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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.

Will Guthrie
Nist-Nah

Australian Drummer Will Guthrie adds his name to the list of musical Guthries: Woody, Arlo and Robin. His new album, Nist-Nah is a collection of percussion pieces in the style of Gamelan music. He also mixes in a bit of free jazz, electro-acoustic and experimental music. The music is quite something, building walls of sound and splattering them with intricate details.
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Keith Jarrett
The Survivors’ Suite

Recorded in 1976, The Survivors’ Suite is a classic from Keith Jarrett. Although the record only contains two tracks, Beginning and Conclusion, the overall sound is full bodied and complete. A great combination of experimental noise and sound-art, this record is re-issued by ECM and is available on Vinyl LP.
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  • ECM

Diamanda Galas
At Saint Thomas The Apostle Harlem

Here is a document of what sounds like a hell of a show: Diamanda Galas performing ‘death songs’, e.g. her settings of various classical poems and songs by the likes of Jacques Brel and Albert Ayler. To the audience of Saint Thomas The Apostle Harlem, Galas’ pours out wild vocalisations and impassioned piano playing. Powerful performance, released by Intravenal Sound Operations.
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Montague Armstrong
Hammond Hits

Montague Armstong is duo Jude Cowan Montague and Matt Armstrong. They make music that can only be described as anachronistic ...with a twist. Jude plays organ, like your auntie Edith might have done in 1961 while men drank pints of Mild, and Matt plays bass. Cheerful and different. The pair are also artists who own a shop selling ceramics and prints.
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Allen Lowe
An Avant Garde of Our Own: Disconnected Works 1980-2018

A must-have for any fans of jazz auteur Allen Lowe, this one. An Avant Garde of Our Own is an eight-CD box set comprising various rare and unreleased tracks from the American musician and composer’s lengthy career from 1980 to 2018, with some discs arranged thematically and some housing never-before-heard compositions. 

Rain Tree Crow
Rain Tree Crow

Japan didn’t reform but all the members reunited in 1989 and spent a year or two improvising and recording music. The result was a self-titled album by a new band called Rain Tree Crow originally released in 1991. David Sylvian, Mick Karn, Steve Jansen and Richard Barbieri were joined by Be Bop Deluxe guitarist Bill Nelson and session guitarist Phil Palmer. On Universal.
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Pascal Comelade
Lo Rap Mut

Characterised by the sound of toy instruments and French electro outfit Heldon, Pascal Comelade forged his own route while making a name for himself with esoteric covers of rock hits. This 4 track offering contains unreleased hidden gems featuring star guest vocalists and a whole load of creativity.
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Aidan Baker & Gareth Davis
Invisible Cities II

Two years on from their first collaboration, Nadja’s Aidan Baker and bass clarinet player Gareth Davis hook up once again for Invisible Cities II. Much like its 2018 predecessorl, the album is a beautiful sonic exploration that’s intelligent enough to value space and quiet as much as noise. 

Crowhurst and Gavin Bryars
Crowhurst and Gavin Bryars present Incoherent American Narrative

Experimental, avant-garde, free jazz and minimalist are words that have been used to describe the adventurous musical career of composer and double bass player Gavin Byars. It would suggest that he’s not scared of trying anything new. Following collaborations with equally adventurous characters such as Tom Waits, Brian Eno and Aphex Twin he has now teamed up with underground metal band Crowhurst. Crowhurst and Gavin Bryars present Incoherent American Narrative was recorded in an old hotel in the Pyrenees and matches metal drone that recalls Sunn O))) circa Monoliths with the albums Bryars recorded with the aforementioned Eno.
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  • Experimental / Avant-garde / Sound Art / Field

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.
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Dwarfs of East Agouza / Corsano & Orcutt
Electric Smog

Frenetic style-blending Cairo trio Dwarfs of East Agouza (Kharkhana’s Maurice Louca and Sam Shalabi with Sun City Girls’ Alan Bishop) join the distinctive drums ’n’ guitar of Chris Corsano and Bill Orcutt. A busy session - of gorgeous harmonies, glittering ambiances, rippling rhythms and occasional eruptions - ensues.

Dark Arts
Reflections In A Rear View Mirror

Reflections In A Rear View Mirror is a new studio record from Stephanie Payne, a hugely interesting figure in experimental music who has been recording on-and-off under the name of Dark Arts for over 35 years at this point and who has previously worked with the notorious producer Steve Albini.  
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Robert Haigh
Black Sarabande

Well this looks like an absolute treat. 'Black Sarabande' is a collection of piano pieces written and performed by Robert Haigh. The compositions are sparse and skeletal, bolstered only by the occasional synth pad or, in one case, the 'dissonant sounds of industry' (yum, yes please). Haigh's pieces are rooted in a sense of place, namely the pit town where he grew up. They conjur images of something deathly quiet, eerie, and desolate. This man is a total legend, with records dating back to 1984 where he appeared on his own Le Rey Records label and later on Nurse With Wounds United Dairies imprint. He then went on to produce innovative Drum & Bass as the one and only Omni Trio!

Peter Brötzmann / Heather Leigh
Sparrow Nights

Lap steel guitar expert Heather Leigh, whose announcement of an upcoming “pop” album for Mego has caused some excitement, is still cranking out the avant-garde ones as well. Here’s another for trusty Viennese ear-troubler Trost with prolific producer of reedy rackets Peter Brötzmann. Leigh is on lap steel, Brötzmann on various clarinets and saxes. Their interactions sound like a highly enthusiastic dialogue in which each participant continually interrupts the other - but always in friendly agreement.

David Byrne
American Utopia on Broadway (Original Cast Recording Live)

This is the live album recording of David Byrne's American Utopia. The show has played on Broadway as well as across the world and features Byrne alongside a myriad of musicians, dancers and choreographers. Featuring songs from both Byrne's recent American Utopia album and his extensive back catalogue, the show has had rave reviews across the globe for its showmanship and dazzling musicality. Now is your chance to get it on vinyl. 
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  • Experimental / Avant-garde / Sound Art / Field
  • Soundtracks

OOIOO
Nijimusi

OOIOO are led by Boredoms and Saicobab founder YoshimiO. The percussionist also counts the super cool Kim Gordon, Susie Ibarra and Robert Lowe among the artists he has collaborated with. Nijimusi is their first album in 6 years and sees them making a psychedelic, shouty, distorted, record that’s precisely played with instrumental breakdowns that all good records of this ilk are prone to.

Various
I’d Love To Turn You On – Classical and Avant-Garde Music That Inspired The Counter-Culture

I’d Love To Turn You On – Classical and Avant-Garde Music That Inspired The Counter-Culture is a CD box set containing a whole bunch of music that inspired trailblazing artists such as The Beatles, David Bowie, Syd Barrett, Nick Drake, Robert Wyatt and Frank Zappa. Includes music by Bach, Stockhausen, Bernard Herrmann, Sun Ra and more - find out what inspired the greatest artists to make the greatest music.
  • CD box set (ACME351CDT)
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Manuel Pessoa de Lima
Realejo

Manuel Pessoa de Lima has made music to accompany a wide range of media such as cinema, television, contemporary dance and theatre. The Brazilian composer and sound artist has, with Realejo, made a collage of sounds from instruments he’s played, found sounds of security guard whistles and YouTube videos, and elements of his own earlier work. On Black Truffle.
  • Vinyl LP (BLACKTRUFFLE056)
  • Coloured vinyl
  • Limited edition
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  • Experimental / Avant-garde / Sound Art / Field

Ucc Harlo
United

UCC Harlo (aka Annie Garlid, a collaborator of Holly Herndon) makes her debut with an album six years in the making, representing a journey from classically-trained orchestral violinist to experimental producer. United features classical baroque styles filtered and re-focused, amongst synth drones, field recordings and much else besides, forming a fascinating and detailed whole. On Subtext.

Sleaford Mods
Austerity Dogs

Austerity Dogs is the 6th album by Nottingham duo Sleaford Mods, but it’s the one that got them noticed. Since its release in 2013, the band have gone from strength to strength, being a necessary mouthpiece and cathartic outlet for many in the these austere times. They mix a punk snarl with pepped-up hip-hop beats and socially aware lyrics to make an original, energetic, angry and often witty statement that has become essential.

Coil
Stolen & Contaminated Songs

Coil made so much good stuff when making their 1991 album Love’s Secret Domain, there were enough outtakes of sufficient quality to make another album. That album was 1992’s Stolen & Contaminated Songs. The album shows Coil’s ability to balance experimentation with tradition and give abstract ideas widescreen scope. 

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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  • PAN

Scott Walker
Climate of Hunter

Typically of Scott Walker, his eleventh album (originally released in 1984) is both experimental in sound and texture but features guest spots from the mainstream likes of Mark Knopfler and Billy Ocean. There's no-one quite like him is there? This was a 'comeback' album released ten years after his previous solo LP and shows his music becoming ever more fractured. Next stop: Tilt.  

Ramleh
The Great Unlearning

More harsh nastiness from Ramleh, the power-electronics-turned-noise-rock outfit of Gary Mundy (Kleistwahr) and Anthony Di Franco (JFK). With a title that nods towards Cornelius Cardew, The Great Unlearning is a double LP of dark rock-mode Ramleh, with plenty of electronic lashings and black psychedelia, as well as (apparently) some lyrics about social media. Philip Best and Sarah Froelich (Consumer Electronics) and the whole gang are involved. 

Various
Further Perspectives & Distortion – An Encyclopedia of British Experimental and Avant-Garde Music 1976-1984

Further Perspectives & Distortion – An Encyclopedia of British Experimental and Avant-Garde Music 1976-1984 does what it says on the tin. The music on display ranges from ambient, noise and tape experimentation to musique concrete and modern classical pieces, with all sorts of stops in between. Artist include Nurse With Wound, This Heat, Throbbing Gristle, The Pop Group and many more.
  • CD box set (CRCDBOX84)
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  • Experimental / Avant-garde / Sound Art / Field

Rutger Zuydervelt and Bill Seaman
Movements of Dust

Rutger Zuydervelt and Bill Seaman have collaborated on Movements of Dust. You probably know Rutger Zuydervelt as the man behind Dutch electronic project Machinefabriek. Bill Seaman hails from these shores and has previously collaborated with John Supko. This album was recorded between Durham and Rotterdam in the first half of 2019.
  • Vinyl LP (oscarson no. 25)
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Dome
4 Will You Speak This Word

B.C. Gilbert and Graham Lewis formed Dome in 1980 once their previous band, Wire, had split. They released four albums in their time, 4 Will You Speak Your Word unsurprisingly being their fourth. It was only ever released as part of a long out of print box set. It is now being reissued as an LP in its own right. Features Vince Clarke of Depeche Mode / Yazoo / Erasure fame on vocals and Fairlight. 
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Matana Roberts
Coin Coin Chapter Four: Memphis

Matana Roberts has now reached the fourth instalment in her highly praised Coin Coin series. With the first three records exploring avenues of avant-garde composition, ranging from a large band down to solo work, Chapter Four: Memphis restores the collaborative motif, and sees Roberts lay out her most diverse musical vision yet, based on her scholarly research and passion for her subjects. 
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  • Experimental / Avant-garde / Sound Art / Field

Nurse With Wound
Sinister Whimsy For The Wretched

2CD set of the out of print Nurse With Wound albums, Sugar Fish Drink and Large Ladies With Cake in the Oven. Can the music live up to the oddness promised by the titles of these things? Honestly, probably. Some of the tracks might be familiar to fans of Nurse With Wound but appear here with different names.

Michel Banabila
Movements (music for dance)

A new double album collecting new and archival work from Michel Banabila, specifically from his dance and ballet works, none of which have ever appeared on vinyl before. Movements - Music For Dance comes on teal/gold marble-coloured LPs and contains two new tracks that premiered in November 2019 for recent American productions on the first disc, and his previous works with Conny Janssen Danst and Annabelle Lopez Ochoa on the second. 
  • Vinyl Double LP (NVH01TR)
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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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  • Experimental / Avant-garde / Sound Art / Field

Nate Young
Blinding Confusion


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Stine Janvin
Fake Synthetic Music

Norwegian composer and performer Stine Janvin enters PAN’s labyrinth with new album Fake Synthetic Music. Mainly for voice and delay, the album tests what can be done with such a limited (conceptually, at least) source of sound. Very exciting, and not to be brushed off as similar to Norwegian voice performer Maja Ratkje; the two get distinct results from their processes.
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  • PAN

Josh Hasty & Michael Brooker
Candy Corn (Original Motion Picture Soundtrack)

Candy Corn is a halloween horror film about a bullied boy who dies at the hands of his bullies only to be resurrected to take his revenge. The score is written by the film’s director Josh Hasty and Michael Brooker. The LP comes with picture insert, liner notes and a set set of photo prints. On Burning Tapes.
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Stephen Vitiello, Molly Berg & Jake Michaels
I Drew A Fish Hook, And It Turned Into A Flower

Its title inspired by a 1930 book by Upton Sinclair, I Drew A Fish Hook, And It Turned Into A Flower is the result of a three-way collaboration - from musicians Stephen Vitiello and Molly Berg, who’ve worked together for over a decade, and photographer Jake Michaels. Just like the book itself, it was created via an unspoken, intuitive creative bond. 
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Land Of Kush
Sand Enigma

Sam Shalabi revives his psychedelic big-band Land of Kush for the project’s first studio album in six years. Fortunately, the lengthy hiatus hasn’t diminished their power at all - Sand Enigma manages to be both the group’s most ambitious and most accessible LP, encompassing avant-garde, psychedelic, jazz and electronic influences over 75 minutes and four sides of vinyl. 
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  • Experimental / Avant-garde / Sound Art / Field

Terry Fox
Linkage

Back in 1982 to prosaically named Terry Fox made music from taking piano wires out of the piano and bowing, plucking, hitting and scraping them. The A side of this record features most of the above forms of hammering at something using an array of mallets and other hitting devices. The B side consists of one lengthy piece where he gets a really long piece of wire and records the drones that come from it. Totally unique and totally hypnotic. 
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The Taj-Mahal Travelers
July 15, 1972

I guess you could call The Taj Mahal Travellers an experimental psychedelic jam band. They were formed in Tokyo by Japanese Underground legend Takehisa Kosugi. Their flair for musical experimentation was not matched by their ability to think of imaginative titles. The album, July 15, 1972, is simply named after the day it was recorded, and the three lengthy tracks are simply named after the time they started and finished, take the opening track,'The Taj-Mahal Travelers Between 6:20 - 6:46 P.M.', as an example. Kosugi was also known for his involvement with Hi Re Centre and Group Ongaku.

Sonar with David Torn
Tranceportation (Volume 1)

Their second collaboration with guitarist and composer David Torn and fifth overall, Swiss avant-garde act Sonar deliver another uncompromising yet highly enjoyable experience. Tranceportation (Volume 1) continues what was laid down in Vortex only 18 months ago, combining artificial yet inventive looping with virtuosic, organic instrumentation. 

Yoshio Ojima
Une Collection des Chaînons I and II: Music for Spiral

A first-ever CD release for both parts of Une Collection des Chaînons: Music For Spiral, an environmentally orientated music project from composer Yoshio Ojima. It was originally commissioned and released in 1988 for the spiral-shaped atrium at the Wacoal Art Center in Tokyo, and is designed to be listened to at ambient, background noise level - in Ojima’s own words “at around the same volume as daily life sounds such as air conditioners and refrigerators”. 

Anthony Burgess
Conversations with the Anthony Burgess Cassette Archives (1964-1993)

Anthony Burgess is best known as the author of dystopian classic A Clockwork Orange. His wife carried a tape recorder around with them all the time, eventually amassing over 1000 cassettes of their family life. Conversations with the Anthony Burgess Cassette Archives (1964-1993) is a 2CD or 2LP set that contains one disc of Burgess’s last conversations and one disc where 23 different artists have remixed Burgess’s conversations, giving a unique insight into the author’s life.

Irmin Schmidt
Villa Wunderbar

Irmin Schmidt was one of the founding members of brilliant German band Can. Villa Wunderbar is a four LP box set of his solo ventures. The first two LPs compile the best stuff from his solo albums, recorded over a period of over 30 years, whilst the other two LPs are the best of his TV and film soundtrack work compiled by none other than German filmmaker Wim Wenders.

John Tchicai
John Tchicai With Strings

John Tchicai With Strings documents a mid-2000’s date with John Coxon and Ashley Wales of Spring Heel Jack, where the saxophone and bass clarinet legend showed the younger guns the path to a beautiful sonic synthesis. John Tchicai With Strings is released by Coxon and Wales’ Treader label
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  • Experimental / Avant-garde / Sound Art / Field

Enhet För Fri Musi
Det Finns Ett Hjärta Som För Dig

Formed as a folk / experimental music collective in the Swedish city of Gothenburg in 2015, Enhet För Fri Musik is constructed from members of many other underground groups from different disciplines. Their 2017 album, Det Finns Ett Hjärta Som För Dig, sold out rapidly, but now gets a deluxe re-issue on vinyl. 

Maria W Horn
Epistasis

Maria W Horn of XKatedral follows on from her 2018 debut, 'Kontrapoetik', with 'Epistasis'. The Swedish composer combines the worlds of avant-garde and electronic in a way that explores minimalism à la Phil Niblock and visceral massiveness like Anna Von Hausswolff’s organ-powered songs. On Hallow Ground. 

Doug Wieselman
From Water

NYC experimental reedsman Doug Wieselman has played with some honest-to-God legends down the years - Lou Reed, Laurie Anderson and Tricky to name but three - but ‘From Water’ is his debut solo recording. On this record Wieselman creates ‘music primarily made from melodies that I have heard from bodies of water’. Some tracks veer off into free music/impressionist composition (‘Gloria Fleur Madre’); others create needling atonal drones in a William Basinski-esque manner (‘Kepler-22b’); others still are gorgeous cerebral lilts (‘Pacific 2’, ‘Moonhaw’). ‘From Water’ is impressive and lovely.

Peter Brötzmann
I Surrender Dear

I Surrender Dear is the result of the Trost label inviting the mercurial saxophonist Peter Brötzmann to Vienna to record cover versions of his favourite jazz tunes over the summer of 2018, something that had always been an artistic goal of his since the beginning of his long and illustrious career. 

Xiu Xiu
Girl with Basket of Fruit

Having briefly set Xiu Xiu aside to drop an album under his own name, Jamie Stewart is back on his xiulshit. The project's latest LP, Girl With Basket Of Fruit, is a frantic listen intended to convey the general mayhem of emotion that is being alive in 2018. It does a pretty good job, too - try the feverish, Scott Walker-inspired ‘Scisssssssors’.

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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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. 
  • Vinyl LP
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  • Elg
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  • Soundtracks

Yoko Ono / Thurston Moore / Kim Gordon
Yokokimthurston


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  • Experimental / Avant-garde / Sound Art / Field

Coypu
Floating

Coypu’s ensemble is made up of members of Blind Cave Salamander and Almagest!, Daniele Pagliero, and the ever-busy Ben Chasny, he of Six Organs Of Admittance fame. Together they make experimental pastoral American music: Appalachian dulcimers melding with droning electronics and psych guitar. Debut album on MIE Music.

Thomas Brinkmann
Raupenbahn

Veteran German minimal techno producer Thomas Brinkmann returns with a new album exploring the loom, Rauperbahn. It explores the rhythms that come out of human-operated machinery. Using five looms in operation that were built between 1892 and 1972, Brinkmann has created a soundscape with no post production, just the natural sound and rhythm of the looms. 
  • Vinyl LP (EMEGO252)
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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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  • Experimental / Avant-garde / Sound Art / Field

Made To Break
F4 Fake

Made To Break is a funky jazz ensemble with added electronic flourishes led by Chicago-based saxophonist, clarinet player and improviser, Ken Vandermark. F4 Fake is their latest album. This incarnation of the band features Christof Kurzmann making electronic noises, Jasper Stadhouders on bass and Tim Daisy on drums.

Biting Tongues
Live It

Ever bitten your tongue? Let me tell you, it's a horrible experience. Perhaps as horrible as when punk funk pioneers Biting Tongues realised their much heralded second album was only going to be released in a miniscule cassette run by the Buzzcocks-affiliated label New Hormones. Many many years later however, Cache Cache have re-issued this preposterously rare Manchester artefact on vinyl. And why is it so heralded? Well, its members including one Graham Massey went onto perform in the likes of 808 State and Simply Red.   

Anders P. Jensen
Urodela

Danish composer and musician Anders P. Jensen has created Urodela as an exploration of movement in life - moving from here to there - and in nature with its ever changing ways. Urodela is made in two parts. The first part, Gamut, is inspired by John Cage’s Six Melodies whilst part two, Rondo, is based on the 17th century musical form it is named after. 
  • Vinyl LP (ESC113)
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Kink Gong & Li Daiguo
Dali China

Kink Gong AKA French Musician Laurent Jeanneau, specialises in recording the music of ethnic minorities, mainly in South-East Asia. He happened to meet Chinese avant-garde musician Li Daiguo when they both played the same night in Chengdu. Dali China is made up from recordings of Li Daiguo playing traditional stringed instruments pipa and zheng along with the cello which have then been mixed with field recordings and electronic sounds by Kink Gong. A fascinating mix of traditional and contemporary sounds.

Dome
Dome 3

After Wire temporarily called it quits in 1980 Graham Lewis and Bruce Gilbert decided that, actually, they still quite enjoyed making music together. However, the stuff they then started doing in Dome was pretty far removed from the serrated, angular punk they’d dealt out in their previous band. While still part of the post-punk continuum, records like Dome's third LP Dome 3 (1981) have more in common with the dubwise experimentation of Brian Eno & David Byrne’s My Life In The Bush Of Ghosts - another album that came out in 1981. This new Editions Mego pressing of Dome 3 gives the record new artwork an a remastering job from Rashad Becker.

Christoph Berg
Tape Anthology Vol. 1

Also known as Field Rotation, the name under which he releases electroacoustic music, Berlin-based composer Christoph Berg presents Tape Anthology Vol. 1, a series of recordings of tape manipulations on which he performs every single instrument, except for help from fellow experimental musician Midori Hirano on ‘Notes From Kyoto’. 
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  • Experimental / Avant-garde / Sound Art / Field

Painted Faces
Tales From The Skinny Apartment

Roughly two dozen albums into his career as Painted Faces over the last decade, Floridian DIY artist David Drucker releases his latest effort Tales From The Skinny Apartment. Named after his digs in Ridgewood Queens, NYC, it’ll certainly be another undefinable collection falling between folk, psychedelia and experimental music. 
  • Vinyl LP (ESP5032LP)
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Extended Organ
Vibe

No sniggering at the back. This is the first album from Extended Organ (ha!) since 2000's XOXO. It contains two side length semi (stop it) improvised tracks which show the quartet using a host of instruments such as prepared piano, Optigan, home-made percussion and more standard things like guitar on two long form tracks that are both experimental and harmonic. We are also promised a 'provocative' cover reveal!
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  • Experimental / Avant-garde / Sound Art / Field

19 Gadi Pirms Sākuma
19 Years Before The Beginning

Although they were in operation for three years until 1991, Latvian avant-garde electronic collective 19 gadi pirms sākuma only got their sole studio album 19 Years Before The Beginning into the public realm in 2005. Now available again on vinyl because of this re-issue on Stroom, this is a chance to re-discover an underground gem. 
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  • Experimental / Avant-garde / Sound Art / Field

Sarah Davachi
Pale Bloom

New LP from the prolific Sarah Davachi here. Though the Californian composer may release records at an impressive clip (Pale Bloom is her third full-length in little over a year) the quality of Davachi’s output never dwindles. What changes is the means, and on Pale Bloom we find her reconnecting with her first love - the piano. These eerily blissful pieces of minimal drone are hypnotic in an Eliane Radigue kind of way.

Opera Mort
Film Works

Opéra Mort are a French experimental electronic duo. Film Works is the follow up to their 2014 album Dédales, released through British Alter, which won great critical acclaim. The duo make weird and freakish sounds from synths, loops, organs and microphone feedback Film Works originated when they played live soundtracks to two films: The Potted Psalm by Sidney Peterson and James Broughton and Dream Work by Peter Tscherkassk. They went on to adapt that performance for this album as a standalone work. 
  • Vinyl LP (B.A.A.D.M. 004)
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  • Experimental / Avant-garde / Sound Art / Field

Frederik Croene
F.C. Me Fecit

The result of a challenge to come up with a new variation on traditional Catholic wedding music for the marriage of friends, F.C. Me Fecit sees Frederik Croene playing the Van Peteghem organ at St. Peter’s Church in Gent. Just like he has done with many other instruments, each album side sees him engage with and deconstruct the art of performance. 
  • Vinyl LP (B.A.A.D.M. 002)
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  • Limited edition
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  • Experimental / Avant-garde / Sound Art / Field

Yoshio Ojima
Une Collection des Chaînons II: Music for Spiral

A first-ever vinyl release for the second part of Une Collection des Chaînons: Music For Spiral, an environmentally orientated music project from composer Yoshio Ojima. It was originally commissioned and released in 1988 for the spiral-shaped atrium at the Wacoal Art Center in Tokyo, and is designed to be listened to at ambient, background noise level - in Ojima’s own words “at around the same volume as daily life sounds such as air conditioners and refrigerators”. 

Yoshio Ojima
Une Collection des Chaînons I: Music for Spiral

A first-ever vinyl release for the first part of Une Collection des Chaînons: Music For Spiral, an environmentally orientated music project from composer Yoshio Ojima. It was originally commissioned and released in 1988 for the spiral-shaped atrium at the Wacoal Art Center in Tokyo, and is designed to be listened to at ambient, background noise level - in Ojima’s own words “at around the same volume as daily life sounds such as air conditioners and refrigerators”.

Watine
Géometries sous-cutanées (Subcutaneous Layers)

Apparently hailing from Paris, Watine hold forth their tantalisingly-titled new album Geometries sous-cutanees, or Subcutaneous Layers. The Watine house style is a sort of highly-atmospheric melancholy instrumental folk, but with plenty of electronic treatments and layers, as well as unidentified sounds creeping around the edges of the mix. Rather engaging stuff. Double LP on Catgang.

Roland Bucher
Viaje

Roland Bucher has spent ten years developing and building his own instrument. An instrument he has wonderfully named the noise table. His debut album, Viaje, is made using the instrument with Bucher employing classical composition techniques and exploratory experimentation to achieve his goals. It goes without saying, this is pretty much unlike anything else.
  • Vinyl LP (HG1905)
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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

Still Und Dunkel
Abandoned

Still Und Dunkel is the project of three artists, Christoph Brünggel, Benny Jaberg and Pascal Arnold. Abandoned is a collection of ten pieces of music that accompany the trio’s audiovisual live shows. Abandoned is the culmination of an ambitious 8 year project of archiving images and sound that show the result of human progression being left behind. LP includes a 64-page book with essay by Brian Dillon.
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  • Experimental / Avant-garde / Sound Art / Field

Strafe F.R.
Shadow Position

Strafe F.R. of Dusseldorf have been at it since the '80s and have released several records on the legendary Touch imprint. The latest is Shadow Position which is another take on their unique and experimental form of sound art. The album has four tracks which the band describe as four different windows to look out of. 
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  • Experimental / Avant-garde / Sound Art / Field

Negativland
True False

There is probably no better year than 2019 for Negativland to re-appear. The group have become infamous over the years for their agit prop stunts including most notably waging war on U2. Here in the year where reality is becoming ever more blurred they ask what is true and what is false by way of a collage of samples of everything from Fox News hosts to ecoterrorists to early Negativland live tapes. Perfectly apt for our times. 
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  • Experimental / Avant-garde / Sound Art / Field

Company
Epiphanies I-VI

The first of two unearthings of the racket made by Derek Bailey and pals at his Company Week festivities in 1982. This is waaay out there improv experimentation which sees musicians like Julie Tippets, Motoharu Yoshizawa and George Lewis go into battle to see who can come up with the most ludicrous squeak. Faint hearted step aside, this is prime freeform improvisation with an all important humorous streak. 

Company
Epiphanies VII-XIII

Prime improvisations from masters of the genre such as Fred Frith, Keith Tippett, Derek Bailey and Ursula Oppens on this unearthed treasure where violin, guitar, double bass, flute and sax (the latter compared to a flock of geese) all vying for attention. The music is both ear hurtingly spiky and humorously daft as the musicians seemingly go into battle with their various instruments.  

Company
Epiphany

This double-vinyl captures the improvisatory magic of long-running outfit Company during a short residency at London’s ICA back in 1982. On Epiphany, guitarist and founder Derek Bailey leads a nine-piece group through a kaleidoscopic, freeform landscape that takes in moments of wild hedonism and stretches of calm ambience. 

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.  
  • Vinyl LP (DOSER 035)
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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

Chris Corsano / Massimo Pupillo
Via Combusta

Those in the know will immediately identify this as a premium slice of heavy-hitting improvisation: how could it fail to be with this personnel? Massimo Pupillo plays grinding noise-bass for Zu, and Chris Corsano has played impossibly-expressive drums alongside almost every notable member of the experimental music scene. Consequently, Via Combusta kicks ass.
  • Vinyl LP (TR144)
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Various
Silhouette Cameo 3

The Silhouette Cameo 3 is a desktop cutting machine used to cut a variety of materials to aid your crafty needs. Stuart Bowditch recorded the sound of one in action and thirteen artists were asked by Courier to record a piece of music in response to it. There is a wide range of sounds going on here from artists such as Isnaj Dui, Robin Saville, Viridian, Kevin Buckland, The Humble Bee and more. The fancy CD packaging includes individually cut Courier covers and Courier confetti.
  • CD (Packet05)
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  • Limited edition

Tomaga & Pierre Bastien
Bandiera Di Carta

Prolific London-based production duo Tomaga, responsible for over a dozen records since forming just five years ago, and composer / musical instrument builder / former Rephlex star Pierre Bastien team up for this intriguing collaboration. Bandiera Di Carta lands up somewhere between free-ranging jazz and percussive, avant-garde soundscapes. 

Renaldo & The Loaf
Play Struve & Sneff (40th Anniversary Edition)

Pathologist David Janssen and Architect Brian Poole formed avant-garde experimentalists Renaldo and the Loaf in 1975. ...Play Struve and Sneff was originally self-released on cassette in 1979 before being reissued in 1984 by The Residents record label, Ralph Records. To celebrate the 40th anniversary of the  duo’s debut album it is being reissued as a limited edition cassette with a 32-page booklet. 
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  • Experimental / Avant-garde / Sound Art / Field

Ryan Garbes
Freedom Now


  • Vinyl LP
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  • Limited edition
  • Genre(s):
  • Experimental / Avant-garde / Sound Art / Field

Company
1981

This double-vinyl compilation upends a lot of suppositions about improvisatory music - namely, that it’s incoherent and hard-going. Long-running outfit Company, founded by guitarist Derek Bailey in the late Sixties, have always counteracted that, and 1981, a seven-track collection of previously unreleased recordings by the group, proves that point. 

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. 

Iannis Xenakis
Persepolis

Having previously returned Xenakis’ La Légende d'Eer to vinyl, Berlin’s Karlrecords tackle the Greek composer's 1971 electroacoustic masterpiece. Commissioned by the Shah of Persia, it’s been unavailable on vinyl for decades, with CD editions often abbreviated. This is a new mix from Xenakis’ original 8-track master, cut by Rashad Becker. A truly groundbreaking piece that still sounds exhilarating and overwhelmingly intense. Should be sought out by any fan of avant garde electronics and noise.
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  • Experimental / Avant-garde / Sound Art / Field

Renaldo & The Loaf
The Elbow Is Taboo / Elbonus

Nothing to do with Sonic Youth's Lee Renaldo (sic), Renaldo & the Loaf are a long running experimental duo who use acoustic instruments to try to replicate synthesized sounds. The Elbow Is Taboo / Elbonus is a vinyl re-press of two of their later works (2010 era) using a huge array of instruments to create unsettling music with some oddball themes. 
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  • Experimental / Avant-garde / Sound Art / Field

The Hers
Tough Cunt

The Hers are not to be confused with tragic Liverpool group Her's who I doubt would have ever monikered their album with such a hideous title. I'm amazed we even let that up on our site - is there no decorum whatsoever these days? The potty mouth that has created this album is actually a man - Louis Johnstone -- perhaps best known for his work as WANDA GROUP but has also recorded under numerous other handles; Dem Hunger, Henry Caravan, GG Alien etc. Originally issued in 2012 as a limited edition cassette on the excellent but now seemingly defunct Sex Lies Magnetic Tape label and know rescued from relative obscurity by Death Is Not The End. Almost eight years after the fact, this one has stood the test of time.
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  • Experimental / Avant-garde / Sound Art / Field

David Rosenboom
Brainwave Music

Oren Ambarchi’s superlative Black Truffle label presents another winning reissue: David Rosenboom’s 1975 mind-melter Brainwave Music, here reissued on vinyl for the first time. Literal brainwaves are harnessed via electrodes to interact with various instrumental sounds in various intriguing ways. This reissue adds a whole 40 minute live recording as a bonus LP!
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  • Experimental / Avant-garde / Sound Art / Field

Yann Novak
Slowly Dismantling

On Slowly Dismantling by Yann Novak, he deconstructs ambient music, slowly. It reflects change and his own experiences growing up and coming out. The cover shows Hotel Washington - a building that served as a home to a LGBTQ+ community in Madison, Wisconsin where Novak grew up. The building burned down when he was 17, leaving him wondering, at a crucial stage in his life, how the place could have helped him. This cathartic album shows that liberation through change is possible. 
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  • Experimental / Avant-garde / Sound Art / Field

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

Jonas Meyer
Konfusion

Apparent studio magpie, Jonas Meyer, releases his debut album, Konfusion, through Serein. The German musician makes his music from picking whatever catches his eye in the studio - various keyboards and synths and percussion, which are then manipulated. His sound straddles the precise editing of the digital world and more organic, gentle sounds.

Kryshe
Continuum

Continuum is the third album by electronic artist Kryshe making him a major artist in the Serein stable. As the title suggests, the album is very much a continuation of the ambient sounds from previous albums March of the Mysterious and Hauch. A mix of dreamlike sounds made from voice, strings and field recordings. 

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