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(The Microcosm): Visionary Music of Continental Europe, 1970-1986

Acting as a sequel to Light in the Attic’s I Am The Center, The Microcosm delves further into experimental new age electronic compositions from the 70s and 80s. Mapping a peaceful yet strange world between prog, psych and ambient electronica. With pieces from Vangelis, Roedelius, ...view item »

The Circle and The Point / Sleepwalkers Local / Chapels
Split

OK, I THINK this is The Circle and the Point who I'm listening to at the moment and they sound like a right bunch of oddballs - in the nicest possible way of course. There seems to be a weird kind of semi-industrial noise drone loop thing going on which is making me imagine a Lucky Dragons remix of a collaboration between Starving Weirdos and so...view item »

C. Diab
Exit Rumination

All enthusiasm for our work has been sucked out of the Norman offices by some sort of music-breathing warlock, as evidenced by the fact a new C. Diab record came in and literally all of us neglected to give it a listen. Awful. We were all huge fans of his last emo drone mini-opus, ‘No Perfect Wave’, wherein his pop-oriented abstracti...view item »

Klaus Schulze & Pete Namlook
The Dark Side Of The Moog Vol. 1

The legendary Klaus Schulze and his similarly synth-toting pal Pete Namlook loved their Pink Floyd, like any good psychedelic travellers would, and they carried this inspiration over to their Dark Side Of The Moog series. These ain’t covers though: the material here on Volume ...view item »

Klaus Schulze & Pete Namlook
The Dark Side Of The Moog Vol. 2

The legendary Klaus Schulze and his similarly synth-toting pal Pete Namlook loved their Pink Floyd, like any good psychedelic travellers would, and they carried this inspiration over to their Dark Side Of The Moog series, of which this is Volume Two. Subtitled A Saucerful o...view item »

Infinite Music
A Tribute To La Monte Young

The music of La Monte Young: minimalist, transcendental, timeless. Well, now a trio of talented people have channelled LMY to make Infinite Music - A Tribute To La Monte Young. Sonic Boom (Spacemen 3), Etienne Jaumet and Celine Wadier got together to perform an evocative live rendition of this musi...view item »

Chihei Hatakeyama / Vida Vojić
FTS002

The second release in First Terrace’s split 12” EP series is from Chihei Hatakeyama and Vida Vojic, both presenting typically quiet and considered work. Chihei...view item »

Sunn O)))
Monoliths & Dimensions

Hey there music fan, do you like Sunn O)))? I hope you do because they've just rubbed their first full-on, proper new album in four years all over your face, going "Mmmm, sniff that, taste that, it's our new CD and everyone's saying it's the best one ever and you're going to buy it because it's sooo-oo-oooo good". Well yeah, it is pre...view item »

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 stan...view item »

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 I...view item »

William Basinski
92982

It's amazing to think that William Basinski's '92982' was recorded in 1982 as it's the sort of thing that could come out on Kranky these days. Actually we're reminded of stuff like Tim Hecker, The Caretaker etc. This music features ultra soothing ambience and floating melodies. So much so that Phil just declared "I feel like I'm floating on a fu...view item »

Scuba Death
The Worm At The Core

Further Records make everything around you look ominously blue in different degrees of dark on this utterly compelling record from Scuba Death. This is a dub techno offering that truly makes itself on atmosphere -- Ricardo Donoso proves himself, above all things, to make a great soundscape. Bolts of lightning...view item »

Klaus Schulze & Pete Namlook
The Dark Side Of The Moog Vol. 4

The Dark Side of the Moog (Vol. 4) is another compilation record from two great electronic composers: Klaus Schulze and Pete Namlook. Apart from looking rather cool on the record sleeve, the music is pretty damn cool, too. Available on a double vinyl LP with an insert, and released on Music on Vinyl.  ...view item »

Klaus Schulze & Pete Namlook
The Dark Side Of The Moog Vol. 3

This is the third collection of tracks from Klaus Schulze and Pete Namlook entitled, you guessed it, The Dark Side of the Moog (Vol. 3). This one also brings about the composers differing electronic sounds and throws them together to create electronic master pieces. Available on double vinyl LP with an insert, and released on Music on Vinyl.&nbs...view item »

Annapurna Illusion
Life Is An Illusion

The earthling formerly (or sometimes) known as High Wolf has a rather interesting side project. It's called Annapurna Illusion and it's yet more sonic craftery. This record is one that will  mystify and enchant. It's a heady collection of hums and drone style passages that makes you think that you're in a ...view item »

Circular Ruins
The Thorned Maze

Hazy electronics from Berlin resident Marijn Degenaar, operating under the rather Borgesian name Circular Ruins. The Thorned Maze builds elaborate and spacey synth structures that tend towards darkness, and then leaves the listener to wonder around within them, with captivating results....view item »

Rudi Arapahoe
Double Bind

I’m not familiar with this Rudi Arapahoe feller but Phil assures me he’s very good and rarely puts anything out, so I’m intrigued. On this little CD here (part of Hibernate’s excellent 3” CD postcard series) he gets together with five friends, inclu...view item »

Rare Form
Six Months in Hiding

Lush and slush, this evil record from some version of hell will swallow you up like an avalanche and I doubt very much you’ll live the tale. Packed with heaving slowburner chord changes, scattered feedback, tangled whispers, haughty synths and emo melodies, Rare Form are on a mission to overdrive themselves out of existence, creating one o...view item »

Ryonkt & Offthesky
Breathing

This is a lovely little package on Dronarivm, it's a collaboration between Ryo "Ryonkt" Nakata and Jason "Offthesky" Corder, the former of whom made a 45-minute guitar drone over which the latter poured rice and breathed and played some vibraphone, ultimately creating the piece which flows over the two 3" CDs right here. They come in a lovely fo...view item »

Pleq & Hiroki Sasajima
Witch-Hunt

jffstnhs
Broken

You may think this artists name is crazy but when you realise it’s Jeff Stonehouse aka Listening Mirror’s new project and he’s removed the vowels from his name it all kinda makes sense! Over the last few years the man Stonehouse has brought us some quality releases under his Listen...view item »

Phill Niblock
Rhymes With Water

Phill Niblock returns with two new pieces of music in his classically monumental minimalist style: layers upon layers of instrumental parts built up into a shimmering mass of dense drone wonder. For Rhymes With Water, his collaborators are Natalia Pschenitschnikova and Erik Drescher, pe...view item »

Adam Stafford
Fire Behind The Curtain

To celebrate Phil's 50th whinge about the fact that I've not reviewed it I decided to finally sit down and give this album a listen....and you know what...he's right. This record shouldn't go unnoticed.  Adam Stafford's compositions sit in that perfect place (to my ears anyway) where the minimalist repetition of the likes of ...view item »

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 spon...view item »

Om
Conference Of The Birds

Om's second full-length album is a wonderfully self-assured work that illustrates how great music can be made using a very basic set-up, in this case one bass guitarist (Al Cisneros) and one drummer (Chris Hakius) playing ambiguously simple yet strong and melodic bass lines with clear and precise drumming throughout. There's just two songs on th...view item »

Tim Hecker
Radio Amor

A new opportunity to experience the earlier work of beloved dronester Tim Hecker with this reissue of his 2003 second album Radio Amor. This one is focused and powerful, wi...view item »

Tim Hecker
Haunt Me, Haunt Me Do It Again

This guy's well good as I'm sure you well know. This was his debut album, released almost a decade ago, and in the time since its release the number of people trying to straddle the boundary between ambience and noise has grown to fairly insane levels. Nonetheless, even amidst the currently hyperoversaturated market, there's always time for Timm...view item »

Tim Hecker
Mirages

'Mirages' is one of ambient musician and noise thrill-seeker Tim Hecker's earliest works, originally released in 2004. Back in the days of its initial release, Alien8 described the record as a "death metal ambient classic in waiting", which sums up the harsh, often dissonant soundscapes Hecker was interested in making in his early days. This rec...view item »

Scott Gordon
Relief Tours

On Relief Tours, Scott Gordon is trying to find out what exactly a piano can do. A series of 8 experiments where Gordon approached the instrument from a different perspective and with different tools. Yet he avoids being too clinical, the piano belonged to his brother, and that relationship imbues thes...view item »

Hellvete
Droomharmonium

Everyone loves a good bit of harmonium right? Glen Steenkiste, a player with psych band Sylvester Anfang II, certainly does, as he has dedicated his solo project Hellvete...view item »

Larkian
Dotted Drives And Drone Delays

Swiss-based Cyril Monnard has created something here that does exactly what it says on the tin, 'Dotted Drives And Drone Delays' is a dark journey into computerised and broken down guitar noise, an industrial wasteland of beaten up and spat out distortion. This is a very intense soundscape that is split into two s...view item »

Jodie Lowther & ARC Soundtracks
The Blow Volume 4

The Blow Volume 4 is a collaboration between multi-faceted artist Jodie Lowther and ARC, AKA sound and vision duo K Craig and David Armes1. The music mixes grey drones with ethereal percussion and spoken word passages distorted by various FX to create an unsettling soundtrack to u...view item »

Sherpa The Tiger
Great Vowel Shift

Great Vowel Shift (a pun on ‘graveyard shift’? Hard to tell) drop their debut release via Fuzz Club (Tales Of Murder And Dust, The Cosmic Dead). This Ukrainian group use a bunch of Soviet-era synths to forge these stiffly funky Motorik tracks that also draw influence...view item »

Norman Westberg
13

Norman Westberg is best known for his guitar work with Swans; his charismatic serpentine presence, curved tall and thin as he sways over his guitar, will be familiar to fans of the band. Sticking with Gira and co. through thick and thin, through styles ranging from the hellish atonality and brutal physicality of the e...view item »

Norman Westberg
MRI

You all know who Norman Westberg is right? He’s the string twanger from SWANS that looks like my old postman, but who knew this guy was a master of minimalism? Over the past four years or so he’s been self-releasing a bunch of CDr’s which has only come to my attention due to the fact that Roo...view item »

Norman Westberg
Jasper Sits Out

This is another album by that evil guitar Swan Norman Westburg, channeling his dead-stare intensity into longform drone pieces on Room40, the cowboy ambient label. Jasper Sits Out is dedicated to a recently deceased ‘family mascot’ - your guess is as good as mine. What does a Swans member keep as a pet? I’ll le...view item »

Klaus Schulze
La Vie Electronique Volume 1.1

Klaus Schulze - he of Tangerine Dream, Ash Ra Tempel and … Klaus Schulze fame - has set to work putting his affairs in order in the past decade. La Vie Electronique Volume 1.1 is in fact the second volume in the LVE series, a run that brings together Schulze’s rari...view item »

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. ...view item »

Mary Lattimore
Hundreds of Days

Bless the sky and the sun and all the people I’ve ever known because there’s a new Mary Lattimore record. Things are never quite as good as they are when this drone harpist puts out a new record of strums, arpeggios and loops, and ‘Hundreds of Days’ counts among the best crop of her work, a startling but subtle record tha...view item »

Evan Caminiti
Meridian

This person here called Evan is half of that there band called Barn Owl. Not entirely sure what they’re like, but sources say one word - drone, the word of the decade. Just so you know what you’re getting yourself into. From what I gather, he’s come from a band-oriented backgro...view item »

Dustin Wong + Takako Minekawa + Good Willsmith
Exit Future Heart

This is the dream team. Meet them: Dustin Wong made music with the fevered math noise group Ponytail before going on to make more cerebral solo records based around convoluted, narratively driven guitar loops. Good Willsmith are the clowns of noise music, jamming out some of the most intense debauchery I’ve ever heard with their previous U...view item »

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....view item »

Kali Malone
Cast Of Mind

Drones for synthesiser and woodwind. The lazy thing to do would be to compare Cast of Mind to Ellen Arkbro's excellent For Brass and Organ. But I am lazy, so I will. Where Arkbro focussed on the analogue Kali Malone, juxtaposes it with the digital, allowing f...view item »

Klaus Schulze
La Vie Electronique Volume 1.2

A further archival dose of synthesizer sound from Klaus Schulze, the hyper-productive German maestro. La Vie Electronique Volume 1.2 is a double LP set of rare (and even unreleased) material from Schulze’s early 70’s period, showcasing that beautiful organic Moog-work style. 2LP on One Way S...view item »

Celer
I Love You So Much I Can't Even Title This

Celer created I Love You So Much I Can’t Even Title This in 2008, using both analogue (tape) and digital (laptop) processing to utterly transform original sounds and samples of Samuel Barber’s compositions alike. Distant-...view item »

Kano
Runes

The first thing to say about this is that it’s not by the grime legend Kano. In fact, Runes is about as far away from ‘P’s And Q’s’ as it’s possible to get. Originally released in 1986 under the names of both Kano and Don Campbell - again, nothing to do with the Lover...view item »

Visions & Phurpa
Monad

Apparently (and disappointingly) not a DJ Screw-style chopping and screwing of the back catalogue of Mission Of Burma, the 100th release from Berlin imprint Cyclic Law is a coming-together between label boss Visions and shamanic Russian choir Phurpa. The co...view item »

Immersion
Sleepless

Immersion is the pairing of Minimal Compact’s Malka Spigel and Wire’s Colin Newman, dabbling once more in experimental goodness. Sleepless is beautifully put together, giving off nice kosmische vibes at times. The album also features some gu...view item »

JOHN 3:16
עשר

Philippe Gerber of Heat From a DeadStar returns with a new project of shoegaze from the dark recesses, offering a subliminally heavy and desperately relentless fuzz sound. As John 3:16, he’s crafting patient rock music soaked in narrative, building a kind of dark ambient that takes in uneasy melodies, psychedelic repetitions and noises tha...view item »

Tangerine Dream
Sessions 1

Throughout their long career, kosmische pioneers Tangerine Dream have been renowned for their impressive live shows. This latest LP sets out to prove that, despite having been at it for about a half-century at this stage, the group can still teach the new guard a thing or two. Both sides - A was recorded in Budapest, wh...view item »

Landing
Bells In New Towns

Landing have been at it for twenty years but 'Bells in New Towns' proves that they are still as strong as ever. They play a textured form of post rock, motorik kraut and blissed out shoegaze that is lush and shimmering bringing to mind other long running US outfits such as Yo La Tengo and Bardo Pond...view item »

Dylan Carlson
Conquistador

Have you ever been in a Western-style quick draw? No, neither have I. But, have I got the intro to a record, for you should you wish to experience being in a Western-style quick draw! This is the debut solo release from Dylan Carlson, a founding member of the metal band Earth. It's ...view item »

London Chamber Orchestra and Christopher Warren-Green
Minimalist: Adams / Glass / Reich

This LP on Warner Classics brings together the big names of listener-friendly minimalism: Steve Reich, Philip Glass and John Adams. Plenty of interlocking patterns and bright, clean pulses to be enjoyed here. We have ‘Eight Lines’ by Reich, ‘Facades’ by ...view item »

Chihei Hatakeyama
Journey To The End Of August

Ukraine’s Hidden Vibes is a cute little label. Their highly limited releases all come nicely packaged, and they tend to contain music of tranquil beauty. Chihei Hatakeyama’s ...view item »

Christina Vantzou
No. 4

Thank you, hell. Having booted us out of the soul-sucking eternity that was ‘No. 3’, Christina Vantzou returns with another startling record in her ambient classical series, offering a more focused meditation performed by herself and collaborators Angel Deradoorian, ...view item »

Stars Of The Lid
Gravitational Pull vs The Desire for an Aquatic Life

Before it was beautiful it was dark, like dusk, and there was fog. Stars of the Lid went on to make two gorgeous, sunshined drone classics in ‘Refinement’ and ‘Tired Sounds’ -- both so hopeful and lovely that they often got compared to the narrative driven music of post-rock -- but once there was disquiet. Their second re...view item »

Expo '70
Kinetic Tones

The thing about Justin Wright’s take in ambience is that it’s rushing. Ok, I know it’s slow, it’s drone, but like the cameras in a particularly hectic episode of Masterchef, these synth drones are tense, trembling things. They’re always paving the way for a grand canvas of psychedelia; whirring kosmische ad...view item »

Phurpa
Sacred Sounds 18.12.16

Phurpa are pretty amazing. A Russian performance group / musical collective that perform and record authentic ritual music of Bon. Essentially, they are the only artists (that I know of) that are preserving the sounds of this ancient Buddhist tradition from Tibet. They use a combination of tantric...view item »

Om
Pilgrimage

I've just been to take the washing out of the tumble dryer and completely forgotten what I was supposed to be doing. All I could think of was the latest masterpiece from Om: 'Pilgrimage'. I'm now playing this CD for the 7th time. It's difficult to recall ever revisiting an album so frequently in such a small amount of time....view item »

Bee Mask
Elegy For Beach Friday

Chris Madak's Bee Mask project has been going on for some time, and on this release he has collected together his personal highlights from various limited cassette and CDr editions recorded between 2003 and 2010, "re-imagined, re-edited and remastered"...essentially a ...view item »

Sunn O)))
Kannon

Drone wall guardians Stephen O’Malley and Greg Anderson may be the most consistent, recognisable band ever by now, but their sound has gone through a lot: they’ve gone swimming in beautiful ambient pastures with Boris, twisted avant-garde into comedy with Scott Walker, and even reci...view item »

Pythagoron™
Pythagoron™

We all know that drugs are pretty useful for getting high, right? But what about sound? It’s certainly possible to reach altered states through sound. Records, unlike drugs are reusable so once you’ve caned it, there’s no need to call you dealer. You can just put the record on again and again. Th...view item »

Jonas Reinhardt
Conclave Surge

Electronic rhythm time courtesy of Jonas Reinhardt, who intends that this record to carry the vibrations of rituals and ceremonies. Conclave Surge is lovely propulsive listening, mixing fun-time synth and drum approaches with aspects of minimalism and industrial. It’s a heady brew, and it works! Limited vinyl edit...view item »

Steve Reich
Drumming

What collection of the great works of Steve Reich would be complete without the mighty Drumming? The piece, scored for a percussion ensemble of marimbas, glockenspiels, tuned bongos etc., moves beautifully through an array of rhythms and counter-rhythms, following Reich’s simple-but-complex patter...view item »

Distant Animals
Lines

Very intellectual drone from Distant Animals. Daniel Alexander Hignell is an artist, musician, and more. Lines is inspired by such greats of minimalism as La Monte Young and Morton Feldman. Most intriguingly, this comes with 4 postcards showing "lan...view item »

Siavash Amini & Matt Finney
Gospel

Siavash Amini and Matt Finney follow last years ‘Familial Rot’ tape for Umor Rex with the immense ‘Gospel’ CD on Opal Tapes offshoot imprint V A N I L L A. The emotional impact of this remarkably complex and incredibly brave work has floored me, to say the least. It has shaken me to my absolute core and then some....view item »

Oren Ambarchi
Grapes From The Estate

The particular ambiance this album has makes me a little too uncomfortable for it to be ideal sleep music for me, but I haven't tried it under ideal conditions, so I can't knock it. "Corkscrew" is an edgy drone. "Girl with the Silver Eyes" has an otherworldly beauty, especially toward the end when the guitar is emphasised. Ambarchi's more "music...view item »

Kate NV
Для For

The latest release from RVNGIntl. is the second LP from Moscow sonic experimentalist Kate NV. Much like new label mates Visible Cloaks, ...view item »

Steve Reich
Four Organs / Phase Patterns

Classic Steve Reich pieces presented in the form of classic 1971 recordings, reissued by Superior Viaduct. Both Four Organs and Phase Patterns utilise Reich’s patented phased repetition techniques, each performed by an ensemble including both Reich himself and fellow mini...view item »

Mind Over Mirrors
Bellowing Sun

An incredibly ambitions album/installation from synthetisist Jaime Fennelly. The piece was commissioned by the Museum of Contemporary Art Chicago where it will be performed under a large spinning version of its artwork. It's a textural and rhythmic of the organic, and is every bit as psychedelic as that would imply....view item »

Kensington Gore
Hexagon

Stephen Wood and Scott Gubbels make up Kensington Gore, a duo who dabble in driving electronics, spacey soundscapes and motorik propulsion. Hexagon is dark and has an oppressive terror brought about by stabbing synth work, however, this is matched by a lightness of touch, production-wise, and a certain melodic nouse. Thu...view item »

Eliane Radigue
Songs of Milarepa

Radigue is a true pioneering giant of electronic and drone music, and these mid-eighties recordings capture her at her most mystically-inclined. Inspired by 11th century Tibetan poet and mystic Milarepa, this double CD is led by Radigue’s ARP synth, with vocal contributions from Robert Ashley and Lama Kunga Rinpoch...view item »

Ekca Liena
Gravity and Grace

Public House Recordings alumni Ecka Liena offer their follow-up to Graduals in Gravity and Grace, another gorgeous soundtrack to shadows and solitude. Utilising non-musical sound as a structuring device, this record houses some of the band's most ambitious ideas to date. Come for the im...view item »

Cosmic Ground
Legacy / The Plague

An absolutely classic conundrum, here: Deep Distance like to put out 12”s and Cosmic Ground love to make albums longer than the diameter of the sun. This tension led to the compromise you’re seeing in front of you, a two track wax slab that contains the first and penultimate tracks of Cosmic Ground’s self-titled synth behemoth....view item »

Moon Gangs
Earth Loop

Moon Gangs is William Young’s project away from Beak> which is Geoff Barrow’s band away from Portishead, which is the end of the line all change please. Doing keyboards in the name of electronic rawk, he here takes the time to treasure his synths in their own right, approaching com...view item »

Deceh / Total Life
Split

Here’s a nice looking split LP on Important by Deceh and Total Life. Deceh have released a handful of releases over the last few years. I’ve only heard the one (the LP on Important) and it was a minimal tonal affair. The flip of this is by Total Life which is Kevin Doria from ...view item »

The Oscillation
U.E.F

This month’s Robert Pollard Award For Outstanding Work In The Field Of Prolificity goes to Demian Castellanos, who’s gone from releasing his second record of solo drone materials to putting out another record of psychedelic swirl as frontman of the Oscillation. His band’s playful, tectonical...view item »

William Basinski & Richard Chartier
Divertissment

Not sure if two members counts, but this is somewhat of a minimal experimental electronic supergroup. Master of decay William Basinski teams up with Line co-founder Richard Chartier for some introspective, nervous channeling of drifting sound on Important Records. Seeing as three of the instruments they’ve cited are just forms of m...view item »

The Transcendence Orchestra
Modern Methods For Ancient Rituals

Through a vast array of instruments and processes, in a setting designed to evoke transcendental energies, Anthony Child and Daniel Bean have conjured up a remarkable torch bearer of deep listening. It's a slowly shifting, drone wash of texture and growth that will definitely appeal to fans of Eno, Laraa...view item »

Eva-Maria Houben
Breath For Organ

Wandelweiser composer and organist Eva-Maria Houben presents a new work for an old organ. The single track Breath For Organ, recorded at a church in Krefeld, Germany, is typically minimal for Houben, but within her sound-world a thousand details are there to be found if you sit and listen. Breath Fo...view item »

Africa Express
Africa Express Presents...Terry Riley's In C Mali

Terry Riley's In C Mali by Africa Express is the first ever recording of Riley’s minimalist work by an African ensemble. In C Mali was originally written by Terry Riley in 1964. Upon hearing this new version the composer said that he was “overwhelmed and delighted”. T...view item »

Windy & Carl
We Will Always Be

Windy and Carl are back with their first album in three years. Nice to see that there are some people who still take their time over these things. This husband and wife team have created some astounding sonic architecture in the past with their neofolk-inflected minimal-ambient drone. Af...view item »

Kyle Bobby Dunn
Kyle Bobby Dunn and the Infinite Sadness

Apparently some dude from Pitchfork reckons Kyle is the king of drone. Like, can you imagine if this music started affecting all walks of society instead of stressed middle class office workers. He'd have to really get his stage act together for the arena tours. Anyway, my granddad, he's the king of drone right. He goes on and on etc about the w...view item »

EMEI
EMEI

Bristol’s Aphelion Editions come through with a hyper-limited sound-sketch by EMEI. Opener ‘Frosted Glass’ sets the tone nicely for EMEI. Beginning with glacial prettiness, the melodies soon distort and overlap to create thick textures that bear comparison to the likes of both ...view item »

Deathprod
Morals and Dogma

The early works of Norwegian experimentalist Deathprod (aka Supersilent member Helge Sten) here receive some attention from Smalltown Supersound’s reissues division. Morals And Dogma is a particularly dense Deathprod record, composed over many years using multiple...view item »

Slomo
Super-Individual: Collective Ritual

Yorkshire based “glumbient” two-piece Slomo take their single note downer synth epic track Super​-​Individual from their album Transits to a load of contemporaries and let them do as they please. Line-up includes Teeth Of The Sea, Andrew Liles (Current 9...view item »

Ryo Murakami
Esto

My favourite thing to do after a sleep-deprived night is listen to an album that’s going to make it hard for me to sleep the night after. Ryo Murakami’s nightmare music marks a divergence from his usual bouts of techno, but ‘Esto’ is a perfect tone poem (or anthology of tone poems), holding on to its vacuum atmo...view item »

Earth
Phase 3 - Thrones & Dominions

Its a damn shame how little recognition this album gets in comparison to its predecessor, the monumental album Earth 2. While Earth 2 pretty much established drone doom as a subgenre and is still cited by many as the only worthwhile album Earth released, Phase 3: Thrones And Dominions is proof that Dylan Carlson is more than a one-trick pony (th...view item »

The Nightcrawlers
The Biophonic Boombox Recordings

Anthology Recordings shine a light on this little known group of Philadelphia / New Jersey synth explores that were active from the late 70s through the early 90s. It’s a valuable and ultimately highly engrossing collection of material compiled from their many self-released cassettes. Their brand of Space Music draws from the previously es...view item »

Steve Roach
Structures From Silence

Steve Roach’s landmark new age ambient album Structures From Silence was first released in 1984, and it's been lulling listeners into a deep state of suspended animation ever since. Structures From Silence is very slow and very spacious, with just a few well-chosen synth elements drifting around the sound...view item »

Kaori Suzuki
Newsun

Two track album from Seattle based experimental-electronic composer Kaori Suzuki. Working with synthesized and acoustic sources she experiments with how these signals interplay, adjusting attacks and decays, capturing the natural feedbacks that occur and the bizarre stereo effects that create rhythms and oscillations....view item »

Coil
Time Machines

Originally issued back in 1998 on Coil’s own Eskaton label and credited to Time Machines, this stone cold classic album has now been credited to Coil and remastered and reissued on DAIS Records. Jhon Balance, Peter Christopherson and Drew McDowall ripped a hole through the fabr...view item »

Earth
Live at Third Man Records

Jack White, bless him, facilitates something worthwhile every now and then. This live album was recorded to tape (nice!) last year in the Blue Room at Third Man Records in Nashville, where Dylan, Adrienne and co played support to Boris (whose set from that night i...view item »

This Is Where
This Is Where

This is Where...We Came In might have been the Bee Gees swansong but this This is Where is a mysterious doom and ambient band who feature Norman Westberg amongst their number. Though they don't have the noisy brutalism of Swans the three piece have a musical dialogue dominated by tension and blissful density.  ...view item »

Earth
Pentastar In The Style Of Demons

I have heard lots of negative reactions towards Pentastar, but honestly, I don't see what's to dislike. It has that special Dylan Carlson touch, and it seems much more thought out than Phase 3 (which is amazing in it's own right). It's an album that has rang true for many people I've showed it to, who have all seemed to dig the stoner vibe that ...view item »

Expo '70
Cleverly Mystique

Consistently warped, spacial and well suited to some retro Doctor Who episode is Expo 70's Krautrock offering - Cleverly Mystique. featuring otherworldly melody and a melancholic sense of dread throughout, this off-kilter and ambitious collection is revitalised onto vinyl 5 years after its in...view item »

Sunn O)))
Domkirke

This ever-so-slightly special entry in the Sunn O))) kanon sees the band lathering their drone all over the Bergen Cathedral, extending to us a few mysteries beyond the evil wizard robes and metal hand gestures. In spite of the album’s typical Sunn grandiosity, it’s those opening seconds that are disorientating. They offer us, of all...view item »

Grumbling Fur
FurFour

It doesn’t matter how much I whinge that they are not, I think I’ll be happier as a person if I just come out and admit that Grumbling Fur are one of England’s more interesting experimental pop groups. Their last album  ‘Pre-naturals’ didn’t quite whet my whistle possibly bec...view item »

Nathan Bowles
Nansemond

It has been purported that those who are geographically isolated are much more creative than those who keep themselves within a bustling beehive of activity. Multi instrumentalist Nathan Bowles is a case in point. Residing in the mountains of South West Virginia, his music conjures the rugged landscape of his homeland, using contemplative, cinem...view item »

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