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Ecker & Meulyzer
Carbon

Carbon is the Subtext Recordings debut by Ecker and Meulyzer FKA Stray Dogs. The album is built on field recordings made at a seed vault in the Norwegian archipelago of Svalbard. Under the Stray Dogs moniker, the pair released two albums, Wasteland and Kalkar. Both artists have a background in theatre and between them share experience of field recording, radio plays, Belgian jazz and experimental psychedelic krautrock. 

PYUR
Oratorio For The Underworld

The worlds of sound design and classical composition come together on Oratorio For The Underworld, the new album by PYUR AKA Sophie Schnell. It is her first recording for Subtext. On the album she transports the listener to a mystical and ethereal space. Cellist Teresa Alvarez and violinist Juan Zalba Fuentes help with the textures within.

Joshua Sabin
Sutarti

Joshua Sabin shows us the results of his work with the Lithuanian Academy of Music and Theatre Ethnomusicology folk music archives, to which he has applied psychoacoustic research in order to emphasise the beating phenomenon and crucial dissonances within traditional forms. Sutarti is built from these recordings, as well as forest field recordings and added instrumentation. On Subtext.

Ucc Harlo
United

UCC Harlo (aka Annie Garlid, a collaborator of Holly Herndon) makes her debut with an album six years in the making, representing a journey from classically-trained orchestral violinist to experimental producer. United features classical baroque styles filtered and re-focused, amongst synth drones, field recordings and much else besides, forming a fascinating and detailed whole. On Subtext.

Ellen Arkbro
Chords

A new slice of explorative minimalism from Ellen Arkbro, one of the most exciting young voices in this area of music. Chords is a simple title for a complex work, with Arkbro working with precise intervals and harmonics to create remarkable sonics. Two versions of the piece are here, one for guitar and one for the organ at Malmo’s St. John’s Church. Out on Subtext.

Gonçalo Penas
Ego De Espinhos

Gonçalo Penas is a bit of a maverick, it would appear. Ego De Espinhos is the 22-year old Portuguese musician’s debut album. He has resolutely refused to stick to any formula or rules he has learned in his time at music college so he can fully explore the limits of electronic music. The result, following some intensive self-discovery, is a cathartic album that will blow your mind. LP on Subtext.

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.

Yair Elazar Glotman
Études

Yair Elazar Glotman learned to play contrabass the way that classical music demands: practice toward an intuitive understanding of performance. As always, though, his work is critical of what we're taught to remember music as being, and Études is an aggressive exploration of his instrument free of its pre-established role. Études is the material sound of an instrument as well as the sounds it makes. 

Emptyset
Signal

Emptyset continue to tunnel into the nature of sound and space with Signal, a document of a live performance. The group broadcast their sounds from the venue, via radio transmitters, over thousands of miles and back to the venue again, to see how the transmission through the atmosphere altered the sound. Conceptually rigorous: also sounds amazing. On Subtext.

Yair Elazar Glotman
Compound

Yair Elazar Glotman is a sound artist and composer and on Compound he teams up with Marcello Silvio Busato and Rieko Okuda to bring percussion and piano sounds respectively to his solo contrabass explorations. Glotman’s experimentations rely on repetition and in pushing the trio’s instruments in new directions through unusual techniques.

Cevdet Erek
Davul

Cevdet Erek presents his first full-length LP, fully showcasing his unique approach to the large Davul drum. Erek’s technique involves re-tuning, various implements, exploitation of the acoustic resonance of a space and lessons learned from the kind of noisy electronics more usually released on Subtext. Seven entirely improvised pieces, covering a remarkably variety of sound. On Subtext.

FIS and Rob Thorne
Clear Stones

This first-time team-up of two New Zealand talents is an intriguing one. Maori sound artist Rob Thorne generally has a more approach to sound that is more abstract and more rooted in acoustic instruments than electronics producer FIS, but the space where they meet in the middle on Clear Stones is special territory indeed, each artist working around the other. Out on Subtext.
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Emptyset
Medium

Subtext (Roly Porter, Vex’d) re-press Emptyset’s 2012 mini-LP (which means it’s an EP, then) Medium. The bass-bothering duo recorded these tracks on location in a ruined Gothic mansion near Gloucester, and the reverberant surroundings add extra depth to these moody cross-breeds of dubstep and electro-acoustic composition.

Joshua Sabin
Terminus Drift

Here’s an album made entirely out of field recordings of metropolitan transit systems and electromagnetic interference, with material sourced from Scotland, Germany and Japan. For his debut full-length, Joshua Sabin has taken these sources and processed them into thickly-textured and surprisingly dramatic pieces of music. Terminus Drift is released by Subtext.

Blessed Initiative
Blessed Initiative

Deep work here from the classically trained Yair Elazar Glotman aka Blessed Initiative. This record is a piece of sound art composition built out of foley recordings, micro-tonal instrumental textures, tape manipulations and much more besides, resulting in a work that constantly twists and turns around the listener’s skull. Released by Subtext.

FIS
From Patterns to Details

With a couple of releases under his belt with Tri-angle records, and his debut full-length on Loopy, FIS has moved to Subtext for his follow up to 2015’s The Blue Quicksand Is Going Now. Since starting to release with Tri-angle FIS has moved into more free flowing electronic experimentations that would comfortably go alongside acts such as Oneohtrix Point Never.
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Emptyset
Demiurge

Subtext (Roly Porter, Vex’d) drop the sophomore LP from upstarts electronicists Emptyset. On Demiurge the Bristolian duo use IDM techniques to create music that shape-shifts from ultra-leftfield techno to full-on noise experiments. It’s an intense, brooding listen pitched somewhere between Merzbow and Modeselektor.

James Ginzburg & Yair Elazar Glotman
Nimbes

The art instillation 'Nimbes' was created between James Ginzburg, Yair Elazar Glotman and Joanie Lemercier, a visual undertaking that was projected around a "360 degree dome" in Canada. Seriously, you're gonna have to turn your head a lot if you want to take the whole thing in; the music aims to be as panoramic by reverberating with the same omnipresence. The percussion is torrential and overwhelming while the sounds are largely industrial-influenced.

Paul Jebanasam
Continuum

Paul Jebanasam returns with his second full-length record, released on Subtext, the label he co-runs. Continuum has lofty aims, considering the growth of organic life throughout the universe through the medium of shimmering ambient electroacoustics. 3 lengthy tracks, with impressive sciencey track titles.