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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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Keiji Haino, Jim O’Rourke, Oren Ambarchi
In the past only geniuses were capable of staging the perfect crime (also known as a revolution) Today anybody can accomplish their aims with the push of the button

Experimental music heavyweights Keiji Haino, Jim O’Rourke and Oren Ambarchi return with their new album In the Past Only Geniuses Were Capable of Staging The Perfect Crime (Also Known as a Revolution) Today Anybody Can Accomplish Their Aims With the Push of the Button which almost completes my word count for this description which is useful as there's no press release to work with. You know the score though... fearsome power rock on an annual mission to clean your ears of any wax that may have built up in there since the last time they made an album.   
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Andrew Liles
Colossus

An ambitious project that originally sought to render every single track that had been Number 1 in the charts throughout Andrew Liles’ fifty-year life into separate 50-minute adaptations - leading to nearly two days of music in total! - Colossus shrinks each version down into 50-second excerpts. 

G.A.M.S.
G.A.M.S.

The self-titled debut album from G.A.M.S., a new group formed by Andi Stecher and Guido Mobius, is pretty much an exploration in pure feedback. Often painful to listen to but sometimes extraordinarily pretty and powerful, Mobius unleashes volleys of noise while Stecher powers through with primal percussion on G.A.M.S., one of the most challenging but rewarding releases of the year. 
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KÖHN
KÖHN 1

A double-vinyl re-issue of the 1998 debut album from Belgian producer Jurgen de Blonde under the name of KÖHN. It’s a timely decision to make this available again, particularly when such music is fashionable in 2019, as KÖHN 1 is constructed from strange percussive sounds that have nothing to do with traditional drums, and a complete lack of reverb/delay effects. 
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Roger Doyle
Thalia

Best known for his piano-led compositions for theater, County Dublin-born Roger Doyle blends electronic and acoustic sounds to create intense and thrilling soundscapes. In double LP 'Thalia', Doyle forges an inspired and unpredictable journey - immersing the listener in his very own labyrinth-esque universe.
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Jarboe / Father Murphy
Split

Jarboe, the dark queen, is working alongside Father Murphy, the Italian art-rock catholic-guilt experimentalists. As you can imagine, this pair-up guarantees some seriously intense and darkly erotic vibes, and the two tracks of this 10” will not disappoint you. 10” record on Consouling Sounds, released in an edition of 500.
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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.

AMRA
Heema / Shiva Dance

AMRA is a new collaborative project between Emptyset’s Paul Purgas and artist/musician Imran Perretta. Trawling through archives of sound from South Asia for inspiration, this hand-stamped 10” white label single produces two tracks, ‘Heema’ and ‘Shiva Dance’, which explore notions of ancestry and futurology. 
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GUO
GUO4

The latest in a series of self-titled albums from GUO, a multidisciplinary duo formed of composers Daniel Blumberg and Seymour Wright. GUO4 is the first of the albums to appear on esteemed British label Mute, and sees them collaborate with drummer Crystabel Riley, architect and designer Fran Edgerley and director Peter Strickland. 
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Nurse With Wound
The Swinging Reflective

The Swinging Reflective is a 1999 compilation that gathers up Nurse With Wound’s collaborations over the preceding nineteen years. And the list of collaborators is pretty extensive, taking in Stereolab, Whitehouse’s William Bennett, Foetus, Jim O’Rourke and Current 93. So many goodies. Double CD reissue on the Dirter label.

Eli Keszler
Stadium

We’ve been fans of Eli Keszler’s output since he started sending us his self-released albums on his own R.E.L Records imprint well over a decade ago. He’s since released some mighty fine albums for PAN, ESP-Disk, NNA Tapes and now lands on Shelter Press with a real peach of an album in ‘Stadium’. The restless pulse and chaos of his home city New York runs through the rhizome like rhythms of this album and there’s a wonderful timeless blue jazz quality that at times could almost be a lost film noir soundtrack, and at others seems to exist in a time and space all its own. A real cracker that constantly rewards over repeated late night listens.
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Trupa Trupa
Of The Sun

Trupa Trupa beams are gonna blind me. Well, if the beams in question are coming Of The Sun I suppose you’d expect nothing less. This Polish quartet serve up big, reverb-drenched post-punk on their latest LP. The cavernous sound of tracks like ‘Remainder’ is somewhere on the sliding scale between mid-period Deerhunter and Protomartyr at their most bullish. Somewhere in the crowd there's you.

Sir Richard Bishop & Ed Yazijian
Sir Richard Bishop & Ed Yazijian

Former Sun City Girls guitarist Richard Bishop joins forces with the band’s erstwhile collaborator Ed Yazijian for a fascinating album, which sees occidental influences mingling oriental ones over three untitled, long-form pieces. Sir Richard Bishop & Ed Yazijian is a meeting of underground minds, and is another classic in the Saraswati series. 
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Keiji Haino, Merzbow, Balazs Pandi
Become The Discovered, Not The Discoverer

Japanese noise-music icon Merzbow reunites with his countryman Keiji Haino and Hungarian composer Balazs Pandi for their second three-way collaboration, Become The Discovered, Not The Discoverer. Consisting of four side-long compositions spread over two transparent orange vinyls, any fan of post-rock will immediately find something to connect with here! 
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Emel Mathlouthi
Everywhere We Looked Was Burning

Partisan Records displays its impressively diverse artist roster with the latest album by Tunisian-born New Yorker Emel Mathlouthi. Singing largely in English for the first time, Everywhere We Looked Was Burning is politically and ecologically charged, but is no less tuneful than her previous works. 

Mattias Gustafsson
Frånvarande

Ghent imprint B.A.A.D.M. welcomes Mattias Gustafsson (Altar of Flies, Ornaments) back for a follow-up to 2017’s Nattmusik. Frånvarande comprises a twenty-minute piece (first released as Ornaments in 2012) on the A side and four new movements on the B. All are in keeping with Gustafsson’s preferred way of treating piano, loops, environmental recordings and obliterated cassette to indulge in decayed, forlorn suggestion.
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Soundwalk Collective
What We Leave Behind Jean-Luc Godard Archives

What We Leave Behind is the result of a fascinating project undertaken by Stephan Crasneanscki and sound engineer Francois Musy to scour the archives of legendary director Jean-Luc Godard and create an entirely new collage from the unfinished, unused fragments therein. Presented on DVD and cassette. 
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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. 
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Todd Anderson-Kunert
Conjectures

Room40 have been on an excellent run of late, with releases from artists like Siavash Amini, Kevin Martin (The Bug) and Merzbow all emerging on the label in recent months. This hot-streak continues with Conjectures, the latest LP from Australian ambient/drone composer Todd Anderson-Kunert. Composed entirely on a Moog System 55, this set of tender synthesiser ambiences and gently hissing electroacoustics is a woozy delight. Anderson-Kunert claims influence from Eliane Radigue, Sarah Davachi and Stephen O’Malley, and after listening to Conjectures you’d be hard-pushed to prove him wrong.
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Frood of the Loop
s/t

The self-titled album from mysterious German-based collective Frood of the Loop, originally released in November 2018, finally gets a release on vinyl. A collection of six ambient compositions laid down largely via guitar, flute and electronics, without much editing or subsequent manipulation, Frood of the Loop is a triumph of instinctive creativity. 
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Erkki Veltheim
Ganzfeld Experiment

The Ganzfeld, or 'total field', effect details humans' tendency to perceive patterns in formless sensory information. An example of this is imagining melodies during the 'holocaust section' of a My Bloody Valentine concert. It's an effect that Erkki Veltheim has explored on his new album 'Ganzfield Experiment', where he has attempted to induce 'an ecstatic experience... that transports the audience outside of their rational, everyday selves.' Out on Room40. 
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Various
On Corrosion

On Corrosion contains 10 full cassette albums by Kleistwahr, Neutral, Pinkcourtesyphone, Alice Kemp, She Spread Sorrow, G*Park, Relay For Death, Francisco Meirino, Fossil Aerosol Mining Project, and Himukalt. Post-industrial noise, surrealism, existentialism and experimentalism are all on display among these recordings. The box set marks the 50th release from The Helen Scarsdale Agency, a label founded by Jim Haynes in 2003.
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Nurse With Wound
The Swinging Reflective II

A double CD compilation from Nurse With Wound. Stephen Stapleton has put together a load of his favourites from his massive archive, includes tracks he’s remixed, written with guest musicians or long time collaborators, all remastered. It’s a follow on from a compilation of the same name released in 1999. Expect to see the likes of Current 93 and David Tibet, and to be left bewildered and astounded.

Ben Vince
Don’t Give Your Life

Ben Vince has many strings to his bow (reeds to his saxophone...?). He is a saxophonist, improviser, producer, you name it. Returning with his second solo LP 'Don't Give Your Life', you can expect sax experimentation that bridges the gap between Terry Riley and Gilbert Artman. Double elpee on Thirty Three Thirty Three.
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Thuja
Hills

Thuja were part of San Francisco’s Jewelled Antler collective. The collective grew out of a concern that independent music was stagnating. Glenn Donaldson, Loren Chasse, Steven R. Smith and Rob Reger formed Thuja, taking a step back from the instrumental rock groups they had been part of such as Mirza. They found new hope in improvisation, weird folk, field recordings and home recorded experiments played on broken instruments and items that you couldn’t really call instruments. 'Hills' was originally released in 2002.
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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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Anne Imhof
Faust

Back in 2017 performance artist Anne Imhof wowed crowds at the Venice Biennale - imagine the NME Awards but, like, for art - with her performance Faust. Now a sonic re-rub of Faust gets a release on Pan as part of the label’s Entopia series (we highly recommend checking out the first Entopia release, Tujiko Noriko’s Kuro). This is an intense listen - along with collaborators Billy Bultheel, Eliza Douglas and Franziska Aigner, Imhof creates a record which nods to Johnny Jewel, Pan Daijing, Perfume Genius and Einstürzende Neubauten to name but four. A heady brew indeed.
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Peter Brötzmann / Juhani Aaltonen / Peter Kowald / Edward Vesala
Hot Lotta

Reissue of Hot Lotta, a one off meeting between some of the greatest minds in German and Finish free jazz. Recorded in 1973, this is a truly savage example of what my jazz hating colleagues would call 'difficult sax music'. You can get a good idea of what this sounds like by looking at pictures of headliner Peter Brötzmann playing his instrument.

Colin Stetson And Sarah Neufeld
Never Were The Way She Was

Available on 12” vinyl LP or CD from Constellation. Colin Stetson’s is renowned for his unique style with tenor and bass sax. Melding polyrhythmic blasts and clanks with prolonged and evolving drones as well as simultaneously vocalising through the mouthpiece. Joining forces with violinist Sarah Neufeld (Arcade Fire) is not new to them, having collaborated live many times over the years, but now it’s on record.
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Taj Mahal Travellers
August 1974

Reissue of album by Japanese experimental group Taj Mahal Travellers, though they only managed to travel to the Taj Mahal in 1972, 3 years after their inception. 90 minutes of improvised ambience and drone, under the coordination of Kinji Hayashi. Released on Aguirre with liner notes by The Wire contributor Julian Cowley. 

Konstrukt & Ken Vandermark
Kozmik Bazaar

Kozmik Bazaar sees Turkish free jazz group Konstrukt collaborate with Chicago jazz musician Ken Vandermark for a third time. Vandermark has played with pretty much everyone in the jazz world including Peter Brotzmann, Alex Dorner and Mats Gustafsson, to name but a few. Kozmik Bazaar starts from a familiar enough place by referencing Ornette Coleman before taking itself to a psychedelic place way beyond what most people would consider to be jazz.

Eartheater
Metalepsis

Alexandra Drewchin’s Eartheater project continues to go from strength to strength, but it’s her 2015 debut album Metalepsis that gets a re-issue treatment courtesy of Hausu Mountain. Four years later, it’s still striking, like a seriously avant-garde take on the bucolic work of Seventies English folk artists. 
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The Deontic Miracle
Selections from 100 Models of Hegikan Roku

A rare treat from a heretofore unexplored corner of the Catherine Christer Hennix archive. The Deontic Miracle was a trio group led by and featuring Hennix, and Selections from 100 Models of Hegikan Roku captures parts of the group’s one and only live concert in 1976, in the form of two richly-droning improvisations, with instrumentation including sarangi, two Renaissance oboe, and sine waves. 
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Arthur Russell
Calling Out of Context

This was the album that started the re-assessment of Arthur Russell's life and work. It compiled previously unreleased and unheard work from Arthur's enormous archive and featured tracks written and recorded between '85 and '90. Now here's the re-issue, spread over to 2LP for maximum sound clarity.   
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MMMD
Egoismo

The prolific MMMΔ (also referred to as ‘MMMD’) deliver their 11th album of original material in little over a decade. Emerging soon after their soundtrack for Lukas Feigelfeld’s horror movie Hagazussa, Egoismo is as challenging and bizarre as ever, a mixture of spooky chanting and spine-tingling strings. 
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Peter Zummo
Deep Drive

The incomparable Peter Zummo releases the latest LP of his long and distinguished career. Zummo assembled an ensemble of serious clout to play on Deep Drive - alongside his longtime pal Ernie Brooks we also have Oliver Coates, Keith McIvor (aka JD Twitch) and Ralph Cumbers (aka Bass Clef) at the party. The record is another masterful compositions set of compositions that hovers at the edge of fourth-world free music and the post-minimal avant-garde.

AAMM
“A”Trio & AMM

Eddie Prevost (percussion) and John Tilbury (piano), wizened masters of radical London improv outfit AMM, mingle with the free jazz of Lebanon’s “A” Trio - that’s Mazen Kerbaj (trumpet), Sharif Sehnaoui (acoustic guitar) and Raed Yassin (double bass). You’d think that lot would make quite a racket, but the overall calm and restraint going on much of the time is mesmerising.

Pancrace
The Fluid Hammer

Following the success of their debut album two years ago and a subsequent European tour, French quintet Pancrace have developed their own specially-designed organ instrument, dubbed ‘Organous’. The curious, unique sounds it makes have formed the basis of their second studio album, The Fluid Hammer, which falls somewhere between mechanical and human. 
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Art & Technique
Clima-X

BFE Records presents a re-issue of Clima-X, the debut album from French avant-garde electronica artist Art & Technique. First released back in 1981, the 13-track album fused minimalist, ambient electronica with world music elements, something that we’re very much used to in 2019 but was quietly revolutionary back then. 
  • Vinyl LP (BFE055)
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Various
Spectra Ex Machina: A Sound Anthology of Occult Phenomena 1920-2017 Vol.1

Here’s something that ought to be unlike anything else in your collection: a Sound Anthology of Occult Phenomena. In the case of Volume 1 (of a proposed three-part series), these phenomena are represented through audio recordings of seances, hauntings and other spiritualist activities, spanning almost 100 years. Features Arthur Conan Doyle and (supposedly) Oscar Wilde. On Sub Rosa.
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Mike Patton & Jean-Claude Vannier
Corpse Flower

Recorded in between Paris and Los Angeles as a result of a meeting between acclaimed French composer Jean-Claude Vannier and Faith No More’s frontman Mike Patton eight years ago, new collaboration album Corpse Flower is alive with invention and professional simpatico. Lyrics for the first track are lovingly borrowed from one Oscar Wilde.
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Gurun Gurun
Gurun Gurun


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Spectral Bazaar
The Planets

Manchester-based duo Spectral Bazaar reimagine Gustav Holst’s 101-year old suite The Planets, using their modus operandi of melding digital music with classical instrumentation to bring the enduringly popular pieces to life. This tracklisting scrambles up the original order of the music, however. 
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Oren Ambarchi
Simian Angel

Oren Ambarchi, a man seemingly still in the midst of a years-long artistic peak, presents a new solo album on Editions Mego, although of course this serial collaborator also showcases others in his own work. On Simian Angel, he has Brazilian percussionist Cyro Baptista join him, with fabulous effect. Ambarchi weaves rich and complex abstracted guitar around the percussion, also at points using piano. Another vital Ambarchi statement.
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Daniel Menche
Melting Gravity

Portland area soundscaper Daniel Menche follows up his triple disc Sleeper sprawl with further explorations into the world of ambience. Now with over 60 albums under his not inconsiderable belt, Menche is an expert at manipulating tones from various stringed instruments into a tumble of drones that is both thought provoking and affecting. Relatively concise single vinyl this time round. 
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Èlg
Les Particules

A limited edition pressing of the soundtrack to Blaise Harrison’s 2019 film Les Particules (tr: Particles, in English), which was nominated for the Camera D’Or at Cannes Film Festival. It’s composed by Belgian producer Èlg, who approaches the task with his typical M.O. of mixing musique concrete with fragments of pop. 
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  • Elg
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  • Experimental / Avant-garde / Sound Art / Field
  • Soundtracks

Rupert Clervaux
After Masterpieces

Rupert Clervaux of Sian Alice Group and CVX now strikes out with a solo record of his own under his own name, titled After Masterpieces. The core of the sound is Clervaux’s poetry, but there is plenty else going on, with Anna Homler, Sian Ahern and Eben Bull contributing to the LP’s rich sonic worlds. Out on Whities.

Muslimgauze
Azzazin

Azzazin is the 1996 album by experimental electronic musician Muslimgauze AKA Bryn Jones. The album is an atmospheric and occasionally unsettling soundscape of drones, clicks, buzzes and beeps. It arguably shows Muslimgauze at his most efficient and focused. The album was originally released three years before his premature death at the age of 37.
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Soundwalk Collective with Patti Smith
Mummer Love

Mummer Love - one of three collaborative albums by Soundwalk Collective with Patti Smith - sees the New York avant garde ambient/jazz group following in the footsteps of French poet Arthur Rimbaud. During a lesser known period of his life, Rimbaud found himself in Ethiopia learning about Sufism, a branch of Islam. The group went there and recorded the chants of the Sufi leaders, using them as a backdrop for Patti Smith’s poetry.
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  • Experimental / Avant-garde / Sound Art / Field

Christopher Tignor
A Light Below

The fourth LP from Christopher Tignor is another set of intricate modern chamber music. On A Light Below strings dance across one another in a manner that recalls Ravel and Shostakovich, but the use of processed electronics, percussion and triggered synths gives the album a distinctly contemporary edge. Think Owen Pallett crossed with someone like Nils Frahm or Oneohtrix Point Never.
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  • Experimental / Avant-garde / Sound Art / Field

Contagious
Contagious

Dense, brooding music from Berlin’s Contagious here. The trio’s eponymous debut LP contains abrasive drones smothered by industrial textures and broiling electronics that seem ready to unleash hell at any moment. The likes of Einstürzende Neubauten and Throbbing Gristle haunt Contagious’ fevered, trance-inducing sound.

MA
AMA

Not Mama in the words of Phil Collins and pals but MA 'AMA'. Just buy it from us because googling it could be a nightmare. MA comes from Tokyo and started out with (relatively) straightforward beats and hip-hop before turning increasingly noisy and experimental. On this album MA places cut up vocals and field recordings of his voice over unusual futuristic music. Could be interesting.  
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  • Ma

Stefan Fraunberger
Quellgeister#3

Performed almost entirely on the organ of an abandoned Saxon church in the Romanian village of Bussd, Quellgeister#3 is the third in an ongoing series of works from Austrian composer Stefan Fraunberger. Like his previous music, it’s an abstract rumination on concepts of shared collective cultural memory. 
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  • Experimental / Avant-garde / Sound Art / Field

Captain Beefheart & His Magic Band
Trout Mask Replica

Well, what can be said about this masterpiece of a record that hasn't been uttered a hundred times before? A timely reissue then of Captain Beefheart's absurdist, Dadaist epic romp through art-blues, 'Trout Mask Replica'. None other than Jack White himself has seen fit to re-re-vinyl-ise this at his Third Man record plant. Complete with original cover art tracked down from its 1969 source. On 180-gram black double LP.

Shards
Find Sound

Erased Tapes presents the debut album from London vocal-based group Shards, originally formed to take part in Nils Frahm’s Possibly Colliding festival in 2016. Led by composer Kieran Brunt, Find Sound is a fascinating exploration of the human voice, with the backing of percussion and synthesisers taking very much a back seat. 
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  • Experimental / Avant-garde / Sound Art / Field

Anguish
Anguish

RareNoise brings you a formidable supergroup in Anguish - it’s Will Brooks and Mike Mare of Dälek, Mats Gustafsson and Andreas Werliin of Fire! and Hans Joachim Irmler of Faust. Rather living up to its name from the start, kicked off by Mats’ wailing sax, things move on between free jazz atmospheres, vicious industrial hip-hop and rap and grim, smoky urban hopelessness.
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  • Experimental / Avant-garde / Sound Art / Field

Ethan Montgomery / The Declining Winter
Ute-7 Inch

Lordy will you look at this thing. Part of a collaboration between various Leeds good guys, the main part of this multi disciplinary project is a beer (which we don't have for sale, sadly). The idea being while you are supping you can listen to some pastoral sounds of Yorkshire. On the A side are field recordings of our beautiful county made by Ethan Montgomery and on the flip rustic Yorkshire mainstays The Declining Winter make two songs inspired by the field recordings on the A side. Gorgeous.   

Brötzmann / Schlippenbach / Bennink
Fifty Years After... Live at the Lila Eule, Bremen 26.05.2018

Fifty Years After... Live at the Lila Eule, Bremen 26.05.2018 by Brötzmann/ Schlippenbach / Bennink is a live celebration of Peter Brötzmann’s 1968 album, Machine Gun. The free jazz saxophonist assembled a trio of  Alexander von Schlippenbach on piano and Han Bennink (who played on the original album) on drums to play the album live. It went so well they decided to release it, and here it is.

Tobias Hellkvist
Evolutions


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Chris Weisman & Greg Davis
Northern Songs


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Tobias Hellkvist
Kaskelot: Reissue + Remixes

Tobias Hellkvist has been composing richly-textured electroacoustic suites for some years now. Kaskelot is an EP that went down very well in Japan in 2011: now it gets a bulked-up reissue, with new remixes by artists like Chihei Hatakeyama and offthesky, each one of whom takes the source material in an interesting new direction. Edition of 500 CDs on the Home Normal label.
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The Necks
Mindset

Releasing sixteen albums is an achievement in itself. What’s impressive about Mindset, the latest soiree into improvised musical from those wonderful Australians The Necks, is that it shows that the band are still looking to expand their sound more than 25 years after they kicked things off. The two lengthy piano-bass-drum swells that each make up a side of Mindset draw from Sun Ra, Chick Corea, Alice Coltrane and so much more without ever sounding much like any of them.

Bana Haffar
Genera - Live at AB Salon, Brussels

Really impressive Touch Records debut from Bana Haffar here. Genera, a single-track recording of Haffar’s synth-tastic 2019 performance at Brussels’ AB Salon, is a delightful skip through various electronic phases. Steve Reich’s motorik minimalism, Kaitlyn Aurelia Smith’s synapse-expanding new age and the fourth-world soundscapes of Tropic Of Cancer are but three of the sounds scuttling in the background of Genera.
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  • Experimental / Avant-garde / Sound Art / Field

Roy Montgomery, Emma Johnston
After Nietzsche

New Zealand-based artists Roy Montgomery and Emma Johnston get together once more for another collaborative album. Unlike last year’s Suffuse, however, the veteran Montgomery is writing specifically for his partner’s voice rather than for a series of guest vocalists, and the result is quite a different sounding beast. 
  • Vinyl LP (ZORN62)
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  • Experimental / Avant-garde / Sound Art / Field

Leo Svirsky
River Without Banks

Leo Svirsky is a contemporary classical composer of rare deftness. His pieces spool out like running water, and as such it’s apt that his new LP should be entitled River Without Banks. Arranged for two pianos and various accompanying instruments, Svirsky’s music is tranquil, stirring and extremely lovely. Gas, Peter Zummo and Michael Nyman all come to mind when listening to River Without Banks.

Luc Ferrari
Music Promenade / Unheimlich Schön

Recollection GRM - a sub-label of Editions Mego, dontcha know - present a couple of important early recordings from late musique concrete pioneer Luc Ferrari. Side A offers up the 1970 premier of ‘Music Promenade’, a piece for four tape recorders that has plenty of crossover with what Karlheinz Stockhausen and Steve Reich were doing at the time. On the other side we get 1971’s investigation of the voice ‘Unheimlich Schön’.
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  • Experimental / Avant-garde / Sound Art / Field

Ain Bailey & Jockel Liess
Call and Response 1

Ain Bailey & Jockel Liess have delivered one ambient piece for their new project 'Call and Response 1'. Expect a nuanced ambient album, exploring microtonality, field recordings, and feminist activism. Although ostensibly miscellaneous topics, the pair will presumably produce a seamless integration. 
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  • Experimental / Avant-garde / Sound Art / Field

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 tracks leisurely explore the space around one. I’ve listened to Bad Timing many times, and suggest you do the same.
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  • Experimental / Avant-garde / Sound Art / Field

Various
Seitō: In the Beginning, Woman Was the Sun

Now this looks good. Like a mighty dub fellowship, seven of the most prominent female Japanese electronic and experimental musicians have been called on to each produce an original song for a new compilation called Seitō: In the Beginning, Woman Was the Sun. Tracks vary from dub to deep house and more.
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  • Experimental / Avant-garde / Sound Art / Field

Mark Fisher & Justin Barton
On Vanishing Land

First release from Hyperdub sublabel Flatlines which aims to celebrate the spoken word. On Vanishing Land is a collaboration between Mark Barton and the legendary philosopher and cultural critic Mark Fisher. Together, with the help of music from Gazelle Twin, Ekoplekz and more, they go on a auditory walk along the Suffolk coastline. 
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  • Experimental / Avant-garde / Sound Art / Field

Patty Waters
Live

Known best for her incendiary deconstruction of ‘Black is the Color of My True Love’s Hair’, avant-garde singer and composer Patty Waters is one of the most overlooked icons of her age - perhaps because of the 30-year career hiatus she took between the Sixties and the Nineties. In 2018, she performed a one-off concert in New York titled ‘Blank Forms’, and this release, Patty Waters Live, documents that show. The first side is populated with stark ballads, while the second is full of political yet dignified and moving covers harking back to Waters’ Sixties origins. 

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.
  • Vinyl LP (TRR258LPC1)
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Moon Ra
GCT

Moon Ra, aka Marie e le Rose, presents a heartfelt suite of sound art exploring physical pain. GCT has at its core the tantalising wonder of the grand Buchla at the EMS in Stockholm: the timbres and textures of this super-synth are supported and surrounded by cassettes, instruments, tape-reels, effects and more. Released by the ever-reliable Tapeworm.
  • Genre(s):
  • Experimental / Avant-garde / Sound Art / Field

Cindytalk
A Life Is Everywhere

What a bizarre and unusual career it has been for Cindytalk (aka Gordon Sharp). 30 years into it the collective are still producing uncompromising works that defy categorisation. This 2013 album is par for the course in the Cindytalk journey in being full of noise, drone and textured electronica yet still sounds as though it comes from the distant future. 

Carl Stone
Electronic Music from the Seventies and Eighties

Minimalist electronic collages made by Carl Stone betweens the 70s and 80s. Before he decided to manipulate everything through a laptop Stone used turntables and captured micro loops of disparate electronic sound sources, pushing them together into these huge, yet minimal tonal experiments. With notes from Carl Stone, and exclusive digital only track.

David Toop / Jan Hendrickse / Cath Roberts / CUEE
Boundaries

A split here, containing a fresh and exciting collaboration on each side. On side A, experimental music’s elder statesman David Toop pairs with Jan Hendrikse in order to actualise a text score by Chieko Shiomi, very quietly. On side B, Cath Roberts, the sax leader of Sloth Racket, leads the large City University Experimental Ensemble in a performance of new work of hers. Out on multi.modal.
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  • Experimental / Avant-garde / Sound Art / Field

Peter "Sleazy" Christopherson
Live At L' Etrange Festival 2004 - The Art Of Mirrors (Homage To Derek Jarman)

Peter "Sleazy" Christopherson was a musical legend, one of the original members of Throbbing Gristle and an innovative musician in his own right. This live recording is an homage to the short film by Derek Jarman. The Art of Mirrors. Recorded before the end of Coil in 2004 and captured here on double vinyl.
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  • Experimental / Avant-garde / Sound Art / Field

Frans Zwartjes & Lodewijk de Boer / The Frans Zwartjes Sound System
Masterpiece / Spectator

A very special one-off printing of the music of Dutch filmmaker and musician Frans Zwartjes, who passed away in 2017, and his regular co-composer Lodewijk de Boer. The result of an endeavour over six years ago to track down and release his music, ‘Masterpiece’ and ‘Spectator’ are just two of the best pieces of their work. 
  • Vinyl LP (purrrrrj001)
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  • Experimental / Avant-garde / Sound Art / Field

Harry Bertoia
Experimental I / Mechanical I

A project endeavouring to resurrect the archive of Harry Bertoia’s groundbreaking work with his Sonambient label, Experimental I / Mechanical I presents some entirely unheard work from his vaults, and is so titled because of the nature of the songs selected. CD edition includes bonus track ‘Long Sounds’. 

Pauline Oliveros
Tara's Room

Pauline Oliveros was a trailblazing experimental electronic musician who also plays the accordion. She coined the term ‘deep listening’, originally a phrase describing the time she composed music whilst being 14 feet underground. It is now regarded as relating to music of a spiritual and meditative nature. Tara’s Room is two sides of deep and sensitive music that has been recommended for people going through spiritual change, but is also fine to listen to anytime. Oliveros died in 2016, aged 74.
  • Genre(s):
  • Experimental / Avant-garde / Sound Art / Field

Pauline Oliveros & Guy Klucevsek
Sounding / way

Sounding / Way is a collaboration between American composer, electronic pioneer and accordion player, Pauline Oliveros and fellow accordionist, Guy Klucevsek who has worked with all sorts of artists from Laurie Anderson to Kronos Quartet. Oliveros created deep listening - spiritual and meditative music for mind and body. Sounding/Way was only ever released on cassette in 1986, so this vinyl pressing is a real treat.
  • Vinyl LP (IMPREC471)
  • £26.49 £23.84 (saving: £2.65)
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  • Genre(s):
  • Experimental / Avant-garde / Sound Art / Field

The Slowest Lift
Plutonic Shine

Plutonic Shine is the third release from West Yorkshire-based band The Slowest Lift, comprising Tor Festival’s Sophie Cooper and Vibracathedral Orchestra’s Julian Bradley. The album finds these two stalwarts, these utter legends, combining to make tracks that are equal parts noisy, beautiful, and bizarre.
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  • Experimental / Avant-garde / Sound Art / Field

Ernest Berk
Electronic Music For Two Ballets

German-born dancer and composer Ernest Berk is a comparatively little-known figure, and his back catalogue is nigh-on impossible to explore thanks to the loss of most of his archive around ten years ago. Electronic Music For Two Ballets is therefore a real treasure - replicated from the original recording from around 1970 and now held by his family. 

Kayo Makino & Tori Kudo
Ein Traum Fur Dich

A collaboration between DJ and archive curator Kayo Makino and underground artist Tori Kudo, featuring mastering work by a certain Jim O’Rourke, Ein Traum Fur Dich is a thing of extreme beauty. It consists of two side-long pieces, both soundscapes of digitised ambience cut through with Kudo’s haunting piano. 
  • Genre(s):
  • Experimental / Avant-garde / Sound Art / Field

Nicola Ratti
Continental

Milan-based composer and sound-artist Nicola Ratti has previously released on the labels Where To Now? and Room40. Anyone partial to the output of those imprints - the former a wonk-techno mainstay, the latter sound-art aficionados - will be mightily pleased by Ratti’s new LP Continental. Conceived as ‘a series of big rooms or places to get lost in’, Ratti’s spacious brand of concrete is strangely charming in a sort of Oval-type way.
  • Vinyl LP (SOD121LP)
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Pan Sonic & Charlemagne Palestine
Mort Aux Vaches

The first time it’s ever been released on vinyl, Mort Aux Vaches picked up a tiny but dedicated fanbase when first issued on CD in 2000 by Pan Sonic and Charlemagne Palestine. 19 years later, it’s given a new artwork and released on double clear-vinyl. Part of an ongoing ‘Godbear’ series of re-issues of Charlemagne’s work. 
  • Vinyl Double LP (Matme005LP)
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Zeitkratzer
Performs Songs from the Albums 'Kraftwerk' and 'Kraftwerk 2'

Led by Reinhold Friedl, Zeitkratzer are an ensemble of musicians who work with and reinterpret compositions by an ever reaching range of avant-garde and fringe artists. Their list of works include Lou Reed, Whitehouse, Throbbing Gristle, Stockhausen, John Cage. Now they turn their mad orchestra’s gaze upon the early works of Kraftwerk, specifically their first two albums.

Arnold Dreyblatt And The Orchestra Of Excited Strings
Propellers In Love

Arnold Dreyblatt was part of New York’s fertile 70’s minimalist scene, utilising just intonation and precise rhythmic structures to exploit remarkable overtones and resonances. 1986’s Propellers In Love, recorded with his Orchestra of Excited Strings, is a thick mass of transcendent sound, well worthy of rediscovery by minimalism fans. Reissued to vinyl by Superior Viaduct.
  • Genre(s):
  • Experimental / Avant-garde / Sound Art / Field
  • Genre(s):
  • Experimental / Avant-garde / Sound Art / Field

Klara Lewis & Simon Fisher Turner
Care

Former member of The The and The Gadget (and the Portsmouth Sinfonia) Simon Fisher Turner teams up with Klara Lewis for this new record on Editions Mego. Care is an album of sound art that juxtaposes quiet drones and fragile loops with passages of busy sonic activity. The commitment to loud-quiet-loud is Pixies-esque, though musically this LP is closer to an artist like Yves Tumor.

Martina Lussi
Diffusion Is A Force

Martina Lussi is a sound artist who currently calls Switzerland home. Diffusion is a Force is inspired by the way in which everything changes so quickly and seems to work differently these days from politics to music consumption. The album is comprised of field recordings, electronically manipulated live instruments and synths. It is the follow up to her Hallow Ground debut Selected Ambient. LP on Latency.

Merzbow + HEXA
Achromatic

It’s ya boy Masami baby! Here he is working with HEXA, who are an interesting pairing in themselves: Xiu Xiu man Jamie Stewart and Room40 boss Lawrence English. The structure is one side of Merzbow produced and mixed by HEXA, and one side of HEXA produced and mixed by Merzbow. Of course, it's an intense noise ride throughout. Vinyl release on Dais.
  • Vinyl LP (DAIS118LP)
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Jean-Claude Vannier
L'Enfant Assassin Des Mouches Alternate Takes

L’Enfant Assassin Des Mouches is a cult favourite among fans of avant-garde pop and French concept albums, and it was thought lost until 2005. But now we go even more obscure than that, with some alternate takes from that album’s sessions that were thought to be even more lost until recently! 7” on Finders Keepers.
  • Genre(s):
  • Experimental / Avant-garde / Sound Art / Field

Broetzmann / Edwards / Noble
The Worse The Better

Document of the first (ever!) trio performance of German saxophone lord Peter Brötzmann with London’s finest free-improvising rhythm section, John Edwards and Steve Noble, recorded live at Cafe Oto back in 2010. The sweet free-jazz meat of The Worse The Better is so delicious that the first pressing sold-out a few years back, so Otoroku have issued 500 more. Killer stuff!

John Duncan & Joachim Nordwall
Conventional Wisdom

Conventional Wisdom is most certainly dark ambient. Where most ambient is for relaxing, music like this is for, well, unsettling. Sparse instrumentation creeps its way down your spine as nasty, growled vocals bear down on you. Collaboration between John Duncan and Joachim Nordwall. On iDEAL Recordings.
  • Vinyl LP (iDEAL182LP)
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  • Limited edition
  • Last copy

Siavash Amini
Serus

How do you feel about the night? Is it frightening or is it comforting? Is it familiar or strange? Iranian electronic composer Siavash Amini has had the night on his mind recently, resulting in 'Serus' an album for Room40. Based on the music here, Amini's relationship with the night is fraught. Unless intense and volatile drones sound comforting to you.
  • Vinyl LP (RM497)
  • £20.99 £18.89 (saving: £2.10)
  • In stock and ready to ship
  • Genre(s):
  • Experimental / Avant-garde / Sound Art / Field

Charlemagne Palestine & Rrose
The Goldennn Meeenn + Sheeenn

The multiple letter way of spelling is irritating but it's one of the few derogatory things you can say about Charlemagne Palestine. Here he collaborates with Rrose (he's at it too) for a rendition of Palestine's classic 1976 era work The Golden Mean as performed at the Festival Variations in Nantes in March 2018. Expect even more notes than letters. 

Michael O'Shea
Michael O'Shea

Few artists out there with a story as fascinating as Michael O’Shea, a street musician who due to finances had to construct his own instrument. O’Shea had travelled around the world and owned instruments such as the sitar or zelochord but had to sell them to fund his lifestyle. The resulting instrument - build from things such as an old door and chopsticks - created a profoundly DIY - in the true sense - take on minimalism and traditional forms of Asian and North African music. Originally issued in 1982 on Wire/Dome fellows Bruce Gilbert and Graham Lewis' Dome Records.

Lonnie Holley
MITH

The legendary Lonnie Holley returns with Mith. It's an album filled with righteous fire aimed at the chaos and injustice of American life. His impassioned spoken word delivery gives topics like Standing Rock and Black Lives Matter the weight they deserve. As does the beefy instrumentation: wild drums, blasting horns, and always his own distinct piano improvisations. From the music to its lyrics, this is vital.
  • Genre(s):
  • Experimental / Avant-garde / Sound Art / Field

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