with various other sounds. For all the noise-making found elsewhere in O’Rourke’s career, he certainly has a way with a melody, and each of these track...view item »

Black Dice
Mr Impossible

Black Dice are the fucking BONG. Always have been, always will be. They've been kicking up shit for so long that it's got to the point that even the converted are ripping 'em a new asshole (Vice / Loud And Quiet - I'm looking at you dick-nuts) and writing them off for whatever fucking hip...view item »

Nurse With Wound and Graham Bowers
Rupture

Off to see NWW do his dream-sleep experiment tomorrow in Newcastle. I'm very excited, right down to the point where I'm considering investing in some new pyjamas. They'd have to be plastered with the TG logo or summat so I didn't look uncool and non-industrial. This CD isn't quite what I'...view item »

Konntinent
Closer Came The Light

You should be reasonably familiar with this chap by now as we've been singing his praises for some time now. Degrees, Integers was genius and it's still one of my favourites now. What's amazing about this album is all the tracks were recorded in a single take! He creates beautiful soundsc...view item »

Max Bondi
Convolution

The name's Bondi, Max Bondi. I'm soooo funny.  Max has a new album out, his 2nd to be precise and it's called Convolution. It's on the Tartaruga label which means it's a thing of beauty. It's packaging in a brown hand stitched digipack thing which has been screen printed and there's a...view item »

Kleefstra/ Bakker/ Kleefstra
Griis

This is a trio of Netherlands based people who have collaborated with the likes of Machinefabriek (haven't they all?) Peter Broderick (er....haven't they all?) Gareth Davis, Nils Frahm, Greg Haines and Danny Saul. What they produce is  murky, morose sorrowful guitar textures overlaid...view item »

Towering Breaker
Proper Motion

Towering Breaker is a new duo made up of Ben Knight of Helheston and Jack Allett, a.k.a Spoono. 'Proper Motion' is their first LP on Psykick Dancehall, a new label set up by Allett. This righteous display of out right noise experimentation is split into two compositions over one 12" slab of wax. 'Proper Motion' is a seriously strange slice of ...view item »

Mike Wexler
Dispossession

On first listen, this is very lovely stuff - we'll see, over time, whether its pleasures are passing or permanent. For now, though, Wexler's sounds to me are not too unlike, say, Nick Drake taking the vocal spotlight on a John Martyn album circa 1973. But more than either of thos...view item »

Wet Hair / Naked On The Vague
Split

Night-People return with a couple of newies, this one being a split between Iowa's Wet Hair & Sydney's Naked On The Vague. I have faint memories of hearing both these duo's in action but my brain ain' t helping much with the details so I'll have to take this one on face value. First up we have four psych tinged compositions from Wet Hair. Op...view item »

Keith Fullerton Whitman / Mike Shiflet
070325 b/w 080409

The man KFW takes up his side with what appears to be a live recording from 2007 utilizing (presumably) his modular synthesizer setup. He builds from scratch with analogue rumbles that evolve into tweaked sorta doomed out futurist blasts of neon light across a black landscape. It doesn't take long before things get a little nasty sounding with h...view item »

Akke Phallus Duo
Terroir/ Pissoir

These saucy guys are Jon Marshall who also stars in The Hunter Gracchus, Le Drapeau Noir, Singing Knives Records, Vampire Blues etc and Ben Morris from Chora and Le Drapeau Noir. Here the two experimentalists' swapped recordings with each other and the remit was they could do what they like to each others recordings...view item »

Erikm
Transfall

Oh my first non-rhythmical recording of the day from Erikm. On the ever dependable sound-art stable Room 40, this is a mad sounding disc of organic improv, insectoid scrunch, free jazz squawk and shuffle, wild-eyed primitivism and throbbing manic glitch. I always enjoy this stuff more on headphones where it isn't forcing Business Lady...view item »

Spectral Armies
The Vanished People

I picked this one up totally at random from our latest batch of Alt.Vinyl releases and have subsequently delighted myself by discovering that it features Ben Jones and Sarah Sullivan of the ever-peculiar Jazzfinger, joining Nick Mott (ex of the equally ace Volcano the Bear) to make a load of fantastically odd sounds, ranging from what could ...view item »

Diamond Catalog
Magnified Palette

Here we have the debut LP from Oregon's Diamond Catalog. One of them was in Indignant Senility and Expressway Yo-Yo Dieting, if that means anything to you. It's pretty weird, kind of a noise/dance/dub hybrid of some kind, based around heavily processed dance beats, which have a muddy, washed out sound like there's a rave going on halfway dow...view item »

Jono El Grande
The Choko King

Step into the madcap world of Jono El Grande (real name John Sausage Leg), who is a madcap multi-instrumentalist from that cold, unforgiving place that is known as Sunderland (all right, he's from Norway). A self-taught musician, artist, composer, prankster and all round bastard, he's bee...view item »

Juan Pedro Fabra/ Jan Hafstrom/ Carl Michael Von Hausswolff
Graf Spee

On this three-way collaborative LP we've got a long track per side, each clocking in just under the 20-minute mark. What we've got on the first side is basically a slow-flowing passage of tonal analogue drone not a million miles away from the likes of Eleh, with a pulsing mid-end tone, a ...view item »

Food Pyramid / Deep Earth
Kollider / Kontraband

Moon Glyph hit us up with a few new releases this week. One that caught my ear is this Food Pyramid / Deep Earth split. Don't know much about either of the acts which makes them all the more promising. Food Pyramids' 'Kollider' kick things of with an epic synth swirls using primitive hous...view item »

Jason Urick
I Love You

Stumbled upon purely by accident, this ambient gem has been a big surprise. There was an immediate sense that Urick’s music wouldn’t be out of place on one of Kompakt’s yearly ‘Pop Ambient’ compilations with its 'blissed-out' layers of dreamy sound. Armed with mantra-like alien vocals and multi-layered samples taken from what sound to be ...view item »

Brainshadows
Wild Cherry/ Ripe

This is a curious little 7” from this “hard-pop duo”. Both these songs are of the minimal psychedelic post-dub style that reminds me of Sun Araw or that French band whose name I've forgotten. I'm not too sure this has anything much to do with pop but on second listen ther...view item »

Andrew Pekler
Sentimental Favourites

Now Dekorder indulge themselves in a set of bastardised mangled late-'60s/early-'70s easy listening from Andy Pekler which in print sounds atrocious but believe me, this is sounding super interesting!! So in many ways this tapped album comes across more like a cosmic ambient record made b...view item »

A Story of Rats
Thought Forms

A Story Of Rats is the work of experimental musician and visual artist Garek Druss. You may be aware of Druss due to his involvement in Seattle duo Dull Knife and Portland's drone metal beats Tecumseh. 'Thought Forms' is his debut LP under his solo moniker and is a tour ...view item »

Astral Social Club
Generator Breaker

The ever reliable Neil Campbell returns with yet another release, this time for Dekorder records. This is Campbell's second LP for the label following his collaboration with High Wolf under the guise of Iibiis Rooge. 'Generator Breaker' continues Campbell's evolution into the blissful a...view item »

The Rebel
M.C.C. (Mouthwatering Claustrophobic Changes)

The Rebel did that funny Andrei Tarkovsky-monikered LP what had the guy's wang out on it and now they've got a new one called MCC (Mouthwatering Claustrophobic Changes). It's all over the place but literally loads of fun. The first tune's an Kraftwerkian electro-tronica party banger and elsewhere you've got crazy Radiophonic-y analogishness, bad ke...view item »

Mike Patton
The Solitude Of Prime Numbers

I find continuity with this album and his broader portfolio of work. This is an evolutionary step overall coalescing his entire body of work with an emphasis on composition and arrangements than any vocals. Which are there but buried in the shadows of the various scores. This seems more mature, in as much as he seems less interested in pushing t...view item »

Simon Fisher Turner / Espen J Jorgensen
Soundescapes

Mute were always a label working on the absolute cutting edge of electronic music but in more recent years fully embraced the more synth pop direction of their output. It is refreshing then to have this cracking album drop on the label that harks back to the experimentalism of some of the labels earlier output. Beginning with the brief but mind-...view item »

King Kong Ding Dong
Youth Culture Index

When that little slaphead dude with the sad eyes and silly t-shirts barks at us the titles of records he wants us, like, to review & stuff, we all shun his democratic ways with sneery lips, hunched, indifferent shoulders and words such as "dunno", "not bothered" & "just give us any old shit & leave us alone, someone's ordered an ante...view item »

Autistici
Amplified Presence

Subtle soundscapes and minimal meanderings (that's adequate alliteration) from UK-based artist Autistici. Autistici creates audio narratives aimed at exploring the interchange between sound and space. Space in this context also includes the subjective space held within the listener. In this...view item »

Stephan Mathieu
To Describe George Washington Bridge

This record is a hard one to describe as the press release says it all quite succinctly and far more academically than I could ever muster. The two tunes here are in many ways sister pieces to his last super-smash 'A Static Place', one of my sleepy-time CDs of the year. Dense, shifting classical-hued drone moveme...view item »

Krom Monster
Krom Monster

Here's an interesting one. Cambodian instruments with modern day electronics and it's all for charity as the profits raised from the sales of this go towards supporting further musical activity on Phnom Penh after the Khmer Rouge regime killed approx 90% of musicians and artists over a 4 ...view item »

A Broken Consort
Crow Autumn

Richard Skelton is a really busy chap of late, recordings under his own name & the ABC moniker flying out of the door like rabid pigeons on crack. His use of layered violins & accordian that collide, chatter & swoop around like leaves blowing in a breezy chamber is best enjoyed on headphones. I'm especially drawn into this haunting mele...view item »

Ilya Monosov
Sailor Man

The new album from the guitarist of The Shining Path and one half of Monosov/Swirnoff Duo is quite a sedate listen. Which is quite a surprise, because looking at the cover you'd be damn sure you were about to embark on an epic journey into the heart of guitar darkness. The ...view item »

Reigns
The Widow Blades

Mention the words “concept album” to the musical layperson and you can expect the same reaction that someone like me might give when finding out that you've been invited to a wife swapping party at Harry Redknapp's house...one of fear, mild curiosity and abject ...view item »

Vizion Centaur
Epochalypse

I'm not sure how sensible it is to review on an empty stomach but as my tea is in the oven and I have time to kill I thought I'd give it a go. If I have any problems I'll let you know. This has an amazingly psychedelic sleeve which is what drew me to the release. It's insanely cosmic which ...view item »

Dead Elephant
Thanatology

Dead Elephant's new album Thanatology has nothing to do with the Thanet comp that came out on Mordant Music a few weeks ago. It is in fact a dirgey post rock record and the third album from Italian trio Dead Elephant. The main elements we're looking at her...view item »

Acid Birds
Acid Birds III

A superb double whammy wax hit this week from BR, the first of which is rotating right now. Acid Birds is the work of Andrew Barker (drums and percussion), Jaime Fennelly (harmonium and electronics) and Charles Waters (alto saxophone and bass clarinet). Things get straight into action with some clattering free j...view item »

I Am A Man With A St Tropez Tan
I Am A Man With A St Tropez Tan

What to say about this collection of DIY techno-flecked ephemera? It's by a man called Rick Senley who's lived quite the life as a court reporter, journalist & writer. There's some nice soundtracky moments amongst the blunt old-skool juddering & ambient tribal gurgling. It works like an audio travelogue or some form of soundtrack and t...view item »

9
Eponymous

In this week are a bunch of CD's from Danish label Sopa. Home of 2 of my favourite things, bacon and porn so I'm already smiling. First up is a band called 9 with their CD called 'Eponymous' which is limited to 300 copies. Doesn't sound like many but when you think that it only takes physical sales of 10 copies to get a number one these days it's p...view item »

Nova Scotia / Eye
A Million Corpses of Dead Bees b/w High Road

Here's a split 12" by Nova Scotia and Eye who are both underground experimental New Zealand artists. The Nova Scotia side is called A Million Corpses of Dead Bees which is a frightening image. I love bees and the last thing I want to think of is the sad faces of millions of dead bees ...view item »

Garrincha And The Stolen Elk
Void

Christ, this is a tricky record to pin down. Apparently Davy Bui and Matt Kretzmann have been making music together for a decade or so now, but this is their first album together. It seems to be a mix of live instruments and manipulated noise and found sounds. It's pretty minimal, but not exactly a comfortable listen, with weird slowed-down ...view item »

Blue Queen/ Haunted Trails
Split

Don't know anything about either of the artists presented on this split but I'm pleased to hear the crushing sound of psychedelic rock come gushing out of the speakers when I hit play. Yeah Y'all! So we've got a split here from Infinite Exchange that unites Haunted Trails and Blue Queen. The Haunted Trails tracks are immediately very inviting, s...view item »

Prop
Nebula

here is a 7" by Prop which is nice rhodes piano and questionable twiddling bass. The next track veers into miniature, sweeter Squarepusher territory. Final track funks a bit too much but has interesting sounds and beats. Nebula is 7" only on Inventing Zero records....view item »

Hammer of Hathor
Tooth Eeth or Teeth Ooth

'Tooth eeth or Tooth ooth' is the work of Mark E. Kaylor and Heather Vergotis under the guise of Hammer of Hathor. These two sonic experimentalist have been involved in a number of obscure and abstract acts such as; CexFucx, Thee Oregon Artificial Limb Co, Cells, Au, Rubella (my personal favourite), Bunny, solo, Kinetic Harpoon (not to be mistaken ...view item »

Antn Hrkwk
Thoroughbred

Aside from the completely unpronounceable name the thing I really like about this is that it comes with a small but informative insert. Wouldn't it be good if people came with them? You could check their insert and see if you're wasting your breathe talking to them or not. It would save loads of time and potential future life badness. The chaps ...view item »

Alexander Rishaug
Shadow Of Events

Brand new CD from Osloite Alexander Rishaug which is his third waxing. I like that word. Waxing. I wouldn't like to be waxed though, oh no. I saw a friend go through it last year for charity & it were excruciating to watch I can tell thee!! This bugger is released on the astute & forward thinking Dekorder so there's a hallmark of quality...view item »

Yannick Dauby
Listen to the Atayal in Taoshan

Five years ago I was reviewing Maximo Park singles. Now I'm here listening to some Chinese dude talking about his life in Taoshan Village, Taiwan. This CD and book tells the story of the life of the  Atayal who are a group of Aborginal folks living in ...view item »

Gerard Herman
Feta Justice

I'll be honest now. I only chose to review this record cos of the title. Genius. I don't even like cheese but it gets me every time. Yeah, you read that right. I don't like cheese... This is a well strange record... Musique concrete I guess is the easy way to describe it... It's just strange noise after strange ...view item »

The Bad Statistics
Lucky Town Gone

And over to New Zealand with a belting CD by Bad Statistics who win my vote for best band name of the week. Seriously I can't think of a better band name I've heard all year..... It's arrived in a parcel from Pseudo Arcana who have been peddling their left of centre wares for a good few years now. 'Lucky Town Gone' immediately caught my ear when I ...view item »

K-Conjog
Le Storie Che Invento Non le so Raccontare

Got a few lathe cuts in this week from Dirty Demos, the majority of which are in super limited numbers like 20. They've pressed a few more of this K-Conjog 7" (80!!) so we thought we should give it a whirl and tell you what we think. Well, K-Conjog knocks out ultra lo-...view item »

Dead Wood
Polystar/Blotch Yea

Here's Dead Wood with a super-limited lathe cut 7". This, Phil tells me, is the first black lathe cut record he's ever seen. It's limited to 50, too, so these will basically sell themselves whatever I say. We've got a droney noise on one side of the record and another droney noise on the other side of the record. The one on the first side I ...view item »

Mountains
Air Museum

Mountains, Mountains? Not Black Mountain or Mountain of One or Mount Kimbie, these are just Mountains. I see their name but know not of what they sound like. One of them is Koen Holtcamp who I have heard of. You see, this is a learning c...view item »

MIMEO
Wigry

Monster collaboration alert! This is a recording from November 14th 2009 in Wigry which featured nine kings of experimental/improv/computer music: Phil Durrant, Christian Fennesz...view item »

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