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Kleefstra / Pruiksma / Kleefstra
Deislieper

Where's the pop tunes I ask? Today I want pop tunes and I've got a load of experimental and drone for a change. I'm my own worst enemy...The Piiptsjilling brothers are back and they've collaborated with multi-percussionist Sytze Pruiksma (who can play more than one drum at once) for a new...view item »

Sublamp
In Our Hiding Voice

The second track on this is like been immersed into a pothole outside a factory where they're drilling things. A muffled fuzzy rumble, disquieting & deep but not sinister, almost soothing! Ten tracks long, meaning more moods & textures to be explored. This is a pretty drone orientated album but it has a presence & a gravity unlike ma...view item »

The Sly and Unseen
All Similarities and Technical Difficulties End Here

Hibernate, the winter scarf of drone labels, continue to fend off nature’s cold bite with this gorgeously comforting record. ‘All Similarities & Technical Difficulties End Here’ is minimalist but sounds maximal, enveloping its listeners into creased harmonium drones, lightly sprinkled with the sounds of life: dogs barking, ...view item »

Danny Clay
Ganymede

It must be a delight making warm drone and getting to hop from one gorgeous and plaintive label to the next, and I certainly envy Danny Clay’s recent imprint holidaying. Just last year he took some time off to do some sonic ruminations for the amazing Eilean Records, a collective working tirelessly to put out a hundred drone records that p...view item »

Ghost and Tape
Poble Nou

Hibernate have kindly provided some morning spook music in the form the next postcard from Catalonian soundscaper Ghost and Tape, and they’re some of the nicest ghouls you’ll meet. So nice in fact that you probably wouldn’t want to send this postcard anywhere but your secret listening den. Apparently a self-taught guita...view item »

Antonymes
There Can Be No True Beauty Without Decay

Ian M Hazeldine, a.k.a Antonymes revisits and reinterprets ‘Beauty Becomes The Enemy Of The Future’ (previously available on Cathedral Transmissions) with the help of guest contributors Ian Hawgood, Katie English, ...view item »

Olan Mill & Keung Mandelbrot
Seismology

Olan Mill and Keung Mandelbrot have long been friends but this is the first time the two have collaborated together on a record, one which apparently came together quite organically through the pair simply sitting down with guitars and improvising together. Here, over five tracks, they collect the results of these improvisations, a slow-burning ...view item »

David Newlyn
Disintegrating Suburban Dream

I'm having another of my early morning ambient sessions. This time the man easing me from sleepy confusion into another week's review onslaught is David Newlyn, whose new CD 'Disintegrating Suburban Dream' I've just played twice through with a blank, glazed look on my face as I sup my coffee. Newlyn is making ambient texturescapes which ...view item »

Rion
Fireflies

Mmm... no noise. This ambient CD is very quiet. I’ll go and check if it’s playing. No it isn’t. Oops. Ok I can hear things now! Rion is Ryo Nakata (aka Ryonkt and the chap who runs the Small Fragments label) and Ian Hawgood (who is Ian Hawgood and he runs th...view item »

Autistici
Beneath Peaks

From the echoing zoo of sound that is the kick-off aural structure here, you know you're on interesting ground with an Autistici release. David W Newman is an experimental sound artist of visionary proportions, his productions are steeped in...view item »

Widesky
Phase Portrait

Ah another day, another drone. This time its courtesy of a man called Seth from New Mexico who utilises the wide open spaces of his home state to create textured ambient soundscapes. Or in the words of one other Normans employee who shall remain nameless (clue: starts with 'P' ends with 'hil')...view item »

Talvihorros
Descent Into Delta

I like this guy. He's only been doing stuff for a few years but his first few releases really impressed me. I was looking forward to this baby and it doesn't disappoint! Again I'm gonna use the word soundscapes...actually fuck it...this guy creates beautiful dreamscapes! Ben (...view item »

Bengalfuel
Lowe

Not a big fan of 3" CDs. I always lose them you see. They're not large enough to be used as drinks coasters either. I like this Bengalfuel 'Flower EP' series however, which has just reached its third instalment with 'Lowe' - another cracking four-tracker!...view item »

Bengalfuel
Edgemere

This is the second mini CD for Hibernate from the duo of Lou DiBenedetto and Joe LiTrenta. It begins with the startling 'Shadow Demon' which is arresting from the opening seconds with super dramatic strings and brooding cinematic soundscapes. It's clear we're in dark terrain as we th...view item »

Danny Saul
Kinison - Goldthwait

I knew I remembered the name from somewhere: Danny Saul did that Liondialer thing with Greg Haines a ways back. And I certainly know the name Goldthwait but I feel that I should make as little as possible out of the fact that I'm reviewing something which has something (however tenuously) to do with Zed from Police Academy because it's just ...view item »

Talvihorros
Music In Four Movements

Talvihorros is the work of one man guitar manipulator and ambient enthusiast Ben Chatwin. Currently residing in London and enjoying a productive period as a solo artist (we've had a number of releases in stock since I started work here last year including an awesome looking tape on My Dance the Skull) Chatwin appears to be hitting his stride wit...view item »

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