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Papivores
Death and Spring

Together, Agathe Max and Tom Relleen (of Tomaga) are Papivores, the Paper Eaters, the experimental composition duo. These two are both veteran sound explorers with a great range, and this debut collaboration is a perfect match-up, allowing them to work deep into some very interesting areas. On Hands In The Dark.
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Various
ALERT!

Alter, the label of Luke Younger (a.k.a. Helm) has been a consistently essential source for releases which fall through the cracks. Whether it be The Bomber Jackets, Yeah You, or Low Life, this label provides a home for D.I.Y aesthetics and ethics, irrespective of anything as trivial as genre. This compilation ALERT! can be seen as a user's manual to the modern underground, including artists as form shattering as Teresa Winter, Tomaga, and The Modern Institute.
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Thor & Friends
The Subversive Nature of Kindness

Thor Harris: Swans’ former charismatic percussionist, and potential future governor of Texas. Chief friends are marimba player Peggy Ghorbani and multi-instrumentalist Sarah “Goat” Gautier. Their music is rooted in tonal percussion and often recalls minimalists who wrote for such instrumentation, like Reich and Riley, but also hinting at more contemporary influences, from Aphex Twin to The Necks. The many guests on this second LP include throat singer Enrique Soriah, Michael Gira. and Norwegian extended-technique vocalist Stine Janvin Motland.
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Sparklehorse & Fennesz
In the Fishtank

In the Fishtank was an ongoing collaborative series that saw the music distributor Konkurrent pair sometimes unlikely artists together, stick them in a studio for two days and hope for the best. One of the most bizarre pairings saw late US alt rockers Sparklehorse go up alongside Austrian glitch master Fennesz. The results were stunning   - a rare breed of soundscape where acoustic instruments blended perfectly with electronics. 
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Current 93
Sleep Has His House

Sleep Has His House was an album released by Current 93 circa the year 2000 and is inspired by the passing of David Tibet's father. This new version is remastered from the original tapes and includes unreleased mixes and alternative versions. A meditative exercise in grief and loss, the album has regularly been cited as one of the band's best.   
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Current 93
Horsey

Featuring what I presume to be a horse on the sleeve is this luxury revamp of Horsey, Current 93's 1997 album. The album uses a variety of instruments to create an eerie, unsettling atmosphere aided and abetted by Nurse With Wound's Steven Stapleton. Originally released as part of a box set with Sol Invictus and Nurse With Wound the album was later released as a standalone entity and now comes with bonus unreleased mixes and alternate versions. 
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Razen
Robot Brujo

‘Deep listening’ Belgian trio Razen give us their latest double-LP Robot Brujo, which finds the band exploring their talents for improvisation on six compositions spread across four sides of vinyl using keyboards, wind and string instruments. Anybody who’s seen their mesmerising live performances can attest to Razen’s unique power, something that’s replicated accurately here. 
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Langham Research Centre
Tape Works Vol. 1

Inspired by the groundbreaking output of the BBC’s legendary Radiophonic Workshop and other pioneering early electronic composers, Felix Carey, Iain Chambers, Philip Tagney and Robert Worby from Langham Research Centre delivered some modern musique concrète with 2017’s Tape Works Vol. 1. 

Golem Mecanique
Nona, Decima et Morta

You may not know of Karen Jebane (aka Golem Mecanique) but reading the words of Stephen O'Malley in the press release you may want to explore her music further. She uses voice, organ and a form of hurdy-gurdy to make music that O' Malley describes as deeply moving and bonechilling and seemed to take him into another world entirely. It sounds utterly fascinating and perhaps life changing and for those who can't get to Le Saix in Haut-Ales to see her perform, this vinyl is perhaps the next best thing. 

Attrition / Alu
Attrition / Alu

Here we have an eponymous split album between Coventry band Attrition and Berlin band ALU. The post-industrial and electronic sounds, dystopia and existentialism on offer are informed, for both bands, by the cold war, the effects WWII had on both cities and the way they were rebuilt with brutalist architecture. RIYL Cabaret Voltaire, Nocturnal Emissions and Nurse With Wound.
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Giulio Aldinucci
Shards of Distant Times

Italian composer Guilio Aldinucci delivers his latest studio album Shards of Distant Times, following up on the acclaim lavished on 2017’s Borders and Ruins and 2018’s Disappearing In a Mirror. Aldinucci’s skills as a sound designer come to the fore once again, assembling musical landscapes from snatches of recordings of the human voice, both new and ancient. 

Ghedalia Tazartes
Diasporas

Surreal, avant-garde and resolutely unpigeonholeable, Diasporas was the debut album by Ghédalia Tazartès, a Paris-born musician of Judeo-Spanish and Greek descent. It was recorded in 1977 and had a limited release in 1979. His fans include Stephen Stapleton of Nurse With Wound, who included Tazartès on his Nurse With Wound list, a list of bands that had influenced them.
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Tashi Dorji & Tyler Damon
To Catch A Bird In A Net Of Wind

Consisting of two gigantic, side-long compositions, To Catch A Bird In A Net of Wind sees guitarist Tashi Dorji and percussionist Tyler Damon further developing their sense of a shared musical form and content. Their sound is influenced by jazz and freeform aesthetics, but has hints of the political underpinning it too. 
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Merzbow × Kaoru Sato
Kyoto Oct 21 2018

For anyone that isn't aware, October 21st is my birthday. As part of the worldwide celebrations in 2018 noise legend Merzbow hooked up with Kaoru Sato of R.N.A. Organism in Kyoto for some slabs of racket. The A side sees the duo in collaboration, whilst the B side is solo sessions that took place after the joint performance. I'm truly blessed. 
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Markus Floats
Third Album

Markus Lake is a big noise in the Montreal DIY community. Over the past decade or so he has been releasing music under the name Markus Floats. Third Album is clearly his third album, but first for the Constellation label. He has a background in jazz, electroacoustics, post-punk and indie. All of his experience pours into the abstract soundscapes, shapes and textures on this LP.
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Field Works
Ultrasonic

Bats. They started the Coronavirus pandemic apparently but let's not hold that against them. As Field Works Stuart Hyatt uses recordings of the little flying furry things as source material on this unique album. He gathers together a host of composers including Eluvium, Sarah Davachi, Mary Lattimore and Taylor Dupree to help tell the story. 
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Fire! Orchestra
Actions

A rare new interpretation of avant-garde composer Krzysztof Penderecki´s ‘Actions For Free Jazz Orchestra’, commissioned by Poland’s Sacrum Profanum festival in 2018 and performed by Mats Gustafsson and a drastically altered iteration of Fire! Orchestra. Actions is longer than Penderecki’s original score and takes liberties with it, injecting fresh perspective into a classic. 

Simon Fisher Turner and Edmund de Waal
A Quiet Corner In Time

This curious work originated as a soundtrack from composer Simon Fisher Turner to accompany an installation in Los Angeles by famous ceramicist Edmund de Waal a few years back. A Quiet Corner In Time was largely constructed through field recordings the two made in Vienna and L.A., and seeks to explore and reflect de Waal’s own memories and life experiences. 
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The Necks
Three

New work from the always fascinating and increasingly legendary Australian trio the Necks. Now existing for an incredible 33 years with exactly the same line up, the band blend piano, drums and bass into a cathartic improvised sound that is like longform improvised minimalist jazz... but much more interesting than I've made that sound. Three is their first album since they performed 135 feet underground at a Polish salt mine.   
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David Behrman, Paul DeMarinis, Fern Friedman, Terri Hanlon and Anne Klingensmith
She's More Wild...

Presented as a deluxe edition along with liner notes and archival images, Black Truffle releases the first ever complete recording of She’s More Wild…, a collaborative project by David Behrman, Paul DeMarinis, Fern Friedman, Terri Hanlon and Anne Klingensmith recorded at Mills College in 1981. Originating as a performance art piece and encompassing live electronics and mutated drum machine sequences, it’s a reverentially remembered piece in certain circles. 
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Daniel O'Sullivan
The Colour Of Entropy (In Three Stages)

Daniel O’Sullivan, AKA DOS, is a multi-talented multi-instrumentalist, and not a comfortably dressed irish singer that your grandma likes (that's Daniel O'Donnell). He has worked with the likes of Grumbling Fur, Ulver and Sunn O))) in the past. The Colour of Entropy (In Three Parts) a 14 minute piece of music, divided into three parts. DOS makes prog / psych rock, free form improvisation, space jazz, drone and ‘out there’ folk music. Peter Broderick guests.
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Zea + Oscar Jan Hoogland
Summing

Zea are a band led by Arnold De Boer (The Ex!), a guitarist with a background in jazz. Oscar Jan Hoogland is the son of classical pianist Stanley Hoogland. Summing is neither jazz or classical. This is avant-garde, bent, twisted and weird indie rock from the cut from a similar cloth to the likes of Truman’s Water. 
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M-G Dysfunction
Complete Deletion

Norman Records has a vast and rich history of its employees making music as well as packing it or writing about it. M-G Dysfunction is the latest and comes from someone we'll call Fred M-G who, initially it seems, is ashamed of this work but dig a little deeper behind his tough exterior and I'd bet you he is rather proud of it. It is a series of home recorded experiments that showcase a creative brain at work and has been compared to Rainforest Spiritual Enslavement and Carl Stone. 
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Ben Bertrand
Manes

Influenced by minimalist composers and musicians such as Steve Reich, Gavin Bryars and Terry Riley, clarinetist Ben Bertrand presents a new five-track EP on 12” vinyl. On Manes, Bertrand demonstrates the massive variety of texture and sound that it’s possible to wring from one instrument. 
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Nurse With Wound
Dark Fat

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

Konstantin Raudive
The Voices Of The Dead

Konstantin Raudive studied parapsychology and Electronic Voice Phenomena. The tapes he made of Voice of the Dead were assumed to be made up as they had only ever appeared in the works of William S. Burroughs. It turns out they actually exist, and here they are on LP. Side 2 includes versions by DJ Spooky That Subliminal Kid, David Toop, Lee Ranaldo, Calla and CM Von Hausswolff
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Rhodri Davies
Transversal Time

Rhodri Davies is a free improvisational harp player.  He composed Transversal Time in 2017. It was recorded live in Cardiff in April 2018. Its starting point sees each of the musicians playing zither, electronics, contrabass recorder, vocals,  in different times - Standard, Decimal and Hex and improvising from there. 
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Coil
Astral Disaster Sessions Un/finished Musics Vol. 2

Late October 1998, spooky season, experimental legends Coil got together at Sun Dial studios in London. The sessions ultimately produced the album Astral Disaster. Astral Disaster Sessions Un/finished Musics Vol. 2 contains remixes, alternative versions and track that weren’t ultimately selected for the final album. Contains the first version of The Mothership.
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Vieo Abiungo
Blood Memory


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William Basinski
The Deluge

More glorious tape-loop-based minimal composition from William Basinski. The Deluge presents an alternative approach to the source material used on recent companion piece Cascade: a piano loop is processed via various subtle feedback systems, until the whole thing washes away in a haze. White LP on Temporary Residence.

Lea Bertucci
Acoustic Shadows

Acoustic Shadows was initially an event which took place in the body of the Deutzer Bridge in Koln, Germany in 2018. The sound installation which lasted over a week was then edited down by artist and composer Lea Bertucci to form this LP featuring segments of the results. But it didn't stop there, they've actually made a sample library of the sounds for other musicians to use. A fascinating sounding project.  
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Jozef Van Wissem
Ex Mortis

Inspired by ‘The Book of Gostlye Grace’, a 13th century tome written by German nuns, experimental lute player and composer Jozef Van Wissem releases another new album titled Ex Mortis (or ‘from death’). Performed with a quasi-religious devotion and with the help of former long-time Swans member Jarboe, it’s a meditative and trance-like collection. 

Spencer Adam Grady
Passive Extremities (for Konrad D​.​)

One of the final three releases from Chicago-based experimental music label Patient Sounds, who decided to call it a day last summer, Spencer Adam Grady’s Passive Extremities (for Konrad D​.​) is a tribute to the artist’s grandfather, and is described as ““a devotional study in remembrance”. 
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Maher Shalal Hash Baz
Je est un autre

Je Est Un Autre - taken from a Rimbaud quotation - is a double 10” vinyl collection showing the evolution of Japanese composer Tori Kudo and his Maher Shalal Hash Baz alter ego/group, taken from various points of a mammoth concert at the finale of his March 2018 tour. It’s the sound of spontaneity and improvisation welded to the discipline of a large, well-rehearsed ensemble. 

Various
A Short Illness From Which He Never Recovered

A Short Illness From Which He Never Recovered is a new, vinyl-only compilation from Blackest Ever Black. It features songs by the likes of Carla Del Forno, Bridget Hayden, Ian Martin, The Fulmars and Bobby Wratten's (of The Field Mice) latest project Lightning In A Twilight Hour that are unavailable elsewhere. Seems like a good enough reason to ‘add to cart’ to me.

Jasmine Guffond
Microphone Permission

High brow stuff on Editions Mego as Jasmine Guffond which uses source material from various projects including a dance performance about the imagined future sound of a forest. However the concept of this stark and disorientating work is fascinating  - microphone permission being the consent we give to various apps which could lead to 'the man' listening in to our everyday happenings. Terrifying. 

Dalglish
Niaiw Ot Vile

Niaiw Ot Vile is a stark and uncompromising work from Daglish. The sounds, although electronic and usually massively processed, feel immediate and organic. The record is fractured and complex, full of insectile chatters, broken drones, and monochrome arrangements. There's a wonderful progression to this record, slowly morphing from skeletal, glitchy malfunctioning into a hushed bed of swirling white noise. Our Ant put it best when he wrote (down below) '‘Niaiw Ot Vile’ is techno; blues channeled through circuits.'
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Jimi Tenor
NY, Hel, Barca

The Bureau B label delivers a compilation exploring the early works of Finnish composer and musician Jimi Tenor. NY, Hel, Barca is a double-LP package containing 20 cuts from his first six studio albums from 1994 to 2001, including his three albums released on Warp Records at the end of the Nineties. 

Triple Negative
God Bless the Death Drive

God Bless The Death Drive, the second studio album from London-based outfit Triple Negative, picks up pretty much where their acclaimed debut Precious Waste In Our Wake left off - it’s a beautiful maelstrom of chaos and noise that doesn’t easily fit into any prescribed genre, let alone rock. 
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Darragh Morgan / John Tilbury
Morton Feldman - For John Cage

An abstract yet cinematic piece composed for violin and piano, contemporary classical music figurehead John Tilbury and violinist Darragh Morgan first performed Morton Feldman’s For John Cage at the Huddersfield Contemporary Music Festival in 2006. Now, that recording, shortlisted for a Royal Philharmonic Society Award, gets a CD release via Diatribe Records ahead of Tilbury and Morgan’s upcoming performance of the piece at New Music Dublin this year. 

Bourbonese Qualk
Hope

Formed in the context of an age of counter-cultural protest in 1979 against the new Thatcher-led Tory government, British experimentalists Bourbonese Qualk eschewed almost all of the music industry’s conventions in a career that lasted 24 years. Hope, their second full-length record, was released in 1984 and now receives a CD re-issue. 
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Mariska Baars / Rutger Zuydervelt
eau

Although they regularly collaborate within the context of the Piiptsjilling quartet going back several years, Mariska Baars and Rutger Zuydervelt haven’t worked exclusively with each other since 2008. eau, a long-awaited album from the pair, is based on a lengthy, vaporous new composition best enjoyed on headphones! 

Rutger Zuydervelt
Sileen II

Sileen II is a studio version of a performance that Rutger Zuydervelt originally gave back in 2016, when he was commissioned by Musica to compose a piece for the OORtreders festival in Belgium to be played by 50 members of a local school orchestra. The simple structure of Zuydervelt’s music is exposed in this very much slowed-down version. 

Rutger Zuydervelt
Porcelain (Original Film Soundtrack)

After years of composing music for documentaries, Rutger Zuydervelt presents his second feature film soundtrack, the score for Dutch/Belgium/Italian psychological drama Porcelain, directed by Jenneke Boeijink. On this piece, Zuydervelt collaborated closely with Italian cellist Francesco Guerri, sculpting his improvised pieces into something new. 
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Brunhild Ferrari & Jim O'Rourke
Le Piano Englouti

Composer, producer, songwriter and one-time member of Sonic Youth Jim O’Rourke has collaborated with Brunhild Ferrari on Le Piano Englouti. Ferrari recorded the music in 2014 using electronics, piano, field recordings and some of her husband, Luc Ferrari’s work from 1977. Jim O’Rourke got his hands on it in 2019 and weaved his magic. 
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Coil
Backwards


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Henning Christiansen
Peter der Große/Gudbrandsdal

The Institute for Danish Sound Archaeology gives us two never-before-released tape works from the late composer Henning Christiansen. Peter der Große and Gudbrandsdal date from the mid-to-late Eighties, and capture Christiansen at a point his career when he was accepting commissions for theatrical and radio pieces. 
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Svitlana Nianio & Oleksandr Yurchenko
Znayesh Yak? Rozkazhy

Lord knows where Night School have dredged this up from but its a fascinating curio from Kiev underground stalwarts Svitlana Nianio & Oleksandr Yurchenko. Though the duo have worked separately both in bands and as solo artists, Znayesh Yak? Rozkazhy (Know How? Tell Me) is their most realised collaboration. The sound is disconcerting and atmospheric soundscapes topped off with operatic vocals that recall Liz Fraser. One for fans of Dead Can Dance and Nico. 
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Various
EuroNoize

Every year we all sit down and watch the Eurovision Song Contest but it's always a bit of a disappointment isn't it? Maybe Euro Noize was a better idea  - a host of underground noise people playing at the Scala in London all playing one new song in front of the audience. It doesn't say who won but the whole shebang has been pressed onto vinyl for your listening joy. Get in some crisps and beer and play the game for yourself. 
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Various
Strain Crack & Break: Music From The Nurse With Wound List - Volume 1 (France)

You’ll probably know what the Nurse With Wound list is if you’ve taken even a passing interest in experimental music over the past few decades, but once more for good luck: Compiled by the three original members of the group (Steven Stapleton, John Fothergill, and Heman Pathak) back in the 70's, the list runs to hundreds of artists and has since become an encyclopedia for fans of the musical avant-garde. Now, more than four decades since the first version of the list emerged, Nurse With Wound mainstay Stapleton has got together a compilation based around it. Strain Crack & Break features a baker’s dozen of pieces composed by some of the list’s French entries. Igor Wakhévitch, Jacques Thollot and the late Pierre Henry are among Strain Crack & Break’s tracklist. Out through Finders Keepers.
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Sarah Hennies
Reservoir 1

Despite having one of the most rap-ready names of all time the music that Sarah Hennies makes is pretty far removed from hip-hop. Her new record Reservoir 1, composed for piano and percussion, is close to an hour of murmuring drones and spare, Schoenberg-esque anti-melodies. It’s intense, strange, and in its own way rather beautiful. Reservoir 1 is out via Oren Ambarchi’s Black Truffle (Jim O’Rourke, Alvin Lucier).
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Thollem / Parker / Cline
Gowanus Sessions II

Gowanus Sessions II reunited American pianist and post-punk vocalist Thollem McDonas, Wilco’s Nels Cline and American double-bass player, poet and composer, William Parker. This has been in the works for 7 years. The trio began work immediately after Gowanus Sessions I was released in 2012. Another interesting exploration of guitar, bass and piano.

Leo Takami
Felis Catus & Silence

Tokyo-born composer Leo Takami releases a brand new studio album Felis Catus & Silence, arriving three years after his last release Tree of Life and representing yet another evolution in his sound. While jazz and classical music are the main strands of Takami’s music, ambient has always been an underpinning factor, which is now brought to the fore on these eight gently mesmerising tracks. 

...
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With one of the most impossible names to Google we have ever seen, trying to find out who “...” actually is probably an impossible task. The only clues being that they are a long standing experimental artist, and that the music could easily stand alongside the likes of Nurse With Wound, Hafler Trio, and the soundtrack to David Lynch’s Eraserhead. So expect anything from extreme sample manipulation to unsettling electronics and industrial soundscapes.
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Ellen Fullman
In The Sea

Ellen Fullman was notable for creating drones out of a long stringed instrument and recorded one full length LP and a couple of cassettes. This archival release from Superior Viaduct contains the music from the two cassettes plus a previously unreleased piece. The music is gorgeous ethereal long form drones with a glowing radiance unheard in other such minimal ventures. Fullman's output was sporadic so this is an important release of some of the most unique music of its time. 
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Jon Gibson
Songs & Melodies, 1973-1977

American minimalist composer Jon Gibson is a contemporary of Steve Reich and Philip Glass, Terry Riley and La Monte Young. He has also worked with Arthur Russell, Barbara Benary and Julius Eastman. It is the later trio of musicians who feature on this collection, Songs & Melodies 1973-1977. A very worthwhile listen.
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The London Sound Survey
Thames

The Thames isn't all discarded jellied eels and knives. Some of it is pretty nice and as you travel up the eastern Estuary you are likely to stumble on all kinds of nature as you heard on past he old oil refinerys and onto the sea. Ian Rawes has spent his life documenting this area by way or aural recordings and here presents the results - an ever changing world of sound. 
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R.O.T.
Klein Eiland

Klein Eiland, named after a place in Brussels,  comes out of the blue as it seemed Belgian electronic group R.O.T. had, inexplicably, all but stopped playing. No shows and certainly now recordings to show. But here they are anyway. This album is the last to feature multi-disciplinary artist Floris Vanhoof. 
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Pefkin
Celestial Navigations

As one half of Electroscope and as a solo artist, Gayle Brogan has been a key figure in the British experimental music scene for nearly three decades. Her latest album under her Pefkin moniker, Celestial Navigations, consists of five spacious tracks that came about when Brogan was asked to play the Øy Festival on the Scottish island of Papa Westray back in 2018. 
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Lowered
Music for Empty Rooms

Music For Empty Rooms is the fourth full-length record from the acclaimed Portland-based band Lowered, and explores the nature and expressiveness of echoes - how dissonant noise can reverberate in a space and interact with silence. Comes in a limited edition CD run presented in a mini-vinyl LP sleeve. 
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Laurin Huber
Juncture

Laurin Huber is a big noise in Switzerland. He has played with and produced acts such as Wavering Hands, Frederik or legendary Swiss institution Krankenzimmer 204 and more recently released a solo album under the name R.E.R. through the label he owns with Rolf Laureijs, Edipo Re. Juncture is his latest solo venture, this time using his actual name. It’s an album that, in a time of division, seeks to bring the world together by drawing its influences from around the globe.

Electric Sewer Age
Contemplating Nothingness

A beautifully surreal album of industrial and ambient soundscapes from Electric Sewer Age, now the solo vehicle for experimental musician and sometime Coil affiliate Danny Hyde. Contemplating Nothingness is the third release from the project, originally started by the late Peter Christopherson, and consists of six wildly oscillating yet striking tracks clocking in at just over half an hour. 

William Basinski
A Shadow In Time

William Basinski pulls another couple of tape loops out of his voluminous archives, this time containing sounds from the rare Voyetra 8 synthesiser. A Shadow In Time is devised as a tribute to ‘David Robert Jones’ (aka David Bowie), and is a typically gorgeous, slowly-expanding work of Basinski-drone. Available on CD or vinyl, with exclusive, slightly different mixes on each format.

Bobby Previte, Jamie Saft, Nels Cline
Music From The Early 21st Century

Composer and bandleader Bobby Previte, keyboardist Jamie Saft and Nels Cline of Wilco, among other things, have joined forces to make an album that they hope will last as a document of our current time for future generations. The album takes influences from all genres leading up to now and was improvised with each musician playing the organ. It was recorded live whilst on tour in the US.
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Nurse With Wound
Soliloquy For Lilith

Those kind folks at Dirter have re-issued Nurse With Wound's classic 1988-era ambient opus Soliloquy For Lilith complete with 40 minutes of unreleased tracks from the same session. it's hard to overstate the importance of this album in the ambient field. It was way ahead of its time in producing atmospheric ambient music and was even a chart topper in the ambient field back in the day. 

Lolina (Inga Copeland)
Who Is Experimental Music?

Who Is Experimental Music? What a great question, asked with experimental grammar. Lolina is Russian experimental musician Inga Copeland who also makes up one half of art duo Hype Williams with Dean Blunt. It would seem that Lolina knows the answer to her question and that answer is Lolina. Not on label, comes with labels handwritten in fluorescent marker. 
  • Vinyl LP (LOL 006)
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Andreas Dzialocha
For Always

Produced with the help of Sam Slater, composer / violist Marta Forsberg and sound artist Fågelle, Andreas Dzialocha delivers an audiophile’s dream with new studio album For Always. With human, acoustic and machine elements all in harmony yet pushing to be heard, it’s a record to completely lose yourself inside. 
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Luca T. Mai
Heavenly Guide

Best known for his participation in the legendary Italian avant-garde rock outfit ZU, the hugely talented baritone saxophonist Luca T. Mai makes his first-ever solo recording, titled Heavenly Guide. It’s a wonderfully immersive and deeply emotional listening experience, ranging from energetic blasts of noise to serene soundscapes. 
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Tujiko Noriko
Kuro (OST)

Ooh, nice. the PAN people have a new offshoot which they're calling Entopia, specially for soundtracky things and this dreamy little belter of a long-player from Tujiko Noriko is their first release. The composer-film director-actor made this dreamy detachment to complement her film 'Kuro' (2017). Yet another Japanese gem to file alongside the likes of Ryuichi Sakamoto, Haruomi Hosono and Midori Takada.
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  • PAN
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  • Experimental / Avant-garde / Sound Art / Field
  • Soundtracks

Kaja Draksler & Terrie Ex
The Swim

Terrie Ex AKA Terrie Hessels from Dutch anarcho punks The Ex and Slovenian composer and pianist Kaja Draksler are no strangers to improvisation. Their musical backgrounds are very different, but that’s what makes The Swim so good. A live improvisation between the apparent musical opposites was recorded at Cafe Oto in London and sees conventional guitar and piano mixed with toys and tools.
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Michael Cashmore
The Doctrine Of Transformation Through Love II

If, like me, your grain is doing somersaults trying to recall Michael Cashmore then let me assist you by reminding you that he is the long term composer of Current 93 as well as collaborator with the likes of Marc Almond and Anohni. His latest work is the second of a series exploring a personal transformation and is a deeply experimental but melodic work with nods towards techno and electronica. Little Annie guests on vocals. 

Afuma
Songs From The Shore

In Japanese folklore, Afuma indicates a time of day marked by a spiritual or mysterious encounter - this enigmatic band name was elected by the duo of guitarists Taketo Shimada and Stefan Tcherepnin. On 'Songs From The Shore', they create a tremolo-laden offering which opts for spacious and sparse soundscapes.

Laurie Spiegel
The Expanding Universe

Megatron edition of Laurie Spiegel’s groundbreaking 1980 LP ‘The Expanding Universe’ here. All four of the original tracks are included here, remastered for extra shine, radiating vibes that would later be picked up on by the likes of Oneohtrix Point Never and Tim Hecker. On this new pressing ‘The Expanding Universe’ is expanded yet further by a whopping fifteen bonus tracks - many of which are previously unreleased.

Rusconi + Fred Frith
Live in Europe

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

Nokuit
Live at Cafe OTO

The 2018 debut live performance from ambient composer Nokuit was captured for posterity on this cassette release, Live At Cafe OTO. This 30-minute release sees Nokuit, along with Flora Yin-Wong, Ausschuss and Mun Sing, covering all of the territory he’s explored on his official studio output thus far. 
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  • NKT
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  • Experimental / Avant-garde / Sound Art / Field

John Chantler & Johannes Lund
Andersabo

John Chantler is an Australian-born Stockholm-based electronic musician who is known for his improvised and experimental works. Johannes Lund is a Danish sax player. Andersabo is their second album together. Here they mix acoustic - pump organ and sax - and electronic instruments with field recordings creating drones, howls and all sorts of goings on.
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Bernard Parmegiani
De Natura Sonorum

More classic sound sorcery from legendary French composer Bernard Parmegiani. This is a repress of a 1984 recording where Parmegiani made six musical movements  - often related to each other and often coming in pairs. He explores the possibilities of sound creation using electro acoustic and concrete origins of sound. Rashad Becker masters it, Stephen O'Malley designed the sleeve. 

Mads Emil Nielsen with Andrea Neumann, Jan Jelinek and Hideki Umezawa
Framework 2

The second instalment in his Framework series, Danish composer Mads Emil Nielsen teams up with fellow artists Andrea Neumann, Jan Jelinek and Hideki Umezawa to musically render his own scores. Framework 2 comes on double-10” vinyl package, along with printed hand-drawn scores and other visual notations. 
  • Vinyl Double 10" (arbitrary10)
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Murcof
La Sangre Iluminada

Here's a vinyl re-press of Murcof's 2011 album La Sangre Iluminada. On this album the Mexican master of sound soundtracks the film of the same name which is based in the Mexican desert. Murcof provides the perfect soundtrack on a minimalist, dream-like work that showcases his ability to construct emotional neo-classical influenced electronica out of simple tools. Gorgeous. 

François J. Bonnet & Stephen O'Malley
Cylene

Cylene, Cylene, Cylene, Cyleeeeeene, I’m begging you please don’t … hang on a minute, this thing doesn’t sound ANYTHING like Dolly Parton. We should have seen that coming really - an LP helmed by Sunn O)))’s Stephen O’Malley and GRM director François J. Bonnet (aka Kassel Jaeger) was never going to be big on singalongs. It is big on sound, though. Cylene is full of thick, glacial, eerie drones that sit slap-bang in the middle of the uncanny valley.

Radical Empathy Trio
Reality and Other Hallucinations

Reality and Other Hallucinations is the second album from improvisation collective Radical Empathy Trio. The threesome have all had years of experience in improvisational circles but the name that may stick out most to Norman customers is Nels Cline of Wilco and other more out -there collaborations. The album contains two side long compositions that range wildly in mood, style and tempo taking in noise, electronica and jazz. 

Colin Stetson
New History Warfare, Volume 1

New History Warfare Volume 1 is the third album, and first for Aagoo, by American saxophonist and firm Norman favourite Colin Stetson. Stetson’s career as a musician has seen him dabbling in various genres from jazz to avant garde to experimental and indie rock with Arcade Fire and Bon Iver. All this feeds into the genre defying songs and musical virtuosity on this album.
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Current 93
Thunder Perfect Mind

'Thunder Perfect Mind' is a folk opus by Current 93. Although it's intimidatingly long, with sixteen tracks, one of which is over ten minutes long, the group's twelfth album is still engaging and unnerving. Wikipedia lists it as 'apocalyptic folk' and I can't do much better than that. It's the first time the LP has been released on vinyl since its first pressing way back in 1992. Out on Spheres. 
  • Vinyl Double LP (THESPHERES20)
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Eyeless In Gaza
Sun Blues

Eyeless In Gaza continue on their more-or-less unique sonic journey, more than 35 years into the trip. Sun Blues sounds at once just like moody 80’s pop music (Martyn Bates’ vocals) and like an avant-garde piece: the mix of each track is teeming with intriguing little bits and pieces. Sun Blues is released by Ambivalent Scale Recordings.

Yan Hart-Lemonnier
Le partage des griefs

Translating as ‘The Sharing of Grievances’, Le Partage Des Griefs is a new album of synthetic ambient pieces from French artist Yan Hart-Lemonnier. He’s recorded under a range of different monikers since the start of his career nearly 20 years ago, but this new collection sees him turn in a more weighty and gloomy direction than his normally playful style. 
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Chaines
The King

Slip Records (Mica Levi & Oliver Coates, Otto Willberg) with another release of contemporary classical music that manages to be both challenging and good. Chaines has proven a highly unique singer and sound artist over previous drops for Slip, and The King is another feather in the cap of an artist who has performed alongside the London Contemporary Orchestra. The eight parts of The King cover much ground, from the sky-scraping abstraction of ‘Airship’ to the tape-loop Scott Walker closer ‘Eraserhead’.
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Leo Abrahams & Shahzad Ismaily
Visitations

Visitations sees guitarist and producer Leo Abrahams (collaborator with everyone from Brian Eno to Regina Spektor) and New York-based musician Shahzad Ismaily (Laurie Anderson, Lou Reed) collaborate on a highly unusual-sounding collection. Weirdly, they’ve worked on many of the same albums but had never met in person before recording this. Visitations sounds avant-garde and experimental yet calm and meditative. 

Psychic TV
Trip Reset

Dating from 1996, Trip Reset was a Psychic TV album featuring The Angels of Light (not to be confused with the Michael Gira band of the same name nor the pudding of the similar name). It's one of their most psychedelic offerings featuring a Pink Floyd cover and tribute songs to both Syd Barrett and the West Coast Pop Art Experimental Band. This tasty looking re-issue features new liner notes from Genesis P.Orridge and comes on purple and silver vinyl. 
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  • Experimental / Avant-garde / Sound Art / Field

Robert Worby
Factitious Airs

A key figure in the background during the British post-punk era as a member of The Distributors and performing with the likes of The Raincoats and This Heat, London-based composer Robert Worby releases a new album titled Factitious Airs, a seemingly innocuous listening experience at first but which brings out myriad details with repeated airings. 
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Iain Chambers
The Eccentric Press

Iain Chambers’ The Eccentric Press is the result of Sound of Changes, a cross-EU initiative seeking to capture industrial and domestic sounds that are rarely heard anymore, or which might have gone extinct altogether. Made with the LWL-Industriemuseum in Dortmund, it’s an intriguing symphony of musique concrète. 
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Alabaster dePlume
The Corner Of A Sphere

The fourth LP from Alabaster dePlume sees the East London jazz-savant balancing positivity and hardship. Born from his monthly PEACH sessions at Dalston’s getting-a-reputation-for-itself Total Refreshment Centre, The Corner Of A Sphere seeks to make good of the troubles afflicting many a Millenial youth. dePlume’s mix of psych-folk, neo-soul and spoken-word is nothing if not unique, with songs ‘Be Nice To People’ fronting like Kate Tempest made a record with The Roots.
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  • Experimental / Avant-garde / Sound Art / Field

Carter Tutti Void
f (x)

Next tight little release from the indomitable Carter Tutti Void trio (Throbbing Gristle, Factory Floor). f(x) finds them destroying dancefloors with a sharp set of tunes that balance beat-hypnotism with icy synth melodies. This release continues a brief but powerful tradition of excellent material from these three, and is out on the Industrial Records label.

Furrows
A Thin Veneer

Stuart Bowditch and Nick Dawson own the Courier label. They have also been playing music together for the last seven years. The time has come for them, therefore, to release an album under the name Furrows. A Thin Veneer sees the pair using various synths, electronic boxes and a guitar to make their sound. 
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Caterina Barbieri
Born Again In The Voltage

When Caterina Barbieri says that she was Born Again In The Voltage, she really means it. Barbieri claims that, back in 2013, her first encounter with a Buchla 200 synthesiser completely changed how she thought about music. A year later and the classically-trained Barbieri was cutting spacious electro-acoustic workouts on the 200 at Stockholm’s Elektronmusikstudion alongside cellist Antonello Mostacci. Four of the rich synthscapes created in those sessions are presented by Important Records here.

Minóy
In Search Of Tarkovsky

California-based Minóy, real name Stanley Keith Bowsza, made DIY noise music. Music as art. In Search of Tarkovsky is his 1986 album dedicated to the late Russian film director. It is an electronic sound collage which takes the listener through every emotion and every state of being. It was originally released on cassette, this is the first reissue since its initial release. Bowsza sadly died in 2010.

Yoshi Wada
Lament For The Rise And Fall Of The Elephantine Crocodile

Lament For The Rise And Fall Of The Elephantine Crocodile by Yoshi Wada is a prime piece of minimalist music which has been compared to works by the likes of Terry Riley and Pauline Olveros. It was originally released in 1982.  It involves the droning sounds of voice and bagpipes and was recorded in an empty swimming pool. A trip to Scotland ensured that the Kyoto-born, New York-based artist fell in love with the famous Scottish instrument enough to centre his debut album around it.

Kilimanjaro Darkjazz Ensemble
I Forsee The Dark Ahead, If I Stay

A cult favourite among jazz fans and collectors for many years but only available digitally, this 2012 live album from Dutch act The Kilimanjaro Darkjazz Ensemble is finally released on CD and vinyl. Constructed from various live performances from 2007 to 2011, I Forsee The Dark Ahead, If I Stay shows the power and versatility of an immensely talented group of performers. 
  • Vinyl Double LP (DEN259LP)
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The Mount Fuji Doomjazz Corporation
Doomjazz Future Corpses


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Anne Müller
Heliopause

Anne Müller is a composer and cellist based in Berlin. 'Heliopause' is her debut album which she wrote, recorded, performed and produced.  She is no stranger to recording music, particularly with Erased Tapes. She is most known for her collaboration with Nils Frahm on 7Fingers and was credited on his 'All Melody' album. Other credits include 'Boysen’s Spells' by Ben Lukas and 'Fallen Trees' by Lubomyr Melnyk.