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Pancrace
The Fluid Hammer

Following the success of their debut album two years ago and a subsequent European tour, French quintet Pancrace have developed their own specially-designed organ instrument, dubbed ‘Organous’. The curious, unique sounds it makes have formed the basis of their second studio album, The Fluid Hammer, which falls somewhere between mechanical and human. 
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Pious Faults
Old Thread

Pious Faults are a hardcore punk band from Brisbane, Australia. Old Thread is their debut album and it  really is a thundering, shouty racket with feedback squeaks and a band, at times, hardly keeping up with itself. It will take you back to the '80s with all those DC bands and SST Records. Quite the perfect slice of hardcore punk, really. 
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Triple Negative
Precious Waste in our Wake

Collectively hailing from New Zealand, Germany and Romania but forming in London, Precious Waste In Our Wake is the debut full-length effort from Triple Negative. Nominally occupying the much-respected ‘rock’ category, this trio make music far too chaotic, complex and humorous to really fit comfortably anywhere. 
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Francis Plagne
Moss Trumpet

Aside from inducing a pleasant image and being a delightful pairing of words, “moss trumpet” rather well describes much of the beguiling, timeless-sounding material of this release by genredextrous Melbourne artist Francis Plagne. Haunting, droning brass finds itself accompanied by all sorts of soft, ruffled textures: field recordings, paper, drums, as well as various other instruments.

Arek Gulbenkoglu
A gift like a hollow vessel

Penultimate Press presents another piece of unpredictable musique concrète from Melbourne’s Arek Gulbenkoglu, this time mastered by Guiseppi Ielasi. A gift like a hollow vessel comes one year after Three Days Afterwards and finds Arek with an unlikely assembly of manipulated elements - voice and body, text-to-speech Esperanto, animal noises and haunting electronics to name a few.
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MP Hopkins and Mark Harwood
Disfigured with Abbreviations

First recorded collaboration between MP Hopkins and Mark Harwood (also known as Astor). The deal with Disfigured with Abbreviations was that recordings were made and then layered with little (initial) regard for how they might mix, meaning a fairly heady brew of murky cassette, mumbled words, field recordings and lo-fi electronics for the listener to try and make sense of. Out on Penultimate Press.

Henning Christiansen
Rødhætte / Ruinmusik

Previously unissued audio goodies from the archives of Henning Christiansen. On one side of this natty 7” we have Rødhœtte from 1985, a strange take on the Red Riding Hood tale. And on the other side we have Ruinmusik, a recording made on a piano in a desolate grand old house on a Danish island, just before the whole thing was destroyed. Very atmospheric. 7” on Penultimate Press.

Timo van Luijk and Mark Harwood
Vang Circular

On Penultimate Press, a collaboration between label head Mark Harwood (aka Astor) and Finnish artist Timo Van Luijk, who has worked with Andrew Chalk and Christoph Heemann among others. It often comes across like excerpts from an ambitious Giallo soundtrack, or recalls the proggy occult compositions of Igor Wakhevitch. Maybe it’s an oversimplification, but seems like a synergic combination of Van Luijk’s multi-instrumental deftness and Harwood’s disruptive instincts. LP limited to 300, with reverse board sleeve.

Henning Christiansen
​OP.192​ ​UMWÄLZUNG

Previously unissued audio goodies from the archives of Henning Christiansen. OP.192 Umwälzung, presented here in two different hour-long mixes, is a piece built by Henning on the foundations of his 1968 Eurasienstab organ recordings, with huge quantities of other audio sources from the following twenty years mixed and blended together to created intimidating wholes. Double CD on Penultimate Press.

Áine O'Dwyer
Locusts

Áine O’Dwyer releases two new albums of church organ music, pushing forward from her recent triumphs into thrilling new territory. Locusts is a dense tangle of tones from that gorgeous monster of an instrument, garnished with vocals. The focus here is on aligning the organ with the pulsating structure of electronic music. Locusts is out on Penultimate Press.
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Áine O'Dwyer
Gegenschein

Áine O’Dwyer releases two new albums of church organ music, pushing forward from her recent triumphs into thrilling new territory. Gegenschein was recorded in a Limerick friary on a disused organ, and it explores the nature of an abandoned religious space with clusters of rich organ sonorities. Gegenschein is released by Penultimate Press.
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Arek Gulbenkoglu
Three Days Afterwards

Penultimate Press always deliver intriguing and beguiling goods, and this one, the fourth solo record by Arek Gulbenkoglu, is no exception. Three Days Afterwards draws on a variety of sounds, recordings, actions and words, constructing fascinating juxtapositions and a sense of ‘something’ going on. Edition of 300 LPs on Penultimate Press.
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Ksiezyc
Rabbit Eclipse

After a gap of a mere 19 years since their acclaimed debut album, Kseizyc are back in business. Hooray! With instrumentation that spans clarinet, hurdy-gurdy, synths, tapes, objects, accordions and more, Rabbit Eclipse is a very welcome next chapter in the Polish experimental folk travellers’ journey. CD on Penultimate Press.
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Jacques Brodier
Xhos De Villemahu

Jacques Brodier is a Frenchman with a nigh-on unique sonic approach. Many years ago he designed and built his own instrument, the Filtre De Réalité, a remarkable contraption of metals, strings, glass, sand, radio waves etc. The sounds he coaxes from the device, which sound like an idiosyncratic take on certain fields of electroacoustic and musique concréte, are documented on Xhos De Villemahu, a double LP out on Penultimate Press.

Etant Donnes
Royaume / Aimant + Aimant ­-

Two pieces of early 1990’s sound experimentation, reissued on Penultimate Press. Etant Donnes (e.g. Eric and Marc Hurtado) use predominantly field recordings and vocal work to allude to poetic concepts. Royaume and Aimant + Aimant are each like fascinating lost artefacts, well worth unearthing. Reissue edition of 500 LPs.
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Korea Undok Group
Korea Undok Group

When you’re dealing with musicians from Winnipeg who’ve only released cassettes and are named after a no longer existing county in North-Korea, you can rest assured you’ve struck some kind of gold. With Korea Undok Group you’ve definitely struck the lots-of-white-noise kind of gold. Their self-titled vinyl collection is packed with ambient noise, forming tense compositions that pretty much sound like a North-Korean rave recorded through a walkie-talkie. And I mean that in a good way.
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Matthew P. Hopkins
Blue­Lit Half Breath

Matthew P. Hopkins abstract, immersive-yet-unnerving worldscapes. Utilising the human voice in twisted but still recognisable forms as well as field recordings, feedback and minimal synthesis. Blue­Lit Half Breath is a record for twilight, bringing to life the creatures you’ve imagined in empty spaces, but can’t do anything about.

Astor
Lina in Nida

Astor is the solo project of Mark Harwood, a remarkable dive into abstraction with heavy intentions. Lina in Nida contains a “proposed anthem for Britain during a potential invasion by ISIS”, which hurtles through a large and threatening electronic soundscape. 400 copies of this LP, on Penultimate Press.
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Poul Gernes
Poul Gernes


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Graham Lambkin
Came to Call Mine

The godfather of musique concrete -- or some weird relative on its endless family tree, anyway -- is Graham Lambkin. Away from the music, though, he is a proficient artist, and he delivers Came to Call Mine as proof, a book that brings together his detailed sketches with written expositions.  These images conjure both human experiences with those things we keep estranged from our lives.
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