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Strafe F.R.
Shadow Position

Strafe F.R. of Dusseldorf have been at it since the '80s and have released several records on the legendary Touch imprint. The latest is Shadow Position which is another take on their unique and experimental form of sound art. The album has four tracks which the band describe as four different windows to look out of. 
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Joséphine Michel & Mika Vainio
The Heat Equation

Joséphine Michel and Mika Vainio (Pan Sonic) teamed up on 2015’s 'Halfway To White', a release that combined Vainio’s music with a hardback book of Michel’s photographs. 'The Heat Equation' follows a similar formula, linking 69 photos of Michel’s with a CD of the late Vainio’s final UK show, a 2016 concert given in Ramsgate at the Contra Pop festival. The brutal, bracing noise Vainio made that night dovetails neatly with Michel’s multi-faceted images. Also included here is an introductory essay from Jeremy Millar and a postcard insert of Michel’s portrait of Vainio.

Fennesz
Agora

Can you believe it’s been nearly five years since the sumptuously singed guitar and synths of Christian Fennesz graced a solo album? It’s amazing but true. And his return to the format is a little unusual, in that it was put together away from the studio in his bedroom using only minimal equipment. Touch continues to touch.
  • Vinyl LP (TO115V)
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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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  • Touch

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.

Fennesz
Live at the Jazz Cafe

Recorded only a few months ago in the wake of Fennesz’s Agora album release, Live at the Jazz Cafe finds our Austrian hero in full flow, working and re-working sounds and structures from Agora into a fresh, juicy, in-the-moment sound-mass. A great document of where Fennesz is right now, on a cassette from Touch.
  • Tape (TO115C)
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  • Touch

Bana Haffar
Genera - Live at AB Salon, Brussels

Really impressive Touch Records debut from Bana Haffar here. Genera, a single-track recording of Haffar’s synth-tastic 2019 performance at Brussels’ AB Salon, is a delightful skip through various electronic phases. Steve Reich’s motorik minimalism, Kaitlyn Aurelia Smith’s synapse-expanding new age and the fourth-world soundscapes of Tropic Of Cancer are but three of the sounds scuttling in the background of Genera.
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  • Touch

Various
There Where the Avalanche Stops

Held over the course of one week every five years, the Festivali Folkloric Kombelar is held in a mountain castle in Gjirokastra in southern Albania, and plays host to some of the most interesting and talented folk musicians. There Where The Avalanche Stops collects 15 tracks from the 1988 edition of the festival. 

Howlround
The Debatable Lands

Touch Records (Oren Ambarchi, Philip Jeck) drop an LP of phasing experiments from Howlround. Howlround mastermind Robin The Fog created all of the sounds on this record with nothing other than some loops of tape and a microphone. Stretching and bending his tape ala Steve Reich, the resulting record is a set of jittery concrete pulses.

UnicaZürn
Sensudestricto

UnicaZürn, aka Stephen Thrower (of Coil and Cyclobe) and David Knight (a key Lydia Lunch collaborator), present another suite of deep textures on Touch. Sensudestricto might very well appeal to lovers of Jim O’Rourke’s recent Steamroom work, or indeed any fan of rich, electronic-led and saxophone featuring ambience.
  • Vinyl LP (TO113)
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Zachary Paul
A Meditation on Discord

Debut album on Touch for Los Angeles-based musician and composer Zachary Paul. A Meditation On Discord collects two improvised live recordings made last year - titled ‘Premonition’ and ‘Slow Ascent’ made with just his violin and a selection of pedals - plus the soundtrack for a short film. Paul has previously worked with the likes of Simon Scott.
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  • Touch

Simon Scott
Soundings

Simon Scott recently got back into his old role, as drummer for the freshly reformed Slowdive, but he never stopped with his more abstract work. Soundings was put together in many hotel rooms during tours, and mix together evocative field recordings with all manner of electronic sounds and processes. Soundings makes for a properly Touch album.

Jana Winderen
Spring Bloom in the Marginal Ice Zone

Norwegian artist Jana Winderen makes field recording like no one else. It was her mission to search for sounds that were hard to reach, or hard to hear. Spring Bloom In The Marginal Ice Zone is not a poetic title - it is what it is - the sounds she has recorded reflect the goings on in the Barents Sea as plankton matures, sea ice cracks, orcas and humpbacks find new homes for the season and cod hunt and spawn. CD on Touch.
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  • Touch

Ipek Gorgun
Ecce Homo

Turkish sound artist Ipek Gorgun signs with Touch for her second LP. Ecce Homo is a record of lush, large, sometimes abrasive electro-acoustic music. It swings from moments of grandiose granular synthesis to experiments with distortion to majestic drones - and that’s all within the space of opener ‘Neroli’. Despite the frequent changes of pace Ecce Homo never feels rushed. Equivalent creators include Yves Tumor and The Haxan Cloak.
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Various
Movements

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Mark Van Hoen
Invisible Threads

After an enlightening and enriching tour with a number of Touch luminaries, Mark Van Hoen channeled his inspiration into the pieces that would become Invisible Threads, which have been layered up out of a mass of modular synthesis, sound samples from records, domestic life and YouTube, various instruments, and computer processing. The resulting seven tracks create an extremely immersive soundworld all of its own, despite its many crucial roots. CD on Touch.
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  • Touch

The Eternal Chord
Semper Liber

Interesting release from Touch here. Spire is a project run by organist Charles Matthews and curator Mike Harding that intends to update the organ for the 21st Century. In the case of Semper Liber, Spire recorded new duets from artists including Anna von Hausswolff and Clare M Singer back in 2009, and presents them here as a four-movement work. The press release warns of ‘extreme low bass frequencies’, so don’t be alarmed if your speakers start fuzzing.

Strafe F.R.
The Bird Was Stolen

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Fennesz
Mahler Remix

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Philip Jeck
Cardinal

A new Philip Jeck record is always welcome: the man deals in turntables and old dusty records, but in a way that moves beyond the mere “ooh, sounds crackly!” He loops his source material up into whole new structures. This sense of composition and craft is very much in evidence on Cardinal, his new double LP on (where else?) Touch.
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  • Touch

UnicaZürn
Transpandorem

UnicaZürn is the imaginative sound collaboration between Stephen Thrower and David Knight, both of whom have participated in some notable experimental musics (with Coil, Lydia Lunch and more). Transpandorem, their new LP for Touch, drifts around some spacey territory with synths, mellotron, guitar, clarinet, leaving behind a music that is hard to pin down.

CM Von Hausswolff
Still Life - Requiem

For this record, Swedish experimentalist CM Von Hausswolff used one sound source and one sound source only: processed emission spectroscopy from “specific physical solid state material”. Still Life - Requiem spins and whirls these sounds out into a melancholy slab of abstraction, tapping into the energy of the world around. On Touch.

Claire M Singer
Fairge

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Philip Jeck
Iklectik

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Thomas Koner & Jana Winderen
Cloitre

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Yann Novak
Ornamentation

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Lustmord
Dark Matter

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Bethan Kellough
Aven

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Claire M Singer
Solas

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Simon Scott
Floodlines

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Daniel Menche
Quanta of Light

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Aer
Project

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CM Von Hausswolff
800,000 Seconds in Harar

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Chris Watson
Oceanus Pacificus

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Sohrab
Between Strangers

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Mike Harding
Repaired/Replaced

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Bruce Gilbert
Monad

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Heitor Alvelos
Faith

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Joséphine Michel & Mika Vainio
Halfway To White

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Biosphere & Deathprod
Stator

Biosphere, one of Touch’s big ambient players, shares an LP with Deathprod, currently of Supersilent and formerly of Motorpsycho. Interestingly for a split release, the artists alternate tracks, which juxtaposes their sounds together, each bringing out new angles from the other. Premium Norwegian electronic sound.
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  • Touch

Fennesz
Transition

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Mika Vainio
Behind The Radiator

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Hildur Gudnadottir
Saman

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Jacaszek & Kwartludium
Catalogue des Arbres

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Thomas Ankersmit
Figueroa Terrace

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Mika Vainio & Joachim Nordwall
Monstrance

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BJ Nilsen
Eye of the Microphone

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Phill Niblock
Touch Five

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Bruce Gilbert and BAW
Diluvial

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Chris Watson
In St Cuthbert's Time

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Geir Jenssen
Stromboli

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Walo Shatan Gwari
Drumming For Creation

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Jacob Kirkegaard
Conversion

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Rosy Parlane
Willow

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Mika Vainio
FE3O4

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Touch33
Islands Inbetween

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Thomas Koner
Novaya Zemlya

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Hildur Gudnadottir
Leyfdu ljosinu

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BJ Nilsen
Vinyl

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Oren Ambarchi
Audience of One

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Biosphere
Mysterier

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Jana Winderen
Heated

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Jana Winderen
Debris

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Biosphere
Autour De La Lune

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Chris Watson
El Tren Fantasma

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Fennesz + Sakamoto
Flumina

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Lawrence English
Incongruous Harmonies

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Hildur Gudnadottir
Without Sinking

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Oren Ambarchi & Joe Talia
Hit and Run

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Chris watson & BJ Nilsen
Storm

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Fennesz
Seven Stars

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The Sight Below
N-Plants Remixes

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Biosphere
N-Plants

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Chris Watson & Marcus Davidson
Cross Pollination

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Eleh
Location Momentum

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Philip Jeck = Jacob Kirkegaard
Soaked

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Biosphere
Shenzhou

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Sohrab
A Hidden Place

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Hildur Gudnadottir
Mount A

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BJ Nilsen
The Short Night

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Philip Jeck
An Ark For The Listener

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Mika Vainio
Black Telephone of Matter

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Phillip Jeck / Marcus Davidson
Spliced

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Fennesz/ Sakamoto
Sala Santa Cecilia

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Philip Jeck
Stoke

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Jana Winderen
Energy Field

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Eleh/Nana April June
Observations & Momentum

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Oren Ambarchi
In The Pendulum's Embrace

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Jim O'Rourke
Despite The Water Supply

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Phill Niblock
Touch Three

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BJ Nilsen
The Invisible City

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Oren Ambarchi
Intermission 2000-2008

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