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Mohammad Reza Mortazavi
Focus

Fascinating rhythmic explorations by Mohammad Reza Mortazavi on Padre Himalaya. The way he renders the timbres and textures of two traditional Persian instruments, the tonbak and the daf, make for captivating and intimate listening. Most interesting is the seeming relationship between this style and European minimal techno.
  • Vinyl 12" (PH003)
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Francis Plagne & crys cole
Two Words

Here’s something thats nice to see: two artists from really rather distinctly different areas finding common ground on which to collaborate. crys cole is a subtle sound artist working with some fairly abstract material, whereas Francis Plagne is a songwriter and player of keyboards and organs. Two Words is a fantastic mix of shifting layers of textures, vocals, melodies and sheer sound, producing a curious but powerful effect. Out on Black Truffle.
  • Vinyl LP (BLACKTRUFFLE035)
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  • Experimental / Avant-garde / Sound Art / Field

De Fabriek
Schafttijdsamba

B. F. E. Records (Minimal Man, Glorious Din) reissue this 1982 LP from Dutch experimentalists De Fabriek. Schafttijdsamba is a varied listen. On tracks like ‘Future Discoverer’ the group fit relatively easily into the minimal synth boom of the time, though admittedly with a more abstracted take on things. However, elsewhere the group’s minimalist groove tracks like ‘Barbara’ touch on The Pop Group and 23 Skidoo, and ‘Indudent Babylon’ is pretty much music concrete. Intriguing stuff.
  • Vinyl LP (BFE 047)
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  • Limited edition
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LWW
3PE

LWW is none other than Portland, Oregon's Luke Wyland with a three-lettered moniker describing his explorations in joyous repetition and softly-stated minimalism. Harsh vowels need not apply, but some rounded ones may accidentally appear. The project has already acquired the Nils Frahm / Piano Day seal of approval for the track 'PNO' (told you) which made the Frahm official PD playlist this year. A record on which Wyland has allowed unadorned, unembellished single takes to form and evolve naturally. Which is cool. LP on the always reliable Leaf Label.
  • Vinyl LP (BAY87V)
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  • LWW
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  • Experimental / Avant-garde / Sound Art / Field

Russell Haswell
Factual


  • Vinyl LP (EMEGO157)

Jarboe / Father Murphy
Split

Jarboe, the dark queen, is working alongside Father Murphy, the Italian art-rock catholic-guilt experimentalists. As you can imagine, this pair-up guarantees some seriously intense and darkly erotic vibes, and the two tracks of this 10” will not disappoint you. 10” record on Consouling Sounds, released in an edition of 500.
  • Vinyl 10" (SOUL0084LP)
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  • Experimental / Avant-garde / Sound Art / Field

Blurt
Poppycock

At the time of writing (5th April 2018), Poppycock - the third studio LP from 80s art-punks Blurt - is ranked as the 831st-best album for 1986 by Rate Your Music. Initially that doesn’t sound very impressive, but consider 1) how many records were released that year, and 2) those lists tend to be skewed by people who actually think that Peter Gabriel’s So deserves a place in the top 20 and the odds start to look more favourable for Blurt. Anyway, Poppycock is a funny old thing, a zany saxophone-led affair that recalls The Birthday Party and James Chance & The Contortions as well as paving the way for the wtf-fest that was Mr. Bungle. Now remastered and reissued by Klanggalerie.
  • CD (CDGG267)

Michael Beharie & Teddy Rankin-Parker
A Heart From Your Shadow

Michael Beharie of Zs and Teddy Rankin-Parker (a cellist who has worked with Steve Reich, Pauline Oliveros and the like) have known each other for years, but this is their first collaboration, and what a well-considered treat it is. Energetic and intricate music, mixed by the big man Jim O’Rourke. A Heart From Your Shadow is released by Mondoj.
  • Vinyl LP (MONDOJ 05)
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P J Philipson
Linotopia

Jane Weaver’s current guitarist-of-choice P J Philipson follows up 2014’s Peaks with a new LP on Little Crackd Rabbit. Linotopia is built around Philipson’s spacious guitar-scapes, rendered on both acoustic and electric instruments. These are then augmented by effects, synths, drum machines and field recordings to create rich instrumentals that sit somewhere between Steve Reich and Manuel Goettsching.
  • CD (LCR012)
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  • Experimental / Avant-garde / Sound Art / Field

LCC
d/evolution


  • Vinyl LP (EMEGO198)
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  • LCC

Grimm Grimm
Cliffhanger

The new record from Japanese expat Grimm Grimm is a fine piece of contemporary psychedelia. Cliffhanger has its roots in the psychedelic folk of Syd Barrett, but also takes in psych-rock, freak-folk ala mid-period Animal Collective and even a little of the Ghost Box ilk. It’s testament to Grimm Grimm’s skill, and a real asset to Cliffhanger, that he manages to shackle his freaky-deaky tendencies with a knack for good songcraft.
  • Vinyl LP (SOP002)

Cruel Diagonals
Disambiguation

Drawing Room Records present the debut LP from Bay Area vocalist/field recordist Megan Mitchell’s Cruel Diagonals project. Disambiguation is an unsettling listen, with Mitchell utilising electronic sequences and synthesised hums alongside the sounds she’s found and the ones she’s made with her voice. The lines between electroacoustic composition, ambient techno and drone blur nicely here, and the end result recalls Holly Herndon.
  • Vinyl LP (LPDRR00031)

Eiko Ishibashi and Darin Gray
Ichida

Eiko Ishibashi and Darin Gray are two perhaps slightly under-the-radar artists, though they move in the orbits of the likes of Jim O’Rourke, Chris Corsano and Loren Connors. Their collaboration here is a live flute, electronics, piano, and double bass improvisation, full of delightful textural and melodic touches. Ichida is released on Oren Ambarchi’s Black Truffle imprint.
  • Vinyl LP (BLACKTRUFFLE039)
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  • Experimental / Avant-garde / Sound Art / Field

Tigue
Strange Paradise

On Strange Paradise, Tigue, who are loosely described as a percussion trio, utilise drums, vibraphones, gongs, synths and other found items that make interesting sounds to create a soundscape that changes subtly in tone and rhythm as each musician reacts to one another’s actions. LP on NNA Tapes.
  • Vinyl LP (NNA112LP)
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  • Experimental / Avant-garde / Sound Art / Field

Jon Collin
Water and Rock Music Volume 1

Feeding Tube Records (Blue Sabbath Black Fiji, Thurston Moore) front the fifth LP from slide guitarist Jon Collin. Water And Rock Music, Volume 1 is a more literal title than it may at first appear given that the record actually was recorded on the shores of a Swedish lake. These lovely, woozy takes capture the tranquility of the location expertly. Keep an eye out for the second volume which is set to drop in a few months.
  • Vinyl LP (FTR399LP)

Laura Cannell & André Bosman
Reckonings

On Reckonings, we get two experimental violinists for the price of one -- this is the debut album from Laura Cannell & André Bosman as a duo. The pair set about channeling medieval cultures and strange alien worlds; herein, ancient melodies co-mingle with the drone of re-imagined, long-asleep Saxons. The album was composed spontaneously and recorded in old churches, to capture the essence of their playing -- unrehearsed, unplanned, direct. Their recordings took place during all seasons with wind howling, torrential rain-showers, blazing sun and thawing snow all happening variously outside.
  • CD (BRAWL012)
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  • Experimental / Avant-garde / Sound Art / Field

Andrew Liles
Cover Girls

Cover Girls is a cunningly diverse collection of women-only covers curated by Nurse With Wound’s Andrew Liles. Featuring the likes of Elisabeth Oswell, Gena Netherwood and Alex Jako covering everything from The Buggles to Einstürzende Neubauten to David Essex. Out on CD digipack from Dirter.
  • CD (DPROMCD111)
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  • Experimental / Avant-garde / Sound Art / Field

Lau Nau
Valohiukkanen


  • Vinyl LP (FR88LP)

Miki Yui
Mills

Warm field recording clutter for broken droners. Miki Yui's newest record for Cusp Editions sounds beautiful through and through, recalling the shuttering architecture of records by Danny Clay. Using clanging, metallic sound sources and odd strands of half-baked rhythm, Yui creates an inviting, Sunday morning kinda experimentalism.
  • Vinyl LP (CUSPEDITIONS 006)
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​Object Collection
Prisons For Profit

Object Collection are a Brooklyn-based ensemble who bring experimental operatic approaches to the live archives of Fugazi, creating intense and beguiling pieces out of incidental recorded words and sounds (but not any of the songs). Prisons For Profit is a handsome 7” single containing a track from the ensemble’s album and two additional exclusive tracks.
  • Vinyl 7" (SLP041)
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  • Coloured vinyl
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  • Experimental / Avant-garde / Sound Art / Field

Coil / The New Blockaders / Vortex Campaign
The Melancholy Mad Tenant


  • Vinyl Double LP (IF-68LP-05)
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Steve Reich
Drumming

What collection of the great works of Steve Reich would be complete without the mighty Drumming? The piece, scored for a percussion ensemble of marimbas, glockenspiels, tuned bongos etc., moves beautifully through an array of rhythms and counter-rhythms, following Reich’s simple-but-complex patterns. This classic 1987 recording has been remastered for this vinyl reissue on Pure Pleasure.
  • Vinyl Double LP (SV097)
  • CD (SV097CD)

Zu & Eugene S. Robinson
The Left Hand Path

This collaborative LP features Zu on a more droney mission than their usual polyrhythmic jazz freakouts, maybe because that sound has 0 room for vocals. Self-proclaimed as 'moon musick', it features the voice of Oxbow's Eugene S. Robinson floating over Zu's electronics, perhaps curbing the madness. Perhaps.
  • Vinyl LP (TR133LP)
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  • Experimental / Avant-garde / Sound Art / Field

Otto Luening & Vladimir Ussachevsky
Tape Recorder Music


  • Vinyl LP (7CACKLP)

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. 
  • CD (CORE01)
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  • Experimental / Avant-garde / Sound Art / Field

Tom James Scott
Crystal


  • Vinyl LP (CAR004)

Coims
Blues in F Sharp

It's a slightly mysterious one, this. Bristolian duo Coims make noisy post-industrial, electronic-rock deconstructions influenced by and in response to the continual renewal, regeneration and gentrification of their immediate urban environment. Bristol, eh? Anyway, it's their debut LP and the first full, 'official' release of their only long-form record to date -- following a very limited test-run of Blues in F Sharp, nearly a year back now. Be warned though, this is some abstract and wholly unpredictable stuff. Sounds exciting to us, and 'string destructions' are promised... Ideal. Clear blue vinyl LP on Vohu Mana Music, limited to 250 copies housed in a pink & blue screen-printed sleeve.
  • Vinyl LP (VM #02 2018)
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  • Limited edition
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  • Experimental / Avant-garde / Sound Art / Field

Muslimgauze
Drugsherpa


  • CD (ARCHIVETWENTYONE)

Musarc & Neil Luck
Bloody Sirens

Entr’acte have pressed up 200 copies of this LP documenting London's choral ensemble Musarc performing three works by London-based composer Neil Luck. Bold sound poetry and spoken word blur into surreal vocal soundscapes as the tantalising sonic qualities of the English language are elevated into profound new realms on this baffling yet compelling avant-garde work.
  • Vinyl LP (E228)
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  • Limited edition
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  • Experimental / Avant-garde / Sound Art / Field

Sote
Persian Electronic Music Volume 2 / Sacred Horror In Design

A new one from the most intense and hardcore mixer of all time, Sacred Horror In Design sees Sote follow-up the unbelievable and unprecedented Hardcore Sounds from Tehran. This record comes as a commission for Sote, who is joined by Arash Bolouri and Behrouz Pashaei, the trio bridging juxtapositions of electronics and Iranian classical music in divergent patterns. Sote left many of the instruments played on the record unprocessed against their electronic counterparts.
  • Vinyl LP (SRV454)

Current 93
The Stars On Their Horsies

Current 93 continue their near-40 year experimental musical journey by scoring a pair of group founder and only constant member, David Tibet’s recent nightmares. Their umpteenth album, The Stars On Their Horsies is one long song clocking in at precisely 39 minutes and 39 seconds. CD on The Spheres.
  • Vinyl LP (THESPHERES21LP)
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  • CD (THESPHERES21)

Ancient Crux / Norse Horse
Split


  • Vinyl 7"
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  • Experimental / Avant-garde / Sound Art / Field

Loren Connors
The Departing Of A Dream Vol. V

Releases of the music of Loren Connors are always welcome, and they are especially so when they continue a remarkable suite of records intended as a tribute of sorts to Miles Davis. The Departing Of A Dream Vol. V is a typical example of Connors’ near-spiritual craft with the electric guitar: beautiful. 10” record, released in a strictly limited edition of 500 copies by Family Vineyard.
  • Vinyl 10" (FV98LP)
  • Limited edition
  • Genre(s):
  • Experimental / Avant-garde / Sound Art / Field

Various
Movements

Touch are a label blessed with a wonderful roster of regular / irregular contributors, so any kind of compilation from them is well worthy of attention. Movements contains brand new and exclusive tracks from thirty-three artists, with weighty names like Jim O’Rourke, Mika Vainio, Chris Watson and Philip Jeck among them… Seriously, some of the best in the business are represented here. All presented on CD along with a book of Jon Wozencroft’s photography.
  • CD box set (FOLIO002)

Anne-James Chaton & Andy Moor
Tout Ce Que Je Sais

Tout Ce Que Je Sais captures a live recording by experimental poet Anne-James Chaton and improvising guitarist Andy Moor (primarily of The Ex), further exploring their long-running duo collaboration in the Carreau du Temple in Paris. The pieces here engage with controversial literary greats like the Marquis De Sade and William Burroughs. CD and LP release on Unsounds.
  • Vinyl LP (60ULP)
  • CD (60U)
  • Genre(s):
  • Experimental / Avant-garde / Sound Art / Field

Nonturn
Territory

Territory is the soundtrack to the streets of Tokyo. Nozom Yoneda, as Nonturn made field recording in the city and collated them to produce an idealised vision of his city. Yoneda has had a go at just about every style of music and has drawn on the diversity of his experience to a produce a work that is both ambitious, and personal.
  • CD
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  • Limited edition
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David Eugene Edwards & Alexander Hacke
Risha

With many years of familiar friendship and performances together in groups between them, now is the time for Alexander Hacke (of Einstürzende goddamn Neubauten) and David Eugene Edwards (16 Horsepower) to reveal their first full-length collaborative album together. Risha is dramatic rock music with a wide horizon. Out via Glitterhouse.
  • Vinyl LP (GRLI940)
  • Coloured vinyl
  • Vinyl LP (GRLP940)
  • CD (GRCD940)
  • Genre(s):
  • Experimental / Avant-garde / Sound Art / Field

Matchess
Sacracorpa

Sacracorpa concludes Matchess’s trilogy of trauma-tackling dreamlike healing music. The album is grounded in both the alien desert spaces of New Mexico and the alien urban space of La Monte Young’s Dream House, with viola, organ and voice all considerably treated with tape and paired with field recordings. The results are really quite captivating, and may prove as healing for you as for Matchess.
  • Vinyl LP (TIM134LPC1)
  • Coloured vinyl
  • Vinyl LP (TIM134LP)
  • Genre(s):
  • Experimental / Avant-garde / Sound Art / Field

Elian
Harrowgate

Some shadowy sounds from Elian. Harrowgate is the new five tracker from American producer Michael Duane Ferrell. Hes delving into the sonic pallet, blending white-noisey fuzz with tripped out synths and ominous atmospherics. Going deep into the ocean or far out into space, he's looking for something in the darkness. Out on CD from Home Normal.
  • CD (homen061)
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Richard Riggs
Karoshi


  • Tape
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Reet Maff’l
That’ll Be

A tape of light comedy and severe drone on Bloxhom Tapes, here. It sees Andy Abbott and Luke Drozd posit sonic arguments to each other through the fake histrionics of the one's spoken word and the other's sound collage, which involves scattered noise, silly samples and a lot of jokester electronics. It's supposedly a nice snapshot of Derbyshire. Maybe. You've been maffl'd? Experimental sounds made mischievous. 
  • Tape (BT02)
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  • Limited edition
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  • Experimental / Avant-garde / Sound Art / Field

Dean Blunt and Inga Copeland
Black Is Beautiful


  • CD (HDBCD012)
  • Vinyl LP (HDBLP012)

C. Diab
Exit Rumination

Previously wowing us with No Perfect Wave, his emotive and pop-oriented drone vignette record (recorded by opera-looper Ian William Craig), the wondrous C. Diab returns with Exit Rumination. Here he offers more lovely, mountainous music to stare into a valley with. Guitars, trumpets and tapes for fans of those things used out of context.
  • Vinyl LP (INJA008)

Open Corner
Empty Pool To No One

Sean McCann’s Recital (Ian William Craig, Daniel Schmidt) present this intriguing record from Open Corner. There is a neat division of labour on Empty Pool To No One - Asha Sheshadri delivers the spoken word, while beneath her passages Christian Mirande creates claustrophobic soundscapes full of pops, crackles, screeches and more. What we end up with are seven tracks which recall parts of Oliver Coates’ output as well as the recent Tarquin Manek/Martina Quake release on Blackest Ever Black.
  • CD (R48)
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  • Limited edition
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  • Experimental / Avant-garde / Sound Art / Field

Zweistein
Trip - Flip Οut - Meditation

Now here is a real epic of obscure trippy magic. From 1970, its Zweistein’s only album, reissued for the first time ever on the same format it was first presented in: a triple album vinyl box-set housed in an elaborate embossed and mirrored sleeve. Trip - Flip Out - Meditation’s music, split into three album-length parts, is super-weird, even for the krautrock / prog music of the time. What a rare gem! Now reissued in full style, and with a bonus 7” too.
  • Vinyl Triple LP (LPS149)
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  • Limited edition
  • Last copy

William S. Burroughs
Curse Go Back

This scarcely-released-before William Burroughs work has everything the Burroughs fan could ask for: cut-up techniques were used to create both the text and the tape-recorded reading of the text, so this is a plenty messed-around-with piece of sound poetics. Not to mention old Will’s amazingly craggy voice. Clear vinyl in an edition of 500 on London’s superb Paradigm Discs label.
  • Vinyl LP (PD31LP)
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  • Experimental / Avant-garde / Sound Art / Field

LCC
Bastet

LCC (or Las CasiCasiotone) return to Editions Mego with their second full length album. Bastet continues in the experimental ambient vein of D Evolution utilising field recordings and an array of electronic manipulation, this time with focus on human rituals and movement. For fans of Thomas Köner and Jacaszek.
  • Vinyl LP (EMEGO242)
  • Artist(s):
  • LCC

Alanis Obomsawin
Bush Lady

Rare and underrated, Alanis Obomsawin's Bush Lady is a cult classic finally gaining new listeners through Montreal's Constellation. Considering the lives lived by Canada's First Nations, and the political threats to their existence, the record is both a crucial sonic document and activist statement, offering a record created with painstaking attention to detail by Obomsawin (who rerecorded due to dissatisfaction with an early take). An essential fixture in the history of folk music.
  • Vinyl LP (CST133LP)
  • CD (CST133CD)

Neil Campbell
Unholy Dump

Self-confessed 'hopeless at pastiche' man Neil Campbell AKA Astral Social Club releases Unholy Dump. Here Neil smudges and blurs the essence of some of his formative goth influences. He originally wanted to call the album something even more self-destructive but found out that someone else had already called their record that. Which is a shame, really. This one is available on CD and is limited to just 50 copies! Released on Sonic Oyster.   
  • CD
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  • Limited edition
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  • Experimental / Avant-garde / Sound Art / Field

Kink Gong
Erhai Floating Sound

This release is a documentation of what sounds like a fairly amazing performance on a Chinese lake in 2010: the music (bubbling electronics) was made on a boat and the sound dispersed via 4 other boats. Hence Erhai Floating Sound. This cassette does about the best it could do in channeling the piece without actually transporting you to a lake: much more practical. 100 copies on Artetetra.
  • Tape
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  • Limited edition
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  • Experimental / Avant-garde / Sound Art / Field

Peter Brötzmann / Juhani Aaltonen / Peter Kowald / Edward Vesala
Hot Lotta

Reissue of Hot Lotta, a one off meeting between some of the greatest minds in German and Finish free jazz. Recorded in 1973, this is a truly savage example of what my jazz hating colleagues would call 'difficult sax music'. You can get a good idea of what this sounds like by looking at pictures of headliner Peter Brötzmann playing his instrument.
  • Vinyl Double LP (SRE253)
  • CD (SRE253CD)

Terminal Lovers
Drama Pit And Loan


  • Vinyl LP (STATIC 10)
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  • Experimental / Avant-garde / Sound Art / Field

Steve Reich
Pulse / Quartet

Steve Reich’s office has a huge portrait of Steve Reich looking down benevolently on Steve Reich. Which is kind of like a Steve Reich piece, feeding off itself in a continuous loop. Where Quartet is full of energy and all over the place harmonically, Pulses is a more quiet work - especially for Reich standards. The end-result entrancingly oscillates between two poles - as we've come to expect from the minimal music mastermind.
  • Vinyl LP (0075597932454)
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  • CD (0075597932430)

Brian Chase
Drums & Drones II

Brian Chase is the drummer for the Yeah Yeah Yeahs, but you may be surprised to learn that he has a serious sideline performing and composing in more avant-garde territory. Drums & Drones II is remarkable, with each piece focusing on one single drum but extracting an ocean of immersive sound. Just Intonation tuning and study with La Monte Young will do that. From In Context Music.
  • Vinyl LP (ICM015)

Monopoly Child Star Searchers
Make Mine, Macaw

Moniker-surfing bird aficionado Spencer Clark’s Make Mine, Macaw (released under the Monopoly Child Star Searchers name) is an odd fellow. Very lo-fi and steeped in the exotic imagery of the titular parrot and its eerie layers of flute and samples, it comes out sounding rather like a mix of Kink Gong and Tape Loop Orchestra. It was a CDR in 2010, but fans and newcomers rejoice: now it’s an LP on Discrepant.
  • Vinyl LP (CREP57)
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  • Experimental / Avant-garde / Sound Art / Field

Acolytes
Rupture

(8) Get up in the morning, slaving for bread, sir So that every mouth can be fed Pooooooor me Acolytes (8) That’s about the only thing that the work of Desmond Dekker shares with the racket made by this London group. On new LP Rupture, Acolytes combine computer music, IDM, noise and loops to create visceral, strangely trance-inducing numbers. Imagine if the very noisiest end of Yves Tumor spilled over into Hidden-era These New Puritans.
  • Vinyl LP (ALT41)
  • Limited edition

My Home, Sinking
King of Corns

This white vinyl release of Enrico Coniglio's, aka My Home, Sinking, 'King of Corns' is as special as the music itself, a bucolic, meditative rumination on melancholia, assembled from the building blocks of gentle folk guitar, lilting harmonica and illuminating, dramatic vocals. Sometimes sweet, sometimes frenzied, this is a gorgeous album.
  • Vinyl Double LP (INFX 068 LP)
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  • CD (INFX 068)
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Brötzmann / Miller / Moholo
Opened, But Hardly Touched


  • Vinyl Double LP (CF010)

Sapropelic Pycnic
See Sun Think Shadow

Sapropelic Pycnic is the solo project of Kathleen Baird of Spires That In The Sunset Rise, and this debut release is quite a disc. See Sun Think Shadow is a suite of solo piano improvisations that reveal an impressive mastery of the instrument. Not stately and neoclassical but minimal, jumpy and fresh. Yellow vinyl on Perfect Wave.
  • Vinyl LP
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  • Coloured vinyl

Ryan Garbes
Freedom Now


  • Vinyl LP
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  • Limited edition
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  • Experimental / Avant-garde / Sound Art / Field

Richard Youngs
Regions of the Old School


  • Vinyl Double LP
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  • Experimental / Avant-garde / Sound Art / Field

Annapurna Illusion / Hellvision
Split


  • Tape (WSR19)
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  • Limited edition
  • Last copy
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  • Experimental / Avant-garde / Sound Art / Field

Fibreforms
Treedrums


  • CD (INFX 058)
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  • Experimental / Avant-garde / Sound Art / Field

The Residents
Diskomo / Goosebump EP (Expanded)

As is now traditional for The Residents, here is an old EP in significantly expanded format, reissued for Record Store Day. 1980’s Diskomo Goosebump EP (Expanded) contains all the original tracks (many of which were played on toy instruments) as well as three extra bonus tracks dating from 1992 and 2000. And the back of the sleeve contains a special Jad Fair drawing too! LP reissue on Music On Vinyl.
  • Vinyl LP (MOV12008)
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  • Coloured vinyl
  • Limited edition
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  • Experimental / Avant-garde / Sound Art / Field

Ugliness Man
Interim


  • CD single
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  • Experimental / Avant-garde / Sound Art / Field

DD Newmole
The Twilight Fires, Volume Two


  • CD (IA016)
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Luis Perez
Ipan In Xiktli Metzli

Interesting one, this. Luis Perez was one of the first people to undertake detailed research on the pre-colonial musical traditions of his native Mexico. In the early 80s, after almost a decade of travelling the country and recording the folk musics of the Maya, Nahuatl, Mazateco, Yoemem, Comcaac, Raramuri, Wixarika and other ethnic groups, the Mexican government sponsored Perez to make an LP that fused some of these sounds with his own brand of psychedelic electronica. The resulting LP, Ipan In Xiktli Metzli (Nahuatl for In The Navel Of The Moon), began a resurgence in interest in native Mexican music that continues to this day. Heard now, the likes of ‘Ketzalkoatl Yauh Miktlan’ could have been an influence on Animal Collective’s Feels. This reissue from Mr. Bongo includes the original listening instructions. 
  • Vinyl LP (MRBLP154)
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Providien
Followed By A Wraith


  • Vinyl LP (AS-008)
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  • Experimental / Avant-garde / Sound Art / Field

Orphax
Die Helden Sind Nicht Mehr


  • CD single (n/a)
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Nick Kuepfer
Rural Route 7


  • CD single (SF7)
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Dead Labour Process
People Are The Same All Over


  • CD single (DSL26)
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  • Limited edition
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  • Experimental / Avant-garde / Sound Art / Field

Karl Brummer
Magali


  • CD (BLR02)
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Pefkin
Inner Circle, Outer Circle

Droney, folky, rainy - Inner Circle, Outer Circle is a concept album by Scottish artist Pefkin. Sometimes you walk into the woods and you have all these crazy adventures by yourself - or I do, at least. And then when you get back, you realize that all the things that happened to you were part of the same walk in the woods. And that, kids, is what this album is all about. Limited to 100 copies.
  • Vinyl LP (morc70)
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Ordre Etern
Revolució Soterrada

Ordre Etern are a product of the current Spanish political climate (explicit shout-outs to Goya and Lorca are made in the press release). They aren’t too happy about it apparently, and express this through good old-fashioned industrial drum pounding and vocal howling, with decent amounts of electronics too. Involving former Nurse With Wound collaborator Victor Hurtado. On Magia Roja / Tesla Tapes.
  • Vinyl LP (MR_011/ V001)
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The Eternal Chord
Semper Liber

Interesting release from Touch here. Spire is a project run by organist Charles Matthews and curator Mike Harding that intends to update the organ for the 21st Century. In the case of Semper Liber, Spire recorded new duets from artists including Anna von Hausswolff and Clare M Singer back in 2009, and presents them here as a four-movement work. The press release warns of ‘extreme low bass frequencies’, so don’t be alarmed if your speakers start fuzzing.
  • CD (SPIRE7)
  • Genre(s):
  • Experimental / Avant-garde / Sound Art / Field

AILS
The Unraveling

Bay Area avant-metallists Ludicra called it quits around the start of the 2010s, but vocalist Laurie Shanaman and guitarist Christy Cather still had something left in the tank. Now they’ve got a few mates together and ground out this bracing LP as AILS. The dual-screeching on display here is blood-curdling stuff, and when coupled with the band’s mix of hardcore punk, thrash metal and prog-metal, it makes The Unraveling a thrilling listen.
  • Vinyl LP (FR85LP)
  • CD (FR85CD)

Nate Young
Blinding Confusion


  • Vinyl LP (NNA059)
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Various
Absence

Absence is a compilation of music that you would do very well to hear: experimental music from Iran. Artists on this stellar roster happen to include relatively big names like Sote and Siavash Amini, but also artists scarcely heard outside of Iran, all boldly exploring their sounds. CDr on Flaming Pines.
  • CD (FLP044)
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  • Limited edition

Ashley Paul
Lost In Shadows


  • Vinyl LP (SLP044)
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Derek Bailey, Tristan Honsinger
Duo

Another of Bailey’s early Incus records reissued by Honest Jons, this time a 1976 set pairing the guitarist with American cellist Tristan Honsinger. Bailey’s collaborative appearances were always quite a different prospect than his solo work. The musicians are heard playing in both near-psychic sympathy and mischievous antipathy, with Honsinger resorting to occasional outbursts of glossolalia. Despite a voluminous discography, Bailey didn’t see much value in recording of free improvisation, but this is an exciting edge-of-the-seat listen 42 years on.
  • Vinyl LP (HJRLP204)
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  • Experimental / Avant-garde / Sound Art / Field

Joe Talia
Tint

'Tint' is the first album from Aussie native Joe Talia in over a decade, and it's a doozy. An electro-suite that brings together modular synths, Revox tape machines and slamming percussion (as is Talia's M.O.), this record veers between austere minimalism and extraordinary lushness, his dynamic free jazz revealing a playful spontaneity that's hard to resist.
  • Vinyl LP (BLACKTRUFFLE037)

Myrninerest
Jhonn, Uttered Babylon Original Mix By James Blackshaw


  • Vinyl LP (THESPHERESONE)
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  • Experimental / Avant-garde / Sound Art / Field

Nu Nog Even Niet
#1 & #2

Nu Nog Even Niet is a collaborative project between songwriter Chantal Acda and poet Lotte Dodion. The pair glide through two spare, spectral works on this release. Spindly bundles of piano and violin are fogged with reverb as the duo breathily deliver their verse. The overall effect is as if amiina had got their hands on the absolute quietest bits of Bjork’s early-2000s work.
  • Vinyl LP (Oscarson no. 15)
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  • Experimental / Avant-garde / Sound Art / Field

Captain Maurice Seddon
The Seddon Tapes - Volume 1

The latest discovery from the always sterling Paradigm Discs is this selection of material from a remarkably strange English eccentric named Captain Maurice Seddon. These twelve pieces, recorded between 1968 and 2003, are a mixture of audio diaries, letters and phone conversations, exuding a powerful sense of bizarre personality. Hard to explain, crucial to hear. LP with booklet on Paradigm Discs.
  • Vinyl LP (PD33LP)

Matchess
Somnaphoria

Limited to 500 copies on coloured 12” vinyl from Trouble in Mind. Break-away experimental solo project from Chicago based Whitney Johnson (Verma). Soothing and explorative mixing of classical music and modern electronica elements, with tape loops, oscillators and violas backed by virtually-not-there ghostly vocals. If you like Brian Eno, Julianna Barwick, and Grouper this is for you.
  • Vinyl LP (TIM087LP)
  • Coloured vinyl
  • Genre(s):
  • Experimental / Avant-garde / Sound Art / Field

Derek Bailey
Solo Guitar Volume 1

A deep classic of British non-idiomatic free improvisation from the ever-inventive Derek Bailey. Solo Guitar Volume 1 combines total instant composition with (shock!) notated pieces by Gavin Bryars, Misha Mengelberg and the like. This remastered reissue features all the original material, plus a 1972 live recording, previously unheard.
  • Vinyl Double LP (HJRLP200)
  • Genre(s):
  • Experimental / Avant-garde / Sound Art / Field

Aylu
Serum


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Franco Battiato
Clic

Franco Battiato’s 1974 album Clic is back in print thanks to the efforts of Superior Viaduct: check it out. Clic is a work for VCS3 synthesiser and piano, with some assistance from Gianni Mocchetti’s guitar and Gianfranco D’Adda’s percussion. Spacey, dramatic and explorative, including an amazing shortwave radio collage at the end of the record. LP reissue in a reproduction gatefold sleeve with booklet.
  • Vinyl LP (SV134)

Liz Allbee & Burkhard Beins
Mensch Mensch Mensch

Liz Allbee & Burkhard Beins are composer-improvisers residing in Berlin, and the fertile improvisatory electro-acoustic scene of that city is audible in this LP on alt.vinyl. Mensch Mensch Mensch contains Allbee’s trumpet and Bein’s unorthodox percussion, as well as field recordings, synths, and sounds of unclear origins.
  • Vinyl LP
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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.
  • CD (DPROMDCD140)

Pauline Oliveros
Electronic Works 1965+1966

Early electronic expansions from American Pauline Oliveros. Electronic Works 1965+1966 are a series of analogue gems from Pauline's recorded out put. She built a lot of her own equipment and constructed numerous pieces through improvisation. Also, she experimented with a multitude of analogue effects and gadgets, similar to the Radiophonic Workshop and EMS in England. These recordings are a foray into mid-centaury avant-garde electronics. Out on CD from Paradigm Discs.
  • CD (PD04CD)

Stretchmarks
The Stretch m-ARKhives

The Stretchmarks are a reasonably obscure group from the late 1980’s, featuring a wild mix-up of members from Nico’s backing band, The Blue Orchids, and the plunderphonic avant-messers who would later form Stock, Hausen & Walkman. The Stretch m-ARKhives presents an assembly of variously recorded material, showcasing the group’s noisy improvised funk madness. Out on Hot Air.
  • Vinyl LP (AIRTIGHT014LP)

The Mystery Of The Bulgarian Voices featuring Lisa Gerrard
BooCheeMish

The famed choir Mystery Of The Bulgarian Voices here present their first studio recordings in two decades, together with Lisa Gerrard, a vocalist who took much influence from the choir in her formative years. BooCheeMish is an epic suite of that gorgeously stark traditional Bulgarian vocal style, and is available in CD, LP, 2CD, Super Audio CD and ultra-mega boxset editions.
  • Vinyl LP box set (PRO228BOX)
  • Limited edition
  • CD (PRO228LU)
  • CD (PRO228SA)
  • Vinyl LP (PRO228LP)
  • CD (PRO228CD)

Rafael Toral
Wave Field


  • Vinyl LP (DC702)

Rafael Toral
Sound Mind Sound Body

Early work from Portuguese sound-worker Rafael Toral. Sound Mind Sound Body is composed almost entirely out of guitar sounds, though the processes Toral has used in the devising and processing of the work have smoothed out the instrument almost completely, into a rich, ever-stretching plane of ambient drone. This is a reissue of the 1999 edition of this album.
  • Vinyl Double LP (DC701)

Thembi Soddell
Love Songs

Before we go any further you should know, Thembi Soddell has a dark sense of humour. Love Songs is certainly an album about love, but rather than the highs, it's the toxicity and harm that can lie beneath which Soddell takes as her subject. This is bleak, dense and intense music that is deeply personal and viscerally horrifying. On Room40. 
  • CD (RM491)
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Monopoly Child Star Searchers
The Garnet Toucan


  • Vinyl LP (UPLP 016)
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Fire
She Sleeps, She Sleeps

Hell of a collab, this one: experimentalist Mats Gustafsson has played sax 'n' reeds as part of The Thing and with Phil Minton, and here joins post-rock minimalist Johan Berthling (fresh from a record with Oren Ambarchi) and Andreas Werlin of the percussive dance crew Wildbirds & Peacedrums. As Fire!, a group that once extended to an orchestra of thirty, they're going to improvise, a lot, and see what comes out. I imagine 'She Sleeps, She Sleeps' will garner psychedelic fruits.
  • Vinyl LP (RLP3178)
  • CD (RCD2178)

Ensemble Economique
no thing-ness

Ensemble Economique are next up on the luscious series of Dekoder 12”s celebrating ten years of the label. no thing-ness branches out from EE’s ambient Not Not Fun jams and into industrial worlds full of foreboding sonic architecture, grey concrete and, er, grist. On a wall-mount-worthy hybrid picture disc, and over two sides.
  • Vinyl 12" (DEKORDER070)
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Ariel Pink
Thrash & Burn

Its a good time to take a look back at Ariel Pink’s early effort, Thrash and Burn. Its a sprawl of ideas and spontaneity that makes Pom Pom look tight by comparison. Historians place this as being from sometime in 1998, and coming in at 94 minutes, it is quite a ride...to be enjoyed via double CD or vinyl, on Human Ear.
  • Vinyl Double LP (HEMK001LP)
  • CD (HEMK0001)

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