The New Blockaders | Live At Sonic City Cold Spring (CD+DVD/DL) This forty minute long live performance by The New Blockaders opens with a melodic front-facing piano work that exists in the space between melancholy and mechanical, and you can simply sense that the screws are slowly coming undone. And that’s exactly what pervades the […]

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 […]

Yann Novak | Scalar Fields Room40 (DL) Scalar Fields, available on March 8th is the latest from LA-based sound artist Yann Novak which consists of two 20-minute long pieces begun in 2013 as an exploration of extrapolating video output at its barest bones. As he explains: “I wanted to explore slowing down video to the […]

Markus Reineke | Was soll schon passieren Pan Y Rosas Discos (DL) These are improvisations over other erased recordings, giving you the feel of the olde Rauschenberg/de Kooning sleight-of-hand, portions removed, portions obliterated, nonsensical, chance traces remain. Lots of breathing via flute, very organic in combination with the percussive rustling and spacy effects. Markus Reineke‘s […]

Projektions | The Shores of Valhalla Shimmering Moods Records (CDRx2/DL) The Shores of Valhalla starts as a quivering ambient record on the seductive Cave Dweller. Like waking from a haze and spying a light just barely making its way through the tiniest cracks. The hiss and crackle ground the sound of Projektions as the beat, […]

Viviankrist | Morgenrøde Cold Spring (CD/DL) “Wonderful experimental harsh obliteration” Electronic/noise artist Viviankrist originates from Japan and currently lives in Oslo with 25 releases in her arsenal (as seen in her Bandcamp). Formally known as Vivian Slaughter, when she participated as bass player and alto-saxophonist in the Japanese, all-female, blackened doom metal/crust aural brutality called […]

Francesco Michi & Pietro Michi | Poesie Eugrughe Canti Magnetici (CS/DL/BK) In this edition of forty, the Firenze-based duo named Michi (father and son, Francesco Michi & Pietro Michi) have delivered a half-hour long piece of intensive minimalism based on installation work originally presented in 1992. Poesie Eugrughe deals with the non/existence of virtual populations […]

Mount Shrine | Ghosts On Broken PavementCryo Chamber (CD/DL) “Noir sonic imagery” It’s a fact that ambient music emphasizes atmosphere over traditional musical structure. A revolutionary form of slow music with repetitive, gentle and soothing patterns, that can create atmosphere. The defining theme of “urban” is the presence of a great number of very different people […]

Pylône | A Jamais / Ping Sound On Probation (LP/DL) This is the third solo record from French sound artist Laurent Perrier as Pylône since 2006, and A Jamais / Ping consists of those two works in longform at over eighteen minutes per track. It’s as though he’s flipped a switch to kickstart this, as […]

Henrik Munkeby Nørstebø + Daniel Lercher + Julie Rokseth Off The Coast (Sofa, LP/CD/DL) A tiny flutter opens the title track of the new recording by this trio blending noise processing (Henrik Munkeby Nørstebø) and software (Daniel Lercher) with harp (Julie Rokseth) and the results are micro manifestations of buzzy reverb and hushed tones. Off […]

Thighpaulsandra | Practical Electronics with…  Editions Mego (LP/DL) I’m unsure exactly how “practical” anything about the work of Cymry original Thighpaulsandra is, quite the opposite. His collaborative work over the last three decades has been impressive to say the very least. That said, even though it’s been since 2005’s excellent Double Vulgar II (2005, Beta-lactam […]

Ivan “Mamão” Conti | Poison Fruit (Far Out Recordings, CD/LP) Orpheón Gagarin | self-titled (Verlag System, LP/DL) Saba Alizadeh | Scattered Memories (Karl, LP/DL) Kuhzunft | Slotmachine (Gruenrekorder, 10″/DL) This month has been embedded with so many strange surprises including these four brand-new selections from various corners of the world expounding upon and stretching traditions […]

Chi Factory | The Mantra Recordings Astral Industries (2xLP/DL) Dedicated to the life and work of Robert Lax (1915-2000), the American “dreamcatcher” poet who lived on Patmos, Greece. The recording is eighty-four minutes in length, consisting of four equal parts that are part chant, part field recording and most definitely all in a hazy dreamstate. […]

Ludwig Berger | CargoCanti Magnetici (CS/DL) Field-recording is a curious art. It is a discipline of many modes, many temperaments, and one marked by a fundamental dichotomy – it is when it flaunts its purest, most authentic form, that it is at its most amorphous.  ‘Cargo’ is ostensibly a recording of nothing. The world it offers […]

Transtilla | Transtilla I Opa Loka Records (CD/DL) Transtilla is the Dutch sound artist duo of Anne Chris Bakker and Romke Kleefstra. The record opens in silence, slowly materializing into a perfume of transitional hazy drone on Skaftafellsfjara. A long, winding reverb with a cyclical grate that sounds as if you may be on the […]

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 […]

Gintas K | M GK Rec (CD/DL) In following Gintas K‘s career trajectory over a decade plus I’ve noticed a keen focus on the conceptual bent of his approach, on M he’s in top form, delivering a slightly harder, more granulated sound overall. For all intense purposes, there are no overdubs here, and the record […]

Ashtoreth | Rites I & IICyclic Law (LP/CD/DL) “Pendulum-like, ambient excursion” Here’s an interesting story. There was an amazing Belgian progressive, experimental hardcore band from Antwerp and their name was Maya. Until now, I consider their debut album as the epitome of hardcore progression, an utterly unrecognized gem and one of the most important hardcore […]

srh | telomer[e] Klanggold (LP/DL) The new release from artist srh (Sascha Rosemarie Höfer) offers burrowing rhythms and soft edges that seem to dangle and then drift to the far corners of the room. The balance of piano and variegated cacophony seems a challenge he’s worth taking – even though either could spoil the soup. […]

Ian Fleming | Snowblind Curated Doom (DL) Munich-based Irish composer Ian Fleming‘s debut EP Snowblind has just been launched by Curated Doom with five exquisite ambient pieces, running just under a half hour. Opening with A desolate pinprick in a world of white, the listener is immediately drawn into a world of drone, crackle and […]

Dunning & Underwood | The Blow – Volume 5 Front & Follow (CS/DL) Dunning & Underwood‘s wildly interesting addition to The Blow series utilizes the Mammoth Beat Organ, that grinds and delivers a circus like feel as things start to take shape on Song for Chimney Stacks. Designed as “a modular, mechanical music contraption designed […]