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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 acco...view item »

The The
Radio Cineola: Trilogy

The The are back baby, with live shows and a new release. But this isn’t just any old middling comeback album: this is a full triple-album box-set! Radio Cineola: Trilogy contains multitudes, from various ...view item »

Morton Feldman
Crippled Symmetry At June In Buffalo: The Feldman Soloists

Nice contemporary classical set here from the late professor Feldman's old collaborators, reconvening 13 years after the great man's death, around the millennium at an anniversary revival of his much-loved NY festival. This is pret...view item »

Aine O'Dwyer
Gallarais

Aine O'Dwyer's attempts to play high and low with drone have led her to such projects as playing organs in a church while the cleaners vacuumed the place. Her new record, Gallarais, sees her scope out yet another unique environmental setting, recorded in the depths of the Brunel tunnel for the sake of focusing...view item »

Muslimgauze
Minaret Speaker

The Muslimgauze project is famed for two things in particular: a very high quality of work, and a very high quantity of work. Minaret Speaker is more or less a new release (a few tracks had a 7” in 1996, but other than that, all unheard), and features his trademark digital distortion, clattering breaks, and sample...view item »

Muslimgauze
Sulaymaniyah

Sulaymaniyah is album number 92 (yes, 92) from the very prolific ethnic electronic musician Muslimgauze, aka Bryn Jones. Originally released in 2008, nine years after his death, it was one of a number of previously unreleased recordings he’s sent to the Staalplaat label before his untimely death in 1999....view item »

Muslimgauze
Jerusalaam

Muslimgauze aka experimental electronic musician Bryn Jones started his musical career under the name E.G. Oblique Graph in the 1982. He used the name Muslimgauze since 1983 and recorded a ridiculous.amount of music up until his death in 1999. Jerusalaam is being released on its...view item »

Muslimgauze
Iranair Inflight Magazine

Muslimgauze was the experimental electronic music project of Bryn Jones. Iranair Inflight Magazine is his....wait for it...83rd album and was originally released in 2003. Jones died in 1999, but due to the sheer volume of music he recorded and sent to labels, this posthumous release date still brought forth new music. ...view item »

Hogni
Two Trains

Hogni already makes music as GusGus and Hjaltalin, but that just wasn’t enough for him, so here he is with a new outlet. As Hogni...view item »

Bruce Russell
Metallic OK

Bruce Russell is one third of the fabulous New Zealand abject noise / unrock band The Dead C, which means anything he does is automatically worth investigating. Metallic OK ...view item »

Rambutan
Crawling in the Margins

Eric Hardiman, owner of the Tape Drift label, has been making his soundscapes under the moniker Rambutan since 2007. Hiding out in an underground shelter somewhere in Albany, New York, Hardiman uses anything that takes his fancy to make recordings that constantly keep the listener guessing. Crawling In The Margi...view item »

Penny Rimbaud
What Passing Bells

Penny Rimbaud, previously of anarchist punk legends Crass has always had a thing for poetry - he changed his name to that of French poet Rimbaud, for starters. He takes his passion for the stanza a little further here by reciting selected poems by war poet Wilfred Owen. Rimbaud is backed by cello, played by Kate...view item »

Mumbles
Hinterpest: a story of wildflowers, buttonweeds and cattle skulls

A curious creation from Sweden’s Mumbles here. Hinterpest: a story of wildflowers, buttonweeds and cattle skulls is a little story, telling a year in the life of some 1800s settlers. It is partly scripted, partly performed on instruments like violins, and feels like a wonderful experimental radio play, especially ...view item »

Various (Seefeel, Scorn, Timothy Leary, Yanomami)
Ancient Lights And The Black Core

Utopian Diaries was a short lived series that acted as a sub label under Sub Rosa in the mid 90s which featured unreleased material focused around the faded idea of utopia. Featured artists included DJ Spooky, Coil, Laibach, Scanner, Oval. Here we have the third...view item »

Boduf Songs / Jessica Bailiff
Split

These two artists have created this single to coincide with a European tour, Jessica Bailiff has reworked her old song ‘Lakeside Blues’ with a gothic synth sound akin to Dead Can Dance, Mat Sweet’s Boduf...view item »

WK569
Omaggio a Marino Zuccheri

WK569 is the trio of Federico Troncatti, Ezio Martinazzi and Pier Enrico Villa. Together they create electronic and electro-acoustic music - synthesizing a musical language in real time through self-generating processes and improvisation. They send structured algorithms via MIDI to a good old Atari ST via GFA language, which in turn is fed to th...view item »

Coil
Live In Moscow

In 2001 the English avant-industrial icons Coil performed for the very first time in Moscow and, rather predictably, Live In Moscow captures this intense and confrontational performance which draws from music produced across their 30 year career. Continuing their amazing run of lesser known Coil reissues ...view item »

Various
Lessons

To mark and celebrate 10 years of the Front & Follow label, they present their 50th release as this compilation of a broad selection of artists they have worked with, 25 tracks exercising their eclectic nature. Includes tracks from Leyland Kirby, ...view item »

SAICOBAB
SAB SE PURANI BAB

Traditional Indian modes hybridise with exuberant contemporary experimentation for this luxurious foil-jacketed double vinyl from Japan four-piece SAICOBAB, courtesy of Th...view item »

Million Brazilians
Red Rose and Obsidian

Red Rose and Obsidian is the 12th album by Portland, Oregon’s Million Brazilians. The band were formed in 2006 and despite an ever-changing cast of supporting musicians the band’s core members Grant Corum and Suzanne Stone have remained ever-present. The album was recorded in Maine by Caleb Mulkerin of Big Bl...view item »

Pauline Oliveros and Ione
Water Above Sky Below Now

Pauline Oliveros and the artistic director of her Deep Listening Institute, Ione, get together for a new LP on the Morphine label. Water Above Sky Below Now was produced using Oliveros’ very own Expanded Instrument System, which processes her accordion and Ione&rs...view item »

Charlemagne Palestine
Strumming Music

Essential vinyl reissue of Charlemagne Palestine's seminal 1974 LP 'Strumming Music'. A mesmerising work of classic 20th Century minimalism, that originally appeared on the legendary French Shandar imprint (home to Philip Glass, Sun Ra, La Monte Young, Terry Ri...view item »

Ross Manning
Reflex In Waves

Based on the south side of Brisbane with a laboratory full of custom-built contraptions, Ross Manning has been patiently exploring waves and their resulting vibrations on a scientific level. Having displayed his findings in an exhibition at the Brisbane Institute of Modern Art, he now gathers together the key points in this coll...view item »

EP/64
XI-IX-MMXVI

XI-IX-MMXVI by EP/64: with a name like that, this’ll surely be topping the charts in weeks! Ok, maybe not. But this improvised sound-weirdo session is sure to delight fans of this sort of stuff, with its s...view item »

Kink Gong
Tibetan Buddhism Trip

So field recorder Laurent Jeanneau decided it was a good idea to release his recordings of ethnic minorities and their music under the name Kink Gong. He was wrong of course but either way we have a begu...view item »

The Residents
80 Aching Orphans - 45 Years Of The Residents

A massive 80 tracks over 4 CDs put together with the help of the band. This anthology truly covers their 45 plus years of output. Includes tracks that haven’t been released on CD before, as well as live recordings and other selected tracks. Presented with a blow by blow booklet this is a great introduction t...view item »

Francisco Lopez
La Selva: Sound Environments From A Neotropical Rain Forest

Francisco Lopez is a real pro at recording and sequencing field recordings, and rainforests are a particular favourite of his. La Selva: Sound Environments From A Neotropical Rain Forest is a continuous 70-minute piece of amazing scale and detail. Presented on a USB memory stick accompanied, for some unfathomable reason...view item »

Nino Nardini
Musique Pour Le Future

For the first time in four decades Musique Pour Le Future by the universally infamous sonic experimentalist, cosmic curator and alleged time lord Nino Nardini (a.k.a. Georges Teperino) is available on vinyl. Out on We Release Whatever The Fuck We Want Records the continuum defyi...view item »

Object Collection
It's All True

Object Collection are a New York ensemble who bring experimental operatic approaches to the live archives of Fugazi. They’ve used everything from those live recordings apart from the songs themselves, resulting in some really remarkable and strange material. It’s All True is a brilliant exam...view item »

Mattias Gustafsson
Nattmusik

‘Nattmusic’ is an Incredibly beautiful, profound and quietly arresting work from Mattias Gustafsson, whom is possibly best known as noise maker Altar of Flies and also records as Ornaments and Cryme. This is his first output ...view item »

The Residents
Intermission

Available on 180 gram clear vinyl on Music on Vinyl. Avantgarde and anonymous art collective The Residents Originally released Intermissions in 1982. They made it very clear that it was not the 3rd chapter of the Mole trilogy (which seemed to never actually exist), but a cutting of related materials. Limited repressing ...view item »

Andrea Belfi
Alveare

Andrea Belfi’s latest suite of electroacoustic percussion music is based around, a post-war Italian architecture movement with utopian ideals. In other words, a perfect jumping-off point for semi-abstract music such as this. Alveare features guest contributions from ...view item »

Silvia Kastel
Air Lows

Formerly half of prolific industrial-tinged noise rockers Control Unit (who collaborated with Smegma, Gate and Factrix among others), Italy’s Silvia Kastel has been developing her solo style over the course of a few low-key releases, leading to this debut ...view item »

Nurse With Wound
The Swinging Reflective

The Swinging Reflective is a 1999 compilation that gathers up Nurse With Wound’s collaborations over the preceding nineteen years. And the list of collaborators is pretty extensive, taking in Stereolab, Whitehouse’s William Bennett, Foetus, ...view item »

Roger Tellier Craig
Instantanes

Yet another three-named Craig in ambient music, eh? Robert Tellier Craig has actually been around for a good while in Montreal outfits La Revelateur and the cataclysmic avant crew Fly Pan Am -- now he's out on Root Strata making work he envisions to be "concrè...view item »

Áine O'Dwyer
Gegenschein

Áine O’Dwyer releases two new albums of church organ music, pushing forward from her recent triumphs into thrilling new territory. Gegenschein was recorded in a Limerick friary on a disused organ, and it explores the nature of an abandoned religious space with clusters of rich organ sonorities. Gegensch...view item »

Talibam! / Matt Nelson / Ron Stabinksy
Hard Vibe

Talibam! -- Kevin "Village Voice Best Drummer in NY" Shea, Matt Mottel (CSC Funk Band, Alien Whale, Nymph) -- have drafted in Matt Nelson (Battle Trance, tUnE-yArDs) and Ron Stabinsky (Mostly Other People Do the Killing, Peter Evans Quintet), to ramp up the levels of crystalline intricacy a...view item »

Neil Campbell & Richard Youngs
Six Scores

Somewhere in a suburban drawing room two men of advancing years decided on a musical project like no other. Each would write music for the other to play then they would put it all together without the other hearing what the other had done. I think I got that right -- I'm as confused as you are. Anyway anything featuring these two former ...view item »

William S. Burroughs
Nothing Here Now but the Recordings

Something of a lost classic, Throbbing Gristle’s Genesis P-Orridge and Peter ‘Sleazy’ Christopherson hooked up with William S. Burroughs in his infamous NY pad ‘The Bunker’ in 1980 to assemble these recordings: spoken-word, cut-up sound collages and field recordings abound. Dais Records are making i...view item »

Tashi Dorji
Tashi Dorji

There's new music available from Hermit Hut, the label fronted by Six Organs Of Admittance's Ben Chasny, and of course it's improv. Tashi Dorji's self-titled record shows off his experiments with guitar, which can be as abstract as Chasny's, and as intricate as the work of John Fahey. Influenced by avant-garde musicians such as John Zorn, Dorji'...view item »

Mutamassik
Symbols Follow

Mutamassik has always tried to defy description, and has certainly become rather deft at it. Perhaps the label’s descriptor ‘arabified swamp music’ suits Symbols Follow, which hopefully will be as far out as Mutamassik’s previous works. Expect thumping, hypnotizing beats coated in strange sound c...view item »

Olymphia
Music for a Dance Performance

The latest Posh Isolation release is a collaboration between joint-label-boss Loke Rahbek and Lower / Vår member Kristian Emdal. Using the project name Olymphia, they produce low-slung, sinisterly-reverbed tracks of synth drone and drum machine, apparently...view item »

Sontag Shogun
Patterns For Resonant Space

Based in Brooklyn, Sontag Shogun are an avant-garde sort of drone/ambience group that provide a rather relaxing and comforting background to your, well, life. Patterns For Resonant Space is their latest release and contains ten tracks that have been oddly named a seemingly random number. Available on limited Vinyl LP an...view item »

Maria Teresa Luciani
Sounds Of The City

Maria Teresa Luciani’s bold electronic album Sounds Of The City, from 1972, is richly deserving of a reissue and some serious attention. Luciani’s array of sound materials and concepts is huge (encompassing tape loops, found sound samples, intuitive and academic approaches, pop and noise) an...view item »

Nazoranai
Beginning To Fall In Line Before Me, So Decorously, The Nature Of All That Must Be Transformed

Third long player from the power trio / avant-rock supergroup comprising of Keiji Haino (Fushitsusha), Oren Ambarchi and Stephen O'Malley (Sunn O))). This recording captures these titans in all their electrifying, shredding and meditative glory at at SuperDeluxe in Tokyo. Released on U.S imprint Superior Viaduct's sister label W.25TH, ...view item »

John Wall & Mark Durgan
Contrapt

Lovers of sound detritus John Wall and Mark Durgan finally return to their collaborative endeavours with Contrapt, a seven-track missive made through improvisations made over three years. The timespan reflects in the record a structure and narrative in spite of the unprepared ap...view item »

Charlemagne Palestine & Grumbling Fur Time Machine Orchestra
Omminggg & Schlomminggg

Eccentric legend of minimalism Charlemagne Palestine teams up with experimental pop duo Grumbling Fur (in their extra-experimental Time Machine Orchestra mode) for a second time on Omminggg & Schlomminggg, which was recorded in front of a live audience in Copenhagen last year. Piano...view item »

Loren Connors
Angels That Fall

Yet more guitar murmurations reissued by the blues enigma Loren Connors. At this point he's risen to prominence in experimental scenes through a series of lovely re-evaluations, and Angels That Fall is another. Recorded as recently as 2016, it offers the same interactions of silence and resonanc...view item »

Opera Mort
Dédales

Opera Mort is French duo Jo Tanz and Laurent Gerard. Laurent’s sounds some of you may may be familiar with through his excellent Élg project and also you may well have heard both artists collaborating with fellow French legend of the avant garde Ghedalia Tazartés. Together they released two w...view item »

Scott Walker
5 Classic Albums

An irresistible bundle deal from Universal here: a full brace of early Scott Walker albums! That’s Scott 1, Scott 2, Scott 3, Scott 4 and Til’ The Band Comes In (he really dropped the ball on naming that last one eh?). Genuinely classic 60’s pop from the remarkable ...view item »

Meredith Monk
Key

Tompkins Square have created a limited reissue of Meredith Monk’s 1971 debut album Key for record store day 2017. Filled with vocal experimentations in timbre and performance and musical accompaniments set to underpin them. This is the lady you thank for Björk, Joanna Newsom ...view item »

Andrea Belfi
Ore

Andrea Belfi is a dab hand behind the drumkit and also behind the live electronics console (here featuring a sampler and a modular synth). On new solo record Ore he mixes his various approaches into a bustling suite of rhythmically driven electroacoustics, showing off Belfi’s smart texturally-driv...view item »

Thurston Moore & John Moloney / Bishop - Orcutt - Corsano
Parallelogram A La Carte

Some serious talents of wild noisy improv are gathered together on this split album: on the A-side, the drums and feedback-guitar duo of Thurston Moore and John Moloney, and on the B-side, the power trio of Bill Orcutt, Alan Bishop and Chris Corsano! Ferocious p...view item »

Siavash Amini
TAR

Containing an ocean-sized depth of emotion and meaning, TAR is Tehran-based producer Siavash Amini's 2017 brainchild. Comprised of four offerings, including the mammoth twelve-minutes-plus tracks 'A Dream's Frozen Reflection' and 'The Dust We Breathe', this is a sophisticated take on mod...view item »

Tony Conrad
Ten Years Alive On The Infinite Plain

Ten Years Alive On The Infinite Plain began with image before sound. Tony Conrad premiered this record way back in 1972 at The Kitchen in New York, and it was seen as a masterpiece of strings and drones that piled up together to create two hours of solid and genuine music. Available on Vinyl double LP and CD....view item »

White
White

Reissue of White’s one and only recording, their self-titled full length recorded in 2007. Made up of Shen Jing (Hang On The Box) and Shou Wang (Carsick Cars) White collaborated with the likes of FM3 and Elliott Sh...view item »

Esmark
Mara II

Second part of Esmark’s double debut release. Mara II  contains more hauntingly isolated minimal electronics, groaning out of an array of analogue equipment manned by Alsen Rau (On + Brr/Scheich in China) and Nikolai Von Sallwitz (Kar...view item »

Esmark
Mara I

Esmark is a new collaborative project from Alsen Rau (On + Brr/Scheich in China) and Nikolai Von Sallwitz (Karachi Files/Taprikk Sweezee). Working together on analogue equipment they created a huge catalogue of minimal experimen...view item »

Moa Pillar
Hymns

Russian producer Moa Pillar returns with his second full length for the Full Of Nothing label. Taking his inspiration from folk music and the fringes of electronica and techno equally, Hymns stirs a mix of energised Alva Noto digital textures, with upbeat percussion and a human soul. His long tracks can...view item »

Greg Fox
The Gradual Progression

Most will know Greg Fox as the drummer from bands such as Liturgy, Zs, Ex Eye, and Guardian Alien. Needless to say his drumming extends well beyond proficient, and on his second solo album takes this to an Nth degree, working with several musicians and using sen...view item »

Sebastian Camens
Tan Object

Sebastian Camens was responsible for the B-side of the first release on Conditional, and now returns to the label with its first release on ye good olde compact disc. The digital format somehow feels appropriate for this music - I think the i...view item »

Marcia Bassett & Samara Lubelski
Live NYC

Having teamed up previously, releasing albums on Kye and Golden Lab, Marcia Bassett (Double Leopards, GHQ, Zaika) and Samara Lubelski (Augenmusik, Chelsea Light Moving) work incredibly well together. Experimental drones created ...view item »

Island People
Island People

Island People is a new group of musicians based in Glasgow and in Berlin, including David Donaldson, Graeme Reedie and Conor Dalton. With sound backgrounds in production and mastering as well as music-making, the Island People sound, built from field recordings ...view item »

Nurse With Wound
The Swinging Reflective II

A double CD compilation from Nurse With Wound. Stephen Stapleton has put together a load of his favourites from his massive archive, includes tracks he’s remixed, written with guest musicians or long time collaborators, all remastered. It’s a follow on from a compilation of the same name released in ...view item »

Kleefstra / Pruiksma / Kleefstra
Deislieper

Where's the pop tunes I ask? Today I want pop tunes and I've got a load of experimental and drone for a change. I'm my own worst enemy...The Piiptsjilling brothers are back and they've collaborated with multi-percussionist Sytze Pruiksma (who can play more than one drum at once) for a new...view item »

Isidore Ducasse
Isidore Ducasse

Jefre Cantu-Ledesma is one busy bee, running the excellent Root Strata label and playing in The Alps, Tarantel and The Holy See. Over the years he's amassed a very impressive catalogue to say the least. Under this alias he's working with William Trevor Mo...view item »

Tout Croche
Super Silent

Tout Croche is two gentlemen from Huddersfield dealing in tactile droning and noise, running the gamut from pretty and immersive, to scuzzy and ramshackle. Opener Dead or Fade Away puts a spanner straight in the works with a garagey punked-up number recalling something like Tyvek, or an early, wild Sebadoh. It makes for...view item »

Steve Baczkowski / Chris Corsano / Paul Flaherty
The Dull Blade

Phwoar, a big juicy slab of that good heavyweight free jazz, courtesy of lightning-speed super-drummer Chris Corsano and the twin saxophone attack of Paul Flaherty and Steve Baczkowski. The Dull Blade mixes power-skronk with a surprising amount of swing: nice! Edition of 400 LPs on Feed...view item »

:take:
:take:

...Take my wife..no please take her..My wife sez to me "I want you to take me some place I've never been before, I said "Where ..the Kitchen.." ..I just got back from a pleasure trip.. I just took my mother in law to the airport..Sorry about that I suffer from Henny Youngman Syndrome and sometimes it sneaks up on me like a tiger in the darkness....view item »

Italic Indian
Drowsy Bruise

This is quite a weird one... I guess someone like Black Dice might be a reasonable reference point for its bubbly, gurgly, effect-drenched broth but it's also got that sort of ultra lo-fi underwater sort of sound going on that seems quite popular with the current round of underground/noise/hypnagogic types. The first tune's making me think of so...view item »

Various ( Lawrence English, Francisco Lopez etc.)
A Tasty Swarm of Small Signals

Clive Bell
Asakusa Follies

Wire writer and all-round sound-explorer Clive Bell presents a suite of compositions for the shakuhachi, a variety of Japanese flute with a particularly rich reedy sound. Bell’s interactions with the instrument, clearly borne out of many years’ playing experience, reach deeply into the extended poten...view item »

David Ross & Clive Bell
Recovery Suite

"Dystopic lounge ambiance", says the press release to this peculiar new LP from David Ross, playing a customised analogue oscillator dubbed the drosscillator, and Clive Bell on shakuhachi, which is a Japanese flute. The oscillator flickers and booms and chirps in weird modulating circles, varying from spacey throbs and paranoid glitches and tw...view item »

Isnaj Dui
Dioptrics

The next stage of Isnaj Dui's exploration of flute-driven ambient caress is Dioptrics, the Yorkshire-based artist's 9th solo release, this time back on Fbox Records. Things are about to get a little more dissonant, which means that there may be wince-inducing moments amongst the soothing toots and taps that you'd usually associate with...view item »

Ensemble Phoenix Basel plays ILIOS
El anillo que sujeta el mundo de la forma al mundo de la idea

ILIOS, the solo project of one half of chamber-doom favourites Mohammad, worked with Ensemble Phoenix Basel to create this colossal avant-classical piece. El anillo que sujeta el mundo de la forma al mundo de la idea is heavy with a Sunn-ish density, the ensemble’...view item »

Dialect
Loose Blooms

As the third full-length from Andrew PM Hunt, under the moniker of Dialect, Loose Blooms is a idiosyncratic twist of weirdness. Constantly anxious, riddled with paranoia around environmental disaster and human violence - this reaches depths that your run-of-the-mill pop could never reach,...view item »

DJ Mistakes
DJ Mistakes

This is nuts. First of all the artwork of the copy I'm reviewing has a load of random crap thrown in - a circle of foil and one of coloured acetate...a computer printout with a single strand of tinsel sellotaped to it, that sort of thing. The sleeve itself is a total thing of beauty, too, screenprinted onto spar...view item »

Fonogram
Fonogram

This self-titled and tastefully packaged little CD is the debut solo outing for audio-visual artist and experimental musician Vicente García Landa, recording under the moniker of Fonogram. Along with a host of contributions and samples from friends Landa has constructed a collage of ambient soundscapes, brief audio snippets and all ou...view item »

Bible, Burke & Henry
Live In The Port Of Kings

Not a firm of solicitors as you may think but time again for a Clint's Improvisational Mayhem Corner and the latest in the line of the lovely looking and popular Rural Route series. The blurb on the sleeve describes this as 'Edited from a perfromance that utilized live mixing and processing of field recordings, instrumentation and piezoelectric ...view item »

Stefan Wesolowski
Rite of the End

Polish composer Stefan Wesołowski returns to french label Ici D'Ailleurs with a follow up to his 2015 album Kompleta. Lengthy drawn out pieces that allow you to step back and take it in as a whole, think Max Richter meeting Richard Skelton’s *AR project soundtrac...view item »

Various
Space, Energy & Light: Experimental Electronic And Acoustic Soundscapes 1961-88

Soul Jazz present a carefully-curated selection of forward-pushing experimental electronics from the years 1961 to 1988. Space, Energy & Light, which features music from the likes of Laurie Spiegel, Tod Dockstader and Carl Matthews, is focused on new age, musique concrete, and DIY c...view item »

Band Activity
Traditional Reels

Band Activity is a collaboration between Liverpool based artists Flowers and Templeton who's curiosity for free-form improvisation and sound collage led them to producing 'Traditional Reels'. Here the duo merge original studio recordings with a plethora of found audio of traditional indig...view item »

JAWS
Stress Test

Performance art style sonics from this L.A. resident. It uses slithery, skronky electronics, confessional narrative and impromptu stratagems in an effort to brim the optics, confuse the mind and engage the body. Beginning as an exercise in speed and personality, “Stress Test” i...view item »

Francisco Lopez
Yanayacu

Recorded in the Peruvian Amazon in 2006 by Francisco Lopez, this CD recreates the sounds of the Jungle in exquisite, unprocessed detail. Perfect for hippies and those that want to be surrounded by the lush thick green vegetation but without the insect bites and the fear of being attacked by spear wielding natives....view item »

Francisco Lopez
Obatalá - Ibofanga

Sound artist Francisco Lopez returns this week with another album of field recordings captured at locations in the USA and Cuba between 1999 and 2007. The list of locations reads thusly - Cuba: Sierra del Rosario, Cajio, Siboney, Cienaga de Zapata National Park, Pico Turquino National Park, Granma National Park, Baconao Biosphere Reserve, Humbol...view item »

Cevdet Erek
Davul

Cevdet Erek presents his first full-length LP, fully showcasing his unique approach to the large Davul drum. Erek’s technique involves re-tuning, various implements, exploitation of the acoustic resonance of a space and lessons learned from the kind of noisy electronics more usually released on Su...view item »

Bérangère Maximin
Frozen Refrains

Bérangére Maximin composes with a brace of midi-controlled electronics, computer-derived patterns, deeply-processed everyday field recordings, loops and fragments and unidentified shimmers. Frozen Refrain is a canny and self-aware piece of electroacoustics that creates its own context. Vinyl release on Atl...view item »

dieb13 / Gustafsson / Siewert
(Fake) The Facts

The relentlessly tuneless experimentalism of this week's review pile is getting me down so I'm dipping into this new LP from Spidergawd for a little respite. These guys have two members of Motorpsycho among their ranks but none of that band's sophistication - this is straight-down-the-line '70s riff rock which...view item »

Geoff Mullen
Accidental Guitars

On Eli Keszler's REL imprint comes this crazy album of bizarre murky sound-art & lo-fi full-on guitar improv. from a chap who released something on Type a while ago. I'm reminded heavily of a proper fascinating Joshua Burkett album I heard a couple of years ago. Recorded in a dingy ho...view item »

Yoko Ono
Approximately Infinite Universe

Secretly Canadian do the world a favour here with a set of reissues of vintage Yoko Ono albums, pushing the legendary artist and musicians achievements back into the limelight with her reputation. Approximately Infinite Universe is a big and bold rock album with ...view item »

Valgeir Sigurðsson
Dissonance

Working as a producer for acts such as Bjork, Ben Frost, Nico Muhly, Hildur Guðnadóttir, and CocoRosie, Icelandic composer Valgeir Sigurðsson releases his fourth  solo full length on Bedroom Community. Falling in and out of i...view item »

Diamanda Galas
All The Way

Diamanda Galas returns to the album format for the first time in nine whole years! All The Way includes new approaches to various traditional tunes like ‘O Death’ and ‘Round Midnight’, interpreted in Diamanda’s highly individual voice and piano style. With both live and stu...view item »

Jefre Cantu-Ledesma
A Year With 13 Moons

Maker of the abstract and turner of the world's axis, Jefre Cantu-Ledesma is one of musique concrète's rocks, using reel to reel tapes and field recordings of the area around his hometown to make half-compositions. He's pretty much always recording the sounds of his life, kind of like if W...view item »

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