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Laura Cannell & André Bosman
Reckonings

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

Cover Girls is a cunningly diverse collection of women-only covers curated by Nurse With Wound’s Andrew Liles. Featuring the likes of Elisabeth Oswell, Gena Netherwood and Alex Jako covering everything from The Buggles to Einstürzende Neubauten to David Essex. Out on CD digipack from Dirter.
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Miki Yui
Mills

Warm field recording clutter for broken droners. Miki Yui's newest record for Cusp Editions sounds beautiful through and through, recalling the shuttering architecture of records by Danny Clay. Using clanging, metallic sound sources and odd strands of half-baked rhythm, Yui creates an inviting, Sunday morning kinda experimentalism.
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Coims
Blues in F Sharp

It's a slightly mysterious one, this. Bristolian duo Coims make noisy post-industrial, electronic-rock deconstructions influenced by and in response to the continual renewal, regeneration and gentrification of their immediate urban environment. Bristol, eh? Anyway, it's their debut LP and the first full, 'official' release of their only long-form record to date -- following a very limited test-run of Blues in F Sharp, nearly a year back now. Be warned though, this is some abstract and wholly unpredictable stuff. Sounds exciting to us, and 'string destructions' are promised... Ideal. Clear blue vinyl LP on Vohu Mana Music, limited to 250 copies housed in a pink & blue screen-printed sleeve.
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Current 93
The Stars On Their Horsies

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

Ancient Crux / Norse Horse
Split


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

Tout Ce Que Je Sais captures a live recording by experimental poet Anne-James Chaton and improvising guitarist Andy Moor (primarily of The Ex), further exploring their long-running duo collaboration in the Carreau du Temple in Paris. The pieces here engage with controversial literary greats like the Marquis De Sade and William Burroughs. CD and LP release on Unsounds.
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Nonturn
Territory

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

With many years of familiar friendship and performances together in groups between them, now is the time for Alexander Hacke (of Einstürzende goddamn Neubauten) and David Eugene Edwards (16 Horsepower) to reveal their first full-length collaborative album together. Risha is dramatic rock music with a wide horizon. Out via Glitterhouse.
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Matchess
Sacracorpa

Sacracorpa concludes Matchess’s trilogy of trauma-tackling dreamlike healing music. The album is grounded in both the alien desert spaces of New Mexico and the alien urban space of La Monte Young’s Dream House, with viola, organ and voice all considerably treated with tape and paired with field recordings. The results are really quite captivating, and may prove as healing for you as for Matchess.
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Elian
Harrowgate

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


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C. Diab
Exit Rumination

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

Open Corner
Empty Pool To No One

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

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

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

Neil Campbell
Unholy Dump

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


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Steve Reich
Pulse / Quartet

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

Biosphere
The Hilvarenbeek Recordings

The Hilvarenbeek Recordings are sourced from an organic (or ‘Bio’ - nice) farm in Holland, and were recorded and assembled for a project at Incubate. The field recordings of nature and bucolic human activity have been subtly pressed into the service of some classic-sounding Biosphere tracks, mixing ambient warmth with an inquisitive love for sound. On Biophon Recordings.

Monopoly Child Star Searchers
Make Mine, Macaw

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

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

My Home, Sinking
King of Corns

This white vinyl release of Enrico Coniglio's, aka My Home, Sinking, 'King of Corns' is as special as the music itself, a bucolic, meditative rumination on melancholia, assembled from the building blocks of gentle folk guitar, lilting harmonica and illuminating, dramatic vocals. Sometimes sweet, sometimes frenzied, this is a gorgeous album.

Sapropelic Pycnic
See Sun Think Shadow

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


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Fibreforms
Treedrums


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Ugliness Man
Interim


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Providien
Followed By A Wraith


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Nick Kuepfer
Rural Route 7


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Dead Labour Process
People Are The Same All Over


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Karl Brummer
Magali


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Ordre Etern
Revolució Soterrada

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

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

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

Derek Bailey, Tristan Honsinger
Duo

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

'Tint' is the first album from Aussie native Joe Talia in over a decade, and it's a doozy. An electro-suite that brings together modular synths, Revox tape machines and slamming percussion (as is Talia's M.O.), this record veers between austere minimalism and extraordinary lushness, his dynamic free jazz revealing a playful spontaneity that's hard to resist.
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Nu Nog Even Niet
#1 & #2

Nu Nog Even Niet is a collaborative project between songwriter Chantal Acda and poet Lotte Dodion. The pair glide through two spare, spectral works on this release. Spindly bundles of piano and violin are fogged with reverb as the duo breathily deliver their verse. The overall effect is as if amiina had got their hands on the absolute quietest bits of Bjork’s early-2000s work.
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Captain Maurice Seddon
The Seddon Tapes - Volume 1

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

Matchess
Somnaphoria

Limited to 500 copies on coloured 12” vinyl from Trouble in Mind. Break-away experimental solo project from Chicago based Whitney Johnson (Verma). Soothing and explorative mixing of classical music and modern electronica elements, with tape loops, oscillators and violas backed by virtually-not-there ghostly vocals. If you like Brian Eno, Julianna Barwick, and Grouper this is for you.
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Derek Bailey
Solo Guitar Volume 1

A deep classic of British non-idiomatic free improvisation from the ever-inventive Derek Bailey. Solo Guitar Volume 1 combines total instant composition with (shock!) notated pieces by Gavin Bryars, Misha Mengelberg and the like. This remastered reissue features all the original material, plus a 1972 live recording, previously unheard.
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Franco Battiato
Clic

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

Pauline Oliveros
Electronic Works 1965+1966

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

Stretchmarks
The Stretch m-ARKhives

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

The Mystery Of The Bulgarian Voices featuring Lisa Gerrard
BooCheeMish

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

Rafael Toral
Wave Field

Rafael Toral’s classic ambient record Wave Field gets a reissue courtesy of Drag City. Originally released in 1995 via a bunch of labels (Jim O’Rourke’s dexter’s cigar handled it in the U.S.), Wave Field must have been a breath of fresh air when compared to all the six-string angst around at the time. These lovely, serene guitar-scapes are reminiscent of Fripp, Eno and Cage.

Rafael Toral
Sound Mind Sound Body

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

Monopoly Child Star Searchers
The Garnet Toucan


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Fire
She Sleeps, She Sleeps

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

Ensemble Economique
no thing-ness

Ensemble Economique are next up on the luscious series of Dekoder 12”s celebrating ten years of the label. no thing-ness branches out from EE’s ambient Not Not Fun jams and into industrial worlds full of foreboding sonic architecture, grey concrete and, er, grist. On a wall-mount-worthy hybrid picture disc, and over two sides.
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Steve Lacy, Yuji Takahashi, Takehisa Kosugi
Distant Voices

This 1976 meeting of three avant-jazz heavyweights gets reissued by Aguirre (La Monte Young, Steve Reich, Terry Riley). Pianist Yuji Takehashi - a player so innovative that Iannis Xenakis composed especially for him - joined forces with soprano saxophonist Steve Lacy and electric violinist/Fluxus favourite Takehisa Kosugi in a 1975 recording session while Lacy was in Japan. The resulting record employs unusual techniques - at times Takahashi plays with bells attached to his hands while Lacy pressed his saxophone up to the skin of a kettle drum - to create this surreal piece. Distant Voices takes in free jazz, cosmic jazz, post-minimalist composition and serialism.

Manyfingers
Our Worn Shadow

'Our Worn Shadow' was the second album by Bristol native Chris Cole who has worked with Movietone, Matt Elliott, Soeza and Bracken amongst others. Following on from his self titled debut on Moteer, 'Our Worn Shadow' album is one of the true high water marks of neo-classical composition and can be compared favourably with work by Yann Tiersen and Four Tet. 
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Stuart Chalmers
Fata Morgana

Stuart Chalmers is a tape-loop superhero, attending to a mass of dictaphones, four-tracks, and fuzzy ferric cassettes in order to intuitively compose magical sound-suites. Fata Morgana, which apparently also features a drum synth(!), is his latest set of constructions, published in a slender edition of fifty CDs-that-look-a-bit-like-vinyl, each packaged with a film negative.
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David Ross
Stochastic Moods

David Ross picks up where Iannis Xenakis left off in the exciting world of stochastically-generated music, using chaos mathematics to chart unpredictable sounds. Stochastic Moods creates probing digital sound-spaces out of oscillators and filters, with thoroughly abstract results. LP from Cusp Editions.
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Maria Monti
Il Bestario

A true cult classic if ever there was one, Maria Monti is an actress who also made super intense, wildly avant-garde music spanning folk, pop, cabaret and more. Il Bestario is a twist and a turn at every corner, both beautifully pastoral and abrasively clashing. Its reissue via Unseen Worlds has ambient lord Taylor Deupree helming the remaster.

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.
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Cara Stacey & Camilo Ángeles
Ceder

Cara Stacey (South Africa) and Camilo Ángeles (Peru) bashed this one out in a day, and it’s quite a trip. Both artists performed multiple instruments, but Stacey largely favours piano and Ángeles various flutes. With a great sense of freedom, the material goes all over: opener ‘Jazmin’ mixes odd dissonances with unmistakable calmness at first before gathering rhythmic and harmonic momentum - all in under two minutes. Unpredictable, beautiful and slightly bonkers.

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.
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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.

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.
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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.
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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).
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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.

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. 
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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.
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Jackie-O Motherfucker
Bloom

Tom Greenwood and Michael Whitaker, the constant that Jackie-O Mothetfucker revolves around take their time over things these days. Both living in rural corners of California, the pair made their first album in seven years, Bloom slowly. It took three years to record, with Greenwood and Whitaker assembling a cast of new musicians to work on the project. The reverb drenched, delicately structured songs reflect the time taken and the locations the band mates now call home. LP and CD on Textile.

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.
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Fossil Aerosol Mining Project
August 53rd

Another mystery missive from The Fossil Aerosol Mining Project, this one apparently alluding to previous release The Day 1982 Contaminated 1971, possibly by containing different treatments of some of the same original materials. Although with this level of looped-tapes and obscuring treatments, I wouldn’t sweat it: just sink into the deep crackling ambient murk. Released by The Helen Scarsdale Agency.
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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.

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.

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’.

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.

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.

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.
  • Genre(s):
  • 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. 
  • Genre(s):
  • 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.   
  • Genre(s):
  • Experimental / Avant-garde / Sound Art / Field
  • Genre(s):
  • Experimental / Avant-garde / Sound Art / Field

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)
  • In stock and ready to ship
  • Limited edition
  • Last copy

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.
  • Genre(s):
  • Experimental / Avant-garde / Sound Art / Field
  • Genre(s):
  • 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.
  • 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.
  • Genre(s):
  • Experimental / Avant-garde / Sound Art / Field

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.

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.

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.

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. 
  • 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.
  • 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.
  • 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.
  • 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.

Aksak Maboul
Onze Dances pour Combattre la Migraine

Aksak Maboul is keeping busy at the moment (with a great collaboration with Veronique Vincent), so what better time to be reminded of earlier work? Onze Dances pour Combattre la Migraine is a glorious thing from 1977, and even if it doesn’t cure your headache, you will almost certainly dance. Reissue on Crammed Discs.
  • 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.