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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.

Fire! Orchestra
Arrival

For those who haven't heard of Fire! Orchestra what you need to do is imagine a big band willing to channel all its resources into one thing: weight. Their previously resources have been heftier than most most metal releases, and though they've trimmed down from 28 to 14 members for Arrival it doesn't make them any less potent. Sublime in the way that music so rarely is. On Rune Grammofon.

Daniel O'Sullivan
Folly

Daniel O’Sullivan, often spotted in Grumbling Fur but also recently as part of This Is Not This Heat, presents his second solo album of songs. The songwriting is at the core of Folly, though there is still plenty of textural intrigue in here, don’t worry about that O’Sullivan fans. Birth and death, family and love are all here in this highly personal and accomplished record.

Ian William Craig
Meaning Turns To Whispers

Norman fave Ian William Craig is back again with a reissue of his earliest, piano-based album: not in a straightforward way though. While the improvised melodies he plays have that pristine neo-classical Frahm-esque beauty to them, Craig has tweaked, looped and manipulated the source piano via tape, creating some totally different textures. Mmmmmm. Meaning Turns To Whispers is limited to 500 LP copies, on Aguirre.

Kutcha Butcha
NDYA

Kutcha Butcha is the solo project of Sebastian Rochford, the remarkable drummer behind outfits like Acoustic Ladyland and Polar Bear. NDYA is 100% Rochford (he produced and mixed it too), and features an international range of sounds from this ever-inventive sound producer. Out on Half Baked Bread Records.
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Silences
Silences EP

You may have heard James Green and Nick Dawson on their monthly radio show on the Southend-based internet radio station Shipfullofbombs.co.uk. That is just one of many things on which the pair have collaborated. Silences is their latest project and this self-titled EP is their first in a number of releases. They recorded the improvised EP in their native Southend-on-Sea using guitars, piano, various vintage synths and twiddly boxes. Listen out for a kazoo, too. 
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Errant Monks
The Limit Experience

This new LP from Errant Monks is a record born from some intense times. The Limit Experience of the title is the point at which the artist in question was pretty much at the end of his mental capacity. Having come back from the brink of psychosis, they’ve made a record of stark and arresting electronic post-punk. Think Mark E. Smith doing battle with Silent Servant.
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Régis Renouard Larivière
Contrée

Editions Mego offshoot Recollection GRM (Bernard Parmegiani, Luc Ferrari) release this new collection from French electroacoustician Régis Renouard Larivière. Contrée is an LP of quizzical, sometimes eerie voyages into unknown noise. Numbers like the title track are funny little things in the best Stockhausen tradition.
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James Rushford
The Body's Night

After a decade collaborating with other musicians, The Body’s Night is Australian composer James Rushford’s return to recording solo. A single suite of music split over two sides of vinyl, Rushford creates something nocturnal and disturbing using field recordings, analogue synths and a wide variety of instruments. 
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Graham Dunning
Keg / Bulkhead

Graham Dunning puts the turntables to one side for a highly focused release on the Courier label. All sounds on Keg / Bulkhead’s two lengthy tracks are derived from a snare drum, which is activated using a motor and various objects for incessant textural fun. 'Keg' has a jackhammer motor rhythm at its core, while 'Bulkhead' is more of a sheer drone. Cassette release.
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Bowditch
Alchemy 4

Alchemy 4 by Bowditch is a series of pieces created for an exhibition in Colchester, Essex. Comprising entirely of sounds found in one particular building, Alchemy 4 is a work that conveys an alienating sense of place. Listen for the way that the sound of fire alarm bells, typically used in an entirely practical purpose, has been turned on its head in an oddly beautiful way. 

Diacritical Mark
Lozenges (Regular Strength)

Improvised and recorded partly on an iPad, Diacritical Mark's new experimental piece Lozenges, suggests a reluctant acceptance in engaging with modern culture. It's an interesting dichotomy, then, that this is being released on tape. Although the press release highlights how Lozanges concentrates on the 'futility of trying to cope with regular life experiences', this tape is a wholly engaging and enjoyable listen. 

Jackie-O Motherfucker
Bloom

Tom Greenwood and Michael Whitaker, the constant that Jackie-O Mothetfucker revolves around take their time over things these days. Both living in rural corners of California, the pair made their first album in seven years, Bloom slowly. It took three years to record, with Greenwood and Whitaker assembling a cast of new musicians to work on the project. The reverb drenched, delicately structured songs reflect the time taken and the locations the band mates now call home. LP and CD on Textile.

John Macedo
Left Behind

Electroacoustic bossman John Macedo has rounded up a selection of sound goodies that have never been released. Left Behind features material from the period 2006 - 2013, recorded using all manner of set-ups, from advanced vintage synthesisers to no-input mixer feedback, cracked CD player to Doepfer modular. It’s all high-grade stuff, fizzing with electric texture. Cassette from The Tapeworm.
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Scott Walker
5 Classic Albums

An irresistible bundle deal from Universal here: a full brace of early Scott Walker albums! That’s Scott 1, Scott 2, Scott 3, Scott 4 and Til’ The Band Comes In (he really dropped the ball on naming that last one eh?). Genuinely classic 60’s pop from the remarkable Walker mark one. 5CD box-set available for a shockingly low price.

Colin Stetson
All This I Do For Glory

Windblower and earch-scorcher Colin Stetson returns for a new record of original solo material, his first since the finale in the New History Warfare trilogy. The core of his sound, developed through bass and alto saxophones, is pushed through with his signature circular breathing and cracked vocals, with additional percussion coming by way of mics capturing his frenzied fingering movements. After a stunning Norman Records Album of The Year™ with violinist Sarah Neufeld and an ensemble black metal reinterpretation of Gorecki's Sorrow, this could be seen as a roots record. It's a no frills edition of Stetson, capturing his sparse, largely one-take approach at its most intense, and arguably its most rhythmic. Influenced by Aphex and Autechre -- which isn't that big of a jump, when you think about it -- we happen to think it's quite brilliant.
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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.

Nurse With Wound
NWW Play Changez Les Blockeurs

To mark the 35th anniversary of The New Blockaders’ self-released debut album they asked Nurse With Wound to remake it, as Stephen Stapleton is a notorious fan, and who better to take on the experimental and abstract noise that it contained. Comes with brand new artwork from Stapleton and an article by Paul Hegarty.  Very limited release, of course.

Current 93
The Light Is Leaving Us All

David Tibet's never-ending Current 93 project continues to do its thing with The Light Is Leaving Us All, another foray into the deep web of psych folk that will most likely shake you to your very core. An interesting lineup characterises this one, including Nurse With Wound's Andrew Liles, renowned contemporary pianist Reinier van Houdt and folk songwriter Alasdair Roberts. Plus others, just in time for the Halloween season.

Steven Stapleton / David Tibet
The Threat Of Memory

The Threat Of Memory is a 5 CD box set compiling recordings made by the highly experimental Steven Stapleton (Nurse With Wound) and David Tibet (Current 93). Imagine if you were going for a night out in the netherworld - this would be the soundtrack. 5CD box set on United Dirter. Includes disc of previously unreleased works.

Current 93
Invocations Of Almost

The press release suggests Current 93 have dreamt their latest album, Invocations Of Almost, but I can assure you that it exists in the physical world too. The music here is made to accompany David Tibet’s art exhibition. In a typical Current 93-style move the CD version contains 59 minutes of music as Tibet turns 59 years old. The vinyl edition is slightly shorter in duration.

Eugene S. Robinson & Philippe Petit
Chapel In The Pines

Sound art maestro Philippe Petit here teams up with a man who is in no way petite, the terrifying frontman of Oxbow, Mr Eugene S. Robinson. Chapel In The Pines is the third in a trilogy of albums this pair have made together, and it is a deep and powerful suite, ready to take you to a place just as heavy and contemplative as a Chapel In The Pines. On Blackhouse.
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Galya Bisengalieva
EP Two

Galya Bisengalieva is a violinist with a radical range: on this EP, EP Two, she tackles a piece of her own and a multi-layered duo with turntablist Shiva Feshareki (involving one musical response being cut to dubplate and then used as the source for a second duo response on Galya’s NOMAD Music Productions.
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Jóhann Jóhannsson & BJ Nilsen
I Am Here

Interesting to see Touch stalwart BJ Nilsen turning up on the soundtracks to films that star Kim Basinger. This is the LP release of I Am Here’s original score, in which Nilsen works alongside Icelandic composer Jóhann Jóhannsson (and wonderful cellist Hildur Guðnadóttir). Expect beautiful melodies and beautiful abstract textures in equal measure.

Prairie WWWW
Wu Hai

Prairie WWWW are a Taiwanese band with bold instincts and an experimental approach to folk sounds. Their Wu Hai EP slinks around musical spaces that often lapse into ambient, but might also evolve into poetry, flute / synth tunes, or percussive marching. Well worth turning an ear to this group, they are doing interesting things. Issued by Guruguru Brain.

Eddie Prévost
Matching Mix

Solo album from the erstwhile free-improvising percussionist and AMM member Eddie Prevost. Matching Mix was recorded in Eddie’s home village of Matching Tye, and some of the performances were recorded outside, including a deliciously subtle piece for bowed cymbal and rural wind. Released by Earshots Recordings.

Anthony Braxton & Derek Bailey
Royal

Derek Bailey and Anthony Braxton, together on an Incus release from 1974! Amazing stuff eh free improvisation fans? But wait, there’s more (literally)! Braxton and Bailey originally planned two volumes of Royal, but only one was ever released… Until now! This newly remastered reissue contains both volumes, at last. From Honest Jon’s.

William Basinski
A Shadow In Time

William Basinski pulls another couple of tape loops out of his voluminous archives, this time containing sounds from the rare Voyetra 8 synthesiser. A Shadow In Time is devised as a tribute to ‘David Robert Jones’ (aka David Bowie), and is a typically gorgeous, slowly-expanding work of Basinski-drone. Available on CD or vinyl, with exclusive, slightly different mixes on each format.
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UUUU
s/t

The near-ungooglable UUUU follow up last year’s s/t (not a self-titled record) with this year’s s/t (not a self-titled record). For their latest trick the Coil/Wire/Tomaga supergroup turn in two side-long pieces of avant-rock. There is a dark psychedelia here that will please fans of fellow Editions Mego acts Emeralds and Heather Leigh.
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Keiji Haino / Jim O'Rourke / Oren Ambarchi
This Dazzling, Genuine

Startling to note that this is already the eighth release from the free rock supergroup. The trio are masters at wrenching great textural and dynamic variety from the basic power trio format, which here is augmented with some unusual instrumental additions. O’Rourke plays EMS Synthi as well as often heavily-effected bass, Haino sings in English, and besides guitar tackles electronics, flute and toy piano. Ambarchi’s playing runs the gamut from subtle cymbal work to full-on frenzy. A characteristically lovely double LP presentation from Ambarchi’s Black Truffle label, designed by Stephen O’Malley and cut by Rashad Becker.
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Philip Glass
Music in Twelve Parts. Concert à Paris, 1975

For those who think of Philip Glass as representing an overly sanitised and friendly kind of minimalism, there is always Music In Twelve Parts. This seventies piece is relentlessly repetitive and psychedelic, with each part settling into a ferociously tight pattern and staying there. A previously unreleased performance of five of the parts here, performed by a group that includes Glass himself and Joan La Barbara! On Transversales Disques.
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Pablo's Eye
Spring Break

Belgium’s STROOM.tv have proved themselves a natty little label over the past couple of years. Their run of unearthing some leftfield electronica gems continues with a release from long-running experimental ambient project Pablo’s Eye. Spring Break compiles eight tracks from down the years, some of which date back to the 90s. This is curious music, evasive yet inviting in a manner which recalls Hype Williams.
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Steve Reich
Four Organs / Phase Patterns

Classic Steve Reich pieces presented in the form of classic 1971 recordings, reissued by Superior Viaduct. Both Four Organs and Phase Patterns utilise Reich’s patented phased repetition techniques, each performed by an ensemble including both Reich himself and fellow minimalist prince Philip Glass. CD reissue on Superior Viaduct.

Various
Wire Recorded Pieces

Nothing to do with that post-punk band: this is some heavy original shit. Wire Recorded Pieces is titled because it is filled with music recorded onto wire, an early technique used by composers during eras where making this kind of music was truly experimental. Else Marie Pade, Halim El-Dabh, Pierre Henry… and from sound pieces as early as 1921! Grab it. On Sound Miracle Recordings.
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Coil
Swanyard

How about this, then? Over two hours of unreleased Coil, dating from 1993 to 1996 and scrubbed from Danny Hyde’s (Coil, Psychic TV, Electric Sewer Age) studio archive. In a nice touch, the cover art, courtesy of Nurse With Wound’s Steven Stapleton, is derived from one of Jhon Balance’s dreams. On Infinite Fog.
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Kevin Richard Martin
Sirens

Kevin Richard Martin is of course the man behind Techno Animal, God, King Midas Sound and of course The Bug. This strike out under his own name is the debut on wax of a new work which was made to document the feelings Kevin had around the delivery, receipt and early days of his first child. The record is therefore tumultuous, emotional and at times heartbreaking. Lawrence English realises a long held dream by releasing it on his Room40 label.   

Ursula K. Le Guin & Todd Barton
Music and Poetry of The Kesh

Pete Swanson and pals at Freedom to Spend reissue on vinyl a 1985 cassette release of poetry and music by the late author Ursula le Guin and Todd Barton. For her wonderful novel Always Coming Home, Le Guin envisaged a distant post-technological community called the Kesh, living in what is now Northern California. Her imagination extended in detail to the people’s language, folklore, music, tools and traditions. On Music and Poetry of the Kesh, Le Guin and Barton sound pseudo-field work of the Kesh, adding unusual and exciting depth to her writings.
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Oren Ambarchi, Mark Fell, Will Guthrie, Sam Shalabi
Oglon Day

Since there ain't much at all online about this upcoming collaboration between various psych/electronic luminaries, all I can really say is that firstly the cover is superb (it's what covers should look like), and, secondly, it sounds from the press release like a vital and visceral musical experience that will probably take in psychedelia, krautrock, and experimental electronica. 
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Amnon Raviv
Mirror

An experimental record from Israel that’s become something of a Holy Grail for collectors, Mirror by sound artist Amnon Raviv was restricted to just 50 handmade copies when released back in 1983. This wider re-issue of 500 numbered vinyl copies will expand that circle of very lucky individuals! 

Pablo's Eye
Dark Matter

Third part in an anthology series that celebrates the work of Belgian group Pablo’s Eye. ‘Dark Matter’ is a music of hulking grooves buried amidst the haze, connecting multiple strands of the 90s dance explosion. The 12-track archival compilation is being put out by the label STROOM, this trilogy hopefully pulling the project out of historical obscurity.  
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Soundwalk Collective with Patti Smith
The Peyote Dance

The Peyote Dance is an album inspired by French poet Antonin Artaud's book of the same name. It was created by Soundwalk Collective with Patti Smith on improvised spoken word vocals. The album whips up a drug-fueled storm with only Smith as our guide. Indeed it's meant to, Artaud's book details his experiences of peyote in Mexico. On Bella Union.
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Ambarchi / O'Malley / Dunn
Shade Themes From Kairos

Imagine if there was apocalypse right now and the only people left on earth were Oren Ambarch and Stephen O'Malley, and they had to repopulate the world with guitar drones. That's what happens in 'Themes From Kairos', more or less, with the two drone merchants on the bill scoring Randall Dunn's film. The two artists make an evocative soundtrack of guitar, loops and analogue synth. 
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Charles Hayward
Begin Anywhere

Charles Hayward is best known for being the drummer in ‘70s experimental rock band, This Heat and odd-prog band Camberwell Now. He has also played with Crass, The Raincoats, Gong and Phil Manzanera. Begin Anywhere seems like a different direction for him as he pours out his soul using just voice and piano.
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Renaldo & The Loaf
Songs For Swinging Larvae / Songs From The Surgery

2xLP package containing the first proper studio effort from cult experimental heroes Renaldo and the Loaf. Now re-mastered for vinyl, the subversive pop madness of 1981’s Songs For Swinging Larvae helped establish the duo’s underground following, and it’s accompanied here by a new LP of different versions and unheard bonus tracks titled Songs From the Surgery. 
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9T Antiope & Siavash Amini
Harmistice

Four gripping works of odd contradictions, ambiguity and intensity - just as the punning title promises - from an Iranian team-up of sombre duo 9T Antiope and the ever-busy Siavash Amini. As ever with 9T, lyricist Sara Bigdeli Shamloo gives, with a clear and handsome voice, expressive textuality to a style where it is usually absent.
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Keiji Haino & Charles Hayward
A Loss Permitted To Open Its Eyes For But Three Hours And There Glimpsed, Finally In Focus A Mystery That Begs...

Now THIS looks interesting. Experimental pioneer Keiji Haino (a collaborator with Faust, Boris, and Stephen O'Malley, among other things) and Charles Hayward (founding member of legendary experimental outfit This Heat) came together in 2016 to play an improvisational set at the Copeland Gallery in London. Thankfully, it was recorded and now Thirty Three Thirty Three are putting that recording out - wonderful news for fans of all things a bit weird. 
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Rimarimba
In The Woods

Somewhere in the early ‘80s,  in an inexplicable space between post-punk, minimalist and industrial music Rimarimba existed with their weird sounds. The DIY electronic experimentalists were led by Felixstowe-based Robert Cox. In The Woods was their second album and was originally released in 1985.

Rimarimba
On Dry Land

Freedom To Spend’s run of Rimarimba reissues continues with the band’s 1984 LP On Dry Land. With this record Robert Cox further explores the curious fourth-world sound that he’d begun to develop on Beyond The Horizon the previous year. As such, On Dry Land is pitched somewhere between the sampling experiments of Eno, Byrne and Cale, Midori Takada’s new age minimalism and 23 Skidoo’s avant-rock.
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Kim Hiorthøy & Rune Kristoffersen
Let's Put It To Music: 20 Years Of Rune Grammofon

Musician, designer and illustrator Kim Hiorthøy is surely best known for the visual presentation of every one of Norwegian jazz/experimental titan Rune Grammofon’s releases to date. That’s two hundred by now. There’ve been couple of collections of Hiorthøy’s designs over the years, but with the label now at its twentieth anniversary this book is by far the most voluminous and comprehensive to date. Accompanied by a 7” of exclusive tunes by Fire! Orchestra, Maja Ratkje and The Last Hurrah! & Nora Zheng.
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Object Collection
You Are Under Our Space Control

The experimental group Object Collection follow up their Fugazi opera with a remarkable suite of wide-ranging homemade modernism. This ‘space-opera’ involves texts by Sun Ra, astronomers and fictional space travellers, as well as sonic allusions to John Cage, sci-fi sound palettes, and avant-electroacoustics. There’s a lot going on in You Are Under Our Space Control, though it also feels eminently personal and within reach. Out on Slip.
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Ami Shavit
Yom Kippur 1973

A wonderful piece of electronic sound magic, recently unearthed from the archives and now released for the first time ever. Yom Kippur 1973 is the work of Israeli artist Ami Shavit, and it's a deep spiritual trip through worlds of vintage synthesisers and shimmering flutes. Reminded me of a few moments from Tarkovsky soundtracks. It’s Sub Rosa who have done us all the favour of releasing this one.

Jim Wilson
God's Chorus

In 1992, David Carson and The Little Wolf Band released Medicine Songs, an album of atmospheric New Age folk and spoken-word songs. For the closer, Carson’s nephew (and the album's producer & keyboardist) Jim Wilson recorded crickets chirping in the backyard one night, then duplicated the recording and slowed one layer down by several octaves. Perhaps surprisingly, the result is a melodic, ghostly choral sound. The isolated recording has been on SoundCloud for six years and streamed a thousand billion times; enter Jonny Trunk to bring us a vinyl version at last. Cover illustration by young Cornish artist Bess Kirby.

Mike Cooper
Tropical Gothic

Mike Cooper has been making his own special interpretations of ‘Tropical’ music for many years now, and this continues in style with new album Tropical Gothic. As you’d expect, this brings some darkness into the sound, reflecting on colonial influences. The music is wonderful, with guitars and field recordings all adding colour to Cooper’s vivid imagination.

SNRRM and VARM / Chips for the Poor
Eccentric Women in Oswestry / The Handshake Exchange

A limited edition split-EP on 12” vinyl restricted to 100 copies, with hand-stamped artwork, this coming together last year of SNRRM and VARM with their track ‘Eccentric Women in Oswestry’ meeting Chips For The Poor’s ‘The Handshake Exchange’ was a brilliant example of the New Weird Britain scene in snapshot. 
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Eleh
Home Age

More ultra-refined minimal synthesis from Eleh in a deluxe edition on Important Records. Created using Serge STS synthesisers, these three new works explore the notion of potential musical meanings (such as perceptions of musical tonality and rhythm) from non-musical sources. Whether a surface-level aesthetic work, a study of the cultural production of musical semantics or any depth of analysis in between, this one respectfully affords all sorts of enjoyment.
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Bliss Signal
Bliss Signal

Surge, the first single off Bliss Signal’s self-titled debut, sounds like a collaboration between Deafheaven and Dag Rosenqvist. In reality it's James Kelly (Altar of Plagues) and Mumdance who are working together. The result, as far as we can tell, sounds like a death-metal remix of some very soulful ambient. And it's pretty tasty.

“Blue” Gene Tyranny and Peter Gordon
Trust In Rock

A big concert from 1976 at Berkeley University, featuring Peter Gordon and key Robert Ashley collaborator “Blue” Gene Tyranny leading an ensemble in playing their own works. It sounds like a real special night, withrock taken to whole new areas via Kathy Acker lyrics, RMI synthesiser, clavinet, and a generally blasting attitude. Your Trust In Rock will be reinstated by this serious reissue by Unseen Worlds.
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“Blue” Gene Tyranny
Out Of The Blue

The first-ever vinyl reissue for “Blue” Gene Tyranny’s 1978 debut album, and newly re-mastered too. Out of the Blue managed to merge funk with futurism, turning familiar musical elements into something shocking and new. The four-track collection culminates in the side-long, 25-minute ‘A Letter From Home’. 
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Laurence Pike
Holy Spring

Former Liars/Bill Callahan/DD Dumbo collaborator and Szun Waves member Laurence Pike drops his second solo LP via The Leaf Label (Snapped Ankles, The Comet Is Coming). Holy Spring bracingly combines free jazz, electronica, post-rock and the pagan classical composition of Igor Stravinsky. It’s no coincidence that Holy Spring shares a word with Stravinsky’s seminal Rite Of Spring. Tracks like ‘Drum Chant’ sound like something from Music From Memory if it had been plied with peyote. Really cool record.

Park Jiha
Philos

Park Jiha first came to our attention with 2018's Communion which was a compelling blend of traditional South Korean musicality with genres like jazz and ambient. On Philos she takes this same approach, but creates tracks of such great density that they can't help filling whatever room they're played in. On tak:til.

Dane Law / Beachers
We Love You Come On Home / A Capella

Adam Parkinson aka Dane Law provides the first side of this split cassette - We Love You Come On Home, with Daryl Worthington aka Beachers giving us A Cappella on side two. Dane Law uses programs such as Pure Data and MSP to create his music. Conversely, Beachers uses found sounds alongside electronic composition creating contrasts in sound and themes. Limited to 50 copies.

Tujiko Noriko
Kuro (OST)

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

Junkie Flamingos is the sort-of-supergroup brainchild of musicians Luca Sigurtà, Alice Kundalini (She Spread Sorrow), and Daniele Delogu (Barbarian Pipe Band). Sitting in the blurry border regions between ambient and industrial music, Lemegeton Party is the outfit’s ethereal debut album. 

Dome
Dome 2

Editions Mego present a well-earned reissue of the second album by Dome. And what, precisely is Dome? Well, that would be Bruce Gilbert and Graham Lewis of Wire, spinning off on a (yet) more experimental direction, with focus on utilising the studio itself for maximum effect. Dome 2 is essential listening for Wire fans and for everyone else, especially with this fetching remaster by Russell Haswell.

Marissa Nadler & Stephen Brodsky
Droneflower

An odd pairing on paper, but the dreamy indie-folk falsetto of Marissa Nadler and the post-hardcore guitar landscaping of Stephen Brodsky (of Mutoid Man and Cave In among others) makes for one of 2019’s most intriguing collaboration albums. Striking contrasts of light and darkness make for a cinematic experience that’s both beautiful and unsettling. 

Tim Parkinson
Pleasure Island

Experimental composer Tim Parkinson loves to play, in every sense of the word, and thus a work titled Pleasure Island is an enticing prospect. This is actually Parkinson’s first work designed to be an album specifically, and it's a beguiling mixture of cheap electronic sound, group vocals, and bouncy drums. It’s a strange album, but in a very fun primary colour way. On Slip.

Sarah Davachi
All My Circles Run

The vast soundworld of Sarah Davachi expands a little further with All My Circles Run, her second LP of the year after the stunning modular portraits of Dominions. While that record continued to investigate Davachi's juxtaposition of straight-up tone drone and rippling, Radigue inspired movement, All My Circles Run sees her depart from modular synthesis for a record of instrumental experiments, with separate excursions taking place on strings, organ, piano and vocals. She's one of the best drone artists out there, both in practice and presentation, so dig on this, please.

Basil Kirchin
Worlds Within Worlds (Part I and II)

A deep-cut wonder by Basil Kirchin gets reissued here, granting blessed wider availability to this fine document at last. Worlds Within Worlds is built out of carefully chosen field recordings that have then been treated and layered into abstraction, over which Evan Parker and Derek Bailey were invited to improvise. This reissue adds fine artwork and liner notes to the richly compelling 1971 music. From Trunk.
  • Vinyl LP (JBH080LP)
  • In stock and ready to ship
  • Limited edition

Toshimaru Nakamura, Dafydd Roberts, Angharad Davies, Rhodri Davies, Andrew Leslie Hooker
Exemption From Meaning

A five-way collaboration with Dafydd Roberts, Angharad Davies, Rhodri Davies and Andrew Leslie Hooker, Japanese artist Toshimaru Nakamura was recorded at the Listen to the Voice of Fire festival of experimental/improvised music in Wales. Exemption From Meaning is inspired by the University of Aberystwyth’s archive of Japanese objects. 

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.

Microdeform
Under Observation

Bristolian artist Microdeform drops a hyper-limited run of his new LP Under Observation. The one born Liam McConaghy makes fervid, moody ambient-noise tracks that sometimes stumble onto pastures of great beauty. Imagine a cheerier Prurient … or maybe a less angsty bvdub? There is also some Caretaker-aping tape degredation to entries like ‘Ybycuì’.

Dag Rosenqvist
Blood Transmission

Blood Transmission comes from the incredibly prolific Dag Rosenqvist. The album is a droning terror.  Tracks start out quiet (but always sinister) and end at ear shredding intensity (that is still... incredibly sinister). Music so rarely manages to capture the feeling of dread like this. On Hidden Vibes.

Edinburgh Leisure
Die Gefahr Im Jazz

You might remember ********, the rudely named duo from Domino’s Weird World sublabel. One of them, Ailie Ormston, has been doing some fab solo electronic music on the side. Here’s what the other one, a T Fraser, has been up to. Edinburgh Leisure is a duo with Keith Farquhar and takes unconventional “idle authorship” approaches to instrumentation (everyday objects), lyricism (RhymeZone) and fair use (hacked Apple device sounds, etc.). This lot are always worth checking out.
  • Genre(s):
  • Experimental / Avant-garde / Sound Art / Field

Pete Um
As You Were

Rather bizarre one-person wonk from Cambridge confounder and Ergo Phizmiz & Friends member Pete Um. Accompanied by electronics that sound at times as if powered by a potato found behind the communal cooker (and at other times unmistakably contemporary in style), Pete’s lovably old-fashioned vocals tackle self-analysis of a surreal - if modest - sort along with other diverse subjects.

Tim Hecker
Anoyo

Here is another chance to Hecker. Anoyo emerges from the same sessions as his previous album Konoyo which means it is in collaboration with members of Tokyo Gakuso. Anoyo, however, is a starker album that is described as barren, desolate and skeletal. Music for solitude, a place which is increasingly required in order to get away from this hustle bustle world. 

Dome
Dome 1

The year was 1980, and with their band Wire in free-fall Bruce Gilbert and Graham Lewis figured that they could either sit around feeling sorry for themselves or get on with making music. They took the latter approach, and the next two years yielded four LPs of experimental work under the name Dome. Their debut Dome 1 set out the duo’s stall very well indeed - people who are interested in the post-post-punk investigations of This Heat will take a particular shine to this one. Now Dome 1 has been reissued by Editions Mego.
  • Genre(s):
  • Experimental / Avant-garde / Sound Art / Field

Kukangendai
Palm

Sometimes I feel like anything straightforward will become more complicated in Japan. Kukangendai take your regular bass, guitar and drums outfit and churn out relentless polyrhythmic tracks with punk esthetics. No funny business except their counting skills, and the result is Palm, both hypnotizing and rather confusing.

Ernstalbrecht Stiebler
Reworks

German composer Ernstalbrecht Stiebler turned 85 this year. Karlrecords rises to the occasion with an album of reworks - the first in a series, by the way - by a few of the minimalist trailblazer’s appreciators. Stiebler’s aesthetics are interpreted by Raster-Noton co-founder Frank Bretschneider, Jasmine Guffond, Jes Strüver with Werner Durand (as Phonosphere), Kammerflimmer Kollektief and Bérangère Maximin.
  • Genre(s):
  • Experimental / Avant-garde / Sound Art / Field

Arthur Russell
Instrumentals

Hot on the heels of the reissue of his orchestral opus Tower Of Meaning, here is a vinyl release for Arthur Russell’s Instrumentals, a suite of contemporary music imbued with Russell’s gorgeous ear for melody. Involved parties include Julius Eastman and Rhys Chatham. This double LP includes all the Instrumentals and two more pieces besides. On Audika, with a bonus booklet.
  • Genre(s):
  • Experimental / Avant-garde / Sound Art / Field

Arthur Russell
Tower of Meaning

An incredible treat right here for Arthur Russell fans! Everyone knows the man was eclectic, flitting from disco to avant-disco to synth-pop to echo-ballads… But few are familiar with Tower Of Meaning, Russell’s composition for orchestra. It is a beautiful, minimal work, originally released in a very slender edition. But now we have it remastered and reissued by Audika! Enjoy.

Arthur Russell
Corn

Corn is the first music from Arthur Russell’s diverse catalogue to be released in seven years. The album is made up from nine tracks that were recorded between 1982 and 1983. The direction Russell had taken at this time won’t surprise too many fans as songs from these sessions have appeared on 2004’s Calling Out Of Context. Fans will also be desperate to get their hands on this for the closing track, Ocean Movie, touted as one of Russell’s most beautiful pieces.

Doomsquad
Let Yourself Be Seen

Toronto trio Doomsquad are here with their third album Let Yourself Be Seen, a funky engagement with the world as it is (climate change, Instagram et al). For music made by three siblings, its impressive and great that this album is so sexy, with a fun / funky party pulse backing each track. Dancefloor utopianism on Bella Union.
  • Genre(s):
  • Experimental / Avant-garde / Sound Art / Field

Efrim Manuel Menuck & Kevin Doria
Are Sing Sinck, Sing

These two seem to be good friends now. The Godspeed person and the Growing lad are now officially a duo having toured together mainly to play the songs off Efrim's recent Pissing Stars opus. Everything went so well on stage that they decided to work together in a more permanent fashion and these are the first fruits. It's a heartwarming tale.   
  • Genre(s):
  • Experimental / Avant-garde / Sound Art / Field

Triple Negative
Precious Waste in our Wake

Collectively hailing from New Zealand, Germany and Romania but forming in London, Precious Waste In Our Wake is the debut full-length effort from Triple Negative. Nominally occupying the much-respected ‘rock’ category, this trio make music far too chaotic, complex and humorous to really fit comfortably anywhere. 
  • Genre(s):
  • Experimental / Avant-garde / Sound Art / Field

MAAT
The Next

'The Next' is a compilation of works by MAAT - German artist Dörte Marth AKA Xyramat who has been active since the early '80s creating her visionary experimental/electronic music. Spencer Clark has been hugely inspired ber her work, particularly for his creations as Fourth World Magazine and Typhonian Highlife. He's curated a fine selection of tracks as an overview of her largely under the radar output and is presenting them on his Pacific City Sound Visions imprint. MAAT creates a wondrous musical world using a combination of drum machines, percussion and classical influences and shares a sense of mystery and awe with the work of the legendary Limpe Fuchs.
  • Vinyl LP (PCSV 078)
  • In stock and ready to ship
  • Limited edition
  • Last copy
  • Genre(s):
  • Experimental / Avant-garde / Sound Art / Field

Lee Ranaldo, Jim Jarmusch, Marc Urselli, Balázs Pándi
s/t

The curiously titled s/t is the brainchild of producer Marc Urselli, who brought together three complete strangers to each other (indie filmmaker Jim Jarmusch, Sonic Youth guitarist Lee Ranaldo and sometime Merzbow drummer Balázs Pándi) for a one-off, late-night studio session in New York. CD edition contains two extra tracks from the three-track LP version.
  • Genre(s):
  • Experimental / Avant-garde / Sound Art / Field

Anthony Burr and Charles Curtis
Chamber Music: Alvin Lucier & Morton Feldman

An interesting combination here of pieces by Alvin Lucier and Morton Feldman, selected and performed by Charles Curtis and Anthony Burr, a very talented pair. Chamber Music features three fairly early Feldman pieces and three of Lucier’s pure-tone wonder-vignettes. Perhaps their placement next to one another will illuminate certain aspects of each composer. Excellent performances on Important Records.

Alvin Lucier
Orpheus Variations

Alvin Lucier here continues to compose for the excellent cellist Charles Curtis. Orpheus Variations is drawn from a sonority from a Stravinsky piece, though presented here in rather more abstract context. Curtis’ cello weaves through a seven-part wind ensemble (here, the SEM Ensemble conducted by Petr Kotik), creating amazing waveform effects in that unique Lucier style. Out on Important Records.

Tony Buck & Massimo Pupillo
Time Being

Tony Buck and Massimo Pupillo come from fairly different corners of the free-improvised music world, with Buck’s group The Necks famed for their tranquil ecstacy and Pupillo’s group Zu known for their metallic brutality. This duo record finds them carving out some new territory of their own, with ambience, noise and electronics coalescing into some pretty vivid scenes. Time Being is released by Trost.
  • Genre(s):
  • Experimental / Avant-garde / Sound Art / Field

Laura Cannell
The Sky Untuned

Violins with alternative tunings? What ever next? The Sky Untuned by Laura Cannell uses violins alternative tunings and two recorders to make her minimalist fifth album. It was recorded live in a church in Norfolk. If you like Colin Stetson, Sarah Davachi, Sarah Neufield or Richard Dawson, among others, you should check this out. CD on Brawl Records.
  • Genre(s):
  • Experimental / Avant-garde / Sound Art / Field

Yuri Morozov
Strange Angels

Compiled by Alan Gubby of psych-experimenters Revbjelde Strange Angels presents the first release of Yuri Morozov to the west, after recording for over 40 years and producing more than 46 albums that covered prog, psych, industrial, experimental electronics akin to Radiophonic Workshop, and freak out folk. Being banned and monitored by the KGB means this is the first time this stuff has been on vinyl and CD.

Bark Psychosis
Hex

'Hex' formed part of the first wave of post-rock made whilst the likes of Mogwai were in short trousers but it has more in common with the splintered atmospheres of late period Talk Talk, a meticulously conceived masterpiece of mood and emotion. Now expertly re-mastered and re-pressed, this is an essential purchase for fans of exploratory, forward thinking music.     
  • Genre(s):
  • Experimental / Avant-garde / Sound Art / Field

Soundwalk Collective with Jesse Paris Smith (featuring Patti Smith)
Killer Road

Soundwalk Collective were pleased and surprised to end up working with Patti Smith after a chance airplane meeting. Together with Patti’s daughter Jesse Paris Smith, the ensemble pay tribute to Nico, reinterpreting her lyrics and sonically representing different aspects of the Killer Road on which Nico had her fatal bike accident. An eerie and woozy stretch of semi-ambience and spoken-word, out on Bella Union.
  • Genre(s):
  • Experimental / Avant-garde / Sound Art / Field

Scott Walker
The Childhood of a Leader - Original Soundtrack

Wow! Brand new Scott Walker! The avant-crooner legend has been enlisted to create a full-blown orchestral score to Brady Corbet’s The Childhood of a Leader, a Satre adaptation set in 1919. There’s plenty of the dissonance of late-period Walker at play here, a perfect fit with the tense psychology of the film. On 4AD.
  • Label(s):
  • 4AD

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