Ale Hop | ApopheniaBuh Records (LP/DL) Ale Hop (Alejandra Cardenas) is a Peruvian composer, based in Berlin and Apophenia (her sophomore effort after 2017’s Bodiless) is my second-look introduction to her work. Much of what Cardenas brings to the table are intriguing a/v eye of the mind processed through video and performance. What comes through […]

SPK | LeichenschreiOld Europa Cafe (CD) Leichenschrei (German for “corpse scream”) is/was a record originally released thirty-seven years ago (1982) as the sophomore effort by Australian avant noise project SPK (or Socialistisches Patienten Kollektiv) headed by Graeme Revell who wrote a brand-new statement for the inner packaging. This industrial outfit changed hands on deck and […]

yolabmi | Life in a ShellVaagner/Vaknar (CS/DL) Japanese producer yolabmi has been making his unique soundscapes for the last few years, and work has cropped up on compilations and suddenly this year on at least three cassette tapes on various labels. He’s likely one of those rare artists to keep an eye on as his […]

Botho Cochois | Viscous Cottonself-released (DL) For a presumed debut, described as having: “sharp-edged drones which enshroud electroacoustic rustle and fragments of field recordings” this new self-released, download-only from German sound-collagist Botho Cochois is dead on the money with the senses-working-overtime title, Viscous Cotton. Five engaging tracks of spatial drone that seems to be filtered […]

Futurebum | Zomiaself-released (DL) Review by: Anastasiia Romanova(Guest Writer) Impressions of Zomia are difficult to put words in, so I have to use a number of abstract concepts. It is a multifaceted meditation, an absolute departure into another reality. A wide musical – sound material created by the artist is developing dynamically, but at a […]

Shasta Cults | ConfigurationsImportant Records (CD/DL) Electric frequencies as tones, tones as some hypnotic sorcery, Configurations is seriously plugged-in, swelling, buchla drone. This record marks the end of the first decade of intermittent work released from Shasta Cults (Canadian synthesizer tech Richard Smith). Part of this reminds me of slow moving clouds parting to make […]