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Brigitte Fontaine & Areski Belkacem
Vous et Nous

The 1977 collaborative LP between avant-garde luvvies Brigitte Fontaine and Areski Belkacem gets reissued by Kythibong (The Healthy Boy, Deerhoof). There’s an awful lot going on on Vous et Nous. Everything from French medieval music to post-Reich phasing experiments to North African folk styles get a look in here. No wonder Stereolab cite this record as a major influence.
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ElpH vs Coil
Worship The Glitch

More Coil!!! If you like the stuff they do on purpose but feel like you're missing out on their accidents, then this is the release for you. ElpH as it turns out is not another artist, but the name they gave to the spirit causing their equipment to glitch. And on Worship the Glitch, they do just that. Harnessing the mistakes to make something spectral.

Thurston Moore
Klangfarbenmelodie.. And The Colorist Strikes Primitiv

Klangfarbenmelodie….And The Colourist Strikes Primitiv by Thurston Moore was originally released in the same year as his Psychic Hearts album. In the Sonic Youth timeline that’s in between Washing Machine and A Thousand Leaves. It’s also in a time before people read Kim Gordon’s Biography…..Anyway, what we have here is a reissue, on vinyl for the first time, of Thurston Moore's vicious noise-rock set recorded with free jazz drummer Tom Surgal. It was originally released by Corpus Hermeticum, a label owned by Bruce Russell from The Dead C. Russell edited the recording for this release and contributes new liner notes. Heavyweight white vinyl on Glass Modern.

Hanno Leichtmann
Nouvelle Aventure

Ever the innovator, Thomas Herbst’s Karlrecords (Iannis Xenakis, John Cage) release a new LP from Hanno Leichtmann. On Nouvelle Aventure we find Leichtmann playing around with the 70-year-old archive of the Darmstadt Summer Courses For New Music - a programme that featured (among others) Xenakis, Karlheinz Stockhausen and György Ligeti. He treats the source material in all sorts of ways here (micro-loops, re-recording, tape manipulation etc.) and comes up with a record of Nurse With Wound-ish musique concrete.

Roger Doyle
Oizzo No

The Irish composer’s ultra-rare 1975 debut is a wonderland of head-spinning tape collage, densely dissonant strings, and woozily detuned pianos, where uilleann pipes meet the avant garde. There’s a strong Uncle Meat-era Mothers of Invention flavour in the copious tape-speed manipulation, tricksy melodies and echoes of Edgard Varèse. Though Doyle was signed to U2’s short-lived Mother Records, it’s more useful to note his appearance on the Nurse With Wound list, and their label United Dairies.
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Oliver Kearns
Amelioration

Pianist and field recordist Oliver Kearns has spun together a number of different threads to form the 67 minute Amelioration. An album that completely washes over you, before slowly revealing it's depth and variety. The space within its ambience is made real by free jazz inspired drumming. On Aphelion Editions.
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Ian William Craig
Thresholder

Ian William Craig is always very welcome round these parts, and Thresholder, the man’s first album in eighteen months, demonstrates why. Those tape machines of his are put to work in the construction of an eleven-track, forty-minute sound environment. Deep and gorgeous smeared ambience, on FatCat sub-label 130701.

Bjarni Gunnarsson
Lueur

Not gonna lie, the heart of this particular description writer sinks when he gets a record in by an ‘Icelandic sound artist/composer’. You can thank the Olafur Arnaldses and Sigur Roses of this world for eroding any confidence he once had in that particular phrase. As such, his hopes weren’t high for Bjarni Gunnarsson’s Lueur LP. So consider him pleasantly surprised when it turned out that the four tracks here were a damn sight better than the self-congratulatory hold music of his peers. This is challenging, unsettling electroacoustic composition that uses every inch of the speakers.
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Rapoon
Little Rocket Man And The Planet That Moved

Rapoon is Robin Storey, formerly known to the world as a member of Zoviet France. He’s a busy bee, and new album The Little Rocket Man And The Planet That Moved works as a particularly good example of his well-refined aesthetic: wide, droning soundworlds, propelled by beats and considering the dark state of our planet. Released by Klanggalerie.

Thought Gang
Thought Gang

So who are Thought Gang then? Well just David Lynch and Angelo Badalamenti that's all. The duo have of course worked together for many years, most famously on the Twin Peaks soundtrack but here they move away slightly from the cool jazz and cinematic sounds of earlier collaborations towards more experimental textures with acid/free jazz textures and spoken word narratives. They've been working on this since 1992 so it's about time we all dipped in.  

Erik K Skodvin & Rauelsson
A Score for Darling

A Score For Darling is the (rather self-aware in terms of title) soundtrack to Birgitte Staermose’s film Darling, an emotionally potent tale of a dancer’s life. Erik K Skodvin and Rauelsson, both presenting their first ever soundtrack work here, have done an impressive job, drawing on the additional talents of Christophe Berg and Anne Muller to expand their instrumentation. Vinyl release on Sonic Pieces.
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Oren Ambarchi
Sleepwalker's Conviction

Oren Ambarchi collaboration #274 is with Ilan Volkov and the Adelaide Symphony Orchestra, as well as percussion ensemble Speak Percussion. Sleepwalker’s Conviction thus gives Ambarchi an unusually large canvas with which to work, and boy does he make use of it. Limited to 300 LP copies on Ambarchi’s own Black Truffle imprint.
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Maze & Lindholm
Where The Wolf Has Been Seen

New collaboration between Maze, who's part of Orphan Swords, and Otto Lindholm, the producer. Where The Wolf Has Been Seen is a great start to this team-up, chucking out four tracks based around Lindholm's double bass tones but adding in electronics and keening strings. A tension filled and claustrophobic work combining modern classical and dark electronica. 

Chris Watson
Locations, Processed (Blue TB7 Series)

Chris Watson probably has the coolest CV of the original post-punk scene. Starting out as one of the founding members of Cabaret Voltaire, he has since become one of the world's premier recorders of nature, helping create meaningful soundscapes for David Attenborough's documentaries. On Locations, Processed he combines these practices, creating an audio odyssey using The Moog Sound Lab’s System 55 to celebrate the legendary Bob Moog.

Reinier Van Houdt
Igitur Carbon Copies

Reinier van Houdt is an excellent pianist, known for playing contemporary classical music by Michael Pisaro and other such notables. But he’s got more than piano up his sleeve: Igitur Carbon Copies also features an array of cracked noises from radios, tapes, and David Lynch samples, as well as spoken word delivered by Current 93’s main man David Tibet! My my. Out on Hallow Ground.
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PLYXY
Gloryland

After being issued as a small cassette run by Ascetic House in early 2018 PLYXY’s Gloryland now gets a re-release via Hallow Ground. As is the want of the Swiss label, this record is a pretty frosty and demanding listen. The gnarled, weary synthscapes here recall Forest Swords and fellow HG act Dedekind Cut. Closer ‘March Of Youth’ breaks out into full-on noise.

Jana Winderen
Spring Bloom in the Marginal Ice Zone

Norwegian artist Jana Winderen makes field recording like no one else. It was her mission to search for sounds that were hard to reach, or hard to hear. Spring Bloom In The Marginal Ice Zone is not a poetic title - it is what it is - the sounds she has recorded reflect the goings on in the Barents Sea as plankton matures, sea ice cracks, orcas and humpbacks find new homes for the season and cod hunt and spawn. CD on Touch.
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Janek Schaefer (For Robert Wyatt)
What Light There Is Tells Us Nothing

Scholarly sound artist Janek Schaefer has been doing his thing while garnering acclaim for at least two decades now, and here he is with a new work that showcases his transient sound at its most accessible. The new record (For Robert Wyatt) - 'What Light There Is Tells Us Nothing' was constructed from parts of Wyatt's 'Cuckooland' album and is particularly resonant, now adapted from the performance into one side of the record. The piece is complemented by 7 new equally poignant compositions. Well, count me in. Limited edition (1000 copies) of the transparent gold vinyl LP, also on CD; on Temporary Residence.

Colin Potter
Rank Sonata

Colin Potter has been orbiting the centre of the UK underground music scene(s) for his whole career, as a member of Nurse With Wound and Current 93 and through a stack of other collaborations. Rank Sonata is a fully solo work however, and finds Potter wandering his electronics down dreamy ambient pathways. On Hallow Ground.

Michel Banabila
Tapu sampler 2016

Michel Banabila runs the Rotterdam-based Tapu Records, and he wants you to know more of the work he’s been releasing. To this effect he’s given us Tapu Sampler 2016, a double CD featuring Banabila’s work with other artists like Van Geel and Machinefabrik, as well as his solo material. Just £4.99 for 2 CDs!
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Alvin Lucier
So You (Hermes, Orpheus, Eurydice)

Best known for I Am Sitting in a Room, US composer, installation artist and almost-nonagenarian Alvin Lucier continues to add to his great body of work. New recording So You… (Hermes, Orpheus, Eurydice) is an hour-long parallel to poet H.D.’s interpretation of the Orpheus myth. Jessika Kenney, Anthony Burr, Charles Curtis and Tom Erbe assist to flesh out the work’s focus on resonant chambers and interference patterns.
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Loren Connors
Blues The 'Dark Paintings' of Mark Rothko

Loren Connors is one of those avant-garde composers’ whose records sell out quickly, and definitively. When their albums make a return, they are no longer avant-garde, but canon. So it should be with Blues the ‘Dark Paintings’ of Mark Rothko, inspired by Rothko, and a timepiece in its own right. 800 copies on 160 gram vinyl.
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Various
Midday Moon, Ambient and Experimental Recordings from Australia & New Zealand 1980 - 1995

Aussie label Bedroom Suck brings us Midday Moon, an excellent new double-LP comp of ambient and experimental musics out of Australia and New Zealand taken from the period of 1980 to 1995. The recordings have origins on various micro-labels, private pressings and the artists' own personal archives. Melbourne DJ / archivist Rowan 'Sanpo Disco' Mason has delved deep into a largely uncelebrated world of latter twentieth-century Aussie New Age and beyond. And we're glad he did. 

Yoko Ono
Warzone

Warzone by 85 year-old Yoko Ono sees the avant-garde artist stripping back thirteen songs from her career between 1970-2009. The songs carried messages in their lyrics that seem all too relevant now. By stripping the instrumentation back, the lyrics come to the fore and her messages, sometime encouraging, sometimes cautious, are clearer than ever before. LP and Cd on Chimera Music.
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Michel Banabila
VoizNoiz

Two decades since it was first released, Michel Banabila's VoizNoiz is now available on vinyl. This is an incredibly playful album, pitching itself at the more listenable end of plunderphonics. It veers from hip-hop to jungle to jazz while always maintaining a core identity that is as silly as it is practiced.
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Loren Connors
Unaccompanied Acoustic Guitar Improvisations Vol. 10

Loren Connors has been a prolific maker and documenter of guitar music for many years now; across at least a hundred records spanning four decades in fact. Here is the latest volume -- the tenth! -- a continuation of his unaccompanied acoustic guitar improvisations; he made a series of 9 solo acoustic records under the name of Loren Mazzacane between 1979 and 1980. His delta and country blues style is sounding as spectral and distinctive as it ever did. Limited edition LP on Blank Forms with hand-assembled art covers.

Karlheinz Stockhausen
Adventures In Sound

Karlheinz Stockhausen is an artist that every music lover should give a go at least once in their life. The German composer’s theories about everything from form to notation to sound itself revolutionised art music in post-war Europe. In one way or another his work has influenced pretty much genre to come after him. Worth a listen, then, and this new compilation Adventures In Sound provides a good way into the composer's ouevre.

Kurt Wagner & Gregor Schwellenbach
Flotus Movements

Flotus Movements features two reworked songs from Lambchop’s album, Flotus. Lambchop’s main man, Kurt Wagner performed the tracks at the Week-end festival in Cologne in 2016 with local musicians. Here, both tracks are collaborations with electronic musician, Gregor Schwellenbach. 7" single on Galerie.
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Infinite Sound
Contemporary African-Amerikan Music

Aguirre present a special 1975 suite of explorative free jazz by Roland P. Young’s Infinite Sound outfit. Contemporary African-Amerikan Music is a politically and spiritually conscious record, mixing jazz, avant-garde and African musical influences into a seriously rich and powerful sound. Remastered reissue with liner notes by Julian Cowley.

Son Palace
Before The Rapids

Low-profiled UK musician Geoff Cooke emerges from his shed with a second Son Palace full-length. Before the Rapids follows on from 2016’s Accumulations with another playlist of lovely lo-fi instrumentals for mainly guitar, piano, glockenspiel and percussion. Reminds a bit of early The Boats, or the sorts of cosy-tronica you used to hear on labels such as Benbecula.
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Thighpaulsandra
The Lepore Extrusion

Originally released on a limited run by Brainwashed Recordings in 2006, Thighpaulsandra’s The Lepore Extrusion gets reissued by Klanggalerie.(Konstruktivists, Nurse With Wound). It’s a typically unusual work from the Coil/Julian Cope collaborator, with main affair ‘The Leport Extrusion’ a single piece that shifts between spacey drones and vocal-led concrete ala Karlheinz Stockhausen. This new pressing comes with a bonus track.

Kostis Kilymis
Second Saturation

A fresh new Tapeworm, plucked from the ground. And what does it contain? Why, two sides of exciting materials from Kostis Kilymis of course! The work presented here is grown out of a Stockholm live performance and some sweetly detailed field recordings, all treated and processed by various means, some of them pleasingly dubby. Second Saturation is a tape on The Tapeworm.

Zeno van den Broek
Entrop

Cassette label The Tapeworm have been running a tidy racket for almost a decade now. Since 2009 the London label has released great little tapes from the likes of Stephen O’Malley and Derek Jarman. Their 111th release (very satisfying, that) comes courtesy of Dutch composer/sound-artist Zeno van den Broek. To create Entrop, van den Broek built a synth, modded it with feedback loops and set it to trigger percussive sounds on a drum computer. The musical results bridge noise, music concrete and IDM.

Susie Ibarra
Perception

It's been a good year for percussionist and experimentalist Susie Ibarra: first her stellar collaboration with Robert Aiki Aubrey Lowe and YoshimiO, now this brand new solo full-length on Thrill Jockey! Perception moves sleekly between spiritual-feel jazz, expansive percussive play, and electronic enhancements. An album that will surprise and delight.

Philip Jeck
Vinyl Coda III-IV

Avant-garde turntablist Philip Jeck has been salvaging vinyl from charity ships and skips for a long time now. Looping and mashing them together to bring out their emotive depths, If you’re a fan of Leyland Kirby and haven’t heard Jeck, this reissue is perfect for you, taking two of his Vinyl Coda series that were released early 2000s and putting them on 180g vinyl.
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Francis Plagne
Moss Trumpet

Aside from inducing a pleasant image and being a delightful pairing of words, “moss trumpet” rather well describes much of the beguiling, timeless-sounding material of this release by genredextrous Melbourne artist Francis Plagne. Haunting, droning brass finds itself accompanied by all sorts of soft, ruffled textures: field recordings, paper, drums, as well as various other instruments.
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The Necks
Body

You know how the Necks do. Wake up. Get the coffee on. Simultaneously improvise instrumental gold. Another day. The wonderful and surprisingly dense Unfold was their last record and it came out on LP; now in typical Necks fashion they're releasing a CD only called Body, relying on the usual and ever-so trusty combination of piano, bass and drums -- though percussionist Tony Buck is said to really go out on a limb with some guitar excursions on this one. 
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Derek Bailey & Jamie Muir
Dart Drug

The late Derek Bailey and ex-King Crimson percussionist Jamie Muir get their 1981 collaborative reissued by Honest Jon’s. Dart Drug is a strange record even by the standards of this pair. It’s difficult to identify what kind of … things Muir is hitting at any one point, and Bailey’s six-string quirks are in even fuller effect than usual. Despite (or perhaps because of) their erstwhile impulses, the duo managed to construct an oddly compelling suite of lopsided avant-jazz on this LP.
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Konstrukt & Keiji Haino
A Philosophy Warping, Little By Little​ ​That Way Lies A Quagmire (Live)

Turkish free-jazz/avant-garde visionaries Konstrukt have teamed up with Japanese noise master Keiji Haino (from Fushitsusha) to create the perhaps aptly named (who are we to judge?) A Philosophy Warping, Little By Little /​ ​That Way Lies A Quagmire, recorded live last year. And it sure is noisy, free, and avant-gardey. 
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People Like Us
Recyclopedia Britannica

People Like Us’ 2002 compilation gets a reissue courtesy of Discrepant sub-label Sucata Tapes (Gonzo, Tomas Tello). The excellently-titled Recyclopedia Britannica chronicles PLU mastermind Vicki Bennett’s zany experiments in sound collaging. It’s often wacky, often weird, and always entertaining. Imagine Oval, Pram and Karlheinz Stockhausen all together and having fun. What a thought.
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Andreolina
An Island In The Moon

Reissue of 1990s Italo-ambient minimalist charmer An Island in the Moon by Andreolina, portmanteau-tastic moniker of composers Pier Lugi Andreoni and Silvio Linardi. Besides piano and samples from Riccardo Sinigaglia on a couple of tracks, it’s all just a pair of synths and a Roland S50, resulting in light, fluid, melodic and very expressive works.
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Univers Zero
Ceux Du Dehors

Ceux Du Dehors was the third album by Belgian prog band Univers Zero. The album is heavily influenced by American horror writer H.P. Lovecraft, whose short story, The Outsider (Ceux Du Dehors translates as Those From Outside) was read by each band member immediately before recording the album. The band’s sound has been likened to a darker version of that produced by classical minimalists Steve Reich and Philip Glass. Limited edition clear/red vinyl LP on Sub Rosa.

Siavash Amini
Foras

Siavash Amini's rain-textured drone has wowed us ever since What the Wind Whispered to the Trees, where neutral environmental grounds found vulnerable, almost songwritten ambience. Foras is his sixth solo record in as many years and sees him continue to traverse these liminal spaces, considering the very way our surroundings lead our emotions, considering architecture as psychology. You must cop this.

MKWAJU ensemble
KI-Motion

An unknown classic, KI-Motion is some of the finest percussion work you'll likely hear. Rhythms made meditative and minimalist, the MKWAJU Ensembl explored fertile ground in the world of ambience, influenced by the membership of legendary percussionist Midori Takada. A resonant masterstroke.

Barry Adamson
Moss Side Story

Barry Adamson’s records are getting the reissue treatment thanks to Mute. Adamson is currently a member of Nick Cave’s Bad Seeds and formerly a member of Magazine and The Birthday Party, so major alt-heritage runs through his veins. Moss Side Story offers a taste of his solo craftings, making the soundtrack to film that doesn’t exist.
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Philip Corner
EXTREEMIZMS, early & late

Very exciting release this one: a bunch of Phillip Corner’s experimental instrumental pieces, from both 1958 and 2015-2016. Nine pieces, performed primarily by Silvia Tarozzi and Deborah Walker but also with notable additions from Rhodri Davies and Corner himself! EXTREEMIZMS, early & late is a remarkable and crucial set of strange and underheard music, out from Unseen Worlds.
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A New Line (Related)
A Roomful of Lovers

Limited hand painted 7" following on from critically acclaimed Dead Albatross nominated LP on Home Assembly. Features an original cut of non-album track 'A Roomful of Lovers' plus a Miles Whittaker (Demdike Stare) edit.  A New Line (Related) is the solo project of Andrew Johnson (Remote Viewer, Hood) creating gorgeous, minimal swathes of ambient techno with nods to Deepchord and Gas. 
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Holger Czukay
Der Osten Ist Rot

Holger Czukay, core member of the crucial German experimental group Can, went on to produce a considerable quantity of weird and wonderful pop. Der Osten ist Rot (‘The East is Red’ as indeed it was in those days) is his fourth solo album, dating from 1984, and it is awash with humour, grooves, and all-round subversive life energy. Reissued by the Grönland label.

Holger Czukay
Rome Remains Rome

Holger Czukay, core member of the crucial German experimental group Can, also created weird and wonderful pop / krautrock music of his own. On 1987’s Rome Remains Rome, he has assistance not only from Can drummer Jaki Leibezeit, but also from Public Image Limited etc.’s Jah Wobble, plus a well-dropped sample of Pope John Paul II on one track. Fun stuff! Reissued on Grönland.

Yann Tiersen
Hent

Yann Tiersen with another one of those plink-plonk nice-nice records he's made his money off all these years. Hent is a Yann Tiersen album, which means that it's an album that sounds like it was made by Yann Tiersen. Tinkle the bitten ivories, Mr. Tiersen. Play your pretty song. It will all be in vain. It will all be for naught.

The Slowest Lift
The Slowest Lift

The Slowest Lift is, I am pleased to announce, the sweet team-up of Todmorden’s finest Sophie Cooper and Vibracathedral Orchestra / Piss Superstition man Julian Bradley. Both are excellent at handling linear, semi-abstract and fully messed-up sounds, and this debut album of theirs is a strange and wonderful trip to take. Vinyl release from VHF.
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Rimarimba
Below The Horizon

Rare DIY sounds from Robert Cox’s Rimarimba project, excavated and reissued by Freedom To Spend. Below The Horizon is 1983 material, originally circulated through private tape-trading circles. Homemade minimalism, made with an amateur’s passion and all the more intriguing and enjoyable for it. Limited LP reissue.

Charlemagne Palestine
Interrvallissphereee (Blue TB7 Series)

Part of a two part release that capture Charlemagne Palestine’s first session in the Moog Sound Lab.  Having had a long relationship with the tools the composer has leapt at the chance to create what he has dreamed about for the last 50 years. Creating 6 long form drone works, this 12’s brings a single 50 minute piece split into an opening and finale.
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Bliss Signal
Bliss Signal

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

Andrew Bernstein
An Exploded View of Time

Experimental saxophonist and Horse Lords member Andrew Bernstein releases his latest solo LP via Hausu Mountain (Eartheater, Mugen). The technical prowess on display on An Exploded View Of Time is simply astonishing. Bernstein puffs endless billows of sound from his horn, creating dizzying and hallucinatory minimalist compositions that bring to mind a more frenzied rendering of Philip Glass.
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Maarja Nuut & Ruum
Muunduja

Estonian violinist and vocalist Maarja Nut joins producer Ruum. Her airy voice and subtle violin create quiet lakes of sound, while Ruum’s electronic soundscapes seem to paint the depths that lie below. Muunduja is a haunting and reflective effort, out on FatCat, one of the finest world-pop/indietronica labels.

Olivia Wyatt & Bitchin Bajas
Sailing A Sinking Sea

Olivia Wyatt recently made a documentary film about the Moken people. This is the soundtrack. Rather nicely, this vinyl release contain both the original incidental music by Bitchin’ Bajas and the field recordings and sounds of the sea that Wyatt collected. It also contains a DVD with the Sailing A Sinking Sea film in full! On Drag City.
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  • Soundtracks
  • Experimental / Avant-garde / Sound Art / Field

MP Hopkins and Mark Harwood
Disfigured with Abbreviations

First recorded collaboration between MP Hopkins and Mark Harwood (also known as Astor). The deal with Disfigured with Abbreviations was that recordings were made and then layered with little (initial) regard for how they might mix, meaning a fairly heady brew of murky cassette, mumbled words, field recordings and lo-fi electronics for the listener to try and make sense of. Out on Penultimate Press.
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Jean C. Roche
Birds Of Venezuela

There’s surely nowt as thrilling, when getting to know the natural soundscape of an unfamiliar place, as the weird tapestry of local birdsong. This 1973 release by legendary bird recordist Jean C. Roché, sampled by Björk and cherished by David Toop, now gets the reissue treatment from the ever-dependable Sub Rosa. The dense, varying birdscapes of Venezuela, from pootoos to cornbirds, are just wonderful.
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Foodman
Aru Otoko No Densetsu

Sun Araw’s Sun Ark imprint welcomes leftfield joker-juker Foodman for a new long-player of baffling, sample-shuffling rhythmscapes and a booklet of colourful drawings with the vinyl version. His tendency towards uncrowded layers of rubber-pitched samples plundered from all over and an overall sense of complete carefree delight prevail throughout.

Siavash Amini + Umchunga
The Brightest Winter Sun

This exciting pairing of Iranian artists Siavash Amini and Umchunga finds them collecting piano works by unspecified 18th- and 19th-Century composers (check the years of death in the titles for clues) and subjecting them to a good reworking. With a goal of removing thematic and tonal structure, anything goes, really, so a range of different, sombre atmospheres come out.
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David Sylvian & Holger Czukay
Plight & Premonition Flux & Mutability

The man once dubbed the Most Beautiful Man In The World...and ...er.. David Sylvian collaborated way back in the mid '80s on these two LPs in Can's home place of Koln in bleak midwinter. At the time record companies weren't bothered about such esoteric collaborations so now is a good time to revisit what the pair were up to. These beatless almost airless ambient albums  have now been collected together on a much needed re-issue and remastered for hopefully a more welcoming world.  

Arve Henriksen
The Height Of The Reeds

In a work specially commissioned for Hull City of Culture 2017, Arve Henriksen relates to the love-affair-on-the-waves between Scandinavia and the hitherto unheralded Yorkshire port-town on The Height Of The Reeds. Composed alongside Elvind Aarset and Jan Bang, the music accompanied a sound walk last year, to be listened to crossing the Humber; all 15,000 tickets sold out. Jez Riley French's field recordings taken from the site provide added local detail and context and the voices and orchestra of Opera North with Norwegian poetry from Nils Christian Moe-Repstad feature. Available on CD, or LP plus CD from Rune Grammophon.

Arve Henriksen
Composograph

Earlier this year a mere digital download courtesy of Henriksen himself, the tireless Norwegian’s Composograph finds itself bumped into the Rune Grammofon roster proper alongside new album The Height of the Reeds. Comprising material from the same string quartet sessions that yielded The Nature of Connections in 2014, these are similar arrangements, but a touch gloomier, chillier and creepier.

Andrew Liles
The Flesh Creeping Gonzoid: Speciality Offal & Other Choice Cuts

Andrew Liles has worked within Nurse With Wound, Current 93, as well as with the likes of Gnod, Faust, and Cosey Fanni Tutti and many more plus his immense solo back catalogue. Here we have a massive box set of 6 CDs of unreleased material, with a bonus DVD of bonus goodies such as outtakes limited releases. Limited to only 500.

Current 93
The Light Is Leaving Us All

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

Peter Zummo
Dress Code (Don't Look At My Car)

Arthur Russell collaborator and NYC trombone talent Peter Zummo’s new album is a halfway house between composition and improvisation, with Zummo’s group given plenty of room to explore. The finished results on Dress Code (Don’t Look At My Car) are hybrids assembled from multiple versions of each track, and the whole thing has a strong, strange, woozy feel. Yum. Out on Optimo.
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  • Experimental / Avant-garde / Sound Art / Field

Lonnie Holley
MITH

The legendary Lonnie Holley returns with Mith. It's an album filled with righteous fire aimed at the chaos and injustice of American life. His impassioned spoken word delivery gives topics like Standing Rock and Black Lives Matter the weight they deserve. As does the beefy instrumentation: wild drums, blasting horns, and always his own distinct piano improvisations. From the music to its lyrics, this is vital.
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  • Experimental / Avant-garde / Sound Art / Field

Shazzula, Warren Ellis and Matthias Loibner
The Essor - First Film of The Spirits Trilogy

The Essor is Part One of Shazzula’s experimental film series, The Spirits Trilogy, designed for installation contexts but also available in your home via this Black Mass Rising DVD. Trippy business, filmed in Mongolia, and featuring a soundtrack by the filmmaker with Matthias Loibner and the big man Warren Ellis! Get deep man.
  • DVD (BMR 007DVD)
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  • Limited edition
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R.S. Pearson
Reality from Childhood Remembered as a Dream

First active in the early 1980s Seattle underground, experimental composer R. S. Pearson finally gets to cross “Get an official release with a label” off his to-do list. Collected for vinyl by Serendip Lab, these various short, charming works of arpeggio sequences and sound design also dabble in algorithmic/generative composition and strange, ambiguous moods. Just what you’d hope for from titles such as ‘Dinosaurs in Water’ and ‘Water Jets of Ancient Disney’.
  • Vinyl LP (SERLP006)
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Air Traffic Control Quartet
Blue Raspberry

A blue raspberry. That'll be the day. What a time to be alive, indeed. Air Traffic Control Quartet is an avant-garde prankster's delight, a chase scene happening in a maze, parkour performed in an MC Escher painting. Using obscured melodies, harpsichords, storm samples and weird film motifs, this record truly has something, a bit broken, for everyone. Collage delirium.   
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  • Experimental / Avant-garde / Sound Art / Field

Various
Emergence

Kate Carr’s Flaming Pines (The Boats, Xu) presents an intriguing compilation of experimental fare from Vietnam. Emergence makes a compelling case for more light to be shone on a scene - and a nation - whose music is often passed over by Western listeners. There are compelling piano pieces (Do Tan Si’s ‘The Morning Seems So Strange Today’), droning tape ambiences reminiscent of Yves Tumor (‘Sound Awakener’ by Duskiness), Oval-esque sound experiments from Parallel Asteroid and plenty more on the ten tracks here.
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  • Experimental / Avant-garde / Sound Art / Field

Jean-Luc Guionnet & Daichi Yoshikawa
Intervivos

Fierce collaboration between Jean-Luc Guionnet, working his extended technique saxophone, and Daichi Yoshikawa with his fiery feedback systems. As you might expect, the pair serve up an uncompromising web of sharp-edged improvised sound, packed full of textures, tones, and timbre clash. Intervivos is released on vinyl by Empty Editions.
  • Vinyl LP (EE002)
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  • Experimental / Avant-garde / Sound Art / Field

Oliver Coates & Laurie Tompkins
Ample Profanity

Oliver Coates is a prodigious talent. He’s been too good for too long now for anyone to put in a salient argument to the contrary. Here we see him returning to Slip, the label that put out his excellent collaborative LP with Mica Levi, for a short record of avant-anarchism alongside Laurie Tompkins. Ample Profanity is a disorientating listen - at one point it will resemble the kindergarten punk of early Micachu & The Shapes, then a few seconds later it’ll be on an Einstuerzende Neubauten flex.
  • Vinyl LP (SLP038)
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  • Experimental / Avant-garde / Sound Art / Field

Heather Leigh
Throne

Editions Mego (Shit & Shine, Oren Ambarchi) drop the latest LP from Heather Leigh (once known as Heather Leigh Murray). Throne is a record of singer-songwriter noir full of dark energy. Leigh commands her tracks with a smouldering intensity that is reminiscent of Wild Beasts’ Hayden Thorpe. The instrumentals also have something of that group about them, though it’s less ‘Brave Bulging Buoyant Clairvoyants’ and more the Grouper-ish murk of Present Tense’s ‘New Life’ or Two Dancers’ ‘Underbelly’.
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  • Experimental / Avant-garde / Sound Art / Field

Ipek Gorgun
Ecce Homo

Turkish sound artist Ipek Gorgun signs with Touch for her second LP. Ecce Homo is a record of lush, large, sometimes abrasive electro-acoustic music. It swings from moments of grandiose granular synthesis to experiments with distortion to majestic drones - and that’s all within the space of opener ‘Neroli’. Despite the frequent changes of pace Ecce Homo never feels rushed. Equivalent creators include Yves Tumor and The Haxan Cloak.
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  • Experimental / Avant-garde / Sound Art / Field

Steve Reich
The ECM Recordings

Say no more: some of the most classic works of a major contemporary composer on a major contemporary label. This box-set of Steve Reich’s ECM Recordings includes several essential pieces of Reichian minimalism, including Tehillim and Music For 18 Musicians, presented in crucial original recordings from 1978-1982. Plus a hefty booklet of liner notes and an essay.
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  • ECM

Yannis Kyriakides & Andy Moor
A Life Is A Billion Heartbeats

Andy Moor, one of The Ex’s super-kinetic guitarists, has a long-running pairing with Yannis Kyriakides, a Cypriot sound-artist with a lot of work under his belt. A Life Is A Billion Heartbeats explores the sound and feel of Greek Rebetika music, taking that traditional sound to radically new places, using electronics, guitar and improvisation. LP on Discrepant.
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  • Experimental / Avant-garde / Sound Art / Field

Phill Niblock
Niblock For Celli / Celli Plays Niblock

Reissue of an early work from the catalogue of Phill Niblock, originally released in 1984 and up till now not issued again since. Niblock For Celli / Cellie Plays Niblock features the classic Niblock drone method applied to Josephy Celli’s oboe and english horn, though the technology of the era means the two long tracks a little less dense: an interesting contrast with his present works. Reissued by Superior Viaduct.

Einstürzende Neubauten
Grundstück

Grundstuck is a rare piece of the big Einsturzende Neubauten puzzle, being initially released only for the benefit of an elite club of close supporters in 2005. Thrillingly, the material here captures the band in a work-in-progress state, so we get a rougher, more direct kind of Neubauten sound. This first time general release includes a DVD with both formats.
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  • Experimental / Avant-garde / Sound Art / Field

I.U.D.
The Proper Sex


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  • Experimental / Avant-garde / Sound Art / Field

Bernard Parmegiani
Les Soleils de L’île de Pâques / La Brûlure de Mille Soleils (Original Soundtracks)

Apparently this record is for fans of 'explorations of the galaxy and of unexplored territories of the human mind' . . . how grand.  La Brûlure de Mille Soleils (1965) and Les Soleils de l’Île de Pâques (1972) are two previously unheard soundtracks from the acclaimed French composer Bernard Parmegiani. For fans of Pierre Schaeffer, François Bayle and Robert Cohen-Solal. Available on a gatefold double vinyl LP and digipak CD and released on WRWTFWW Records. 

無 (MU) / Céli Lee
變形記 - A Journal of Transform

A Journal of Transform is a collaborative multimedia project between Céli Lee and her Google-unfriendly band 無 (MU). Lee is the visual artist and the 20-page softbound book that comes with the CD contains 18 of her specially curated graphite artworks. The music that accompanies the drawings arrives in 13 compositions by a band that likes to treat us in equal measure to styles as diverse as: ambient, jazz, folk, rock and noise -- often simultaneously. Not necessarily just to defy categorisation; but who needs genres anyway (record stores do -- ed). Hopefully, a magical and unmissable journey awaits. Limited to 101 copies, each hand-numbered with unique calligraphy by Céli on the CD sleeve.
  • CD (MU101)
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  • Mu
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  • Experimental / Avant-garde / Sound Art / Field

The Residents
I Am A Resident!

Still mysterious 30+ years later, big-eyed weirdos the Residents are still ahead of the curve in doing unusual things. Here, they have asked fans to re-work, re-mash, re-mix tracks and then the Residents re-interpret these new versions creating a great big onion with loads of layers of new sound. 
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  • Experimental / Avant-garde / Sound Art / Field

Juan Hidalgo
Rrose Sélavy

Originally released in 1977, the late Juan Hidalgo’s Rrose Sélavy gets the reissue treatment from Discos Transgénero. The work is a queer examination of the role of language in socially constructing and maintaining gender roles. As a composition, it expresses this with the analogy of a musical language and then gets to work disrupting compositional norms. A lullabyish, disorientatingly unpredictable sequence on the celesta is gradually accompanied by more and more layers of instruments and textures.
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  • Experimental / Avant-garde / Sound Art / Field

Julian Curwin & Jane Sheldon
Crossing

Romero Records (The Tango Saloon, Umlaut) release a collaborative LP between Jane Sheldon and label boss Julian Curwin. Sheldon is a classical soprano with a haunting, mournful voice. On Crossing it comes backed by Curwin’s stately classical guitar playing to create a record of fragile beauty. Anyone who has enjoyed the recent reissues of early 20th Century Spanish musics by Death Is Not The End will enjoy this.

Charlemagne Palestine
Ttuunneesszz Duh Rruunneesszz (Blue TB7 Series)

The highly respected composer and artist Charlemagne Palestine has long adored Moog synthesizers, and started experimenting with them in the 60s. Well now is very different from then, and having been given access to the moog lab he dove right in to create 6 longform drone pieces utilizing as many oscillators as he could imagine. Ttuunneesszz Duh Rruunneesszz is a single piece slit into opening and closing.
  • Vinyl LP (RDM103)
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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.
  • Genre(s):
  • Experimental / Avant-garde / Sound Art / Field

Zu93
Mirror Emperor

Hell of a prospect here: Italian noise-metal-jazz monolith band Zu and mystik English Current 93 troubadour David Tibet in collaboration. Surprisingly enough, what comes out is in many places soft, sensitive and melancholy, marshalling strings and acoustic guitars alongside Tibet’s incantations. Mirror Emperor is released on House Of Mythology.
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  • Experimental / Avant-garde / Sound Art / Field

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.
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  • LWW
  • Genre(s):
  • 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.

Derek Bailey
Aida

Derek Bailey’s Aida hasn’t had a vinyl reissue for nearly forty years at this point. High time Honest Jon’s did something about that. This new pressing of the pioneering free-jazz guitarist’s 1980 LP comes with two bonus jams culled from BBC sessions recorded at around the same time as the Paris and London shows that make up the bulk of Aida. Bailey’s immense variety and innovation on the acoustic six-string shines through here. One of the best things about this is the musician's commentary that peppers the extra cuts.

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.

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.
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  • Experimental / Avant-garde / Sound Art / Field

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.

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.

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.
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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.
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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.