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You may have noticed the rise, in recent years, of the ‘contemporary classical’ genre. Generally speaking, this is an umbrella term for a couple of brands of post-minimalist composition - featherlight piano vignettes in the Ryuichi Sakamoto mould...read more »

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Kiasmos
Kiasmos

Minimal neo-classical pianist and composer Ólafur Arnalds joins Janus Rasmussen to release under the name Kiasmos, a Scandinavian project that investigates the intersection between Arnalds acoustic compositions and Rasmussen's drenched-in-synth pop music. Lots of wonderful should-be-contradictions arise, such as drum machines next to string swells and ambient textures next to dance music. 

Nils Frahm
Tripping With Nils Frahm

Responsible for eleven acclaimed studio albums in a career spanning over more than a decade, ‘Tripping With…’ is German contemporary classical composer Nils Frahm’s first live LP. Recorded in December 2018 at Berlin’s Funkhaus and filmed by director Benoit Toulemonde, the results are released on double-LP via Erased Tapes.
  • Vinyl Double LP (ERATP136LP)
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Rival Consoles
Articulation

Articulation is the fourth full length album from Ryan Lee West's Rival Consoles project. His previous albums have stamped him as one of the prime movers and shakers in today's dizzying world of electronica and for his next trick he has approached a new way of working. West used sketches and drawings, working away from the confines of a computer to map out the structure of the record resulting in a sonic journey taking in beatless ambience, brooding techno and pulsating synth work.
  • Vinyl LP (ERATP133LP)
  • Coloured vinyl
  • Limited edition

Peter Broderick
Blackberry

Recorded in London during the summer of 2019 but echoing sentiments of connection, happiness and family that are all so resonant in 2020, 'Blackberry' is a surprise release from singer-songwriter and sometime Efterklang member Peter Broderick. 'Blackberry' represents Broderick's first vocal solo album in five years, and it's an LP of folksy sophisti-pop which lands somewhere between Prefab Sprout and Bibio.

Olafur Arnalds & Nils Frahm
Trance Frendz

Old friends and fellow neo-classical composer / performers Nils Frahm and Olafur Arnalds recently had a film made about them: the audio on this album, Trance Frendz, is taken from the same sessions documented in the film. First take improvisations that reach some delicate, sublime heights. LP on Erased Tapes.

Nils Frahm
Empty

'Empty' is an album of intimate piano pieces by Nils Frahm (what isn't these days?) that were initially written for a short film he’d made. He was tinkering with the pieces before he broke his thumb and decided to work on new music that became his 2012 album 'Screws'. 'Empty' was released digitally earlier in 2020 but now we have the CD and vinyl versions for your delectation. On Erased Tapes.

David Allred
Felt The Transition

Singer-songwriter David Allred revisits his 2018 album ‘The Transition’ for a stripped-down interpretation. 'Felt The Transition' was recorded just with a piano - something that the artist had originally said he would do especially for his girlfriend, but now does for all of us. This LP opens up the elegant chamber-folk atmospheres of the originals.
  • Vinyl LP (ERATP137LP)
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  • Limited edition

Rival Consoles
Night Melody

Night Melody is an album of night melodies, put together in both a metaphorical long night of the soul (following the break-up of a long relationship) and the literal long nights of winter. This is a welcome new side to Rival Consoles, with a great depth of heart underneath the dancing synths. 12” on Erased Tapes.

A Winged Victory For The Sullen
Atomos

Adam Wiltzie and Dustin O’Halloran return with their second studio album inspired by contemporary dance and new instrumentation. After releasing a first glimpse in the form of the ‘Atomos VII’ EP earlier this year, A Winged Victory For The Sullen finally reveal their second full-length album entitled ‘Atomos’, which besides familiar piano, string and drone sounds also sees the duo introduce flurries of electronics, harp and modular synthesisers. IN THEIR OWN WORDS: “As a wise man once said, one who procrastinates their own choosing will inevitably have their choice served to them by circumstance. We had virtually no time for second guessing ourselves. That being said, we tried to balance the discordance between being creative, and fulfilling our duties for a commissioned soundtrack with a very strict deadline, and all the while staying true to our collective melancholy.” – Adam Bryanbaum Wiltzie “We never imagined 2013 would be such an explosively creative year. The first record took us two years from start to finish, but in the micro span of time over last summer we were able to change the formula for the way we write, record, liberating.” – Dustin O'Halloran

Various
Erased Tapes Collection VIII

Robert Raths' London-based institution Erased Tapes marks a decade of bringing us great -- sometimes avant-garde -- music, with their Collection VIII. They've said the transparent vinyl double-LP set is 'highly limited'. Many notable favourites: Winged Victory, Rival Consoles, Daniel Brandt, Penguin Cafe, Ben Lukas... plus a previously unreleased Ryan Davis remix of Arnalds & Frahm, and an exclusive edit of Woodkid & Frahm’s score for Ellis, spoken words by Robert De Niro. Wowzers.
  • Vinyl Double LP (ERATP080LP)
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  • Limited edition
  • Last copy

A Winged Victory For The Sullen
A Winged Victory For The Sullen

On their eponymous 2011 debut LP, A Winged Victory For The Sullen mapped out the course they have followed ever since. Everyone expected a union of Stars Of The Lid’s Adam Wiltzie and composer Dustin O’Halloran would likely produce some sort of spectral beauty, but no-one fully anticipated how richly evocative ‘A Winged Victory For The Sullen’ would be. This is cinematic and lush contemporary classical composition in the Nils Frahm vein. Peter Broderick and Hildur Guðnadóttir contribute.

Nils Frahm
Spaces

Nils Frahm executes beautifully moving piano based compositions with marked ease, though the live experience is somewhat informed by the environment. This reissued collection of tracks presents the perceived value Frahm bestows upon these, celebrating his collaboration with chance, space and philosophies of the present.

A Winged Victory For The Sullen
Atomos VII

Dustin O'Halloran and Adam Wiltzie are the two men behind A Winged Victory For The Sullen. You may know the former from his piano-based solo work, the latter from Stars of the Lid. Atomos VII was an interim EP between their two stellar albums and a score for a dance piece from choreographer Wayne McGregor. 
  • Vinyl 12" (ERATP056LP)
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Nils Frahm
Felt

Piano tinkler Nils Frahm recorded his previous album the Bells in a big old cavernous church. With Felt he wanted to invite the listener right into his world as if they were sitting beside him at the ivories.It is so quiet that you can hear Frahm breathing and the noise of his fingers touching the piano. A deeply intimate listen.    

Nils Frahm
Encores 1

Ah now we can have them. Now that Rough Trade have had their exclusive, the rest of us wait with arms outstretched for the leftovers. But as it's Nils and as it's Erased Tapes we will welcome them back in. These five tracks formed part of the same sessions for All Melody and if you didn't already get that album off Rough Trade then this will be all new stuff. 
  • Vinyl 12" (ERATP107LP)
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Nils Frahm
All Melody

Master of the aching, delicate phrase, and enrapturing melodious pulse, Nils Frahm is back with an album of wide instrumental scope. Born out of his newly constructed studio, this work represents a fresh approach, a glorious attempt to depict the mysterious and inherently beautiful music one hears from within.

Rival Consoles
Persona

Erased Tapes' cool dance guy Ryan Lee West drops down his newest Rival Consoles record! Making serene IDM with a pounding heart to guide it, Persona sees him do a Jam City by exploring the possibilities of shoegaze. Expect pedals and a heightened sense of drama as he experiments with melody, beats and sometimes beatlessness.

Various
Solo Piano

Solo Piano is a new book of piano scores courtesy of the Erased Tapes label, collecting together 20 newly-arranged pieces from the label’s first ten years of existence - from Ólafur Arnalds’ ‘0040’ through to some new songs from A Winged Victory For The Sullen - and with programme notes from the label’s founder Robert Raths. 

Ben Lukas Boysen
Mirage

Not, as I was hoping, an entire recreation of the 1982 Fleetwood Mac album but the latest opus from Berlin-based (where else?) composer Ben Lukas Boysen (Hecq). His previous work Spells gained him lots of admirers including Jon Hopkins who remixed a track. Mirage is intended to do the opposite of the heavily programmed Spells and make an album where the human touch is visible. Like the title suggests, it is intended to be somewhat of an aural illusion to the listener. 

Nils Frahm
All Encores

The incomparable Nils Frahm presents the third and final instalment in his Encores series of EPs, with all three of the compositions available as an 80-minute album titled All Encores. Conceived of as “musical islands” off of the mainland of 2018's album All Melody, the third part is more percussive and electronic than the previous EPs that focussed on piano and ambience. 

Douglas Dare
Milkteeth

Milkteeth is the third album by accomplished musician, singer and songwriter Douglas Dare. Dare makes music that could be described as chamber pop and/or art pop. With the help of Tuung’s Mike Lindsay in the producer’s chair, his music has been stripped to just the necessary elements. You may know Douglas Dare from his tours with Erased Tapes label mate Olafur Arnalds or as his drag persona, Visa Reasons.

Penguin Cafe Orchestra
Union Cafe

PCO's final studio album - Union Cafe, was only available on cassette and CD upon its initial release in 1993. GREAT NEWS: Erased Tapes are dutifully reissuing it on vinyl, coinciding with the twentieth anniversary of founder Simon Jeffes' death. Outstandingly beautiful music sure to cause instant happiness and awe. Very much looking forward to absolutely rinsing this one.

Kiasmos
Blurred EP

The new EP from Icelandic duo Kiasmos (Janus Rasmussen, Ólafur Arnalds) brings further mixing of serenely soft piano motifs with lush and warm four-on-the-floor production, where neither overpowers, but compliment. Comes backed with remixes from Bonobo and German producer Stimming. Vinyl on Erased Tapes.

Anne Müller
Heliopause

Anne Müller is a composer and cellist based in Berlin. 'Heliopause' is her debut album which she wrote, recorded, performed and produced.  She is no stranger to recording music, particularly with Erased Tapes. She is most known for her collaboration with Nils Frahm on 7Fingers and was credited on his 'All Melody' album. Other credits include 'Boysen’s Spells' by Ben Lukas and 'Fallen Trees' by Lubomyr Melnyk.

Olafur Arnalds & Nils Frahm
Stare

Ólafur Arnalds and Nils Frahm. Makes sense huh. The pair's first collaborative record Stare was released as a limited-edish 10” back on Record Store Day 2012. It contains all the stuff you’d expect it to contain - dinky lil electronics, some grandiose drones, fluffy ambiences, a general air of contemporary classical niceness. This new Erased Tapes pressing of Stare adds two extra inches on to Stare’s original vinyl size.

Art Ensemble Of Chicago
We Are On The Edge: A 50th Anniversary Celebration

Five full decades of The Art Ensemble Of Chicago: hell yes. This commemorative anniversary album was recorded with the two surviving core members joined by potent musicians including Nicole Mitchell, Tomeka Reid and Moor Mother. We Are On The Edge takes in a wide array of the Ensemble’s history, with both a studio and a live disc for the full range of possible vibes. On Erased Tapes.

Olafur Arnalds & Nils Frahm
Loon

Another installment of the intimate improvisational collaboration series between Erased Tapes figureheads Olafur Arnalds and Nils Frahm. The material on Loon came about from a couple of days spent with some new synthesisers and a few effects units. The results are delicate, beautiful and explorative. 12” on Erased Tapes.

Nils Frahm
Encores 3

Nils Frahm is also known as the 'piano man' and indeed invented that 'piano day' you see people rattling on about every year. Encores 3 is the third (natch) of his trilogy of work exploring different avenues of his sound. Where part one was generally solo piano and acoustic and part two ambient, part three is all about the percussive and electronic side of his music. The three EPs will at some stage be available as one 80 minute collection but for now it's time to delve in to the last in the series as a standalone disc.  

Nils Frahm
Encores 2

La la la, plink plonk plink, some new Nils Frahm here to make you think. The Pianist For All Millennials drops the second of his Encore EPs via Erased Tapes. This one kind of sounds like a more highfalutin take on Vangelis’s score for Blade Runner. Encores 2 is definitely music, and when all things are considered that’s probably a good thing.

Lubomyr Melnyk
Continuous Music: Selected Works

A book of sheet music courtesy of the Erased Tapes label, and one which attempts to render the technique of pianist and continuous music pioneer Lubomyr Melnyk into something approaching accessibility for everyone else. Continuous Music: Selected Works presents excerpts from Corollaries (2013), Evertina (2014) and Rivers and Streams (2015) in bizarre-looking sheet music, but Melnyk himself encourages people to attempt their own takes on his works. 

Penguin Cafe
Handfuls of Night

A continuation project of his father’s Penguin Cafe Orchestra, Arthur Jeffes returns with his fourth Penguin Cafe album Handfuls of Night. Inspired by Scott’s voyage to the Antarctic, the nine-track experience is bookended by beautiful instrumentals and takes in minimalist, cinematic pieces and uplifting, almost cathartic peaks. 

A Winged Victory For The Sullen
Iris

A Winged Victory For The Sullen, the top-tier collaboration of Adam Wiltzie (Stars Of The Lid) and Dustin O’Halloran, continue to make deeply inspiring music together. In this case, they have made music to soundtrack Jalil Lespert’s film Iris, deploying electronics and a large string orchestra to realise their grand visions. CD and vinyl (black or clear) editions on Erased Tapes.

Peter Broderick
Two Balloons

Post-rock indie-ambienteer Peter Broderick’s original soundtrack to Mark E. Smith’s - no, sorry, it’s Mark C. Smith’s animated short Two Balloons, which follows the aeronautical adventures of two lemurs. The music, which was partly recorded using wire recorders and AM consoles, has won ‘Best Original Film Score’ at Amsterdam’s New Renaissance Film Festival. Since Broderick’s favourite film is Madagascar, you'll find a rippin’ techno rework of the score’s main motifs on the flipside.

Shards
Find Sound

Erased Tapes presents the debut album from London vocal-based group Shards, originally formed to take part in Nils Frahm’s Possibly Colliding festival in 2016. Led by composer Kieran Brunt, Find Sound is a fascinating exploration of the human voice, with the backing of percussion and synthesisers taking very much a back seat. 

Rival Consoles
Sonne

Rival Consoles is otherwise known by his non-robot name, Ryan Lee West, a dude with a lot of electronic equipment who makes some truly subversive IDM. His new EP, entitled 'Sonne', contains six original tracks based around analogue synths which act to create his rhythms. West is obsessed with the synthesis of music and colour which makes for a record developing in many different sonic shades: it's best called lush.

Codes In The Clouds
Paper Canyon

Paper Canyon, the debut album of UK post-rockers Codes in the Clouds, turns ten this year, so Erased Tapes has seen fit to celebrate with a first-time vinyl pressing. Though the band name sounds today like the title of a Silicon Valley intern’s blog, you can certainly tell this lot were well in tune with the rather twee textual modes – and soaring post-rock posturing – of the late 2000s.

Qasim Naqvi
Teenages

Debut album from Qasim Naqvi on Erased Tapes. On Teenages (not a typo) Naqvi explores the same sort of rhythm-centric minimalism he does as the drummer in Dawn of Midi. This is aural pointillism built from modular synthesizers and assorted electronics. The richness Naqvi is able to generate through rhythm is a joy to behold.

David Allred
The Cell

David Allred is a Canadian songwriter that tackled themes of human fallibility and frailty on his first album, 'The Transition', and elucidates on this theme on sophomore record 'The Cell'. He has the same timbre of voice that John Martyn has, like a soft saxophone played in chocolate. If single 'Nature's Course' is anything to go by, 'The Cell' looks like a textured, beautiful, and, at times, grand album. I would also encourage you to watch the live version of 'Ahoy (1+1=X)' on YouTube, like a modern Arthur Russell; wow. 

Lubomyr Melnyk
Fallen Trees

I can't stress enough how easy it is to write a description for Lubomyr Melnyk. You just bold his name, talk about how obscenely fast he plays the piano and sit back. Something he never does, because he's too busy playing the piano so fast. For his 70th birthday he's releasing Fallen Trees on Erased Tapes, who are having their 10th birthday; this could all get a little confusing but effectively this music perfectly distills the way Melnyk uses his extremely technical playing style to create resonant imagery -- this time evoking the environments he saw passing him by on a long European train journey.

Daniel Thorne
Lines Of Sight

Australian composer and saxophonist Daniel Thorne of Immix Ensemble strikes out on his own with Lines Of Sight. He mixes avant garde composition with classical, jazz, noise and even a bit of folk. He limited himself to just a handful of instruments and recorded them using only four tracks. The result is powerful and immersive. LP and CD on Erased Tapes.

David Allred
The Transition

David Allred’s The Transition arrives on Erased Tapes (A Winged Victory For The Sullen, Nils Frahm). There’s a nice interplay of chamber composition, folk music and close harmony going on here. ‘The Garden’, for instance, is the sort of thing you imagine Benjamin Britten and Peter Pears might have got up to were they alive today.

Masayoshi Fujita
Book of Life

Masayoshi Fujita - an artist you may know better from his Jan Jelinek collaborations under the guise of El Fog - completes the trio of vibraphone LPs begun with 2013’s Stories. Book Of Life keeps the focus on the big metal xylophone while also incorporating a wider range of tertiary instruments than the Japanese composer has previously. Orchestral strings, choirs and brass crop up on these exercises in contemporary classicism. Out via Erased Tapes.

Daniel Brandt
Channels

Daniel Brandt (of arpeggio-techno krafters Brandt Brauer Frick) is back for another round of restless, jittery rhythms with Erased Tapes. Channels seems to follow on from last year’s Eternal Something, being of an acoustic-electronic hybrid tapestry of instruments (pianos, brass, bass, strings), synthesisers and prepared objects resulting in animated, melodically rich leftfield dance tunes.

Michael Price
Tender Symmetry

Amazingly ambitious release from Sherlock composer Michael Price. Tender Symmetry not only takes the history of England as its inspiration, but is in many way a document of them. Price actually took him ensembles to each location, sparring with their acoustic properties, to capture their sonic characteristics. Part of the ensembles are Grace Davidson who sang on Max Richter's equally ambitious Sleep, and Shards who sang on Nils Frahm's All Melody. 

Various Erased Tapes Artists
1+1=X

Erased Tapes lie to us once more and release some tapes that actually haven’t been erased. Au contraire - 1+1=X is actually full of music! It’s something of a celebratory release to commemorate the label’s tenth birthday back in 2017. A bunch of ET faves - Ben Lukas Boysen, Daniel Brandt, Nils Frahm and loads more - got together in a Berlin studio to collab, jam and generally vibe. The result is this twenty-track selection that takes in everything from sound art to club bangers to chamber music. It's quite a lavish package - two CDs and a photographic book in a nice white box.

Peter Broderick
All Together Again

Docile post-folk ambienteer Peter Broderick strings together a decade’s worth of private commissions for this 2LP collection on Erased Tapes. Young Pete has admirers in all corners; there’s even an honest-to-god fashion runway piece. While the tracks comprising All Together Again are unrelated, their instrumental composition and style are consistent enough to be of interest even to cautious fans.

Dawn Of Midi
Dysnomia

Looping minimalist acoustic patterns in abundant layers, Dawn of Midi are releasing their most hypnotizing and trance-inducing album. Borrowing a bunch of folk influences from the African coasts, the trio have produced an electronic album that would make Steve Reich proud. Dysnomia is released in black and limited edition clear vinyl!

Penguin Cafe
The Imperfect Sea

Originally Penguin Cafe Orchestra, after the death of Simon Jeffes, his son Arthur Jeffes took the helm and to mark the new chapter renamed them as just simply Penguin Cafe. In this next step of the cafe, they have moved to Erased Tapes and are encorporating more contemporary influences into their inimitable style. Focusing on dance music and electronica they rework themes with live instrumentation and acoustic instruments. Features remixes of tracks by Kraftwerk and Simian Mobile Disco.

Hatis Noit
Illogical Dance

Erased Tapes front four ‘sound sculptures’ from Japanese artist Hatis Noit that had previously only been released in Japan. Using her voice as the core element of the recordings, Noit has created an avant-song-cycle rich in range and emotion. Citing Japanese classical music and Gregorian chants as influences, Illogical Dance also recalls Holly Herndon and Bjork’s choir-centred LPs. Matmos turn in an edit of ‘Illogical Lullaby’.

Rival Consoles
Odyssey / Sonne

Available on CD on Erased Tapes. With a build up to a new album on the horizon, Erased Tapes have put together Rival Console’s two previous EPs in a new, lush package. Slick synthesis and sound collage mould around crisp beats in the ilk of Clark and Nosaj Thing.  Comes in Die-cut sleeve, two colour variations.

Olafur Arnalds & Nils Frahm
Life Story Love And Glory

Ólafur Arnalds and Nils Frahm are pretty much the dream team if you are a fan of the Erased Tapes aesthetic. Life Story Love And Glory is a 7” containing some casually improvised piano duets, inventive and intimate. The vinyl is exclusive to record stores like ourselves, and may hint towards further future work...

Ben Lukas Boysen
Golden Times 1

Ben Lukas Boysen hands over his tracks Golden Times 1 and ‘Nocturne 4’ (taken from the album Spells) to both Max Cooper and Tim Hecker(!) for some vivid and idiosyncratic reworkings. The EP is rounded out with a new Boysen original in the form of ‘Evensong’. 12” on Erased Tapes.

Olafur Arnalds
Eulogy For Evolution 2017

Now very famous indeed composer Olafur Arnalds has gone back to his roots and reworked this his debut release with the help of friend Nils Frahm who took charge of the remastering. Seeing as though the original album transported the listener from birth to death we wonder if there's anything else that can be squeezed out here. Whatever it's a chance to revisit Arnalds at the beginning of his career arc.  

Olafur Arnalds & Nils Frahm
Collaborative Works

Olafur Arnalds and Nils Frahm are each highly regarded as indie-classical melodic experimentalists, and with good cause. They’ve also been working together for years, and this Collaborative Works set gathers up all their past EPs, along with Trance Frendz, a new set of studio improvisations. Double CD on Erased Tapes.

Hogni
Two Trains

Hogni already makes music as GusGus and Hjaltalin, but that just wasn’t enough for him, so here he is with a new outlet. As Hogni, he’s doing something different, crooning in a futuristic R&B style over busy instrumentals that mix classical music and electronic experimentation. Two Trains is very cinematic stuff.
  • Vinyl LP (ERATP103LE)
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  • Coloured vinyl
  • Limited edition
  • CD (ERATP103CD)
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Masayoshi Fujita and Guy Andrews
Needle Six

Phil thinks Guy Andrews was the guy who sang that cover of 'Mad World' but I think he's hopelessly wrong. Guy Andrews in instead a London based producer and here he has collaborated on a live BBC 'Late Junction' session with Japanese vibraphone player Masayoshi Fujita. It has now been released on a very limited 12" to make your Record Store Day just that little bit more improvised.  

Ben Lukas Boysen & Sebastian Plano
Everything

If this isn't the most appropriate and on brand of Erased Tapes releases, I don't know what is. The quaintly classical and electronic label release the soundtrack to David O'Reilly's open world, choose-your-own-adventure video game that lets you project yourself into a tiny plant cell or a huge star. The vibes scored in this spectrum of extremes are provided by Ben Lukas Boysen and Sebastian Plano, composers who know how to create weight in the heart for you to heave -- their soundtrack is nearly four hours long and comes with spoken word amblings by Alan Watts, a philosopher just about lofty enough for this massive undertaking of a game.

Penguin Cafe & Cornelius
Umbrella EP

Originally put on a short release in 2015, after completing the new Penguin Cafe album, Erased Tapes have repackaged this EP made with Japanese musician/producer Cornelius for record store day. Featuring two collaborative tracks and each party remixing one of the other’s tracks. Hypnotic blends of world music, neo-classical and electronics.

Allred & Broderick
Find The ways

Peter Broderick and David Allred’s musical partnership is a beautiful thing: they use only their voices and their chosen string instruments (violin and upright bass), and they record live, without overdubs or edits. The result is intimate friendship music, simply made but very deep. Find The Ways is released by Erased Tapes.

Daniel Brandt
Eternal Something

As co-founder to Germany's electroacoustic ensemble Brandt Brauer Frick, it wouldn't be surprising that pioneering whizz Daniel Brant's latest offering is highly intricate. His jittering debut solo release, Eternal Something, is both the antithesis to and introverted take on clubland dance music.

Lubomyr Melnyk
Rivers and Streams

Lubomyr Melnyk is renowned as one of the fastest-playing pianists in the world, and he has long been honing his self-developed style of ‘Continuous Music’ in order to channel these powers. Rivers and Streams is his latest album, containing flowing torrents of notes that creates an overwhelming wall of melodies. On Erased Tapes: coloured vinyl available!

Peter Broderick
Grunewald

Sometimes a musician just needs the right space to record in for the magic to flow. Often those spaces are churches, as with the Grunewald EP, which was recorded in the church of the same name in Berlin. A Bösendorfer piano and a gorgeous natural reverb enabled Peter Broderick to create these beautiful solo pieces. Out on Erased Tapes.

Adam Bryanbaum Wiltzie
Salero: Original Motion Picture Soundtrack

The expansive soundtrack to the 2015 film Salero, a documentary about Bolivia's lithium reserves. Inspired by director Mike Plunkett's stunning cinematography, composer Adam Bryanbaum Wiltzie (Stars of the Lid/A Winged Victory For the Sullen) delivers a gorgeous ambient backdrop to the salt-flats of Salar de Uyuni. Released as Vinyl LP and CD on the Erased Tapes label.

Douglas Dare
Aforger

First up the most important question. What is that in his mouth? It looks like it could be some kind of bird or something. Not a good idea. This is Dare's second album and like many records comes out of what sounds like a horrible relationship breakdown. Dare sings about identity and the sort of fakery that goes on when someone plays around behind your back. Dark stuff but therapeutic for him I hope. Couple this with some neat electronics and bleak guitars and we could have an interesting record here.   

Peter Broderick
Partners

Slightly worrying to see Peter Broderick described as a veteran but here he is 10 years into an idiosyncratic recording career. This latest missive deals with the certainty of chance, Broderick has been influenced by John Cage in terms of letting a song take its own course and letting things happen of their own accord. Broderick is only using piano and voice here and from the soundclips could have produced some of his most affecting work.   

Woodkid & Nils Frahm
Ellis

Here is the score to a short film about Ellis Island, New York, composed by Woodkid and performed by neo-classical piano wunderkind Nils Frahm. Delicate piano lines trace out the stories of thousands of twentieth century migrants, in that ever-stately Frahm manner. Oh, and both the film and the soundtrack feature Robert De Niro! Out on Erased Tapes.

Immix Ensemble & Vessel
Transition

Transition is a very interesting record, combining the talents of Vessel (part of Bristol’s Young Echo collective) with Daniel Thorne’s contemporary Immix Ensemble. Vessel’s electronics creep around the edges of the clarinets, strings etc. of the Ensemble, in a set of carefully worked-out, dynamic compositions. A highly original LP. On Erased Tapes.

Douglas Dare
Caroline / If Only

Ambient artist and stark pianist Douglas Dare has a new EP to unleash on the world, simply titled 'Caroline / If Only'. "Caroline" sees Dare take to the piano and write a crushingly sombre ballad that ascends and recedes most beautifully, while "If Only I Knew I Were Alive" is more overtly experimental, made out of looped beats and live recordings that would later be filled with Dare's own melodies. There are also some remixes from friends Rival Consoles and Throwing Snow. Alright! Let's just be happy!

Rival Consoles
Howl

Rival Consoles is Ryan Lee West - a London based electronic producer signed to Erased Tapes who has his roots in rock music and is primarily a guitarist. His mission on his new album, Howl was to find the perfect balance between club music and something more personal to listen to at home. The album’s title track is made up from West’s experiments of wiring synths up to guitar pedals, the resulting noises were howl-like. These experiments also inspired a darker tone to the album. His less-is-more approach to composition fits in with the Erased Tapes ethos.

Nils Frahm
Screws Reworked

This double vinyl LP, or CD, set from composer Nils Frahm has all the sparse piano and delicate Moog work we expect from him. But, on Screws Reworked Frahm has invited fans to submit their individual reinterpretations of his work. Screws was a warm and personal album, and that beautiful material has been affectionately reworked in a number of styles; from sublime drones to glitchy edits.

Masayoshi Fujita
Apologues

Masayoshi Fujita is probably one of the premier contemporary vibraphone players, and with Apologues he steps away from his more electronically-abstracted music under his alias el fog. Here, the instrument sounds more like itself, the accompaniments from clarinet and strings adding up to some beautiful compositions.

Nils Frahm
Music for the Motion Picture Victoria

Featuring collaborator and cellist Anne Müller, violinist Viktor Orri Árnason and ambient artist Erik K. Skodvin of Deaf Center on guitar, this is Nils Frahm’s first soundtrack score produced for German director Sebastian Schipper’s feature film ‘Victoria’. Filmed in one continuous take in Berlin, the film follows the story of a wayward party girl on a night out that quickly turns into a crime spree. The dramatic atmospheric changes in the film are perfectly complimented by the score as it changes from fully charged techno to remorseful, anxious piano compositions.

Michael Price
Entanglement

This is the first album proper from Michael Price, composer of the music to the BBC’s ‘Sherlock’. The list of recording media used on Entanglement reportedly includes mobile phone, vintage microphones, and 1940s magnetic recording device: Price is very much interested in the context these media impart on the sound. On the Erased Tapes label.

Nils Frahm
Solo

German piano Wunderkind Nils Frahm has finally met a piano to be his equal: the Klavins 370. His newest record, Solo, is recorded on the largest piano in the world. In three days. Taking out his favorite passages of hours and hours of improvisation, Frahm treats us to another peak into the man’s magnificent mind.

Peter Broderick
Float 2013

Minimalist composer Peter Broderick originally released 'Float', his debut record, in 2008. A showcase for his versatile talents and penchant for traditionalism, 'Float' depicted Broderick mixing together folk, neo-classical and pop disciplines as if it were the norm. The record is now getting a second release as 'Float 2013', a version that has been remastered by the legendary Nils Frahm. 

Lubomyr Melnyk
Evertina

Known for pioneering a playing style he has coined "continuous music" -- in which he plays notes on the piano faster than a grindcore drummer gets through blastbeats, with as much seamlessness as wind on an autumn day -- Lubomyr Melnyk's name has become synonymous with the outer edges of avant-garde music. His new EP, Evertina, is a different bag entirely, though -- it shows what happens when he slows down and turns his mind to gentler pursuits. We've all got to take a day off at some point. I hope his fingers are okay.

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