Left Bank by Chelidon Frame

Chelidon Frame Left Bank (self-released; CS/DL) It’s definitely time to break out ye olde Walkman. This new tape, the third release from Milan’s Chelidon Frame, is one of the more enigmatic records this year. Eigenlicht is loaded with microscopic surface effects and perplexing tones, darkly moody. The ten tracks across Left Bank are bathed is…

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Framed Waves by Tropic of Coldness

Tropic of Coldness Framed Waves (Glacial Movements; CD/DL) The album (out July 16), the duo’s third, begins with a slow-growing drone and a quiet, distant ring. Imagining a ‘tropic of coldness’ is like observing the overly exaggerated shifts in our own nature, and that which surrounds us. It is a dichotomy that is delivered in…

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Charnel Transmissions by Tunnels Of Āh

Tunnels Of Āh Charnel Transmissions (Cold Spring; CD/DL) Smouldering drone with minimal creaks, builds so slowly on the latest from Stephen R. Burroughs’ project Tunnels Of Āh (since 2013). The album Charnel Transmissions opens with the bloated noises of Homage To The Landfill Dogs. There’s a whole lot of breathing electronics here, dark and sweltering atmospheres…

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Blistered Bags of Fodder Swaying by Controlled Bleeding

Controlled Bleeding Blistered Bags of Fodder Swaying (Artoffact; 10xCD & Book) In a major flashback here arrives a copious collection of ten discs of the 1980’s work of NY’s preeminent experimental outfit, Controlled Bleeding. In continuous operation since 1978, their sound has swayed, shifted and otherwise transformed, though the band has always remained outside the…

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in Aulis by Yiorgis Sakellariou

Yiorgis Sakellariou in Aulis (Unfathomless; CD/DL) The Lithuanian-based composer made a pilgrimage to the Ancient Greek temple of Artemis in Aulis, Greece and this is what ensued. At first the extremely faintly audible granular rumble may have you immediately popping on a pair of headphones, but at about two minutes into this 43 minute singular…

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Staccato Signals by Ben Chatwin

Ben Chatwin Staccato Signals (Village Green; LP/CD/DL) Transmitting today is the latest from Scottish composer Ben Chatwin. Staccato Signals is his sixth full length release, and it packs a whole lot of swelling mood into a singular package. This is contemporary classical driven via electronics, soaring sky high on Silver Pit. The arrangements of several…

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Discorporeal by Benjamin Mauch

Benjamin Mauch Discorporeal (Flag Day Recordings; CS/DL) Starting with a static-infused harmony, like a broken radio signal with an overlapping ambient track playing Blue Jaunte kicks off the latest tape from, his third since 2016.  It’s a pleasant layered distortion perfectly depicted in the pixelated coverart by Flesh & Bone. The carnival colored tones generated…

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Nano-Cosmos by Ana Dall’Ara-Majek

Montreal-based Parisian Ana Dall’Ara-Majek is releasing her breakout album, Nano-Cosmos on Empreintes DIGITALes (CD/DL). The label has been producing high quality records back to 1990 and often remains coolly under-the-radar often celebrating some of the best French Canadian electroacoustic music work, paralleling anything out there. Dall’Ara-Majek is also one half of the multidisciplinary duo Jane/KIN…

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Lie Symmetry by Aperus

Geophonic Records has released the latest ambient record from Aperus (Brian McWilliams) entitled Lie Symmetry (CD/DL). With the additional mastering assistance of Ron Sunsinger, Jan Roos and Jason Goodyear the recording took two years to complete. The eight tracks kicks off with VLA 1, and we are in a hollow tunnel with low range drone…

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Only Now & Orogen

A self-titled debut filled with the manipulated field recordings of San Francisco artists Only Now & Orogen (Kush Arora and Lucas Patzek) is now out on Discrepant/Sucata Tapes (Cassette and Digital formats). These guys admit they’ve been inspired by Zoviet France, Brume, Lustmord, Alio Die, and Hafler Trio. Since I’ve worked with, or reviewed these…

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Womb by Kajsa Lindgren

Cocoon kicks off Womb, the latest underwater record from Stockholm composer Kajsa Lindgren (Hyperdelia; LP/DL). With tape hiss, and tiny rustling, the sound here is somewhat unsettled, it’s buoyancy not initially apparent. It stays within short range on the minimal The Garden, and builds a cascaded synth wall that could likely be shielded from all…

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Hippopotamus by Belp

Munich-born artist Sebastian Schnitzenbaumer, otherwise known as Belp, has just yesterday released Hippopotamus on SVS Records (LP/DL). Ten tracks that run over a half hour combine warped space synths, beats and minor African overtones. That can all be detected from side one, track one, Travelling thru Galaxies. Beats and spoken word blend well with lava-light…

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