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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.
  • Vinyl LP (HARBINGER106)
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  • Coloured vinyl
  • CD (HARBINGER106CD)

Paul Schütze
The Sky Torn Apart

Polymath Paul Schütze, he of Laughing Hands and Phantom City fame, explores the uncanny parallels between our modern-day environmental transformations and the Nordic myth of Ragnarök, in which the earth is subsumed by water as a consequence of conflicted divinity, in suitably experimental form.
  • CD (GM033)
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  • Experimental / Avant-garde / Sound Art / Field

Dan Melchior
Melpomene

Stripped back, haunting and rammed with atmosphere is Melpomene - the latest brainchild of US experimentalist Dan Melchior. It was all so different for this boundary-pushing pioneer, who was previously known as a garage rock provocateur. Though this release proves Melchior is now far harder to pigeonhole, with help from an ethereal concoction of mysterious sound.
  • Vinyl LP (IDEA 20)
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  • Experimental / Avant-garde / Sound Art / Field

Coypu
Floating

Coypu’s ensemble is made up of members of Blind Cave Salamander and Almagest!, Daniele Pagliero, and the ever-busy Ben Chasny, he of Six Organs Of Admittance fame. Together they make experimental pastoral American music: Appalachian dulcimers melding with droning electronics and psych guitar. Debut album on MIE Music.
  • Vinyl LP (MIE 037)
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Birch Cooper
I Was A Teacher


  • Vinyl LP (DIGIV014)
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Cam Deas & Jack Allett
Outgrowing The Wretched Cradle


  • Vinyl LP (BRR221)
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  • Experimental / Avant-garde / Sound Art / Field

Jackie O Motherfucker
Earth Sound System


  • Vinyl LP (FIRELP169)
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  • CD (FIRECD169)

Arve Henriksen
Chiaroscuro

In 2004, Norwegian trumpeter Arve Henriksen brought Audun Kleive and Jan Bang to a variety of locations to live-compose the ten tracks of Chiaroscuro, whose sound is as much dominated by subtle sampling and electronics as percussion and trumpet. Chiaroscuro is a really remarkable listen that is frankly gorgeous. Released on vinyl for the first time by Rune Grammofon.
  • Vinyl LP (RLP3037)

Newaxeyes
Black Fax

Seattle group NEWAXEYES created a heady brew on their debut LP. Black Fax draws from genres as diverse as doom metal, power electronics, techno and industrial music to create music that is intended to mirror the synaptic-overload of the information age. They get pretty damn close, too - opener ‘False Flag’ is an intense ride that recalls Nine Inch Nails. Other touchstones include Sunn O))) and Death Grips.
  • Vinyl LP (IMPREC458)
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  • Experimental / Avant-garde / Sound Art / Field

Worldservice Project
Serve

The second LP that RareNoise Records have released from WorldService Project is a similarly irreverent affair to the last record they dropped from the group back in 2016. Serve is a Pythonesque mixture of skronk-punk, jazz fusion and avant-funk that is a lot of fun once it gets going. Also, in the past RareNoise have given us music from the band with the best name of all time aka Free Nelson Mandoomjazz, so they get a free pass to do whatever the hell they want now.
  • Vinyl LP (RNR093LP)
  • CD (RNR093)
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  • Experimental / Avant-garde / Sound Art / Field

Pali Mersault
Stridulations

Sound artist Pali Meursault has developed a unique method of composition. He makes field recordings of animals, then sets them in dialog with a series of fluorescent light tubes that he has ‘sonified’. This is done in keeping with an overarching aesthetic principle of ‘deconstructing binary oppositions between nature and machine, bio- and anthropo-phony’. Groovy. It’s a cool sound, too. Stridulations is out via Discrepant (Pierre Bastien, Meridian Brothers).
  • Vinyl LP (CREP56)
  • Genre(s):
  • Experimental / Avant-garde / Sound Art / Field

Dustin Wong
Infinite Love


  • Vinyl Double LP (THRILL251LP)
  • Genre(s):
  • Experimental / Avant-garde / Sound Art / Field

Rose Kallal
Perseus

Tasty modular synth textures from Brooklyn-based Rose Kallal, her first release in several years but once again on We Can Elude Control. Being rather quietly intense dark ambient, it’s all thick and uneasy atmospheres filled with rumbling low-end hums, ominous distant noises and rumbling percussion. The modular side of things keeps everything in slow structural motion.
  • Vinyl 12" (WCEC14)

Eve Essex
Here Appear

Here's Eve Essex with a record of myriad sounds. She uses more timbres than you even knew existed! Sax, piccolo, organ, synths, harmonicas, whistles and pedals all feature on this record, as well as Essex's voice herself, Here Appear is a set of beguiling, initially improvised pieces in debt to both the medieval and futurist. 
  • Vinyl LP (SKYWALKING05)
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  • Experimental / Avant-garde / Sound Art / Field

Pigeon Laundry
Pigeon Laundry

If you came up with a name as good as Pigeon Laundry for your musical duo, you wouldn't bother thinking up another one for your album title would you? So of course they didn't. Pigeon Laundry are Australian improvisers Shenzo Gregorio (FourPlay) and Julian Curwin (The Tango Saloon). Here they utilize ukuleles and de-tuned guitars as well as pretty much anything else they could lay their hands on (including a leaf blower). No pigeons, but possibly a washing machine.
  • CD (ROM011)
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  • Experimental / Avant-garde / Sound Art / Field

Arturo Ruiz del Pozo
Composiciones Nativas - Music for Native Peruvian instruments and Magnetophonic Tape 1978

First Published on cassette in 1984, ‘Composiciones Nativas’ was a summarisation of five compositions ‘Estudio para quena’, ‘Lago de totoras’, ‘Despegue’, ‘Noche Ashaninka’, and ‘Selvinas’. This CD reissue is part of a recovery project called Sounds Essential Collection with the aim of periodically publishing fundamental works of Peruvian avant garde music. The compositions convey a state of meditative consciousness that is relaxing and peaceful.
  • Vinyl LP (BUHR66)
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  • Experimental / Avant-garde / Sound Art / Field

Fourth World Magazine Vol. II
Pinhead In Fantasia

Ltd 12” LP with 12-page booklet. Leftfield doesn’t begin to describe this Release. Covering several media forms all centre around the theme of Pinhead in Fantasia (Cenobites dancing with wooden mops?), consisting of contributions from Spencer Clark, David Keenan, and filmmaker AR Faust. In their own words, this record was “Recorded in an Open Air theater and in a golden metal box simultaneously.” And confusion is just the beginning when it comes to Spencer Clark’s music. Derailed, yet fascinating.
  • Vinyl LP (PCSV 024)
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  • Limited edition
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  • Experimental / Avant-garde / Sound Art / Field

JOHN 3:16
עשר

Philippe Gerber of Heat From A Deadstar and Eyryx has been concentrating on his John 3:16 solo output since, as well as collaborating with the likes of Eisenlager, Anthony Donovan, and Pas Musiqiue. עשר which is Hebrew for Ten continues his path down darkly ambient shoegaze rock with growing ominous swells. Comes with download code for 17 bonus tracks.
  • CD (ALRN066)
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  • Limited edition

Fossil Aerosol Mining Project
August 53rd


  • Vinyl LP (HMS 043)
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Graham Dunning
Way Too Much Time

What glee! Graham Dunning has at last committed some of his wonderful Mechanical Techno tracks to vinyl, thus both closing the conceptual circle and providing DJ’s with some neat new club tools. Way Too Much Time is a four track EP, all constructed with that magical machine (look it up), though still functioning perfectly as a straight-up banger selection. 12” on Adaadat.
  • Vinyl 12" (ADA0053)
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Harry Partch
The World Of Harry Partch

Originally released in 1969 as part of Columbia’s Masterworks series, this album contains three pieces by one of the most idiosyncratic composers of the 20th century. Partch’s percussive, microtonal compositions, utilising outlandish custom-built instruments, display the influence of gamelan and Noh theatre. However this is very much American music, and the recitations of Barstow movingly captures the hobo lifestyle Partch sometimes experienced. The impact of this work is apparent in records by The Residents and Tom Waits, but still sounds unique and delightfully strange today.
  • Vinyl LP (ETH7207HLP)

Lucrecia Dalt
Anticlines

RVNG Intl. (Visible Cloaks, Kaitlyn Aurelia Smith) release the sixth LP from Colombian experimentalist Lucrecia Dalt. Drawing on her experience in geotechnical engineering as well as South American monster myths and geological phenomena, Dalt has created an album of curious, inquisitive electronic songs. Inga Copeland and Holly Herndon are invoked, albeit in a more skeletal guise, on the likes of ‘Tar’.
  • Vinyl LP (RVNGNL47LP)
  • CD (RVNGNL47CD)

Brian Eno
Music For Installations

New and unreleased works from the dome headed genius behind such albums as Coldplay's 'Mylo Xyloto'. This is a collection of original recordings from 1986 to date of music recorded for use in installations. Various versions available including super 6CD box set that you will only be able to afford if you are Jacob Rees-Mogg. 
  • Vinyl Deluxe LP box set (6724075)
  • CD box set (6717772)

Luton
Black Box Animals

Lost Tribe Sound had better not rename themselves William Ryan Fritch Records after all - things are getting diverse again. Here Italian duo Luton slip out a little 200-copy run of their brooding new album Black Box Animals. It combines various orchestral arrangements with electric guitar, piano, electronics and other stuff. The effect is a moody series of fragmented classical and ambient phrases in a slow dance.
  • CD
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From the Mouth of the Sun
Sleep Stations

Leftover stuff from the Hymn Binding and Menashe sessions is what we have here, showing a fuller and heavier sound than was appropriate for Menashe especially. Yes, it’s From the Mouth of the Sun, known individually on Earth as indefatigable drone cellist Aaron Martin and fizzy drone laptopist Dag Rosenqvist. If sullen synths and very emotional cello vibrato are your jam, you’re in the right place. But be quick - a hundred copies only.
  • Tape
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  • Limited edition

Boli Group
N.P.D.S.

Boil Group are an ensemble lead by Copenhagen based Asger Hartvig. It would be easy to bracket them alongside the other cross-over neo-classicists, but that would be to do Boil Group a disservice. There is a rich vein of experimentalism that runs through this music typified by the subtlety with which they elide analogue and electronic instruments.
  • Vinyl LP (PI208)
  • Genre(s):
  • Experimental / Avant-garde / Sound Art / Field

Hastings Of Malawi
Visceral Underskinnings

It’s only been 35 years since their first album Vibrant Stapler Obscures Characteristic Growth, but British dadaist agitators and Nurse With Wound associates Hastings of Malawi are already coming through with the second record. Steady on, lads. As with the 1981 debut, the eclectic, concrète collagism on show here is in complete disregard of all popular music conventions - and all the better for it.
  • Vinyl LP (SRV449)
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  • Experimental / Avant-garde / Sound Art / Field

Jean Dubuffet
Expériences Musicales De Jean Dubuffet

Reissue of Jean Dubuffet's legendary Expériences Musicales. The original can cost upwards of €5000 so at £15.49 this is an absolute steal! Dubuffet founded Art Brut (not the band), a movement which he saw as raw emotional expression. His music is definitely raw, noisy and cacophonous. A fascinating artefact of 1960s avant-garde music. 
  • Vinyl LP (22CACKLP)
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  • Experimental / Avant-garde / Sound Art / Field

Jason Sharp
Stand Above The Streams

If you can't get enough of Colin Stetson then try Jason Sharp. He also plays the saxophone and uses it to make immersive and layered electro-acoustic music. Following the phenomenal and Norman-loved A Boat Upon Its Blood, he produces four ten minute pieces which he says is an abstracted survey of organic nature. It's synth elements also fit in nicely with the latest vogue for synth composition influenced by John Carpenter, Tangerine Dream et al.   
  • Vinyl LP (CST130LP)
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  • Experimental / Avant-garde / Sound Art / Field

Antony Gormley
Sounds Of The Studio


  • Vinyl LP (GB1544)
  • Limited edition
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  • Experimental / Avant-garde / Sound Art / Field

Steve Reich / Terry Riley
Six Pianos / Keyboard Study #1

Six Pianos is a Steve Reich piece for, uh, six pianos, originally composed in the 70’s. Presented here is a brand new 2016 version produced by overlaying six pianist’s separate recordings, with personnel including Hauschka and two members of Brandt Brauer Frick. Supporting the piece is Terry Riley’s keyboard Study #1. Out on the Film label.
  • Vinyl LP (FILMLP002)

Steve Reich
Drumming, Six Pianos, Music for Mallet Instruments, Voices and Organ

Never shying away from blunt titles Steve Reich’s Drumming, Six Pianos, Music for Mallet Instruments, Voices and Organ is exactly that. Drumming alone is a nearly 90 minute piece revolving around drums xylophone and glockenspiels. The lord of repetition and subtle dynamic change in full swing. First time on vinyl since the original release in 1974.
  • Vinyl LP box set (4796310)

Hisato Higuchi
Otomeyama Bottoms


  • Vinyl LP (8MM 057)
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A New Line (Related)
Our Lady Of Perpetual Fucking Succour

A long awaited follow up to the critically acclaimed self titled debut (Dead Albatross nominated no less), this is a four track EP of minimal techno repetition from Andrew Johnson (Hood/Remote Viewer). With roots in the deep dark dub of pioneers such as Terrence Dixon, Johnson has been influenced by recent collaborations with Miles Whittaker (Demdike Stare) and has stripped his sound back to ultra repetitive beats and hypnotic dance floor jams. There are four tracks on the vinyl plus extra remixes on the download (Beppu, Perfume Advert, Maxim Wolzyn, the Humble Bee and Northerner).   **INITIAL COPIES COME WITH BONUS SIGNED POSTCARD** 
  • Vinyl 12" (HAM012)
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  • Limited edition

Sugai Ken
てれんてくだ tele-n-tech-da

Tinkerer of sound first and designer of it second, Sugai Ken recently wowed us with his broken clockwork jams over on RVNG Intl. He here returns for a "radio play" based on the Japanese movement Mingei, further suggesting an almost folk art approach to his sound effect ambience. Sporadic and serendipitous, the record speaks to Sugai Ken's brilliant and uncompromising playfulness.
  • Vinyl LP (CREP55)
  • Genre(s):
  • Experimental / Avant-garde / Sound Art / Field

Edgard Varese
The Complete Works Of Edgard Varèse, Volume 1

This welcome and affordable box set compiles historic early recordings of works by one of the 20th century’s most influential avant garde composers. It begins with Nicolas Slonimsky’s 1933 recording of his groundbreaking percussion work Ionisation. Also included are the 1950 Frederic Waldman renditions that would freak out a young Frank Zappa, making him Varesé’s best-known disciple. The 1954 world premiere of orchestral / electronic suite Déserts captures the extremes of the mixed reaction it received. 1958’s tape piece Poème Électronique paved the way for a whole world of musique concrète. Varesé’s dissonant, brass- and percussion-heavy pieces and pioneering electronic explorations still have the power to raise eyebrows today, and it’s great to have these particular recordings handily compiled.
  • CD (ACME336BOX)
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  • Experimental / Avant-garde / Sound Art / Field

Phurpa
Sacred Sounds 18.12.16


  • Vinyl Double LP (OAK011)
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Alog/Astral Social Club
Split #20


  • Vinyl 12" (12FAT077)
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  • Experimental / Avant-garde / Sound Art / Field

Dave Holland featuring Evan Parker, Craig Taiborn and Ches Smith
Uncharted Territories

A veritable avant-jazz odyssey from legendary double-bassist Dave Holland and company here. Across the twenty-three tracks of Uncharted Territories, the quartet of Holland, Evan Parker (saxophone), Craig Taborn (piano/electronics) and Ches Smith (percussion) journey into the farthest-flung corners of jazz experimentalism. While challenging, the LP remains consistently interesting as the group break off into duo and trio combinations throughout.
  • Vinyl Triple LP (LPDARE010)

Luc Ferrari
Presque Rien


  • Vinyl Double LP (REGRM005)

Nazoranai
The Most Painful Time Happens Only Once Has It Arrived Already..?

Haino Keiji's post Fushitsusha power trio Nazoranai features a rare pedigree with Sunn O)))'s Stephen O'Malley providing gravity on bass and Oren Ambarchi providing rhythmic propulsion behind the kit. Meanwhile, Haino-san is a law unto himself, unleashing a wall of hallucinatory, otherworldy guitar scree. This document of their live performance at Birmingham in the midst of a 2013 tour was mastered by Rashad Becker in Berlin for optimal clarity and heft and shows how much the trio have developed, harnessing an explosive intensity that rivals anything in Haino's legendary back catalogue.
  • Vinyl Double LP (SOMA018)

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.
  • Vinyl LP (ASH111)
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Warner Jepson
Totentanz

Warner Jepson was a participant in the good old San Francisco Tape Music Centre, and consequently played in the premiere of Terry Riley’s seminal In C. What we have here is a reissue of his own material, recorded with a Buchla 100 synthesiser, concréte sounds and elaborate systems of tape manipulation to create whole worlds of sound, used on Totentanz to accompany a 1972 contemporary dance piece of the same name.
  • Vinyl LP (ETAT07)
  • Limited edition
  • Genre(s):
  • Experimental / Avant-garde / Sound Art / Field

Jean Dubuffet
Musical Experiences

Jean Debuffet, more widely known as a sculptor and painter, turned his hand in 1961 to experiments with music! These took the form of gleefully untrained improvisations on various instruments, recorded and collaged together with lovely cassette. The Musical Experiences are wild, energetic and crude, in the best sense possible. This selection of eight pieces was first published in 1973, but is now reissued by Etas-Unis!
  • Vinyl LP (ETAT06)
  • Limited edition
  • Genre(s):
  • Experimental / Avant-garde / Sound Art / Field

John Duncan
Organic

John Duncan, for those not in the know, is a fellow traveller of the Los Angeles Free Music Society and a radical performance artist and sound-maker. Organic is his vanishingly rare debut album, recorded and self-released in 1979 and only now reissued. Two lengthy pieces of noise-texture experimentation, very captivating. Vinyl reissue from Etas-Unis.
  • Vinyl LP (ETAT09)
  • Limited edition
  • Genre(s):
  • Experimental / Avant-garde / Sound Art / Field

Wrekmeister Harmonies
The Alone Rush

The Alone Rush, the fifth LP Wrekmeister Harmonies have served up for Thrill Jockey, is the first that sees the band take to the stage as duo. The group’s miserabilist-in-chief J. R. Robinson now comes with Esther Shaw in tow as an official member. Helped wby several guest spots from Swans bloke Thor Harris, the group make music as brooding and intense as anything in the band’s catalogue to date. Nick Cave and Warren Ellis’s cinematic abstractions come to mind, as does Ellis's old fling The Dirty Three.
  • Vinyl LP (THRILL458LPX)
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  • Coloured vinyl
  • Limited edition
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  • Vinyl LP (THRILL458LP)
  • CD (THRILL458CD)

Russell Haswell
Tongue Dancer '85

Someone let noisy troublemaker Russell Haswell into the famous EMS Elektronmusikstudion in Stockholm, where he had a play around on their marvellous collection of synthesisers. Typically searing business from Haswell here. Tongue Dancer ‘85 is a single-track, single-sided 12”, limited to 300 copies.
  • Vinyl 12" (EMEGO213)
  • Limited edition

Konstrukt & Keiji Haino
A Philosophy Warping, Little by Little That Way Lies A Quagmire

Berlin’s Karlrecords previously released of a pair of Haino collaborations with experimental ensemble Zeitkratzer, which placed the Man in Black in musical contexts that stood out as unusual even in his vast and varied discography. The same can be said of this LP with Istanbul’s free jazz outfit Konstrukt. Haino’s career began with the Ayler-worshipping Lost Aaraaff, and while this feels like part of the same lineage, there’s little cosy or familiar in Konstrukt’s eviscerating mix of electronics, percussion and acoustic instruments, even before those hair-raising shrieks are factored in. A haunted transcontinental underworld racket.
  • Vinyl LP (KR043)
  • Genre(s):
  • Experimental / Avant-garde / Sound Art / Field

Gruppo di Improvvisazione Nuova Consonanza
Gruppo Di Improvvisazione "Nuova Consonanza"

Gruppo Di Improvvisazione Nuova Consonanza are legendary, at least within the tight circles of electro-acoustic improvisation fans and the deeper fans of Ennio Morricone (who was part of the group. This record is way, way ahead of its 1960s era, sounding alien and fascinating even today! Reissued by Schema.
  • Vinyl LP (SCEB944LP)
  • Genre(s):
  • Experimental / Avant-garde / Sound Art / Field

Klara Lewis
Ett

Sinking into the abyss with Klara Lewis. Ett is a the debut full length from the producer. This one is a deep sea odyssey, with Klara delving into expansive sub-60 hertz territory and the grainy upper middle. There are field recorded manipulations, loops, samples and electronics that seamlessly blend the raw matter with the digital to make a whole new thing. Out on vinyl LP from Editions Mego.
  • Vinyl LP (EMEGO190)

Bruce Gilbert
Ex Nihilo

Editions Mego mark their 250th release with a regular contributor to the label - ex-Wire / Dome member Bruce Gilbert. Ex Nihilo encapsulates his signature sonics - harsh, austere, sculptural aural brutalism, hacked into a variety of abstract and alien shapes. The fact that the album is mastered by mischievous extremist synth gremlin Russell Haswell and cut by the exacting Rashad Becker neatly indicates where it lies on the noise continuum.
  • Vinyl LP (EMEGO250)

BJNilsen
Massif Trophies

Massif Trophies is more of a piece of art than a record, really. Amsterdam based musician BJNilen primarily focuses his work on nature and how it impacts the human mind. Listening through this record you get a real sense of being where he is, and you feel as if you're side by side him going on the same adventure he is on. Available on Vinyl LP and released on Editions Mego. 
  • Vinyl LP (EMEGO233)
  • Genre(s):
  • Experimental / Avant-garde / Sound Art / Field

Giacinto Scelsi, Chris Watson & Joe Browning
Scelsi EP

Giacinto Scelsi is a not-well-enough-known Italian composer who was keen on exploring music based around only one pitch. This Scelsi EP contains an impressive recording of one of his pieces, an insect-based field recording inspired by Scelsi from field-maestro Chris Watson, and a solo shakuhachi performance by Joe Browning. What a wonderfully unusual set. On SN Variations.
  • Vinyl 12" (SN2)
  • Genre(s):
  • Experimental / Avant-garde / Sound Art / Field

Chra
On a Fateful Morning

Chra's approach to darker, foreboding electronica gathers far reaching influences together in one pot, transmitting a mysterious yet visceral result to the brain of the listener. Restless circuit chatter is enveloped in shadowy drones which break out into abstract rhythms and bass work, a journey through industry and fog.
  • Vinyl LP (EMEGO244)
  • Genre(s):
  • Experimental / Avant-garde / Sound Art / Field

Fennesz
Mahler Remix

Mahler Remix: in which erstwhile electro-acoustic guitarist Fennesz builds a performance mostly out of samples from the symphonies of Gustav Mahler. Billowing orchestral clouds come in and out of view, along with granulated tones and mangled shards of guitar. A hazy freefall into classical music history. Double LP release on Touch.
  • Vinyl Double LP (TONE52V)

Christian Fennesz & Jim O'Rourke
It's Hard For Me To Say I'm Sorry

If there’s one certainty in life, it’s that Christian Fennesz on the guitar is going to sound beautiful and completely unlike a man playing the guitar. Working together with electronic-music scientist Jim O’Rourke, he’s made the lushest ambient of the summer, filled with gentle overdriven guitars and saturated synthesizers. It’s Hard For Me To Say I’m Sorry, but then again what do they have to apologize for? This album is great.
  • Vinyl LP (EMEGO221)
  • Genre(s):
  • Experimental / Avant-garde / Sound Art / Field

Fennesz
Bécs


  • Vinyl LP (EMEGO165)
  • CD (EMEGO165CD)

Daniel Menche
Kataract


  • Vinyl LP (DEMEGO008V)
  • Genre(s):
  • Experimental / Avant-garde / Sound Art / Field

Philip Jeck
Cardinal

A new Philip Jeck record is always welcome: the man deals in turntables and old dusty records, but in a way that moves beyond the mere “ooh, sounds crackly!” He loops his source material up into whole new structures. This sense of composition and craft is very much in evidence on Cardinal, his new double LP on (where else?) Touch.
  • Vinyl Double LP (TO98V)
  • Genre(s):
  • Experimental / Avant-garde / Sound Art / Field

UnicaZürn
Transpandorem

UnicaZürn is the imaginative sound collaboration between Stephen Thrower and David Knight, both of whom have participated in some notable experimental musics (with Coil, Lydia Lunch and more). Transpandorem, their new LP for Touch, drifts around some spacey territory with synths, mellotron, guitar, clarinet, leaving behind a music that is hard to pin down.
  • Vinyl LP (TONE57)

Taj Mahal Travellers
August 1974

Reissue of album by Japanese experimental group Taj Mahal Travellers, though they only managed to travel to the Taj Mahal in 1972, 3 years after their inception. 90 minutes of improvised ambience and drone, under the coordination of Kinji Hayashi. Released on Aguirre with liner notes by The Wire contributor Julian Cowley. 
  • Vinyl Double LP (ZORN52DLP)

Joana Gama | Luís Fernandes
The Still Point Of The Turning World

Gorgeous, deeply atmospheric minimalist-inspired work from Orquestra de Guimarães composed and directed by Joana Gama and Luís Fernandes with arrangements from José Alberto Gomes. This outstanding modern composition was commissioned by Câmara Municipal de Guimarães and A Oficina / Westway Lab Festival in 2017 and has been mixed and produced by Room40 label head Lawrence English.
  • CD (RM492)
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Arve Henriksen
Places Of Worship


  • Vinyl LP (RLP3147)
  • CD (RCD2147)

Jim O'Rourke
Halfway to a Threeway

A classic EP from Jim O’Rourke’s sweetly melodic late 90s period. Halfway to a Threeway combines arrangements that you could hear on the radio with darkly comic lyrics. O’Rourke is sometimes critiqued as a pastiche-merchant, but you can’t listen to this without realising that he means it: there is just too much love in the construction of these four tracks.
  • Vinyl 12" (DC178)
  • Genre(s):
  • Experimental / Avant-garde / Sound Art / Field

Entourage
Ceremony of Dreams: Studio Sessions & Outtakes, 1972-77

Experimental ambient trio The Entourage Music & Theatre Ensemble released only two LPs during their active years of 190 and 1983. Tompkins Square have managed to collect 30 unreleased tracks that include alternate takes and early versions, alongside notes from the last surviving member Wall Matthews. Stunningly serene stuff that’ll just wash right over you.
  • CD (TSQ5463)

Meadow House
This Should Not Be Happening

For those who didn't bother getting our Meadow House LP on Public House then you'll be even more annoyed to know that there's a further LP on Feeding Tube - an actual professional label that know what they are talking about. Admittedly Dan Wilson's eccentric project is a marmite affair but Feeding Tube liked it so much they scratted through 60 unreleased songs to come up with this example of his wild Syd Barrett indebted creativity.  
  • Vinyl LP (FTR345LP)
  • Genre(s):
  • Experimental / Avant-garde / Sound Art / Field

Richard Youngs
Amplifying Host


  • Vinyl LP (JAG199LP)
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  • Experimental / Avant-garde / Sound Art / Field

Noon
Disquiet

Wow ok. This one blows your head off. Noon are a London-based trio that bring together free jazz, free rock and free everything else. They’ve taken seven years since the release of their debut EP in 2011, but Disquiet was worth the wait. The guitar playing recalls Adrien Belew and St Vincent at their very zaniest as well as packing an additional crunch that pretty much consumes the sound. The drums and bass are at once titanically massive and groovily nimble even when operating at sluggish tempos. It's a bit like Zammuto ... a bit.
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Ekca Liena
Gravity and Grace

Public House Recordings alumni Ecka Liena offer their follow-up to Graduals in Gravity and Grace, another gorgeous soundtrack to shadows and solitude. Utilising non-musical sound as a structuring device, this record houses some of the band's most ambitious ideas to date. Come for the immense, dramatic soundscapes and stay for the never-ending melancholy.   
  • CD (SOUL0102)

Laurence Pike
Distant Early Warning

Laurence Pike is the drumming part of PVT (Pivot), Szun Waves and Triosk, but he also has a solo practice, which he is sharing with us for the first time here on Distant Early Warning. These six tracks, which were all recorded live during one day in the studio (very efficient), are played by Pike on drumkit and sampler, and the variety of sounds and textures achieved is impressive. Distant Early Warning is released by The Leaf Label.
  • Vinyl LP (BAY109V)
  • CD (BAY109CD)

Deceh / Total Life
Split


  • Vinyl LP (IMPREC377)

Stephen Thrower
Trouser Bar

Stephen Thrower, a member of Coil from Scatology up until 1992 went on to work in groups such as Cyclobe and UnicaZürn. Here we have the soundtracks to short film Trouser Bar (Directed by Kristen Bjorn) and two silent films by Peter De Rome. Having previously written scores for Derek Jarman and Ben Wheatley it comes as no surprise when he switches from thumping disco to noir tinged slow jazz.
  • Vinyl LP (ABRA001)
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William Basinski & Richard Chartier
Divertissment

Serious minimalists heavyweights collaborating right here. William Basinski should need no introduction, and Richard Chartier has been ploughing a rich furrow of electronic microsound for years. Their third collaboration together is Divertissment, which is of course a richly detailed sonic environment, subtle but powerful.
  • Vinyl LP (IMPREC417)
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Various
Musique Expérimentale

Finders Keepers bring yet another vital moment of the 20th Century French leftfield to wax with this release of early electroacoustic music and music concrete. After Pierre Schaeffer secured the keys to one of Europe’s first purpose-built electroacoustic studios in 1951, a community began to incubate around the studio which eventually developed into the Groupe de Recherches Musicales de la R. T. F.. This release brings together essential works made by that loose collection of artists, who included Luc Ferrari and Michel Philippot.
  • Vinyl LP (21CACKLP)
  • Genre(s):
  • Experimental / Avant-garde / Sound Art / Field

Tor Lundvall & John B McLemore
Tor Lundvall Presents: Witness Marks - The Works of John B. McLemore

Kind of a long story, this one, but the gist as we can surmise: Tor Lundvall is an ambient submariner as good as Gigi Mason but a fair bit more neglected. On this special entry into his catalogue he compiles works by John B. McLemore, an artist made famous by, what else, a podcast called S-Town. The podcast's detailed look into McLemore's life was considered a landmark -- albeit with plenty of ethical quandaries about how far a documentary can go. At one moment in McLemore's life, he reached out to Lundvall asking if he could produce some remixes of the artist's work -- Lundvall obliged and received these fascinating and often overwhelmingly intense pieces.
  • CD (DAIS096)

Hatis Noit
Illogical Dance

Erased Tapes front four ‘sound sculptures’ from Japanese artist Hatis Noit that had previously only been released in Japan. Using her voice as the core element of the recordings, Noit has created an avant-song-cycle rich in range and emotion. Citing Japanese classical music and Gregorian chants as influences, Illogical Dance also recalls Holly Herndon and Bjork’s choir-centred LPs. Matmos turn in an edit of ‘Illogical Lullaby’.
  • Vinyl LP (ERATP108LP)
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  • CD (ERATP108CD)
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  • Experimental / Avant-garde / Sound Art / Field

Mario Batkovic
Mario Batkovic

Mario Batkovic does for the accordion something like what Colin Stetson does for the saxophone: he opens everyone’s favourite wheezy-bag instrument up to new sonic possibilities. Solo statement Mario Batkovic uses extended techniques and minimalist structures to create a really captivating of accordion compositions. CD / double LP release on Invada.
  • Vinyl Double LP (INV165LP)
  • CD (INV165CD)

David Toop + Paul Burwell
Suttle Sculpture

David Toop has been investigating free improvised music through writing and performance for many years now: this release documents his work with Paul Burwell in the form of a 1977 session in Brussels. Suttle Sculpture has never previously been released in any form, and they offer an insight into the creation and development of music that still sounds cutting edge. Vinyl from Sub Rosa.
  • Vinyl LP (SUBLOGOS03)
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  • Experimental / Avant-garde / Sound Art / Field

Hauschka
Foreign Landscapes


  • Vinyl LP (LP1312)

Skullflower
Werecats Powers Of The Crossroads At Midnight

Skullflower take many shapes, be it gruelling noise rock or their own (slightly more tasteful) take on power electronics. The frostbitten harsh noise of Draconis injected new life into their sound, and they continue to do weird things on this here record Werecats Powers of the Crossroads at Midnight, their latest entry into "the audio trilogy concerning the Darkness of Aegypt". 
  • Vinyl LP (NP-25)

Einstürzende Neubauten
Lament

Blixa Bargeld was in Leeds doing his thing with Teho Teardo the other day and it was quite extraordinary, and now here he is doing what he does best with his legendary avant-garde noise outfit Einsturzende Neubauten, whose new album commemorates the 100th anniversary of the start of World War I. With such harrowing subject matter I'm expecting something pretty sombre and hard-hitting from these mallet-wielding mood masters.
  • Vinyl Double LP (538013761)
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  • BMG
  • Genre(s):
  • Experimental / Avant-garde / Sound Art / Field

Amoral Avatar
Amoral Avatar

Instrumental rock label Trestle Records (Noon, Karras) drop another envelope-pusher. Amoral Avatar are a duo who take post-rock about as far as it can go before it turns into, like, music concrete or something. It’s not ‘post-rock’ in the vast, glacial, Explosions In The Sky sense, though there are moments - ‘AA6’, for instance - of stillness and beauty. But there are also tracks like ‘AA2’ which could be something by Pierre Schaeffer. The fact that this record was tracked in a day (!) makes it even more impressive.
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Colin Fisher
V Le Pape

Never overdubbed and always improvised guitar ambience from Toronto's Colin Fisher. A serial collaborator (Not the Wind, Not the Flag, Caribou) now breaking out on his own with the help of The Pape. The Pape has helped guide Fisher truly understand himself as a musician, and helped him produce so very beautiful music along the way. Hurray for The Pape!
  • Vinyl LP (GJ007)
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Alvarius B / Sir Richard Bishop
Strange Fruit

Unrock here issue a very special record indeed, pairing Sun City Girls' Alan and Richard Bishop on a split 10". These figures need no introduction given their work within the celebrated avant-psych outfit in which they made their names. This release holds extra significance though, celebrating 25 years of the label.
  • Vinyl 10" (UNROCKEPXXX)

Henry Caravan
A SHRINE TO A RADIATOR

Louis Johnstone is a restless creature of many aliases, and best known for the ultra-minimal collaged field recordings of Wanda Group. His intimate home recordings as Henry Caravan shrug off any semblance of artifice. This tape is a foray into rambling but unexpectedly fluent acoustic guitar improv that hints at Derek Bailey, Jandek and even Robbie Basho, occasionally embellished with spontaneous lyrical murmurs and audible nasal congestion. “Authenticity” can become a troublesome hang-up, but the utter lack of desire to impress here feels like an act of trust towards the listener.
  • Tape (DEATH024)
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  • Experimental / Avant-garde / Sound Art / Field

Ismo Laakso
Ofelia

Forgotten in a drawer for twenty years, this bizarre LP by Ismo Laakso at last sees the light of day, courtesy of Puu - sublabel of the revered Sähkö Recordings. These are some off-the-wall lo-fi excursions from the feisty Finn, with industrial and abstract sound design and texture-mangling alongside sacred choral, modern classical and many other kinds of samples. It’s aged well.
  • Vinyl LP (PUU45)

Creta
Creta

This new project from Massimo Pupillo (Zu, Laniakea), Luciano Lamanna and Roberto Zanisi sees the trio create three heady ambient soundscapes. The division of labour is thus: Lamanna brings the modulars, Zanisi handles guitar as well as an array of Mediterranean string instruments, and Pupilo’s bass moves in and out of the mix. What the trio end up with is equal parts Coil, Californian New Age and seashore ambience. Out via Karlrecords.
  • Vinyl LP (KR053)

Eric Chenaux
Slowly Paradise

Sounding like he's playing jazz and folk influenced guitar pieces whilst sitting in the hull of a tugboat on a particularly windy day, Eric Chenaux has a totally unique seasick sound that is ripe with invention. He blurs the lines between avant garde modern composition and the type of lop-sided fretwork also explored by the likes of John Fahey and Richard Dawson.  
  • Vinyl LP (CST131LP)
  • CD (CST131CD)

Meadow House
Misadventures On The Scorn Cycle

Originally sent out at random to all manner of unsuitable places, 'Misadventures on the Scorn Cycle' sees a long-awaited vinyl release for Dan Wilson's sonic experiments as Meadow House. For the uninitiated, Wilson has a particularly English style of songwriting - imagine Chris Morris crossed with Syd Barrett and you are somewhere close. Part genius, part idiot, this is a rambling, absurdist outburst crammed with bits of sheer pop brilliance.
  • Vinyl LP (KINGSARMS17)
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EMEI
EMEI

Bristol’s Aphelion Editions come through with a hyper-limited sound-sketch by EMEI. Opener ‘Frosted Glass’ sets the tone nicely for EMEI. Beginning with glacial prettiness, the melodies soon distort and overlap to create thick textures that bear comparison to the likes of both Fennesz and Explosions In The Sky. The record is an impressionistic one, with nursery-rhyme melodies, found sounds, screeching drones and more flitting in and out of the mix.
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Star Turbine
The Great Distortion

Danish noise duo Star Turbine have two recordings from their 2017 UK tour put out on a micro-run by Aphelion Editions. Culled from performances in Bristol and Edinburgh, The Great Distortion captures the lo-fi idiosyncrats in full flow. At times skirting towards music concrete and sound-art, at others approaching doomy viscera, The Great Distortion is a record that has you craning your head to the monitor so you can better understand the transmission.
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Alvarius B
With a Beaker on the Burner and an Otter in the Oven - Vol. 3 Heathen Folklore

Alvarius B is the moniker of former Sun City Girl member Alan Bishop, formerly of Sun City Girls and now going his own way. With a Beaker on the Burner and an Otter in the Oven is a series of three albums released simultaneously, and Volume Three, sub-titled Heathen Folklore, is supposedly the most fucked-up of the three records. Vinyl LP release from Abduction.
  • Vinyl LP (ABDT059CLP)
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Max Eastley / Steve Beresford / Paul Burwell / David Toop
Whirled Music

Oren Ambarchi’s Black Truffle label presents the first ever reissue of this 1980 collaboration of David Toop, Steve Beresford, Paul Burwell and Max Eastley, major improvising musicians all. Whirled Music features exclusively whirled instruments: e.g. objects and instruments that are spun around in the air, producing a whole variety of sonic effects. Rare and intriguing material, from both live performances and outdoor recordings.
  • Vinyl LP (BLACKTRUFFLE034)
  • Genre(s):
  • Experimental / Avant-garde / Sound Art / Field

Alvarius B
With a Beaker on the Burner and an Otter in the Oven - Vol. 2 A Mark Twain August

Alvarius B is of course Alan Bishop, formerly of Sun City Girls and now going his own way. With a Beaker on the Burner and an Otter in the Oven is a series of three albums released simultaneously, and here is Volume Two, sub-titled A Mark Twain August. Apparently it features a banjo formerly owned by Mark Twain himself, though that could be classic Bishop nonsense, who knows… On Abduction.
  • Vinyl LP (ABDT059BLP)
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Alvarius B
With a Beaker on the Burner and an Otter in the Oven - Vol. 1 Natural Wonder

Alvarius B is of course Alan Bishop, formerly of Sun City Girls and now going his own way. With a Beaker on the Burner and an Otter in the Oven is a series of three albums released simultaneously, and Volume One is reportedly the most melodic of the trilogy. Vinyl release from Abduction, with an inner sleeve containing all of Alvarius’s curious lyrics.
  • Vinyl LP (ABDT059ALP)
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Chris Corsano / Massimo Pupillo
Via Combusta

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

Laurie Anderson & Kronos Quartet
Landfall

Substantial collaboration between musician and spoken word storyteller Laurie Anderson and San Francisco’s Kronos Quartet. Landfall, a multimedia project inspired by Anderson’s experience of Hurricane Sandy, blends skillful instrumentation with her powerful spoken word descriptions of the storm. On Nonesuch.
  • Vinyl LP (0075597933901)
  • CD (0075597933895)

Fire!
The Hands

Fire! is of course the fabulous power trio of Andreas Werlin (Wildbirds & Peacedrums), Johan Berthling (Tape) and Phil’s least favourite saxophonist Mats Gustafsson (of over a million different avant-jazz projects and combinations). The Hands is their sixth record of dark, simmering, propulsive, muscular music, and if you liked their previous noise-jaz-rock-kraut explorations, you’ll love this too. On Rune Grammofon.
  • Vinyl LP (RLP3197)
  • CD (RCD2197)

Olivier Mellano with Brendan Perry
No Land

Olivier Mellano has put together a fairly epic sprawl of a piece here, titled No Land. With Dead Can Dance’s Brendan Perry, a 20-piece choir and the 30-piece bagpipes etc. ensemble Bagad de Cesson-Sevigne all contributing, Mellano has created a vibrant blend of traditional and contemporary musics. Released by World Village.
  • CD (WV479131)
  • Vinyl LP (WV33479131)
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Zeitkratzer
Zeitkratzer Performs Songs From Kraftwerk 1 and 2

Led by Reinhold Friedl, Zeitkratzer are an ensemble of musicians who work with and reinterpret compositions by an ever reaching range of avant-garde and fringe artists. Their list of works include Lou Reed, Whitehouse, Throbbing Gristle, Stockhausen, John Cage. Now they turn their mad orchestra’s gaze upon the early works of Kraftwerk, specifically their first two albums.
  • Vinyl LP (KR035)
  • CD (ZKR021)

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