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Terry Allen & The Panhandle Mystery Band
Pedal Steal + Four Corners

Straight from a simpler time, when crooks the public adored were still musicians and not politicians: Texas “outlaw” Terry Allen & The Panhandle Mystery Band’s 1985 Pedal Steal, remastered. For this weighty release, the folks at Paradise of Bachelors have added the first four of the man’s Four Corners radio plays on two bonus CD's as well. We'll let you fill in the obligatory yihaw yourself.

Solo Andata
In The Lens

Solo Andata (the Aussie duo of Kane Ikin and Paul Fiocco) assembled this one, their third for 12k, by mixing newer recordings with a whole host of old materials recovered from hard drives, email threads and the like. They got thirteen discrete pieces out of this process, so there’s a lot to digest. Acoustic instruments, acoustics and electronics go in; various pleasant atmospheres come out.
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Kenneth Kirschner
Compressions & Rarefactions

Kenneth Kirschner is a New Yorker who is known for his challenging and lengthy neo-classical compositions. Compressions And Rarefactions contains a download with 5 hours of additional material that couldn’t be fully explored when confined within the CD format. Kirschner is stretching the possibilities of what can be done with modern classical music.
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Taylor Deupree & Marcus Fischer
Twine

Twine is the second instalment in Marcus Fischer’s collaboration with Taylor Deupree. It’s a pretty minimal creature, with the backbone of the music formed from just 2 manipulated tape loops, then augmented with acoustic instruments. Subtle sonics that put the listener right there in the studio with Deupree and Fischer: an impressively effective little set. On 12k.
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Amplifier Machine
Her Mouth Is An Outlaw

Amplifier Machine’s indie rock tendencies seem to have completely disappeared on their latest album, Her Mouth Is An Outlaw. The three-piece of James Dixon, Seth Rees and Alex Jarvis, all solo artists in their own right, have made and album of atmospheric post-rock, seemingly at odds with their back catalogue. It seems they’ve done a pretty good job of it, though.
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Biosphere
The Senja Recordings

Senja lies close to Tromsø, the beloved Arctic Norwegian town and home of Geir “Biosphere” Jenssen. His new album The Senja Recordings comprises both outdoor recordings and studio improvisations created on the titular island. Obviously essential Arctic ambient listening, it’ll Senja into a daze, Senja to a happy state or Senja to sleep.

Martin Bartlett
Anecdotal Electronics: Live Experiments & Other Recordings

Vinyl compilation exploring the mysteriously little-known career of experimental music composer Martin Bartlett, who studied under the likes of John Cage and recorded with home-made and self-adjusted electronic equipment before his sudden death in 1993. Companion piece to a separately released CD-only compilation Ankle On: Electronic & Orchestral Works. 

Peter Brötzmann Octet
Machine Gun Alternate Takes

Accompanying their new reissue of Peter Brötzmann’s legendary Machine Gun album, Cien Fuegos also provide some fascinating outtakes from those fiery 1968 sessions, never before pressed to vinyl. We get an alternate spin on Machine Gun itself, plus the first take of a composition that never made it to the finished album. A must for fans of the Brötz.

Jerusalem In My Heart
Daqa’iq Tudaiq

Montréal audiovisual duo Jerusalem in my Heart (Radwan Ghazi Moumneh and filmmaker Charles-André Coderre) return after three years with Daqa’iq Tudaiq. Set to excite such blogs ‘n’ mags as The Wire, A Closer Listen and The Quietus as much as did its predecessor If He Dies, If If If If If If, the album offers fascinating and unusual textures in two separate parts: a new orchestral reinterpretation of an Egyptian classic on side A and some full-on avant garde skewing of traditional Arabic styles on side B. Something highly modern, unique, diasporic and well-made.

Feverdreamt
Melantant

German imprint Blackjack Illuminist Records (No Age, Leonard Las Vegas) drop the sophomore LP from Alexander Leonard Donat’s Feverdreamt project. Melantant is a record of portentous, Gothic art-pop that features programmed drum beats going to war with claustrophobic synths and Donat’s quavering wail. There’s clearly a lot of Scott Walker in Feverdreamt’s DNA.
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Bruce Russell & Luke Wood
Visceral Realists

Bruce Russell of The Dead C is always up to something, and in this case it is a duo with Luke Wood. High ideas and low sounds mix perfectly here, with Wood adding various instruments to Russell’s noisy assortment. Scratchy old record loops are at the core of these eight slimline cuts. Visceral Realists is released by VHF.
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Andrew Liles
Monstrous Medical Mishaps (Horrendous Hospitals and Disastrous Dentistry)

The ever busy, ever mystic Andrew Liles (of Nurse With Wound and Current 93) is dabbling into Matmos territory with the latest installment of his Monster series, which has a medical theme. Monstrous Medical Mishaps (Horrendous Hospitals and Disastrous Dentistry) uses manipulated samples of medical equipment for rhythm tracks, then laying all sorts of sounds on top. Edition of 300 LPs on Blackest Rainbow.
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Michael Begg
Vanitas

Second studio album from experimental composer Michael Begg, who scooped the New Music Scotland Award for his 2017 debut album Titan. The artist’s development of customised instruments has informed the creation of his sophomore effort Vanitas and his time in Mexico on an arts council-funded residency. 
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Ana da Silva & Phew
Island

Tantalising collaboration between Phew, a Japanese electronic musician, and Ana da Silva, a founder member of The Raincoats. Island is a long-distance file-sharing collaboration with much to say and feel about distance and difference. Abstracted tone-drones and quasi-rhythmic clicks merge with treated spoken-word in both Japanese and Portuguese, with intensive and intriguing results. Released by Shouting Out Loud!
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Sly & The Family Drone
Gentle Persuaders

Big new proper album from legendary London outfit Sly & The Family Drone. Always changing but generally performing in the form of a potent circle of noise electronics and drums, at the moment they also have a good deal of saxophone in the mix, which allows Gentle Persuaders to reach some fierce free-jazz-noise peaks. A rough and heavy beast this one, very good stuff. On Love Love Records.

Jim Sauter & Kid Millions
Safe & Sane

Safe & Sane, the third joint album from saxophonist Jim Sauter and drummer Kid Millions, sees the talented duo eschew the tight, clipped structures of their previous efforts and instead opt for fiery, elongated jams, with billowing sheets of sound that extend over more than one side of vinyl at a time. 
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Blabbermouth
Hörspiel

Blabbermouth is the fun new project from Lu Edmonds (of The Damned and PiL) and Mark Roberts (of D-Ream and The Godfathers). On Hörspiel the pair provide a soundtrack varying from industrial to ambient while a synthetic speech robot reads texts found on the internet in different languages. Artificial-intelligence-anxiety-core.
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MALK
WMAIDIT

We all know that MALK is the guy who, in the future, you'll wish you'd got on board with. We gave his 2018 LP Death From A Love our Album of the Year and deservedly so. Music spouts out of him at a rate of knots it's hard to keep up with so it's pleasing to see some of it come out on this Lost Tribe Sound cassette. The disorientating chaos of Death From A Love is still there but this is more like early Beck and Sentridoh experiments in acoustic rattling yet with plenty of sonic scree placed on top.   
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Martin Bartlett
Ankle On: Electronic & Orchestral Works

CD compilation exploring the work of Martin Bartlett, a sadly underrated and little known figure in experimental music. Before his untimely death in 1993, Bartlett worked alone and in collaboration with others, with electronics and with orchestras, leaving a wealth of compelling music. Companion piece to a vinyl-only compilation entitled Anecdotal Electronics: Live Experiments & Other Recordings. 

Reinhold Friedl
Music For Piano…Spring / Flower / Cracker / Stream

Reinhold Freidl is the main man of Zeitkratzer, but he is just as effective as a solo operator as he is at the helm of that great avant-group. Music For Piano… Spring / Flower / Cracker / Stream is an all-acoustic grand piano record, with Friedl going deep inside the guts of the piano, wringing out all kinds of unearthly sounds. Released by Holotype Editions.
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UnicaZürn
Sensudestricto

UnicaZürn, aka Stephen Thrower (of Coil and Cyclobe) and David Knight (a key Lydia Lunch collaborator), present another suite of deep textures on Touch. Sensudestricto might very well appeal to lovers of Jim O’Rourke’s recent Steamroom work, or indeed any fan of rich, electronic-led and saxophone featuring ambience.
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Thighpaulsandra
Practical Electronics With

Practical Electronics With is the eighth album by Thighpaulsandra, and it's a stripped back number, with the broader group pushed aside in favour of Thighpaulsandra’s voice and electronics, nothing else. Not to say that this is a minimal listen: no, this is out-there synth-pop with a very loud personality. On Editions Mego.

Various
ALERT!

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

Tamayugé
Baba Yaga

Baba Yaga is generally one of the most unsettling albums I've heard in yonks. Tamayugé, a collaboration between Maya Kuroki and Tamara Filyavich, draws on their Japanese and Ukrainian heritages to create real domestic horror. Filyavich plinks and plonks using electronics while Kuroki sings like a possessed doll. 
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Maurice Louca
Elephantine

On Elephantine, Maurice Louca and his 12-piece ensemble bring together the cosmic jazz of Sun Ra and a variety of influences from Louca's own Egypt. The result is something majestic and sublime, anchored by Louca's piano and guitar playing, and occasionally loosed into free jazz ecstasy. Released on Sub Rosa.

Phill Niblock
Music For Cello

It must be something about the grey days of winter that makes people put out these bleak and infinite drones. Music for Cello, the new effort from avant-garde composer Phill Niblock, matches the weather: the CD features about six notes in total, spread over three 20+ minute tracks, recorded sometime between 1974 and 1995.

Zachary Paul
A Meditation on Discord

Debut album on Touch for Los Angeles-based musician and composer Zachary Paul. A Meditation On Discord collects two improvised live recordings made last year - titled ‘Premonition’ and ‘Slow Ascent’ made with just his violin and a selection of pedals - plus the soundtrack for a short film. Paul has previously worked with the likes of Simon Scott.
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Ken Vandermark & Terrie Ex
Scaffolding

A highly-energised session here from Terrie Ex and Ken Vandermark, two free-improvisers who have played together countless times in various combinations, primarily the ferocious quartet Lean Left. Here they strike out as a duo for the first time on record. Scaffolding is a joyous and playful meeting, backed up with serious chops. Sax screech and guitar scrabble and much else besides.
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Fixity
No Man Can Tell

Sophomore LP from Dan Walsh’s Fixity project here. As it was on previous Fixity offerings like The Things In The Room, No Man Can Tell finds Walsh teaming up with a number of session jazzers for a set of highly original jazz-adjacent improvisations. Doom-jazz, free music, stoner metal and the large-ensemble spiritual experiments of artists like Horace Tapscott are all at work here. It makes No Man Can Tell an unusual and intriguing listen.

Fixity
The Things In The Room

Dan Walsh was busy in 2016. One of the four records released by the Irish musician under his Fixity name was The Things In The Room, an LP tracked in Sweden with three other musicians. These improvisations are highly potent doom/free-jazz numbers that touch on everything from Melt Yourself Down to Free Nelson Mandoomjazz. Released through Penske Recordings.

Ly Tumnus
Tales of Space & Claustrophobia

Fraser Rowan dons his Ly Tumnus guise for a suite of heavy moods and evocative mystery. Many synths of various provenance were used to create Tales of Space & Claustrophobia, with a great breadth of textures and vibes achieved. This will definitely work for fans of vintage synth-horror soundtracks, though that ain’t all its got. Cassette on Hanamuke.

Snowdrops
Manta Ray (Original Motion Picture Soundtrack)

As alumni of Yann Tiersen and Tindersticks, the duo of Mathieu Gabry and Christine Ott, working here as Snowdrops, are well prepared to make sweet soundtrack music for the film Manta Ray. They’ve got both an Ondes Martenot and a Mellotron, as well as an MS2000, so they are really something to be reckoned with. On Gizeh,
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Joe Snape
Joyrobix

Joe Snape returns to Slip (Mica Levi & Oliver Coates, Otto Willberg) with a set of avant-songs. Joyrobix is an LP in the vein of fellow Slip artist Chaines, one that almost completely jettisons all regular songwriting techniques for a voyage into wordless, screwed-up electronics. Think Scott Walker (RIP) if he’d ever had a going-over from A. G. Cook.

Rhodri Davies / David Sylvian / Mark Wastell
There Is No Love

Rhodri Davies and Mark Wastell performed this piece at Cafe Oto in 2016 playing along to a recording of Sylvian reading out the lyrics. The recorded version is just as disconnecting, with the latter's beautifully ageing voice combining with the former's harps and vibraphone and Wastell's...well...everything. 
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Marja Ahti
Vegetal Negatives

Having released Entering A Cloud on Longform Editions in 2018, Marja Ahti has moved on to Hallow Ground to release her full length Vegetal Negatives. Ahti contrasts field recordings and with synthesisers to draw out and exploit their physical and more spiritual similarities. Abstract and ambitious. 

Visible Cloaks with Yoshio Ojima and Satsuki Shibano
FRKWYS Vol. 15: serenitatem

Oregon electronic/ambient duo Visible Cloaks in a Transpacific partnership. Joined by Japanese modern ambient composers Yoshio Ojima, from Kankyo Ongaku fame, and Satsuki Shibano, this quartet has created a beautiful album packed with mallets, rich synthesizers, and lush pads. Beautiful intercontinental collaboration to stretch your ears.

Senyawa
Sujud

Who wouldn’t love Senyawa, the duo from Indonesia who combine traditional Indonesian folklore and music with black metal vocals, noise textures, and all manner besides. Sujud is their new record, and features a specially home-built guitar as well as Rully Shabara’s incredible vocals. On Sublime Frequencies.

Marcus Fischer & Simon Scott
Shape Memory

Simon Scott is, of course, the drummer in recently reconstituted shoegazers Slowdive. He has though had a long, separate career as a master of ambient bliss-outs, and here returns to Taylor Deupree's esteemed 12K label for a collaboration with friend, fellow ambient explorer and multidisciplinary artist Marcus Fischer. Although the pair discussed the album and shared sound sources beforehand, the bulk of the work was recorded on a spare day on Slowdive's whizz through the USA. Utilizing cassette loops and a plethora of additional sounds, samples and instruments, the results of the collaboration are an immersive series of deeply rich sonic textures.    
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Stephen Vitiello & Taylor Deupree
Fridman Variations

Music gliding outwards from a loose knot of guitar, modular synth and tape synth - that’s what cheerful collaborator Stephen Vitiello and 12k godfather Taylor Deupree bring you on Fridman Variations. There’s a live recording made at New Ear Festival at the Fridman Gallery in New York followed by two immaculate studio variations on the setup.
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Territorial Gobbing
Gubbins

Leeds’ premier soundmonger returns with another record. Territorial Gobbing is a one-man noise machine who cranks out full-lengths at ferocious rate. Latest effort Gubbins finds TG incorporating drone and concrete influences into his screechscapes. Tracks are called things like ‘Body Sandwich’ and ‘Eat Your Manager’. A weird, funny and unique listen. Gubbins is out via Cruel Nature (Workin’ Man Noise Unit, Bodies On Everest),

Various
An Anthology Of Greek Experimental Electronic Music 1966-2016

Those smart people over at Sub Rosa here provide a great overview of Experimental Electronic Music made by Greek artists over a fifty year period. There is a great deal to love and discover here, from the bossman Iannis Xenakis himself to contemporary practitioners like Dimitra Lazaridou-Chatzigoga and Free Piece Of Tape. A very high-grade anthology, whatever your starting point.

The Residents
Mole Box, The Complete Mole Trilogy pREServed

Between 1981 and 1985, legendary art/multimedia collective The Residents famously released a triptych of albums bracketed as ‘The Mole Trilogy’, an undertaking that went on to include some notorious live performances. This new 6xCD set represents the final word on this era, including all three albums, a full live recording and 3 hours of previously unreleased music. 
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Normal Brain
Lady Maid

The most honest label in the world WRWTFWW (look it up) have reissued the long out of print album Lady Maid by Normal Brain. First released in 1981, that album showed how playful electronic music could be. Yukio Fujimoto used a number of synths to produce the album, but most alluring, he also used a Texas Instruments Speak & Spell. 

Various
Grabar y Coagular - A History of Audio Pieces by Peruvian Artists (1972​-​2018)

We’ve really got it all here: today we have a collection of pieces of sound art by Peruvian artists, representing a time-span of more than 45 years. Grabar y Coagular is a disc of wonders, with sound works that use text, voice, language, and, in one case, the use of a turntable needle on a CD. Explorative compilation on Buh Records.

Current 93
Soft Black Stars

Soft Black Stars was he 15th album by folk-based experimentalists Current 93. Originally released in 1998, the album came 15 years into the band’s career. This remastered 2LP reissue features two additional versions of closing track Chewing On Shadows, never before released on vinyl. For the curious and uninitiated, Antony & The Johnsons recorded their own version of the title track for their I Fell In Love With A Dead Boy EP. Double LP on The Spheres.

David First
Same Animal, Different Cages Vol. 4: Sitar Music of North Brooklyn

Fourth album of Sitar Music of North Brooklyn from David First. On Same Animal, Different Cages First draws from the Indian raga to create his own more melodically repetitious improvisations. This entry is also much less of a solo affair than its predecessors, featuring a percussionist who forces First into a slightly more rigid structure. On Fabrica.
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IQ+1
Conversaphone Plus

First album from six years from improvisational group IQ+1. Here, on Coversaphone Plus, the six band members create six tracks of fully liberated, and unconstrained collective mayhem. The most compelling thing about the record is how non-hierarchical it sounds, with no one member ever taking precedence over the others. On mappa.
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S S S S
Absence

Milan-based Haunter Records (Zuli, Broshuda) welcome back friend of the family S S S S. On the Absence EP - his first record to drop on Haunter since 2015’s Just Dead Stars For Dead Eyes - the Swiss producer comes through with a quartet of tunes that anchor themselves in industrial techno while also incorporating other sounds and influences. ‘Stripped’, for instance, is a kind of brutalist juke nightmare. GIL shows up at the end of Absence with a remix of ‘The Terrible Virtue Of Forgiveness’.

Senyawa
Calling The New Gods

Vincent Moon is not, in fact, the mutant spawn of The Mighty Boosh’s two protagonists. He’s a filmmaker, and in 2012 he chronicled a journey made by the Indonesian duo Senyawa’s around the Javan city Yogyakarta. This became the short film Calling The New Gods, and its soundtrack is set to wax here by Brussels imprint Okraina Records. Wukir Suyandi proves himself a whizz on several instruments, while singer Rully Shabara has a beautiful voice and a great range.
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Vieo Abiungo
The Dregs

‘The Dregs’ by Vieo Abiungo (A.K.A. William Ryan Fritch) brings to mind myriad folk traditions from all across the globe, with a highly unique and exploratory attitude towards percussion. The label releasing the album, Lost Tribe Sound, focus on a meshing of electo-acoustic and beat experimentation, and Fritch’s wildly distinctive approach to composition fits in perfectly.
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Eleh
Home Age 2

More delicious pure-sound from the mysterious maestro Eleh. Synthesisers are used to channel colossally deep drones from the far atmosphere, through on Home Age 2 these sounds are joined by piano, bass and organ as well (but will you know when you hear them?). Very immersive and gorgeous work as ever from Eleh, on Important Records.

Phew / Oren Ambarchi / Jim O'Rourke
Patience Soup

Live recording of a performance featuring three heavy-weights of avant-garde and experimental music. Jim O'Rourke and Oren Ambarchi who have far too many previous collaborations to name, including Fennesz, Ulver, Faust play alongside Japanese avant-garde vocalist Phew. These masters of improv take a dynamic journey through the abstract and carry it with flawless tone and palette.
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London Experimental Ensemble
Child Ballads

Back in ye olde Victorian times a fellow called Francis James Child anthologised more than 300 ballads from England, Scotland and the U.S.A. in a collection that came to be known as the Child Ballads. Here the London Experimental Ensemble go about tackling six of them in their own abstract, longform manner. These are highly atmospheric interpretations that have something of the Scott Walkers about them.
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Zeitkratzer with Terre Thaemlitz
Deproduction Live

Terre Thaemlitz and Zeitkratzer, two noted and highly-respected names in experimental music. This release finds the Zeit guys meeting Thaemlitz on Terre’s terms, adapting and performing pieces from Deproduction with acoustic chamber instruments. Recorded live in Berlin last year, spreading over two CDs.
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Bruno Sanfilippo
The Poet

Bruno Sanfilippo composes and records music for piano that sits in the richly melodic minimal vein of a Max Richter, even an Ludovico Einaudi. The Poet is sorrowful in tone and yet also comforting to the soul, the grand, melancholy piano figures swathed in electronic ambience. CD release on 1631 Recordings.

Frank Zappa & The Mothers of Invention
Weasels Ripped My Flesh

A brace of some of Frank Zappa’s many (many) albums are receiving heavyweight vinyl reissues from Universal. Weasels Ripped My Flesh is one of his best-loved albums with The Mothers Of Invention, being a frenzied blend-up of edited live recordings that refers to all sorts of experimental music modes in typically playful Zappa style. 180g vinyl reissue.

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.
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Hugh Marsh
Violinvocations

I bloody love a portmanteau me. Up their with most fun you can have with words so let me say you Hugh Marsh. You have my attention. In how it was made Violinvocations is essentially shoegaze reimagined for the violin, but the result is more abstract than that. Strange sounds merge and swell from gentler ambience to something more distorted. This is long way from his prior work with the likes of Hans Zimmer and Iggy Pop.
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Masaya Ozaki & Kaito Nakahori
Mythologies

Nobody brings the ruckus quite like the Japanese. IKKII records invited Masaya Ozaki & Kaito Nakahori to join forces with visual artist Erwan Morère to create a hazy landscape of distorted violins on one of 2017’s most trying ambient noise efforts. Mythologies is limited to 300 copies, all fitted with beautiful hand-made artwork. Highly recommended for those who love drones in all colors of noise.
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Andrea Belfi
Alveare

Andrea Belfi’s latest suite of electroacoustic percussion music is based around, a post-war Italian architecture movement with utopian ideals. In other words, a perfect jumping-off point for semi-abstract music such as this. Alveare features guest contributions from Audrey Chen and Attila Faravelli, and was mastered by the talented ears of Giuseppe Ielasi.
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Mike Cooper
Distant Songs Of Madmen

Distant Songs of Madmen was recorded live in Palermo during a solo set by Mike Cooper. It's a mix of free improvisations on guitar with some digital trickery as well as some traditional folk covers and original songs. There is a wonderful feeling of traditional blues alongside a sense of unpredictable, electric experimentation.
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Dave-iD Busaras & Toshiyuki Hiraoka
Bushy Luxury (The Whole Story)

Dave-iD Busaras, he of Virgin Prunes fame, here gets down with Japanese electronician Toshiyuki Hiraoka for a wild old twenty track / fifteen track ride (the track listings differ across CD and vinyl formats, so carefully choose the one that best fits you!). Bushy Luxury (The Whole Story) is released by Easy Action.
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Paul DeMarinis
Songs Without Throats

Oren Ambarchi’s run of wonder continues with the latest release on his Black Truffle label. Songs Without Throats is a collection of the most vital pieces by Paul DeMarinis, an electroacoustic composer with a particular interest in voice and voice synthesis. Songs Without Throats, featuring rare and unreleased pieces selected by the artist, is a strange and unusual set. Double LP.

Daniel Thorne
Lines Of Sight

Australian composer and saxophonist Daniel Thorne of Immix Ensemble strikes out on his own with Lines Of Sight. He mixes avant garde composition with classical, jazz, noise and even a bit of folk. He limited himself to just a handful of instruments and recorded them using only four tracks. The result is powerful and immersive. LP and CD on Erased Tapes.

Jean Dupuy
All Of The Time

Recital Program (Ian William Craig, Loren Connors) release a collection of recordings of the works of sound artist Jean Dupuy. A performer/painter/general artiste who has been working since the late ‘60s, Dupuy’s sonic works have done time in centres as prestigious as NYC’s MoMA. All Of The Time spans a period of 1969-2017 and proves a fine demonstration of the explorative found sound/experimental concrete practices that have made Dupuy so respected in his field.
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Pas Musique
The Phoenix

Pas Musique return with The Phoenix. It contains even tracks that highlight the band’s electronic experimental nature. The album came about over a period of two years whilst on tour around Europe and was recorded in Brooklyn. They’ve even squeezed in a sample from Finnish producer Kenneth Kovasin. On Alrealon Musique.
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Ragnar Grippe
Symphonic Songs

Swedish composer Ragnar Grippe gets an old collection released on Dais Records (Genesis Breyer P-Orridge And Thee Early Worm, SRSQ). Written in 1981 for an avant-garde theatre piece but only now seeing the light of day, Symphonic Songs finds Grippe marrying atonal Buchla experiments with a string section equal-parts Schnittke and Schoenberg. Artwork by Ascetic House founder J.S. Aurelius.
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  • Experimental / Avant-garde / Sound Art / Field

Matmos
Plastic Anniversary

Experimental electronic duo Matmos have decided to highlight the plight of convenience with their new album, Plastic Anniversary. The album was made by using plastic objects to make sounds. One sound was achieved by smashing up LPs by '70s soft rock band Bread. Interesting sounds with an important message.
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Maja S. K. Ratkje
Sult

For Sult, Norway's finest Maja S. K. Ratke cast aside her usual collection of materials and techniques, and picked up a unique, specially-modified pump organ, which she figured out how to play while she played it as accompaniment to a ballet adaptation of Knut Hamsun’s Hunger. Fabulous sound exploration with a very fresh edge. On Rune Grammofon.
  • Genre(s):
  • Experimental / Avant-garde / Sound Art / Field

Vibracathedral Orchestra
Unnatural With Pain-Relief

Yet more essential action from the revived Vibracathedral Orchestra. One side is a beautiful resonant jam (I mean, pretty much all VCO meets that description, but this is extra lovely), and on the other we hear the quartet going full throttle at Cafe Oto with assistance from actual drum demon Chris Corsano. Yes! On Krayon Recordings.

Aaron Martin
A Room Now Empty

A master of the safe space between ambient music and contemporary classical vibes, Aaron Martin is back with A Room Now Empty - not named after any of his gigs, I hope. As well as the usual layers of majestic, swooning cello, you can expect to hear banjo, lap steel, singing bowls, ukulele, the human voice and more. There’s even a roll-up piano.

Gareth Davis & Machinefabriek
Lucier: Memory Space

Inspired by Sonic Arts Union legend Alvin Lucier (one of the American founding fathers of electro-acoustic music, concrete experiments and pioneering advances in field of sound-art/installation) GD and Machinefabriek have delivered a remarkable album here that is firmly rooted in the organic, eccentric and unfathomable world of electronically manipulated avant-garde skronk, rumbling noise and other fascinating sonic debris. We are the exclusive UK retailers for this wild ride of a record. Fans of everyone from Pierres Schaeffer & Henry to The New Blockaders may apply....
  • Genre(s):
  • Experimental / Avant-garde / Sound Art / Field

Sylvain Chauveau
Pianisme

Pianisme collects together piano pieces by French-born, Belgium-based musician, Sylvain Chauveau. Many of the pieces were written for films by director Sebastien Betbeder and there one minimal piece written for choreographer Christian Rizzo. Chauveau also plays in 0, avant rock band, Arca and On. LP on Sub Rosa.

Simon Scott
Soundings

Simon Scott recently got back into his old role, as drummer for the freshly reformed Slowdive, but he never stopped with his more abstract work. Soundings was put together in many hotel rooms during tours, and mix together evocative field recordings with all manner of electronic sounds and processes. Soundings makes for a properly Touch album.

Sam Ashley & Werner Durand
I’d Rather Be Lucky Than Good / Love Among The Immortals

Werner Durand and Sam Ashley (son of Robert) have known one another since 1984, but only now have they taken to the studio for a recorded collaboration. I’d Rather Be Lucky Than Good / Love Among The Immortals features two side-long pieces of shamanic minimalism with wind instruments, spoken word and electronics. Captures some of that crucial Ashley flavour. On Unseen Worlds.
  • Genre(s):
  • Experimental / Avant-garde / Sound Art / Field

Pauline Oliveros
Reverberations I

Pauline Oliveros is perhaps best known for her peerless minimalist/drone explorations on accordion, her 1982 record ‘Accordion and Voice’ very much a landmark in the genre. Equally intriguing, however, are her experiments with electronic equipment. The double LP ‘Reverberations 1’ is the beginning of a series that looks to put the entirety of 2012's mammoth, 12 CD, archival release of this electronic work to wax.   

Mattias Gustafsson
Nattmusik

Mr Altar Of Flies and Ornaments steps out from behind his aliases for an album under his own name. Mattias Gustafsson might risk some confusion with another avant-Gustafsson, but to hell with it, sometimes you’ve got to get direct and personal, and Nattmusik is certainly that. Decayed electronics, fading piano, and all sorts of crumbling sonics give this album a very organic feel. On B.A.A.D.M.
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Marilyn Mazur
Shamania

Danish percussionist Marilyn Mazur shows off her new group Shamania, which is made up of high-grade female avant-jazz musicians from around Scandinavia. This is their first album together. It's one of those records were the talent and chops flying around each track could almost overwhelm, if the results weren’t so directly engaging. Out on RareNoise.

Tomas Nordmark
Eternal Words

From Sweden, its Thomas Nordmark. Mr Nordmark is something of a minimalist, but he makes use of the full array of electronic sound sources and processing tools now available. Eternal Words feels very large to the listener, implying wide stretches of land with its sweeping synths and slowly-cycling patterns. Out on Valley Of Search.

Various
VA Compilation #5

A lovely compilation from Assembly Field, a label who specialise in that three-way intersection between electronic, ambient and experimental. For this, VA Compilation #5, they've tapped the likes of Slow Clinic, teto SHINDA, and (courtesy of Domino Records) Bill Ryder-Jones. Fourteen tracks of thoughtful and patient yearning.

Paul Gilgunn
Here We Are Now

Paul Gilgunn presents a piece of minimal instrumental avant-rock power that propels and compels. A solid core of four electric guitars brings in some of those Glenn Branca / Rhys Chatham flavours, augmented with rhythm section and saxophone for additional layers of texture. Here We Are Now is a big great slab of a group working perfectly as one tight unit.
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  • Experimental / Avant-garde / Sound Art / Field

Sir Richard Bishop & W. David Oliphant / Karkhana with Nadah El Shazly
Carte Blanche

Karkhana are something of a supergroup, with more Middle Eastern and Mediterranean talent than I can reasonably name. Here they play vivid instrumentals while Nadah El Shazly sings at the core of the sound. On the B-side, the most lordly of the Sun City Girls, Sir Alan Bishop, sets forth along with partner in crime W. David Oliphant for some loud fun. Split LP on Unrock.

Booker Stardrum
Temporary etc.

NNA Tapes (Kalbells, Matthewdavid’s Mindflight) drop a record of intriguing percussion experiments from Booker Stardrum. Having spent time thumping tubs for artists such as Lee Ranaldo and Weyes Blood, Temporary Etc. sees Stardrum taking flight from behind his kit. His loping beats - somewhere between ?uestlove and Eli Keszler - are augment by dreamy synth textures and ambient drones. Lovely stuff.
  • Genre(s):
  • Experimental / Avant-garde / Sound Art / Field

Noyzelab
Earth / Water / Fire / Metal / Wood Cell Meditations

Released on Brian Grainger's (Milieu, Coppice Halifax) Psøma Psi Phi imprint, this is a discounted "bundle" deal set of all five instalments in the epic five-part series of synthesizer drone works. These pieces are designed for meditation by Noyzelab AKA David Burraston (NYZ, Dave Noyze, Bryen Telko) who has previously released on The Death of Rave, Cataclyst, meds, The Tapeworm, Feral Tapes, Computer Club, Fractal Meat Cuts, Entr'acte, Ge-stell, Conditional, FLUF, Gamma Mine etc. 

Dave Liebman, Adam Rudolph, Hamid Drake
Chi

First time meeting for the trio of saxophonist Dave Liebman with superb percussionists Adam Rudolph and Hamid Drake. The album is titled Chi, and the freely improvised pieces here take that concept as their root, leading to a powerful and spiritual statement. Plus, you get to hear Hamid use his frame drum, which is always wonderful. On RareNoise.

Sunwatchers
Illegal Moves

Anybody looking for psyched-out rock with a hint of free jazz and a ton of organ can get their fill here with the new Sunwatchers album. Illegal Moves hosts the usual jams approaching the excessive, left-field chord progressions, and endless solos (both guitar and organ), but also some slightly more meditative tunes -- at least in comparison to the proper noisy stuff. 

Jung An Tagen
Agent Im Objekt

It’s a question as old as music itself: what happens when conventional club music signifiers are subjected to querying skews, syncopations, minimalisms and new sound designs? Vienna’s Jung An Tagen is member of the week over at the Deconstructin’ Da Club Club. If you’re keen to have your rave cake and stroke your beard too, don’t miss these totally radical dance wonks.
  • Genre(s):
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Noyzelab
Wood Cell Meditations

Noyzelab is the sound outlet of David Burraston, a man who knows his stuff when it comes to advanced sonic arts (he’s got a PhD y’know). Wood Cell Meditations is part of a series of works that use fancy resources to create massive pulsating drone masses, designed specifically for mind-warping meditations. Three CDs-worth of them are presented here for you. Heavy.

Noyzelab
Metal Cell Meditations

How often do we really take the time to ponder the universe and its infinite meaninglessness? Dave Burraston, also known as Noyzelab/Dave Noyze, invites us to sit down and do just that. The Metal Cell Meditations comes on 3 CD-R with different cuts of the same crushing saw-tooth synthesizer drone, so you can use it for both your 3-minute morning meditation and your ayahuasca ceremony.

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