Sealed by Bonini Bulga

Bonini Bulga Sealed (Cyclic Law; CD/DL) Swedish sound-bender Pär Boström, here as Bonini Bulga, re-releases + expands his debut of 2017 (originally a self-released tape on Hypnagoga Press). In the hands of Cyclic Law the recording of Sealed is now minted into a limited run on CD (500 copies) with three more tracks (now running…

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Double-Take: Nacreous Clouds (Remastered) by Celer

Celer Nacreous Clouds (Remastered) (Two Acorns; CD/DL) DOUBLE-TAKE: This is the second in a series where two blogs co-share reviews on a single recording. Partnering on this go are Kevin Press of Toronto-based Badd Press and + myself (Toneshift.net) – where we dedicate this Double-Take column to the remastered re-release of Celer‘s (Will Long) Nacreous…

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Lazuli by Hilde Marie Holsen

Hilde Marie Holsen Lazuli (Hubro; LP/CD/DL) Out this week is the sophomore effort from trumpeting sound sculptor Hilde Marie Holsen on the Norwegian Hubro imprint after 2015’s Ask on the same label. Composition and improvisation of live processed trumpet merge and detract for a resulting experimental record that runs for about thirty-four minutes over four…

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Almost Is Almost Good Enough by Jason Lescalleet

Jason Lescalleet Almost Is Almost Good Enough (Glistening Examples, CD/DL) From a certain vantage point New Englander Jason Lescalleet seems like an intense guy. This new recording was originally released in a limited edition of 100 hand-numbered tapes to be distributed at live performances last year, but now Almost Is Almost Good Enough gets a…

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Paysage by Jamie Drouin

Jamie Drouin Paysage (Infrequency Editions; CD/DL) Being a lover of the ‘exquisite corpse’ approach of piecing together any creative form, I was delighted to see this noted in the release materials. The latest from the bounty of lavish Victoria BC is Jamie Drouin‘s forty-one minute work, Paysage, which was recorded between 2005 – 2009 using…

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Penny Rimbaud’s Oh Magick Kingdom featuring Japanther

Penny Rimbaud featuring Japanther Oh Magick Kingdom (Cold Spring; CD/DL) Penny Rimbaud‘s Oh Magick Kingdom was originally released back in 2011 as a limited edition, self-financed run of only 60 discs. Featuring the NY duo of Ian Vanek and Matt Reilly – otherwise known as Japanther – this is finally seeing the light of day…

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Ronda by Mako Sica & Hamid Drake

Mako Sica & Hamid Drake Ronda (Feeding Tube Records/Astral Spirits; 2xLP/CS/DL) Released tomorrow on double vinyl (via Feeding Tube) and out now on cassette (via Astral Spirits) is the latest by duo Mako Sica & Hamid Drake (and co.), entitled Ronda. Consisting of five tracks running at just over an hour in total, this collaboration…

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Preset Music by OCA

OCA Preset Music (Constellation Tatsu; CS/DL) Preset Music was recorded in Berlin by OCA, a duo comprised of Yo van Lenz and Florian T M Zeisig, and it’s one of the fresh Summer batch from Oakland’s tape imprint, Constellation Tatsu. From the very first note of HeavenCent you are straddling a 70’s new wave loopy…

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Panchasila (Self-Titled)

Panchasila Panchasila (Discrepant; CS/DL) The Argentinian duo of Juan José Calarco and Guillermo M. Cerredo make up Panchasila whose new tape (ed of 150) on the Discrepant imprint is am ambient force that breaks new ground. They had an earlier EP, Pallqa (Test Tube, 2014), though this is their official full length debut featuring themes…

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Ilex by Xavier Charles x Jacques Di Donato

Xavier Charles & Jacques Di Donato Ilex (Protagoniste; CD/DL) This is the clarinet duo of Xavier Charles and Jacques Di Donato (with addtl helicopter + lawnmower for good measure) and Ilex is a collection of fourteen tracks all under six minutes or so. Moreso than most instruments I can appreciate wind instruments for the apparatus and…

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Plato’s Cave by Lance Austin Olsen

Lance Austin Olsen Plato’s Cave (Infrequency Editions; CD/DL) I’ve been following this British Columbian label since their inception back in 2001 and have always found their output to have resilience and artful restraint. One of two recent releases is this twenty-seven minute work by one of the imprint’s stalwarts, multimedia artist Lance Austin Olsen. Since…

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Mirakler by Moskus

Moskus Mirakler (Hubro; CD/DL) THREE’S CO. – Norwegian trio Moskus bring a quirky, updated variation between jazz and electronics. Anja Lauvdal (piano), Fredrik Luhr Dietrichson (bass) and Hans Hulbækmo (drums) deal in a secular hybrid that sounds like nothing else really. It’s mellow and friendly with just the right amount of weirdness. It’s like the…

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