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William Basinski
A Shadow In Time

William Basinski pulls another couple of tape loops out of his voluminous archives, this time containing sounds from the rare Voyetra 8 synthesiser. A Shadow In Time is devised as a tribute to ‘David Robert Jones’ (aka David Bowie), and is a typically gorgeous, slowly-expanding work of ...view item »

Holger Czukay
Movie!

Holger Czukay, the bass player in goddamn Can in case you weren’t aware, released solo album Movie in 1979. It isn’t a soundtrack album, but Holger does pull in samples from what...view item »

Thor & Friends
Thor & Friends

Everyone’s favourite Swan has finally done what people have been long been clamouring for: a grand project of his very own devising. Thor & Friends features the beardy multi-instrumentalist leading pals from A Hawk & A H...view item »

Ken Ikeda + David Toop
Skin Tones

Super-veteran music-author and sound-worker David Toop teamed up with former David Lynch collaborator Ken Ikeda for an improvised collaborative performance last year, and the recording is now receiving release on Home Normal. Skin Tone is a careful weaving together of objects, steel gui...view item »

The Durian Brothers / Ensemble Skalectrik
Split Series #22

For the 22nd instalment of its now-legendary ongoing split series with their distinctive drilled sleeves, FatCat have enlisted the services of turntable abusers The Durian Brothers and Ensemble Skalectrik (aka ...view item »

Vanishing
Vanishing

One for those of you who feel hate in dark ambient and everything that goes with it and maybe everything in the world: this record is made terrifying by Gareth Smith, known in his musical ghost form as Vanishing, plus a roster of guests of vampiric psychedelia from Paddy Shine (your boy of Gnod) and the excellent...view item »

Keith Jarrett
The Survivors’ Suite

Recorded in 1976, The Survivors’ Suite is a classic from Keith Jarrett. Although the record only contains two tracks, Beginning and Conclusion, the overall sound is full bodied and complete. A great combination of experimental noise and sound-art, this record is re-issued by ECM and is available on Vinyl LP....view item »

Tullia Benedicta
Anteros

Tullia Benedicta is an Italian musician with something of a shoegaze past. On debut solo album Anteros however, she works with slinking electronics and cold-eyed vocals, exploring kinky sexual themes through the use of obliquely sampled pornography and cloaked lyricism. CD release on Second Language....view item »

R/S (Rehberg / Schmickler)
USA

This record has totally amazing artwork. I actually picked it out of the box on the strength of its cover, with no idea what to expect from the music contained on it. Very much a thing of beauty. As for the music, R/S is a collaboration between Editions Mego founder Peter Rehberg and Marcus Schmickler, playing improvised power electronics pi...view item »

Racker&Orphan
Sounds of Insects

10” vinyl on Hood Faire. If an insect could talk, what would it say? N.Racker (Pre-Cert Home Entertainment) and David Orphan (Folklore Tapes) endeavour to put this down on wax. Sounding like experiments by Faust, Pierre Henry with a bizarre mystery sci-fi film feel to the ...view item »

Kelly Moran
Bloodroot

Kelly Moran composes and performs pieces for prepared piano, sometimes also using electronics to open up new possibilities within the melodic / percussive / textural depths of the instrument. With influence taken from both Steve Reich and Burzum, Bloodroot is an inventive and innovative...view item »

People Like Us
Abridged Too Far

People Like Us, the long-running cut-and-splice plunderphonic project of Vicki Bennett, celebrates its twenty-fifth year in 2017, and the Discrepant label are doing a few vinyl releases to celebrate. Abridged Too Far contains various...view item »

Yannick Dauby
咾咕厝 (Coral House) Penghu Experimental Sound Studio Vol. 2

For this release, Yannick Dauby used field recordings, extracts from interviews and assorted objects to capture some sense of the Taiwanese Penghu Archipelago. (Coral House) Penghu Experimental Sound Studio Vol. 2 takes these elements and juxtaposes, processes an...view item »

Robert Millis
The Lonesome High

Robert Millis, who you’ll know from Climax Golden Twins and his work with Sublime Frequencies, releases his first solo album The Lonesome High, which finds him (perhaps surprisingly) in singer-songwriter mode. Although make no mistake, these songs have certain weirdnesses to them. Oh, and ...view item »

Andrew Liles
Diario de un Monstruo

Andrew Liles, who always keeps himself busy even when not participating in Current 93 and / or Nurse With Wound, releases a homage to one of his favourite albums: Diary Of A Madman by Ozzy Osbourne. The Liles version, Diario de un Monstruo, is ...view item »

Tomutonttu
Kevätjuhla

Tomutonttu (aka Finnish artist Jan Anderzén) presents a vinyl distillation of the sound aspect of his Kevätjuhla installation work. The tone is garishly colourful and bizarrely fragmented all at the same time, with poppy fragments swimming around in a sea of bright electronics, all directed ...view item »

Sarah Davachi
All My Circles Run

The vast soundworld of Sarah Davachi expands a little further with All My Circles Run, her second LP of the year after the stunning modular portraits of Dominions. While that record continued to investigate Davachi's juxtaposition of straight-up tone drone and rippling, Radigu...view item »

Golden Retriever
Occupied With The Unspoken

We get a lot of synthesizer records in at Norman Towers Mk II these days, so it’s always nice to come across one which messes with the norm a little and gives us something refreshing and unusual to divert us from the tried and tested formulae. On this record her...view item »

Steve Jansen
The Extinct Suite

Steve Jansen, the drummer of Japan, has been steadily working on a solo career over the last decade. His last solo album, Tender Extinction, featured various guest singers, but now those other voices are stripped away for The Extinct Suite, on which Jansen pulls apart the orche...view item »

Daniel Bennett
Roil

Roil is the latest four-piece release from Daniel Bennett. Described as ‘four pieces of brutally-minded electronic synthesis’ that give way to a blurred new path between materiality and abstraction. A mix of feedback noise created by using analogue equipment and experimental field-art...view item »

Moon Pool & Dead Band
Moon Pool & Dead Band

It's a busy week for Agitated. First that wacky psych business from the mysterious Koolaid (Global Tyranny) and now this bleak bit of retro-futurism from Wolf Eyes' Nate Young's Moon Pool & Dead Band. Accompanied by Sights/SSM man Nate Shettler, Young here sculpts nocturnal minimal sy...view item »

Hound Dog Taylor's Hand
Hound Dog Taylor's Hand

Hound Dog Taylor’s Hand is a Seattle trio who play bluesy free-rock with a guitar / bass / drums line-up. Led by Jeffrey Taylor of Climax Golden Twins, these guys play loose and sweet, drawing influence from classic American music and further-out stuff alike. Excellent jams, pressed to vin...view item »

JFDR
Brazil

JFDR is a young and inventive Icelandic musician with a fair bit of experience in acts like Pascal Pinon and Gangly. For her solo debut she worked with Shazad Ismaily (and, on one track, Greg Fox) to create a record of eclectically textured songwriting that veer...view item »

Yair Yona
Sword

Yair Yona self-releases Sword, a delicate and dynamic instrumental album constructed from desert-blues and dusty overheard samples. The album was envisioned as a soundtrack to the 1973 Yom Kippur war and can be as quietly devastating as that concept implies. It is beautifully packaged on vinyl LP or CD....view item »

Damo Suzuki & Sound Carriers
Live at Marie-Antoinette

To this day, Damo Suzuki continues to tour the world, playing improvised sets with one-off ensembles of local musicians as he goes. On this Berlin date in 2011, his Sound Carriers include Ilpo Väisänen ...view item »

Michel Banabila
Sound Years

These are troubling times, or maybe it’s just because it’s the middle of the week, but fret not for Michel Banabila is here to bring the balm. This lovely guy has a background in producing scores for film, documentaries, theatre and video art. Banabila finds uses for discarded ...view item »

Melt Yourself Down
Melt Yourself Down

Pete Wareham from Acoustic Ladyland/Polar Bear has gathered together another of his supergroups for a cheeky Afro-dance jazz party which includes a Heliocentric, a Zun Zun Egui and a ...view item »

Tobias Hellkvist
Kaskelot: Reissue + Remixes

Tobias Hellkvist has been composing richly-textured electroacoustic suites for some years now. Kaskelot is an EP that went down very well in Japan in 2011: now it gets a bulked-up reissue, with new remixes by artists like Chihei Hatakeyama and offthesky, each one of whom takes the sourc...view item »

Tobias Hellkvist
Vesterhavet (Extended)

Tobias Hellkvist has been composing richly-textured dense drone suites for some years now. Vesterhavet was initially self-released last year, but Home Normal liked it enough to give the full extended version of the piece a proper physical release, which is what you see before you. Vesterhavet will suit any fan ...view item »

Kymatik : Midwitch Cuckoos
Anthropological Constants

Paradigm Discs, that ever-reliable archivist of the deep underground, presents the strange soundscapes of Kymatik and Midwitch Cuckoos. Anthropological Constants was first released as a limited CDr, but now it has been remastered for vinyl (by Giuseppe Ielasi), to let the listener reall...view item »

Mike Cooper
Reluctant Swimmer / Virtual Surfer

A document of a live performance by Mike Cooper that was given in Rome back in 2003. The music was improvised, although Cooper finds himself wandering into two sung songs along the way (by Van Dyke Parks and Fred Neil respectively), one of them for the first time. Fantastic list...view item »

Irabagon, Hegre & Drønen
Axis

A tasty trio here, formed by Mostly Other People Do The Killing saxophonist Jon Irabagon alongside a pair of noisy Norwegians, Nils Are Drønen and John Hegre (the...view item »

Kink Gong
Imer Zeillos

The new Kink Gong material performs an interesting act of combination not often seen in the world of field recording. Rather than claiming to present a document of a single time and place, Imer Zeillos takes recordings of Turkish traditional instruments and puts ...view item »

Onus
Ratsickles

Debut by Onus presenting six tunes honed from baritone guitar, bass and drums, each hosting intricate, chorus-sung narratives from vague and seemingly remote space-time locations. The music is dark-toned and downbeat; with descending arpeggios and sparse cyclical riffs a-plenty, interlocking with skeletal drums to provide lean bones for ...view item »

Gonzo
Radio Kampala / Skull Cave

Gonzo produces an interesting pair of audio slices recorded in Kampala, East Africa. Insect-buzz field recordings and religiously-themed spoken-word are set adrift in a clean sea of electronics: a low-key beat, some shimmering synths, and some digital scree that all adds up to a unique release. Radio Kampala / Skull Cave...view item »

Alan Courtis
Los Galpones

Super-productive Argentinian noise-man (and Reynols founder) Alan Courtis (also sometimes known as Anla Courtis) has a new slab of solo material for you to chew over. Los Galpones...view item »

Steve Reich
Music For 18 Musicians

As part of Record Store Day 2015 we have a special anniversary release of Steve Reich’s Music for 18 Musicians. Two 180 gram Vinyls, one with a mono mix version, the other in full glorious stereo. As well as a bonus 7” with singles “I’ve Been Loving You Too Long” and “I’m Depend...view item »

Tredici Bacci
Amore Per Tutti

Tredici Bacci is the ensemble of Simon Hanes, indulging his deep love for the old soundtrack sounds of the great 70’s Italian studios. Amore Per Tutti is a set of cool high-drama big band music to accompany imaginary films. Released by NNA Tapes, though on vinyl rather than the label’s usual...view item »

Dimosioypalliliko Retire
On the Administration of Panic (The magazine issue 1)

This LP is an ‘audio magazine’ from 2002, showcasing the work of Dimosioypalliliko Retire. This was a Greek group preoccupied with experimental rock deconstruction, and On the administration of panic is an excerpt from a live performance. Cross-releas...view item »

Ignatz & Harris Newman
Bring You Buzzard Meat

At a Belgian festival in 2008, Harris Newman joined Ignatz for a lovely little duo concert, which has previously been issued as a limited CDr. But now, Bring You Buzzard Meat has been pressed to a handsome pair of 10&rdq...view item »

Anal Magic and Rev. Dwight Frizzell
Beyond The Black Crack

Beyond The Black Crack is a strange old record from the mid-70’s: impressively, it is strange enough to match up to the given artist’s name Anal Magic and Rev. Dwight Frizzell. Cracked-up electronics and fizzling free jazz are involved in the mixture, which was heavily treated and manipulated after the fact,...view item »

Mere
Mere II

Mere is Gareth Davis’ free improvised jazz trio, bringing in guitar and drums to join the movements of his wildly-flailing bass clarinet. Mere II is the second part of a live recording, which has in turn been divided into three distinct sessions and carefully mastered to bring out every last detai...view item »

Mere
Mere III

Mere is Gareth Davis’ free improvised jazz trio, bringing in guitar and drums to join the movements of his wildly-flailing bass clarinet. Mere III is the third part of a lively and questing live recording, carefully mastered to...view item »

Gareth JS Thomas
Wandsworth Sports

Aphelion Editions is shaping up to be an interesting label... Here they follow up their inaugural release by Tlön with a limited edition CDr/cassette tape by Gareth JS Thomas (USA NAILS, SILENT FRONT, MAYORS OF MIYAZAKI). Over the course of the album our lug holes are treated to dreamy ambient textures and eerie dronescape...view item »

Andrew Broder
Picture of the Hostage Holding Today's Newspaper

Right, it's time to get it together with Andrew Broder. Hostage Holding Today's Newspaper are the far out excursions from the Fog man. This is a free jam, with Broder going to town and doing what he does best, which is putting all sorts in a pot and making a deliciously jagged & jarring yet warm ...view item »

Maria W Horn
Diverted Units

‘Diverted Units’ is the inaugural release on promising new label Holodisc, and marks the debut solo record by Swedish composer and electronic musician Maria W Horn. Working in the realm of extreme computer music, her previous work has co...view item »

Joan La Barbara
Tapesongs

Avant-vocalist Joan La Barbara was virtually in a field of one with what she was doing in 1977 at the time of Tapesongs. As the title (and the awesome cover) suggests, she starts bringing tape manipulations into her pieces for extraordinary extended-technique voc...view item »

DinahBird
A Box of 78s

A Box Of 78s in box on 12 inch vinyl. Over 50 sound documents, field recordings and vibrated memories. All captured to maybe document the lives and times of people in Salt Spring Island, British Columbia. This leather box was owned by DinahBird’s grandmother. Lovingly cared for and shared within her family...view item »

Daniel Menche & William Fowler Collins
Split LP

It's dark ambient/drone time with this split LP from Daniel Menche and William Fowler Collins, who take a side-long track each here. First we've got Menche's offering 'Raised Coils of the Giant Serpent of Eternity', in which he drones on pipe organ, trumpets, tubas, trombones, electronics and noise. It starts out quite tranquil and organic and...view item »

Mesa Ritual
Mesa Ritual

We've an LP of slow, subtle dark atmospheres here from Mesa Ritual, the duo of William Fowler Collins and Raven Chacon. Like many things I've had to review this week, this isn't for people who like "music" per se, rather a textural exploration of hiss and crackle and static and buried, wavering drones. Buy this album expecting pop songs and you ...view item »

Horse Lords
Interventions

Horse Lords are a bold Baltimore band who do that thing of pulling a whole sackful of genres and styles together and somehow making the results sound great! Third album Interventions has sharp saxophone blasts and La Monte Young-inspired just intonation guitars laid down over hot, groovy West African rh...view item »

Ben Frost
The Wasp Factory

Iain Banks’ novel The Wasp Factory is a fairly brutal work to begin with, so just imagine what an operatic adaptation directed by famously intense sound artist Ben Frost might be like? This record contains Frost’s original soundtrack, where vocalists and a string ensemble ar...view item »

The Lost Trail Orchestra
The Lost Trail Orchestra

Recorded over the course of the weekend, The Lost Trail Orchestra is an uncut collection of spontaneous improvisations, a glimpse at what happens when guitars, violins and minds are tuned in to each other. The Lost Trail Orchestra’s self-titled album is pressed only 50 times, and released in solid handcrafted pack...view item »

π∆ππ
Selected Piano Works

On his Selected Piano Works, π∆ππ treats us to that vintage three-days-in-a-Berlin-bunker vibe. By using just as much piano as silence between notes, π∆ππ has created a mesmerizing and esoteric album. What’s also esoteric about this release is the fact that there’s only 50 ...view item »

Carers
...it's eternity, Ester

A passing glimpse at this 12” and you’d be forgiven for thinking this was an EVOL record. That’ll be because the sleeve has been designed by said computer music hooligan Roc Jiménez. However, if you stand on your head and hold it in front of a mirror, you shall d...view item »

Keiji Haino / Jozef Dumoulin / Teun Verbruggen
The Miracles Of Only One Thing

Keiji Haino just can’t stop pouring music out of himself: on this occasion the sonic flow erupted in the presence of Jozef Dumoulin and Teun Verbruggen, two Belgian musicians on a tour of Japan. The Miracles Of Only One Thing is a strong meeting of minds, with the trio working the...view item »

Lieven Martens
Two Pastorals

Lieven Martens, aka avant-new-age producer Dolphins Into The Future, has gathered up some community sounds from rural Portugal for your pleasure. Two Pastorals gives you two pastorals and no more: this is a C9 cassette, containing only nine minutes of audio in total. But remember: quality trumps quantit...view item »

Lieven Martens
Coral Groups

Lieven Martens, aka avant-new-age producer Dolphins Into The Future, presents Coral Groups, a live piece for a hefty thirty-two channels of audio. An excerpt of this piece is backed with Four Pages,...view item »

Michel Redolfi
Desert Tracks

Spell-binding minimal electronic composition from 1987 here. Michel Redolfi did indeed travel into the desert for Desert Tracks, extracting certain tones from the atmosphere and building them into these impressively spacious pieces. Originally released by the authoritative INA-GRM, now reissued by Sub Rosa....view item »

Kema
Alle Sorgenti Delle Civiltà

The world of Italian library music and film composition is already fairly obscure territory, but Giuilia De Muittis is even less well known than the area’s ‘big names’, no doubt due to the inbuilt sexism of 70’s Italy. She played on many releases, but Alle Sorgenti Delle Civiltá is the fir...view item »

Francis Vincent Zappa Conducts The Abnuceals Emuukha Electric Orchestra & Chorus
Lumpy Gravy

A brace of some of Frank Zappa’s many (many) albums are receiving heavyweight vinyl reissues from Universal. Lumpy Gravy is Zappa’s debut solo album from 1967, released under the name Francis Vincent Zappa and utilising the talents of The Abnuceals Emuukha Electric O...view item »

Frank Zappa & The Mothers of Invention
Weasels Ripped My Flesh

A brace of some of Frank Zappa’s many (many) albums are receiving heavyweight vinyl reissues from Universal. Weasels Ripped My Flesh is one of his best-loved albums with The Mothers Of Invention, being a frenzied blend-up of edited live recordings that refers to all sorts of experimental music mod...view item »

Frank Zappa & The Mothers of Invention
We're Only In It For The Money

A brace of some of Frank Zappa’s many (many) albums are receiving heavyweight vinyl reissues from Universal. We’re Only In It For The Money is his third album with The Mothers Of Invention, and it’s got a wild blend of psych-rockin’, weirdo voice / tape experimentation, skitty bi...view item »

Andrew Liles
Monstrous Medical Mishaps (Horrendous Hospitals and Disastrous Dentistry)

The ever busy, ever mystic Andrew Liles (of Nurse With Wound and Current 93) is dabbling into Matmos territory with the latest installment of his Monster series, which has a medical theme. Monstrous Medical Mishaps (Horrendous Hospitals and Disastrous Dentistry) uses ma...view item »

Richard H. Kirk
#7489 (collected works 1974 - 1989)

Sheffield has housed many electronic music pioneers, of which Richard H. Kirk was one of the greatest. Alongside his work with Cabaret Voltaire he was producing his own solo works long before, during and after. This collection precedes the group, with a massive 8 CDs of solo dance experiments. Includes his first...view item »

Francisco Lopez
Anima Ardens

Francisco Lopez, usually spotted these days releasing long-form field recording epics, has been enlisted to provide the soundtrack to a dance piece for naked men by the Compagnie Thor ensemble. Lopez has turned to ritualistic recordings and jungle ambiences, mixed up into a very vivid whole. ...view item »

Super Heavy Metal
Music For Cymbals

Super Heavy Metal is a solo project from drummer Kim Åge Furuhaug, taking his project name literally. This isn’t metal music, but music made entirely from metal: Music For Cymbals indeed. Furuhaug uses unusual preparations and techniques, as well as sampling and looping, to ...view item »

Diseno Corbusier
Stadia

Avant-garde does not do this record justice - this is extreme experimentalism, in a way that others wouldn't dare attempt. Stadia, the third full-length offering by Spanish-based electronic duo Diseno Corbusier, is a haywire concoction including spasming drums, female yelps and elec...view item »

Einstürzende Neubauten
Greatest Hits

Blixa Bargeld, Nu Unruh and Alexander Hacke formed industrial group Einstürzende Neubauten in 1980 in, what was then, West Berlin. Their search for ear-bleeding sounds and the beauty of musical tension, played with mostly scrapyard foraged self-built instruments, knows no bounds. Greatest Hits goes...view item »

Oneida and Rhys Chatham
What's Your Sign?

Some years in the making, here is the collaboration between one of New York’s finest guitar-centric experimental composers Rhys Chatham and the glorious Oneida. With What’s Your Sign?, both parties mesh beautifully together into a swirl of repetitive super-sound: a joy for Oneida...view item »

RLW
Flurry Of Delusion

Flurry Of Delusion was originally a collection of sounds improvised with Giuseppe Ielasi. But of course, as with anything that comes from the mind of RLW (Ralf Wehowsky), nothing is as it seems. A vibrant mix of improvised industrial and computer-music gives birth to this dispar...view item »

The Legendary Pink Dots
The Maria Sessions

The Maria Sessions is made up of what are essentially jams recorded whilst they were writing and recording The Maria Dimension album in 1991. Locking themselves away in a cabin in the Netherlands with synths, samplers and a variety of instruments to create truly avant garde psychedelia. First time these tracks have bee...view item »

Ashtray Navigations
To Make A Fool Ask, And You Are The First

Leeds’ very own genuinely-psychedelic noise explorers Ashtray Navigations are releasing their latest statement on the Blackest Ever Black label, but that doesn’t mean they’ve gone industrial techno. No, To Make A Fool Ask, And You Are The First is full-bore AshNav, moving through stran...view item »

Dave Harrington Group
Become Alive

Dave Harrington Group is a flexible assemblage of Dave Harrington and whoever he happens to playing with at the time. Improvisation is at the core of his practice, although post-production and overdubbing is used to make new pieces from the instrument-heavy jams. Become Alive is out on the Other People ...view item »

Fogh Depot
Turmalinturm

In continuing a journey through the avant-garde style melding a genres, Fogh Depot releases a highly off-kilter 7-track offering. Comprised of mainly nu-jazz, modern classical and electronic experimentalism, Turmalinurm is a wondrous and sprawling mix of drone, noise and melancholic melody...view item »

Borbetomagus
The Eastcote Studios Session

By combining squealing free jazz improvisation and black-hearted harsh noise Borbetomagus have created a pretty unique niche for themselves. On The Eastcote Studios Session, pressed to 180 gram vinyl LP by Dancing Wayang, the band’s gloriously unhinged approach to live performance is captu...view item »

Nurse With Wound
The Great Ecstasy Of The Basic Corrupt

This ultra-rare 2014 private press from Nurse With Wound has been given a new life on CD from United Dirter. 'The Great Ecstasy of the Basic Corrupt' has all the unclassifiable drones, sinister tape manipulation and terrifyingly surreal sound of classic NWW material. A recent classic, long overd...view item »

Mohammad
Segondè Saleco

‘Segondè Saleco’ is the final installment of a trilogy exploring the sounds of the geographical area between 34°Ν - 42°Ν & 19°Ε – 29°Ε. Producing their sound through custom made instruments Mohammad weave together their dark atmospheric textures and low frequencies through the distant...view item »

Ab Baars & Terrie Ex
Shifting Sands

Joy! That’s what spreads all around when Terrie Ex starts flailing on his guitar, grinning like mad (except when holding a drumstick in his teeth). He and reeds-player Ab Baars have recorded as a duo but not for years, so Shifting Sands is a treat to hear. High-level, highly entertaining improvisa...view item »

Federico Durand
Jardin de Invierno

Argentine sound artist Federico Durand produced new album Jardin de Invierno simply, using single takes of immediate performances using various quiet instruments, and then assembling and juxtaposing them into the particular shapes we hear here. Jardin de Invierno (or ‘Winter Garden’) is a sweet, sub...view item »

Etant Donnes
Re-Up

Etant Donnes are the Hurtardo brothers Eric and Marc, but their 1999 record Re-Up features some other notable personnel too. That would be Alan Vega of Suicide, Genesis P-Orridge of Throbbing Gristle, a...view item »

Laura Cannell
Quick Sparrows Over The Black Earth

Laura Cannell is a remarkable musician whose engagements with her native Norfolk and with medieval instrumental traditions continues to amaze. Quick Sparrows Over The Black Earth is a set of one-take improvisations using violin and recorder, often played in unusual ways. Recorded in a church and released on Brawl....view item »

J.G. Biberkopf
Ecologies II: Ecosystems Of Excess

J.G. Biberkopf’s new album Ecologies II: Ecosystems Of Excess is constructed from field recordings that have been super-processed into a digital post-club sound-soup. And what’s more, the record also comes with a book exploring the same concepts through essay and advanced design. Out on Knives....view item »

Quicksails
Mortal

Chicago’s music underground is such a busy and bustling place that one can happily take part in multiple different scenes at once: such is the way with Ben Billington of Quicksails, who can also be seen in a number of other acts. Here on Mortal, he carves out busy compositions from a stack of elec...view item »

Richard Youngs
The Rest Is Scenery

Perpetual experimentalist and underground national treasure Richard Youngs has written each of the songs of The Rest Is Scenery around just one chord, because why the hell not? He wants it to be possible for anyone to cover these songs with just the slightest of ...view item »

Michael Begg
A Moon That Lights Itself

A Moon That Lights Itself is a commissioned work by Michael Begg. At the request of the Scottish National Galleries Begg composed these pieces focussed around 19th century painter Charles François Daubigny, and as with Daubigny’s paintings these light to dark wandering pieces that mix modern classical with ...view item »

Jemh Circs
Jemh Circs

Marc Richter is well known under his Black To Comm moniker, with releases on Type and Dekorder. He has kept this latest project under wraps, quite successfully. The product of scouring YouTube for pop vocals Jemh Circs brings an almost vaporwave artificiality and pop culture clash, droning and m...view item »

Giulio Aldinucci
Goccia

Giulio Aldinucci gets good and atmospheric on Goccia, his first album in four years. There is plenty to be heard here, with long swathes of thick ambience and properly rhythmic sections freely interchanging: and he hasn’t forgotten to imbue everything with melodies eith...view item »

Hermann Nitsch
Orgien Mysterien Theater – 25. Aktion

Hermann Nitsch is known for his epic performance artworks: a realisation of one of his Orgien Mysterien Theater pieces can last for days and involve hundreds of blood-soaked performers. This LP documents the sonic aspect of a 1982 ritual, remastered and reissued from a very limited original gallery edition. Out on Cien ...view item »

Pan Sonic
Atomin Paluu

This right here represents the final recordings of Finnish heavyweights Pan Sonic! Suitably for a group with such a brutalist sound, they were commissioned to soundtrack a documentary about building a nuclear power plant: construction recordings are integrated into Vainio and Vaisanen’s ha...view item »

Contrastate
True Believer / The 10/40 Window

Contrastate’s dark and wild world is full of looming shapes, hard to identify. This new 7” from the veteran outfit is a two-track slice of strange electronics and uneasy experimental vocals, adding up to an immersive sound experience that follows its own ritualistic rules. True Believer / The 10/40 Window is...view item »

Thurston Moore & Tom Surgal
Not Me

Erstwhile guitar-noise practitioner and former Sonic Youth guy Thurston Moore teams up with Tom Surgal and his drum kit for this 1996 free-improv session. The two duck and weave around each other, generating sizzling electro-crackle atmospheres for all the family. This reissue of Not Me ...view item »

Elliott Schwartz & Big Blood
Ant Farm

Maine’s Big Blood are deft hands with producing barrierless experimental folk, manipulating field samples, vocals, electronics and anything they get their hands on. Working with composer and pianist Elliot Schwartz on a visual art collective’s exhibition allowed both to run amok to veer back and fort...view item »

Tom Carter & Loren Connors
Untitled

The twin crown princes of American guitar join forces for what appears to be the first time ever! Charalambides man Tom Carter is a little more psychadelic, and Norman favourite Loren Connors is a little more bluesy, but both are masters of gorgeous in-depth improvisation, and they twirl togethe...view item »

Yann Tiersen
Eusa

"Ten tracks. Ten locations. Ten field recordings. One piano". So begins the press release as if previewing some BBC proms experiment. But it neatly sums up what this LP is all about. French composing maestro Tiersen has written pieces for ten locations and made field recordings of the actual places then later on dubbed his piano twinklings atop....view item »

Asa-Chang & Junray
Jun Ray Song Chang

Jun Ray Song Chang brought Asa-Chang (working here with Junray) to the attention of many back in 2001 when it was first release, thanks partly to the championing John Peel. The melding of East-Asian percussion, delicate melodies and tiny tweaks of electronic processing makes for an...view item »

Rangda
The Heretic's Bargain

All I know is that it’s heavy...Rangda’s surreal The Heretic’s Bargain incorporates surf guitar, free-improv shronk and all type of post-rock weirdness. Chris Corsano, Sir Richard Bishop and Ben Chasny have now completely nailed the dynamics in their raw guitar and drums trio. Drag City are put...view item »

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