Los Angeles-based violinist Zachary Paul is a modern addition to the line of minimalist composers such as Tony Conrad and Pauline Oliveros, whose work encapsulates the transcendent nature of sustained tones. His new album on the Touch label contains two live recordings and one original film score.  The pair of live pieces here capture the […]

The Brussels-based duo present their new LP on the KrysaliSound label, and it’s a perfect home for their fusion of guitar drones, field recordings and hushed vocals.  Since 2011 Tropic of Coldness have pursued a blissed-out take on harmonic ambience that folds ethereal elements into their compositions.  There are rarely any sharp edges on their […]

Asuna & Jan Jelinek | Signals BulletinFaitiche (LP/DL) When I first heard about this collaborative project between these two artists, I was slightly surprised.  Japanese musician Asuna is known mainly for his organ drones that he manages by taping down keys and creating layers of chords, producing thick waves of warm sound.  He has also been […]

This new release on the Dutch label Shimmering Moods is a satisfying melding of post-rock, ambient-pop and dubbed-out kosmiche.  Bad News from Cosmos are a duo whose work encompasses rhythm and fluid textures, put through plenty of analogue processing.  The tracks here all have a strong sense of motion, filled with a motorized pulse that […]

Patrick Shiroishi | 烏の涙American Damage (CS/DL) Issued on Chicago’s American Damage tape label, this new release by Patrick Shiroishi blends folky blues with wild improvisation to a stunningly contrasting effect.  Shiroishi’s guitar playing is incendiary and it sounds like he has an extra pair of hands on the fret board as he lets loose.  His […]

LaBrecque/Ghazi Barakat | Terminal DesertKarl Records (LP/DL) Paul LaBrecque and Ghazi Barakat team up together to release an album of mutated sound that blends krautrock, kosmiche and free jazz.  This is a free-form music drawing on Barakat’s notion of “meta-music for meta-people in a meta-world”.  There’s a distinctive fourth world ambient vibe pulsing through the […]

The Future Eve feat. Robert Wyatt | KiTsuNe/Brian The FoxFLAU (2xLP/2xCD/DL) Japanese composer The Future Eve arrives on the Flau label with an exquisite album featuring vocals and keyboards by the legendary Robert Wyatt.  Wyatt had a musical idea named “Brian The Fox”, an idea untethered to tempo, and this looseness permeates through the twelve […]

Fabio Orsi | Il Vento Disperderà la SchiumaBoring Machines (LP/DL) There’s a delicate, lightness of touch to the drones that shape this new release from Fabio Orsi.  The Italian composer, who moved to Berlin many years ago, has decided to return to his native Puglia, and this new record reflects that relocation.  Perhaps the move […]

Yves De Mey | SuedaLine (DL) It’s nice to see Yves De Mey returning to the LINE imprint.  His previous work with the label, Lichtung, was a single long form piece that was the original score for a dance solo.  This new album finds the Belgian artist exploring the robust sound world of FM and […]

Gil Sansón/Lance Austin Olsen | Works On PaperElsewhere (CD/DL) The Elsewhere label marks its first year in business with a new release that is expansive and resolutely experimental.  “Works on Paper” is a long distance collaboration between Venezuela-based Sansón and Canada-based Olsen.  This method of electronic file transfer is common these days with high speed […]

Syntax | CurrentKasuga Records (SD/DL) The Berlin electronica label Kasuga shares a similar aesthetic, both musically and visually, with the likes of Raster-Noton.  Austere, minimal electronic sounds are packaged in equally stark graphic design. Their in-house sound is one of reduction and glitched-out grooves, and Syntax’s new release is no exception.  “Current” is the new […]

Pye Corner Audio | Hollow EarthGhost Box (LP/CD/DL) Analogue synth enthusiast Martin Jenkins returns to Ghost Box for a new album under his popular Pye Corner Audio alias.  Following 2016’s “Stasis” album, our attention is pointed downward, deep into the empty chasms of the Earth.  Where “Stasis” investigated themes of vast interstellar travel, this new […]

Corey Fuller | Break12K (LP/CD/DL) Corey Fuller has been a mainstay on the 12k label for a number of years, as one half of Illuha.  Those albums explored a loose, free-flowing ambience and the duo’s live performances that I’ve seen owed a lot to improvisation.  On this solo album, Fuller has created a meticulously crafted […]

Music For Sleep | WaterformsShimmering Moods Records (CD/DL) Music For Sleep is the ambient project of Andrea Porcu, a Sardinian artist now based in Berlin.  His previous work has been mostly self-released, but he now finds the perfect home for his dreamlike compositions on the ever-reliable Shimmering Moods label. Ambient music sometimes skirts with clichés, […]

Richard Youngs/Frans de Waard/Peter Johan NÿlandOnder/Stroom | Moving Furniture Records (LP/DL) The title of this collaborative album means “sans electricity”, and refers to a series of performances that were staged without any electronic instruments.  When this spate of events ended, the three artists on this record decided to go the opposite direction and use everything […]

New Tendencies | Batch0008SM-LL (12″/DL)   The London based SM-LL label returns with a new 12” by New Tendencies, the electronic music project of Matt Nish-Lapidus.  The in-house sound of the label favours repetition and reductionism, and this EP delivers exactly that, but adds plenty of twists along the way. The six tracks here all […]

Fabio Perletta | HesitantDinzu Artefacts (CS/DL)   Italian sound artist Fabio Perletta takes his fascination with minimalism to Zen-like levels on this new release.  His love of Japanese aesthetics has been displayed on previous works, most notably his album Ichinen 一念, on the LINE label from 2017.  That release took much of its source sounds from field recordings made […]

The Green Kingdom | Expanses RemixesDronarivm (2xCD/DL)Michael Cottone has been steadily releasing albums of ambient electronic music under the guise of The Green Kingdom for many years.  Five years ago he issued Expanses on the Dronarivm label, his nod to classic ambient techno, with a personal twist of soft beats and gentle guitar strums.  This […]

Clouds | Heavy The EclipseElectric Deluxe (3xLP/DL) The Electric Deluxe label, run by Speedy J, has been on fire lately.  It released one of my favourite techno records of 2018, the slow-burning assault by JK Flesh.  This grinding, idiosyncratic take on dance floor music is evident on this new album by Scottish duo Clouds, who […]

Alvin Lucier | Ricochet LadyBlack Truffle (CD) Alvin Lucier’s I am Sitting in a Room is one of his most associated works, the concept of which uses the room itself to process and reform sounds.  The notion of different spaces impacting on the quality of the sounds inside has been explored often in the world […]

Merzbow | MONOAkuma Room40 (CD/DL) MONOAkuma documents a live performance from 2012. It’s a recording of Merzbow’s ferocious attack on the ears of the audience attending the Institute of Modern Art in Brisbane of that year, and celebrates the full-on immersion of his live shows. Masami Akita has had an unbelievably prolific career as the […]

France Jobin | Intrication No. (CD/DL) A stalwart of the microsound scene, France Jobin releases her 9th album on the No. label. Despite her previous association with the most lowercase of sounds, this album sees the Montreal-based artist expand her sound palette considerably. These tracks are noticeably fuller in scale and scope, allowing Jobin to […]

Olan Mill | Sounds of a New Father Shimmering Moods Records (CS/DL) Orphax | Dream Sequence #5 Non-Harmonic Multitones (3″ CD-R/DL) Two recent releases of drifting ambient here. Orphax presents the fifth installment of his “Dream Sequence” series, and it’s a meditative piece that ripples and washes by.  The composition was inspired by taking a […]

Luigi Turra | Fukinsei mAtter (LP/DL) Two years after his “Alea” release on the LINE imprint, Luigi Turra returns with a collection of new explorations in microsound on the Tokyo-based mAtter label.  Fukinsei finds the Italian sound artist continuing his investigations into abstract structures of lowercase sound, silence and the delicate balance between the two. This […]