Inner Work by Brian James Griffith

Brian James Griffith | Inner Work Histamine Tapes (CS/DL) Los Angeles-based sound artist Brian James Griffith‘s new tape Inner Work hit me right in that bright spot that tranquilizes the expectations and tribulations of the everyday. It’s a morphing and moody ambient set of eight pieces that neutralizes the sappiness of new age and somehow manages to stay sedate. The synth is melodic, rounded, with a bit of abandon that drifts into the corners of your psyche. Griffith blends bass guitar, casiotone, piccolo and other transmissions to form this abundantly layered and stretched work, showcased in the secretive Warm Autumn … Continue reading Inner Work by Brian James Griffith

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Retrospektiv 2010–2016 by Grand Mal X

Grand Mal X | Retrospektiv 2010–2016 Ant-Zen (DL) Swedish duo Grand Mal x flirt between old school electro patterns and more modern DSP shapes, combining the two into an irresistibly propulsive funk on some tracks and a much more abstract terrain on others. Retrospektiv 2010 – 2016 is a collection of previously released material, originally from various tape labels and one track that had until now been unreleased. The album crackles into life with “laced pork chops”, an oblique soundscape that bristles with electrified energy and dark synth tones. One of the most experimental tracks, it is also the track … Continue reading Retrospektiv 2010–2016 by Grand Mal X

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Where Moth and Rust Consume by Sone Institute

Sone Institute | Where Moth and Rust Consume Front & Follow (CD/CS/DL) In his first release in six years Sone Institute (Roman Bezdyk) is about to deliver his third full-length, Where Moth and Rust Consume on Manchester imprint Front & Follow, on October 26. The ten track album opens with I Only Exist, a portal with a mesmerizing wavy synth, a magical setting, voice transmissions and some other mysterious sound effects. It all sets the scene as an ambiguous electronic passion play styled in varying shades of gray. That is until track two takes a 360° turn saturating the goings-on … Continue reading Where Moth and Rust Consume by Sone Institute

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Tines by Andrew Tasselmyer

Andrew Tasselmyer | Tines Flag Day Recordings (CS/DL) In celebration of Cassette Store Day this weekend this new release by Andrew Tasselmyer (Hotel Neon) was introduced by Flag Day Recordings. Tines is a tape filled with a half dozen lucidly elongated ambient tracks that will calm the most savage of listeners. Simply titled Number 1 to Number 6 these works deliver a serene, spare setting with minute actions and shifting Rhodes-based chord abstractions. The keys are more like percussion at times, with a blanket of warm drone to compliment. With the subtle touch of Taylor Deupree mastering the finished product … Continue reading Tines by Andrew Tasselmyer

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Empty Gesture by Of Habit & Dane Law

Of Habit & Dane Law | Empty Gesture Opal Tapes (CS/DL) The very first tape from Of Habit & Dane Law (Gary Myles, Adam Parkinson) opens with the title track. It’s a gradually layered, immersive track that pairs synthetic frequencies with a whole host of chirpy, animated and granular effects. Sinewaves meet lock-grooves and it’s a micronoise overload. A voice (Parkinson) records the routine process on Supernatural Ability. The abstract beat loops over and around itself somewhat drunkenly, feeding right into For Memory where the speaker continues to lucidly recall looking down a mysterious cragged hole, caught up in a … Continue reading Empty Gesture by Of Habit & Dane Law

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UUUU

UUUU |self-titled Editions Mego (12″/DL) UUUU consist of a quartet of original musicians and sonic collaborators and members of Coil, Wire and Tomaga: Edvard Graham Lewis, Valentina Magaletti, Matthew Simms & Thighpaulsandra. Their self-titled EP includes two tracks and is released today. Side one is the trippy mindmeld of Electric Blanket. It’s an investigation of shifting frequencies, gongs, warbling strings and channel-swapping percussion. The drone drifts and takes its obtuse, shapeless form. The atmosphere is a psychedelic den of dynamic spectral velocity. the soft chords direct your attention while the core is a droopy melody that simply floats. At a … Continue reading UUUU

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Kontrapoetik by Maria W Horn

Maria W Horn |Kontrapoetik Portals Editions / XKatedral (12″/DL) Co-operator in the tape label XKatedral and part of the Sthlm Drone Society, an association whose mission is to encourage and promote slow textural music, Maria W Horn quickly rose to be one of the most prominent names in the Swedish drone music scene. The first track of Kontrapoetik, Atropa, starts with a bell: a clear reference to the church, and the life routine of a rural community devoted to handwork and tradition. But this bell has something twisted, a wicked ring to it. Its long lasting resonances, its wailing trail … Continue reading Kontrapoetik by Maria W Horn

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