The Corrupting Sea | godlessCathedral Transmissions (CDR/DL) Listening to The Corrupting Sea, I am struck immediately by two-things. Firstly, it’s composer, Jason T. Lamoreaux, has constructed a nuanced and often charming take on the ambient/drone genre, channeling a certain raw and unpolished gravitas that is highly effective. Secondly, the album – and it is perhaps a […]

N (46) / [BOLT]Midira Records (LP/DL)   Eschewing an album title, and having songs titled only by length, the already unadorned entity that is N (46) / [BOLT] return with a third full length that abandons much of the more ambient amblings of their previous work.  Comprised of 4 long-form tracks, the album walks a […]

Alvin Lucier | So You… (Hermes, Orpheus, Eurydice)Black Truffle (CD) Alvin Lucier is the de facto experimental composer. I am not always convinced that his work overwhelmingly succeeds on a compositional level but rather, like his signature ‘I am sitting in a room’, demonstrates a specific effect or area of experimentation, more often than not […]

PLYXY | GloryLandHallow Ground (12″/DL) There is something fairly old-hat about describing an aesthetic creation as ‘beautiful’, and to do so feels somewhat at odds with my distinctly post-modern roots. Contemporary works of art are surely beyond the consideration of beauty, a category that feels as though it should be consigned forever to the dustbin […]

TamTam | Rheingold Crónica (CS/DL) Such is the stature of ‘Des Ring Der Nibelungen’ that even the mildest utterance of Rheingold feels somewhat brazen, a laden-thrust to the overbearing musical resonance that word conjures: yet Tamtam’s work is entirely antithetical to the Wagner opera with which it shares a moniker. Based upon hydrophone recordings of […]

Ilpo Väisänen | Syntetisaattori Musiikkia Kuopiosta KVITNU (12″/DL) There is often only the faintest line between simplicity and complexity, between sparsity and richness, and it is upon this interval that Ilpo Väisänen’s Syntetisaattori Musiikkia Kuopiosta rests. It is not so much that Väisänen’s work is fragile – he has built his career upon both Pan […]