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A Winged Victory For The Sullen
A Winged Victory For The Sullen

On their eponymous 2011 debut LP, A Winged Victory For The Sullen mapped out the course they have followed ever since. Everyone expected a union of Stars Of The Lid’s Adam Wiltzie and composer Dustin O’Halloran would likely produce some sort of spectral beauty, but no-one fully anticipated how richly evocative ‘A Winged Victory For The Sullen’ would be. This is cinematic and lush contemporary classical composition in the Nils Frahm vein. Peter Broderick and Hildur Guðnadóttir contribute.

claire rousay
Both

All the credits you'll ever need appear on the artwork so there's no point in telling you who mastered Claire Rousay's latest works as it is all there. Instead this contains two tracks - one recorded in a library with a microphone through a pair of speakers and the other a dream sequence recorded from the inside of an apartment. 
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Sunn O)))
Kannon

As any fool know, there’s none more heavy than Sunn O))). They’ve been collaborating a lot recently, both apart with various other projects and together with Scott Walker and Ulver, but at last we now have a pure new Sunn record! Kannon leans extra hard on the metal apparently, so look forward to that. On Southern Lord.

William Basinski
The Deluge

More glorious tape-loop-based minimal composition from William Basinski. The Deluge presents an alternative approach to the source material used on recent companion piece Cascade: a piano loop is processed via various subtle feedback systems, until the whole thing washes away in a haze. White LP on Temporary Residence.
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Harry Bertoia
Experimental I / Mechanical I

A project endeavouring to resurrect the archive of Harry Bertoia’s groundbreaking work with his Sonambient label, Experimental I / Mechanical I presents some entirely unheard work from his vaults, and is so titled because of the nature of the songs selected. CD edition includes bonus track ‘Long Sounds’. 

Jacaszek
Pentral

This is a re-issue of a 2009 album where Michal Jacaszek attempted to describe a church by way of sound. The church in question wasn't one particular church but three in Gdansk where he spend time making noises and checking out how the reverb changed the sounds. In effect he used the church as a huge studio, capturing the atmospheres and unique echoes. 
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Windy & Carl
We Will Always Be

Will Always Be is the thirteenth album by Michigan ambien/drone duo, Windy & Carl. Formed in 1993, the pair take their influences from 4AD bands of the ‘80s. Their guitar-based ambience is heavily influenced by Robin Guthrie of Cocteau Twins. Windy & Carl in turn have gone on the be an influential act with bands such as Landing, White Rainbow and Growing citing their music as inspirational.

Earth
Full Upon Her Burning Lips

Dylan Carlson looks older all of a sudden. Mind you, Earth have been putting out records for some 30 years and, to be honest, I’m probably remembering what he looked like from a picture in 1991. Anyway, this is the new album pre-grunge metal duo Earth and it’s called Full Upon Her Burning. LP and CD on Sargent House.

France
Far Out Far West

Boasting a unique formation of percussion, bass and amplified hurdy-gurdy, designed to plug in to the folk sounds of their homeland and which causes all kinds of strange auditory sensations when seen live, Far Out Far West is the single-sided first album from trio France, designed to capture those live performances on record. 
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Sunn O)))
White2

Remastered edition of Sunn O)))’s 2004 LP ‘White2’ here. These new masters from Matt Colton give ‘White2’ the sound that it deserves, the bottom-end fatter and the whole mix fuller. As for ‘White2’ itself, this is one of Sunn O)))’s early masterpieces, a blend of the band’s purest drone-metal with experimental asides into the synthetic and the occult.
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The Transcendence Orchestra
Feeling The Spirit

Daniel Bean and Anthony Child (Surgeon) relocated The Transcendence Orchestra from Britain to Holland for their second studio album, recording in an old studio in the beautiful city of Den Bosch. Feeling The Spirit continues their quest for the perfect drone which began with Modern Methods For Ancient Rituals. Heading even further into transcendent spiritual realms, their latest soundtrack to your out of body experience has been described as "Like La Monte Young and The Incredible String Band stuck in an elevator."

Robert Farrugia
Worn

Inspired by a brief stay in Finland around 2015, Maltese composer Robert Farrugia returns to his preferred instrument of the piano for his latest album Worn. Written last summer on an old multitrack cassette recorder, building from modest musical motifs with improvisational techniques, the album is pressed on aquamarine vinyl. 
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Tim Hecker
Ravedeath 1972

This isn’t the brutal sensory blast that the amazing title might suggest. It’s creepy pipe organ/piano/synth drone music, recorded in a church in Reykjavik. Super unnerving, but equally beautiful and engaging. It’s one of Hecker’s best works for sure, and is released on double LP and CD on Kranky.

Harry Bertoia
Clear Sounds / Perfetta

The ‘Sonambient’ sound sculptures of Harry Bertoia are astonishing things: the sleeve art for this new release gives you an insight into the roomfuls of shimmering metals Bertoia designed. Clear Sounds and Perfetta are two particularly remarkable, highly minimal performances, never previously released.
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Tengger
Nomad

A Japanese / South Korean couple influenced by their extensive travels and commitment to exposing themselves to different cultures, Tengger release an album that, in contrast to their previous work, feels more like the experience of going somewhere than being somewhere. Throughout its running time, Nomad is constantly restless and kinetic. 

Richard Youngs
Ein Klein Nein

The industrious Glasgow-based experimental artist Richard Youngs delivers one of the most minimalistic albums of his lengthy career (even by his standards) with Ein Klein Nein. Built around the repetition of a single piano chord and some occasional snare drum, it’s an atmospheric experience relayed over four tracks. 

Sgt. Elyas
Tubular Moanings Of A Galactic Refrigerator

Hey Sgt. Elyas (Pollet), French guitarist and experimental composer. Is your refrigerator moaning? Yes it is, apparently. In a rather tubular fashion. The album is two twenty-minute works comprising many varied, guitar-driven soundscapes. Drone, ambient, dark ambient and experimental designs leave a haunting taste in the mouth.
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Charlemagne Palestine
Interrvallissphereee (Blue TB7 Series)

Part of a two part release that capture Charlemagne Palestine’s first session in the Moog Sound Lab.  Having had a long relationship with the tools the composer has leapt at the chance to create what he has dreamed about for the last 50 years. Creating 6 long form drone works, this 12’s brings a single 50 minute piece split into an opening and finale.
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Charlemagne Palestine
Ttuunneesszz Duh Rruunneesszz (Blue TB7 Series)

The highly respected composer and artist Charlemagne Palestine has long adored Moog synthesizers, and started experimenting with them in the 60s. Well now is very different from then, and having been given access to the moog lab he dove right in to create 6 longform drone pieces utilizing as many oscillators as he could imagine. Ttuunneesszz Duh Rruunneesszz is a single piece slit into opening and closing.

Bill Nace
Both

Bill Nace has been a collaborator with a list of people as long as your arm. Artists such as Thurston Moore, Chris Corsano and is half of Body/Head alongside Kim Gordon to name but a few. But other than a few obscure cassettes, he has yet to produce a solo work of note. This is all set to change with Both which showcases his improvisation-heavy guitar skills and ability to make big noise out of little equipment. 
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Kali Malone
The Sacrificial Code

An exciting new work of minimalist wonder from Kali Malone, with additional contributions from Ellen Arkbro. The Sacrificial Code stretches across nearly two hours, and it's all about the organs. These majestic instruments are played with an austere drone purity, and are recorded in such a way as to give them a very particular texture. Out on iDEAL Recordings.
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Maria W Horn
Epistasis

Maria W Horn of XKatedral follows on from her 2018 debut, 'Kontrapoetik', with 'Epistasis'. The Swedish composer combines the worlds of avant-garde and electronic in a way that explores minimalism à la Phil Niblock and visceral massiveness like Anna Von Hausswolff’s organ-powered songs. On Hallow Ground. 
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Minóy
In Search Of Tarkovsky

California-based Minóy, real name Stanley Keith Bowsza, made DIY noise music. Music as art. In Search of Tarkovsky is his 1986 album dedicated to the late Russian film director. It is an electronic sound collage which takes the listener through every emotion and every state of being. It was originally released on cassette, this is the first reissue since its initial release. Bowsza sadly died in 2010.
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Erik Hall
Music For 18 Musicians (Steve Reich)

A real labour of love, this one - when Steve Reich first published Music For 18 Musicians in 1976, he advised that it should probably be performed with more people even than that, given the intensity it requires. Producer Erik Hall went in the other direction, painstakingly re-creating the piece by hand, one instrument and one section at a time in live, single takes, making for an impressive and insightful experience.

Noveller
Arrow

Noveller is the music project of Sarah Lipstate. She uses an electric guitar and a whole bunch of effect pedals to make her experimental sound. Arrow is her latest album. It comes at a busy time for her as she has been touring as part of Iggy Pop’s band as well as earning writing credits on some of his songs. In the past she has played with Glen Branca, JG Thirlwell and Lee Ranaldo and supported St. Vincent, U.S. Girls and Helium - acts she can also refer to as her adoring fans.

Sarah Davachi
Cantus, Descant

Cantus, Descant by prolific drone artist Sarah Davachi is built on the sound of various organs - electric, reed and pipe - mixed with mellotron and echo. Cantus is the highest voice in a polyphonic choral arrangement, descant describes the interaction between two or more voices. It is released through Late Music following previous releases on Superior Viaduct, Ba Da Bing!, Recital and Boomkat Editions.

France Jobin
Death Is Perfection, Everything Else Is Relative

Like perhaps a lot of us, France Jobin has got pretty obsessed by death in recent times going so far as to dominating the press release with a lengthy splurging theory about parallels between shadow photons and death. It's beyond me I have to admit but this album follows a series of tragedies in Jobin's life and sees the minimalist composer and sound structuralist record a series of modular synth compositions in various locations. 
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Tim Hecker
Love Streams

Brand new full-length from Tim Hecker, who here brings his flaring waves of electronics into contact with woodwinds and the Icelandic Choir Ensemble (as arranged by Johann Johannsson). Love Streams builds on previous album Virgins, and was partly recorded in the same Reykjavik studio. CD or double LP on 4AD.

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iki

The first full-length album from Japanese sound artist Fujita Yosuke - a.k.a. FUJI||||||||||TA - in nine years arrives on Swiss imprint Hallow Ground. Iki follows a number of collaborations with the likes of Yamataka Eye and Suzuki Akio, and consists of four lengthy and meditative pieces recorded with a custom pipe organ that Fujita constructed himself over ten years ago. 

Christina Vantzou
No. 3

Classic Kranky material here from Chistina Vantzou’s third record, for which she enlisted a 15-part micro-orchestra. Formerly involved with The Dead Texan, Vantzou here pulls those classical instruments (and several synths) through layer-upon-layer of processing, ending up with a smooth and shiny surface.

Sequences
Woven Empty

Sequences is the project of musician and visual artist Niels Geybels and his latest album Woven Empty came about after he had moved house five times in recent years (tell me about it) and began thinking about the processes of change and starting again. He used all kinds of found sounds and an array of unusual instruments to complete the work which is an emotional journey through drone, atmospherics and ambience. 
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Golem Mecanique
Nona, Decima et Morta

You may not know of Karen Jebane (aka Golem Mecanique) but reading the words of Stephen O'Malley in the press release you may want to explore her music further. She uses voice, organ and a form of hurdy-gurdy to make music that O' Malley describes as deeply moving and bonechilling and seemed to take him into another world entirely. It sounds utterly fascinating and perhaps life changing and for those who can't get to Le Saix in Haut-Ales to see her perform, this vinyl is perhaps the next best thing. 

Emptyset
Emptyset

Emptyset is the first record by literal-building-rattlers Emptyset, first released in 2009. Here we get an early version of the duo’s remarkably stern explorations of frequencies and vibrations, rhythms and outright bass-noise. Very precise, very intense, and often fairly danceable. Double LP reissue on Subtext.

Cybotron
Colossus

A hard-to-find but massively important milestone in the development of alternative rock in Australia, Cybotron’s third studio album Colossus, originally released in 1978, is finally getting a re-issue on vinyl. Forging together kosmiche influences, progressive-rock and electronic sounds, it garnered a significant cult following in the Melbourne scene. 
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Tod Dockstader
Aerial 1

Tod Dockstader's Aerial series came about due to the composers fascination with AM radio. He recorded hours of static, buzz, dialogue and whatever else he found by turning the dial and mutated it into a series of drones, atmospheres that lure the listener deep into his world. The fact that he produced this at a time when he was supposed to be deep into retirement just exemplifies the endless creativity of the man. 
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C. Lavender
Myth Of Equilibrium

C. Lavender practices sound art and sound healing. She previously worked as an assistant to experimental music trailblazer Pauline Oliveros. Myth of Equilibrium is her third album. It was recorded with two microphones in a geodesic dome in New York’s Catskill Mountains. It melds percussion and drones played on bass guitar and synths.
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Celer
Continents (Remastered)

Has it really been thirteen years since we carried the 100 copies CD-R edition of this on Unlabel back in 2007? Time flies. Great that this one has come back around as it's thoroughly deserving of a reissue with far wider availability. Released on Will Long's own Two Acorns label, 'Continents' has been sensitively remastered by Stephan Mathieu and expanded to a two-disc set with bonus tracks. The exquisite droning string work present here is absolutely transcendent. Hit play and float away...

Philip Glass
Glassworks

Is Philip Glass really conceited or does the word "glass" just work surprisingly well with everything? Either way, this record is called Glassworks and characterises its composing protagonist as a gentle, quietened artist, interested in crafting meditative and minimal works. Recommended for the Glass fan who wants to take it easy, for once. You deserve a day off.

jik
cnidae

Released by Ransom Note offshoot Bytes, cnidae - the Latin scientific term for cells found in corals, sea anemones and jellyfish - is the debut cassette from Warsaw-based students jik. Consisting of seven ambient pieces; two long pieces to calm yourself down silly and 5 shorter ones to bring you back to reality. 
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Slow Reels
Farewell Islands

Slow Reels is a new undertaking from minimalist artists Ian Hawgood (the Home Normal label) and James Murray (Slowcraft Records). Their debut album Farewell Islands is borne from a mutual love of vintage synthesisers and reel-to-reel tape machines, and will remind fans of avant-garde composers such as William Basinski. 

Steve Hauschildt
Where All Is Fled

Former glittering Emeralds member Steve Hauschildt’s new solo LP is a typically expansive suite of pieces, pulling in synthesis, field recordings and acoustic instrumentation to form some heady trips. Where All Is Fled wavers between abstraction and melodies, mostly hitting that sweet spot where neither dominates. On Kranky.

Kogumaza
Fugues

Nottingham’s Kogumaza have spent four years painstakingly creating their third studio effort, the sprawling double album Fugues, presented here over two sides of clear 180g vinyl and released to coincide with the band’s tenth anniversary. Expect intense, drawn-out passages of post-rock fireworks.
  • Vinyl Double LP (LP077)
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Various
Portals

Portals: A Kosmische Journey through Outer Worlds and Inner Space is a double-vinyl, 13-track exploration of retro-futurist synthesiser music. Modern practitioners of the Berlin school inspired sound take us on a trip with their analogue and modular synthesizers fully set to cosmic. Includes tracks from Steve Moore, Ian Boddy, Polypores, Steve Roach, Listening Center, d’Voxx, Pleasure Corporation, Tungsten Mountain, Lisa Bella Donna, Nigel Mullaney, Johnny Woods, In The Branches + Bluetech and James Bernard. Presented on eyeball melting splatter vinyl and housed in a beautiful gatefold sleeve - tip for all sonic psychonauts and armchair voyagers.

Klara Lewis
Ingrid

Ingrid by Swedish sound artist, Klara Lewis, sees here moving away from the sound of previous records, ‘too’ and ‘Ett’. Ingrid is a long-form piece of experimental music built on a looping cello. It is reminiscent of certain works by William Basinski or Steve Reich but with a Scandanavian black metal sensibility.

Golden Retriever & Chuck Johnson
Rain Shadow

We all know the Golden Retriever dog which happily lolls it's way across England's parks but this Golden Retriever is a clarinet 'n' synth duo known for their unique improvisations. Here they hook up with guitarist Chuck Johnson on four long pieces which see them playing slow moving but lush instrumental music in which each player tracked their playing separately but somehow results in an intuitive and creative work.  
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Talking Book
Talking Book II

Talking Book is the collaborative project of Bill Gould (Faith No More), Jared Blum and Dominic Cramp. As you can imagine from the title this is their second work coming a whole nine years after their first. They make a form of ambient music using real instruments which has been compared to Eno's early ambient projects, electro-acoustic tapes and 80's industrial recordings. 
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Tongues Of Mount Meru
The Hex Of Light

Lasse Marhaug & Jon Wesseltoft make up Norwegian drone duo Tongues Of Mount Meru (Important Records, The Tapeworm). The Hex of Light is their third album. The two pieces that make up the record are precise, slowly shifting and ultimately blooming, but they do it in their own time and space. On Moving Furniture Records. 
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Kaffe Matthews
Foreigner

Kaffe Matthews comes with a zoology degree and an apprenticeship from time spent with Graeme Park at the Hacienda. A seasoned traveller, she had never lived in one place for very long so she decided to move to Berlin and become a Foreigner, which happens to be the inspiration and title of her new LP. The album sees her utilising the Italian Elka organ and making music that shifts, morphs. Rolls, stops and changes.

Cosmic Ground
Cosmic Ground

Deep Distance, the sister label of red-hot London imprint Polytechnic Youth, kicks off its 2020 with the latest Cosmic Ground album. The fifth effort from Electric Orange’s Dirk Jan Muller’s occasional side-project, Cosmic Ground consists of three enjoyably weighty kosmiche-influenced jams, with the third taking up the entire second side of this ‘galaxy yellow / smoky black’-coloured vinyl. 
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M-G Dysfunction
Complete Deletion

Norman Records has a vast and rich history of its employees making music as well as packing it or writing about it. M-G Dysfunction is the latest and comes from someone we'll call Fred M-G who, initially it seems, is ashamed of this work but dig a little deeper behind his tough exterior and I'd bet you he is rather proud of it. It is a series of home recorded experiments that showcase a creative brain at work and has been compared to Rainforest Spiritual Enslavement and Carl Stone. 
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Matt Jencik
Dream Character

Judging by the distorted facial image on the front cover of his sophomore solo album, Matt Jencik should probably have titled the record ‘Nightmare Character’. As it is, Dream Character is a disorientating and often unsettling experience, making use of a much wider range of recording techniques than the deliberate simplicity involved in making Weird Times two years ago. 
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Nurse With Wound
Soliloquy For Lilith

Those kind folks at Dirter have re-issued Nurse With Wound's classic 1988-era ambient opus Soliloquy For Lilith complete with 40 minutes of unreleased tracks from the same session. it's hard to overstate the importance of this album in the ambient field. It was way ahead of its time in producing atmospheric ambient music and was even a chart topper in the ambient field back in the day. 

Stars Of The Lid
The Tired Sounds of

Repress of Stars of the Lid’s 2001 neo-classical drone album, The Tired Sounds of. The way this album ebbs and flows is unlike much you’ll hear from music. It has far more in common with waves beating against a shore. The glacial pace of its changes suggest a timelessness. It sounds massive, and I feel.. small.

François J. Bonnet & Stephen O'Malley
Cylene

Cylene, Cylene, Cylene, Cyleeeeeene, I’m begging you please don’t … hang on a minute, this thing doesn’t sound ANYTHING like Dolly Parton. We should have seen that coming really - an LP helmed by Sunn O)))’s Stephen O’Malley and GRM director François J. Bonnet (aka Kassel Jaeger) was never going to be big on singalongs. It is big on sound, though. Cylene is full of thick, glacial, eerie drones that sit slap-bang in the middle of the uncanny valley.

Earth
Pentastar In The Style Of Demons

As Earth albums go, 1996’s ‘Pentastar: In The Style Of Demons’ is one of the more outlying records in the doom-drone band’s catalogue. At its most forthright, ‘Pentastar: In The Style Of Demons’ leaves hard metal behind for some ultra-swaggering fuzz in the Black Sabbath/Electric Wizard tradition, while tracks like ‘Crooked Axis For String Quartet’ have more in common with the synthetic Baroque compositions of Wendy Carlos. Mind you, only bands like Earth disciples Sunn O))) are comparable for the wiccan drone of ‘Charioteer (Temple Song)’.

Jonas Munk & Nicklas Sørensen
Always Already Here

Always Already Here is a collaboration between Danish electronic musician, Jonas Munk & Guitarist, Nicklas Sørensen. The artists give their takes on modern and retro electronica, psychedelia and the minimalism of La Monte Young, Steve Reich and Terry Riley. The tracks feature synths and guitars intertwining in an experimental yet accessible fashion.

Yoshi Wada
Lament For The Rise And Fall Of The Elephantine Crocodile

Lament For The Rise And Fall Of The Elephantine Crocodile by Yoshi Wada is a prime piece of minimalist music which has been compared to works by the likes of Terry Riley and Pauline Olveros. It was originally released in 1982.  It involves the droning sounds of voice and bagpipes and was recorded in an empty swimming pool. A trip to Scotland ensured that the Kyoto-born, New York-based artist fell in love with the famous Scottish instrument enough to centre his debut album around it.

Ravi Shankar and Philip Glass
Passages

Two essential legends of different genres, united! Philip Glass is the face of contemporary minimalist composition, and Ravi Shankar is one of the most widely Western-known composers of Indian classical music. Wow! Passages, their 1990 collaboration, is a remarkably successful melding, all spiralling melody and stately texture. Reissue on Music On Vinyl.

Sula Bassana
The Box

Phew! A six CD box set from Sula Bassana also known more prosaically as David Schmidt. The first two CDs contain his guitar only Endless Winter album which now includes three new recordings. The next two CDs are given over to Silent Music. This is, as you might imagine, very hushed music made with fairly standard instrumentation of guitar bass and piano. CD 5 contains re-issues of split albums and CD6 is all unreleased stuff. A huge project to wade through but a rewarding one.     

Lasse Marhaug
Gjota

The rumbling distortions during the opening bars of Lasse Marhaug's 'Gjota' is just a taste of the DIY boundary-free creativity to come in the Norwegian's latest slice of avant-garde noise/drone. It's an ominous release, for listeners that enjoy getting lost in a microcosm of dark rippling atmospheres.
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Aidan Baker & Gareth Davis
Invisible Cities II

Two years on from their first collaboration, Nadja’s Aidan Baker and bass clarinet player Gareth Davis hook up once again for Invisible Cities II. Much like its 2018 predecessorl, the album is a beautiful sonic exploration that’s intelligent enough to value space and quiet as much as noise. 

The Utopia Strong
The Utopia Strong

If anyone was going to release the debut album by the Utopia Strong it was going to be Rocket. Steve Davis (of having an opinion about women snooker players' fame) and Kavus Torabi have maintained a solid DJing relationship for a while now. Together, with Michael J. York, they make music that sounds like Emeralds jamming with Cluster. 

Silence
Silent Meditation

Father and son duo Eric and Ben Antonow launched this project on Kickstarter, ultimately hitting their funding goal nine times over. Some will scoff, though a record filled only with silence has its uses and meanings. As the title suggests, the release has been arranged mainly with meditation in mind. Plays just as well at 45 as at 33⅓.

yellow6
DECAY (merry6mas2019)

Oh thank the lord. So many things in life lead to crushing disappointment but if there's one thing we can rely on it is the Yellow 6 merry6mas CD. Each year we think it might turn up even though we've been as good as gold all year but like Santa himself it never lets us down. This year we get an 8 track album of all new exclusive material from the ambient guitar whizz and there's just 100 copies so order quick or Christmas is ruined.  

Scattered Purgatory
Lost Ethnography of the Miscanthus Ocean

Taiwanese experimentalists Scattered Purgatory, whose sound is pitched somewhere between the crazier end of krautrock and left-field metal, re-issue this compilation of material consisting of some of their earliest work, dating from 2013-2014. Originally released on cassette only, Lost Ethnography of the Miscanthus Ocean now appears on double gold-coloured vinyl. 
  • Vinyl Double LP (GGB-020)
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Robin Richards
Castel EP

Robin Richards, key composer and bassist of Manchester alt-poppers Dutch Uncles, aims to make a name for himself with debut solo EP 'Castel'. And its contents signal he will, as the 6-track pursues political explorations - delving deeply into Soviet Oppression. It does so with fluttering pianos and ambient soundscapes, with an intricacy Dutch Uncles fans will come to expect.
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James Murray
Embrace Storms

Slowcraft (London) and KrysaliSound (Milan) are two labels with a similar vision of releasing unclassifiable music in beautiful packaging. Embrace Storms by James Murray is perfect for a joint release by the two labels. Two sound collages to free your mind from the chaos, presented in a packaged designed by Murray himself. 

Stopouts / Klon Dump
Ahead Of Us / Do The Dump

Cracking split 12” here on A Colourful Storm from Stopouts AKA Andy Panayi and Rob Coleman and Klon Dump. Stopouts Ahead Of Us was originally released in 2002 on Groovepressure. The last time we heard from Klon Dump was their ambient tape on No Corner - this time they’ve got a bit of a monster-sized techno thing going on. RIYL Autechre, Dimbiman and unsurprisingly Klon Dump. Stopouts fans will probably like it too.
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Sarah Davachi
Pale Bloom

New LP from the prolific Sarah Davachi here. Though the Californian composer may release records at an impressive clip (Pale Bloom is her third full-length in little over a year) the quality of Davachi’s output never dwindles. What changes is the means, and on Pale Bloom we find her reconnecting with her first love - the piano. These eerily blissful pieces of minimal drone are hypnotic in an Eliane Radigue kind of way.

Kyle Eyre Clyd
Eggshell

Marcia Bassett's (Zaimph/Double Leopards/Hototogisu/GHQ) Brooklyn based Yew Recordings presents a limited CD run of a new album from Kyle Eyre Clyd, the recording nom-de-plume of Alabama-based multimedia artist Kyle Kessler. Eggshell is a piece of work that will mean different things to each person who hears it - anguish or relief, pain or healing, tension or relaxation. Kessler plays bowed metal, ARP 2600, test oscillators, Paia theremin, DIY synth and pedal effects with Peter Bowling on bass, cello and violin.
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Steve Reich
Live / Electric Music

Live / Electric Music collects two pieces by Steve Reich, one of the masters of minimalism. The a-side features 'Violin Phase' which is recorded by Paul Zukofsky, which sees Reich applying his phasing skills to one of the more mournful instruments. 'It's Gonna Rain' meanwhile has Reich looping a doomsaying pastor.

Isnaj Dui
Sight Seeing

Katie English has attracted a devoted cult fanbase over the years for her impressionistic electronica under her Isnaj Dui moniker. Two years after her triumphant Poiesis album comes Sight Seeing, a record conceptually concerned with synaesthesia but also a range of common and rare sight disorders and which sees the compositions constantly degrading and distorting. 

Brian Chase
Drums & Drones II

Brian Chase is the drummer for the Yeah Yeah Yeahs, but you may be surprised to learn that he has a serious sideline performing and composing in more avant-garde territory. Drums & Drones II is remarkable, with each piece focusing on one single drum but extracting an ocean of immersive sound. Just Intonation tuning and study with La Monte Young will do that. From In Context Music.

Elephant House
Chollima

Elephant House are a drone outfit featuring the percussion of Shenggy Shen, who was the drummer from Chinese all girl punks Hang On The Box. Shen is joined by Greek ambient musician Christos Fanaras who has a similar, but much darker vision to the likes of Vangelis and Iasos. Chilloma is their new album which takes its name from the mythical Chinese winged horse.

First Tone
Reactions

First Tone is a collaboration between New Orleans-based Turk Dietrich and Duane Pitrie. Dietrich is known as one half of Second Woman with Joshua Eustis from Norman faves Telefon Tel Aviv and as one half of experimentalists. Belong. Pitre has released music on Important Records, Root Strata, Kill Shaman Records. On Reactions the pair create a 3d sound world to lose yourself in. LP on Spectrum Spools.

Eleh
Living Space

The shadowy figure of Eleh, closely protective of their identity, returns to Touch with the first new Eleh material released by the imprint since Location Momentum, way back in 2010. Living Space has been seven years in the making and sees Eleh hone their minimally rendered, high impact drone music even further.
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Claire M Singer
Trian

With a captivating formula of powerful strings and re-emerging cinematic soundscapes, 'Train' is the latest enthralling brainchild of Claire M Singer. With 4 sides filled with experimental live electronics, installations, acoustic sounds and much more, this is an escapist selection of pieces designed to whisk away the listener to another dimension.

yellow6
Shifting Sands of Time

Yellow6 mixes minimal and ambient loops of guitar, layered with drones and melodies. Shifting Sands of Time is more minimal than previous releases in more than just sound. It is a more concise CD featuring 12 tracks in comparison to 2018’s massive 5 CD affair, Reflect. 2CD featuring 6-page booklet with gorgeous photos of Chilean desert.
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Katherina Bornefeld
Angeltalk

The latest release from the Daydream Library series, Angeltalk is a solo release from Katherina Bornefeld. Taking time off from her position as drummer for veteran Dutch experimental punk act The Ex, Angeltalk could hardly be more different, an album of meditative and quasi-spiritual music to rest the soul. 

Logic Moon
I See Planets

Melding ambient music with haunting, minimalist techno, I See Planets is the latest studio outing from Mainz-born artist Tobias Lorsbach, a.k.a. Logic Moon. Constructed from electronic elements growing up from acoustic foundations, Lorsbach's new album offers a deliberately retro-futurist aesthetic. 

Old Amica
Taiga

Swedish two-piece Old Amica reveal their sixth studio album, and their second instrumental effort. Originally acting as the score to a short film called ‘Place. Poetry. Periphery’, Taiga soon took on a life of its own, and evolved into a treatise on childhood memories and the interactions of humans with nature. 
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Ben Rath
Any Given Moment

Last recording under the name Slow Heart Music, a more accessible outlet for his music than the drone-based experiments under his own name, Manchester artist Ben Rath now attempts to resolve the two tendencies in his nature with new album Any Given Moment. Using the acoustic guitar as a sound source to be messed around with, it’s a warm and lush experience. 
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Klaus Schulze & Pete Namlook
The Dark Side Of The Moog Vol. 5 (Psychedelic Brunch)

Klaus Shultz and Pete Namlook were pioneering artists in German electronic music. The Dark Side Of The Moog was a series of albums showcasing the, then brand new, Moog synthesizer. Vol. 5 - Psychedelic Brunch, features inventor Robert Moog himself, playing an intro to the 8 part ambient, atmospheric track.

James Murray
Falling Backwards

James Murray follows last year's celebrated 'Killing Ghosts' with a new full-length album on Home Normal. Falling Backwards promises more of Murray's trademark hushed, creeping and haunting ambience but with an increased sense of intimacy this time. The record relates his personal childhood memories and speaks to catharsis through release. There's a definite emphasis on optimism here amongst the splintered yet linear melodies. A narrative of a naturally lit journey, made in plain sight.

Klaus Schulze & Pete Namlook
The Dark Side Of The Moog Vol. 8

You know an instrument maker is important when albums start being named after it. This is the eighth volume in Klaus Schulze and Pete Namlook's influential series 'The Dark Side Of The Moog'. Although, according to Namlook, the series was not an homage to Pink Floyd, it is still expansive, genre-bending, and mind-expanding, with proggy undertones and synth aplenty.   

Klaus Schulze & Pete Namlook
The Dark Side Of The Moog Vol. 7

The seventh instalment in Klaus Schulze and Pete Namlook's series 'The Dark Side Of The Moog' is one for electronica fans everywhere. It's dark and meandering with plenty of synths and haunting atmospheres. As with all volumes in this series, it makes you feel like you're wandering around an abandoned spaceship at night. What's not to love?      

Nils Frahm
Screws Reworked

This double vinyl LP, or CD, set from composer Nils Frahm has all the sparse piano and delicate Moog work we expect from him. But, on Screws Reworked Frahm has invited fans to submit their individual reinterpretations of his work. Screws was a warm and personal album, and that beautiful material has been affectionately reworked in a number of styles; from sublime drones to glitchy edits.

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 source material in an interesting new direction. Edition of 500 CDs on the Home Normal label.

Phantoms vs Fire
My Mind As Your Amusement Park

Phantoms Vs. Fire - who will win? Well, it looks like we’ll have to wait a while to find out. Project mastermind Thiago Desant intends My Mind As Your Amusement Park to be the first record in an eight-part series. If all of the subsequent LPs are as intense as this one then we’re in for an epic journey - My Mind As Your Amusement Park is a set of degraded, often rather haunted sound design that draws on The Caretaker, bvdub, Jean-Michel Jarre and Olafur Arnalds.

Tangerine Dream
Quantum Gate

Some 50 years in 'the biz' later, Tangerine Dream have never settled for less than innovation. Edgar Froese sadly left us in 2015 but his latest updated vision for the totemic band is now laid out for all to hear, on Quantum Gate. Remaining members Quaeschning, Schnauss and Yamane promise a contemporary evolution of their sound, on a concept record which strives to translate quantum mechanics into sound. Warning: new doors may open. Double 180-gram vinyl gatefold LP, CD on Kscope.

Line Spectrum
Bruma

Line Spectrum is the latest boundary-pushing sonic exploration project from Ukranian, Oleg Puzan. Bruma is slowly evolving minimalism - so minimal in places that there are silent passages - that encapsulates field recordings and manipulated sounds. This will take you to a place where nature and tranquility are one and the same. Puzan has also released records as Dronny Darko via Cryo Chamber.

Klaus Schulze & Pete Namlook
The Dark Side Of The Moog Vol. 6 (The Final DAT)

The Dark Side Of The Moog series of albums by Klaus Schultz and Pete Namlook took Pink Floyd songs and reworked them for the Moog synthesizer. Vol. 6 - The Final DAT from 1997 is their version of the title track from the band’s 1983 album, The Final Cut. Schultz has a recording career that stretches back to 1969, including a stint in Tangerine Dream. Namlook was an important figure in electronic music until his untimely death in 2012.

A-Sun Amissa
For Burdened and Bright Light

Richard Knox’s A-Sun Amissa drop their fifth LP through a mixture of Consouling Sounds and Manchester drone merchants Gizeh. For Burdened And Bright Light is a mournful and monolithic LP that combines that weight of Sunn O))) with the Gothic majesty of Prurient. The end result is like a more sonorous version of fellow Gizeh act Several Wives.
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Rob Burger
The Grid

An understudy and collaborator with jazz and avant-garde legends going as far back as Max Roach and Laurie Anderson, and then immersing himself in session and soundtrack work, Rob Burger is one of the most consistently undervalued figures in music over the last quarter of a century. The Grid is his latest solo album. 

Rimarimba
On Dry Land

Freedom To Spend’s run of Rimarimba reissues continues with the band’s 1984 LP On Dry Land. With this record Robert Cox further explores the curious fourth-world sound that he’d begun to develop on Beyond The Horizon the previous year. As such, On Dry Land is pitched somewhere between the sampling experiments of Eno, Byrne and Cale, Midori Takada’s new age minimalism and 23 Skidoo’s avant-rock.
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Rimarimba
In The Woods

Somewhere in the early ‘80s,  in an inexplicable space between post-punk, minimalist and industrial music Rimarimba existed with their weird sounds. The DIY electronic experimentalists were led by Felixstowe-based Robert Cox. In The Woods was their second album and was originally released in 1985.

Tengger
Spiritual 2

Pan-Asian travelling family band Tengger return with Spiritual 2. This time, the visual and musical focus seems to be the Japanese mountain of Ishizuchi, and that one is nothing if not steeped in spirituality. Joyous new age drones, krauty beats and wordless female vocals accompanied by harmonium and toy instruments.

Matthew Shaw
Among The Never Setting Stars

I know I'm guilty of the very bad habit of drawing too much from a song or album's title when I write about it. Luckily for me the titles of Matthew Shaw's Among The Setting Stars provided the jumping off point from which Shaw created this selection of trippy and pastoral droning ambience. On Blackest Rainbow.

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